Midcentury Modern Furniture and Design

It’s hard to fathom, but mid-century modern design is still as popular now as it was 50 years ago.  The impact this iconic design era still has on the world is undeniable.

“Midcentury modern” itself is a difficult term to define. It broadly describes the architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century. Over the past two decades, the term describing a specific period of design has become the marketing descriptor du jour.

Type the words “midcentury” and “modern” into any furniture retailer’s search pane, and you’ll likely come up with dozens of pieces labeled with these design-world buzzwords—despite the fact that there is nothing “midcentury” about the items they describe.

Why does midcentury modern continue to be popular, and why have contemporary retailers and manufacturers embraced its clean-lined look so emphatically? Midcentury pieces are simply well-designed objects, with a timeless look, says Joshua Holdeman, Sotheby’s worldwide head of 20th-century design. Midcentury modern designs sit very well in contemporary homes and interiors—they still feel fresh today, they still feel modern. A lot of those pieces haven’t been bettered. They still stand the test of time.

Explore a selection of furniture, décor, and art curated from private individuals, corporate collections, dealers available to buy now via Sotheby’s here.

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