Approaching Midcentury Modern Style

For distinct style that’s always appreciated, let’s consider for a moment midcentury modern.

Born in the — you guessed it! — mid-20th century, it was a seminal movement in which utility reigned supreme. Organic shaping, clean lines and uncluttered designs were embraced, with a focus on simplicity and functionality. It also ushered in the use of non-traditional materials: While wood continued to be used prominently, metal, glass, vinyl, plastic and fiberglass materials were widely adopted and incorporated into many designs.

The result is a thoroughly unique, inviting and approachable look that remains incredibly popular today. The best part is that it is endlessly versatile. You can add a piece here or there and easily incorporate it into your home’s current landscape, dipping a toe into the retro pool without diving in headfirst.

Here are some pieces we love:

Clean Lines

Coast to Coast 3-Drawer Chest, SKU 81922

With clean lines and multiple media, the Coast to Coast 3-Drawer Chest adds depth with classic styling. It has a clean, white frame, burnished metal legs and natural wood drawer fronts with a rich, tobacco stain.

Functional Storage

Office Star Slick Circle Accent Cubes, SKUs 72743, 72744

Fun and functional, these accent cubes are a perfect addition to any room in your home. Built from fiberglass resign, they offer soft curves and round cutouts that provide easy access to the interior storage area.

Midcentury Sofas

Jonathan Louis Phillips Sofa, SKU 35032

The Jonathan Louis Phillips Sofa emphasizes horizontal lines, a common component of Midcentury style. Track arms, button tufting, tapered legs and a low-profile design offer restrained elegance.

Global U7120 Collection Sofa; Midcentury Modern

By contrast, this vibrant sofa by Global Furniture is anything but subtle. The brilliant purple hue offers excitement and personality, but the clean lines, angled arms and geometric chrome legs keep it grounded in Midcentury style. It also boasts added functionality with adjustable back cushions. They can be lowered for a sleek, streamlined appearance or raised for a cushy, welcoming vibe.

Midcentury Dining

Midcentury Modern Dining Room Sets

This dining set combines midcentury elements with a touch of fresh style that will never be passé. The minimalist design is accentuated with cantilever chair bases, deep black upholstery, a soft, white glass table top and sparkling chrome elements.

Chintaly Tami Table & 4 Chairs; Midcentury Modern
Chintaly Adjustable Barstool; Midcentury Modern

This adjustable bar stool offers an updated take on classic midcentury style. The seat offers both comfort and clean lines. The single pedestal design offers a wide base, reminiscent of the iconic tulip chair by famed midcentury architect Eero Saarinen, who vowed to “clear up the slum of legs” with his groundbreaking design.

Be Bold!

Bold, geometric patterns are a common element of Midcentury Modern style. Here, the cut-out lamp shade on the Netto Floor Lamp incorporates a mesmerizing spherical design that is set against the frosted liner.

Midcentury modern is not a movement easily bottled up in a few sentences. It blurred lines, broke rules and unleashed a revolutionary approach to design and architecture that continues to influence today.

What does midcentury styling mean to you? Have you incorporated aspects of it into your home? We’d love to hear about it!


Lite Source Netto Floor Lamp; Midcentury Modern

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