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    GS195 Gianni Songia Daybed in Navy Blue Andrew Muirhead Fine Scottish Leather, Italy, 1963

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    This glamorous three-seat daybed and sofa was designed by Gianni Songia for Sormani, Italy, in 1963. Model GS-195 with leather cushions. The elegant frame is built from rosewood and can be used as an extremely comfortable three-seat sofa with adjustable backrest. The backrest can also slide backwards which then transforms the piece into a comfortable bed. The frame is in good vintage condition with minimal signs of wear and preserved the original springs net (the elasticity of the springs net has been strengthened and now is very comfortable). The original cushions have been reupholstered with a beautiful pale Navy Blue Fine Leather from Andrew Muirhead & Son, Scotland. Elegant, refined, proving the excellence of the Modernariato Italian design, this eye-catcher and mood maker piece fit both the sumptuous interiors as central pieces, and the minimalist ones as design accents.
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    Mid-Century French two seater sofa from 1960s

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    This pretty French sofa is very comfortable and shows the lines of the minimalistic and rigorous Mid-Century design. Yet the very optimistic and cheerful upholstery balance the severe look and gives this sofa an overall contemporary aspect. The sofa is in good overall vintage condition, only one of the cushions have a little defect on the back (see the detailed photo). Seat height: 40 cm. If you want to buy the whole set (two-seater sofa and two armchairs) follow the other ad in our portfolio. For the purchase of the set, a discount is applicable. Please contact us for details.
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    Mid-Century French armchairs from 1960s

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    This lovely pair of armchairs are very comfortable and show the lines of the minimalistic and rigorous Mid-Century design. Yet the very optimistic and cheerful upholstery balance the severe look and gives this armchair an overall contemporary aspect. The armchairs are in good vintage condition. Seat height: 40 cm. If you want to buy the whole set (two-seater sofa and two armchairs) follow the other ad in our portfolio. For the purchase of the set, a discount is applicable. Please contact us for details.
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    Rare Brazilian lounge chair with ottoman designed by Jean Gillon for Probel, 1960s

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    Rare Jean Gillon for Probel lounge chair with ottoman, made of Imbuia wood and Brazilian leather. Jean Gillon (1919-2007), born in Romania and naturalized in Brazilia, was a complex creator: architect, designer, and plastic artist. Though his early work in Brazil focused on architecture, Gillon shifted to furniture design in 1961, when he founded Fábrica de Móveis Cidam, the original name for what would later become Italma WoodArt. In 1964 Gillon’s focus turned global, and he began expanding into the international market, exporting his products to twenty-two different countries. He collaborated with MTM – Indústria de Móveis Village, Italma, and Probel, which produced his designs. Imbuia or Brazilian walnut is an exotic tree that grows naturally in the subtropical montane Araucaria Angustifolia rain forests of southern Brazil and which is used for high-end furniture is very appreciated due to its beauty but also for its high density, being classified as a hardwood. Both, the lounge chair and the ottoman are in good vintage condition, without stains or tears on the leather or wooden frame, only with normal signs of use due to age and with a lovely patina of time. A very comfortable lounge chair that will easily attract the viewer’s attention, being suitable in any interior, be it classic or modern. Labeled Probel, made in Brazil. Measures (HxWxD): Chair: 99x73x90 cm, Ottoman: 37x61x51 cm. The items color may slightly vary due to photographic lighting sources or your monitor settings. If you need additional information, do not hesitate to contact us.
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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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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)