How to tell you like 20th-century furniture

The passion for 20th-century furniture remains strong and its durability seems to be caused by several factors. How can you tell if you are also in love with 20th-century design?

Many people call it a ‘new retro’, but has it ever really been out of date? The 1950s design movement began a fresh and classic look that combined elements of minimalist, organic, and fresh lines. Some of the best-known names from this era include Arne Jacobsen, Florence Knoll, and Ray and Charles Eames. Their pioneering design is still very much proven by the new furniture designs today. So, here’s how to find out if you have a 20th-century design bug:

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You like form, function, and simplicity

You have a strong desire for ceramics that focus on the pure, natural nature of modernism. You are attracted by sleek, classic and tubular designs.

You can’t get enough from the 50s and 60s

Love this era? If you want a drinks cabinet or furniture that features dark wood and corner lighting, then you must have something for your 50s and 60s.

You get excited because of great patterns

Patterns such as geometry and graphics are closely related to this design era, so if you buy hexagonal units and flashy patterned wallpapers, you might have a penchant for 20th-century decor.

You like classics

You have an eye for classic pieces and love items like the famous Eames chair for example. You already have at least one classic from this era, whether it’s an original piece or a stunning replica. Take a look at the Eames Chair from

You choose neutral decoration but colorful art

The color of your choice when it comes to decorating or choosing accessories including pastels, Nordic blues, teal, and earthy tones. When it comes to art, you love splashes of bright colors.

You aim to be lean and graceful

You can show off 20th-century interiors without realizing it if you have created a timeless yet relaxed living space.

Sit low

Do you find that you chose furniture that is low to the ground? You like the low line of a chair or sofa that is carried low and the illusion that results in having a much bigger room.

Everything is in detail

If a room is incomplete until you include some well-placed accessories that mean a lot to you, the room is free from clutter and you find the details important – then you are a mid-20th-century design lover!

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