Design Styles

Chair Love: Mid Century Modern Style (Part 1)

Some women love handbags and others love shoes.  I have an unabashed love for chairs – Yes, chairs, especially when they are artistically beautiful, comfortable and they make a statement of their own.  Some of the most unique chairs created in the 20th century are from the Mid Century Modern era.

Mid Century Modern design was more of a movement than a period.  The war was over and the world was ready to usher in a new modern style that departed dramatically from the past.  It began after WWII and the design period continued to include the late 1960s and early-to-mid- 1970s.  It is considered to be a significant period of creativity in residential architecture, product and graphic design and furniture design.  Some of the most prolific chair designers were European and American.

What I admire most about these chair designs were the inventiveness in organic shapes, and the surprising material combinations.  So many of the chairs we love today were actually designed from the Mid Century Modern era.

Here are some of my favorite iconic styles created during the Mid Century Modern era.

MARTIN EISLER AND CARLO HAUNER lounge chair and ottoman Forma Italy, c. 1955

Lounge chair and ottman by Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner, Italy has a laced back and curved wood slats.

Arne Jacobsen Egg ChairThe Iconic Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen

Verner Panton leather tufted Elegant ChairVernon Panton Elegant Chair in tufted leather

Mid Century Modern inspired chair designed by Kate Hume interior designer. Mid Century Modern inspired chair designed by Kate Hume interior designer reproduction

Chair Carl Axel Acking, Sweden. 1950's Lounge Chair in curved wood designed by Carl Axel Acking, Sweden. 1950’s

arne-jacobsen-oxford-chair-highArne Jacobsen Oxford Chair in curved wood with steel base.  A beautiful compliment to any office.

Adrian Pearsall Lounge ChairAdrian Pearsall Lounge Chair –  American furniture designer and architect

 finn-juhl-chieftain-chair 1949The Chieftain Chair designed by Danish designer, Finn Juhl in 1949

Eames styled molded plastic chairs are still popular today

mid century modern originals and reproductions in a living roomMid Century Modern furniture in a modern living room of today demonstrating the timelessness of this style.

Mid Century modern home furnishings are in high demand and still coveted today – the originals and reproductions.

Mid Century Modern furniture designers

The Designers and their chairs: George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom from Playboy Magazine article 1951