Filling up your first private space with furniture is always a challenge and a reward on itself. It allows you to express your own style, putting your soul into the walls, floors, and ceiling.
Buying the right furniture, and combining the appropriate colors and sizes will solidify your worldview into any new apartment, effectively turning it into a home.
The mid-century modern style of furniture, also known around interior design circles as MCM, is the tent under which most of our best-selling products coexist. It brings together the best version of a design boom that swept architecture and art off their feet in the 1950s and 60s, binding their principles with all the manufacturing advances of the 21 st century.
Going MCM on your apartment can have many benefits: the furniture itself is very expressive, eliminating the need for overcompensating tones or decoration.
Along with a mild palette for the walls and little to no decorative objects, you will be able to achieve a clean and organized look for your apartment with minimal effort and it will never look empty or cold.
MCM furniture is a favorite amongst people who enjoy minimalist spaces, but the timeless modern look has permeated almost every other style including rustic, contemporary, eclectic… You name it. Here are three ways to achieve that look by yourself with both comfort and confidence.
1. Let the sun shine in
Among the various design breakthroughs of the mid-century modern period is biomorphism, a way to seamlessly implement the natural world into our artificial creations.
Our furniture should be as natural as ourselves, and the lighting should also be mostly natural, from our benevolent sun.
The Womb chair, for example, which attempted to imitate the feeling of safety and coziness that all humans get from their moms before we are born, is the perfect companion for a wide living room, near the windows.
Paired with a Noguchi table replica for coffee, your home is guaranteed to be a place you’ll wish you never had to leave. Both items, respectively, were created by Eero Saarinen and Isamu Noguchi at the height of the mid-century modernist period.
Our replicas follow the same original specifications, and stay true to the original designs down to the last detail.
2. Don’t be afraid to mix and match
Depending on how your apartment is decorated, you can mix and match furniture colors as much as you want. The only guideline you should follow (if you want to keep it mid-century) is make sure it looks contrasting. Dark walls? Get light-colored furniture. Light walls? Get black leather items with walnut finishes.
Don’t overdo it, or it might be overwhelming. Consider focusing that accent into a couple of key places, like your living room and bedroom, for example. An Eames Lounge Chair replica, or a Tulip table are usually the most sought-after items that a person interested in MCM can acquire.
The ELC was created by Ray and Charles Eames in the 1960s, and it has become the poster chair for American modernism, being prominently featured in movies and TV since its inception.
The Tulip table is also from Eero Saarinen. Along with the Womb chair mentioned above, these items come in a wide variety of colors and finishes that will help you find your personal approach to decoration and lifestyle.
3. Use different styles smartly
Even though it can be tempting, you should get different styles of furniture. MCM pieces tend to have a lot of personality, so they will always draw attention.
Identify the bigger spots in your apartment and get up to two iconic, large pieces for each room. Fill the rest with your personal, more contemporary items. The best way to make something look unique is to make sure you don’t put it everywhere, right?
We’ve only mentioned three designers so far, but MCM furniture goes way back into the beginnings of the 20th century, spanning most of Europe. The Scandinavian region, already famous for their prowess in woodworking and furniture making, birthed some of the greatest designers from the movement. We’re talking about Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, and many others.
We can also include other big names from Europe, such as Eileen Gray and Mies van der Rohe. Pierre Jeanneret (famously known as Le Corbusier) and American geniuses Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, and George Nelson are also a part of our collection. There’s a lot that you can gain from putting a little MCM into your home.