From the 1930s to the 1960s, the design world experienced arguably the most important period of aesthetically driven, problem-solving creativity in history. Inspired by the International and Bauhaus movements, designers involved in architecture, interiors, and industrial and furniture design looked at their trades with a new perspective, seeing design as a way to improve everyday life. Form and function became equally important, and technological advances that allowed mass, inexpensive production made good design available to the broad middle class for the first time in history.
Even today, the influence of midcentury modern design can be felt in everything from your iPhone to the clothes you wear and the shows you watch on TV. At the heart of every major movement there are a host of key players driving it forward. Here are some of the most influential midcentury designers and their game-changing contributions to the field.