The term Mid-Century Modern is being used often these days as a style indicator. It is sometimes mis-used and erroneously applied to architecture, objects and styles.
The term refers to an aesthetic that developed in the mid-20th century between 1933 to 1965. It was a time period of great exploration, experimentation and creativity in the art and design world. In the United States, mid-century modern was the spread of ideas from the Bauhaus from Germany and Europe in the 1930’s which included great designers such as Mies van de Rohe, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, among countless other cutting edge designers. The influence on early 20th-century masters of the United States, such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles and Ray Eames, also introduced many original ideas that spread rapidly at mid-twentieth century. The International Style gave widespread publicity to these designers, but started the reduction of many original, unique and context-based designs to a simple identifiable “style.”
Now, mid-century modern as a broad style, is identified by clean lines, truth to materials, no ornament and economy of means. A second and third generation of designers continue today to explore and build upon the fundamental design principles of the original masters, creating original masterpieces for the people, place and time of today.