The love of mid-century modern architecture deepens every year.
But what exactly is this style of architecture? And how do we identify it?
Let's dive into the history of this movement, the key characteristics and features, mid-century modern style homes for sale right now, and more.
The term mid-century modern is not an easy one to define but broadly speaking, it describes architecture, furniture, interior design, and graphic design from roughly 1935 to 1975, as part of the larger modernist movement with roots in the Industrial Revolution, though some argue this particular movement is only specific to 1947 - 1957.
Due to the economic changes in Germany following World War II, Bauhaus architects and designers migrated to America. American cities were expanding rapidly post-war and with this came suburbanization and the need for quickly built, modern homes and furnishings. And so the mid-century modern movement was born.
Generally, ranch and split-level homes built between 1935 and 1975 (which feature the characteristics listed below) can be labeled as mid-century modern. However, in recent years, new contemporary homes have taken inspiration from the movement - these would be considered mid-century modern style homes.
Expect clean lines and subtle organic curves, an eclectic variety of materials but in an uncluttered and simplistic manner, a fun and retro-inspired vibe, and an unwavering emphasis on functionality.
Some of the most notable mid-century modern residential architects include Charles and Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Koenig, Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, Eileen Gray, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, Luis Barragán, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Eero Saarinen, Rudolph M. Schindler, and Archibald Quincy Jones - to name a few.
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