What defines Mid-century modern?
If houses reflect the times they were designed, Mid-century modern homes are the art genre of design and style, created by those who believed that the forward-looking lifestyle could and should be a vehicle for social change – to create a better society. Almost utopian society.
It was a design renaissance for furniture, interiors and architecture. The sleek, distinctive style, organic and streamlined forms, and lack of decoration are admired. It has seen a major revival in the past years, and we love that fact so much. Not only that, but you can see the most modern and luxurious homes of today designed in this style.
The term, employed as a style descriptor as early as the mid-50s, was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book: Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s celebrates the style that is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement.
If we talk about first Mid-Century modern houses – they were characterized by flat lines, large glass windows, and open space. Built from 1945 to the early 80s — they featured simplicity and an integration with nature, encouraging residents to explore the world in new ways.
There are several Mid-century Modern designers that should be mentioned like George Nelson, Arne Jacobsen, Charles Eames and his wife Ray Eames although they are mostly recognized for their industrial furniture design. Rudolph Schindler, Louis Kahn, and Eero Saarinen were mostly known for MidCentury architecture.
We have to say that, no matter the year, homes designed in this concept as well as architecture and design in general – never seem to go out of style.
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