These 15 Midcentury-Modern Décor Pieces Make Us Want to Time-Travel

Updated 06/29/19
Mid-Century Modern Décor
Nicole Franzen

Midcentury-modern décor will never go out of style, and we're not mad about it (though it does have us a feeling a little mod). With clean lines, geometric shapes, handsome, moody colors, and earthy textures, what's not to love? While we can support a home that looks like a carbon copy of Don Draper's New York City apartment from the Mad Men set, we admit that we prefer spaces that mix midcentury-modern pieces with contemporary, sleek, and elegant designs as well to tone down the nostalgia.

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With this in mind, we decided to look through our favorite online shops for a mixture of authentic 20th-century vintage items as well as contemporary interpretations of the style. To strike the balance between retro and cutting-edge in your home, scroll through our 15 favorite midcentury-modern décor pieces below.

A Set of Stunning Stools

chrome barstools
Coming Soon Vintage Chrome Barstools $1500

These shapely chrome stools stopped us in our tracks when we first laid eyes on them. Originally from the 70s and refurbished with peridot-green velvet upholstery, we suddenly can't imagine a bar area that doesn't revolve around them.

A Standout Clock

Sunburst Clock
Kardiel Midcentury Starburst Clock $300 $149

Inspired by George Nelson's designs this multicolor hardwood-and-steel sunburst clock is a statement piece wherever it's hung. Try it above console table in the entryway or in your home study. 

Midcentury Brutalist Sculpture
Showroom Sample Mid-Century Brutalist Sculpture $495

No midcentury-modern design lover can feel completely at home until they have a brutalist sculpture detailing the space. This mixed-media brass, steel, and marble piece will bring in texture and depth.

A Playful Throw

Perry Throw
Slowdown Studio Perry Throw $230

This cozy woven blanket features groovy shapes and multicolored fringe detailing, yet the pastel hues and high-quality cotton give a decidedly present feel. It will add character to any family room sofa or bedding arrangement.

A Brassy Bookshelf

Monsarrat Bookshelf
Pottery Barn Monsarrat Bookshelf $1400

Both unassuming and bold, this metallic bookshelf offers up a ton of storage space for any bookworms or magazine collectors. With its architectural interest, it'll look great in just about any environment.

A Cotton Candy Dream Accent

Silicus Table
Article Silicus Table $129

This chic occasional table will bring a feminine twist to a midcentury-style home without veering too far from the style of sleek silhouettes and clean lines. Opaque painted glass tops a slim, golden foundation for maximum minimalist effect.

A Set of Groovy Goblets

Water Goblets
Heisey Old Williamsburg Water Goblets (Set of Six) $96

Nothing makes us want to drink up like a retro set of water goblets. With a beautiful golden hue in one of America's most popular patterns, this set would be the perfect addition to your collection.

A Tasteful Planter

Modernia Case Study Small Cylinder With Stand $160

Understated yet stylish and elegant, this ceramic is the perfect home for your indoor plants since it'll let them have the spotlight while enhancing their natural beauty. Tuck it into a corner in the entryway or living room.

A Playful Ceramic Vase

Dotted Vase
Imax Dalmatian Dot Vase $85

Add a pop of playfulness with this beautiful dotted ceramic vase that marries a playful, youthful spirit with tradition and minimalism. We love the Dalmatian-inspired dots and sleek shape. 

A Versatile Dining Table

Harper Dining Table
CB2 Harper Dining Table $1599

This dining table will bring some edge to your everyday life. Taking cues from midcentury design, brass legs and a sleek marble tabletop create a striking piece. You can make it more glamorous or casual depending on the chairs you surround it with, making it extremely versatile and long-lasting.

An Awesome Ottoman

ABC Carpet & Home Cobble Hill Boutique Ottoman $695 $591

Hello, ottoman of our dreams. ABC Carpet & Home's Boutique ottoman gives a more refined finish to the midcentury-modern aesthetic, thanks to the blush-pink velvet upholstery and brass legs. The retailer also offers customization so you can curate the furniture to your color scheme at home.

A Classic Lounge Chair

Black Woven Leather Chair
CB2 Black Woven Leather Chair $499

Lean back and relax in this modern rendition of classic midcentury style. With rich, woven black leather, it will enhance any living room, regardless of style. 

An Angular Table Lamp

Brass Table Lamp
ABC Carpet & Home Flos IC Brass Table Lamp $695

With perfect proportions and shape, this brass lamp will make for a artsy showpiece. The clean, minimalistic design retains a classic midcentury aesthetic; you're sure to have plenty of lightbulb moments with this piece by your side.

A Moody Magazine Holder

Leather Magazine Rack
Vintage Jacques Adnet Leather Magazine Rack $4800

Crafted of iron and leather with artisanal flair, this French-made magazine rack is eye-catching and elegant in design, yet it also serves as a functional accent piece that will outlast the test of time.

A Gentlemanly Throw Pillow

Ashley Pillow
Amber Interiors Ashley Pillow $325

For a dash of that handsome 20th-century style, add this striped throw pillow to your collection on the living room sofa or bed. Crafted of embroidered vintage textiles backed with flax-colored linen, it's a unique element that can be brightened up with some vivid colors and plush textures like crushed velvet, or let it stand alone.

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