The world was racing to explore space, Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry rocked the radio, while Marilyn Monroe and James Dean graced the silver screen. Slim legs and crushed velvet gave design a new allure that rivaled the stars of the time. The 1950’s and 60’s brought mid-century modern into full swing. The war was over and design was more avant-garde than ever before. Designers and architects such as Arne Jacobsen, husband and wife duo Charles and Ray Eames, and Verner Panton set the stage with essential period pieces.
For a Mid-Century Modern home, incorporating abstract patterns is a must. Find patterns that feature neutrals and bursts of secondary colors, such as orange and green. Think Pollock and de Kooning as you choose art for your Mid-Century Modern design.
Found in abstract, atomic, and deco patterns, geometric is the crowning jewel for Mid-Century Modern. Rounded geometrics soften patterns and help pull multiple colors together in accessories like throw pillows, lamp shades, and picture frames.
These explosive, star-like patterns are a reaction to America joining the atomic age at the height of Mid-Century style. With molecule-like structures branching off a central point, atomic patterns add a burst of excitement, featuring stylized versions of rockets and bombs in bright and muted colors.
Channeling retro vibes, this pattern is a graphic approach to Mid-Century design. Modern deco is a nod to Scandinavian design, from which much of Mid-Century Modern drew its inspiration. There are many variations of this pattern.