Furniture

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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