The hottest vintage furniture style today is Mid-Century Modern. Decorators can’t seem to get enough of these retro designs. Developed in the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s, the sleek, streamlined, and curvilinear motifs reflected the ideals of the space age and the promise of a post-war economic rebound.
The Mid-Century modern movement incorporated the work of many prominent architects and designers including Gropius, Florence Knoll, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe. With Mid-Century architecture, the style emphasized structures with ample windows and open floor plans. The idea was to open up interior spaces and bring the outside in. Many Mid-century houses employed architectural design that eliminated bulky support walls and replaced them with walls seemingly made of glass.
With Mid-Century furniture, function was as important as form. And rather than targeting high-end buyers like in other periods, Mid-Century designers focused on the needs of the average American family.
Two distinct furniture styles are popular today with Mid-Century buyers. One is the typically steam-bent, light-colored wood pieces made by manufacturers like Heywood-Wakefield.
The other is Danish Modern (also referred to as Scandinavian design). Danish pieces are usually teak.
Oliver’s Twist Antiques offers a number of Mid-Century items, with new pieces arriving regularly. Stop by our showrooms on Donnelly Street in downtown Mount Dora and have a look at these popular styles for yourself. You might find just the piece you’re looking for.