Mid-Century Modern Designers & Makers


Room 606 at Jacobsen’s Royal Hotel

“ teal blue & wood ”, recently submitted to our photo group by ooh_food Arne Jacobsen designed the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and all of the furniture (including the silverware!). ... The chairs pictured here are "Drop" chairs (or Dråben, as Jacobsen would have said in Danish).

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MASH Studios LUX Case Goods

One of my favorite new furniture designers is MASH Studios led by Bernard Brucha who has done work for Martha Stewart, Siemens, Ogilvy & Mather, Toyota, and MTV. ...And buy from the links above and you’ll support the Mid-Century Modernist with a little kick-back.

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Short Arne Jacobsen Doc from Euromaxx

Some good basic info on the most well-known of Danish designers, Arne Jacobsen . I learned a thing or two.

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Sam Maloof, 93 and Still Woodworking

He turned down millions to mass produce his work and continues to make everything in his own studio, completing about 50 pieces a year. ... Maloof is probably most famous for his spindled rockers , but he has designed around 500 pieces , some of them more modern in style.

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Dieter Rams and Cold War Modern at the V&A

I may have to take a trip to London just to see the V&A Museum’s Cold War Modern , “the first exhibition to explore international developments in modern art, design, architecture and film in the context of the Cold War”. The microsite offers several videos, including these two from white hot industrial design guru Dieter Rams.

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Cavour Writing Desk by Carlo Mollino

He learned that ancient Egyptians decorated their future tombs, and that’s what Mollino did with his 18th century apartment. in 1960, in the hills above Turin, the city he lived in all his life, Mollino acquired a two-story villa (“Villa Zaira”, today called “Casa Mollino”). ... The furniture that Mollino designed were often one-off pieces produced specifically for the client whose house he was decorating, so many of his existing examples of his work are rare today.

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Cover Boys of Mid-Century Modern Design

From left to right: George Nelson , Edward Wormley , Eero Saarinen , Harry Bertoia , Charles Eames , and Jens Risom . ... In DWR’s latest issue of Design Notes (a newsletter which I highly recommend) Jens Risom writes about the photo shoot and his regret that he didn’t get to know the other men that day as well as he would have liked.

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Flickr Pick of the Week: Steelcase Coordinated Offices

Steelcase Coordinated Offices , recently submitted to our Mid-Century, Modern Group by IAAFOTS

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Finn Juhl Home in Denmark

These fantastic images of Finn Juhl’s home captured by photographer Roger Valentin Mandt exemplify everything I adore about scandinavian mid-century design. ... Their list of products currently in production is impressive (the Chiefain we mentioned yesterday is still available as a new piece), but after exploring Juhl’s home I’m left wondering why unique designs like his colorful storage cart or foldable bench / table aren’t still being made today.

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Brave Space Design

Those looking for new designs made from sustainable materials will appreciate the work of Brave Space Design of Brooklyn who use bamboo for their handsomely simple dining tables, chairs, beds,...

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