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Mid-century Modern: What Is It and Why Do We Love It?

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Eames Chair, Classic Design By now everyone has heard the phrase, mid-century modern applied to furniture, accessories, clothes, houses, and almost every trinket you can think of but what exactly is it?

The design aesthetic of the middle of the 20th century, which has been dubbed Mid Century Modern, or MCM, is generally thought to have begun in America with Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs and work in what he called “organic architecture”.  Organic architecture seemed to grow naturally out of the Arts and Crafts movement which stripped down the ponderous and over-decorated Victorian work that preceded it and simply took it to the next level of design.    If you ever get to visit a Frank Lloyd Wright house or even get a good look at some of the wonderful books on his work, you will begin to understand his deep belief that all elements of a building from the windows and floors and walls to the individual pieces of furniture intended to fill the space all relate to one another and in turn show…

Mid-Century Modern, What is it and Do We Love It?

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The Ultimate Mid-century Pottery, a Bitossi Cat from Italy By now everyone has heard the phrase, mid-century modern applied to furniture, accessories, clothes, houses, and almost every trinket you can think of but what exactly is it? The design aesthetic of the middle of the 20th century, which has been dubbed Mid Century Modern, or MCM, is generally thought to have begun in America with Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs and work in what he called “organic architecture”.Organic architecture seemed to grow naturally out of the Arts and Crafts movement which stripped down the ponderous and over-decorated Victorian work that preceded it and simply took it to the next level of design.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water House If you ever get to visit a Frank Lloyd Wright house or even get a good look at some of the wonderful books on his work, you will begin to understand his deep belief that all elements of a building from the windows and floors and walls to the individual pieces of furniture …