One of the reasons I first gravitated to mid-century design was because of its underlying sense of optimism and fun. I think that’s why that aesthetic has remained popular and collectible so many decades later.
A good example is the art of Charley Harper, whose modernist take on animals — and especially birds — has an enduring appeal. While you can buy directly from a website maintained by his estate, you’ll also see Harper’s work pop up in collections at The Land of Nod, West Elm, and sold on Amazon.
I wouldn’t let Portlandia jokes stop you from enjoying the whimsy of Harper and those inspired by him.
But it’s ok to laugh at ourselves, too.
As always, these are my personal recommendations. Nothing in this post has been paid for or sponsored.