Lighting Fixtures Merge Mid-century Modern with Latest Trends

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Maxim Lighting and ET2 Contemporary Lighting respond to the growing appeal of mid-century aesthetics by unleashing collections that take on this beautiful trend and run with it.

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Lighting fixtures pull together this seamless merger of mid-century modern with other styles such as Industrial Luxe and Clean Traditional.

Recession weary consumers have a different mindset about design that’s bringing them back to the values and style of mid-century modern décor but remixed with today’s trends. Gone are showy spaces, exaggerated décor and the gaudiness of ostentatious wealth. Today’s home interiors embrace a toned down aesthetic that is lean, light, sleek and simple mixed with the latest looks. International design shows such as Maison & Objet in Paris explain the merger of mid-century modern with current trends as “being mixed with other aesthetics to create a dynamic look.”

Lighting fixtures pull together this seamless merger of mid-century modern with other styles such as Industrial Luxe and Clean Traditional. Collections such as ET2’s Crossroads with its geometric shapes and intersecting vertical and horizontal planes and Maxim Lighting’s Contessa and Fairmount Collections illuminate this mid-century modern remix. Brass, chrome, two-toned metallics and LED lights are the latest reinterpretations of mid-century modern lighting classics that mesh well with trends.

For many people today, contemporary means minimal, pared down and unadorned. Mid-century Modern Remix is not bound by rules of a particular design language. It is a warmer approach to contemporary design pulling from more ornate and classic influences of today’s trends. There is a level of abstraction with Mid-century Modern Remix that provides flexibility in pulling together the look accessorized by lighting fixtures. Here are five interpretations of Mid-century Modern Remix:

Mid-century Modern Remixed with Antiques:

The creation of historical juxtapositions such as an egg chair alongside antiquities and accumulated layers of beautiful objects paired with mid-century modern light fixtures give a space its own idiosyncratic beauty. Modern drum shades in metal grids of natural aged brass in Maxim Lighting’s Manchester collection provide an aged patina for a living space that feels collected over time with stories to tell.

Monochromatic Mid-century Modern Remix:
Monochromatic is having a moment in home interiors with a single color in tonal variations especially in shades of blue. Some designers say navy is the new black but in tonal variations mixed with large and small graphic prints. A sculptural lighting fixture injects a metallic accent —the defining element in today’s home décor. Maxim’s Cirque collection with its faceted crystal rings linked together by polished chrome jewelry bands propels forward these monochromatic compositions.

Midcentury Modern Remixed with Bold Graphics:
Bold graphics such as chevrons, hexagons and honeycombs are among the year’s hottest trends. One can accessorize with futuristic lighting fixtures such as Maxim’s Tempest collection with tangled swirls of polished nickel to make a boldly graphic statement. Black and metallic is this year’s hottest color combination and works well with lighting fixtures in geometric patterns of stainless steel finished in polished nickel or chrome including Maxim’s Symmetry collection with custom-made crystals.

Midcentury Modern Remixed with Clean Traditional:
During the Fall 2013 High Point Furniture Market, Century Furniture observed that “the market is moving full speed towards the contemporary lifestyle pulling today’s consumers along regardless of whether they are really contemporary or not.” Since the popular term “Transitional” tends to be overused and confusing, Century coined the term “Clean Traditional” for consumers who have an appreciation for classic forms and details with a modern edge. Maxim’s Metro collection with its sleek heavy gauge metal tubing, high polished chrome arches and modern drum shades distills this mash-up of traditional and modern down to clean lines and forms.

Mid-century Modern Remixed with Rustic Luxe:
Sleek lines and bold shapes go au natural with this combination of dry, desert finishes with high sheen metals and metallic finishes. Mixed materials of glass, ceramics, metals, textiles and wood materials with clean-lined furnishings in dark woods, solid fabrics and slight curves create a casual yet sophisticated home anchored by a lighting fixture such as Maxim’s Fairmont collection in natural aged brass with oatmeal fabric shades for a minimalist approach to traditional lighting.

As oversize furniture falls out of favor in this quest for streamlined spaces, a renewed appreciation of mid-century modern’s sense of scale and proportion is driving consumer choices in furnishings and lighting. The Mid-century Modern Remix provides a flexible set of design rules for living spaces that mesh with modern day trends.

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