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The mid-century modern period wasn’t a new era of design trends— it was a revolution. Influenced by Scandinavian minimalism and directly countering the more fussy styles of eras before, mid-century modern styles feature organic, quirky geometric and curvilinear shape, as well as clean, sculptural lines. Materials varied from teak to plywood, stainless steel to glass, to even plastic and acrylic. Collecting note: Though the mid-century period has had a lasting influence in design, true mid-century modern pieces date from the late 1940s to the 1960s. Some of the most sought-after designers are Hans J. Wegner, Finn Juhl, Paul McCobb, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Arne Jacobsen, George Nelson, Paul Evans, Florence Knoll, and George Nakashima. However, this era also mass-produced elegant designs — making pieces by lesser-known designers or brands surprisingly affordable for the beginning collector.