8 Iconic Mid-Century Modern Pieces You Need

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Mid Century Modern Style, the style that never goes out! The simple silhouettes, minimal hardware, and pared-down color palettes.

This year almost every store has a slew of furniture and accessories that are inspired by the mid-century modern classic. The style is contemporary, timeless, and looks good in virtually any space. But the influx of mid-century inspired pieces makes it easy to overlook the trailblazers who started the movement in the first place. So here it is the 8 iconic mid-century modern pieces you need on your home:

1. Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames (1956)

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This Eames Lounge Chair a creation from 19h century still is in nowadays a good icon, we don’t need to retouch anything. This piece brings inspiration and comfort and is a good piece to have in your home.

2. Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer (1925)

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Inspired by the metal frame of a bicycle, Marcel Breuer schemed up this iconic chair when he was an apprentice at the Brauhaus. Breuer originally designed the Wassily chair in 1925 but it has since become the epitome of sleek, modern design.

3. Arco Floor Lamp by Flos (1962)

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Not only does this lamp look good, but it is also the emblem of smart, practical design. This lamp for Flos incorporated small details as they saw fit. Highlights include a smooth marble base with a hole for easy lifting as well as a spun aluminum reflector that provides indirect and direct light.

4. Saarinen Dining Table by Eero Saarinen (1957)

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Known for his precision and sculptural approach to design, Saarinen wanted to create pieces that fixed “the ugly, confusing, unrestful world” underneath chairs and tables, and it worked. Until this days this table remains a favorite amongst the design set and is available in a breadth of sizes, colors, and finishes.

5. Florence Knoll Sofa by Florence Knoll (1954)

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Knoll was known for her very rational approach to furniture design, and this sofa is no exception. The perfect marriage of form and function, it’s a piece that withstands the test of time.

6. Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1929)

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Mies created this piece for Barcelona’s International Exhibition in 1929, yet it is practically synonymous with mid-century modern design. In 1948, Mies gave Knoll exclusive rights to manufacture his popular chair.

7. Noguchi Table by Isamu Noguchi (1948)

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Rumor has it, designer, George Nelson first spotted Noguchi’s table when working on an article called, “How to Make a Table.” Nelson loved the table so much that he begged Herman Miller to produce it, and the rest is history.

8. LC3 Grand Modele Armchair by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand (1928)

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And finally, the proof that sleek, modern design can be comfortable. Even though it was designed in 1928, it’s been considered a mid-century must-have for the past 90 years.

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