It’s no secret that mid-century modern furniture has been a trend in the interior design world for a while, and it’s becoming clear that the style has staying power. This trend shows no signs of slowing down.
As you might know.. We’re not big on trends at Son of a Woodcutter, but when something is good, it’s good. We tend to drift toward mid-century modern design and always have. Our entire process revolves around form and function – a key feature of mid-century modern design. We’re big fans of the movement, because of its roots in functionality and the impact that it has had on furniture design as a whole.
So what is it?
You’ve definitely seen mid-century modern pieces before. But if you’re not exactly sure what classifies as mid-century modern furniture, here’s a bit of background.
There’s some disagreement about when the mid-century modern period started, but it was between the 1930s and the 1960s. It didn’t only apply to furniture. It applied to everything from graphic design, to interior design to architecture. This timeless style was influenced by the Bauhaus style, and grew quickly in North America.
Mid-century modern furniture has a few distinguishing qualities, such as clean, sleek lines, the use of geometric forms, and the juxtaposition of different materials.
Mid-Century Modern Designers
We could never forgive ourselves if we didn’t mention the OGs of mid-century modern design. These designers continue to inspire furniture designers and interior designers all over the world today.
Charles and Ray Eames
Take Charles and Ray Eames, a couple responsible for a huge impact on an era of sleek, modern furniture. If you haven’t heard of the Eames Chair, you’ve surely seen it absolutely everywhere lately. This iconic piece is just one of their amazing creations and the style can be found today in dining rooms all over the globe.
Known for his creative and colourful art, Girard also designed beautiful furniture – from curvy coffee tables to side tables with hexagonal legs. He once described himself as “a reasonable and sane functionalist”.
Jens Risom is arguably responsible for bringing the mid-century modern movement to the United States, which led to its appearance in Canada. He created his furniture in rustic materials like solid oak as well as coloured textile upholstery. Risom passed away in 2016 after celebrating his 100th birthday.
You’ve definitely seen this Arne Jacobsen egg chair! Jacobsen was a danish architect and designer known for his functional eye for design. He even designed flatware with left and right handed spoons that was featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey because of how modern it looked. Granted, in 2019, the 1968 film isn’t the most modern looking thing we’ve ever seen, but Arne Jacobsen was definitely ahead of his time.
Why We Love Mid-Century Modern
We believe in marrying form and functionality – and that’s just what the mid-century modern era did, bringing captivating designs to functional pieces.
The trend is also a nod to designers from the past – iconic designers who were passionate about making high quality furniture pieces.
And of course, this style is versatile. It can be mixed with other styles effortlessly and turn any home into a magazine-worthy space.
We’d be lying if we said we weren’t inspired by this era!
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