Following trends in interior design is a gamble. What is on trend can be off trend in just a year. Even the it color (turquoise for 2010) changes annually.
So, I wonder if iconic mid-century designers like Eames and Knoll knew their designs would outlast trends decades later. The time was Post War 1950’s when designers were optimistic about the future and looked for ways to establish harmony between natural and man made design elements. Furnishings tend to be well-built, have clean lines, and have smaller scale, perfect for apartments or small spaces.
I’ve paired spaces (below) that feature the same iconic furniture piece. The images labeled NOW are straight from the Design Within Reach website. The images labeled THEN are from Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement circa 1970. FYI, there are a total of eighteen volumes!
A couple of weeks ago my aunt invited the family over for dinner. I hadn’t been to her house since I was a kid and was surprised to see the decor was still pretty much the same. In the dining room (left), she updated the window coverings and added a few accessories. The tablecloth was there just for dinner. In her rec room (right) I was shocked to see this bar and the wallpaper. Believe me when I tell you all of her “classic” pieces are in excellent shape!
I asked her if I could return later to take more pics. These were the only two I could snag before everyone sat down to eat. My Aunt and I had a brief conversation about her downsizing to a smaller place which meant her getting rid of this furniture. I would be interesting in knowing the value of these and other “vintage” pieces found in her home.
Do you know anyone who decorates their home in Mid-Century Modern decor? I feel a sense of nostalgia when in homes of this style. What mood does it evoke for you?