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Design Series: Express Yourself with Mid-century Modern

Mid-century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that 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.


Distinguishing Features

If you are in love with Mid-century style and looking to replicate it in your home, here are the basic guidelines in determining what will work:

  • Look for pieces that have clean lines, understated and functional
  • Furniture and accessories should be organic, geometric and have modern shapes
  • Materials can range from traditional things such as wood, metal, leather, and cotton textiles, to non-traditional materials such as glass, vinyl, Plexi, plywood and Lucite
  • Color pallets can range from neutrals tones which reflect nature, to pops of bright color or the graphic use of black and white


Vintage mid-century modern furniture

Vintage Mid-century pieces sourced from Google

Get the look

Now that you know about the attributes of Mid-century, let’s see how IKEA products can help you achieve the same look in your own home. Check out the style collages below!

Mid-century modern style with IKEA products

IKEA product collage - mid-century modern 1

Products featured: NOCKEBY sofaRÅDVIKEN chairSTOCKHOLM cabinetSTOCKHOLM nesting tablesUPPBO table lampSKOGSLÖVER roller blindSYSSAN cushionSKOGSEK cushion coverGRADVIS vaseBJÖRKSNÄS bowl 

VEDBO armchair

IKEA product collage - mid-century modern 2

Products featured: KARLSTAD sofaVEDBO arm chair, KOLLUND rug (coming Fall 2017!), SVALNÄS wall mounted storageSVALSTA nesting tablesSOLIDASTER curtains, SJÖPENNA floor lamp (coming Fall 2017!), SANELA cushion coverRIDDARFJÄRIL cushion cover 

I hope you enjoyed reading about Mid-century modern style, and seeing how you can achieve it yourself using products from IKEA.  Are you a fan?  Do you have any Mid-century pieces in your home already?

Till next time!


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