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  • Mid-century interior, ca. 1955 [ids]
  • Mid-century interior, ca. 1955 [ids]
  • Mid-century interior, ca. 1955 [ids]
  • Kitchenaid advertisement, ca. 1960 [ids]
  • Garage interior, ca. 1955 [ids]
  • Charles + Ray Eames Residence interior, Pacific Palisades, CA : Charles + Ray Eames, 1945-1949 [ids]
  • Mid-century children’s furniture [ids]
  • Glass House, New Canaan, CT : Phillip Johnson, 1949 [gbc]
  • Case Study House #22, Los Angeles, CA : Pierre Koenig, 1960 [arc]
  • Kaufman Residence, Palm Springs, CA : Richard Neutra, 1962 [arc]

residential design at mid-century

After World War II, designers grappled with a rapidly changing economy and environment as new materials and technologies, influences from art, and the advent of television and automobile greatly impacted architecture and the design of objects. The 1950s represented opportunities for broad freedoms in reinventing the American home to suit modern life. In the suburban nation, the building boom spurred on by GIs returning from war resulted in the construction of countless new dwellings.

At mid-century, changes in the home included bigger, more open kitchens; individual bedrooms; attached carports; and whole new room types oriented around television, entertaining, and a new era of recreation – the rec room or play room and the family room or den. Formal parlors and dining rooms, central halls, and contained service areas yielded to open plans, mixed-use rooms, and a freer relationship between served and service spaces.

residential design at mid-century
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