New year and a new season is here and it is perfect time of the year to take a look at the interior design trends that will make a blast. And with many retro and vintage elements making a comeback, it seems like it might be a good idea to do a quick recap of some of the most iconic classics from the decades past.

In this article, we prepared a list of 10 most popular mid-century designs. All of these are well-known classics that stood the test of time and are widely sought-after for decades. But with such impeccable reputations, they are sure to get even more attention. So, be sure to check these out and maybe hurry and get some good deals before those greedy retailers start rubbing their hands and pushing the prices up once when these appear on the covers of design magazines.

Let’s get right into it.

Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen

We will start the list with one design that is definitely easily recognisable. Even if you didn’t know the name, you must have seen the Egg chair countless of times, if not in person, then in style and design magazines. This 1958 gem is the defining lounge chair that has never went out of style, but we expect it to be an absolute hit in 2019 season.

Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

A true classic of modern design by the modernist genius of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona chair is a perfect blend of sophisticated style and exquisite comfort. It might not be the best fit for Wabi-Sabi trend that seems to be really picking up this spring, but it is still an essential in those more conventionally European homes.

Lounge Chair by Charles and Ray Eames

A classic of American design, the iconic Eames lounge chair designed by the world-famous designer duo is a perfect blend of sleek industrial design and typical American folksy warmth. According to the designers, this gem of modernism was inspired by a worn-out baseman’s mitt! So, if you are looking for a truly American vibe in your home, it’s doubtful that you can find a better fit that this one.

Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio

Moving on to retro-futuristic masterpiece from Finland – Eero Aarnio’s Ball chair is one of the most recognisable mid-century designs. This 1962 masterpiece that looks straight out of Star Trek. Famous for its unconventional “discovery”, Ball chair was designed by Aarnio when he noticed that he lacks a proper lounge chair in his home. Pursuing the typical Scandinavian simplicity, he went for a perfectly spherical design with his wife drawing a circle on the wall around him in order to determine the exact radius.

Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner

Ok, you saw this one coming – not a single list of mid-century designs would be complete without this iconic masterpiece by the Danish designer, architect and carpenter Hans Wegner. And there is not much that we can say about Wishbone chair – its sleek look and simple elegance speak volumes by themselves and the unwavering demand for this gem of Danish modern is testament to the timeless appeal that has stood the test of time.

Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen

Always searching to clear up the “clutter of legs”, Eero Saarinen designed his Tulip chair as a one-piece dining chair that will bring simplicity and calmness to your home. This sleek and modern 1957 design has been captivating the imagination of design aficionados for decades and is sure to come back in style in 2019 too. 

Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen

Another Danish classic, Jacobsen’s Swan chair was designed in 1958 for SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. This sleek and elegant lounge chair went a long way from Jacobsen’s garage to a global bestseller and a timeless classic.


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