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13 April 2014

Movements in Home Décor and Fashion

Part Five: The Modern Era
In our last installment of this series, Movements in Home Décor and Fashion, we will be looking at the Modern Era which begins in the late 1950’s and continues through the 60’s. During this time we see sleek minimalist designs that, in a sense, shed the weight of the past and had an eye on the future. It was a time to be fast, cool, and carefree! With new methods of advertising, such as TV commercials, modern trends were spread more rapidly than in the past, and had greater influence on the whole society. Modern designs, therefore, not only affected fashion and décor, but also automobiles, electronics, work space, art, and architecture.

Today, we shall take a look at just two areas of interest: mid-century modern furniture and mid-century barware.
Mid-century Modern Furniture was greatly influenced by Danish designers and was characterized by sleek minimalist designs. These designs offered a striking contrast to the soft and curvy glam trends of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Some design features of this era include straight lines, the use of dark wood such as walnut or teak, and bold colors such as orange and green.
Influential designers, such as couple Charles and Ray Eames or Dorothy Thorpe, contributed innovations in molded plastic, plywood, metals, and glass. During this time, we also see a great increase in the use of imitation/artificial materials such as imitation wood (faux bois), laminate (aka Formica), faux leather/vinyl, and polyesters.

Two Tiered Atomic End Table                                            Danish Modern Chair by
by CobblestoneVintage                                                       Karen’sChic and Shabby

Midcentury Barware: The midcentury modern movement produced many housewares and barware reflecting society’s increased interest in travel, work, and entertainment. Television shows ranging from the 1960’s, “I Dream of Jeanie,” to today’s hit show, “Mad Men” highlights this trend. Household items were often decorated with ‘futuristic” or “atomic” designs, which highlighted social and political realities - such as the race to the moon, or the development of the atomic bomb.
by Kickass Style                                                                 by Snapshots Through Time

CeraCoin Tumblers by Comforte                          Kromex Faux Leather & Chrome Ice Bucket
                                                                   by  Sunshine Surprises
Mid-century modern designs are very popular among young vintage collectors. Colors and shapes from this time are really making a comeback. It’s not uncommon to find a 60’s inspired dress in the mall, 60’s paint pallets in home improvement stores, or a vintage inspired coffee table at the local furniture store. Knowing style history can be fun and can add a bit of interesting background to your new décor picks.
This article was written by Mary Herboth of Fine Romance Vintage, and is part of a series called, Movements in Home Décor and Fashion.” Please follow the links below to read more:
Part Two: Edwardian Period
Part Three: TheArt Movements
Part Five: The Modern Era (above)


Team Vintage Vertigo said...

Mary, your series is wonderful and very educational, thank you so much!

CobblestonesVintage said...

Wonderful article! Thanks for including my table!

NeverTooOld said...

Mary, You've done such a wonderful job with the "Movements" posts and I've learned so much. I hope you continue with more posts and can't wait to read what you've next to share! All My Best!

Anonymous said...

Very informative and interesting reading. Thanks Mary!

Anonymous said...

Sorry Mary, I forgot to sign my Anonymous post.


SnapshotsThroughTime said...

Fantastic article Mary! Thank you for including my silver rimmed bowl!

Angela Spiess said...

Amazing post, Mary! I have learned so much from this series. I can't wait to see what you come up with next! Thanks very much.

Elinor said...

What a wonderful series of articles! thanks!

Anonymous said...

Love these articles. Thanks for this information.


MrsRshop said...

I agree with all the comments above! Great reading!

Blue Moon Attic said...

Every one of these period posts have been valuable and appreciated. Thanks for doing the research for us and taking the time to write up such an interesting article.

MaryH said...

Thanks for all the support! What a great team! It was great fun writing these.