Design Talk: Mid-Century Design Styles

Unless you have been living under a rock somewhere, chances are that you have heard the term “Mid-Century design” several times in the past several years; but what is the buzz all about ?
Mid-Century design has been around since, you guessed it, mid-20th century. This style of design usually refers to the architecture, furniture and design from roughly 1930s to 1960s; and it makes use of simplistic patterns and shapes, color combinations of darker neutral tones and accent colors, a combination of open floor plans (usually creating a progression from open and transparent in common areas into privacy in more personal spaces) and large windows.
In recent years, however, the Mid-Century Modern style seems to booming in popularity.
Despite having the word Modern in it’s title, this design does not at refer to a design of the modern days; in the contrary, it instead refers to a specific design style, “Modern” referring to a pre-Industrial Revolution traditional style (1920s-1950s).
Although there does not seem to be a consensus on what, if anything, differs Mid-Century and Mid-Century Modern styles the general idea of Mid-Century Modern design is that it embraces a lot of the asymmetrical and abstract patterns combined with somewhat simplistic and antique furniture featuring either straight or geometric lines. Mid-Century Modern look is known for its boldness in aspects such as the choice of art, dark colors as well as combination of metal with wood furniture and light fixtures.


Geometric lines combined with bold colors.


Chandelier features a straight line with exposed light bulbs, furniture combine straight lines with metal/wood along with bold colors.

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