Design Inspiration for your Mid-century Modern Home Office

What and When
The mid-century modern was a design style that was very influential within architecture, interior design, product and graphic design in the middle of the 20th century, lasting from around 1933 to the middle of the 1960.



Popular colors for mid-century style home offices include beige, orange and medium to dark stained wood. Another very popular color of this time period is dusty aqua

Sherman Williams Mid-Century Modern inspired color palette




Eames Lounge Chair and Noguchi Table

One of the most iconic pieces from the mid-century modern era is the Eames Lounge Chair. It was designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company. We’ve written about Herman Miller before, in an article related to their office chairs.




Desks from the mid-century modern era are easy to spot. They’re generally made partly or fully out of wood, sometimes featuring elements such as a glass tabletop.
The design aesthetic relies heavily on straight and curved elements, such as can be seen in the Noguchi table.

Noguchi Table by Herman Miller
Noguchi Table by Herman Miller

Another iconic piece from this era is the Noguchi table designed by Izamu Noguchi. You can see what it looks like in the picture above.





There are two typical styles for mid-century modern home office lamps. One is the super simple style, with a white lamp shade.

Sputnik Inspired Mid Century Modern Lamp

The other type of lamp is quite the opposite, featuring multiple design elements, with light bulbs or other decorations sticking out in various directions. These lamps are most of the time inspired by the iconic Sputnik Chandelier.

Sputnik Inspired Mid Century Modern Table Lamp

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1 Comment

  • Reply Sarah October 12, 2017 at 2:43 am

    I love the secretary desk in the first photo! Clean lines and plenty of storage. Who makes it?

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