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.