Why are we so excited about midcentury design and constantly flea markets, antique shops and Internet research looking for pieces designed 50 or 60 years ago?
There are countless shops and internet sites dedicated to midcentury style. Everyone knows a story of incredible finds on Craigslist or eBay. Many people who bought in the 1950s and 1960s their own homes, are now 70 or 80 years old and do not need more houses full of furniture. Thus, the market is flooded with midcentury furniture. Why is this popular – even as Apple is involved.
The 50’s and 60’s was a sexy time
, it is disappointing to see that the contemporary design has remained at the minimalism of the 50’s. The design magazines are filled with white, empty rooms, glass walls, white leather chairs. People always tend to see the past cuddly. Antique goods were always and are still collected – from Egyptians, Victorians. The historical basis gives us courage to make something new, what are we afraid. Especially for the generation that has not experienced this year, the 60’s an exciting, sexy time. Note how everything-from popular Star Trek to Superman.
Simple times call for simple design
Bauhaus and Midcentury style emerged after the two world wars. No money, no materials need for remodeling – practical reasons for the innovative utility of minimal resources. So, the crisis lead to innovative designs of necessity. In the 50’s the world was exhausted financially and emotionally. But joy of life was there! The design was simple and therefore timeless. With the economic crisis in many countries in recent years, many people have simplified their lives – just like after the Second World War. Therefore, the straightforward Midcentury Design is back (and the DIY trend is so strong).But the obsession with Midcentury style is not only the antiquity of the collection and the minimalist needs. Many of the advantages of our homes are subconsciously.
Nostalgia plays an important role in the establishment of our lives and in our choice of environment. So people that have grown in midcentury houses are influenced in their choices now.People think of the previous days with nostalgia, it connects people to their roots and strengthens their identity.
furniture and decor reflect an idealized conception of the early years and bring comfort and safety feeling in uncertain times.
So, the obsession of Midcentury is actually a healthy activity, and you can still tell your husband when you are looking for the next Noguchi coffee table.
The Apple Effect
A real estate agent says that people are looking for the elegant, minimalist design of the streamlined Apple products in the interior. Everything from Apple is nice, efficient, modern and intuitive. These are the hallmarks of modernism at the beginning of the 20th century.