If you thought mid-century furniture designs were just a product for its time, think again! Mid-century vintage pieces are more popular than ever today. Their 1950s style is ideal for today’s contemporary styles that favor an elegant and functional look. Because so many great vintage pieces have stood the test of time, it’s still easy enough to incorporate examples of unique furniture throughout the home for a modern, trendy look.
There aren’t many mid-century pieces that contain overtly superfluous design elements or features. You want to see ornate carvings or applied pieces that are more reminiscent of pre-Art Deco periods. Mid-century furniture is designed to work with a design style that does not compete or seeks to show the functionality of the object. The style is evident, of course, but it enhances the functionality of the object without distorting it.
As for the shape
Many pieces draw inspiration from design from the Art Deco period, when geometric shapes were all the rage, from furniture to jewelry. A boomerang-shaped sofa, while innovative and whimsical in some respects, actually works well enough to hug the coffee table and allow occupants to better interact with one another. Characteristic of the time are also rectangular, circular and square-shaped objects.
Fashionable elegant and slim
There isn’t much weight when it comes to mid-century. Over-padded sofas and chairs belong better to other eras. Furniture items tend to be neat and elegant. You won’t see an overabundance of fabric hanging or draped from pieces; you won’t see a frenzy reflected by other styles. The styles pay homage to the shape of the object by celebrating it, not masking it. For today’s urban looks, the style is quite suited to the modern look that continues to remain popular.
The mid-century style ushered in all kinds of materials that had never been used in furniture before such as vinyl, chrome and plastic. These unconventional materials could then be paired with wood, but highly processed light woods and made shiny. You’ll find remnants of these alternative materials in today’s 1950s-style diners who use the same style with their chrome and vinyl bar stools and colorful decorative schemes.
Sophisticated and playful
While the sleek designs demonstrate modern sophistication, many other mid-century designs convey a playfulness that’s evident in the shape of the color. Sun-shaped watches, for example, in colors such as avocado show a lightheartedness that may have been a response to the emergence from the depression and war years of the previous two eras. The boomerang, of course, is certainly more playful than the quiet sedans of the early living room decor.
Today it is possible to mix and match these playful and sophisticated styles to achieve a modern look that celebrates the aesthetic of the design. You’ll love adding various mid-century pieces to complement your overall modern decor plan. Of course, these items were not only built with style, but they were made to last, which is why there are so many wonderful examples around today!
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