SPRING SIGNALS A WAKE-UP CALL: FOR NATURE & MID-CENTURY MODERN DESIGN

Spring finally arrived last week. The vernal equinox landed on March 20th, as it does every year. And each year we welcome it with open arms. Ahhhh…spring. When magnolias, forsythias and daffodils brighten the landscape after the dim of winter, they usher in a sense of anticipation of what’s to come. It’s the season of new beginnings. A time to refresh, replenish, and welcome new light.

Spring signals nature to wake up. It marks the onset of nature’s renewal. Flowers begin to bloom, trees and shrubs bud up, hints of green and red are seen peeking out everywhere. Birds migrate northward, following the path of the sun. Increasing sunlight triggers their bird songs. Farmers Almanac uses the blooming of shrubs and flowers as indicators of when the weather is right for planting, just as they did in the ancient world.

In certain regions, blooming crocuses are the cue to plant radishes, parsnips and spinach. Forsythia blooms say it’s safe to plant peas, onions and lettuce. There’s actually a scientific name for this. Watching for nature’s signs is called “phenology”, from the Greek word for the “science of appearances”. It’s all about following nature’s lead.

This same principle applies to mid-century modern design. As nature comes to life, it opens our eyes to the underpinnings of the mid-century modern movement; waking us up to the strong connection between mid-century modern design and nature.

In its architectural form, MCM produced a construct where space from the interior and exterior worlds intertwined. It brought the outdoors indoors. Nestling a home into the landscape, giving it proportions of a natural scale, large windows framing the outdoors, walls that extend from the indoors to the outdoors. All significant concepts allowing us the opportunity to interact with nature while at home, or even at work. Ultimately, improving our overall quality of life.


Design and nature coming together to create extraordinary experiences. That’s what we’re all about at VIOSKI. It’s a big part of redefining modern furniture. Jeff Vioski’s love and respect for nature comes through in his designs.

The VIOSKI Chicago I Sofa was designed to be long in form and in perfect harmony with nature. It’s timeless beauty sits naturally with nature, even though it was handcrafted by the artisan hands of man.

Rich wood grains give VIOSKI Tables the feeling of bringing nature inside. Beautiful simplicity echoes the intention of the outdoors. Letting nature do the work. The VIOSKI Sotto Coffee Table features large expanses to showcase the rich, natural grains of the wood.

It’s no coincidence the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is #15-0343 called Greenery. As the color authority said “Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings…a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

Spring calls up some of our favorite color palettes. Those that seamlessly blend the inside and out. Symbiotic palettes that frame what you see outside. This lovely Hollywood Hills Retreat décor, designed by Annette English, features natural tones, browns and greens, reflecting the beautiful shades of nature viewed outside.

Caption: This Hollywood Retreat by Annette English features the VIOSKI Nicholas I Sectional, Nicholas I End Tables

These awakening cues from the outdoors also signal it’s time to clean. Although spring cleaning is an ancient, cross-cultural custom, it’s highly relevant to the simplistic nature of modern design today. Spring cleaning and minimalism seem to work hand in hand. Reducing clutter makes a room feel better.

It likewise has a cleansing effect for one’s soul. It lightens the spirit. Clears the mind. Like taking a deep breath, letting go of burdens of the past, and making room for new possibilities. It not only changes the way you feel about yourself, but also lifts the way you experience your surroundings in your home.

No wonder Spring is such a profound season in the world of interior design. Nature inspires us in so many ways. From getting outside, watching nature unfold, to tidying up, to its intrinsic connection to modern home and furniture design.

We’d love to hear how Spring inspires you and your work.