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Mid-Century Modern 

Retro home design has swept across the interiors world and shows no sign of waning.  The intense popularity of the style has meant that dealers are facing a severe shortage of original furniture and accessories from the post-war era.  Mid-century modern design is epitomised by clean, simple lines and natural wood finishes.  Mid-century architecture, built between 1945 to the 1970s, incorporates extensive use of glass and open spaces which connect with nature.

Mid-Century Modern key design elements:

* Flat surfaces, including flat roofs.  This retro home, with its matching car, interweaves with the natural surroundings…

Photography: Coles Hairston

* Natural materials combined with modern processes…

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Credit: Nanette Wong, San Francisco

* Split-level floors with small steps in different zones

* Varying heights for furniture and walls...

Credit: Hammer Architects

* Simplicity in design, form and function…

Credit: Design Within Reach

* Geometric, simple, clean lines

*Expansive glass allowing light to flood in...

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* Open plan living began in this way (below) but the trend has since encompassed a new way of living with rear home extensions housing expansive family rooms.

Credit: Renewal Design-Build 

* Strong colours and patterns…

Credit: thehomedecorz 

* Outdoor views, a connection with nature…

Mid Century Modern Interiors

Current designers such as Orla Kiely have embraced the mid-century modern style. "The simple, utilitarian post-war style is welcome again now," says Kiely, who explains that it is "the simplicity that inspires me the most".  See The A-Z of Interior Design - K for Kiely for Orla's designs.