Retro Cool: The Allure of Mid-Century Modern Design

Aptly named, mid-century modern was an American architectural and interior design movement in the mid-20th century. The timeless appeal of this retro modern style has allowed its popularity to endure over 60 years on, as it still finds its way into modern homes around the world. Mid-century modern design was influenced by the International and Bauhaus movements in the early 1900s. Characterized by clean lines, simplicity in form, and an emphasis on function, mid-century modern style began to find its way into American homes not long after World War II. With the arrival of the second half of the 20th century, people were looking towards the future when designing their home; thus ushering in the popularity of what has become known as mid-century modern style.

Since its beginnings, this popular style has been defined by its modern simplicity. Original mid-century modern furniture designs and home decor had a slight futuristic feel to it, influenced by the dawn of the space age, which is one of the many reasons why this style still finds its place in our hearts and in our homes. Vintage pieces from this period can sell for thousands of dollars, however you don’t need to spend that much to get the look in your own home.

Give your living room a mid-century modern makeover with the Avenue Six®  Davis Collection and OSP Designs® Cupertino Console Table. These stylish, yet functional pieces exude retro modern cool.

Give your living room a mid-century modern makeover with the Avenue Six Davis Collection and OSP Designs Cupertino Console Table.

The groovy 60’s are alive and well with the Avenue Six® Abby loveseat and OSP Designs® Cupertino side tables. These mid-century modern pieces are perfect for creating cozy seating areas for a relaxing living room vibe.

The groovy 60’s are alive and well with the Avenue Six Abby loveseat and OSP Designs Cupertino side tables.

The newest way to bring mid-century modern appeal into your home is with the Skylark Collection by CuriaTM & Co, available exclusively through retail furniture stores.

The newest way to bring mid-century modern appeal into your home is with the Skylark Collection by Curia & Co.

No mid-century style modern home would be complete without a bar cart. This 1950’s & 60’s staple of home entertainment has quickly become a must have for the 21st century home. The tropical retro vibe of the OSP Designs® Lanai serving cart is perfect for entertaining friends and family all summer long.

No mid-century style modern home would be complete without a bar cart. This 1950’s & 60’s staple of home entertainment has quickly become a must have for the 21st century home.

Take a trip back to 1950’s Palm Springs with the Avenue Six® Amity Collection. The classic lines and bold metallic fabric of this seating collection adds maximum mid-century chic to any home.

Welcome your guests with the retro cool of the Amity bench in your front entry.

Exude the retro cool of Palm Springs with the Amity Collection by Avenue Six. Classic mid-century style with a modern flare.

Go glam with the atomic ranch style of the Amity side chair, a romantic nod to mid-century modern design.

Go glam with the atomic ranch style of the Amity side chair, a romantic nod to mid-century modern design.

Are you a fan of mid-century modern design? Let us know in the comments below.

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