mid-century modern

noun mid-cen·tu·ry modern \ ˈmid-ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)rē- \
variants: or midcentury modern

Definition of mid-century modern

:a style of design (as in architecture and furniture) of roughly the 1930s through the mid-1960s characterized especially by clean lines, organic and streamlined forms, and lack of embellishment
  • But now we seem to be in the mood for Mies [van der Rohe] again. … We can't seem to get enough mid-century modern in design, advertising and furniture …
  • —Cathleen McGuiganNewsweek25 June 2001
often used before another noun
  • Maureen went with mid-century modern Eames plastic chairs that stand up to wet swimming trunks and are also right at home on the deck.
  • —James ServinFamily CircleJune 2013
  • … the finest incarnation of mid-century modern American architecture. The developer employed teams of architects to design post-and-beam homes that featured floor-to-ceiling glass and, often, a central atrium, all of which brought light and views of trees and the hills beyond to small rooms.
  • —Scott GummerThis Old HouseJuly/August 2002

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First Known Use of mid-century modern

1953


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