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10 timeless mid-century present day interiors

For our hottest Dezeen lookbook, we have gathered 10 projects from the Dezeen archives that showcase classy mid-century present day interiors with a contemporary feel.


As the identify indicates, mid-century contemporary is the name of a design of structure and architecture from the center of the 20th century, generally seen as spanning from the mid-1940s until eventually the late 1960s.

A variety of designers and architects who were being active all through this time period created home furnishings parts that have long gone on to come to be modern classics, including chairs by Ray and Charles Eames and lights by Isamu Noguchi.

In this article, we have collected photographs of 10 assignments where mid-century modern day design and style has been utilized to build interiors that are tasteful with out emotion chilly or stark.

This is the hottest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that delivers visual inspiration for designers and style and design enthusiasts. Preceding lookbooks include home libraries, minimalist bedrooms and Shaker-style interiors.


Frost House, US, Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli

Michigan’s Frost House is a prefabricated property from the 1960s. New owners Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli determined to minimise their interventions and acquire a preservationist tactic when they purchased the house, which still has its original structure.

Frost Property has also retained its initial Knoll furniture, which includes a gridded-steel Bertoia aspect chair, as very well as its exclusive crafted-in cabinetry.

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Biscuit Loft by OWIU (Only Way Is Up)

Biscuit Loft, US, by OWIU Studio

Pieces by mid-century present day designers this kind of as Ray and Charles Eames, whose lounge chair sits subsequent to a floor-to-ceiling window, and Isamu Noguchi enhance this Los Angeles loft that was developed to nod to Japanese minimalism.

The living room’s neutral product-colored palette is improved by wood specifics and black window frames, which insert a graphic component to the inside.

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Eames House Conservation Management Plan

Eames Household, US, by Charles and Ray Eames

Most likely the supreme example of mid-century contemporary design, designer couple Ray and Charles Eames’ eponymous residence is loaded with the couple’s own creations.

The recent decor is meant to replicate how they enjoyed the assets, with a variety of furniture, textbooks, materials, art, shells, rocks and straw baskets kept in the setting up, which was accomplished by the Eameses in 1949.

It is considered as a critical example of the Case Analyze Property experiments for constructing postwar American residences.

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Puro Hotel Stare Miasto Kraków by Studio Paradowski

Puro Resort, Poland, by Studio Paradowski

Studio Paradowski’s renovation of a resort in Kraków, Poland, was informed by the city’s interwar cafes as effectively as the “cleanse functionalism” of its mid-century modern-day cinemas.

The outcome is a beautifully realised inside with a strong retro flavour but a contemporary format and facts. Pure oak panelling and stone was utilized with each other with Polish-manufactured glass and ceramics to build tactile surfaces.

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Moore Property, US, by Woods + Dangaran

Los Angeles studio Woods + Dangaran gave the Moore Home in LA’s Los Feliz neighbourhood a refresh that preserved several of the 1960s house’s first information.

In the bed room, pale teak panelling and big glazing that opens out onto a verdant backyard garden lend the room the experience of a mid-century holiday break property. A black-leather-based upholstered Eames chair and bedside rice lamp include to the laid-back vibe.

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Louveira Apartment by Ana Sawaia

Louveira Condominium, Brazil, by Ana Sawaia

This São Paulo condominium characteristics vintage home furnishings and vibrant patterned surfaces in a intelligent broken-approach interior. Pieces these types of as the wood-and-leather Boomerang chair by American architect Richard Neutra beautifully fit the model of the 1946 Louveira constructing.

Window frames had been painted yellow to match the facade of the building, their brilliant hues matching the polished wood utilised for both equally the flooring and much of the furnishings.

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Diamond House by Michael Hennessey Architecture

Eichler dwelling, US, by Michael Hennessey

This two-storey home in San Francisco’s Diamond Heights neighbourhood characteristics write-up-and-beam structures, an open up flooring program and glass walls.

In the residing place, an classy metal looking through mild hangs around a mid-century fashion chair and a cosy rug softens the room’s really hard surfaces and symmetrical lines.

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Sao Paolo apartment by BC Arquitetos

Gallery apartment, Brazil, by BC Arquitetos

BC Arquitetos built this Brazilian condominium to appear like an art gallery, filling it with attractive sculptures and vintage home furniture styles by Brazilian masters of the 1950s and 1960s.

Sculptural furniture is displayed against a backdrop of walnut panelling that wraps the condominium. A black and white Akari light-weight by Isamu Noguchi for Vitra peeps into the dwelling place from an adjacent place.

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Wall shelf in Azabu Residence

Azabu Home, Japan, by Norm Architects and Kaiji Ashizawa Design and style

This minimalist Tokyo property functions muted dim tones and pure resources, as perfectly as bespoke furniture established by the studios who made it with each other.

“This venture has been encouraged from the inside structure of mid-century American and Brazilian modernist uses of heat dim natural products and picket wall panelling, lush carpets and tactile upholstery,” designer Keiji Ashizawa instructed Dezeen.

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Irwin Caplan’s Laurelhurst House by SHED

Irwin Caplan house, US, by Get rid of

This 1950s home in the Pacific Northwest was initially built for cartoonist Irwin Caplan. Nowadays, it is a contemporary home, with an inside that even so respects the bones of the constructing.

White Eames shell chairs sit around a streamlined wooden desk in the eating location, which also has a graphic “Modernist” lamp from Z-Lite.

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This is the most recent in our series of lookbooks delivering curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s picture archive. For a lot more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing home libraries, minimalist bedrooms and Shaker-type interiors.