The Mid-Century modern movement began as an American interpretation of a combination of the International and Bauhaus styles during the middle 20th century. Classic Mid-Century design meets linear concepts with organic materials to marry form and function. Southern California is a Mecca for this style, most prominently in the desert town of Palm Springs. This era was a particularly special time in American culture as society was looking toward the future in the height of the space age.
A classic element in Mid Century Modern Design is the use of cantilevering, which is identified by a protruding flat surface perpendicular to a vertical support, such as a wall. This application can be used in architecture and furniture. A well known example of a cantilevered roof is on one of the most photographed houses in Los Angeles, the Stahl House, Case Study #22.
JAC recently installed a custom bathroom vanity pairing a chunky cantilevered quartz top with a walnut cabinet.
In the 1950s and 60s, designing for everyday living became the priority and it was reflected in Mid Century Modern Homes. Form and function were combined to give ordinary people a fresh look and a new level of enjoyment in their spaces. Details and accessories were necessary but simple– It had a purpose, and it was clean as seen here:
A mid-century modern staple used on surfaces, especially flooring, was terrazzo. Today, we’re seeing a resurgence in the use of a similar material using composite stone, glass, and resin, only now with bolder colors and larger pieces. This new terrazzo spin-off material is called Marmoreal, as in of/related-to marble. It can be used in large applications or small accessories. It’s a 2018 trend we’re loving.