The first thing that probably pops into your mind when someone mentions mid-century modern furniture is the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, iconic pieces of 20th-century modernism designed by husband-and-wife duo Charles and Ray Eames in 1956. But there is more to mid-century modern furniture than the Eames.
We all know these items are not cheap, and some models are very hard to find. So we’ve handpicked some of the key pieces that mid-century modern furniture aficionados must have, plus its dupes in case you want to save but don’t want to compromise style.
NOGUCHI COFFEE TABLE
If you want to put everything on the table, the Noguchi table is the best table you could have for that since there is no hiding from its transparent glass coffee top. Its legs are two pieces of solid wood interlocked and topped by a thick glass plate. It might sound so simple, but it’s a piece of art you can have in the middle of your living room.
This masterpiece of a lamp shaped like a mushroom was designed by Giancarlo Mattioli and Gruppo Architetti Urbanisti Città Nuova in Milan for Artemide studio. It has a clean and minimal design that gently diffuses light around it.
SAARINEN DINING TABLE
The Eero Saarinen table is a minimalist piece that still makes a major decorative statement. Eero created the well-known “tulip” table in an effort to simplify what he thought was a clutter of table and dining chair legs that he felt most other designs had. His vision was to create pieces that fixed “the ugly, confusing, unrestful world” underneath chairs and tables—and it worked. Today, this table remains a favourite amongst mid-century modern furniture pieces.
Check out a couple of options below for a tulip table that won’t set you back thousands of dollars but will look equally chic.
The Cesca Chair was created by Marcel Breuer in 1928. Cesca is named after his daughter Francesca. The original design is with chromed tubular steel cantilevered base that comes with either a natural or black ebonized seat and back frame with natural caning. The contrast of hard steel and natural materials creates a chair that is both delightful to look at and pleasing to sit in.
Read more: Iconic Lounge Chair and dupes