Mid-Century Modernism is ubiquitous - from Ikea to West Elm, Architectural Digest to Houzz, the sleek, clean style remains atop interior design charts almost ten years after its resurgence began (often accredited to the onset of Mad Men in 2007). This article provides a crash course in the movement's important figures, as well as some tips on how to get the mid-century look in your home without paying a fortune.
A great find in a little tucked away antique shop? Maybe a hand-me-down from from your aunt? Nope and nope. This mid-century modern bench can be yours for $137 and a little elbow grease.
Who would have thought that 4" x 4" rotten fence posts could shape up and look so flippin' great? This repurposed bench project on ApartmentTherapy instantly snagged my attention. And to think I almost called a guy to haul away our old fence posts that are heaped on the wood pile.
The industrial style in nothing new, but recently, it has become a popular choice for home and office decor. Just walk into any design related, small or big box store and you will find a plethora of industrial themed pieces. These stores are trying to mass-produce old industrial furniture, but many people prefer original pieces for the stories they tell and the character they maintain. So, the question is - what do I need to know before I buy?...
Baz (Papa to Atomic Indy blog) and crew sometimes cruise around town looking for mid-century cast-offs. When he comes across a find, he quickly posts it on Facebook and it's usually grabbed up within the hour. This time he scooped up a 1972 Sony TV-750 for himself and got to tinkering with the little bugger.
Forget about your original Eames chair and Wormley sofa for a minute. If your design goal is authentic mid century modern, you need to start with the available color palettes of the day. Today, we tend to take modern liberties with our interpretation of retro. If you're a mid-century purist, or simply curious about what colors were offered, RetroRenovation has found original advertisements for the modern homeowner of the 1950s, 1960s, and even the 1970's from Motorola, Eichler Homes, Kohler, and St. Charles kitchen cabinets.
Mid Century Modern has been my style for about, well, umm...a long, long time. I've learned not everyone shares this passion with me. So, when I saw this post over on ApartmentTherapy, I thought using the word 'upgrade' may cause some commentary controversy since many would deny that Mid Century could even possibly be considered to be an upgrade.
This stool (pictured in the next photo) made its debut in the 30 Minute Stool Makeover on Apartment Therapy-LA in June of 2008. The fabric reviews were harsh. My retort was that since I know how to reupholster, and I'm showing the reader how to reupholster, fabric can be changed whenver the mood strikes. That's the beauty of it.
When Instructables Pro, Kathleenhenri, spied this broken Arne Jacobsen chair lying in a pile of trash bags at the college where she works, she swooped in for the rescue. Right away she had to "stop the bleeding", so to speak, by gluing and clamping the splintering plywood at the break. She resourcefully proceeded to patch, cut, and paint a redesigned masterpiece.
This ApartmentTherapy photo is featuring wallpaper. To me, it screams "buy both of them" in reference to the chairs. I've said it before, here on Curbly, and I'll say it again, ALWAYS buy a pair if they're available.
One of my upholstery students arrived last week with a beautiful maple, mid century modern Conant Ball chair she just purchased at Goodwill. An unusual and exceptional find at Goodwill!
Photo Images: Zach Dobson Photography
Who wouldn't love these authentic Mid Century Modern Bullet Lights? They really MOD-ify a room, especially in orange. Big drawback - they are uni-directional spotlights and may cause your partying house guests to either go blind or confess to a crime they didn't commit. My friend Baz, MCM aficionado