Design From A to Z: M Is For Mid-Century Modern

Design A to Z on Design*SpongeFrom interior design to architecture to typography, we see an ode to Mid-Century Modern in many modern day designs, making it a staple in today’s home settings. Ranging from the 30’s through the 50’s, Mid-Century Modern in architecture and interior design, worked to create an environment that brought the outside in, with large windows, open floor plans, straight forward clean lines and a minimalist form. This forward thinking added simplicity to the family home, while giving it a state-of-the art feel.

Sometimes a Mid-Century Modern home was complete with built in shelving in the den or living room, kitchen cabinets that had tucked away counter space, that pulled out when needed, or laundry baskets built into bathroom walls, making each home of this time, very functional, yet unique. Along with the sometimes space-age like home design, much of the industrial design of this time used wood in a modern way, such as the Eames Molded Plywood chair, Noguchi table, or the sleek style of a Danish Modern designed piece of furniture, which is another aspect of the Mid-Century Modern era.

In typography, we’ve all seen it, Futura, Helvetica, Sans Serif… these are typefaces that brings a certain air of modernism with a vintage feel to print. They were sometimes cold in style, but warm in the way used, leaving the Mid-Century Modern era one that blends the two, warm and cold design, in a natural way. All three are commonly used today, in everything from movie credits to stationery to print ads, which just demonstrates another way that Mid-Century Modernism has held true and still stands strong. We can thank Wes Anderson for making Futura a more common type these days.

Over the years, we have featured a lot of really great homes, here on Design*Sponge, filled with some beautiful Mid-Century Modern design. Here are just a few to have a peek at. Enjoy! — Erin


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