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Mid-Century Modern Designs: Why We Simply Love them

Why are so many of us obsessed with mid-century modern designs? What is in them that other designs lack? Mid-century designs are truly ahead of their time. While most other styles have lost relevance and faded into oblivion, mid-century design is alive and keeps growing stronger.

As more and more people flock to flea markets to scour for these great antiquities, so do many stores and websites dedicate themselves to offering the tastes of mid-century modern designs.

Let us find out why mid-century modern designs are rising in popularity.

History

It appears that history plays a big part in driving its popularity. During the postwar era of the 1950s and 1960s, home buying was a booming business. Many people came to own homes. Now in their twilight years, they are getting rid of furniture from their homes and selling them to antique shops.

These furnishings abound in the market. Surprisingly, their demand among the Baby boomer population and their twenty-something-year old children is high. But, is this enough? Probably not.

Influence of Apple, Inc.

Apple could be another culprit. Let me explain. First, people’s obsession with iPhone and other gadgetry has caused them to question what value they bring.

Thanks to fabulous features like Siri, we can know so much even about a past we have never been part of. This has driven curiosity about our heritage. Hence, we want to get away as much as possible from “fast-paced, multitasking, overinformed, frantic, fractured, Ethernet-driven lives”.

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Apple's simplistic, sleek designs seem to revive people's cravings for minimalist designs

Second, Apple also adopts sleek and simplistic design. Thus, they seem to have sparked the hunger for more streamlined goods such as the furnishings of mid-century modern designs. For example, furnishings such as Arne Jacobsen, Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson focused on creating a simplistic yet luxurious product.

No doubt, these interior décors remain timeless, clean-lined, natural and high-end.

Simplicity

Designs are shifting back to the minimalism of the 1950s. No-one summarises that irony better than Gord Peteran of Toronto’s OCAD University,

“It is true: Design mags are filled with white, empty rooms; walls of glass; white leather chairs even with postwar metal wire legs. Why Las Vegas pallet curvilinear minimalist modern ___ again?”

However, the most plausible reason could that today’s tough economic times are akin to the years, which follow the World War II. People of today seem to relate well to the financial and emotional deprivation of the 1950s.

Thus, the mid-century modern styles appear to inspire hope for innovative designs and even better economic times akin to those of postwar period.

This partly explains why many designers are adopting a simplistic approach to design as a way of getting the most out of the resource-constrained environment. This practice of reverting to the simplicity of the mid-century modern designs is an emotional rebuttal of extravagance and ornament. Little wonder we have so many do-it-yourselfers today.

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Above: A sleek and minimalist interior akin to mid-century modern interiors

Nostalgia

This could be another culprit for the rising popularity of mid-century modern designs. People want to simulate of those days. They want to experience the sexiness of the 50s and 60s. Surprisingly, this feeling is so rampant among the Baby boomers most of whom are in the 50s and 60s.

After all, they grew up in homes with furnishings of the mid-century modern designs. Nostalgia is an effective way of coping with the perceived loss of identity and security.

So, mid-century modern designs influence today’s interior design significantly. With tough economic times biting hard, every resource and space matters. Minimalism seems to offer innovative solutions to today’s design problems.

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