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At the start of any interior design project, you wonder what style should I choose? what style do I like? what style will look good in that space? what style will I feel comfortable with? Whether you’re decorating a single room or a whole house, a bungalow or a mansion the style will change dependant on the existing space and what is appropriate for it. The following list of interior design styles is not a definitive list but rather a selection of some of the most common or popular interior design styles, more styles exist and more are being created all the time. You should use this list to gain a basic understanding of common interior design styles and what is involved in each of them, how they differ and how to create them. Mid-Century modern style reappeared on our radar screens more than a decade ago, but the wildly popular show Mad Men has pushed it even farther into the limelight. Just as the name implies, it spanned a period of roughly two and a half decades in the middle of the 20th century, from the mid-1940s to 1970. Its uncomplicated, fresh aesthetic arose from a desire to propel postwar America into the modern era and recast design through a bold new lens. Mid-Century modern’s emphasis on pared-down forms, contemporary patterns, natural materials and a seamless flow between indoors and out create a medley of functional comfort and chic style. The look bridges the organic and the man-made, with one foot in the natural world and the other in brave new territory that still has the power to surprise us today. Mid-Century style is unique in that it’s largely driven by innovative mass-produced furniture and accents. Perhaps no other period produced the same volume of household-name artists and designers as this era: George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and dozens more. Their singular furnishings and accents drive and define the look, from Marshmallow sofas to sculptural Egg and Womb chairs. (source: onlinedesignteacher.com & houzz.com)

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    Beautiful pair of Mid-Century armchairs made in Italy in the 1950s
    Beautiful pair of Mid-Century armchairs made in Italy in the 1950s

    Beautiful pair of Mid-Century armchairs made in Italy in the 1950s

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    Beautiful pair of Mid-Century armchairs made in Italy in the 1950s. Featuring incredibly refined and stylish wooden arm posts and legs, the armchairs have been recently restored and have new upholstery. Also, the strong contrast between the color of the upholstery and the dark wooden elements offers a sophisticated yet modern look. This pair is in great condition and can accommodate an elegant living room, hallway or salon.
    500 
  • Mid-Century table lamp made by Gutilux
    Mid-Century table lamp made by Gutilux

    Set of two Mid-Century table lamp made by Gutilux

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    Set of two vintage table lamp from the 1960's, made by Gutilux (brand marked on the bottom), in Romania. The lamp is made of metal (except the bottom, which is made of plastic). It features the original switch and lightbulb socket and is in good vintage condition.
    85 
  • Atomic Age ceiling lamp made in Belgium, in the 1960s
    Atomic Age ceiling lamp made in Belgium, in the 1960s

    Atomic Age ceiling lamp made in Belgium, in the 1960s

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    Atomic Age ceiling lamp made in Belgium, in the late 1960s. The lamp has 5 spherical lamp shades and is made of metal chrome. The overall look is strongly influenced by Atomic/Space Age aesthetics. It is a spectacular and beautiful piece that can provide any room with a chic look, balancing between a vintage, a contemporary and a futuristic aspect. Well preserved and in full working state, the lamp has its original wiring. Atomic Age in design refers to the period roughly corresponding to 1940–1960 and extending in the 1970s, when concerns about nuclear war dominated Western society during the Cold War. The discovery and development of the Electron microscope had also a huge impact. Architecture, industrial design, commercial design (including advertising), interior design, and fine arts were all influenced by the themes of atomic science, as well as the Space Age, which coincided with that period. Atomic Age design became popular and instantly recognizable, with a use of atomic motifs and space age symbols. Retrofuturism is a current resurgence of interest in Atomic Age design. Free-form organic shapes also appear as a recurring theme in Atomic Age design, reflecting x-ray technology that was becoming more widespread and familiar in pop culture. These botanic designs influenced later Atomic Age patterns that included repeating organic shapes similar to cells and organisms viewed through a microscope. Vital forms, or abstract organic forms, were identified as a core motif.
    400 
  • Elegant Art Deco Sofa made in the 1970s
    Elegant Art Deco Sofa made in the 1970s

    Elegant Art Deco Sofa made in France in the 1970s

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    Elegant Art Deco sofa made in France in the 1970s. Featuring exquisite wooden arm posts and front legs - resembling some strong Greek Doric columns - and a nicely arched crest rail, the sofa has been recently restored and has new upholstery. With a sophisticated yet modern look, this item can accommodate an elegant living room, hallway or salon.
    700 
  • Spectacular pair of two bedside table lamps by Wessel-Herford
    Spectacular pair of bedside table lamps by Wessel-Herford

    Spectacular pair of bedside table lamps by Wessel-Herford

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    Spectacular pair of bedside table lamps made by Wessel-Herford in Germany, in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The light shades are made of plastic. The base and the tubing are made of white painted bronze. Each lamp feature two lightbulb sockets and a pull switch. Amazingly beautiful, this minimalist pieces show the naked elegance of the German geometric design. On the bottom, the label of the maker is still present and it specifies also the production number (8528). The lamps are in very good vintage condition.
    400 
  • Set of two opaline cups made in Belgium, in the 1970s

    Set of two opaline cups made in Belgium, in the 1970s

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    Set of two beautiful ice cream (or sherbet) cups made of glass and opaline and produced in Belgium, in the 1970s. Colored in bright vivid orange, this cups features the Atomic Age aesthetics. The cups are in very good vintage shape. Atomic Age in design refers to the period roughly corresponding to 1940–1960 and extending in the 1970s, when concerns about nuclear war dominated Western society during the Cold War. The discovery and development of the Electron microscope had also a huge impact. Architecture, industrial design, commercial design (including advertising), interior design, and fine arts were all influenced by the themes of atomic science, as well as the Space Age, which coincided with that period. Atomic Age design became popular and instantly recognizable, with a use of atomic motifs and space age symbols. Retrofuturism is a current resurgence of interest in Atomic Age design. Free-form organic shapes also appear as a recurring theme in Atomic Age design, reflecting x-ray technology that was becoming more widespread and familiar in pop culture. These botanic designs influenced later Atomic Age patterns that included repeating organic shapes similar to cells and organisms viewed through a microscope. Vital forms, or abstract organic forms, were identified as a core motif.
    60 
  • Charming Mid-Century table lamp
    Charming Mid-Century table lamp

    Charming Mid-Century table lamp

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    Charming Mid-Century table lamp made of metal and brass. The table lamp features a beautiful contrast between the golden brass and the soft shade of blue. Made in the early 1950s, this piece is in very good condition displaying no deterioration. It also has the original lightbulb socket and switch.
    100 
  • Elegant Pair of Art Deco Armchairs made in the 1970s
    Elegant Pair of Art Deco Armchairs made in the 1970s

    Elegant Pair of Art Deco armchairs made in France in the 1970s

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    Elegant pair of Art Deco armchairs made in France in the 1970s. Featuring exquisite wooden arm posts and front legs - resembling some strong Greek Doric columns - and a nicely arched crest rail, the armchairs have been recently restored and have new upholstery. With a sophisticated yet modern look, this pair can accommodate an elegant living room, hallway or salon.
    500 
  • Vintage architect table lamp by HCF
    Vintage Architect Lamp by HCF

    Vintage architect table lamp by HCF

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    Beautiful white and green Architect table lamp made by HCF in Denmark, in the 1970s. The lamp has all its original elements and is in great vintage condition. The lamp is marked on the bottom arm.
    120 
  • Philips INFRAPHIL KL7500 light made in the 1960s
    Philips INFRAPHIL KL7500 light made in the 1960s

    Philips INFRAPHIL KL7500 light made in the 1960s

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    Philips INFRAPHIL KL7500 light made in the 1960s in the Netherlands. This model is designed by the french architect and designer Charlotte Perriand Her work aimed to create functional living spaces in the belief that better design helps in creating a better society. The item is in full working order and in great vintage condition. This Infraphil KL7500 represents the basic design for the 1960's an 1970's. Made from cast aluminium it weighs more than one kilo and a half. For the first time pressed glass with an integrated Fresnel lens is applied. The lamp is fixed with a clamping ring that fits in a groove in the front of the armature. The trademark Philips is integrated in the grip, a foil with the Philips logo is adhered on top of armature. There is no further type indication on the armature. Royal Philips Electronics registered the brand name Infraphil in September 1945. Infraphil is a clipping from INFRAred and PHILips. From 1946 on Philips released several dozens of infrared light bulbs for soothing warming appliances worldwide.   You can read the user manual HERE.
    50 
  • Vintage floor lamp by Knut & Marianne Hagberg
    Vintage floor lamp by Knut & Marianne Hagberg

    Vintage floor lamp by Knut & Marianne Hagberg

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    Very nice floor lamp designed by the danish designers Knut & Marianne Hagberg and produced in Sweden. Made of metal and featuring an industrial look, the spot is signed (stamped) on the handler. The tripod is made of aluminum and plastic by Süda.
    100 
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    Elegant sofa Art Deco Living room set made in France in the 1970s

    Elegant Art Deco Living room set made in France in the 1970s

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    Elegant Art Deco Living room set made in France in the 1970s. The set consists in a two person sofa and two armchairs. Featuring exquisite wooden arm posts and front legs - resembling some strong Greek Doric columns - and a nicely arched crest rail, the set has been recently restored and has new upholstery. With a sophisticated yet modern look, this item can accommodate a elegant living room, hallway or salon. [spb_products title="Items in this bundle:" asset_type="selected-products" products="22172,22190" display_type="standard" display_layout="standard" multi_masonry="no" carousel="yes" fullwidth="no" columns="2" item_count="8" order="DESC" button_enabled="no" width="1/1" el_position="first last"]
    1.200  1.000 
  • Space Age table lamp made in Germany, in the 1960s
    Space Age table lamp made in Germany, in the 1960s

    Space Age table lamp made in Germany, in the 1960s

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    Beautiful Space Age table lamp made in Germany, in the mid 20th century. The base of the lamp, resembling the fins of a rocket are made of beige plastic. The lightshade, made of dark brown bakelite also features an aerodynamic shape. Made in the 1960s, this is a representative piece fort the aesthetics of the Space Race era. The Space Age is a time period encompassing the activities related to the Space Race, space exploration, space technology, and the cultural developments influenced by these events. The Space Age is generally considered to have begun with Sputnik (1957). During the 1950s, architecture, furniture, interior design, cars, and gadget design took on a curiously spaceflight-inspired aesthetic.
    75 
  • Beautiful Val St Lambert crystal lamp
    Beautiful Val St Lambert crystal lamp

    Exquisite Val St Lambert crystal lamp

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    Exquisite table lamp signed Val Saint Lambert. This hand-made piece is made in the 1960s by the most prominent crystal manufacturer in Benelux, official supplier to H.M. the King of Belgium. Signed on the bottom, "Val St. Lambert". Still has the original label. The piece is in a very good condition. History of Val St. Lambert: In June 1826, smoke was rising from the chimney of the Cistercian abbey in Seraing, near Liège: the first furnace of the Val Saint Lambert Crystal Works had just been fired up. Val Saint Lambert would rapidly emerge as the epicentre of the Belgian crystal industry. For all the preconditions for a successful industry were met: the vicinity to the Meuse, a coal-rich region, a rail network, and even the enormous monastery facilities, which were ideally suited for artistic and craft activities on a large scale. The end of the 19th century ushered in a golden age for Val Saint Lambert. The site around the former abbey expanded into an impressive village with more than 180 worker dwellings, with small gardens, a school, a shop, and even a hospital. In the crystal works, by now world famous, some 5,000 employees produced 120,000 unique crystal creations each day. World War I brought an abrupt end to the expansion. Several key markets disappeared: the Balkans, the Russian tsars and Germany. The great depression of 1929 and the bombardment of World War II meant a further decline for the crystal works. This situation lasted up to the 1960s and 1970s, before two major innovations breathed new life into Val Saint Lambert: the introduction of the diamond disc for better cutting and engraving, and the replacement of the traditional pot furnace by a bath furnace, which melted solid raw materials into liquid glass. From the 1970s the company’s history is marked by several restructurings and takeovers. Today, the Val Saint Lambert Crystal Works are in the hands of the Onclin family, which aspires to reinstate the brand on a global level. Source: val-saint-lambert.com
    200 
  • Beautiful Space Age / Atomic Age ceiling lamp with 5 lights
    Beautiful Atomic Age ceiling lamp with 5 lights

    Beautiful Space Age / Atomic Age ceiling lamp with 5 lights

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    Beautiful ceiling lamp made in the 1970s. The piece is representative for Space Age/Atomic Age Design. It has 5 lights with spherical lampshades, diametrically arranged around a central axis made of dark brown metal. Simulating as the model of an atom (or, more precisely, of how electrons gravitate around the nucleus), this is a very beautiful piece and is in very good vintage condition. The Space Age is a time period encompassing the activities related to the Space Race, space exploration, space technology, and the cultural developments influenced by these events. The Space Age is generally considered to have begun with Sputnik (1957). During the 1950s, architecture, furniture, interior design, cars, and gadget design took on a curiously spaceflight-inspired aesthetic.
    200 
  • Coffee table with brass clogs and formica top

    Coffee table with brass clogs and Formica top

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    Small coffee table manufactured in the 1970s. The table has a minimalist, elegant and sober design. The yellow top, made of Formica, features a nice geometric design and a nice brass decoration. The flared legs have brass clogs. They are flexible so the table would be stable even if the floor has some irregularities. The piece is in very good vintage condition showing just some small traces of use in one sector of the top (see photo).
    100 
  • Beautiful Val St Lambert crystal lamp
    Beautiful Val St Lambert crystal lamp

    Beautiful Val St Lambert crystal lamp

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    Spectacular table lamp signed Val Saint Lambert. This hand-made piece is made in the 1960s by the most prominent crystal manufacturer in Benelux, official supplier to H.M. the King of Belgium. Signed on the bottom, "Val St. Lambert". Still has the original label. The piece is in a very good condition. History of Val St. Lambert: In June 1826, smoke was rising from the chimney of the Cistercian abbey in Seraing, near Liège: the first furnace of the Val Saint Lambert Crystal Works had just been fired up. Val Saint Lambert would rapidly emerge as the epicentre of the Belgian crystal industry. For all the preconditions for a successful industry were met: the vicinity to the Meuse, a coal-rich region, a rail network, and even the enormous monastery facilities, which were ideally suited for artistic and craft activities on a large scale. The end of the 19th century ushered in a golden age for Val Saint Lambert. The site around the former abbey expanded into an impressive village with more than 180 worker dwellings, with small gardens, a school, a shop, and even a hospital. In the crystal works, by now world famous, some 5,000 employees produced 120,000 unique crystal creations each day. World War I brought an abrupt end to the expansion. Several key markets disappeared: the Balkans, the Russian tsars and Germany. The great depression of 1929 and the bombardment of World War II meant a further decline for the crystal works. This situation lasted up to the 1960s and 1970s, before two major innovations breathed new life into Val Saint Lambert: the introduction of the diamond disc for better cutting and engraving, and the replacement of the traditional pot furnace by a bath furnace, which melted solid raw materials into liquid glass. From the 1970s the company’s history is marked by several restructurings and takeovers. Today, the Val Saint Lambert Crystal Works are in the hands of the Onclin family, which aspires to reinstate the brand on a global level. Source: val-saint-lambert.com
    300 
  • Side coffee table made in the 1960s
    Side coffee table made in the 1960s

    Side coffee table made in the 1960s

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    Small coffee table manufactured in the 1960s. The top of the table is very beautiful and features natural inspired leaf shapes. The table is nicely colored in three shades of brown, from deep dark (the legs), to honey (the leafs on the top). The piece is in very good vintage condition and was recently restored.
    120 
  • Set of Two Space Age pendant lamps made in Denmark

    Set of Two Space Age pendant lamps made in Denmark

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    Set of two Space Age pendant lamps made in Denmark, in the late 1960s. The set is in a very good shape, with only small age-related traces. The set is representative for both the Scandinavian Modern and Space Race aesthetics and could be accommodated in any contemporary home.
    80 
  • Little beige table lamp made in Germany, in the 1980s
    Little beige table lamp made in Germany, in the 1980s

    Little beige table lamp made in Germany, in the 1980s

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    Elegant and discrete little ceramic table lamp made in Germany, in the 1980s. Colored in beige, this piece is incredible beautiful in its simplicity and is in very good vintage condition.
    40 
  • Face Standard rotary phone made in Italy
    Face Standard rotary phone made in Italy

    Face Standard rotary phone made in Italy

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    Face Standard rotary phone in full working condition. The phone dates from the 1970s, was produced in Italy and is kept in good condition.
    35 
  • Brown leather travel (duffle) bag
    Brown leather travel (duffle) bag

    Brown leather travel (duffle) bag

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    Beautiful vintage brown leather travel bag (duffle bag) made in Germany. The handbag is made of fine leather and the item is in very good condition, showing no visible defects.
    150 
  • Raadvad slicer model 294 made in Denmark in the 1960s
    Raadvad slicer model 294 made in Denmark in the 1960s

    Raadvad slicer model 294 made in Denmark in the 1960s

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    Original Danish bread slicer made by Raadvad in the 1960s. The slicer is made of cast iron and solid wood. The screw in front can be used to regulate the thickness of the slices. It is in very good vintage condition. Raadvad is a reputable Danish company established in 1759 well known for their high end quality kitchen equipment. They started making bread slicers in 1924. They designed a new model in 1939 (model 294) which almost didn't change afterwards. The company still exists.
    100 
  • Round wall mirror, Denmark, 1970s
    Round wall mirror, Denmark, 1970s

    Round wall mirror, Denmark, 1970s

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    Beautiful round wall mirror made in the 1970s in Denmark. It features a joyful red plastic frame and a leather strap. The piece is kept in good vintage condition and has its original "Made in Denmark" on the back.
    100 
  • Very rare Siemens hair dryer made in the 1930s
    Very rare Siemens hair dryer made in the 1930s

    Very rare Siemens hair dryer made in the 1930s

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    Chrome hair dryer in Bauhaus style of the former Siemens Schuckert Werke who took over the Protos company in 1908. The hair dryer has a hot and a cold setting and different fan levels which can be selected with the bakelite switch. The machine is in full working order. Marked on the handle: EDU III - hand imprinted number 045 - triangle VDE - 220 V - 540 W.
    175 
  • Set of 4 "MR" armchairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
    Set of 4 "MR" armchairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

    Set of 4 “MR” armchairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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    Set of 4 "MR" armchairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The armchairs are made of tubular steel and black natural leather and are preserved in a very good shape. The architect and designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is one of the best-known exponents of International Style modernism. His "less-is-more" philosophy has become a catchphrase for much twentieth-century design, though a preference for luxurious and costly materials often underscores the deceptive simplicity of his elegant and refined designs. Mies van der Rohe was the last director of the Bauhaus design school in Dessau, from 1930 until its closing in 1932. In 1938 he left Germany for America, where he headed the architecture department at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The graceful, elegant, and beautifully proportioned "MR" armchair, developed from a 1924 design for a cantilevered chair by Mart Stam, was introduced by Mies van der Rohe at the 1927 Stuttgart exhibition and has remained in production ever since. The chair’s cantilevered design uses tubular steel, then a technological novelty, to create an intuitively accessible and ergonomic seat. (When asked why he created chairs with generously sized seats, Mies van der Rohe allegedly replied that he designs chairs he’d be most comfortable sitting in.) The MR Armchair is perfectly balanced, featuring the material innovation and lack of ornamentation that epitomize the International Style. It was awarded the Museum of Modern Art Award in 1977 and the Design Center Stuttgart Award in 1978. In 1968 the Knoll group took the license to manufacture these chairs but both before 1968 and afterwards many factories have in fact produced these iconic pieces.
    1.000 
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    Spectacular coffee table made of marble and stainless steel

    Spectacular coffee table made of marble and stainless steel

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    Spectacular coffee table made in Germany, in the 1970s. The top of the table - made of  Green Alps marble - has a quite impressive diameter (98 cm) and is in perfect shape. It's exquisite color (green with black swirls and veins) is placed in a remarkable dialogue with the coldness and the sobriety of the structure, made of well-polished stainless steel. The legs of the table, resembling the fins of a space-rocket, are consistent with Atomic/Space Age design shapes and lines This is special, stylish, well preserved piece of furniture that can accommodate any contemporary interior, be it minimalist, modern or industrial. The Space Age is a time period encompassing the activities related to the Space Race, space exploration, space technology, and the cultural developments influenced by these events. The Space Age is generally considered to have begun with Sputnik (1957). During the 1950s, architecture, furniture, interior design, cars, and gadget design took on a curiously spaceflight-inspired aesthetic.
    1.500  1.200 
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    Set of 4 Wiesner-Hager chairs, Austria, 1970s
    Set of 4 Wiesner Hager chairs, Austria, 1970s

    Set of 4 Wiesner-Hager chairs made in Austria in the 1970s

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    Very well preserved set of 4 Wiesner Hager chairs made in Austria in the 1970s. Plywood with cherry wood veneer and a tubular steel cantileverd structure. They have the original fabric upholstery. The chairs have an ergonomic shape, featuring organic, curved lines, but an overall industrial design look, being that kind of furniture items that are as much about function as style. Wiesner-Hager was founded by Josef Wiesner as a carpentry business in 1849. In the year 1921 Rudolf Wiesner and Sebastian Hager took over their father’s business, which was at that time purely a carpentry and construction company. With the restructuring of part of the construction business into a furniture manufacture the two lay the cornerstone for a second branch of the business. Now, due to major changes in the working world and the enormous upheavals in the office and properties branch, the furniture offering has been expanded since the noughties to include the services of office consulting and interior design: Concept orientation has become a key success factor. With an export quota of 50% Wiesner-Hager is currently one of the most renowned companies in the furniture branch in Europe.
    400  320 
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    Very rare stoneware table lamp made by Joseph Simon for Soholm Stentoj
    Very rare stoneware table lamp made by Josef Simon for Soholm Stentoj

    Very rare stoneware table lamp handmade by Joseph Simon for Soholm Stentoj

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    Very rare stoneware table lamp designed and handmade by Josef Simon for Søholm Stentøj, Denmark, in the 1960s. The body, made of glazed ceramic, is remarkable due to its exquisite circular decoration in colors that speaks about earth, sand and sky. The lamp is signed on the bottom, "Simon", has the Søholm Stentøj mark, the production number and also a "handmade" stamp, not to mention that Søholm Stentøj is not a lights factory but a ceramic art studio that values ​​the design and quality. The lamp is in very good condition. An extremely rare and refined piece of Danish Modern design. Denmark has a rich tradition of producing Fine ceramics and original pottery dating back several hundred years and one of the greatest was Søholm. Søholm was founded in 1835 and is the oldest ceramic factory in Bornholm, a Danish island famous for its pottery and fine ceramics artisans. The pottery from the 1950s-1960s is often characterized by the sleek lines, streamlined design and innovative use of materials - just as the famous Danish Mid-Century Furniture. The factory closed in 1996.
    250  190 
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    Sofa designed by Bruksbo Norway
    Sofa designed by Bruksbo Norway

    Sofa designed by Bruksbo Norway

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    Three-seated sofa designed by the famous Bruksbo Tegnekontor design studio and made at Stranda Industri a/s in the 1960s. The sofa is designed by Torbjørn Afdal, the most famous of their designers. The rosewood frame, the wide armrests, the minimalist outline, all are typical for his style. The sofa has its original upholstery and label (specifying the factory and the design studio).
    1.300  1.100 

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