Mid-Century Modern Interior Design

Mid-century modern is an interior design and architectural style that originated in the middle of the 20th century and stuck around until the 70’s. Because this style is so versatile, natural and functional, it is still a popular style choice today.


According to HGTV, this style came from “a generation of modern architects who fled the rise of Nazi Germany, including Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, who then taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who led the department of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and who later founded the Second School of Chicago.” During the war, the exploration of various materials and technologies was on the rise and architects started developing the style. When World War II came to an end, mid-century modern was born and exploded in popularity.

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Key Elements

Though the style is versatile, there are a five key elements that are consistent among every mid-century modern space:

  1. Light: in every space, you will notice a great deal of natural light, light fixtures, lighter color tones and large windows.
  2. Clean lines and geometric forms: from floor to ceiling, clean unobstructed clean lines are a must, along with geometric forms and patterns.
  3. Functionality: mid-century modern design emphasizes the functionality and purpose of a space.
  4. Minimal decoration: this style is always uncluttered with clean surfaces and just a few decorations.
  5. Texture and material: from naturally exposed wood to woven metal, this style experiments with a large range of textures and materials.

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Case Study

It was an absolute joy to incorporate this timeless style into one of our own projects. The five key elements listed above were all included in this project:

  1. Light: to add light, we installed three additional rows of glass block windows, a large slider, a row of awning windows, track lighting behind one beam, and several light fixtures.
  2. Clean lines and geometric forms: there are clean lines everywhere, like the exposed beams, wood paneling, windows, shelves, and bookcases. We made sure to perfectly line up the awning windows to keep the lines clean and make the windows look like they are original to the house. There are also two subtle geometric forms: the wall clock and art piece on the coffee table.
  3. Functionality: for functionality purposes, we added a breakfast bar, cabinets under the bar, glass door cabinets to house the TV equipment, and bookcases.
  4. Minimal decoration: we kept the decorations to a minimum, so the decorations that we did include grab your attention.
  5. Texture and material: the couch and chair are made out of two different materials, all three tables are made out of different materials, and the pillows and blanket have different textures.


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To see all of the details of our mid-century modern project, click here. If you are interested in working with us, please contact Bollinger Design Group today!


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