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Mid-Century Modern: Retro Comfort and Streamlined Style

Theodore Alexander Mid-Century Modern Table TA-2751The popularity of Mid-Century Modern furniture and home decor style seems to grow every day, partly because it is so easy to live with. Younger generations of home owners have adopted the look with great enthusiasm, especially if they have watched the TV series Mad Men which promoted the sophistication and optimism of the interior design style.

Other customers who remember the look the first time around from their parents’ or grandparents’ homes find comfort in Mid-Mod as it evokes a sense of nostalgia and stability. This new Theodore Alexander Keno Bros. occasional table with gorgeous rosewood veneers is a typical example.

Mid-Century Modern design dates to exactly the period implied in the name. It draws on the era from the end of World War II in 1945 through the early 1970s with an emphasis on the 1950s. Of course, this was a period of great change socially and in design and manufacturing. The streamlined profiles of furniture in this period reflects the reaction against the old society and the exciting possibilities of the new! The excitement of the space age and airplane travel were part of the buoyant and forward-thinking mood. This new light washed oak and leather Jonathan Charles Mid-Century Modern chest looks like it is about to rocket to the moon!

Jonathan Charles Mid Century Modern Chest JC-3649Mid-Century Modern furniture and home accessories were designed with pared-down shapes and organic and ergonomic forms. The streamlined straight, angled, and gently curved shapes avoided any ornate decoration. Surface embellishments or other ornamental flourishes are not a part of this look. The design interest purely came from strong silhouettes, interesting materials and often quite bold colors.

Theodore Alexander Keno Bros Panel Screen TA-2718Geometrics were important and they gave a graphic punch whether used as a shape for furniture or as a decorative print on textiles. This stunning new Theodore Alexander Keno Bros. panel screen is a terrific example.

Theodore Alexander Keno Bros Lamp TA-2711Amidst the uncluttered look, statement lighting had a chance to shine in more ways than one! A pendant lamp with a simple organic shape is often a focal point in this kind of decor style, giving the impression that it is a space satellite or cloud floating across the room.

The wavy floating shelf on this new stainless steel and walnut veneer Mid-Century Modern style floor lamp by Theodore Alexander and the Keno Brothers shows the kind of statement we mean!

Materials combine natural woods such as teak with the new materials that the latest technology provided, such as Lucite, plastic, and molded fiberglass and plywood, Ground-breaking furniture designers in the Mid-Century Modern style include Ray and Charles Eames. George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, and Isamu Noguchi.

The new pieces in Mid-Century Modern style in our online furniture store show the finest design of this type, superbly crafted by today’s furniture makers. You might especially like to check out the full Theodore Alexander Keno Brothers collection of Mid-Century Modern styles designed in partnership with the antiques celebrities, the Keno Brothers.

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2013 Trends: Antique Furniture Comes Back

I know many of you don’t decorate based on trends. You buy antique furniture because you love its look and appreciate its high quality and value. Still, I was excited to see antique furniture made the list of House Beautiful’s “10 Home Decorating Trends that will be Hot in 2013.” And it made me want to look into other 2013 design trends to see how fine antique furniture and accessories might fit into the picture.

The renowned Boston Design Center issued its 2013 Trends Report, and again I noticed traditional furnishings making a comeback. BDC devoted an entire category to “The Classics,” summed up as “tailored shapes, tasteful and refined, polished surfaces, perfectly modern.” Many fine French antiques and vintage pieces fit this description, such as this beautiful upholstered 1950s Louis XV arm chair in walnut.

Another candidate for BDC’s “The Classics” category? This fab French mid-century modern sideboard.

BDC also devotes an entire section to “pattern” trends, and they predict stripes, floral prints, and figural patterns will be big in 2013. Other design blogs also have predicted a comeback of animal prints, but with a whimsical twist — such as in this reproduction French bombe commode with a sensational zebra stripe!

Designer Melissa Rufty says she’s “crushing on brass” for 2013, and certainly many antiques used brass hardware. If you like more bling, there are a variety of high-quality reproduction pieces that incorporate brass or even gilt elements for the ultimate shine.

This particular console table not only includes the brass elements predicted to be hot but also homes in on the classic themes predicted by BDC.

Designer Leta Austin Foster says “enough with the plain” in the House Beautiful 2013 trends slideshow and calls for “pretty, classic fabrics.” Again, you can look to vintage to fill the bill, as in this gorgeous French velvet table runner from the 1950s.

In terms of color, all the major trendsetters see blue in the future. One obvious way to add pops of blue throughout your decor is by displaying classic Blue Delft ceramics.

I guess my biggest takeaway from reading about 2013 decorating and interior design trends is this: Antiques are never out of style! Regardless of what the current trend seems to be, antique and vintage furnishings always have a place in your home’s decor.

What do you think about the projected design trends for 2013? Do you pay any attention to trends?

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 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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