What is mid-century modern? Mid-century modern is a movement developed during the late 1930’s, and ended in the late 1970’s. Echoing its predecessor (modernism), mid-century modern designs often incorporate themes from the Bauhaus movement and Scandinavian design.
What makes mid-century modern unique?Mid-century modern should not be confused with modern design. Though it mocks the movement with organic forms and geometric patterns, the mid-century movement differentiates itself in many ways. The striking and sharp lines commonly used in modern design are now sleek and softer. A greater emphasis is placed on a comfortable functionality followed by form. Mid-century modern works to offer a more livable style that is enjoyable for the everyday person. The style is durable and provides a streamlined appearance.
Mid-century modern pioneer(s)
While there are many pioneers to the design style, one dynamic duo shines in the forefront. Charles amp; Ray Eames were the initiators of incorporating wire mesh, fiber glass, and molded plywood into furniture designs. Creating iconic pieces, they are best known for their lounge chair and ottoman designs.
There are many denominators that aid in identifying mid-century modern. Shift to manmade materials (plastic, molded plywood, wire mesh, plexiglass, fiberglass, and lucite) Heavy use of teak and melamine in furniture (i.e. credenzas) Incorporation of unique textures and colors (bolder and brighter colors were commonly used to symbolize a hope for the future; optimism) Bent plywood frames often used in furniture pieces.