Mid Century Modern Furniture Chicago, IL

Mid-Century Modern Design in Chicago: A Guide to Furniture, Art, and Decor

Chicago located on the banks of Lake Michigan is found in a low lying area and is not set on a modern hill and due to its geographic location is aptly named the Windy City. Its rich architectural history has been a hub for mid-century modern design for many years. From residential buildings to commercial spaces, the city is full of examples of this timeless aesthetic. This guide will provide an overview of mid-century modern design in Chicago, including notable architects, designers, and manufacturers, as well as where to find mid-century modern furniture, art, and decor.

Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Chicago

Chicago's architectural legacy is widely known, and mid-century modern buildings make up an important part of it. The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) campus is a prime example of this style, with buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe and other prominent architects. The campus is an architectural masterpiece, showcasing the clean lines, open floor plans, and use of glass and steel that are characteristic of mid-century modern architecture. The John Hancock Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is another notable example of this style in Chicago.

Furniture and Decor in Chicago

Chicago has a thriving mid-century modern, danish & vintage furniture and decor scene, with many shops and showrooms specializing in this style and even a huge mid century warehouse. Interior designers and collectors from nearby cities and neighborhoods such as Evanston, Oak Park, and Highland Park are especially interested in this design aesthetic. Other notable mid-century modern furniture manufacturers and designers from the Chicago area include Harry Bertoia, Florence Knoll, and Charles and Ray Eames.

Contemporary and Postmodern Design in Chicago

While mid-century modern design remains popular in Chicago, the city is also home to a thriving contemporary and postmodern design scene. The Aqua Tower, designed by Jeanne Gang, is a striking example of contemporary architecture in Chicago. This mixed-use building features undulating balconies that give the facade a sculptural quality. Another notable contemporary designer from Chicago is Dirk Denison, who is known for his minimalist and modernist approach to design.

A History of Design that Lifts the Windy City 

Mid-century modern design has left a lasting impact on the architecture and design landscape of Chicago. From the Illinois Institute of Technology to the John Hancock Center, this style can be seen throughout the city's iconic buildings. In addition, the city's vibrant furniture and decor scene make it the perfect destination for anyone looking to add a touch of mid-century modern style to their home or office.

Mid-Century Modern Framed Embossed Leather Pre-Columbian Folk Art by Angel Pazmino, Equador, c. 1960's
Mid-Century Modern Framed Embossed Leather Pre-Columbian Folk Art by Angel Pazmino, Equador, c. 1960's-ABT Modern
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Danish Modern Arm Chair in Solid Mahogany & Caramel Leather by Danish Overseas Imports, c. 1960's
Danish Modern Arm Chair in Solid Mahogany & Caramel Leather by Danish Overseas Imports, c. 1960's-ABT Modern
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Single Bentwood Prague Model 811 Side Dining Chair by Josef Frank for Stendig w/ Original Cane Seat & Back, Poland, c. 1960s
Single Bentwood Prague Model 811 Side Dining Chair by Josef Frank for Stendig w/ Original Cane Seat & Back, Poland, c. 1960s-ABT Modern
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Set of Six (6) Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs in Original Canary Yellow Upholstery in the Manner of Milo Baughman, USA, c. 1960's
Set of Six (6) Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs in Original Canary Yellow Upholstery in the Manner of Milo Baughman, USA, c. 1960's-ABT Modern
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Danish Modern Model 317 Desk Chair in Teak & Leather by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mölgaard Nielsen for Søborg Møbelfabrik, Denmark, c. 1950's
Danish Modern Model 317 Desk Chair in Teak & Leather by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mölgaard Nielsen for Søborg Møbelfabrik, Denmark, c. 1950's-ABT Modern
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Set of Four (4) Postmodern Swivel-Base "K2" Magenta Chairs by Busk & Hertzog for Hightower, USA, c. 2000's
Set of Four (4) Postmodern Swivel-Base
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Expansive Mid-Century Modern Extension Dining Table in Solid Teak w/ Two (2) Leaves by Benny Linden Design, c. 1970's
Expansive Mid-Century Modern Extension Dining Table in Solid Teak w/ Two (2) Leaves by Benny Linden Design, c. 1970's-ABT Modern
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Set of Eight (8) Mid-Century Modern Stacking General Purpose Chairs in Oak & Walnut by Jens Risom for Jens Risom Design, USA, c. 1960's
Set of Eight (8) Mid-Century Modern Stacking General Purpose Chairs in Oak & Walnut by Jens Risom for Jens Risom Design, USA, c. 1960's-ABT Modern
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Title: Set of Four (4) Italian Modern Elongated Blown Glass Two-Tone Candlestick Holders (Varying Sized), Italy, c. 1970's
Title: Set of Four (4) Italian Modern Elongated Blown Glass Two-Tone Candlestick Holders (Varying Sized), Italy, c. 1970's-ABT Modern
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Danish Mid-Century Modern Model CH 25 Lounge Chair in Oak and Leather by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, Denmark, c. 1950's
Danish Mid-Century Modern Model CH 25 Lounge Chair in Oak and Leather by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, Denmark, c. 1950's-ABT Modern
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