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 Desk in Rosewood by Vlad Mortensen

Mid Century Desk in Rosewood by Vlad Mortensen

  £2,950.00
   
Pair of Danish Teak Armchairs

Pair of Danish Teak Armchairs

  £2,650.00
   
Art Deco Cocktail Cabinet in Walnut c1930

Art Deco Cocktail Cabinet in Walnut c1930

  £1,450.00
   
Art Deco Dining Chairs French c1920

Art Deco Dining Chairs French c1920

  £2,950.00
 
 
Art Deco Side table in the style of Rhulman

Art Deco Side table in the style of Rhulman

  £850.00
   
Art Deco Sideboard French c1920

Art Deco Sideboard French c1920

  £1,250.00
   
Mid century Leather Kashima Sofa by Ligne Roset

Mid century Leather Kashima Sofa by Ligne Roset

  £1,650.00
   
Art Deco Walnut Side Table c1930

Art Deco Walnut Side Table c1930

  £950.00
 
 
Pair of mid century Tall chest of drawers

Pair of mid century Tall chest of drawers

  £1,450.00
   
French Brass and copper floor lamp c1950

French Brass and copper floor lamp c1950

  £650.00
   
Dressing Table in Macassar ebony and Shagreen

Dressing Table in Macassar ebony and Shagreen

£4,650.00   £4,150.00
   
Mid Century Dining Chairs Set Of Six in Rosewood

Mid Century Dining Chairs Set Of Six in Rosewood

£2,650.00   £2,250.00
 
 
Mid Century Chandelier 10 branch by Gaetano Sciolari

Mid Century Chandelier 10 branch by Gaetano Sciolari

£2,150.00   £1,750.00
   

Mid century rosewood planar console table by Robert Heritage

£2,250.00   £1,850.00
   
Art Deco Walnut and Parchment Coffee Table

Art Deco Walnut and Parchment Coffee Table

£2,650.00   £2,250.00
   
Rosewood Flip Flap Lotus Table by Dyrlund

Rosewood Flip Flap Lotus Table by Dyrlund

£3,200.00   £2,800.00
 
 
Art Deco Dining Chairs in Walnut set of 8

Art Deco Dining Chairs in Walnut set of 8

£4,600.00   £4,200.00
   
Art Deco Chest of Drawers in Maple

Art Deco Chest of Drawers in Maple

£1,150.00   £1,000.00
   
Art Deco Bedside Cabinets in Amboyna

Art Deco Bedside Cabinets in Amboyna

£950.00   £850.00
   
Mid Century Rosewood Drinks Trolley

Mid Century Rosewood Drinks Trolley

£950.00   £850.00
 
 
Bronze Bull c1880

Bronze Bull c1880

£1,800.00   £1,450.00
   
Mid Century Italian Bar, Gio Ponti style

Mid Century Italian Bar, Gio Ponti style

£5,200.00   £4,750.00
   
Italian Console and Mirror c1950

Italian Console Table and Mirror c1950

£3,250.00   £2,800.00
   
Jacques Adnet Leather and Brass Coat Hook

Jacques Adnet Leather and Brass Coat Hook

£2,800.00   £2,200.00
 
 
Mid Century Teak Sideboard by Johannes Andersen

Mid Century Teak Sideboard by Johannes Andersen

£2,250.00   £1,850.00
   
Cocktail Trolley in Rosewood by Johannes Andersen for Silkeborg

Cocktail Trolley in Rosewood by Johannes Andersen for Silkeborg

£1,450.00   £1,250.00
   
French Rosewood Art Deco Side Hall Table

French Rosewood Art Deco Side Hall Table

£850.00   £750.00
   
Chinese Elm 19th Century Horseshoe Chair

Chinese Elm 19th Century Horseshoe Chair

£850.00   £750.00
 
 
Art Deco Commode in Walnut, Italian c1930

Art Deco Commode in Walnut, Italian c1930

£2,250.00   £2,000.00
   
Art Deco Cabinet

Art Deco Cabinet

£1,150.00   £950.00
   
danish rosewood desk

Danish Rosewood Desk c1960

£1,450.00   £1,250.00
   
art deco table

French Art Deco Side Table c1920

£950.00   £850.00
 
 
art deco desk

Art Deco Desk in Rosewood, French 1920

£1,850.00   £1,650.00
   
art deco cabinet

Art Deco Walnut Cabinet c1930

£950.00   £850.00
   
coconut chairs vitra

Pair of Coconut Chairs by Vitra

£2,200.00   £1,800.00
   
french leather club chairs

French Leather Club Chairs c1940

£2,150.00   £1,850.00