As I have posted before, I, along with four fellow classmates, are taking part in the NKBA Student Kitchen and Bath Design Competition. We have been working very hard on our AutoCad drawings, renderings, perspectives, and concept boards. Even though I am close to being done, I still feel like there’s a million things left to do, and it’s Tacky Christmas tomorrow night. Did I mention the project is due Friday? SOS.

NKBA gave us a long prompt of our ‘client’ and her many needs and desires. The designers over at NKBA decided that Grandma Edita, the client, admires Mid-Century Modern design. After a minor freak out, a soy latte, and some research, I realized that this style isn’t so bad. It has been extremely difficult keeping with building codes and universal design constraints (it stated that Edita uses a walker, so I assume she will be in a wheelchair in the near future), and on top of that making sure everything relates back to the style she prefers. I have to admit I like accents of Mid-Century Modern much more than a whole room based around the theme. But I’ll give Grandma Edita what she wants.

Here are some iconic Mid-Centrury Modern chairs:

Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer

My rendering of the chair from last year

Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs

Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen

We have these chairs and the Tulip table in our student lounge. SIDA collected enough money last semester to reupholster the cushions and they look great!

Bertoia Diamond Lounge Chair by Harry Bertoia

Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen



These are just a few!! There are many more pieces that developed during the early twentieth century that have truly changed the way designers craft furniture today. Knoll carries many Mid-Century Modern designs if you want to purchase some of the legendary furniture.

The cycle of ‘everything old becomes new again’ is definitely true in this case. Chairs, tables, patterns, and chests that come directly from the MCM period are popping up in homes and commercial spaces.


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