Gradually, and then suddenly. This is how the bold, futuristic ideas of a few visionaries in the 1920s spread out around the world, eventually finding a home in the thoughtfully simple project homes of the Australian suburbs in the 1960s and 70s. Sweeping horizontal lines, elegant ‘floating’ roof shapes, expansive sections of glass, slim linear details and rendered sections in fresh white come together to create our response to the Mid-Century Modern classics.
Mid-century modern is what we now call the design movement of the mid 20th Century encompassing three decades of product design, interiors, graphic design, architecture and urban development. Post-war optimism and technological advancements coalesced into a transformative movement to redefine many notions about the way we lived, and consumed.
The movement was born from ideas that found their first shoots in early Modernism, the arts and crafts movement, then Art Deco, to the Bauhaus. That decoration and embellishments were unnecessary. That materials should be used honestly – not hidden behind layers of decoration – and sparingly, to avoid waste. That the objects in our lives – from your radio, to your entire home – should better reflect a real understanding of how we live.
Picture yourself cruising the Hollywood Hills in a classic convertible, behind sunglasses that take you back to the days of the movie stars. Relaxing in style, in sunken living rooms. Flowing from one room to the next, and leaving doors flung open to bring in the temperate coastal breezes. Sipping cocktails as we entertain around a glamourous swimming pool to the sounds of Frank Sinatra crooning the night away.
These are the images we conjure when we think of Mid-Century Modern homes. To recapture this mood, our editions simplify and strip away ornamentation, leaving a generous, light-filled canvas for you to curate with your own inspirations. Whether its vintage Featherstone lounge, or Eames chairs, or your collection of 50s movie posters.
Opt for a flat roof design with generously-sized floor-to-ceiling windows. Add a splash of mid-century colour on the walls or in the kitchen. Extend your floors all the way out to your brand-new pool, and you’re on your way to recapturing everything that made the mid-century so appealing.
Mid Century Modern Home Designs
Our clients fall in love with our interpretation of the classic design. Homes in this design fit amongst WA's landscape so seamlessly. When we remember that the Mid-Century Modern movement was most popular in California, which enjoys similar weather to Perth, it's easy to see why the style works so well here. Emphasising volume, light and open living spaces that draw the outside in via huge windows and glazed doors, it's a perfect fit for our naturally clear and sunny climate.