Blog/Mid-Century Modern: Why We Can’t Get Enough of This Furniture Style

Mid-Century Modern: Why We Can’t Get Enough of This Furniture Style

Castlery   |   Jul 1, 2020

mid-century modern dining room with dining table, chairs, sideboard and lamp Image credit: and @zoebmarshall.

Since its style debut almost 70 years ago, mid-century modern furniture has always enjoyed unwavering popularity.

Often hailed as an iconic interior style, its notions of functionality and elegance are the main driving forces behind its timeless allure.

So, what is mid-century modern style?

Mid-century modern furniture designs are lauded for their sleek outlines and sculptural details with strong functionality.

Being ahead of its time since its conception in the 1940s, mid-century modern’s design sensibility emerged in response to the rapid expansion of cities and suburbanization after WWII in America.

The popular demand for housing meant limited space in homes, thus making clever and compact furniture designs necessary.

Today, the timeless and thoughtful design principles of the mid-century modern style continue to work its magic in many homes.

Here are more reasons why you’ll love mid-century designs for yours.

Classy looks that meet modern needs.

One of the major reasons mid-century modern remains popular is how well it marries the classy appeal of mid-century design and the lifestyle needs of modern living.

This is shown in the organic and relaxed design tweaks in mid-century modern furniture pieces like our Jeanne sofa collection – think Chesterfield with a contemporary and cozy twist.

mid-century modern living room with sectional sofa, coffee table and rug Pictured: Jeanne Sofa Collection. The sofa's traditional buttoned-up silhouette carries a plush but slim arm and backrest. Image credits: @ellemaywatson

The mid-century modern aesthetic also evolved to fit practical needs that come with living in a technological age.

Furniture like TV stands are updated with features like open niches for media consoles and other hardware upgrades, while keeping to other iconic aspects of the style.

mid-century modern wooden tv stand in living room Pictured: The Seb TV stand. With elegant splayed legs and a handsome wood finish, this mid-century modern TV stand retains its MCM charms while accommodating modern updates like open niches and metal handles.

Suitable for all occasions and functions.

The heart of mid-century modernism lies in functionality and flexibility. A good mid-century modern design can take you from everyday occasions to more formal events effortlessly.

Take our Vincent dining table and Wyatt chairs as examples. These well-rounded pieces will breeze you through dinner parties or casual brunches with their refined impressions.

Sporting gentle curves which are synonymous with the style, Vincent and Wyatt also allow freedom in movement as you mingle with family and friends in your dining space.

mid-century modern dining table and chairs in modern living room The Vincent Dining Table and Wyatt Chairs are distinguished by graceful contours for a child-friendly touch, and handsome wood textures of exceptional durability. Image credits: @matty_ef and @sarahmariemakeup.

Tapered legs are another hallmark of mid-century modern design sensibility. As it turns out, this iconic flair goes a long way in showing off as much floor space as possible for a spacious impression and is a well-loved aspect of the style.

mid-century modern sideboard in modern living room Besides angled pins, the low-profile stature of our Lily Sideboard also welcomes the presence of light and space in your home.

Lastly, you can’t talk about functionality without going into proportion and size.

With modern homes getting smaller by the minute, mid-century modern furniture, as seen in many New York shoebox apartments, has been proven to be scaled for compact spaces without sacrificing on usability.

In the case of mid-century modern design, the attention to proportion is reflected through the clean-lined style profiles of the furniture.

Mid-century modern sofa with coffee table, shelf and standing lamp The Wayne sofa's slim bentwood slatted frame saves on precious square footage.

Mid-century modern home bar with bar and counter stool Showing off plenty of leg room with its splayed and tapered legs, the Abel bar and counter stools allow natural light to permeate through.

Comfort & luxury in a package.

There’s no easier way to add a touch of relaxed refinement to your home than taking the mid-century modern route.

What establishes the look as a polished and dreamy style is the combination of classy finishes and soft, organic materials.

Dark and warm wood textures are also common in mid-century modern homes, and they convey a refined and charming room aesthetic.

mid-century modern bedroom  with bed and side tables Pictured: The Hudson collection. Materializing a relaxed elegance comes easy with this dreamy mid-century modern bedroom set.

mid-century modern living room with sofa, coffee table and shelf The handsome juxtaposition of wood and brass, along with a chic floating frame, aligns our Piper coffee table and shelf with the understated and elegant aesthetics of MCM design.


At Castlery, our mid-century modern collections have been designed for the urban home in mind. From classic outlines with a modern twist, to luxe accents that give your home a polished edge, our designs embody the best of this style, all without blowing your budget.

Ready to tap into the lasting style appeal of these mid-century modern collections? Shop our extensive selection of sofas, storage, dining tables, chairs, dressers, beds and more now.

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