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LottaLiving.com • Why Mid Century Homes Always Have an Open Floor Plan?
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Why Mid Century Homes Always Have an Open Floor Plan?

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:46 am
by MarcoMidCenturyHome
Hey All,

some time ago I was curious about the origins of the Open Floor Plan in mid century modern houses. I then did some research and wrote an article about it in my blog.

It's a pretty long one so I copy here an extract and if you like it just click the link at the end to read it all!

No Ads, spam, or whatever!! Guaranteed :D

Let me know how you enjoyed it.

Ciao,
Marco.
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The mid century period has been revolutionary not only in the design field. During the mid century, in fact, architects introduced radical changes in the way of designing and leaving the interiors.

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Probably the most important of those innovations was the Open Floor Plan.

After the World War II people started to think -and desire- for a better and brighter future. Optimism was the key to the mid century economic boom.
The hope for a better future was clear to the architects and designers too, who translated it in new dwellings characterized by the harmony of the inner spaces with the surrounding landscape and by large flexible rooms were family members could spend time together. (read more here )

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:35 am
by robbhouston
Hi Marco,

Interesting topic!

I think another the reason the open floor plan came about was the transition to the servant-less home. With the middle class, servant-less, home becoming the norm, the spouse preparing dinner for guests or the family could be connected to the living space while they worked.

The "new architecture" of the modernist movement was definitely about how people lived in a home, not just what it looked like.

Regards,

--Robb

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:25 am
by MarcoMidCenturyHome
Hey Robb, I do agree with you.
Modernist architects cared a lot about their committees' needs and a servants-less house equipped with modern appliances did not need many people around indeed :)

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:59 am
by Mod' i-fy
Also too, you simply cannot successfully bring the outside in without a open floor plan.