8 Breathtaking Mid-Century Modern Living Rooms

Another beautiful day, another inspiring idea: mid-century modern living rooms!

Mid-century modern style is based on the idea that good design constitutes an essential part of good living. Therefore it’s no surprise that the clean-lined, optimistic designs of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s still hold sway over interior decorators working today. These 8 eye-catching mid-century modern living rooms incorporate mid-century pieces to create a breathtaking, modern effect.


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Pamela Shamshiri, one of Commune‘s four principals, spent two years renovating and restoring the Lechner House, a 1948 Rudolph Schindler design, after taking possession of the home. The living room — originally a closed-in grassed terrace — contains pieces by Serge Mouille, Edward Wormley and Ray and Charles Eames.

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For a recently completed home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, architect Steven Harris and interior designer Lucien Rees Roberts created a glass-box living room that offers stunning ocean views and filled the space with a stylish selection of modern furniture. Among the pieces are Angelo Lelli‘s Triennale lamp for Arredoluce and an Adrian Pearsall Wave lounge.

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The rooms in Scandinavian designer Finn Juhl‘s Copenhagen home were constructed around the furnishings, based on Juhl’s theory that furniture created a room. In the corner of this living room, Juhl’s Poet sofa sits under a portrait of his partner Hanne Wilhelm Hansen, painted by Vilhelm Lundstrom.

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Wrapping together a very refined modernism with distinct mid-century elegance in a clock of concrete and wood, the B+B house in São Paulo, Brazil, exudes a style of its own. The living room is exquisite.

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Furniture collector Miquel Alzueta‘s passion for European mid-century design is evident in his Barcelona living room. Pieces by French creators Jean Royère, Jean Prouvé, Serge Mouille and Charlotte Perriand take center-stage, standing out against the room’s old-world architecture.

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This living room features DelightFULL’S lamps and other exquisite details. Designed by Schmidt Studio, the interior has a touch of the elusive art deco style. Coltrane wall lamps couldn’t fit this wall any better.

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Located in a 19th century Berlin building that boasts 16-foot ceilings, retailer Emmanuel de Bayser’s home uses mid-century pieces to contemporary effect. Lithe Serge Mouille lamps stand in contrast to the organic, round Jean Royère sofas and low, plump Charlotte Perriand stools.

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A contemporary descendant of mid-century modern style, the Quantum Mirror is not just a spot-on reflection of the atomic age design, it is a leap forward. A set of gold-plated spheres arranged in a circular pattern creates a stunning visual effect. Hendrix wall lamps are a perfect caustic phenomenon reflected that gives life to any living interiors.


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