Julie Ghatan for Second City Style Magazine
It’s often hard to believe that the term “mid-century modern” applies to the post-World War II years between the 1940s and 1970s, yet some of the best designs we know today emerged from that era. Though the period is most celebrated for its innovations in architecture and home furnishings, the clean, sleek aesthetic perfected by artists such as Eames, Bertoia, and Saarinen even influenced the small-scale designs of jewelry.
When applied to jewelry, the mid-century modern movement, which rejected ornamentation, contradicts itself. However the fact that the jewelry adheres so faithfully to the intentions of the mid-century artists who pushed for simplicity enables me to look the other way and resist all temptation to point out the glaring oxymoron in the room.
The jewelry that developed in the middle of the 20th century managed to manifest the technological innovations of the time, one of which was space travel. As Kennedy introduced America to the moon, and television introduced us to Star Trek and Lost in Space, the existing designers took cues from science and created designs to reflect that ambiguous time known to be the ‘Space Age.’See the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40