Collection by Diana Budds

Mid-Century's Greatest Hits

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We've featured homes from virtually every continent, in locations as far ranging as busting metropolises to serene suburbs to remote islands, with architectural programs equally as diverse. However, the one style most emblematic of Dwell as a whole seems to be that of the mid-century (the name check in this video at about 30 seconds in is one example). In the following slideshow, view an assortment homes that channel the ethos of the era's architecture, interiors, or progressive design spirit. You'll spy what might be the first modern conversation pit and see a structure whose dramatic seaside locale competes with its sleek high-modern stylings.

Buckner and Roberts both expressed admiration for Jones’s thoughtful details—including the sloping glass, angled...
The living room, with vintage furnishings by Harry Bertoia, Paul McCobb, and others, overlooks the heavily wooded site,...
The Opdahl House, designed by Edward Killingsworth for Richard and Joyce Opdahl, is located on the island of Naples, in...
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Lafayette Park's two-story townhouses are configured in a U-shaped formation.
Because the original kitchen had been removed, Alexandra made the decision to widen the gallery-style room by ten...
Marcel Breuer's 1959 Hooper House II was featured in Dwell's December/January 2009 issue.
The playroom, lit by skylights, is now a reading and television space for North, whose children are now adults.
Shelly walks along the perimeter of the house, near the central living area.
Ray Kappe relaxes in the central living space, which offers views onto other shared family zones.
The bank of translucent glass windows diffuses light evenly in the living room and contributes to the sensation that...
Walter Gropius wanted the Hagerty House, his first commission in the United States, to be as close to the sea as...
Early on, the house's simplicity had great appeal to Jan Sasseen, the current owner.
The custom-made sofa in the open-plan living area, with its brass back detail, was originally going to be an Eames...
The front entrance of the Miller House is flanked by a series of glass screens, designed by either Dan Kiley or Girard.
"We didn't realize the exterior was straight-grain redwood," says Craig Bassam of the house he shares with Scott...
Charles Goodman in his Washington, D.C. office during the 1950s.
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