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Design Movement Highlight: Mid-Century Modern

Design, like any other art form, is inspired by its environment. It is seen time and time again that society and culture directly influences design choices, and in turn, whole movements. One of these movements occurred in the years following World War II and is referred to within the design and architecture community as Mid-Century Modern.

After World War II ended, soldiers were coming home bringing with them a deep desire for security and prosperity. It was a time of home-making, settling down, and a newly found exuberance and joy for life and the ability to live it. From this, came organic shapes, fun textures, clean lines, and eye-catching colors.

Mid-Century Modern design is most commonly known for its shapes, colors, and materiality. Designers at the time were connected to the new technology advancements of the age which catapulted their ability to use such advancements in their pieces, especially when it came to the ability to manipulate different materials. Bent plywood, molded fiberglass, steel, and plastic laminates were all joining the world of design and furniture. With this, came expanded creativity and endless possibilities.

Mid-century modern living room with record player and cream Eames chair and colorful abstract rug.
Mid-Century Revival Project: Custom Record Player Detail

The artistic personality of this movement includes the use of vibrant accent colors, a combination of natural and man-made materials, expressive graphics and patterns, and clean sleek lines. The designers at JSF Design Inc., are well-versed in how to incorporate any or all of these aspects into your design and help you find your own aesthetic to accompany a variety of inspiring historical design movements.

Mid-century modern living room and dining room, colorful furniture, desert environment.
Mid-Century Revival Project: Great Room Overview

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