Here’s a quick furniture history lesson: Mid-century modern design rose to popularity as a result of German migration in the middle (duh) of the 20th century. Basically, it’s an adaptation of the Bauhaus design style that was popular in Germany at the time, characterized by sleek lines, simple structures and new materials (like velvet). It was the style du jour from the 1940s through the 1960s, but about ten years ago it had a total resurgence—possibly to do with a little show known as Mad Men. 

Luckily, as a decor aesthetic, it has staying power. So fear not if you’ve outfitted your entire home in tapered legs and navy leather. 

We recently got the opportunity to speak with Zoe Garred, director of product development at Articlefor some insight into how to choose the right mid-century piece for your space. She explained, “True mid-century has a great balance between clean simplicity and organic curves, and when you’re shopping for this style of furniture you really want to look for quality materials, like a sturdy frame and solid wood legs, which are telltale signs of an authentic piece.” Noted. 

Scroll on for six gorgeous chairs that nail the look and the attention to craftsmanship.  

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Article Nord Chair

A velvet mid-century chair is one of those room-making pieces we always dreamed about having in our future home. But why wait when Article makes it super easy to buy right this second? (Hello, fast shipping and white glove delivery service.) 

Buy It ($599)


Rivet Cove Modern Tufted Accent Chair with Tapered Legs

Mid-Century modern isn’t just about the super sleek pieces. There are plenty of chunkier, sturdier offerings, like this Knoll-style leather armchair from Amazon’s new Rivet collection. 

Buy It ($374)


INK+IVY Orion Lounger

Iconic, comfortable and under $300. We’re sold.

Buy It ($269)

West Elm

West Elm Auburn Chair

Another great thing about mid-century furniture? It tends to be a bit more compact, making it a great option for small spaces. This chair can easily fit in a tiny little nook, but still adds major drama.

Buy It ($319)


Rivet Frederick Mid-Century Modern Tufted Velvet Living Room Chair

If you’re not drinking a manhattan in this chair, you’re doing something wrong.

Buy It ($527)


Modway Rocker Mid-Century Modern Molded Plastic Living Room Lounge Chair Rocker

Put one in the living room, nursery or even on the patio. This classic Eames-inspired rocker is the most versatile piece in your collection.

Buy It ($77)

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