mid-century modern

noun

mid-cen·​tu·​ry modern ˈmid-ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)rē- How to pronounce mid-century modern (audio)
variants or midcentury 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

Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mid-century modern was in 1953

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“Mid-century modern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mid-century%20modern. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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