Modern­times Mid-cen­tury style lives on

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THE hit TV series Mad Men may be well and truly over but the in­te­rior de­sign style it cham­pi­oned, mid-cen­tury mod­ern, is any­thing but.

“We don’t see its cur­rent pop­u­lar­ity slow­ing down any time soon,” says Michael Joseph­son, di­rec­tor of The Mod­ern Fur­ni­ture Store. “The de­sign style is sim­ple and func­tional.”

The de­sign style mid-cen­tury mod­ern is used to de­scribe an aes­thetic from the 50s, 60s and 70s that em­pha­sised func­tion over dec­o­ra­tion and cel­e­brated clean lines and easy-touse de­signs.

Its on­go­ing pop­u­lar­ity comes down to how well it melds with to­day’s at­ti­tudes, which value sim­plic­ity, prac­ti­cal­ity and in­tegrity of ma­te­ri­als. The grow­ing im­por­tance of sus­tain­abil­ity has also seen many peo­ple re­ject the throw­away flat­pack cul­ture.

Part of its suc­cess also comes down to its ver­sa­til­ity and how har­mo­niously it works with other de­sign styles, says Joseph­son.

“Mid-cen­tury mod­ern suits any size or style home, from a slick, ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment to a more re­laxed beach­side set­ting.”

And un­like min­i­mal­ist driven styles its lib­eral use of colour and pat­tern gives home­own­ers the free­dom to ex­press their per­son­al­ity.

Iconic fur­nish­ing

›› Sput­nik chan­de­lier

›› Egg or wish­bone chair

›› Low-slung side­board

›› Arco lamp

›› Nest­ing ta­bles

›› Star­burst clock

›› Bar cart

Mid-cen­tury mod­ern styles from The Mod­ern Fur­ni­ture Store.

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