Simple lines and organic forms characterize this sleek style—which flourished from the 1930s to the 1960s, but is still popular today. Furniture of this era tended to be low-slung and showed off the beauty of the natural wood grain. Graphic patterns and a color palette of avocado, mustard, and tangerine hues were staples in the style’s heyday. (This modern-day room, left, updates that palette.) Eye-catching essentials included statement light fixtures, mirrors, and clocks in space-age shapes; and shag and flokati rugs. Cocktail hour reigned, as many homes had fully-stocked bar carts.
To avoid feeling too much like “The Jetsons” or “Mad Men,” mix some of these mid-century modern pieces into your existing decor. Just a touch of this style will lend an upscale sophistication.
Impeccable craftsmanship makes mid-century modern furniture timeless.