Mid-century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. The term, employed as a style descriptor as early as the mid-1950s, was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House), celebrating the style that is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement.
If you are in love with Mid-century style and looking to replicate it in your home, here are the basic guidelines in determining what will work:
- Look for pieces that have clean lines, understated and functional
- Furniture and accessories should be organic, geometric and have modern shapes
- Materials can range from traditional things such as wood, metal, leather, and cotton textiles, to non-traditional materials such as glass, vinyl, Plexi, plywood and Lucite
- Color pallets can range from neutrals tones which reflect nature, to pops of bright color or the graphic use of black and white
Vintage Mid-century pieces sourced from Google
Get the look
Now that you know about the attributes of Mid-century, let’s see how IKEA products can help you achieve the same look in your own home. Check out the style collages below!
Products featured: NOCKEBY sofa, RÅDVIKEN chair, STOCKHOLM cabinet, STOCKHOLM nesting tables, UPPBO table lamp, SKOGSLÖVER roller blind, SYSSAN cushion, SKOGSEK cushion cover, GRADVIS vase, BJÖRKSNÄS bowl
Products featured: KARLSTAD sofa, VEDBO arm chair, KOLLUND rug (coming Fall 2017!), SVALNÄS wall mounted storage, SVALSTA nesting tables, SOLIDASTER curtains, SJÖPENNA floor lamp (coming Fall 2017!), SANELA cushion cover, RIDDARFJÄRIL cushion cover
I hope you enjoyed reading about Mid-century modern style, and seeing how you can achieve it yourself using products from IKEA. Are you a fan? Do you have any Mid-century pieces in your home already?
Till next time!