Is Midcentury Modernism Over?

Updated 10/23/17
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There’s no denying it: Midcentury modernism is everywhere—at the flea market, at that new hotel that just opened, at nearly every high-street home décor retailer. No matter where you are, you’ll likely be able to spot some trace of the aesthetic movement, whether it’s a tapered wooden leg or an atomic-age light fixture.

And we completely get it—the slender shapes, simple lines, and organic materials are utterly versatile yet still striking. Some midcentury-modern pieces may even be timeless. But something is making our eyes wander in search of the next look. We are feeling tired of those leather Eames loungers, wooden Danish armchairs, and their contemporaries. Will we get over it and eventually fall back in love? It’s entirely possible. But maybe midcentury modernism is on its way out for good—what do you think?

To help parse the difficult questions presented by suddenly feeling weary of this truly beloved period, we consulted some design industry insiders. Read on.

1stdibs Midcentury Italian Desk Lamp $2400
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Debra Folz Pink Gem Side Table $1600
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Debra Folz Pink Gem Side Table ($1600)

Delightfull Lighting Amy Desk Lamp $1305
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Delightfull Lighting Amy Desk Lamp ($1305)

Iacoli & McAllister Small Cinque Pendant $895
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Iacoli & McAllister Small Cinque Pendant ($895)

Blu Dot Copper Real Good Chair $299
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Blu Dot Copper Real Good Chair ($299)

Massproductions Tio Coffee Table $548
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Massproductions Tio Coffee Table ($548)

Phase Smoked Brass/Grey Bride's Veil Bar Stool $1398
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Gino Sarfatti Model 548 Table Lamp $1490
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Gino Sarfatti Model 548 Table Lamp ($1490)

Menu Franklin Chandelier $700
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Menu Franklin Chandelier ($700)

Filo White Iron Side Table $295
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Filo White Iron Side Table ($295)

Paul McCobb Travertine and Brass Console Table $3800
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Daniel Wenger Honey Brown Lotus Chair $4250
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Daniel Wenger Honey Brown Lotus Chair ($4250)

Modernica Case Study Ceramic Hex Wood Stand $285
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Brendan Ravenhill Cord Chandelier $2000
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Brendan Ravenhill Cord Chandelier ($2000)

West Elm Grid Frame Coffee Table $399
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West Elm Grid Frame Coffee Table ($399)

Hans Wegner Oak Wishbone Chair $885
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Hans Wegner Oak Wishbone Chair ($885)

CB2 Marble-Rose Gold Pedestal Tables $179
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Eric Trine Rod+Weave Chair $1225
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Eric Trine Rod+Weave Chair ($1225)

Nine Stories Three-Legged Side Table $495
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Nine Stories Three-Legged Side Table ($495)

Are you ready to move on from midcentury modernism? Or are you a forever fan? Sound off in the comments.

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