Like pretty much anyone else working with interior design and architecture, I am a big fan of the 1950s. Much like nowadays, mid-century modern homes were open and airy with bright interiors. The simple and clean lines of the architecture were complemented by rounded geometrical shapes found in furniture, lighting and textile patterns, wooden panelings and a fantastic color palette composed of cheerful pastel tones. At around that time, many designers began creating mass produced furniture using new materials such as plastic, glass, and plexiglass, while other materials, such as linoleum and formica, became increasingly popular, bringing even more color and texture into the homes.
Although a lot toned down, the creativity and designs emerging from that time are just as popular now as they were back then. Classic pieces are still being edited nowadays, such as the designs by Ray and Charles Eames, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, just to mention a few, as well as the many new designs influenced by them.
And here are some tips to get the elegant mid-century look without having to burst out the formica and linoleum! Enjoy!
Get the look:
1. Colourful glass vases by LSA
2. George nelson spindle wall clock by Vitra
3. The Wishbone Chair, designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949, and it has been in continuous production since 1950.
4. Pair of Upholstered Wooden Chairs by Pierre Guariche
5. Wallpaper by MissPrint
6. Becky Bird Cushion at John Lewis
7. Dream piece lounge chair and ottoman by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller
8. Inspired by mid-century designs, we created small-scale Anson for modern living.
Images from back then:
1. The iconic Eames House remains a reference for mid-century modern architecture
2 and 3. 1950s colorful kitchens via Retro Novation
4. Mid-century parties: 1950s via Apartment Therapy
Images from nowadays:
1. A home “très mid-century” via La Maison d’Anna G
2. Dining room via Sf Girl by Bay
3. Nordic contemporary via European Chic
4. Mid-century modern home in Tuscany via Sf Girl by Bay