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Interior Design Trends Explained: Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Sep 2, 2020

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White Mid-Century Modern Sofa in Modern Living Room

As far as furniture trends go, mid-century modern furniture has withstood the test of time. But even though it’s been popular for years, it shows no signs of slowing. In today’s interior design blog, we discuss the mid-century modern furniture trend and how you can incorporate it into your home.

What is Mid-Century Modern Furniture?

The mid-century modern design originated in 1930s and continued in its first iteration through the 1960s. It was created by Bauhaus architects who moved to the United States following World War II and is characterized by simplicity and functionality. As it exists now, mid-century modern design is a stylish throwback to the design elements of the 1950’s through 1970’s but re-purposed for today and best when used in moderation.

Characteristics of Today’s Mid-Century Modern Furniture

If you’re having a hard time picturing what mid-century modern furniture looks like, it might help to imagine the hit TV show Mad Men, which wowed viewers with an inside look at the original interior design style. Here’s are some of the distinguishing features of mid-century modern design.

Form Over Function

In many ways, mid-century modern design best exemplifies an important rule of interior design: function over form. Put simply, this means that when it comes to design, the function of the object is more important than the form.


Mid-century modern design follows many of the principles of minimalism, with an emphasis on sleek lines, geometric forms, and an uncluttered decorating style.

Varied Juxtaposition

In mid-century modern design, a lot of emphasis is placed on the juxtaposition of different, and sometimes contrasting materials, colors, and patterns.

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