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By Gudy Herder  – 

How to add a trendy mid-century modern style to your home
Even if you feel you can't name a lot of iconic mid-century designs,
chances are high you recognize their organic curves and sleek silhouettes.

Mid-century modern is found in architecture, interior, product and graphic design that
generally describes mid-20th century developments from 1933 to 1965. Talking interior
design pieces, these were simply well-designed objects with a timeless look showing
different geographic roots.

Emily Henderson's Home | Zeke Ruelas Photography

Today this style is now recognized by experts and museums worldwide as a design movement, and faces a significant
on-demand moment right now which in part is due to the renown Mad Men series.

Valéry Damnon's home via Design Sponge

 On the other side, trendy urban living may also be part of what keeps the mid-century
modern look really alive.

Jantien de Bood's home via Design Sponge

Arne Jacobsen, Charles and Ray Eames and Harry Bertoia probably come first to your mind,
but instead of showing you classic icons, this post is more about a certain style influenced by
mid-century furniture pieces often heritated, instead of featuring rather famous pieces.
And I hope you get just inspired by the different ways of decorating and styling these.

Modern Times showroom via The Design Files

Danish inspiration (though not the only key player here) came along with the use of teak wood,
which offered warm colour and durability to furniture. Oak, rosewood, and walnut also made
attractive these pieces.

When we talk mid-century, we absolutely have to take into consideration new materials such as plywood,
plastics, stainless steal or plexiglass. However it's the wooden cabinets, armchairs and libraries that are
mostly trending right today with the exception of brass that comes in very handy now.

Jean Prouve inspired cabinet

The way to decorate and integrate these pieces can range from a minimal approach to going rather eclectic (pic no.1).
Pastel colours and plants providing a Scandinavian look&feel work fine (pic no.3 and 5),
but even a more sophisticated minimal style with tone-in-tone palettes (pic no.6)
allow for a more elegant statement, too.

Authentic furniture can fetch high prices, and quite some original pieces are still available
for purchase (Modern Times or Ebay). If you look for more accessible lines, these pieces can
be found re-designed in many furniture stores and online (i.g. West Elm).

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