The mid-century modern style of home design has oozed into the 21st century with ease, bringing comfort and sophistication to wherever one might find it. There are many items that usually receive the “mid-century” label, but how can a knowledgeable décor fan mesh them all into a home-friendly or office-friendly combo?
The simple solution would be to buy a bunch of them and stock your private spaces with mid-century furniture. But less is more in design, and in life, so a careful discrimination will always yield better results, regardless of where you live or even how much money you have!
How can I have a mid-century home for less? Take these 5 staples of great design, whose replicas are usually found for a very affordable amount, into consideration:
Chaise lounge sofa
One of these couches is perfect for not-so-spacious environments, and coupled with two Womb chair replicas, they’re usually enough to tie a living room together. They can even sometimes, if their size allows it, sit at the base of a large bed in a master bedroom, providing that much-needed extra comfort.
Flag halyard chair
Hans Wegner came up with the design for this piece of modern mid-century furniture while on holiday, so it’s no wonder sitting on it feels like going on vacation. Visually, however, it can be distracting and it is usually better place in outdoor environments (but not directly exposed to the elements, logically).
If you’re considering getting one for a study or living room, try not to pair it with many other items, and keep the furniture around it small.
We’ve already done many articles on the versatility and usability of this Eero Saarinen-designed table. Outdoors, indoors. Kitchen, dining room, even your bedroom if you’re brave enough! This is one of the most user-friendly articles on this list, but keep in mind: the more discreet you make it look, the less mid-century you’re making it. The tulip table was designed to stand out.
Another eye catcher. The Noguchi table is made of two identical base pieces (usually carved from wood) and a triangular plate glass on top that should always have huge, round edges.
Beware of any Noguchi that seems too pointy around the edges! Buyers should also know that the Noguchi table does not feature the same usability than the item above. It is more of an aesthetic statement, and should be the sole protagonist of any living room.