According to Wikipedia, a "Buzzword" is "a word or phrase, new or already existing one, that becomes very popular for a period of time." For me, that perfectly fits the term "Mid-Century Modern". So just what does this mean? And the middle of what century? Do we get to choose?
According to Laura Fenton's article, "Midcentury modern" itself is a difficult term to define. It broadly describes architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century (roughly 1933 to 1965, though some would argue the period is specifically limited to 1947 to 1957). The timeframe is a modifier for the larger modernist movement, which has roots in the Industrial Revolution at the end of the 19th century and also in the post-World War I period.
So do you have a clearer grasp of Mid-Century Modern? I decided to highlight three Mid-Century Modern listings for my November Faves. Tell me what you think. Do they fit the mold for what YOU consider Mid-Century Modern?
The final November Fave is actually Mid-Century Modern architecture. When I think about architecture of this style, I think "Brady Bunch". Do you? Well, the television producers used many indoor and outdoor props to create the set of the Brady Bunch so I couldn't be certain of the style.
While consulting Jackie Craven's article entitled "House Style Guide To The American Home", I found two examples of what I would call Mid-Century Modern. (As a side note...the article is full of useful and interesting information and well worth the read.)
This style is called the Eichler House and was named for real estate developer Joseph Eichler. It is the modernist approach to the one-story ranch style. This style of home was constructed between 1949-1974.
This style is called the Alexander House and was named after real estate developers Robert and George Alexander. This style is said to have captured the spirit of the mid-century modernist. They were constructed between 1955-1965.
So...is that what you think of when you think Mid-Century Modern? What defines this style for you?