Furniture

The best modernist furniture designed by the most famous designers of the twentieth century

Finn Juhl: Denmark’s Finest Master Craftsman

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Inspired by the works of Danish Modernist Erik Gunnar Asplund, young Finn Juhl, at the age of eighteen, enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, to …

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5 Rooms That Will Make You Fall For Joseph-André Motte

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  t Joseph-André Motte was amongst the most influential post-war French designers (including Pierre Guariche, René Jean Caillette, Antoine Philippon, Alain Richard, Michel Mortier Pierre Paulin and Jacqueline Lecoq) and promoted …

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Borge Mogensen, The Frontrunner of Ergonomic Design

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The well known furniture school of the Kongilige Danske Kunstakademi (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts) produced many famous alumni. One of them was Borge Mogensen, best known for his …

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6 Arne Jacobsen Design Masterpieces

Arne Jacobsen studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen where he acquired a combination of practical and artistic training. This unique combination enabled Jacobsen to …

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These 5 Poul Kjaerholm’s Chairs Are All About Comfort

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The celebrated Danish architect and furniture designer Poul Kjaerholm‘s elegant and rational furniture designs, such as the PK22 chair (1956) and the Hammock PK24 chaise Iongue (1965), were conceived within the …

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The Charles and Ray Eames DAR Chair

The Charles and Ray Eames Dining Armchair Rod, or Eames DAR for short, was a revolutionary piece of design that changed ideas about furniture during the post World War-II era …

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Charles and Ray Eames, La Chaise Chair’s Curvy Elegance

In 1948 Charles Eames participated in the International ‘Low-Cost Furniture’ competition organized by the Museum of Modern Arts with the design of La Chaise chair which was inspired by the …

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Eero Saarinen: The Tulip Chair

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Taking the beautiful and natural form of a tulip, Eero Saarinen‘s Tulip Chair had more complex issues to deal with on its path into mass production. It was not simply a …

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The Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair

Harry Bertoia had an unique and distinctive approach to design. For him there wasn’t a distinction between sculptures and furniture. As sculptors mould materials to ‘entrap’ the final work of art, so Bertoia …

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5 Eames Designs That Made History

Charles an Ray Eames are considered one of the most influential contributors to pioneering Mid-century design. Their work extended not only in furniture but film, architecture and exhibition design as …

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The Origins of The BKF Butterfly Chair

In 1938, a trio of designers in Argentina called the Austral group, presented the BKF chair, originally named Sillon BKF after it’s three creators, namely Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan and …

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3 Sculptural Mid-Century Chairs Perfect to Relax

Do you want to stand out from conventional chair designs? Are you willing to make a bold statement with furniture that speaks volume and have withstood the test of time? …

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The Marco Zanuso Lady chair

The Zanuso Lady chair was designed by Italian architect and designer Marco Zanuso in 1951, representing a turning point in the realm of upholstered furniture of the early fifties. Because …

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The Alvar Aalto 400 Tank Armchair

The Alvar Aalto 400 Tank armchair sets itself immediately apart from the previous designs of the architect; usually light in weight. However, with the 400, Aalto decided to emphasise mass …

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5 Sputnik Chandeliers that Will Light Up Your Day

The mid-century modern period is also called ‘the atomic age’. Space adventures and technology innovations inspired many well-known designers to create pieces -as the George Nelson Atomic Ball Clock– to celebrate the incredible achievements of the period. Many …

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5 Mid-Century Living Rooms that Made History

Some houses are just a bit more special than others, certainly these ones are, and their living rooms can tell us a lot. We selected 5 mid-century living rooms from …

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5 Mid-Century Modern Chairs that Will Leave You Speechless

  The combination of geometric or organic forms with upholstered colourful cushions, has something magic that attracts our attention. Within many materials and colors, however, we have a real passion …

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5 Mid-Century Modern Seating Areas that We Love

We selected five seating areas from iconic mid-century modern houses, to make you dream a bit or to get inspiration from. Check the notes for more details.

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6 Mid Century Modern Kitchens We Like

Mid-century modern houses focused on two spaces: living rooms and kitchens. Today we have selected six mid-century kitchens that we like and, we hope, will inspire or just make you dream a bit. …

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Jamie Hayon homage to the Iconic Jacobsen Hotel in Copenhagen.

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In 2014 the eclectic furniture designer Jamie Hayon re-imagined one of the rooms of the first ever design hotel in history: the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, designed by Arne Jacobsen. The remodelling was …

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Lights up: Iconic 50s Lamps Get an Update

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2014 was a prolific year for 50s lamps re-editions. Below, we selected some of our favourite updates. Enjoy! (Oluce – Marco Zanuso – 275 Lamp – 1963) The 275 Lamp was …

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The George Nelson Ball Clock

The post-WWII period was a new starting point for many people. The Americans embraced the decade of optimism by following the new trend of buying new objects to replace the …

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Isamu Noguchi: The Freeform Sofa

Isamu Noguchi was a sculptor-designer with a predilection for the language of biomorphism that is clearly represented in the Freeform Sofa designed in 1946. The sculptural background hugely influenced his …

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Hans Wegner: The Halyard Chair

The use of contrasting materials as rope, painted and chrome-plated steel, sheepskin and a linen-covered cushion to design the Halyard Chair have not precedents in the mid century modern design.

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Mid Century Modern Icons: The Ej Corona Chair

The Ej Corona Chair has been designed by the Danish architect Poul Volther in 1961 and symbolizes the change that the Scandinavian mid century modern furniture industry was going to face …

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Charles and Ray Eames: Lounge Chair And Ottoman

Initially made as a one-off prototype design, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman quickly became fashionable and well-liked by a wider public after the design was improved and eventually put …

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Arne Jacobsen’s Swan Chair

The original Swan chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen as part of a project for the Radisson’s Royal Hotel in Copenhagen that also included the Egg chair. Arne Jacobsen’s design consisted …

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George Nelson Studio: The Ball Clock

The post-WWII period was a new starting point for many people. The Americans embraced the decade of optimism by following the new trend of buying new objects to replace the …

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A Piece of Mid Century Modern Design Born In Spain

Reading one of my magazine today I spotted an amazing lamp that looked like had an interesting story. I decided to make some research about it and it turned out …

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The Eames LCW Plywood Chair

In 1941, the New York Museum of Modern Art opened a design competition named: ‘Organic Design in Home Furnishings’. The competition’s main goal was to find new ideas which were …

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The Gerrit Rietveld Hanging Lamp.

Even though not part of the mid-century modern period, the Dutch designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld was within the ones that most influenced the aesthetic of the postwar modernism -or …

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The Jean Prouve Compass Desk.

After writing about the Antony Chair, today I investigated a bit about another icon of mid-century modern: the Jean Prouve Compass Desk. Jean Prouve considered himself a constructeur rather than …

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Jean Prouve’: The Antony Chair.

Jean Prouve’ was one of the most important French -and international- designers and architects of the twentieth century. He started his career as metal worker in Nancy and craftsmanship always …

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Dieter Rams: The TP1 Music Player.

In 1959, Dieter Rams designed a device for Braun that accurately summarized his belief in simple, uncluttered, and useful objects that were always designed with the final user in mind: …

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Jens Risom is back!

Our last short visit to London for the Design Festival was extremely interesting and rich with nice designs and furniture. One of our discoveries was the Rocket Gallery. Although the current exhibition is about post-war …

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The Isamu Noguchi Akari Lamp.

The Isamu Noguchi Akari lamp -inspired by the traditional Japanese paper lanterns- is one of the design icons of the last century. To be completely honest with you, before starting …

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The Achille Castiglioni Arco Floor Lamp

The Achille Castiglioni Arco floor lamp has been one of my favorite lamps ever and -after the Achille Castiglioni Biography and the post about the Toio lamp– today I decided …

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The Achille Castiglioni Toio Lamp.

Within the many famous Italian mid-century modern designs, the Achille Castiglioni Toio Lamp has undoubtedly a primary role. Even though Achille was the most known of the Castiglioni brothers, he worked closely with his …

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A Little Known, But Amazing, Eames’ Object

I’m a curious person, I like to ‘investigate’ and learn as much as possible about what I like: especially about Mid-Century design. Few days ago I was thinking which object …

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Mid-Century Egg: Arne Jacobsen

Happy Easter to everybody 🙂 Considering the special day, Josie decided to draw a special Egg for us…the Arne Jacobsen’s one! Cool, isn’t it? Josie Portillo is a young graduated …

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Arne Jacobsen: The Egg Chair

If I think to Mid-Century, I can not avoid to think to the Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair. Probably one of the most famous chairs ever designed during the Mid-Century, the …

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Charles and Ray Eames: The Wire Chair

The Charles Eames Wire Chair is an iconic seat with sculptural qualities difficult to find in those years. Even though its design recalls previous fibreglass chairs, the Wire Chair was manufactured using a very different technology. …

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The Poul Henningsen PH Lamps

One of my favorite series of lamps ever are the Poul Henningsen PH Lamps; the PS Artichoke in particular. Poul Henningsen was one of the most famous mid-century modern Danish …

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Arne Jacobsen: Airplanes, Swans and Eggs.

The majority of the newsletters I subscribed don’t deliver interesting information normally…with some exceptions. Few days ago I received an email from Phaidon Press announcing the new, ad cheaper, version …

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New and Old Molded Plastic Eames Chairs

We all are Mid-Century fans, isn’t it? There’s a personal component in our personal mid century craziness because we like the design, but the market stimulates it as well! I …

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