If you were alive during the late 1950s and 1960s you saw a lot of architecture, graphic design, furniture, and accessories that just looked modern. They were simple, clean, elegant, yet somehow organic. They produced a progressive, optimistic emotion in the mind of the viewer.
Today, the remnants of this design movement have come back in style. (Doesn’t it seem ironic to have nostalgic feelings for stuff that is modern?) People who archive and sell such items refer to the vintage pieces as “Mid Century Modern” or “Mid 20th Century”.
I’ve selected three projects that illustrate Mid Century Modern in fact and in spirit.
The small, red, boatshaped planter was made by a small pottery by the name of “Am Beau Ware”. A simple space-age arrangement of red elements works very well with the pure red glaze of the container.
One of the flower varieties that enhance the beauty of Mid Century Modern is the spider mum. Its elegant complexity is the perfect note for simple floral design work. The red spider mum shares its visual appeal with a chartreuse planter by Maurice Pottery of California.
The drip glaze orange on dark brown jardinière by USA Pottery illustrates a more organic direction of Mid Century style. In this case, tropical rainforest flowers bring out the organic aspect of the genre.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes the chef José Andrés. “The modernity of yesterday is the tradition of today, and the modernity of today will be tradition tomorrow.”