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Clean lines, vibrant upholstery, and dark wood are signature elements of mid-century modern furniture design. Ushered in after World War II, the mid-century modern design movement simplified interior design away from ornate styles to functional, without frills but still stylish looks.
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The Eames chair is just one example of the kind of iconic furniture design pieces that the mid-century modern movement has brought us. Short, slanted wooden legs and colorful tufted upholstery are also trademarks of the mid-century style, as well as white curved plastic pieces and designs that include squared edges.
Here are 10 mid-century modern furniture pieces from Amazon that can help you achieve the timeless look at home.
1. Novogratz Brittany Sofa Futon
With a tufted back and short, slanted legs, this sofa transports you to a fashionable Palm Springs mid-century home. If you’re craving color, this contemporary futon comes in a variety of lively colors that can make a beautiful statement.
And yes, you did hear us say this is a futon, but it’s a far cry from the dingy futon of a college apartment. The sophisticated tufted back folds down to create a comfortable bed for your house guests.
2. Mid-century squared coffee table
The squared edges and angles of this coffee table create an intriguing design that emulates the style of mid-century modern home architecture. The block design of the table creates an interesting storage space beneath the top of the table where you can tuck away your remotes while also creating tableaus of accessories and coffee table books.
This table comes in three different colors including natural wood for a more rustic tone or a gray wood grain that feels industrial. Amazon reviewers love this piece for its stunning design and the added flair it will bring to your living room.
3. Christopher Knight Ventura Chair
The chair’s dark wood frame with bright yellow cushioning gives it a vintage feel that elicits memories of your grandparents’ living room furniture. The Ventura chair would look lovely staged in the corner of a room under a floor lamp making for a charming reading nook.
Reviewers of this chair say that it is easy to assemble and offers firm back support for those who struggle with softer cushioning. It has a wide seat so you can stretch out in this attractive chair.
4. CozyCasa Farmhouse Dining Table
With a white tabletop and natural wood legs, this table is an easy piece of mid-century modern furniture to try because it can blend in with any of your existing décor. The wooden legs are reinforced with metal rods for durability (and as an ode to classic Eames dining chairs).
At 47.5-inches long, this table is the perfect size to use as small dining table to gather around or as a desk for your home office.
5. Furmax DSW Dining Chair Set
A little lesson in furniture design is that there are acronyms in chair design to help you identify the size and materials of your favorite chairs. An acronym you’ll often see with mid-century modern chairs is DSW. This stands for Dining (which tells you the size of the chair), Side (speaks to the use of the chair), and Wood (tells you what the base of the chair is made of).
This style of DSW chair is a replica of an Eames fiberglass dining chair and matches perfectly with the CozyCasa Dining Table to create a matching set for your dining room.
6. Crosley Media Console
If you’re a fiend for an analog music setup and have an impressive vinyl collection, seek out a console table made just for that. This Crosley media console includes a spot made for storing your record player and vinyl records. There’s also ample storage behind the sliding doors to show off your collection.
It’s available in a rich mahogany color which gives off an antique look and feel despite being new. We also like the gold hardware on the sliding doors, which gives this console a contemporary look and livens up the dark wood.
7. Modway Engage Sofa
This sofa may as well have been transported straight from Don Draper’s office as it exudes a quintessential mid-century design. The handsome sofa is made from mixed materials with a wooden base and gorgeous fabric upholstery. The buttoned cushions offer up timeless flair, too.
The gray fabric is a lovely choice for those who prefer neutrals. For something more colorful, try wheatgrass or teal.
8. Christopher Knight Elam Coffee Table
The abstract rounded shape of this coffee table is a compelling way to break up the traditional straight lines of mid-century modern furniture. The simple yet interesting design of the table will be a statement in your living room that will have guests talking as soon as they walk in the door.
Amazon reviewers of this item commend the quality of the product as it provides sturdiness and style. It’s easy to assemble so you can have it put together and in use in no time.
9. Hayosnfo Tulip Table
Designed in the 1940s by Eero Saarinen, this tulip-style of table melds the Scandinavian design movement with American mid-century modern design. Taking on clean rounded lines over straight hard angles, the tulip table is an elegant piece that brings some added fun.
This white table is a replica of Saarinen’s classic pedestal table designs and serves as a blank canvas for adding personal touches. For an English garden appeal, drape a fetching gingham tablecloth over top or throw down some faux-leather placemats in a funky shape for something more contemporary.
10. Armen Living Summer Chair
Natural wood grain may elicit the images of wall-to-wall wood paneling from the ’70s which is not so chic. But a more modern take on the wood grain trend can be found in statement furniture. These chairs bring in that natural wood-look while adding a touch of color with colorful or patterned upholstery.
These will perk up any dining area in your home no matter what style of table you put them around. We think this design would also look lovely as a desk chair who wants to bring the mid-century modern to their office.
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