When it comes to Florida’s architecture, you might be quick to think about the pink beachy, open-air cottages of Key West or the heavy, Spanish colonial structures that populate the streets of historic St. Augustine—but in Sarasota, mid-century modern dominates. This city along Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast experienced a mid-century movement between the 1940s and 1960s, influencing everything from residential homes to motels and schools.
Today, architecture enthusiasts visit in droves to catch a glimpse at famous gems such as the Umbrella House designed by Paul Rudolph or the Cocoon House, a design collaboration from both Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell. Design lovers also flock to attend Sarasota Mod Weekend, the annual festival presented by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, to honor and celebrate the history of how it all began. (Order a copy of the Sarasota School of Architecture for a deeper dive.)
It’s hard not to fall in love with the simplicity of clean lines, floor-to-ceiling windows and unobstructed breezeways—a look Mad Men captured so well in its seven-season run. Even if the blueprint of your current residence doesn’t necessarily fit the bill, fear not—get inspired and give your interior a fresh makeover with this seemingly forever-timeless style. While the best mid-century modern pieces are often found at estate sales or at your local antique dealer, these inspired replicas on Amazon offer a great alternative when the former isn’t an option for you.
Built for two
This two-seat sofa from Modway is a stunner. Constructed of firm 6″ cushions and comfortable upholstery, you’ll immediately fall in love with this marriage of practicality and beauty. Available in various colors such as a lemony Citrus, baby blue Laguna, and beyond—all models feature a solidly built wooden frame with cherry-colored sturdy legs.
For small spaces
No room in the house is complete without bringing the outdoors in. Available in three sizes, 8-inch, 10-inch, or 12-inch, your oxygen-giving leafy friend is sure to be a showstopper in this simple white ceramic planter with slim walnut legs. Note: Pot and planter with legs sold separately.
Buy: Large Modern Planter
Set the mood
The Rivet line of lighting offers a number of mid-century modern options in all shapes and sizes but the smooth curves of this table lamp will stop anyone in their tracks. From the warm blend of the wood and brass base to the natural tone of the nubby fabric drum shade, this is a must-have addition in any mid-century room.
Work some magic and present the illusion of a brighter, larger space by adding a mirror. Don’t over complicate with bevels and etchings—the simplicity of this round mirror with delicate brass trim screams modern elegance. It’s all you need.
Buy: Round Brass Mirror
Hide your accessories
Rest that eye-catching lamp on this minimalist side table with walnut finish. Deceptively spacious, it’s large enough to top with basic needs while providing ample storage for your favorite books or accessories in double, easy-pull drawers. Perfectly versatile for any room in the house, this table will live harmoniously beside a couch, bed, or desk.
Brighten things up
Need more light than a table lamp? This exposed bulb sputnik chandelier makes a bold statement. Available in brushed brass or chrome, we love this light for its versatility. Available with six, eight or 10 arms, all are adjustable to display uniquely on any ceiling, sloped or flat. Even better? It works with dimmer switch so you can tweak the brightness to your liking.
Neutral and fabulous
If you’re working with non-carpeted floors, a throw rug is the piece that’ll tie your entire room together. Overly busy patterns will quickly feel outdated—go for something like the grey/ivory version of this diamond patterned rug from Rivet. The colors are understated and earthy but its design will play well in any mid-century room adding an interesting pop of dimension. Made with durable fibers, this rug can withstand the most popular room in any home.