Mid-century modern: Form follows function

Mid-century modern: Form follows function

Characterised by classic furniture designs of the 50s and 60s, mid-century modern is particularly popular among lovers of vintage style.

The mid-century modern interior style originated in the 1950s and 1960s, when well-known design icons like Charles Eames and Egon Eiermann were designing furniture that is more in-demand today than ever before. Major brands such as Vitra recognised this trend, and redesigned classics such as the Panton Chair and Eames Plastic Chair in multiple colours for the mass market. Lamps by Louis Poulsen have also made a comeback. The style is characterised primarily by clear lines, organic shapes and strong graphical patterns on walls and cushions.

Modern furniture inspired by old classics.

There's no need to limit yourself to classics, either; lots of new furniture is inspired by mid-century modern designs. Whether it's an armchair in dark wood, upholstered in a bold-coloured fabric, or an organically shaped side table with a marble or glass surface: vintage style living is back on trend. The pieces used to dress the film set for the James Bond film "Goldfinger" are a perfect source of inspiration for anyone wanting to add a touch of nostalgia to their living space.

Vintage charm does not mean that modern elements need to be excluded; the idea of "form follows function" applies to room design, too. The perfect match for mid-century modern: The elegant Gira E2 stainless steel design line.

Mid-century modern: Form follows function.

Also typical of this interior style is the exceptional functionality of the furniture. This is one of the reasons why mid-century modern is characterised not just by chairs and lamps, but also by practical shelving systems. Well-known examples include designs by USM Haller and String. Previously popular in offices, these practical shelves and sideboards are now used to decorate living rooms and bedrooms. Mid-century modern is an interior style for those who place a high value on aesthetics – who also love functionality and classic design.

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