Mid-Century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that generally describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. The term, employed as a style descriptor as early as the mid-1950s, was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House), celebrating the style that is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement.
Ever since I can remember I have been drawn to simplicity and clean lines of Mid-Century Modern architecture and furniture. Some of my favorites include the work of Frank Llyod Wright, who is sometimes called the inventor of MCM, but also Charles and Ray Eames who constructed one of my favorite chairs today, the Molded Plywood chair (above).
Take a Trip
If you havent yet had a chance to visit Frank Llyod Wrights Fallingwater home, take a short trip to PA and check it out. The house is litteraly built over a waterfall. It's a true inspiration for Mid-Century Modern design.