As the demand for mid-century homes continues to grow, so too does the desire to design and renovate them.
Mid-century refers to a style of architecture between the 1930s and the 1960s. Today, as they were then, mid-century homes are especially popular among those who prefer a cleaner, more minimal look. The homes typically have low or flat roofs, overhangs, atriums, lots of windows, and open floor plans. In addition, the ample windows in a mid-century mean more natural light – a huge selling point in the Pacific Northwest.
For those lucky enough to find a mid-century modern in Portland, odds are good that it will need some updating. While I am by no means a mid-century purist, there are some quintessential features and/or elements that I do feel should be retained, including the open floor plan, the use of natural materials (wood, brick, stone, and cork) and the floor to ceiling windows that bring the outside in.
During my work with midcentury homeowners (and having lived in one myself), I have found some wonderful sources for these homes. Here are eight of them.
1. Fireclay Tile https://www.fireclaytile.com/
San Francisco-based Fireclay Tile is an eco-friendly sustainable tile manufacturing company. They specialize in handmade, recycled, ceramic, brick and glass tile, all of which is handmade in California. They offer more than 250 tile colors, many of which are perfect for mid-century interiors.
2 Sossego http://sossegodesign.com/
Sossego is the exclusive distributor of award-winning Brazilian furniture designers, Aristeu Pires and Domingos Tótora,. The Sossego collection pairs contemporary design sensibility and mid-century undertones, with handcrafted, sustainably harvested Brazilian hardwoods and environmentally conscious furnishings.
3. Modernica https://modernica.net/
For over 25 years, Modernica has built every piece of furniture in Los Angeles, California.. Modernica is responsible for revitalizing the almost lost art of high-pressure fiberglass molding. You’ve no doubt seen and admired the Case Study shell chairs.
4. Casara Modern http://www.casaramodern.com/
Mid- Century focused furniture manufacturer Casara Modern makes comfortable couches that are also clean lined and have a straightforward, contemporary aesthetic. Their daybeds are classic mid century and come in a variety of bright colors.
5. Cedar & Moss http://www.cedarandmoss.com/
Based in my city of Portland, Ore., Cedar & Moss offers both midcentury classics and minimalist lighting designs that are at once elegant and composed. I have their sconces as bedside tables and absolutely love the way they look and the light they emit.
6. Design Within Reach https://www.dwr.com
DWR’s claim to fame is making authentic modern design accessible. When it was founded in 1998, people weren’t able to buy classics without visiting Europe or enlisting intermediaries. DWR changed that by providing access to iconic designs for the first time. If you simply have to have the real thing (and it must be new), DWR is the place to buy it.
7. Rove Concepts https;//www.roveconcepts.com
If you don’t have big bucks for the real thing but want the look, Canadian company Rove Concepts has you covered. Rove crafts a collection of affordable, customizable reproductions from seating to accessories.
To accessorize your mid century abode, don’t forget about your local vintage sources such as consignment and secondhand stores (my local faves are LegacyModern.com and Rose City Modern and The Good Mod. Online-only sites are great, too. Places like Charish.com, Etsy.com and Viyet.com and 1stDibs.com
What did I miss? Do you have some favorite sources you'd like to share?