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Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Oct 8th 2018
Mid Century Modern vs Minimalistic Furniture
modern furniture is more than just a design comeback. It’s one of the most
south-after styles for luxury-loving people all over the world. Its closest
competitor could be the minimalistic style, which some people regard as blend
or empty (when comparing it to MCM). What do you think about these styles?
Should you get mid-century or minimalistic furniture? Here we examine the
qualities and setbacks of implementing both of them.
As you might
know already, MCM springs from the architecture and design boom of 1950s, which
saw the rise of household names such as Le Corbusier, Isamu Noguchi, Ray and
Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, and many others. This trend is extremely varied
but converges around blending together feelings of nature and the solidity of
architectural design in furniture and decoration.
modern houses usually thrive on great amounts of contrast, and don’t limit
themselves in the use of materials. You can find wood, leather, concrete,
marble, and steel in a single space, all of them in complete harmony,
effectively reminding us of the world we live in, where all the natural
elements act in conjunction.
As a side note,
mid-century modern style can sometimes incorporate elements of minimalism and
be considered a greater category of this trend. Think about objects such as the
Arco Lamp, which is a mid-century creation but completely minimalist in shape.
trend started just a bit later than MCM and found its way in architecture,
music and art through the 60s and 70s. Minimalism seeks to take away every
addition to a creation or design that might be considered unnecessary, baring
the object of everything but its essential qualities. That word is important
for minimalism: the “essence” of the object is what it wants to achieve.
People who enjoy
minimalist spaces will seek to remove the “clutter” in their furniture (though
probably not in their lives altogether) and will usually not employ a lot of
decorative items on tables or walls. Minimalist enthusiasts will probably also
make an effort to be more organized in their personal space so said clutter
does not come from their personal effects.
Eames lounge Chair
thrives in spaces where there is no repetition but lone items with a singular
purpose. There is less contrast or color variety (though different textures can
definitely coexist), and all decoration should be centered and simple (though
Which one should
I choose for my home?
mid-century modern style are not design enemies but actually quite the
opposite. They both became famous at around the same time, and both can draw
from the other to create memorable and comfortable living spaces. A good way of
going about bringing them together would be buying mid-century modern furniture
with a minimalist mindset.
Mid-century modern furniture is more than just a design comeback. It’s one of the most south-after styles for luxury-loving people all over the world.
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