MID-CEN­TURY FLAIR

IN PART THREE OF OUR DEC­O­RAT­ING SE­RIES WE EX­PLORE MID-CEN­TURY MOD­ERN, WHOSE VIN­TAGE, DE­SIGN-LED VIBE IS PLAY­ING BIG IN IN­TE­RI­ORS RIGHT NOW

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The nos­tal­gia-in­spir­ing sets of Mad Men might have brought the phrase ‘mid-cen­tury mod­ern’ back into the com­mon ver­nac­u­lar, but in truth, this is an in­te­rior style that never com­pletely fell out of fash­ion. One of its hall­marks – and the rea­son for its en­dur­ing ap­peal – is its fo­cus on func­tion­al­ity. “The prin­ci­ple be­hind many of the iconic mid-cen­tury fur­ni­ture de­signs was ‘form fol­lows func­tion’, which sim­ply means that the fur­ni­ture was de­signed for its pur­pose with­out un­nec­es­sary fea­tures,” says Diana Ribarevski of Coco Repub­lic. Best of all, the era’s nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and or­ganic, sculp­tural forms are com­pletely com­pat­i­ble with al­most any con­tem­po­rary home. Groovy, baby.

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