It was Cara Greenberg who coined the term Mid-Century Modern, in her book of the same name, published in 1984. The furniture and other useful decorative items that adorned the homes of the fifties and sixties had never really gone out of style,* always attracting collectors, new homeowners, and design enthusiasts.
How is Mid-Century Modern still alive and kicking?
According to 1stdibs, "Organically-shaped, clean-lined, and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe Mid-Century Modern American furniture." As this House Beautiful article on Mid-Century Modern puts it, designers and architects of the time honed in on a populist message: "Design should not only be beautifully constructed, functional, and efficient, but attainable."
When you look at it that way, it's no more suprising that it still features widely in tastefully eclectic, curated decor than it is that certain MCM elements have begun to appear in Mitzi. Organic shapes, clean lines, and elegant simplicity are three driving design principles behind what we do at Mitzi, with the end goal of being attainable always in mind.
There's just something so pleasing about its hallmarks: neat design, clean lines, organic contours, wood and metal. Greenberg put it best, naturally, describing that particular curve you see in so much MCM as "the relaxed parabola that describes the trajectory of a rocket." We've explored the Mid-Century Modern phenomenon of starburst and sputnik chandeliers twice before, if that's a topic you're interested in, so no more rockets for us today. Let's explore another couple Mid-Century Modern motifs today, and see how they apply to new Mitzi fixtures.