The ideal art choice for Mid-Century Modern spaces

The ideal art choice for Mid-Century Modern spaces


First referenced as early as the mid-1950s, this design movement, characterized by its simple marriage of clean lines and gentle curves, really gained traction much later on, starting in the 1980s. Almost 40 years on, it came back again as a trend in 2010 and it’s still going strong and seen in residential and commercial properties all over the world today. At The Picturalist, we offer a large variety of Mid-Century Modern inspired art and photography, to help you find the piece that will complete your room design.

 

 

FINDING ART FOR THE PERFECT MID-CENTURY MODERN LOOK

 

 

Designers Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes,mid-century-living Photo by Simon Upton
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Top of Mantel - Right of Sofa

 

If you have an interest in architecture and interior design, the mid-century modern renaissance hasn’t escaped you. It’s everywhere, but why is this era so important now? There are a lot of reasons, and most of them are fairly sound.

Mid-century design is still popular because it still works. If you dine in a contemporary restaurant tonight, there's a good chance you'll be seated in a chair that was designed in the 1950s—whether it is an Eames, Bertoia, Cherner, or my favourite, Saarinen. 

Art objects created during this period were also as distinctive as the furniture deemed Mid-Century Modern. At the higher end of the design market, we see the interest in mid-century furniture running parallel to the market's taste for contemporary art, so you have a larger choice when it comes to finding art pieces.

Simplicity is important now, excess in almost any form looks and feels over the top. So while a good, vintage sofa might still set you back a few years, its lines won’t overpower any room.

 

 

 

West Village Living room. Photo by Simon Upton
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Finding art to complement these interiors can be tricky. Helping designers while owning a high end furniture store, taught me the following: you can buy original oil paintings from that era and recreate a strict original faithful mid-century room. In my experience, most clients want a mid-century themed decor, but they don't want a copy of Matisse's apartment. They want the curvy, spindly look in a contemporary setting. They want a revised 2109 version of the 50's and 60's.

 

 

 

Montecarlo Apartment by Emil Humbert & Christophe Poyet. Photo by William Waldron
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Relaxed Mid-Century Modern Photo by William Waldron
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A Mid-Century interior is a lot of fun to design. It helps that there is also a lot of art out there - especially on our site - to help you complete the style, create maximum impact and transform your space.  Inspired by the designs shown in the pictures below, I am taking the liberty of proposing alternative pieces you will find in our offer that can recreate a similar feel: Click on the pictures to uncover the pieces we propose from our collection.

 

Have fun and enjoy!

 

Roy Caro Cohen
The Picturalist
info@the picturalist.com
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