1) Can Vintage be Mid-Century?
1) Sometimes. Only if the Vintage item was made between 1933 and 1965. (In that case Mid-Century would be more descriptive than the broader term 'Vintage’.)
2) Yes. Always.
Vintage describes any item 20 years or older. This is the definition we’ll use for the sake of this blog post. A stricter definition of Vintage means either an entire season of wine or grapes or a period or date of manufacture, for example ‘Vintage 1974’.
Mid-Century = Any item made between and in 1933 to 1965.
It is not until you append the ‘Modern’ after Mid-Century that Mid-Century moves from a set period of time to an actual Mid-Century Modern movement noted for the distinctive design of that period. So in essence something could be made outside of 1933 to 1965 and still be called Mid-Century Modern if it retains the distinctive Mid-Century Modern style.
And that is where Mid-Century Art Supergraphics come in!
Though technically not ‘Mid-Century’, Supergraphics can be labeled Mid-Century Modern because they exhibit the classic, understated look and clean lines that is Mid-Century Modern. Supergraphics pair so well with Mid-Century Architecture and Mid-Century Modern furniture because of these similarities.
Yes, if you read this far, this site should technically be called Mid Century Modern Art or Mid Century Modern Supergraphics but that domain name was just too long sorry =)
And now to use the terms we just learned here’s some ‘Vintage 1973’ Watermelon Supergraphics paired with a ‘Mid-Century Modern’ lounge chair in a ‘Mid-Century’ bedroom (the house was built in 1953):
Michael Cahn loves Mid-Century Modern Design.