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What is the difference between mid-century and mid-century modern?

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What is the difference between mid-century and mid-century modern?
The difference between mid-century and mid-century modern comes down to specificity. When it comes to furniture and architecture, for example, mid-century refers to works that emerged during the middle of the 20th century, usually between 1950 and 1970. The more specific descriptor, mid-century modern, is used to refer to a particular style of design that emphasizes simplicity, organic forms and clean lines. Mid-century modern furniture designers generally drew on the architectural work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Bauhaus design, Scandinavian modernism and more. Any piece of furniture produced during the 1950s and ’60s can be referred to as mid-century, but only those with specific characteristics are mid-century modern. That said, when enthusiasts of furniture and architecture use the shorter of the two phrases, they may indeed be referring to modernist works created during that period in history. On 1stDibs, find a wide variety of mid-century modern furniture.
1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
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George Nelson Sideboard
Located in Cedar Falls, IA
Walnut and cane sideboard or storage unit designed by George Nelson for Eero Saarinen and the Irwin Union Bank built in 1954. Nice walnut veneer with contrasting white laminate work...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Cane, Laminate, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar in Original Striped Fabric
Located in Oakland, CA
Edward Wormley for Dunbar daybed in its original striped fabric. A striking fabric with vibrant colors and bold stripes. A simple and clean f...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

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Brass

Elmyre lounge chair by Guillerme & Chambron for votre Maison, 1960s
Located in Marinha Grande, PT
"Elmyre" lounge chair by Guillerme & Chambron for votre Maison, France, 1960s. It has a sculptural light oak frame with cutout details. The seat is completely original and in perfect...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Oak

Angelo Mangiarotti Console Eros Skipper Italy Rectangular Carrara Marble 1970s
Located in Palermo, IT
Rare console designed by the well-known Italian designer Angelo Mangiarotti and produced by the Skipper company in Italy in the 1970s. The console is made of white Carrara marble wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Carrara Marble

Custom Made "Quaderna" Console/Table/Desk for Zanotta, 1970s
Located in Brescia , Brescia
Unique Oversized Piece with Custom Black Legs, Designed for a Pistoia Photography Studio by Superstudio This one-of-a-kind "Quaderna" console/table, custom-made for Zanotta in the 1...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Plastic, Wood

Arm/Lounge chair 1970s pair
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Arm/Lounge Chair 1970s pair Beautiful pair of relaxing and comfy chairs with new cushions in white velvet. Scandinavian style with cane sides and back for airnes.
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Vintage 1970s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet, Cane, Hardwood

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