Created on: January 06, 2013
Mid-century modern may seem a contradiction in terms. After all, how can something from the middle of last century be considered modern? The secret lies in the basic underlying style which was in vogue at that time, and which has been brought back into style by being given a modern uplift. To explain the types of furniture which are included within this style, a contrast of images may help the reader to envision the meaning. Looking at different elements of furniture used then and now, the style is obviously one from that mid-century era, though the modern updated look is certainly what gives the style its modern twist.
The styles the modern versions are based on
Looking at old Steve McQueen movies may give a sense of what mid-century furniture is all about. The sleek designs of apartments in that era were filled with what are considered as retro designs where lines were well defined, legs slim and upholstery in vinyl all the rage. In an era where people wanted unfussy designs which were functional, the mid-century furniture stepped away from traditionally carved or ornate pieces. G-plan furniture became the rage, with designs giving choice for all rooms of the home. A G-Plan Fresco style dresser housed all the home china, while dining table and chairs were in harmony with the styling having slim legs and similar wood finishes. G-Plan style sofas were also unfussy, with small legs holding a heavily upholstered frame with large cushions for added comfort.
The twist that has been used to update the look to today's fashion is simple. The use of modern fabrics for example in the design of sofas gives a wider variety of colors, textures and finishes. Added cushions for comfort and sleek lines mean that the modern look sofas fit into minimalistic backdrops, allowing the sofa to become the focal point of family living. The addition of bolster cushions adds further to the comfort element offered by these sofas. A further twist is added by offering single seats as occasional chairs which can be mixed and matched with the authentic mid century style to give more seating when needed.
For those preferring a less upholstered look to go with sofas or in a reading area, the designs today are contemporary though drawing their inspiration from the mid-century chair styles, using modern metals and subtle plain colors to enhance the interior without overpowering the entire look. Mid century modern makes a bold statement without imposing upon the style of the room.
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