Friday, November 18, 2011

A brief look at Mid-Century Modern

Lately, it seems every client I talk to or home I enter is interested in mid-century modern furniture or has a piece of mid-century modern furniture on display. Mid-century modern is typically used to refer to any product or interior design or architecture that occured from 1933-1965.  It is said to be organic in style and exhibit Scandinavian influences. 

Not long ago, I attended an event in DC hosted by Apartment Therapy in which a panel discussed DC's obssession with all things mid-century modern.  I learned a lot about the importance of buying from reliable sources as well as about the process and creativity behind the mid-century modernist artists, architects and designers.  These influencers, Eames, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, and Saarinen (to name a few), each made a significant contribution to the movement and their works are still being reproduced and copied today.  Scroll down to see how many you recognize.
Mies van der Rohe "Barcelona" chair from, $7740
Le Corbusier "Le Petit Modele" Armchair $3945 at Design Within Reach
Eames Molded Plastic 4 Leg Side Chair $279 at Design Within Reach

Saarinen "Tulip" Armless Chair $1440 at Design Within Reach

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