16 Homes That Embody Mid-Century Modernism

The style's clean lines and iconic designs are at once timeless and refreshing. Get inspired by these chic spaces that embrace the best of classic and current.

“For a pair of avid collectors, we transformed a summer and weekend residence in East Hampton into a relaxing contemporary retreat with exceptional furnishing pieces,” says Amy Lau. “Both the clients’ and my knowledge of and sensitivity to mid-century design were essential in creating this light-filled space. We kept a neutral base palette to make the rooms appear larger and emphasize their modernist furnishings. These astonishing collectors’ pieces from Prouvé, Kagan, Borsani, to Paulin and Nakashima fill each room with quintessential postwar and modern design.”

Photo by Thomas Loof

“The bright colored upholstery, appropriate for vintage modern pieces, surrounded by white steel windows create a lively context for casual summer waterside beach living,” Michael Haverland says of this airy Shelter Island home, which includes an Edward Wormley for Dunbar corner sofa from Regan & Smith. The space features a vintage Richard Schultz petal table for Knoll and a set of Eero Saarinen tulip chairs.

Photo by Laurie Lambrecht

Emily Summers Studio 54 renovated this Indian Wells, California, vacation home to bring it back to its original 1969 architectural design. The living room features a Warren Platner settee, lounge chair and ottoman.

Photo by Dan Chavkin

This vibrant Central Park West apartment by Amy Lau features an Eero Saarinen tulip table and chairs and a custom wall sculpture by Susan Weinthaler.

Photo by Kim Sargent

2Michaels was tasked with renovating this apartment in an early 20th-century Italian Renaissance Revival building in Manhattan, and they opted to keep the rooms spare so as not to detract from the neoclassical architectural details. The living room includes a Jacques Hauville floor lamp, Giò Ponti glass coffee table and Philip Arctander armchair.

Photo by Trevor Tondro

Suduca & Mérillou updated this 1920 apartment in Toulouse, France, with mahogany walls and furniture by iconic mid-century designers, like a bookcase by Charlotte Perriand and a womb chair by Saarinen.

Photo by Manolo Yllera

Kelly Behun gave a mid-century edge to this 1980s modern home in Water Mill, New York, with pieces like the biomorphic Eames La Chaise and a lamp by Philippe Starck.

Photo by KBS

Studio MK27 designed this home in Brazil, whose living room features a Saarinen womb chair and a George Nelson table lamp.

Photo by Fernando Huerra

“The inspiration was keeping the warmth of the nature around and inside the house with the use of wood, but not having the space feel too heavy,” Tamara Eaton says of this summer house in Southampton, New York, which has clean lines and red cedar interiors. A pair of Hans Wegner Hoop chairs flank the fireplace.

Photo by Paul Warchol

“The client let me have free reign on their house,” Shawn Henderson says of this country retreat in Hillsdale, New York. “This was the first time that I used a pair of Papa Bear chairs, and I fell in love with them after I sat in one . . . they are incredibly comfortable!”

Photo by Steven Freihon

BoydDesign used archival photographs to restore the original painted I-beams and marble finishes in the former Manhattan home of Brutalist architect Paul Rudolph. The living room furnishings include a Wegner Ox chair and an Arne Jacobsen Swan chair.

Photo by Scott Frances

The living room of architect Michael Haverland’s home in East Hampton, New York, features an Edward Wormley coffee table and a pair of Marco Zanuso Lady armchairs adjacent to a pair of shell chairs by Charles and Ray Eames.

Photo by Chris Bausch

2Michaels updated the interiors of this home in Garrison, New York, which was designed in 1948 by Frank Lloyd Wright protégé Edgar A. Tafel. The living room includes 1930s Pierre Chapo club chairs and a 1940s French floor lamp, all from Magen H Gallery. The 1960s coffee table is by Percival Lafer from Weinberg Modern and the vintage rug is Moroccan.

Photo by Jeff McNamara

For this 1965 home in L.A.’s Trousdale Estates, Kay Kollar designed the living room with a yellow sectional sofa, a Fortuny-upholstered vintage wing chair and pair of Ponti chairs.

Photo by Richard Powers

BoydDesign updated the interiors of the Steinman House, which was designed by Craig Ellwood in 1956. The living room features a pair of Eames DCM chairs and a Paolo Piva for B&B Italia coffee table.

Photo by Richard Powers

Amy Lau designed this country home in Kent, New York, which features a T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings coffee table and an Arredoluce floor lamp.

Photo by Josh McHugh


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