Monday, January 26, 2009

1950’s Interior Design ll

For your pleasure, 15 photos of pure mid-century interiors. Brought to you by Better Homes and Gardens.

Here is what I want to stress as you look at these photos:

Notice the lack of what most people today consider quintessential mid-century modern design. Yes, there is one tripod leg table, a couple hairpin legged tables, but no double or triple tiered fiberglass shade lamps, no bullet planters, no starburst Howard Miller clocks, no sputnik lamps, very little geometric patterns, etc.

I once saw an episode of Antiques Roadshow where one of the Keno twins explained how an Art Deco poster copyrighted 1927 was like “Art Deco on steroids”. The poster was actually a 1980’s fake. But he was right. It was TOO Deco looking to be original Art Deco style.

Keep this in mind if, like me, you don’t have a limitless designer budget supply when buying things for your mid-century home. And keep in mind, a lot of things are mid-century looking that sell for cheap on eBay, and furniture can be bought brand-new sometimes for less, if you look for 1950’s style.

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