Today we bring you a smattering of inspiring illustrations from ads from the 50s, also known as the mid-century modern era in architecture and design. I'm a huge fan of this particular style. The house I grew up in was from this period so perhaps that is where my obsession began. This style of interior design and illustration is very unique and inspiring, as we can see in the work of a handful of amazing designers and illustrators out there.

Mid-Century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that generally describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture, and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. The term, employed as a style descriptor as early as the mid-1950s, was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House), celebrating the style which is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement.

Azrock advertisement 1954 crop

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

porcelain enamel walls

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

snark

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

board room

The Connecticut General Life Insurance Company headquarters was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1957. This is a view of the Board of Directors' conference room planned and furnished by Knoll Associates, Inc

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

1956 advertisement on bakelite vinyl resins

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

"makes copies in 4 seconds"

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

THONET

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

furamic styling 1959

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

Roberts House Living Room

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

Oklahoma City, OK Sears 1955

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

Bakelite Brand Vinyl Resins advertisement 1955 crop

Mid-Century Modern Illustration Style

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Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.