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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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.