Mid century modern furniture, aka furniture of 1950’s or anything that can be found on your parents’ & grandparents’ homes that looked awfully old to you once is the answer to (my, at least) every interior design related problem. Also the name of an architectural movement; mid century modern furnitures’ key characteristics are their clean simplicity, brass details and splayed legs which is also known as McCobb legs or a more modern metal rendition: the hairpin legs.
The most famous designers of the movement are Arne Jacobsen (the egg chair and the ant chair), Peter Hvidt (the wooden frame armchair with grey textile cushions), Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner (the peacock chair, chinese chair, wishbone chair etc), Poul Henningsen (the “danish” lamp), Børge Mogensen (the spanish chair) and finally Charles and Ray Eames (the Eames chair). As the Eames couple being the only Americans in a big bunch of Danish designers, the movement is also referred to as the Danish Modern.
Why is Mid Century Modern this important again all of a sudden? It is the most essential part of the interior style “california cool” which basically is the perfect mariage of modern and vintage: clean but not too ordinary, simple but not too minimal, modern but not futuristic, wooden but not too rustic. Put a Moroccan or Turkish rug underneath, adorn with coffee table books, candles, old bottles and brass accessories but more importantly modern art and big plants & you have the perfect home.