In a recent issue of The New York Times, the editor of a major consumer design magazine was quoted as saying, "If I see another house with a few random pieces by Eames and a George Nelson credenza, I'll blind myself." Fair enough. 'Tis true: It's almost annoyingly hip these days to name-drop designers. But you just can't deny that these enduring and iconic pieces of furniture, created expressly with an eye toward longevity and function, have earned their rightful place in our current design vernacular. We're here to show you how you can begin thinking about infusing mid-century style into your homewhether you adopt the entire look, or just add a few random pieces...
- bauhaus beauty: A movement marked by smart form and a steely palette
- master class: Function still trumps all, but with a hint of playfulness
- refined retro: Take a style and make it yours with one distinctive piece