History used to bore me. It didn’t seem relevant to my life. And then in my teens I stumbled across a documentary about Mid-century Modern and minimalist furniture, and I saw history come alive before me.
Furniture makers and designers were inspired by WWII and cutting down excess. As a twenty-something recent transplant to Seattle, I’ve been shedding my old layers. With my 25th birthday approaching at the end of the month, I’m trying to streamline my life. Have pieces in my apartment that I want for many years, look good in any season, and are functional for small space living. I can’t have a second bedroom, so why not have a convertible chair? Cutting down on extra pieces gives me more room in my apartment.
zeal basic convertible daybed | Innovation Living
Mid-century modern and minimalist designers strove for function over decoration. Objects that were once ornate became accessible. As much as I love a good, solid wood piece, I appreciate the ease of having a lightweight, durable, simple object. The stool below can become a side table or even a spare seat. It’s reminiscent of minimalist diamond chair by the great Harry Bertoia.
iron grid stool | Safavieh
My twenties have been an adventure: from graduating college to moving across the country to getting my first apartment. I gravitate to the beautiful functionality of minimalist furniture and midcentury modern because it grounds me. I know that sounds crazy to say – how can furniture ground anyone?! However, when I’m relaxing in my living room, everything blends together like a perfect chorus. If I stare long enough, I can appreciate the details in my pieces – like the perfect rose inlay in my Benny Linden table, or the detail in my Lane table. But, from far away it all looks simple. And simple is very nice when you’re making your own history.
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