A Brief History of Mid-Century Modern Design

28-06-2017
by T Thomas

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.

 
 
Mid Century Italian Bar Gio Ponti Style c1950

Mid Century Italian Bar Gio Ponti Style c1950

  £3,950.00
   
Mid Century Rosewood Sideboard by Robert Heritage

Mid Century Rosewood Sideboard by Robert Heritage

  SOLD
   
Art Deco Walnut and Rosewood Side Table

Art Deco Walnut and Rosewood Side Table

  £1,850.00
   
Mid Century Danish Desk in Teak by Lovig

Mid Century Danish Desk in Teak by Lovig

  £1,650.00
 
 
Mid century Danish Rosewood Sideboard

Mid Century Danish Rosewood Sideboard

  £1,650.00
   
Art Deco walnut Coffee Table

Art Deco walnut Coffee Table

  £700.00
   
Art Deco Rosewood Cabinet

Art Deco Rosewood Cabinet

  £550.00
   
Pair of Mid Century Leather Armchairs

Pair of Mid Century Leather Armchairs

  £1,450.00
 
 
Mid Century Piano Finish Chest of Drawers

Mid Century Piano Finish Chest of Drawers

  SOLD
   
Rosewood Sideboard with Tambour Door by Hans Peter Hansen for Skive

Rosewood Sideboard with Tambour Door by Hans Peter Hansen for Skive

  £3,200.00
   
Planar Range Dining Table by Robert Heritage for Archie Shine

Planar Range Dining Table by Robert Heritage for Archie Shine

  £1,450.00
   
Italian Brass and Steel Console Table c1960

Italian Brass and Steel Console Table c1960

  £850.00
 
 
Mid Century Coffee Table by Paul Cadovius for France and Son

Mid Century Coffee Table by Poul Cadovius for France and Son

  £1,950.00
   
Diplomat Sideboard in Rosewood by Finn Jhul

Diplomat Sideboard in Rosewood by Finn Jhul

  £1,650.00
   
French Art Deco Sideboard in Rosewood c1920

French Art Deco Sideboard in Rosewood c1920

  £1,850.00
   
Danish Leather Sofa by Thames

Danish Leather Sofa by Thames

  £1,450.00
 
 
Pair of Danish Leather Chairs by Thames

Pair of Danish Leather Chairs by Thames

  £1,450.00
   
A Pair of Bronze and Gilt Candelabra c1840

A Pair of Bronze and Gilt Candelabra c1840

  £2,250.00
   
A Pair of Mid Century Walnut Console Tables

A Pair of Mid Century Walnut Console Tables

  £2,850.00
   
Bronze Lion on a Rock by James Andrey c1920

Bronze Lion on a Rock by James Andrey c1920

  £1,850.00
 
 
Art Deco Bronze patinated Listening Man by Roncourt

Art Deco Bronze patinated Listening Man by Roncourt

  £950.00
   
Art Deco Bronze Patinated Pheasant c1930

Art Deco Bronze Patinated Pheasant c1930

  £450.00
   
Italian Burr Maple Sideboard Chest c1950

Italian Burr Maple Sideboard Chest c1950

  SOLD
   
French Art Deco Walnut Chest of Drawers

French Art Deco Walnut Chest of Drawers

  SOLD
 
 
Art Deco Armoire in Macassar Ebony

Art Deco Armoire in Macassar Ebony

  £1,850.00
   
Vintage Tan leather Buttoned Chesterfield Sofa

Vintage Tan leather Buttoned Chesterfield Sofa

  SOLD
   
Cocobolo Sideboard by Merrow Associates

Cocobolo Sideboard by Merrow Associates

  £2,250.00
   
Oak Saw Back Chairs by Hans J Wegner c1960

Oak Saw Back Chairs by Hans J Wegner c1960

  £2,250.00
 
 
Rosewood Sideboard Bridgeford by Robert Heritage

Rosewood Sideboard Bridgeford by Robert Heritage

  £2,450.00
   
Mid Century Danish Rosewood Desk

Mid Century Danish Rosewood Desk

  £1,650.00
   
Mid Century Danish Dining Table

Mid Century Danish Dining Table

  £1,150.00
   
Mid Century Danish Dining Chairs Set of Six

Mid Century Danish Dining Chairs Set of Six

  £1,650.00
 
 
GE530 Sofa by Hans J Wegner for Getema

GE530 Sofa by Hans J Wegner for Getema

  £1,800.00
   
Art Deco Armchairs in Walnut and Leather c1930

Art Deco Armchairs in Walnut and Leather c1930

  SOLD
   
Mid Century Dining Table by Hans Battrud

Mid Century Dining Table by Hans Battrud

  £1,650.00
   
Art Deco Walnut Cabinet

Art Deco Walnut Cabinet

  SOLD