I’ve never considered myself a minimalist. In fact, I have to practice a lot of restraint in junk stores. So, I’ve always admired those with more modern aesthetics, who can garner just a few things and make a house still feel like a home, specifically those who can incorporate mid-century modern design. When I see items from this style, they strike me as so distinct from other styles. I thought it would be interesting to find out how it came to be.
During the Industrial Revolution, people were continually looking for ways to streamline processes. Mass production was evolving and replacing the furniture artisan and designer. With this, design aesthetics became less important. Among other shifts at the end of the 19th century, Art Nouveau arose, a separatist movement focusing on new thinking in art, which paved the way for more thoughtful designers. Scandinavian design and the Bauhaus movement also became popular. They emphasized simplicity and organic shapes ands bringing modern design into America’s post-war homes. The result was mid-century modern design, a time period (1933-1965) of well-known designs and designers (think Charles Eames, Mies van der Rohe, and Eero Saarinen).
Below, we’ve compiled some our products that remind us of this design style. Enjoy!