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    Mid century design seems to be all the rage now. I admit I'm not a fan, but like the quality. This stuff was made to last. My mother has a Heals teak dining table, chairs and sideboard very similar to this. It was a wedding present in 1960 and it's been used every day since. It still looks like new.






    She was going to get rid of it a few years ago but it was so outdated she couldn't even give it away. I'm glad she kept it because it's probably worth a fortune now.
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    I despise it. My mother still has her bedroom set from the 60's and refuses to part with it. Different beds and carpet, but the same dresser drawers for 50 years.

    I subscribe to a webpage whose owner collects mid-century stuff from old cruise ships and liners sent to the scrapyard. The stuff is ugly.
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    Oooh link? Please? And I hate that stuff in the first post. I like some furniture from those decades but definitely not that.
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    i was raised in the 50's and 60's and remember all of the furniture. i love it. but, i'm sure if my parents were still alive i doubt that I would have any affection for it.
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    Loathe.
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    When I was a kid growing up we had this exact table and chairs in the kitchen.

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    Loathe it. I have said a couple times here, I remember hating it as a kid. I just knew it was ugly even though it's all I saw everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeSlice View Post
    Oooh link? Please? And I hate that stuff in the first post. I like some furniture from those decades but definitely not that.
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    Cruise ships were always very much "of their time" in terms of style. Not so much these days but in previous decades the companies employed famous designers and architects of the day to do the interior styling. Here's the QE2 ballroom, a perfect 1970s horror. The ship is now razor blades I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsDark View Post
    When I was a kid growing up we had this exact table and chairs in the kitchen.

    These got moved into basements in the 80's and turned into game tables.

    Hate the furniture. Horrid style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Cruise ships were always very much "of their time" in terms of style. Not so much these days but in previous decades the companies employed famous designers and architects of the day to do the interior styling. Here's the QE2 ballroom, a perfect 1970s horror. The ship is now razor blades I think.

    I think the QE2 is still in Dubai awaiting conversion to a condo. But yeah, her 60's innards were beyond tacky. Same with the SS France and the Italian liners of that time. I hate hate hate square furniture made from synthetics. I have a great appreciation and love for Art Deco of the 20s and 30s, and some previous Art Nouveau...some of the liner furnishings from those eras were stunning.
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    i really like the clean lines of mid century modern furniture but it has to be done in a certain way. i like it when it is mixed in, not a house full of it.
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    I love midcentury modern architecture mainly for its open plans and inside-outside feel. But I've grown to dislike midcentury furniture, because it's so overused by professionel interior designers. You can't swing a dead cat in a design magazine without hitting an Eames or an Arne Jacobsen or a Panton chair. It's just so unoriginal, it has become the go-to style for people with lots of money, but no personal taste. You'd think that a professional interior designer could find some interesting contempory furniture - that's pretty much their only job.

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    I like the style, I love clean lines and simple design.
    Some examples:















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    i love it for the most part but in a home, i like a few pieces mixed in with other things, otherwise it looks too themed and overpowering. i also love the look of modernist furniture in older spaces with mouldings and high ceilings.
    i'm also much more partial to the 50s stuff and the more minimalist 60s pieces, and i'm especially fond of furniture that was built around the time of international style architecture (the interior of the seagram building, or the united nations headquarters, both in new york, are prime examples). once you get into the 60s a lot of designs start to get fussier and less interesting visually. or you have to be even more spare and have only one piece or else your living room looks like you're trying to recreate austin powers.
    but overall i love it. i love the clean lines and simple elegance and toned down colour palettes.

    some favourite designs:

    marcel breuer:



    eames:


    mies van der rohe. few things make a space look better than a couple of barcelona chairs in tan.

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