Mid-Century Modern: Furniture (Everything You Need To Get The Look)

Design: DWR

Today we are back for more Mid-Century Modern goodness. Yesterday we gave you the full breakdown on the style, from its history to the essential pieces.

 

And all this week, we’ll be breaking down furniture, lighting, and accessories so you’ll have all the info on how to incorporate this style into your space.

Today, we’re tackling furniture. From consoles to lounge chairs to dining tables to bookshelves, there’s a wide array of pieces that incorporate Mid-Century style and we are walking you through quite a bit of them. There are some specific design details that you typically see in this style, so we’re here to give you all the info you need.

So take a seat! It’s time to break down the characteristics of Mid-Century furniture and show you our favorite options to get the look! And be sure to check back tomorrow when we break down Mid-Century lighting!

Photo: DWR

CHAIRS

Dining and accent chairs in this style share these design traits:

WHAT YOU’LL SEE

  • Barrel back seats
  • Tapered legs
  • Woven and upholstered seats
  • Walnut and teak woods
  • Aluminum and fiberglass
  • Curvy shapes
  • Black for chrome frames and legs

WHAT YOU WON’T SEE

  • Ornate designs
  • Carving
  • “Heavy” feeling
  • Exaggerated proportions
  • Loose cushions

 

Design: DWR

TABLES

Dining tables, coffee and side tables all share these design traits:

 

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

  • Tapered and angular legs
  • Center columns
  • Walnut & Teak woods
  • Round, square and rectangular tops
  • Chrome and Steel
  • Glass tops
  • Rounded corners
  • Leafs (to extend table)

WHAT YOU WON’T SEE

  • Thick legs or tops
  • Ornate designs
  • Rough or live edges

 

Photo: Roger Davies
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Design: Michael Boyd

SOFAS & LOUNGE CHAIRS

Sofas, Loveseats, Sectionals, Armchairs share these design traits:

 

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

  • Tight upholstery
  • Clean lines
  • Angular legs
  • Curvy shapes
  • Brass caps or feet on legs

WHAT YOU WON’T SEE

  • Loose, casual cushions
  • Ornate designs
  • Curved arms
  • High backs

 

Design: Wilo-Grove

STORAGE PIECES

Bookcases, credenzas, consoles, nightstands share these design traits:

 

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

  • Linear and geometric wood designs on front
  • Sliding panels and doors
  • Cane
  • Curvy shapes
  • Tapered and angular legs
  • Wood laminate
  • Stone tops
  • Metal legs
  • Floating shelves

WHAT YOU WON’T SEE

  • Carved legs
  • Ornate designs
  • “Heavy” feel

 

  1. Very descriptive blog, I enjoyed that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

  2. As a furniture and decor designer I am constantly looking for inspiration. Love this post of mid century furniture. There are a few designs there I haven’t seen before. Well done

    1. Thanks so much. We’re always looking for new product. Glad it was inspiring.