Iconic MCM Furniture

There are numerous pieces of furniture that are immediately identifiable as Mid-Century Modern. Although designed 40, 50 or even 60 years ago by some of the best designers working then, they are timeless and still look modern today. So here are my favorite contenders for the top MCM designs.

Barcelona Chair: 

This is one of my favorites! (We have two in our home.) Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Although it was created for Barcelona’s International Exhibition in 1929, it is practically synonymous with mid-century modern design. In 1948, Knoll was given exclusive rights to manufacture it and it is still popular today.

Arco Lamp:

The Arco Lamp is almost immediately recognized as MCM. Designed by the Castiglioni bothers (of course its Italian) in 1962, this piece will definitely take your design up a notch. Included in the design of the lamp is a smooth marble base (with a hole for easy lifting) as well as a spun aluminum reflector that provides indirect and direct light. 

Saarinen Table:

Who needs a tablecloth with a table this beautiful! Everyone recognizes this famous table by Eric Saarinen. It remains a favorite among designers and is available in a many different sizes, colors, and finishes.

Noguchi Coffee Table:

This may be the most famous coffee table out there. Designed by Noguchi and produced by Herman Miller, it was rumored that George Nelson first spotted this beauty.

Florence Knoll Sofa:

Don't call this a couch! It's probably the most copied sofa out there. Designed by one of the few female designers of the mid-century, Florence Knoll. Beautifully designed, it is a piece that certainly has withstood the test of time.

Let’s not forget the Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair in the featured photo. He actually sculpted the chair in clay to get the shape perfect before manufacturing it.

So there you have it - my favorite iconic Mid-Century Modern furniture designs. All of these pieces look just as terrific today as they did when originally designed and any one will add a modern look to your home.