Design trends come and go, but is mid century modern forever? The current tendency is so overwhelming that mid century modern dominates nearly every corner of the retail market.
What’s behind our mid century modern obsession?
Like vintage radios, this console is a rare wood & gold sideboard. The sleek outline of this unique mid century modern piece makes you surrender to the Scandinavian design every time you look at it.
Midcentury modern design is by no means the only furniture style to have come back into vogue after its day. Just look at this Monocles sideboard or Hudson armchair!
Why does mid century modern continue to be popular, and why have contemporary retailers and manufacturers embraced its clean-lined look so emphatically? Mid century pieces are simply well-designed objects, with a timeless look, says Sotheby’s Holdeman. “[Midcentury modern designs] sit very well in contemporary homes and interiors—they still feel fresh today, they still feel modern. A lot of those pieces haven’t been bettered. They still stand the test of time.”
Henry Johnson, a principal with Johnson Berman Architectural & Interior Design in Baltimore says “If the shoe fits, it can be a lifelong hobby.”
Johnson has spent the past 20 years helping two die-hard collectors find vintage pieces for their 1954 home in Roland Park. It has accent walls painted in burnt orange and bright navy, glass panels to bring the outdoors in (a trademark of 1950s architecture) and furniture from the late modernist architect George Nakashima, who was widely considered a master of mid-century modern woodwork.
“It’s so much bigger than that,” Jonson says. “That’s why it always comes back and it always gets better.”