These five pieces of Mid-century furniture designs have become timeless classics. It doesn’t matter what your interior style may be, any one of these five will elevate the cool factor in your interior.
The Barcelona Chair created by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich in 1929, was originally designed for Spanish royalty for the German Pavilion at the International Exposition of 1929, in Barcelona. Today it provides great seating without a lot of bulk.
We love when furniture does double duty in the home. The Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen provides seating and visual interest in a room. Oh yeah, it is actually comfortable too. Designed in 1958 for the SAS Radisson Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, the soft curves are a welcome contrast to the boxy shapes found in most homes.
The Saarinen Table and Tulip Chair were both designed in 1957 by Eero Saarinen, the son of Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen. This was everyday kitchen furniture in my grandparent’s (non-modern) midwestern bungalow in Michigan. How I loved those swivel chairs. Little did I know, I was eating with classics, but they make for the perfect answer in today’s modern dining areas.
Simple, purposeful seating can be had in these iconic classics. The Le Corbusier LC-2 “great comfort sofa, small model” and LC-3 “great comfort sofa, large model”, were first designed by the prolific architect in 1928, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier. This is a chair or sofa which make a design statement without shouting. Comfortable enough for guests or watching TV, you’ll never go wrong with this sofa.
The common denominator in each of these mid-century pieces is simplicity. Nothing is weird, too fru-fru or contrived. Each piece satisfies its purpose as a piece of furniture and has the added bonus of being a visual pleasure. Classics in the interior need no explanation, they just work. When you need furniture for every day dining and seating, make these mid-century classics your solution.
All of these pieces are still being produced. High quality reproductions made under license are readily available as are lower price versions. Search on any of the names above and you’ll find options in every price range. If you’re lucky you may even come happen upon an original, keep it and use it.