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    Danish Extendable Dining Table

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    Large and elegant dining table made of solid wood in Denmark, in the 1970s. With a clean, minimalistic (yet solid) approach, this piece of Nordic design is characteristic for that period. The table is extendable at one end. The item is in very good vintage condition.
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    750 
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    Danish solid teak round coffee table, 1970s

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    Beautiful round coffee table made in Denmark in the 1970s. The table is made of solid teak and has a very stylish minimalist look. The item is in very good vintage condition and could be an elegant and work addition to any interior.
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    500 
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    Danish design sideboard designed and produced by H.P. Hansen, 1950s

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    Beautiful and exquisite Danish design sideboard (credenza) designed and produced by H.P. Hansen in the 1950s. The sideboards organic shape and teak wood grain look lovely. The sideboard has 4 drawers and multiple adjustable shelves behind the 2 sliding doors offering plenty of storage space and options. This is a nice small model which are rare to find. This piece is in very nice vintage condition.
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    1.150 
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    Dining table designed by Henning Kjaernulf for Vejle Stole og Møbelfabrik

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    Large draw leaf Vejle dining table stands firm in its solid pine core covered with a teak veneer. Designed by Henning Kjaernulf for Vejle Stole og Møbelfabrik, this hefty beauty boasts solid teak legs and gorgeous edge banding. The contrasting wood grain on the leaves enhances the simple and minimalist nature of this true Scandinavian design. The item is in good vintage condition, with only some minor traces fo use/defects (please see photo).
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    1.100 

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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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About Mid-Century

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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