Ten timeless mid-century modern interiors

For our most current Dezeen lookbook, we have collected 10 initiatives from the Dezeen archives that showcase sophisticated mid-century present day interiors with a up to date truly feel.


As the title suggests, mid-century fashionable is the identify of a design of design and style and architecture from the middle of the 20th century, ordinarily found as spanning from the mid-1940s right up until the late 1960s.

A number of designers and architects who were being lively all through this time period produced home furniture parts that have absent on to become contemporary classics, like chairs by Ray and Charles Eames and lights by Isamu Noguchi.

Below, we have gathered visuals of 10 tasks where mid-century present day layout has been used to build interiors that are sophisticated with no sensation chilly or stark.

This is the most up-to-date roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that offers visual inspiration for designers and design and style enthusiasts. Former lookbooks include home libraries, minimalist bedrooms and Shaker-fashion interiors.


Frost House, US, Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli

Michigan’s Frost Dwelling is a prefabricated dwelling from the 1960s. New owners Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli determined to minimise their interventions and consider a preservationist method when they purchased the dwelling, which however has its primary format.

Frost Household has also retained its first Knoll furnishings, like a gridded-metal Bertoia side chair, as well as its distinct built-in cabinetry.

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Biscuit Loft by OWIU (Only Way Is Up)

Biscuit Loft, US, by OWIU Studio

Items by mid-century present day designers such as Ray and Charles Eames, whose lounge chair sits upcoming to a ground-to-ceiling window, and Isamu Noguchi enhance this Los Angeles loft that was made to nod to Japanese minimalism.

The residing room’s neutral product-colored palette is enhanced by picket information and black window frames, which incorporate a graphic factor to the inside.

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Eames House Conservation Management Plan

Eames Property, US, by Charles and Ray Eames

Perhaps the final case in point of mid-century fashionable style and design, designer pair Ray and Charles Eames’ eponymous dwelling is loaded with the couple’s own creations.

The existing decor is intended to mirror how they appreciated the assets, with different furnishings, guides, materials, art, shells, rocks and straw baskets held in the building, which was finished by the Eameses in 1949.

It is seen as a crucial instance of the Situation Research Home experiments for creating postwar American homes.

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Puro Hotel Stare Miasto Kraków by Studio Paradowski

Puro Hotel, Poland, by Studio Paradowski

Studio Paradowski’s renovation of a hotel in Kraków, Poland, was informed by the city’s interwar cafes as properly as the “clean up functionalism” of its mid-century fashionable cinemas.

The result is a beautifully realised interior with a strong retro flavour but a contemporary layout and specifics. Natural oak panelling and stone was utilized jointly with Polish-produced glass and ceramics to make tactile surfaces.

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Moore Home, US, by Woods + Dangaran

Los Angeles studio Woods + Dangaran gave the Moore Dwelling in LA’s Los Feliz neighbourhood a refresh that preserved many of the 1960s house’s initial information.

In the bedroom, pale teak panelling and huge glazing that opens out on to a verdant yard lend the space the experience of a mid-century holiday break residence. A black-leather-based upholstered Eames chair and bedside rice lamp increase to the laid-back again vibe.

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Louveira Apartment by Ana Sawaia

Louveira Apartment, Brazil, by Ana Sawaia

This São Paulo condominium attributes classic furnishings and vibrant patterned surfaces in a clever broken-approach inside. Parts these types of as the wooden-and-leather Boomerang chair by American architect Richard Neutra properly suit the fashion of the 1946 Louveira building.

Window frames have been painted yellow to match the facade of the constructing, their shiny hues matching the polished wooden applied for both of those the floor and considerably of the furniture.

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Diamond House by Michael Hennessey Architecture

Eichler household, US, by Michael Hennessey

This two-storey home in San Francisco’s Diamond Heights neighbourhood capabilities write-up-and-beam structures, an open up floor system and glass walls.

In the residing area, an stylish steel reading through light hangs in excess of a mid-century design and style chair and a cosy rug softens the room’s tough surfaces and symmetrical strains.

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Sao Paolo apartment by BC Arquitetos

Gallery apartment, Brazil, by BC Arquitetos

BC Arquitetos developed this Brazilian condominium to search like an art gallery, filling it with attractive sculptures and vintage home furnishings models by Brazilian masters of the 1950s and 1960s.

Sculptural furniture is shown against a backdrop of walnut panelling that wraps the condominium. A black and white Akari gentle by Isamu Noguchi for Vitra peeps into the living place from an adjacent home.

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Wall shelf in Azabu Residence

Azabu Residence, Japan, by Norm Architects and Kaiji Ashizawa Style and design

This minimalist Tokyo household features muted darkish tones and pure supplies, as effectively as bespoke furniture developed by the studios who designed it alongside one another.

“This job has been impressed from the inside design and style of mid-century American and Brazilian modernist makes use of of heat darkish purely natural supplies and wood wall panelling, lush carpets and tactile upholstery,” designer Keiji Ashizawa explained to Dezeen.

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Irwin Caplan’s Laurelhurst House by SHED

Irwin Caplan property, US, by Get rid of

This 1950s house in the Pacific Northwest was initially developed for cartoonist Irwin Caplan. Right now, it is a present day household, with an interior that nevertheless respects the bones of the constructing.

White Eames shell chairs sit about a streamlined wood table in the eating area, which also has a graphic “Modernist” lamp from Z-Lite.

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This is the most recent in our series of lookbooks supplying curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s graphic archive. For far more inspiration see prior lookbooks showcasing home libraries, minimalist bedrooms and Shaker-fashion interiors.