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Mid Century Modern Furniture

Mid-century modern furniture is one of the most timeless and well-loved styles of the 20th century. Characterised by its unique blend of sophistication, beauty and functionality, mid-century style furniture first appeared on the scene in the US in the 1940s, pioneered by German designers. The movement championed functionality and usability that were a move away from the decadence and eccentricity of the previous eras, reflective of a new sense of modern simplicity. Mid-century furniture styles embrace simple clean lines, with pieces often featuring bold accent splashes of colour. This allows them to blend seamlessly with other interiors whilst also standing out as eye-catching pieces in their own right.

This iconic design movement has steadily grown in popularity and our collection of mid-century modern furniture in the UK allows you to choose from famous, collectable names like Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll. But even if you’re on a budget, you can still shop for more affordable pieces to complete your home too. Each of the pieces of mid-century furniture we offer has been carefully selected by our expert team. Plus, when you purchase through Vinterior you know you’re supporting our community of over 2,000 local businesses.

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  • What is mid-century furniture?

    Mid-century style furniture broke onto the design scene in the United States in the 1940s and continued its reign of popularity well into the 1960s. The movement began when a community of designers from Germany, mainly from the Bauhaus school, moved to the US after the Second World War. During the postwar era, modernism was born and a design style that embodied simplicity, functionality and ease was needed. Designers blended a new style of sophistication and functionality to create beautifully simple pieces with clean lines and a focus on purpose. The movement includes everything from sideboards to dining tables and chairs to pots and planters to armchairs.

    Our collection of mid-century modern furniture in the UK features some of the most-loved collectable designers like Charles And Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, Alvar Alto and Paul Evans, alongside more affordable household names.

    Mid-century style furniture features some of the most classic modern look materials, especially beautiful teak wood, famed for its rich colour and durability. Gorgeous oaks and rosewoods were also very popular material choices alongside clean metals, glass and vinyl. Be sure to check out our blog that explores how to use mid-century modern furniture to curate a contemporary interior in your home.


  • Where can I find mid-century furniture?

    Mid-century furniture, like all vintage furniture, can be difficult to find. If you’re looking for a particular style or item, you can spend years looking through antique shops and boutique furniture stores before you come across the perfect one. Using our online search you can narrow down the fields to furniture type, size, colour, style, location, price and more. We even allow you to search by material, designer, period and number of doors, drawers and shelves. We do all the hard work so you can spend minutes rather than years simply choosing the right piece of mid-century furniture for you.

  • When was mid-century modern furniture made?

    For many, mid-century modern furniture is any piece created between 1933 to 1965. However, others have a narrower view, deeming 1945 - 1957 a more accurate time period. However, any piece of furniture from the middle of the 20th century can be described as mid-century modern.

    Is mid-century style still on-trend?

    Absolutely. Mid-century modern furniture with its clean lines and simple forms fits effortlessly into contemporary interiors. Mid-century modern furniture is more popular than ever and is becoming increasingly sought-after.

  • Who were the most famous mid century furniture designers?

    There are many famous names who led the movement of mid century furniture design. These names are popular among both collectors and those who love the style. The most famous mid-century furniture designers are:
    • Charles And Ray Eames, a husband and wife team who were known for their optimism and inventive designs, especially the famous Eames chair.

    • Alvar Aalto, Hailing from Finland, Aalto is often credited with bringing mid-century modern design to America. His designs include both furniture and architecture.

    • Florence Knoll, Knoll’s focus was on functionality and organisation, making her a popular mid century furniture designer in offices around the world.

    • Hans Wegner, Wegner’s distinct style makes him a famous name and one many collectors search for. His stylish furniture focuses on excellent joinery. Eero Saarinen. Saarinen is known for his leading part in introducing modernism in design to the US mainstream.

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