Architecture and Mid Century Modern
We’ve seen many times how the revolutionary changes impulsed by the great names of the Mid Century Modern movement, bring deep changes to the world of interior design and leave us a great number of design masterpieces that are part of our daily life. Many of these figures were both Architects, and Designers: Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, or Le Corbusier.
So, it’s good to review, on the other hand, what were the contributions of these great figures of Mid Century Modern style made to the world of architecture, and to see how connected are the macro and the micro spaces.
Openness and transparency.
Open spaces and transparent facades are a classical characteristic of Mid Century Modern architecture. Both in giant skyscrapers or residential houses (like the creator of the Barcelona Chair, van der Rohe, did), the openness and clear views are a basic requirement of this architecture. Integration with nature and a game between void and fill spaces is the main purpose of this concept.
The lack of ornamentation so typical of Mid Century Modern interiors is visible in architecture too, with the absence of ornamented roofs. The vision of a house just like void-shifted horizontal boxes explains why the roof is considered like a flat plane that closes an interior volume.
Natural colors and materials
Bring nature indoors is a constant in Mid Century Modern interior design, particularly with the influence of Scandinavian design. When it comes to Architecture, it is visible in the use of natural colors and leaving nature and surroundings as your main visible landscape.