Mid Century? What does that mean?

In vintage circles Mid Century is one of the looks of the moment which doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon. But what does it really mean?

Well as it suggests it’s date determined but as importantly it’s style determined.

Mid Century as it suggests (and we are talking 20th Century here!) is any time around the 1960s with a bit of lee way either side to the 1950s and 1970s (just!).

It is epitomised by a look which is a little difficult at first to define but once you know what to look out for it’s easy – although finding the items is not always!

Think Atomic – usually a style of leg on a table or a magazine rack.

Think Barkcloth – a type of material which has geometric patterns in lovely subtle colours.

Think Sputnik – anything space age looking in design (named after the first Russian spaceship!)

Think Scandi – the clean lines of Danish, Swedish and Norwegian designers

Think Ercol – fabulous ‘blond’ stylish furniture from this iconic British maker.

Designers such as husband and wife team – Lucienne and Robin Day – were great exponents of the look through textile and furniture design.

The photos show some examples of the Mid-Century look. It can work in both traditional and contemporary interiors and the best of the designs never date and the quality of the manufacture means they will stand the test of time until the middle of the 21st Century.

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