Honey, I shrunk the Eames Lounge Chair

By | December 11, 2015

Have you ever wanted to decorate your home with midcentury classic designs by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Florence Knoll Bassett?

Unfortunately, we can’t help you there. But we can let you design a perfectly mod living space—albeit a very small one—in the Explore Lab located in our St. Louis Modern exhibition. In this hands-on gallery, you’ll find mini midcentury interiors with tiny, handmade furniture just waiting to be arranged however you see fit. Once your furniture is on point, accessorize with miniature pillows, lamps, rugs, and plants.

What constitutes midcentury modern design? The design aesthetic is known for the use of bright colors, geometric or organic shapes, and innovative materials such as molded plywood and plastic that were popularized during the mid-20th century. When your own midcentury modern interior design is complete, snap a picture and share it on social media with #STLModern. Don’t forget to tag @STLArtMuseum!

While in the Explore Lab, take a break in our reading nook and get cozy in chairs by Eero Saarinen and Jens Risom, or on the Florence Knoll Bassett bench. Don’t worry: this furniture is full size, and just right for browsing through books related to the exhibition, including the St. Louis Modern catalogue (which, our Museum Shop reminds us, just so happens to be a great holiday gift).

St. Louis Modern is on view until January 31, 2016. Come in and design your own mini interior today!

PhotoPhoto 2 Explore Lab room