[Mid Century Modern]

Sweeping horizontal lines, elegant ‘floating’ roof shapes, expansive sections of glass, slim linear details and rendered sections in fresh white come together to create today’s response to the Mid-Century Modern classics.

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.

A Mid-Century Modern home design can be summed up in two words; simplicity and functionality. We can thank the Mid-Century Modern design for popularising clean lines, the incorporation of diverse materials and organic curves. It was a monumental design movement that continues to influence artists and designers today. And we quite frankly love it.  

How did the Mid-Century modern design come about?    

It was a reaction to the glitz and glam which adorned architecture and design until the 1940s.  

New materials and manufacturing techniques meant there were way more creative opportunities for designers. Whilst some designers went overboard on the details, the Mid-Century Modern design opted for the classic look, which is why it’s still so stylish. Its defining characteristics, simple and functional, allowed Mid-Century modern to remain forever chic. 

Mid-Century Modern migrated to Australia in the 1960s and 1970s thanks to Bulgarian architect Iwan Iwanoff. He bought his German architectural flare to Australia, using timber and glass panels along with concrete blocks and floating panes to create some of Perth’s most iconic Mid-Century Modern homes. You can see his influence reflected in classic Mid-Century homes around Dianella, City Beach, and Floreat. 

These fresh ideas towards modern design was a huge hit. Mid-Century Modern is reflected around the world, and a style we at Oswald Homes have a big soft spot for. Enough history, you want to hear how to incorporate the timeless Mid-Century Modern design into your home! If you’re looking for a style that is simple with a hint of character, the subtle retro touches and design quirks are sure to win you over.  

Our favourite design elements of Mid-Century Modern  

It is streamlined, fresh and poppy, with nods to retro nostalgia. Like we said before, functionality is vital with as minimal fuss as possible—uncluttered living spaces with a mix of traditional and non-traditional materials to contrast against each other. Think subtle layering in stone, glass, timber and steel with soft and natural tones. 

The open-plan layout allows you to move seamlessly through areas. It is always light and airy. In Mid-Century Modern home design, there is a vast range of colours to use. Graphic black and white is always a standout, along with softer muted colours reflecting the outdoor environment. We do love splashes of colour, however! Think sophisticated olive-greens and teal-blue details.   

Furnishings are a chance to add the Mid-Century retro flare. Vintage oversized light fittings, metallics, geometric shapes against simple, structural furniture. Detailing in your Mid-Century design should be minimal, so think carefully which items you choose to pack a punch. The pace should feel timeless, be simple and serves its function. The key characteristics of Mid-Century Modern design!  

We love reinventing our favourite design movements. Mid-Century Modern continues to inspire architecture and design to this day. Let our take on the classic Mid-Century Modern home inspire you.  

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