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Here you will find the most beautiful mid-century modern furniture

By Anaïs Eleni

Minimalist, cozy and functional: the mid-century style can be described in three short words. The iconic style from the 50s and 60s, which has its origins in North America and Scandinavia, has been celebrating its major revival for several years - and can be found more and more regularly in magazines, on social media and in interior guides. But what exactly is Mid-Century Modern? And where does it come from?

"clear lines
and
organic shapes."

The term “Mid-Century Modern” describes a movement and stylistic design of the 50s and 60s and has its origins in architecture and furniture design. With the motto "Form Follows Function", the main features of the furnishing style can be wonderfully explained: while decorative details and unnecessary decorations were omitted, the focus remained on the functionality of the design. 

With its clear lines and organic shapes, the resulting minimalism turned the design of the era into true classics that are known, relevant and highly coveted to this day.

Here we reveal which three furniture categories are our absolute favorites and where exactly the individual designs can best be found:

1. Sideboard: Lots of storage space and a touch of warmth for the living room

If we speak of interiors in mid-century style today, there is one piece of furniture in particular that is a symbol of the era and that hovers in front of our eyes: the classic 1960s sideboard. It is typically made of rosewood or teak, and both wooden and black hairpin legs cut a great figure! The Danish chest of drawers is ideal as a storage space or decorative element in typical Scandi interiors - and thanks to its intense brown tones it always gives a little warmth. Absolutely perfect for every minimalist room that is still waiting for that certain something.

Where to shop? If you are looking for a beautiful 1960s sideboard, you have several options. Online you are guaranteed to always find what you are looking for at PAMONO and can also be lucky to find it via eBay try. But if you don't necessarily have the leisure to click through the oversupply and would rather be presented with a curated selection, it is always advisable to stop by local dealers. In Berlin we recommend MidcenturyDesign and Schauraum Neukölln.

2. Sofas and armchairs: Comfort from the 1960s 

Of course, the cozy seating from the mid-century era should not be missing in our interior guide either. Probably the most famous design is the Lounge Chair by Ray and Charles Eames, which is as elegant as it is comfortable thanks to its combination of wood and leather - and is therefore an absolute classic of the 50s. In addition to the well-known American designs, the mid-century designs from Scandinavia are also considered timeless classics: Typically consisting of wooden frames and upholstered seat cushions, the Scandinavian sofa and armchair designs of the era are also perfect for the modern living area.

Where to shop? Our personal shopping tip: If you would like to get hold of an original from the 60s, you should definitely go to the usual suspects such as Pamono or the antiques market keep an eye out for worn pieces around the corner. Because: The beautiful sofas and armchairs can be re-upholstered at any time without problems and made to look like new! Perfect for everyone who is looking for some historical and timeless charm for their living room. If you still prefer to invest in a new Scandinavian original, you should definitely stop by Carl Hansen & Søn.

3. Lighting: Mid-century lights for every room

In addition to practical shelf constructions and comfortable seating, one of the most relevant product categories must of course not be missing. What am I talking about here? Of course, about the most beautiful lamps of the mid-century era. Because while a lot of furniture is functional, but primarily optional, you can never have enough of lamps in the truest sense of the word. No matter which room it is: You can't go without lighting anywhere! Fortunately, the mid-century era has given us a number of both beautiful and functional lamp designs. A series of lights produced by the Danish manufacturer Louis Poulsen are particularly popular today - above all the PH pendant lights by Poul Henningsen and the AJ floor and wall lights by Arne Jacobsen. And the entire range of lamps from Gubi makes every interior heart beat faster!

Where to shop? Since all lamp classics are still being produced today (with new editions), you can find them without any problems in usual online shops such as Connox or Ambiente Direct. But some beautiful lights from the 50s and 60s can also be found second-hand. Locally in Berlin, by the way, it is recommended to visit Another June here you can regularly find a great selection of lamps as well as other great design classics that let us indulge in interior nostalgia ...