Midcentury modern design is, arguably, as iconic a look today as it was when Knoll and Herman Miller introduced furniture designed by Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and George Nelson after World War II. The clean-lined furniture withstands the tests of time and taste.
Midcentury modern décor remains lighthearted and sleek, Shaker-straightforward and slender. Unlike other interior design styles, such as Art Deco and Art Nouveau, midcentury modern style has experienced a second wave of popularity that only continues to grow after two decades. The reasons are manifold, including the practical: Midcentury modern furniture can easily blend in with furnishings from other eras, and its typically spare forms fit into small spaces.
MCM UPHOLSTERY MAGIC
Jaclyn Kole discovered a passion for midcentury modern furniture when she decorated her first Nashville apartment. She then trained as a professional upholsterer and opened a booth of her fabulous recreations, Urban Housewife, at GasLamp. She has a knack for choosing fabrications that catch the eye, as seen with this mid-century modern chair she recreated in royal blue ($529; Booth B-208). What a pair it would make with the MCM ottoman below.
Kole infused this midcentury modern ottoman with a sense of fun ($229; B208). First, she fitted it with a new foam cushion, then reupholstered it with vinyl, one of her favorite materials, in a checkerboard pattern.
The two-tier table is a staple of midcentury modern design. This vintage midcentury modern coffee table recalls the era fondly: Its rattan and laminate accents were widely used by designs of the time ($195; Booth B-115).
CAVE-ART INSPIRED TILES
Harris G. Strong, Inc., an eponymous ceramics firm founded in the Bronx, New York, in 1950, produced this pair of ceramic art tiles ($150; T-357). Featuring folk-like depictions of a horse and bird, the tiles seem to be inspired by cave paintings.
How charming is this pair of midcentury modern jacks? Made of solid cast iron, these oversized jacks could find use as doorsteps or bookends ($148; Booth T-2012).
SLEEK ALUMINUM WINE RACK
Crafted from polished aluminum, this nine-bottle wine rack is from Eichholtz, the Dutch luxury brand ($79; T2012). While not vintage, it fits the midcentury modern mold in its ability to look stylish on a counter or bar top without taking up too much space.
Since MCM furnishings were initially aimed at the middle class for outfitting their starter homes in postwar subdivisions, they are designed with slim lines to fit the tight footprints of that era’s houses. Those same slender lines fit seamlessly into the starter lofts and townhomes of today, as fans of vintage furniture have discovered. Midcentury modern furnishings flourish at GasLamp, so swing by and find the piece that will bring sleekness and whimsy to your world.