Art – The Modern artists went one step further than the Impressionists’ impressions by abstracting even their own impressions. Kinda crazy, but fascinating all the same. They relied on using color, shape and geometry to convey the meaning of the piece. They challenged the mind, evoked emotion and even shocked critics and the public.
Fabrics – Knowing Mid Century Modern designers’ motivations for jazzing pillows, wall and floor coverings with abstract, futuristic patterns helps you choose the pieces that express your style and values fully.
Furniture – The popularity of Mid Century Modern furniture has been multiplying, but its aesthetic appeal is just one aspect driving this interest. Knowing about the dramatic shift in values and social trends in the 1940s through the 1960s that shaped this style adds an important dimension to your appreciation of Mid Century Modern furniture.
Jewelry – The same clean, bold vision that drove the Mid Century Modern architects and artists captured the jewelry designers, too. A whole new, unadorned style caught fire as Mid Century Modern jewelry swept the upper classes in the late 1940s through the 1960s. Know the key designers so you can pick up the most valuable pieces.
Accessories – Mid Century Modern accessories like lamps, mirrors, clocks and ceramics express your depth, uniqueness, even your quirks! Before you head to the vintage store or auction, however, you should be aware of the range of modern pieces available today, as well as the period’s designers who may be collectible.
Designers -Knowing the artists and designers of the period is critical to your collecting and appreciating success. Reveiw the top designers in all Mid Century Modern genres: art, fabrics, furniture, jewelry and accessories. An original Harry Bertoia or Margaret de Patta piece can fetch three to 10 times more than a reproduction.