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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7 comments:

  1. Good points! I love the comment about being on steroids! hehehehe

    My house is on steroids. :)hahahaha

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  2. =D

    If you are Marydeluxe53, I think I posted pics of your house? If that's your place, I am stunned... And you are my hero!

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  3. this web site sucks

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  4. Mother had all that Danish Modern furniture which has since been tossed in the dump. All low to the ground. She had a couch from 1955 until about 2001. We had hardwood floors with that thin wool area carpet in each room. Would scratch you to death laying on the floor. She always kept those floors highly waxed and shiny.

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  5. One thing of Mother's I kept was a high back leather chair. Black leather with the buttons and wooden arms. Had a leather pillow at one time. It sits on a swivel/rocker base and has a matching foot stool. All with the little short metal legs. I thought it would really be worth something some day. Never saw another one like it. I was in Alabama in an antique store and saw another one for sale. $20.00. LOL!! So much for a lofty price.

    She had one of those wall hung lamps hanging from the cord like you see in vintage pictures over that chair. It got destroyed. Had the counter weight to raise it and lower it.

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  6. IKEA has lots of items that look right for the time period. If you are careful, you could probably furnish your entire house with new items that are not that expensive and have a completely period (art deco) home.

    Kristie

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  7. You know, as much as I love the look, most of this furniture doesn't look very comfortable does it? Especially the very low back sofas/divans. We always had thick comfy chairs and sofa - guess we weren't very fashionable back then!

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