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Elegant Mid-Century Office Design

Written by Christopher Alm • May 6th, 2009
Elegant Mid-Century Office Design

Steelcase Mid-century office

Look at these lovely vintage photos scanned from adverts in Fortune Magazine from 1963 and 1964. I love the way how clean and elegant everything is organized, the calming color schemes and use of typical mid-century rectangular angles.

The furniture is designed by Thonet Industries and Steelcase who has been active in designing office perihelia since 1912.

For more Steelcase office photos and mid-century goodness, visit the Mid-Century Modernist blog which features lots and lots of ideas and inspiration for your interior decoration needs amoung many other things.

Source Mid-Century Modernist    Thanks Fhardyfan

Above: Steelcase Mid-century office

Above: Roger Sterling’s office from Mad Men

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Rupe

    C’mon now – that first photo is just a picture of the “Mad Men” set! Either that or the show producers have seen this pic. :) Cheers!

  • Jackie

    I love this! I am redecorating my office, so this article is perfect. I found the stuff at homeofficesolutions.com as a really good place for me. I liked their service and their merchandise. I would suggest going online for sure.

  • Fhardyfan

    That office = pure bliss!

  • Jack (the RadioWizard)

    Look, Ma! No stinkin’ cubicles! I can remember my place of employment looked like that back in 1972 just after I was hired. Not anymore, darn the luck!

  • Another great example is the office design in ‘The Best of Everything’ from 1959, which takes place in the Seagram building in New York City. Obviously a set but still a very good one.

  • BryanSchiller

    Today's design is mostly the same, but add a sea of endless wires and computers:)) You will notice that there is not that much of a difference between now and then when it comes to design of course.
    Cheap Binders

  • Unless its a Google office or something!

  • markuskobi

    I was thinking the same thing….This is the original Stanley-Cooper to a “T”!! lol There’s even a pre-pregnancy “Joan” over at the filing cabinets wondering why there aren’t more ‘girls’ on the floor!! lol

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