Any book on modern design worth its salt will have a section – or, more likely, four or five – dedicated to mid-century modernism. After all, the style defined one of the most aesthetically iconic eras in American history. It also reflected an entire generation’s discouragement for a war-torn past, pragmatism for the present and optimism for the future. In a way, it embraces the American spirit at its finest, which is perhaps why it continues to reign dominant, and will always be considered (by us, at least!) one of the most timeless looks, ever.
What Makes Tapered Legs Special?
The tapered leg is the pinnacle of mid-century modernism. If the style defined a generation, the tapered leg defined the style. With that said, its origins can be traced back to ancient times! Furniture makers for centuries have been carving designs out of wood, and, like artists of any kind, expressing flair through their craft.
The Tapered Leg and the Race to Space
Simple yet fresh and exciting, the tapered leg was one of the easiest ways for the average American to express an embracement of hope and possibility through interior decor. Who would have thought that something as simple as a little flare could represent such a world of feeling and ideas? Just goes to show why style isn’t just about looks – it’s deeply rooted within culture and society as a whole.
So, the next time you’re out and about and happen to spot a tapered leg (or four), take a moment to appreciate its stunning design – and the wonder it represented for Americans in the mid-century!