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Design Trend:  Mid-Century Modern

Design Trend: Mid-Century Modern

Nostalgic design has been very popular over the past couple of years.  Design insiders attribute this trend to the stagnant economy; in times of financial stress, we tend to long for those great memories of grandma and our past.  Mid-Century design, originating in the 1950s, is immensely popular – even showing up in the television shows we watch (Don Draper, anyone?).  Design of the 1950s boasts clean lines and sometimes atomic appeal, as it celebrates the space race and modern materials.  

While you can find original retro pieces in local thrift and vintage stores, you will also find the style in brand-new items.  Check out these home decor products with Mid-Century appeal:

I just received my newest catalog from Rejuvenation and love, love, LOVE the light fixture on the cover:

Rejuvenation Gamma Chandelier

The furniture found at Room and Board can always be counted on for bringing classic style to a space.  Their Anson Chair is right at home with the Mid-Century design trend:

mid-century modern chair

Their Reese Sofa has a sleek, modern – yet vintage – appeal:

mid-century modern sofa

Design Within Reach, a company offering dozens of classic furniture pieces, has many options for the Mid-Century home, including this great credenza:

mid-century modern credenza


Even artwork takes a Mid-Century turn when you find pieces like this vintage Life magazine cover from the 1950s, available at Art.com:

mid-century modern art

Or, this colorful piece from Visual Philosophy, available on Etsy.com:

mid-century art


Tile gets into the act with this fantastic glass mosaic pattern from Mandala called Swank:

Mid-Century Tile

Mid-Century Modern furniture, accessories and artwork are not hard to find.  Whether you want authentic vintage pieces or brand-new pieces with a vintage look, the Mid-Century Modern design trend can be found everywhere.  Consider mixing a Mid-Century piece or two into your home this year; the style plays nicely with modern homes as well as vintage styles.  Kinda makes you want to watch an old episode of I Love Lucy, doesn’t it?

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