If you happen to be a Baby Boomer some of the latest furniture pieces and accessories may look familiar to you. Although they’re mid-century cool - they’re hot right now!
Mid-century furniture is loved for its simple/clean lines, organic/geometric shapes, functionality and durability. There are two ways to get the look: 1. Buy retro modern furniture – meaning it looks mid-century but it’s actually new (or retro); 2. Buy vintage modern furniture – meaning it’s original, used and considered vintage (although this can get pricey as some vintage pieces are viewed as art and so the prices keep going up as more people collect it).
Old or New – It’s Modern
Whether you fall in love with a retro or a vintage mid-century modern piece it’s sure to be a conversation starter. Take a look of some of your mid-century options:
This Saarinen Marble Side Table is inspired by Sarrinen’s Marble side Table designed in 1956 as part of his iconic Pedestal Collection. His streamlined design solved the problem of a clutter of legs beneath a table. $250.
This set of six 1960′s dining chairs by Danish designer, Fredrik Sieckare are for sale for $3,000. Teak chair back and stainless steel legs.
This circa 1950′s large diamond lounge chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll has a matching ottoman, although it is not pictured. The red hopsack upholstery is original. Chair and ottoman (not pictured) $1200.
This retro Starburst Clock instantly says mid-century and will spark interest in any contemporary room. Priced at $150.
The Arco lamp, originally designed by Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni, is the most recognized floor lamp of mid-century modern design. This reproduction features a brushed steel frame, adjustable shade, and a solid marble base. Priced at $600.
Pulling It All Together
Although designed more than half a century ago, mid-century furniture’s timeless designs remain popular today for rooms throughout the house. Simple, clean lines and the functionality of mid-century furniture fit today’s contemporary lifestyle.
Everything Old Is New Again
Are any of these pieces familiar to you? Do you remember growing up with some of them? Do you have retro or vintage mid-century pieces in your home now? Bring us up to date by sharing a comment (click the comment link at the bottom of this post).