Mid-century modern designs have been popular in some hotels over the last couple of decades. When done properly this design direction can be tasteful and fun, but when done poorly it can look very, very tacky and actually be quite uncomfortable. It usually describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. Some of the tenets of mid-century modern design include glass walls, spare furnishings and open plans, with an emphasis on light and space. In a recent article in Tablet Hotel’s Magazine they discuss ten hotels that pull off the “mid-century modern” look quite well. Let’s take a look at some of these beautiful, modern hotels.
1. The Standard Miami
Perhaps it’s the afterglow of Miami’s golden age, but for some reason, mid-century modern interiors in The Standard Miami simply look better with that Miami sunlight coursing in through the windows. The Standard Miami combines the local brand of ’50s modernism with Scandinavian furniture from the same time, all within an atmosphere that is slightly lower-key than close-by Collins Avenue.
2. La Solana Boutique Hotel
Created in 1947, La Solana (located in Punta del Este, Uruguay is a masterpiece created by the architect, landscape designer and furniture-maker Antonio Bonet. The six rooms of La Solana have a retro kind of beachiness to go along with the retro, mid-century modern décor, with sliding glass doors facing the ocean and canvas bags full of beach towels.
3. Hotel Alexandra
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, the interiors of the hundred year old Hotel Alexandra seem to have solidified around 1955, and the truly impressive collection of Danish furniture is put to extremely good use in rooms that serve as live-in homages to the epic Danish designers — including Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, and Finn Juhl.
The list from Tablet Hotel includes seven other mid-century modern hotels that look stunning, but these three really bring this style to life within their walls. If you’re looking for a place to stay, I highly recommend checking out one of these hotels and getting a mid-century modern flair into your life!