What is mid-century modern?
The mid-century modern design trend was inspired by modernism in art – a movement that sought to break away from the ornate flourishes of the Victorian, Gothic and Renaissance periods. A bold new take on design, it rejected these traditional forms entirely, aiming to bring simple, clean and functional styles to post-war homes, creating a timeless, understatedand elegant look.
Today, there are many approaches to mid-century modern but, luckily, whichever way you go about it the basic style principles stay the same. At its core, the trend is characterised by smooth, clean shapes with minimal detail. It’s all about the fuss-free and exceptionally sleek,with no room for ornate furniture, old-fashioned knick-knacks or flowery patterns.
Another key feature of the mid-century-modern trend is the contrasting use of traditional and non-traditional materials. For example, you’ll often find a mix of traditional wood (like walnut, oak or rosewood) and marble, with modern materials such as metal, glass and vinyl. It’s this juxtaposition of natural and man-made materials that creates that signature mid-century modern edge, and adds intrigue to a home’s interiors. This Phoenix dining table and chairs is a perfect example, showcasing a tasteful mix of smooth ceramic, matt black metal and a white marble-effect surface, resulting in a mid-century modern elegance.