Every era of art, from architecture to fashion, the designs are a clear rejection of the thing that came before it. It may not be a rejection in entirety, but of either a specific element or a certain set of principles. This shift creates a dynamic wave that dictates the era.
Mid-century design is hallmarked by its clean lines and geometric shapes. As the name suggests, mid-century design peaked in the 1950s, a time that is synonymous with elegance. However, the mid-century design started to appear in the late 1930s and developed after World War II. Clearly, you can see the simplicity that contrasts the boldness that occurred with the Art Deco movement that preceded it.
Scandinavian influence can be seen prominently in these designs. The heavy use of silver came because of this. The stripped down look of mid-century modernism can be seen as the polar opposite to exotic stylings of Art Deco.
This style of design can be seen more popularly in furniture and home décor inciting a new resurgence on the modern look. The same has yet to be said for jewellery. The popularity of minimalist looks and strong geometric lines haven’t brought forward a rewarding interest in mid-century jewellery design.
However, this does not mean that fans of the mid-century collections won’t find an abundance in pieces. The timelessness and strict embellishments of the mid-century modern is flattering on most. Sculpted designs were more prominent, a contrast to the more elaborate designs that preceded them.
This is just one example of routine rejectionist tendencies. It also highlights human nature as it will eventually crave what isn’t. After eating one too many sweets you might find yourself craving something savoury.