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These 12 Kitchens Prove How Timeless Midcentury Design Is

House Beautiful Logo By Alyssa Longobucco of House Beautiful | Slide 1 of 13: When it comes to enduring design styles, none seem as powerful—or as pervasive—as midcentury modern. Originally emerging in the 1940s (where it was then popularized by the likes of George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Gio Ponti, Hans Wegner, and Charles Eames), midcentury modern design has grown to span decades, countries, and decor categories, becoming the most influential style of design in recent memory. And it works particularly well in kitchens. While modern designers continue to iterate on the aesthetic, some hallmarks of the look—think: clean lines, simple shapes, and an emphasis on form—consistently prevail. The key to nailing the MCM vibe without feeling like you're in a time warp? Mixing iconic midcentury forms and finishes with a modern ethos for a look that's both timeless and very now. Case in point: These 12 midcentury modern-inspired kitchens that effortlessly prove they're one for the ages.

When it comes to enduring design styles, none seem as powerful—or as pervasive—as midcentury modern. Originally emerging in the 1940s (where it was then popularized by the likes of George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Gio Ponti, Hans Wegner, and Charles Eames), midcentury modern design has grown to span decades, countries, and decor categories, becoming the most influential style of design in recent memory. And it works particularly well in kitchens.

While modern designers continue to iterate on the aesthetic, some hallmarks of the look—think: clean lines, simple shapes, and an emphasis on form—consistently prevail. The key to nailing the MCM vibe without feeling like you're in a time warp? Mixing iconic midcentury forms and finishes with a modern ethos for a look that's both timeless and very now. Case in point: These 12 midcentury modern-inspired kitchens that effortlessly prove they're one for the ages.

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