27 Stylish Rooms With Mid-Century Modern Design

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The mid-20th century was a design renaissance for furniture, interiors and architecture. The sleek, distinctive style is beloved and has seen a major revival in past years — and we love the look. Travel back in time with these 27 rooms that exemplify the chic simplicity of mid-century modern design.

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William Abranowicz
A Contemporary California Ranch

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres have a ranch tucked away in the Santa Monica Mountains, filled to the brim with gorgeous design fixtures.

The living room of one of the cabins features a 1960 Illum Wikkelso sofa and a 1965 Ib Kofod-Larsen armchair; the 18th-century postal desk is Swedish and the floor lamp is by Alison Berger.

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Simon Upton
Flea Market Finds

Inside Jason Rand's Manhattan apartment, a flea-market mirror hangs above a cabinet by Hans Wegner in the bedroom. The sconces by Tony Paul were bought on eBay and the large black-and-white print is by Elliott Puckette.

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Trevor Tondro
Sleek Accent Pieces

In a guest room of Paul Boschetto's California home, the vintage bed is upholstered in a and dressed in . The wallpaper is a , the drawings are by , the chair is by and the walnut side table is from .

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Björn Wallander
Dark Wood Against White Walls

Fashion designer Andrew Gn's Paris apartment boasts a painting by Pan Jian above a Belgian stained-oak console in the living room. The circa-1898 armchairs are by Gustave Serrurier-Bovy, the blue ceramics are by Les Dalo and the lamp is by Didier Bazille.

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Björn Wallander
Mid-Century Minimalism

Also in Andrew Gn's Paris apartment, custom-made nightstands by Benoit Langlade, topped with 1970s lamps, flank the bed in the master bedroom. The coverlet is by Le Rideau de Paris and the armchair is Danish; the painting is by Myriam Boccara and the 1950s rug is Swedish.

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Miguel Flores-Vianna
Wood-Paneled Kitchen

In the LA home of fashion designer Rozae Nichols, the kitchen features custom redwood cabinetry, a backsplash of penny tiles by Mission Tiles, an oven and dishwasher by Miele and sink fittings by Vola.

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Richard Powers
Bold And Graphic 1950s Style

In a mid-century home in Morocco, a vintage Danish pendant light hangs above a dining table by Habitat, the 1950s chairs are by Ico Parisi, the painting is by Robert Schmid, and a wall is sheathed in Popham Design's Scarab tiles.

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Bjorn Wallander
Parisian Mid-Century Style

In the living room of fashion designer Andrew Gn's Paris apartment, 1950s wing chairs by Melchiorre Bega, upholstered in a Lelievre fabric, face armchairs by Emiel Veranneman and a cocktail table by Fredrik Schriever-Abeln, both from the 1960s.

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Trevor Tondro
Sleek And Minimalist

In this Palm Springs living room, you'll find vintage Barcelona chairs, back-to-back sofas by William Haines, an Arco lamp by Achille Castiglioni and a floor lamp by Dragonette; the wall is sheathed in Venetian plaster, the ceiling is cedar and the floors are poured-in-place terrazzo.

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Douglas Friedman
Textured Bedroom

In the master bedroom of Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei's Manhattan apartment, a pair of 1940s chairs, purchased at auction, is covered in a fabric by Christopher Hyland, the bed is dressed with a throw and pillow by Rosemary Hallgarten, the brass lamp and Murano glass light fixture are vintage; the fireplace mantel is St. Laurent marble, the curtains are of a Kravet fabric and the walls are painted in Fine Paints of Europe’s Black Plum.

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William Waldron
Subdued Modern Lines

Jacques Adnet chairs from the 1950s surround the custom-made dining table in Giovanna Randall's New York City apartment. The chandelier is by Peter Mikic, and the walls are upholstered in an Old World Weavers damask; the painting is by Jackie Saccoccio, and the floor is white oak.

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Miguel Flores-Vianna
L.A. Mid-Century

In the living area of Nichols and Murrough's Los Angles house, the Jens Risom lounge chair and Florence Knoll slate-and-steel cocktail table are both vintage and the sofa is Swedish; the wall sculpture is by Jason Meadows, and a rug bought at a Marrakesh souk tops a Persian runner found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

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Richard Powers
Sleek And Sunny Bedroom

The master bedroom in this airy Mexican home features a bed, dresser and side tables by Roche Bobois; the Eames chair and ottoman are by Herman Miller, the bedside lights are by FontanaArte and the wall is painted in Patagonia by Comex.

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William Abranowicz
Minimalist Mountain Retreat

A ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains serves as the ideal retreat for Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres. In the living room of the property's main cabin, Number 8, a 1962 Fabricius & Kastholm chair faces a sofa covered in Belgian linen and a granite-top cocktail table, both from Brenda Antin.

The fireplace is faced with antique Belgian brick, the wall sculpture is by Catherine Willis, the painting on the shelf at left is by Martin Mull and the one on the right is a flea-market find.

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Douglas Friedman
Off-Beat Dining Oasis

In the kitchen of 1stdibs founder Michael Bruno's home, vintage Knoll chairs and a pair of armchairs by Jacques Quinet surround a 1970s table by Jules Wabbes that was designed for a conference room; the 19th-century light fixtures are Paris flea-market finds, the rooster sculpture came from Brussels, and floor is paved with marble tiles.

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Joshua McHugh
Living Room With A Neutral Palette

In the living room of a house in Sag Harbor, New York, which was decorated by architect David Mann of MR Architecture + Decor, the custom sofa is covered in a Nobilis linen, the lounge chairs are by BassamFellows and the cocktail table is by Soraya Ltd.

The ceiling’s wood-veneer wall covering is by Maya Romano, the lamp is by Isamu Noguchi and the abaca rug is from Mark Nelson Designs.

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William Waldron
Mid-Century Kitchen Space

This bohemian-chic New York apartment is full of mid-century touches. Hans Wegner chairs, purchased at auction, flank a table by Eero Saarinen from Design Within Reach, and the vintage pendant light is by Max Ingrand for FontanaArte.

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Richard Powers
A Modern Tree House

A family room's sofa and ottoman are by Ligne Roset, the Saarinen side table is by Knoll and the chairs are by Hans Wegner. The Arco lamp is by Flos, the pillows and rug are custom designs and the tapestry was created from a traditional Bhutanese man's robe.

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Miguel Flores-Vianna
Stylish Library

The library in this LA home has a chaise that was designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand; the shelving is by Alias.

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Luke White
Contemporary Farm Restoration

An artist enlisted the help of a London architecture firm to help transform a dilapidated farm building. In the newly restored living area, you will find Gia Ponti chairs with a view of the River Stour.

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Simon Upton
Clean And Vibrant Design

White splattered tile lines the kitchen floor of London designer Colin Radcliffe's Notting Hill home. The cabinetry is custom made, the 1950s chandelier is FontanaArte and the 1970s barstools and the refrigerators are by Liebherr.

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Douglas Friedman
Cozy Modern Bedroom

Retail guru Jeffrey Kalinsky has always championed clean-lined fashion, so it's no surprise that he stuck to his aesthetic principles when renovating his West Village townhouse.

In the master bedroom, the bed is by Christopher Ostafin and the 1990s bench is by Campion Platt; the circa-1950 chair by Illum Wikkelso is from Hostler Burrows, the steel side table is Wyeth, the curtains are of a Holland & Sherry cashmere and the photograph is by Jack Pierson.

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Douglas Friedman
Mid-Century With A Brazilian Twist

This living room holds mid-century Brazilian rosewood chairs, stools purchased at auction, armchairs found on eBay and a sofa by Classic Sofa upholstered in a Manuel Canovas fabric.

The side tables are from Prime Gallery in Palm Springs, California, paintings by José Parlà flank a South African wall hanging made from cowrie-shell-embellished aprons and the rug is Moroccan.

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Photography by Simon Upton
Monochromatic Mid-Century

In this New York master suite, the sofa is upholstered in an Osborne & Little fabric, the 1950s armchairs are by Gianfranco Frattini, the resin-top cocktail table is by Jean Brand and the 1960s daybed is by Geneviève Martineau-Dausset.

The photographs are by Rineke Dijkstra, the painting is by Friedrich Kunath and the carpet is by Beauvais.

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Miguel Flores-Vianna
Eclectic Bedroom

In the master bedroom of a Los Angeles abode, the linen coverlet is by Area, the photograph above the bed is by Olafur Eliasson and the 1930s lamp on the custom-made table is by George Carwardine; the capiz-shell pendant is vintage, and the redwood closet doors are original.

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William Waldron
Modern Bedroom Space

In the master bedroom of a TriBeCa loft, the bed is by Meridiani, the wall lamp is by Serge Mouille, the vintage Poul Kjaerholm daybed retains its original leather and the side table is by Wyeth; the console is a vintage piece by Paul McCobb, and the circa-1970 Beni Ourain rug is from Double Knot.

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Simon Upton
Casual Lounge Area

In the living area of fashion designer Carlos Miele's Brazil home, an antique sofa made of eucalyptus and a brass daybed upholstered in suede are grouped with a cocktail table of native pequi wood, a patchwork-leather ottoman, a woven-leather chair and a handmade wool rug.

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