Just as the name implies, this style spanned a period of roughly thirty years in the middle of the 20th century, from the mid-1940s to 1970. This fresh aesthetic developed after the Second World War when there was a desire to recast earlier design to be more in keeping with the bold new world that was expected.
The elements of MCM I like best are the pared-down forms, contemporary patterns and natural materials.
I like to pick and choose aspects from this design era and mix them with contemporary pieces. The 50's space age look - metal and mesh chairs, sunburst clocks, bubble lamps and pole tension lights- is not to my personal taste, but I love to see it paired in someone else's decor.
If you want to reference a mid century modern look in your decor consider the following:
Choose round and sleek
by Gary Hutton
Saarinen Executive Chairs, a Florence Knoll table and a PH Pendant create the ultimate mid-century dining area. The MCM look is about spaciousness and light. Think lots of windows, minimal walls, clean and sparse styling with eye-catching elements. The rounded lines and monochromatic colour scheme here produces a very calming look. I particularly like the tone of green which is similar to the wall colour in the room below. Versions of George Nelson's bubble fixtures are still found in today's decor.
Explore Medium Toned Wooden Furniture
As this era was about embracing nature, lighter woods such as teak, oak and fir made their way into living rooms.
Use mid century modern materials