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  • Quaker 365 dining chairs by Lucian Ercolani for Ercol, set of 4, 1960s, UK

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    Beautiful set of 4 Quaker 365 dinning chairs. The model was designed by Lucian Ercolani for Ercol and was manufactured during the 1960s in the United Kingdom. The chairs are made of solid elm-wood. The soft dialogue between the pastel-pink of the upholstery and the brown wood is very elegant and the items are in a good vintage condition. The set preserves the original label and the stamp (B.S. I E 1960 2056). The chairs cushions can be easily removed (they are fixed to the seat in 4 staples). Please take time to look at the pictures carefully. They are a good representation of the condition of the furniture.

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  • Pair of Quaker 365 dining armchairs by Lucian Ercolani for Ercol, 1960s, UK

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    Beautiful and comfortable pair of Quaker 365 dinning armchairs. This model was designed by Lucian Ercolani for Ercol and was manufactured during the 1960s in the United Kingdom. The armchairs are made of solid elm-wood. The soft dialogue between the pastel-pink of the upholstery and the brown wood is very elegant and the items are in a good vintage condition. The set preserves the original label and the stamp (B.S. I E 1960 2056). The armchairs cushions can be easily removed (they are fixed to the seat in 4 staples). Please take time to look at the pictures carefully. They are a good representation of the condition of the furniture.

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  • Exquisite pair of Italian cocktail shell armchairs, 1960s

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    Exquisite pair of cocktail shell armchairs made in Italy in the late 1960. This suave shell-shaped items are characteristic for the La Dolce Vita atmoshere of the Italian mid-20th century. The armchairs ware recently restored. The new upholstery maintains the texture and color of the original ones. The legs were re-stained but no other interventions were needed. The items are in good condition and will be the chic accent of any room. They are incredibly comfortable so you just have to take a seat and enjoy your dolce far niente moments.

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  • Danish Minerva Daybed by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen for France & Son, 1957

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    Beautiful late 1950s Danish modern daybed (Model Minerva), designed by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen, produced by France & Son. The item features a teak wooden frame and renewed mustard upholstery. The minimalist look of this sofa is characteristic for the Scandinavian design of that era and can easily fit any contemporary interior.

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FF. Mid-Century Design

The 1950s were marked by optimism, by rebirth, by the desire for a better, snug life. It is then no wonder that today, in the rush of the 21st century, we openly, admiringly and nostalgically look back to the atmosphere of those days.

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the fathers of Mid-Century Design
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the fathers of Mid-Century Design
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) was a German-American architect. Along with Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modernist architecture and design. An innovative architect in 1920’s and 1930’s Germany, Mies was the last director of the Bauhaus,…

10 Mid-Century Modern Accent Chairs You’ll Love
10 Mid-Century Modern Accent Chairs You’ll Love
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After World War Two designers were inspired (including when designing chairs) by a renewed optimism and the new materials, new manufacturing techniques, new colors and new forms that were appearing. A more relaxed, fleshed-out form of Modernism began to appear in design that were affordable and easily mass-produced. As Madeleine…

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Mid-century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. The term, employed as a style descriptor as early as the mid-1950s, was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House), celebrating the style that is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement. The Mid-Century modern movement in the U.S. was an American reflection of the International and Bauhaus movements, including the works of Gropius, Florence Knoll, Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Though the American component was slightly more organic in form and less formal than the International Style, it is more firmly related to it than any other. Brazilian and Scandinavian architects were very influential at this time, with a style characterized by clean simplicity and integration with nature. Like many of Wright’s designs, Mid-Century architecture was frequently employed in residential structures with the goal of bringing modernism into America’s post-war suburbs. This style emphasized creating structures with ample windows and open floor plans, with the intention of opening up interior spaces and bringing the outdoors in. Many Mid-century houses utilized then-groundbreaking post and beam architectural design that eliminated bulky support walls in favor of walls seemingly made of glass. Function was as important as form in Mid-Century designs, with an emphasis placed specifically on targeting the needs of the average American family. In Europe the influence of Le Corbusier and the CIAM resulted in an architectural orthodoxy manifest across most parts of post-war Europe that was ultimately challenged by the radical agendas of the architectural wings of the avant-garde Situationist International, COBRA, as well as Archigram in London. A critical but sympathetic reappraisal of the internationalist oeuvre, inspired by Scandinavian Moderns such as Alvar Aalto, Sigurd Lewerentz and Arne Jacobsen, and the late work of Le Corbusier himself, was reinterpreted by groups such as Team X, including structuralist architects such as Aldo van Eyck, Ralph Erskine, Denys Lasdun, Jorn Utzon and the movement known in the United Kingdom as New Brutalism. Pioneering builder and real estate developer Joseph Eichler was instrumental in bringing Mid-Century Modern architecture (“Eichler Homes”) to subdivisions in the Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay region of California, and select housing developments on the east coast. George Fred Keck, his brother Willam Keck, Henry P. Glass, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Edward Humrich created Mid-Century Modern residences in the Chicago area. Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House is extremely difficult to heat or cool, while Keck and Keck were pioneers in the incorporation of passive solar features in their houses to compensate for their large glass windows. (source: wikipedia.org)

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