Originating in Europe, modernism influenced housing and furniture design from the 1930's through to the 1970's. It was hopeful and experimental. One of the main principles is "form follows function" meaning that the purpose comes before design indulgences.
Palm Springs, California has the most bold modernist architecture, thanks to the Hollywood stars of the 1950's who built homes there. Australia, on the other hand, embraced the mid-century modern look to build practical homes. Architects like Robin Boyd and Harry Seidler were proponents of the International Modern Movement and its influence on Australia.
Of The Mid Century Modern Look