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Date added: 28-06-2017 A Brief History of Mid-Century Modern Design

Mid Century SideboardAs an antique furniture dealer, The Furniture Rooms are keen to keep up with the transformations in interior design. Here we explain a brief history of the mid-century modern design and some of the key developments during this time.

The term Mid-century modern is frequently misunderstood and is a broad term used to describe the architecture, interior design and furniture in America during the period after World War II to the mid-1970s. It is important not to be confused with the art deco design trend which was popular during the previous era of World War I.

The phrase was first used when art historian, Cara Greenberg, published her book in 1984. She describes how and why mid-century furniture developed and identifies some of the iconic designers between the 1940s until the late 1960s.

Mid Century ChairThe earliest movement of mid-century modern design is said to have happened in Europe between the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1920s vehicles were becoming more popular and one of the significant changes to modern homes during this time was the addition of garages. Carports were another feature that appeared in-house designs during this time. It was only towards the at the end of World War II that modern design movement started to progress.

Towards the 1940s US soldiers returned home with their families which create a huge demand for tract housing. These houses were a simple design, and often builders took shortcuts so that they could be built at a faster pace. Houses also became larger in size and consisted of a commercial construction that represented the mid-century design emphasising clear lines and stylish angles.

Mid-century modern furniture design reflected these characteristics and introduced more curves, geometric shapes and stylised angles investing in new technologies. Mid-century modern furniture is designed to a high standard and pieces tend to be timeless.

Mid Century ArtDuring the baby boom era in the late 40s and 50s, architects and designers experimented with new forms that focused on the flow of moving inside and outside. These structures also aimed to create more privacy for homeowners. One of the most prominent features of mid-century modern design furniture is that it is also designed to be multi-purpose and furniture pieces were not restricted to having a single function. Household acessories also consisted of simple designs and reflected the new era. Some examples of well-known designers during the period of mid-century modern design include Arne Jacobsen, Ray Eames, and Harry Bertoia.

The end of the 1960s resembled the end of the mid-century modern design style and the occurrence of new housing began to slow down, and new design tastes developed with the advances in new technology.

Whereas today when the phrase mid-century modern design is used it refers to a retro style of interior design that many contemporary designers still use as an influence for the current day.

We have a range of mid-century furniture for sale, call us today on 07799660323 to discuss your furniture requirements or browse our extensive furniture collections today.

 
 
Art Deco Cocktail Cabinet in Burr Walnut by Hille

Art Deco Cocktail Cabinet in Burr Walnut by Hille

  £2,950.00
   
Art Deco Console Table c1920

Art Deco Console Table c1920

  £1,200.00
   
Mid Century Italian Rosewood Chest of Drawers

Mid Century Italian Rosewood Chest of Drawers

  £1,150.00
   
French Art Deco Walnut Sideboard c1930

French Art Deco Walnut Sideboard c1930

  SOLD
 
 
French Art Deco Bedside Cupboards

French Art Deco Bedside Cupboards

  £650.00
   
Art Deco Chest of Drawers Ebonised Black c1920

Art Deco Chest of Drawers Ebonised Black c1920

  SOLD
   
Pair of Walnut Art Deco Bedside Cupboards

Pair of Walnut Art Deco Bedside Cupboards

  £650.00
   
A Pair of Leather of French Art Deco Chairs c1920

A Pair of Leather of French Art Deco Chairs c1920

  £2,950.00
 
 
Mid Century Skyline Desk by Dyrlund

Mid Century Skyline Desk by Dyrlund

  £2,950.00
   
Mid Century Rosewood Desk by Heggen of Norway C1960

Mid Century Rosewood Desk by Heggen of Norway C1960

  £1,450.00
   
Art Deco Small Walnut Cabinet c1930

Art Deco Small Walnut Cabinet c1930

  £550.00
   
Art Deco Bed 4'6 in Karelian Birch c1930

Art Deco Bed 4'6 in Karelian Birch c1930

  £1,250.00
 
 
Art Deco Burr Walnut Wardrobe c1930

Art Deco Burr Walnut Wardrobe c1930

  SOLD
   
French Art Deco Black Sideboard c1920

French Art Deco Black Sideboard c1920

  £2,650.00
   
Rosewood dining chairs by N Moller model 79 Set of 8

Rosewood Dining Chairs by N Moller model 83 Set of 8

  £4,250.00
   
Pair of Capella Armchairs by Illum Wikkelso for Eilersen

Pair of Capella Armchairs by Illum Wikkelso for Eilersen

  £2,250.00
 
 
Rosewood Dining Table and Chairs by UNIFLEX c1960

Rosewood Dining Table and Chairs by UNIFLEX c1960

  £2,850.00
   
Teak Coffee Table by Hans Wegner c1960

Teak Coffee Table by Hans Wegner c1960

  £895.00
   
Art Deco Dressing Table and stool in Karilean Birch c1930

Art Deco Dressing Table and stool in Karelian Birch c1930

  £1,450.00
   
Polished Steel Medical Cabinet c1930

Polished Steel Medical Cabinet c1930

  £1,650.00
 
 
Solid Teak Dining Table, Dutch c1960

Solid Teak Dining Table, Dutch c1960

  £950.00
   
Mid Century Rosewood Dining Table by Gudme

Mid Century Rosewood Dining Table by Gudme

  SOLD
   
Art Deco Dining Table in Burr Maple c1930

Art Deco Dining Table in Burr Maple c1930

  £1,150.00
   
Mid Century Desk in Macassar Ebony

Mid Century Desk in Macassar Ebony

  SOLD
 
 
Art Deco Amboyna Commode by Liane Flamant c1930

Art Deco Amboyna Commode by Liane Flamant c1930

  £1,950.00
   
talian Art Deco Bedside Tables in Karelian Birch c1930

Italian Art Deco Bedside Tables in Karelian Birch c1930

  £850.00
   
Art Deco Dressing Table and Stool by Hillie

Art Deco Dressing Table and Stool by Hillie

  £1,750.00
   
French Art Deco Sideboard in Macassar Ebony c1930

French Art Deco Sideboard in Macassar Ebony c1930

  SOLD
 
 
Art Deco Rosewood Dressing Table c1930

Art Deco Rosewood Dressing Table c1930

  £950.00
   
Art Deco Dining Chairs c1930

Art Deco Dining Chairs c1930

  £2,250.00
   
Art Deco Cocktail Table in Walnut c1930

Art Deco Cocktail Table in Walnut c1930

  SOLD
   
Rosewood Sideboard by Gordon Russell GR75

Rosewood Sideboard by Gordon Russell GR75

  £2,950.00
 
 
Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair c1965

Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair c1965

  £750.00
   
Art Deco Burr Maple Cocktail Sideboard

Art Deco Burr Maple Cocktail Sideboard

  £1,850.00
   
Art Deco Open Bookshelves c1930

Art Deco Open Bookshelves c1930

  £850.00
   
Mid Century Rosewood Desk by Giancarlo Piretti, Italy c1960

Mid Century Rosewood Desk by Giancarlo Piretti, Italy c1960

  SOLD