Thursday, March 23, 2017

Handmade, with a Mid-century Modern Twist


by Jeff Ambroz


Though its origins began decades before, Mid-century Modern style came to define the aesthetics of the post-World War II era.  This space-age design movement emphasized simplicity, clean lines and an optimistic feel.

With current prices for mint-condition furniture, art, jewelry and d├ęcor items in the Mid-century Modern vein reaching stratospheric heights, is it possible to enjoy this streamlined style on a budget?  Yes it is, and the makers of HandmadeMN are here to help.

Mid-century Modern styles range from the hip and cheeky, to the refined and subdued.  A scarf from WittyKnittyDesigns reflects the playful side of Mid-century Modern; while a hexagon necklace from GroundSubstance reflects a more architectural and stripped-down design approach.
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/286931903/vintage-nuno-felted-scarf-spring-scarf


https://www.etsy.com/listing/260157646/hexagon-necklace-in-gold

This wooden puzzle by WhovilleCreations features illustrations just like those you’d see in 1950’s-era publications from Europe.  Click on the link to see the many different puzzles your favorite toddler can complete with this 3-block set. 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/276097782/european-style-illustration-puzzle

Here’s a mini quilt from MyBitofWonder than can be used as a wall decoration, mug rug, trivet, candle mat and more.  Its simple, geometric shapes and cheerful color palette evoke the spirit of the space age. 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/267850665/spring-colors-mini-quilt-in-pink-yellow

Whether you call her Jacqueline Kennedy or Jackie O., there’s no disputing it:  she was America’s ultimate Mid-century style icon.  Bring a little Jackie glamor to your space with this fun pillow from LochNessMPLS

https://www.etsy.com/listing/244138126/jackie-large-plush-accent-pillow

While we may never reach the style status of our favorite Jackie, we all can enjoy confident and hopeful designs inspired by the Mid-century Modern era.  Browse the Etsy shops of HandmadeMN makers for even more items reflecting the beauty of this important design movement.

2 comments:

Cindy said...

Thanks for highlighting these great Mid-century handmade items.

Sharon Parker said...

Very nice! I enjoyed seeing how these Minnesota makers interpret mid-century style.