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European Mid-Century Design

Mid-Century: Furniture, Lighting & Home Accessories

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    Svanette set of Daybed with Easy Chair by Ingmar Relling for Ekornes, Norway, 1960s

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    Beautiful Scandinavian Modern Svanette set consists of a 3 seater Daybed sofa with Easy Chair designed by Ingmar Relling for Ekornes, made in Norway, in the 1960s. Both pieces provide original wool upholstery with the model characteristic of Mid Century design (please see the last picture with an advertisement from the magazines of the time). Although we avoid altering the original elements, it is up to the new owner to reupholstered the pieces or not. However, if the original upholstery is preserved, we recommend that it be cleaned, primarily to refresh the colors and because it has some minor stains, signs of wear due to age and use, but without rips (please see the photos). This set, with his original upholstery (a rarity for Mid Century pieces), exemplifies the distinctive style characteristic of Scandinavian Modern design. An investment quality selection, bringing visual interest and pleasure to any modern home. f you need additional details or pictures, do not hesitate to contact us.
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    PS 142 Club Chairs by Eugenio Gerli for Tecno, Italy, 1970s, Set of 3

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    Italian chairs from the "142" series, designed by Eugenio Gerli for Tecno in 1966, with the manufacturer’s label. The chairs provide original brown fabric upholstery in overall good condition, with some signs of wear due to age and use. Each chair lacks a spring, but this does not affect the comfort of the seat. Also, the wheels are in good condition. This is a multipurpose chair that works as an office chair, club chair, dining chair, or easy chair and exemplifies the distinctive style characteristic of Italian Modern design.
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    Typical Mid Century wall lamps, set of 3, Italy, 1960s

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    Set of 3 wall lamps, presenting all the characteristics specific to the middle of the 20th century: materials used (brass and plastic), as well as the Space Age pattern specific to the Mid-Century design. The lamps are in good vintage condition (one shows some signs of wear, please see the pictures). All the wall lamps are in full working order and ready to use.
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    Handmade 3 lights ceiling lamp, the first half of the 20th century

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    Interesting handmade ceiling lamp from the first half of the 20th Century, which provides clear Art Nouveau stylistic elements. The structure of the lamp is handmade from hammered metal and supports 3 matt white glass lampshades, adorned with embossed floral motifs. The item is in its original condition and only intervened to replace the electrical cables, keeping the original elements of the electrical installation (ceramic plugs, bronze screws, etc.). The glass lampshades have small flaws inside that are not visible when the lamp is mounted (please see the images that are part of the description). A beautiful piece for decorating a holiday home, cottage, or commercial spaces (hotels, restaurants, companies).
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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)