Beloved by Boomers and embraced by Millennials, mid-century modern architecture is making a comeback.
With their light-filled, open floor plans and emphasis on indoor/outdoor living, mid-century modern homes are finding a new fan base in the 21st century. Homebuyers are eagerly snapping up and renovating the original homes, while architects and builders look for ways to incorporate elements of mid-century modern into new homes.
Mid-century or this century?
Mid-century or just modern?What makes a house mid-century modern rather than just modern? Here’s what our design experts say:• It has a playful side not often seen in pure modernist structures. “They’re a little more fun, such as the homes by [Los Angeles architect] Craig Ellwood and Palm Springs architect Albert Frey,” Fleetwood says, “whereas Mies van der Rohe’s Glass House — while technically mid-century — is a very serious building. The use of pitched roofs [on a modern house would be] anathema to him,” he says.• Ornamental screens and other details often show up on mid-century houses, whereas pure modern tends to have a lack of ornamentation.• There is a strong connection between the indoors and outdoors. In some schools of modernism such as Bauhaus/International, the home is closed off from the outdoors.• Natural materials such as wood and stone are used to soften the starkness often associated with modern.