Life is a cycle and in furniture it’s not different: everything old is new again with these mid-century modern living rooms. Either you’re in the 1940’s or you’re in contemporary days, midcentury-modern furnishings, with their warm woods, sleek shapes, and retro patterns, look just fresh. The truth is that we are always trying to simplify our lives and as this movement is focused on functionality it can help us. These midcentury-modern living rooms selected by the magazine AD show the era’s design greats—Mies van der Rohe, Milo Baughman, and, of course, Charles and Ray Eames. It’s time for a trip to the antique market for a few Mad Men–style pieces of your own.
In Muriel Brandolini’s New York townhouse, vintage Milo Baughman armchairs occupy the media/guest room, where DVDs line the walls. The floor lamp is by Arne Jacobsen.
A sunburst mirror from JF Chen accents a wall of mica tile in photographer Steven Meisel’s Los Angeles living room, decorated by Brad Dunning; the chairs are by Michael Berman, and the driftwood-and-glass table and curved Monteverdi-Young sofa are original to the house.
In designer Nate Berkus’s Manhattan family room, a large photograph by Oswaldo Ruiz overlooks a vintage Milo Baughman chair, at left, and a pair of Paul McCobb stools; saguaro-cactus skeletons stand in the corner.
In the New York penthouse of writer Jay McInerney and his wife, Anne Hearst, designed by Robert Couturier, the living room walls display, from left, a Francesco Scavullo photograph of Hearst from the 1980s, a mixed-media work by Caio Fonseca, and a James Rosenquist painting; the 19th-century mantel is from A & R Asta. An Arne Jacobsen Egg chair rests on a rug by Orley Shabahang, and, behind it, a ’40s German vase stands next to a Paolo Buffa cabinet from 1stdibs; the painted-bronze dog sculpture is by Julien Marinetti.
Producer Brian Grazer enlisted architect Mark Rios and designer Waldo Fernandez to reinvent his Santa Monica mansion. A large artwork by Jack Pierson presides over the seating area in Grazer’s office, where a plush sofa and chair and a wood cocktail table—all vintage pieces by Jean Royère—are joined by midcentury armchairs from France (left) and Italy; the rug was custom made by Mansour Modern.
In designer Michael Formica’s Connecticut home with his partner, photographer Bob Hiemstra, Jesse Reichek lithographs hang on the living room’s maple chimneypiece; the vintage cocktail table is by George Nakashima, and the rug is a Formica design custom made by V’Soske.
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