Dating from 1933 to 1965, the term describes developments in architecture, urban development and graphic, product and interior design. A reflection of the International and Bauhaus schools of Europe, the movement included the works of Gropius, Florence Knoll, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. The style's aesthetics celebrate sleek and simple lines that play with form, vibrant colors and amusing patterns.
With its memorable designs ranging from Herman Miller chairs and tulip tables to atomic clocks and sunburst patterns on resin, plastic and fiberglass, the era spurred lasting images from around the world. Everyday items such as bar carts, linoleum, banquettes and Formica counter tops supported the distinctive look. Colors used throughout the period would be incomplete without splashy turquoise, aqua and teal at the top of the list.
Our Mid-Century Modern melds those mentioned hues onto a sea of sleek aluminum gray and punctuates them with flamingo, copper, coral and shrimp. For artistic contrast we add tangerine, lemon-citrus and chartreuse and we transform whimsy into sophistication when combining maroon, deep brown and navy with a garnish of martini olive!
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