We define the must-have elements of this retro style and share our favorite mid-century picks.
simple lines and
organic forms characterize this sleek style—which flourished from the 1930s to the 1960s, but is still popular today. Furniture of this era tended to be low-slung and showed off the beauty of the natural wood grain. Graphic patterns and a color palette of avocado, mustard, and tangerine hues were staples in the style's heyday. (This modern-day room, left, updates that palette.) Eye-catching essentials included statement light fixtures, mirrors, and clocks in space-age shapes; and shag and flokati rugs. Cocktail hour reigned, as many homes had fully-stocked bar carts.
Impeccable craftsmanship makes mid-century modern furniture timeless.