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A Modern Twist on Mid-Century Kitchen Design

A mid-century modern look and feel is popular with many clients. But what truly defines it? It emerged in the late 1940's, revolutionizing home design with its clean lines, functional simplicity and blend of natural and manufactured materials. Read on and discover how customers are applying a mid-century mindset to their modern FORM kitchens.

Kristen Davis

May 17, 2024

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Born out of post-war optimism and innovation, mid-century design embraced new technologies, making stylish and practical designs accessible to a much broader audience. At FORM, we continue to value these principles, focusing on high-performance functionality and enduring design. Let's explore the elements that capture a modern mid-century aesthetic in a few recent FORM kitchens.

No Fuss Cabinetry

Sleek cabinets are the cornerstone of mid-century modern kitchens, embodying a streamlined, no-fuss design that prioritizes both function and style. Our use of flat-fronted doors in durable Oak Montreal Reproduction, Graphite and White epitomizes this approach in a recent California project. These minimalist cabinets blend seamlessly with other mid-century elements such as the linear tiling and the choice of warm wood styling. 

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Organic Color and Curves

Mid-century modern kitchens thrive on the balance between sleek lines and more playful elements. While streamlined cabinetry sets a clean foundation, introducing curves, textures, and vibrant colors can elevate the space. This Michigan project exemplifies this philosophy, blending earthy tones with deep green and orange accents. Inspired by design-greats such as Eames and Mies van der Rohe, curved dining chairs and organic shapes in the decor add a dynamic contrast to the innovative thrust of the clean-lined cabinetry.

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Lean into Lines

Mid-century design loves to play with lines, creating spaces that feel both cohesive and striking. This California project is a perfect example, with floorboards, cabinetry, tiling, and rafters all working in harmony to guide your eye and enhance the room's flow. The linear elements create a sense of openness that's key to the mid-century look. Meanwhile, the orb pendants add a gentle contrast, softening the sharp lines below and bringing in a touch of modern charm. The black accessories bring an edge to the result and sum up how thoughtful design can make a kitchen feel both crisp and inviting.

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Play with Pattern

Geometric patterns are a hallmark of mid-century modern design, adding visual interest and structure to any space. In this project, bold geometric floor tiles set a dynamic tone for the kitchen. The intricate pattern contrasts beautifully with the clean, linear cabinetry, creating a balanced and engaging look. The repeating shapes bring energy and movement to the room, while the cabinetry's simplicity ensures the space remains uncluttered.

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Open Shelving Accents

Open shelving became popular in mid-century kitchens for its practicality and minimalist appeal. During an era when homes embraced open and connected spaces, these shelves provided easy access to everyday items and a way to display beautiful dishware and decor. This San Francisco project showcases just that; sleek, floating shelves that complement the space. The light wood contrasts beautifully with the dark cabinetry below, creating visual impact and a sense of airiness that is quintessentially mid-century.

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Embracing Mid-Century Modern

Mid-century modern kitchen design is all about timeless functionality and simplicity. Its principles of clean lines, practical layouts, and a mix of natural and manufactured materials continue to resonate today. Our clients tell us these uncluttered spaces bring a lightness to how they move and work. Even if it's not your first style preference, the high performance and thoughtful design principles behind mid-century modern kitchens are invaluable for any kitchen space. We say, embrace past principles and create a stylish and functional kitchen for the present.

"We believe that good design improves people's lives. We focus on personalization, performance, and peace of mind."

Co-founders Danny and Tom

Danny Soos & Tom Sherman

FORM Co-Founders

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