Since its inception, mid-century modern has maintained its status as one of the most popular and sought-after design periods. Though the exact dates of the era are often debated, it is generally accepted that it spans the period following the Second World War through the late 1960s, and its influence can be seen across all forms of design, from architecture to furniture to small appliances. Identifiable by its use of organic, curvilinear lines, geometric shapes, and often quirky color schemes, mid-century modern was in many ways a reaction against the overelaborate and highly decorative styles that were previously fashionable. Adding to the period’s renown were the numerous design icons it produced, including Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll, Marcel Breuer and Mies van der Rohe, among many others. As its variety of practitioners indicate, the movement’s influence was felt worldwide, but is generally considered within the context of two main locales or categorizations: American, which favored mass-producible designs and industrial materials, and Scandinavian, which maintained a focus on minimalist, natural elements such as wood and leather, and preferred handmade to mechanical production.