Mid-Century Modernism


The Modern art movement that would come to be known as “Mid-Century” grew out of an interest in organic forms and geometric lines. Art Nouveau and Art Deco opened the way for designers in the 1930s and 1940s to experiment with form and function. After World War II, these designers were primed for the post-war housing boom in the United States and the national enthusiasm for a new, good life.

In architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School dominated Midwestern design with sleek lines, walls of wood and glass, and the conscious blending of interior and outdoor spaces. The simplicity of Scandinavian Modernism was a natural complement to the American style, and the holistic design philosophy of the German Bauhaus Movement led to artists experimenting not only in architecture, but also in textiles, furniture, handicrafts, and fashion.

The clean, organic lines of Mid-Century style have never gone out of fashion, but they have certainly experienced a new wave of popularity in the twenty-first century. Graymoor Lane Designs is excited to be a part of this Mid-century Renaissance.

© Photography Juergen Nogai 2004