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The 12 Best Mid Century Modern Design Books

Discover more about the architecture, interior, and designs that were born out of the mid-century era and the stories that sit beneath it.
The 12 Best Mid Century Modern Design Books

You’ve started your quest to turn everything you own to have a glimmer of mid century modern in, and we don’t blame you. Tapping into the era makes you realise how much of what we own, use, and see today has been inspired by the designers from the mid century era.

Best 12 Mid Century Modern Books

If you wanting learn more about the architecture, interior, and designs that were born out of that era and the stories that sit beneath it, we’ve created a list of books that are worth making room in your bookcase (and coffee table) for…

House & Garden Fifties House

Fifties House is a nod to one of the most exciting decades in the history of interiors. Catriona Gray draws on the Home & Garden‘s archive, curating the best illustrations and photographs to show how the use of colour, pattern, homewares and furniture evolved through the decade.

this is inside house and gardem fifties house book

Modern Retro Home: Tips & inspiration for creating great mid-century styles

A book that is your key to unlocking the secrets behind a thoroughly contemporary home that takes inspiration from the past, particularly from the ’60s and ’70s. Designed to share the best tips and inspiration for each room of your house, Jason Grant takes you inside many homes that exemplify the mid-century era in his book Modern Retro Home.

this is inside the modern retro home book for tips and inspiration

Herman Miller: A Way of LivingĀ 

Honestly, it’s near impossible to talk about mid century modern interiors without discussing the work of Herman Miller. A true icon back in the era when mid century modern for the company’s innovative approach and outlook on what interior design could be when it came to incorporating more modern and contemporary pieces into our home, and offices. Still today, Herman Miller is loved and looking about at their influence in A Way of Living shows a fascinating history of the role they played in the history of design.

this is inside the book Herman Miller A Way of Living

Mid Century Modern Interiors: The Ideas that Shaped Interior Design in America

Through a series of studies, the classic Mid Century Modern Interiors book is the ultimate introduction to world-renowned designers including Ray and Charles Eames, Richard Neutra, and George Nelson and examines how they developed new approaches by applying systematic and rational principles to the creation of interior spaces.

this is cover mid century modern interiors book with ideas that shaped interior design in america

100 Mid Century Chairs & Their Stories

A stylish and informative guide to the best of mid-century modern chair design. 100 Mid Century Chairs & Their Stories share the most interesting, controversial, or simply most beautiful chairs from the period spanning 1930-1970, according to expert curator and chair addict Lucy Ryder Richardson.

this is inside the book 100 mid century chairs and their stories

Atlas of Mid Century Modern Houses

A fascinating collection of more than 400 of the world’s most glamorous homes from more than 290 architects lies inside Atlas of Mid Century Modern Houses. Thoroughly researched and comprehensive, this book is a must-have for all design experts and admirers looking for inspiration for their own homes.

this is inside of the atlas of mid century modern houses

Mid Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA

A handbook on the 250 must-see mid century architectural destinations on the West Coast of the USA. Discover the most celebrated modernist buildings and home, as well as hidden gems and virtually unknown examples, from the iconic Case Study houses to the glamour of Palm Springs spectacular modern desert structures.

this is inside Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide- West Coast USA

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA

Featuring architecture by some of the biggest mid-century names, including Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen, and Philip Johnson, and 250 buildings located on a regional map for you to visit. Mid Century Modern Architecture Tavel Guide: East Coast USA is a must-have guide to one of the most fertile and lesser-known regions for the development of mid century modern architecture.

this is inside the mid century modern architecture travel guide east coast

Miller’s Mid Century Modern Living Design

The book explores the most desirable interiors, furniture, ceramics, glass, metalware and textiles of the mid-century modern period. Miller’s Mid Century Modern Living Design takes a look at all the iconic designs and designers of the era and describes the best of mid-century innovations in design, production methods, and materials.

this is inside Miller's Mid-Century Modern- Living with Mid-Century Modern Design book

From A to Eames: An Illustrated Guide to Mid Century Modern

80 tales of design, laid out in a fun and easy-to-read A to Z format. With an irreverent structure, From A to Eames: An Illustrated Guide to Mid Century Modern becomes a rather lovely picture book for the refined adult. Each letter delves into one facet of this enduring era of design: mid century modern homes, interior design, graphic design and illustration, and iconic personalities.

this is inside the book From A to Eames A Visual Guide to Mid-Century Modern Design

Mid Century Modern: Complete

This definitive survey of one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design offers a rich overview of all aspects of the subject. Mid Century Modern: Complete covers furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, product design, industrial design, graphics and posters, as well as architecture and interior design.

this is inside the book mid century modern complete

Just Add Colour: Mid-Century Modern Patterns

A gorgeous series of grown-up colouring books for art and design lovers. Mid Century Modern Patterns colouring book contains 64 perforated pages to make it easy to share, frame and hang your artwork. You’ll be inspired by the sumptuous artwork in the next three books, and trust us… the use of colour is endless.

this is inside the mid century modern patterns colouring book

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