During the middle part of the 20th century, the 1950's - early 1970's, architecture and interiors were defined by the simple, sleek lines of minimalist design. Low slung, small scale furniture and the horizontal line were the norm. Furniture in basic shapes and unusual materials broke the mold. What follows are some popular icons of what we call" Mid- Century Modern"
Stahl House designed by Pierre Koenig in 1960 is the eptiome of reductivist architecture. "With its welded steel frame and roof deck, overhanging eaves and open-air swimming pool it represents the "Contemporary" style of 1950's California". from the American House book by Phaidon
The brick fireplace, redwood wall and low slung furniture are perfect examples of "modernism" from the mid 20th century. From the Naturally Modern book by Ros Byam Shaw.
Executive office designed and furnished for Look magazine in 1958. Cocktail table by Eero Saarinen. Desk and chairs by Florence Knoll.
" Naguchi" table with glass top and 2 part movable base is a popular piece in today's "modern" interiors.
Eames chair from the 1950's in moulded plywood and leather designed by husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames.
Eichler Homes first designed in 1950 by Joseph Eichler, were affordable homes built in the San Francisco Bay Area. Typical features include "open floor pans, high ceilings, exposed redwood beams and underfloor heating. Bedrooms and bathrooms are often on the street side to reinforce the private nature of the main living space" which overlooks the back yard. There are 11,000 of these homes being lived in today! Great style. From the American House book by Phaidon.
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Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN.