Mid century furniture

When asked what sort of furniture we create at Icon By Design, we reply that our furniture is a mix of mid century modern and Scandinavian design. We make our mid century-inspired furniture from solid walnut timber – it’s warm, it’s durable, it’s strong. Our mid century pieces are perfect for your bedroom, living or dining rooms with tons of storage ideas, seating and table options that all adhere to the mid century aesthetic.

But what exactly is mid century design? As the name suggests, the mid century modern style gained prominence post-World War II, from the late 1940s to the 1960s. The furniture from this era was defined by simple sleek lines, organic shapes, minimal ornamentation and high functionality which makes it highly appealing even today. These well-designed objects have stood the test of time. Designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, Arne Jacobsen and Isamu Noguchi created iconic furniture and lighting that are highly coveted and replicated to this very day!

At its heart, our mid century furniture is not only beautifully constructed and functional but also priced to be affordable and designed to make everyday living easy. Whether it’s your kids perched on our Jensen barstools eating breakfast at your kitchen island benchtop, you working from home at the Jolanda office desk, or the entire family gathered round the Magnus dining table to share food and company.

‘Form follows function’ is one of its guiding principles, which means that the shape of the furniture should relate to its intended function or purpose. Our mid century style furniture is designed so that every piece serves a purpose and adds value to your home.

Today, more than ever, the mid century look is very popular. It sits very well in contemporary homes and suits modern living by melding the past with the present with its clean lines, organic curves, mix-and-match materials and multifunctional designs.

But how do you furnish your home in the mid century style without going overboard? The simple answer? Less is best. Resist the urge to decorate your entire home with furniture from this era. Instead, look for pieces that tell a story and let it become part of your life as it unfolds. Don't be afraid to mix mid century with other styles. Choose a few key pieces and let the other furniture and accessories in the room work around it.