Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen (1910-1961)

Finnish architect Eero Saarinen embraced new materials and technology, and nowhere is that more apparent than in his TWA Terminal Building & his Tulip Series chairs and tables. Fifty plus years after their introduction, Eero Saarinen’s organic furniture designs still look futuristic, and like most classic designs, are at home in a variety of applications.

Eero Saarinen Brief Biography Saarinen was born in 1910 on his father’s birthday. Eero [...] Click here to continue reading.


Eames Chairs

Eames Chairs

Seating Classics by Mid-Century Designers Ray & Charles Eames: The market for mid-century furnishings and accessories is still hot, and among the hottest are chairs by husband and wife team, Ray and Charles Eames. Collectors love the clean lines of these classic designs, many of which are being manufactured today. Here’s what it will cost to own both new and vintage models.

Ray & Charles & the Eames Era Few [...] Click here to continue reading.


Eames & George Nelson Furniture for Herman Miller

Eames Furniture for Herman Miller ESU storage unit/entertainment center, by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, p4A item D9851741

Ray and Charles Eames designs for Herman Miller included casework, tables, sofas and architectural accessories as well as their ubiquitous chairs. The Eamses had a long and successful partnership with the furniture manufacturer including many products that have been in continuous production for fifty years. Vintage versions of Eames designs are eagerly sought after [...] Click here to continue reading.


Cartouche – Definition

Cartouche – Definition

The decorative arts world has many “squishy” and vague vocabulary words, but few are “squishier” and vaguer than cartouche. Originally, the term comes from Egyptology and is used to describe a oval enclosing hieroglyphics and having a horizontal line at one end. (The line denotes royalty.) The oval had significance not unlike that of a closed circle, in that it was believed that an oval around a person’s name provided protection [...] Click here to continue reading.


Hans Wegner – Danish Modern Chairs

Hans Wegner (1914-2007)

Hans Wegner’s 60+ year career produced more than 500 chair designs, many of which are still in production today. The most prolific of the modernist chair designers, Hans Wegner believed that a chair should be made well enough to last for fifty years, and his classic designs for seating have lasted much longer than that.

Hans Wegner Brief Biography Hans Wegner was born in a small town in southern Denmark in [...] Click here to continue reading.


Trundle Beds – Definition

Trundle Beds

When many people see trundle beds, they think of Little House in the Big Woods. They may also think of impoverished people, frontier living, too many people and not enough room. In reality, trundle beds have been around far longer and have a very different tradition in history.

But first, to define them: trundle beds (also sometimes called truckle beds) derive their name from little wheels or casters that allowed them to [...] Click here to continue reading.


Aalto, Alvar – Finnish Architect & Furniture Designer

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976)

Arguably Finland’s most famous architect, Alvar Aalto was undoubtedly a major influence on the design as well as the technology that led to Mid-Century classics.

Alvar Aalto Brief Biography Aalto (1898-1976) studied architecture at the Helsinki Polytechnic from 1916-1921, opening his first architectural office in 1923. By 1929, he was designing interiors and their accessories, including furniture, textiles, glass, and lighting. His fifty year career spanned all the stages of [...] Click here to continue reading.


Kimbel & Cabus

Kimbel & Cabus, Victorian Cabinetmakers

When Anthony Kimbel and Joseph Cabus formed their partnership in 1863, they were both experienced veterans of the highly competitive furniture manufacturing business in New York, which included Herter Brothers, Alexander Roux and Pottier & Stymus.

Kimbel had been a designer in partnership with Anthony Bembe in the 1850′s when the company made the furniture for the United States House of Representatives (see examples in the p4A reference database). [...] Click here to continue reading.


Nelson, George – Designer – Herman Miller Co.

George Nelson (1908-1986)

George Nelson trained as an architect before joining the Herman Miller (furniture) Co. and becoming its design director for the 1950′s and 60′s. From this position Nelson became one of the most influential modernist designer’s in mid-century America.

Among Nelson’s furniture designs to have become 20th century design classics are the “Marshmellow” sofa (1956), the Ball Clock (1949), the “Slat Bench”, the “Sling Sofa” (1960′s), his “Bubble” and “Cigar” lamps (1952) [...] Click here to continue reading.


Grisaille – definition

Grisaille

Grisaille, from the French word gris meaning grey, is a term used to describe works of art painted entirely in a monochromatic palette. Technically speaking, there are other terms that apply when the monochromatic palette used is of a different color (brunaille for brown, verdaille for green, for instance), but grisaille is often misused to cover all monochrome works, regardless of hue. There are also plenty of works that are considered grisaille that [...] Click here to continue reading.


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