By John Linden
Interior design, furniture design, lover of all things chic in home decor.
Ever wonder why you hear about Mid Century Modern Furniture all the time? In other words, why is a 1950s style still alive and well, nearly 70 years later.
Below, we talk to design experts to find out why and where you can find the best mid century modern furniture today.
A Short History of Mid Century Furniture
After WWII, global design converged into what is know as mid century modernism.
“Scholars often credit Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles & Ray Eames for making the modern movement in the USA popular, however architects like Neutra, Schindler, Wexler and developers like Eichler bought mid-century modernism style to the masses through the development of tract housing suburbs prevalent in Silverlake and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, and in Palm Springs and San Diego in southern California.”
– Matt Riley, principal @ Tonic Design
So Why is Mid Century Modern Furniture So Popular Today?
Homeowners all over the world appreciate mid-century modern furniture for its simple, efficient qualities.
The majority of us, after all, are dealing with too much clutter and not enough space.
We see the influence of MCM in both the Minimalist movement (where people are getting rid of everything except for their most precious items) and the Tiny Home movement (in which homeowners are foregoing the purchase of a traditional home and building compact, efficient mobile homes instead).
Finding Quality Mid Century Furniture
Today, homeowners everywhere are using MCM furniture as an inspiration to get their lives in order.
Whether you’re building a home from scratch and want to maximize the space or simply want to start a mid-century modern furniture collection, there are plenty of options available.
“[MCM is]…interesting and easily accessible on a budget as much is available in 2nd hand furniture shops.
With the increase in upstyling, MCM is an appropriate style for DIY decorators.
In other words, mid-century furniture is available across the spectrum of decorators.
This is most true in the re-sale space, where you can find beautiful, vintage mid-century furniture is more re-sale home goods stores.
Online, Ebay, Charish, and Etsy are filled with mid-century inspired pieces.
How To Get the MidCentury Look
Mid-century modern furniture is defined by its classic, understated quality.
It most often contains slick lines and very little ornamentation.
MCM designers placed an emphasis on function.
They believed that the role of the furniture designer was to create pieces that functioned as well as possible and that the form of the work came second.
Again, Matt Riley of Tonic.cc Notes 7 principles 1. Form should follow function 2. Design centers around living well 3. Truth of Material – Details and design reflects the true nature of the material with minimal or no ornamentation – the details are the ornament.
4. Juxtaposition of combined materials e.g.
steel with glass with natural stone, with timber all used together 5. Clean lines balanced and in proportion spatially with both organic and geometric forms 6. Internal spaces blend and complement with external spaces, architecture sits harmoniously within its’ environment 7. Longevity in design – functional beauty paired with quality materials
Why MCM is Here to Stay
It’s no wonder the mid-century style has lasted all these years.
Its focus on simplicity, quality, and function provide a set of guiding principles for any decor or architectural project.
Whenever quality and function are the most important considerations, longevity will definitely follow.