mid-century modern

mid-cen·​tu·​ry modern | \ ˈmid-ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)rē- How to pronounce mid-century modern (audio) \
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 McGuigan, Newsweek, 25 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 Servin, Family Circle, June 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 Gummer, This Old House, July/August 2002

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First Known Use of mid-century modern

1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Mid-century modern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mid-century%20modern. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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