Mid-Century Modern was a fascinating design movement which spanned from the years 1933 to 1965. The movement originated in America and was heavily influenced by the German design art school The Bauhaus which had its design emphasis on clean lines and functionality.
Mid-Century Modern really became famous after World War II when many German designers emigrated to America and by the 1950s mass production made it possible for large quantities of furniture to be made which allowed the futuristic design to become known worldwide.
So what makes Mid-Century Modern Design so interesting? Curved, clean lines, tulip tables and long low couches were predominant. The mid-century furniture legs were either tapered, splayed or hairpin and the colours used varied from bright colours in the 1950s to muted tones in the 1960s. Graphic shapes were very important with the focus on geometric patterns and motifs being incorporated within the overall furniture design.
The movement not only included architecture, it also encompassed industrial, interior and graphic design and amongst its designers were Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, George Nelson, Herman Miller and Arne Jacobsen. Those furniture designs are still being produced today and include the most iconic Eames chair and Arne Jacobsen’s egg chair.