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•LANDSCAPING

The goal of Mid-century modern landscaping design is to create a cohesiveness from the structure of the house to the land surrounding it, often with the intent of developing a cocoon-like environment unique to the home. Typical landscape materials of Mid-century modern design incorporated poured concrete patios, fences and walls constructed of colored fiberglass panels, concrete blocks and redwood. Elements such as stone was incorporated for pathways or low retaining walls along with outdoor lighting of stainless steel or copper.

•FINISHES

The interior a Mid-century modern home was intended to follow the clean aesthetic of the overall architecture of the home. Floors of poured concrete (slab on grade), hardwood or tile. Lighting could be fiberglass, glass, copper or stainless steel; pendants were popular during this time period. Painting the interior and exterior of the home often combined dark tones with bright, saturated colors (think Anjou pear with Espresso!). Following the clean line aesthetic, gone were the funky glass doors of the Bungalow; instead, Mid-century modern doors had a solid panel of hardwood or small, symmetrical windows of glass stacked vertically.

•FURNITURE

Influenced by Danish modern, Mid-century modern furniture designers followed the clean line aesthetic once more to create furniture that blended seamlessly with the architecture of the home. Incorporating natural woods such as maple, mahogany and teakwood. The creation of new materials in the 1930 to 1950’s enabled designers to use plexiglass, fiberglass, Lucite and Bakelite.

 

 

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