A 1950s State of Mind

It's one thing when a raft of 1950s-style pencil skirts and twinsets marches down fashion runways, but nowadays it seems that mid-century design is invading every room of the house. Who would have envisioned a future that looks so much like the past? Fashion trends come and go, but the cultural appetite for great design, specifically 1950s style, doesn't seem to wane. Companies as diverse as KitchenAid and Balenciaga are delving into their archives and revisiting mid-century colors and curves. And a host of famous furniture companies are reintroducing classics--from Prouvé to Parzinger.

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