The Beginner’s Guide to Mid-Century Modern: 5 Essential Pieces to Get You Started

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Love the mid-century modern look? Here are five design essentials to should know if you want to capture the style in your space.


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1. Molded Polypropylene Chairs
When concerns over the environmental impact of fiberglass caused designers to rethink their use of the material, these single-shelled chairs started to pop up in polypropylene. Their minimalism and comfort made them a staple in the modern design world, and their presence is welcome in all sorts of different homes today.

Tulip Chair

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2. Tulip Table
Said to have been inspired by a drop of thick liquid, the Tulip Table is simple, smooth, and clean. Perfect for any modern home, this table can work in the dining room, living room, or kitchen.

3. Sputnik Chandelier
After the Soviet Union’s launch of the Sputnik satellite in 1957, how could the world resist mimicking its shape in furnishings as well. The world’s infatuation with all things “space” resulted in many great designs, the Sputnik chandelier included. Learn more about this incredible light fixture (and how it’s lasted through the years) here.
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4. Clean-Lined Sofa
Sofas during the mid-century were tailored, clean-lined, and often featured button tufting. You can’t go wrong with one of these stylish seats, whether you live in a modern home or not.

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5. The Classic Credenza
Built for style as well as utility, these storage furnishings came equipped with multiple drawers and cabinets, but look smooth and cohesive from the outside.

What do you think? Which of these designs is your favorite? Think another should have made our list? Let us know in the comment section below, then be sure to check out our Archetypes of Mid-Century Modern collection to find more incredible pieces from this era.

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