Mid-Century Modern Furniture:
A Classic, Vintage Look for your Home
It might just be time to stop referring to mid-century modern furniture and its general aesthetic as a “trend.”
That’s how we see it at Relics Estate Sales and Consignments anyway.
Sure, the stylings of the Mad Men-era have seen a major resurgence in popularity since 2005 — making their way into the mainstream and influencing inventory at just about every home store, including West Elm, CB2, Ikea, as well as Target and Walmart — but the stark lines and simplicity of mid-century modern furniture and related home decor make them a classic fit for any room.
Influential designers, some of whom are admittedly reluctant to accept the staying-power of the mid-century modern aesthetic, point to the flexibility that the furniture and art provides.
Far from pretentious, most mid-century modern pieces — whether shell chairs, tulip tables, Noguchi coffee tables, womb chairs or Nelson bubble lamps — are functional, easy to upkeep and available at just about every price point.
They also note that mid-century modern pieces are great for small spaces.
Mid-20th Century Interior Design Elements
Things, of course, have changed since the heyday of mid-century modern furniture — when every inch of a Dean Martin-esque bachelor pad or a Frank Sinatra-styled bungalow solely reflected one era.
Now the fresh and polished styles of Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll — architects and designers credited with originating and contributing to the trend in the 1950s and 1960s — are used to punctuate, marrying truer contemporary design with mid-century modern pieces.
For instance, at our consignment shop, a major component of what we buy and sell, and see at estate sales that we manage in the Bluffton, Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, as well as Savannah, Ga., areas, is mid-century modern pieces.
Unique Antiques: Consignment Store with High-End Items
At our store, which relocated to 53 Persimmon St., Suite 103, in Bluffton, South Carolina, from Dallas, Texas, in June 2017, you will often pieces straight from the 1950s and 1960s, whether couches, chairs, tables or art.
In talking with our clients and customers, over the years we have gotten a good feel for how they’ve employed their mid-century modern pieces and how they plan to use the pieces they’ve purchased from Relics Estate Sales and Consignments.
Often we find that, as opposed to committing fully to a vintage look — whether in ironic or earnest recognition of that iconic era — our clients and customers at Relics Estate Sales and Consignments are looking to pay homage to the sleek and classic appeal of it by incorporating it into an overall more post-modern look.
When it comes to mid-century modern furniture, we can help you find what you’re looking for.