Wat is een Mid-Century interieur

Mid-Century modern is an American design movement in interior design, product design, graphic design, architecture and urbanism that was popular in the mid-20th century. After the Second World War, the iconic, functional design blew over from Germany to America and conquered the whole world. Iconic designers such as Charles and Ray Eames and Arne Jacobsen left their mark on the style of this century. They introduced a new kind of interior design full of clean lines, natural forms and minimalist silhouettes. Even today, we proudly carry Mid-Century modern in our style guide.

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An American Bauhaus interpretation

Mid-Century modern is an American reflection of the international and Bauhaus movements, with founders such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. The American interpretation is more organic and less formal. Brazilian and Scandinavian architects were very influential at the time with their pure simplicity and natural design. Nature was drawn into the home and interiors were given a breath of fresh air. Large windows and open floor plans opened up interior spaces to the outside.

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Cutting-edge furniture design

The Second World War ended and architects and sculptors turned to new technologies and other materials. They even designed furniture to fit their own architectural designs. Serial production became more common; processes were standardised and wastage of materials was minimised. Classics like Thonet became known for their processes of tubular metal furniture. Compact and easy transport were also considered. Thus, wall systems were invented that were put together for compact transport.

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Sleek and fair trade

Mid-Century modern is characterised by clean, simple lines and fair use of materials, and generally contains no decorative embellishments. Mid-century was all about authenticity and craftsmanship. High-quality materials such as fine leather, valuable wood types and chromed steel add flair to the interior, with an eye for detail and in harmony with the overall look. The Mid-Century modern style distinguishes itself from pure retro interiors by avoiding plastics and bright surfaces.

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By Lien Egghe