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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Arne Jacobsen Modernist Chairs

Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971)

Jacobsen’s iconic chairs defined an era and remain popular with collectors more than half a century after their introduction.

These days, chairs by Arne Jacobsen are some of the most eagerly sought after by collectors of Mid-Century Modern. Jacobsen’s iconic chairs include the Drop Chair, the Ant Chair and the Swan Chair, but his Egg Chair is by far the most well-known.

Arne Jacobsen Brief Biography Born in Copenhagen in 1902, [...] Click here to continue reading.

Bakelite

Bakelite

Scandal & the Story of Bakelite Bakelite hit the market in 1907, heralding the arrival of the modern plastics industry. Bakelite was the first completely man made plastic, as until then, plastics such as celluloid, casein, and Gutta-Percha all had as a base a natural material. It was developed by Belgian-born chemist Dr. Leo Hendrick Baekeland who started his firm General Bakelite Company to produce the phenolic resin type plastic. Bakelite was inexpensive [...] Click here to continue reading.

The Sarcophagus in Decorative Arts

The Sarcophagus in Decorative Arts

Derived from the Greek sarx, meaning flesh, and phagein, meaning eat, a sarcophagus is, essentially, a container for a body, much like a coffin or casket. Historically, sarcophagi were typically made of stone (though sometimes of other materials, such as wood or metal), with a relief-carved or pediment top, and designed to be above ground, and have been used by many cultures since ancient times.

An ancient [...] Click here to continue reading.

Marcel Breuer

Marcel Breuer (1902-1981)

Examples of architect Marcel Breuer’s designs for seating are sought by museums as well as private collectors. Still fresh and relevant after 80 years, Breuer’s classic designs find an eager audience willing to pay substantial prices for early models. Designed in 1925, the Wassily Chair is perhaps Breuer’s best known work. Originally called B3, the name was changed to honor painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944). The Wasily chair is still in production [...] Click here to continue reading.

Gilbert Rohde – Modern & Art Deco Furniture

Gilbert Rohde (1894-1944)

-Bauhaus Inspired Designer Revitalized the Herman Miller Company

-Rohde’s successful career included designs for Herman Miller, Heywood-Wakefield, John Widdicomb and more.

-Gilbert Rohde’s furniture featured clean lines and spare yet jewel-like hardware. His early work set the ailing Herman Miller Company on the road to success via modern design and is still popular today.

Gilbert Rohde Brief Biography Born in New York in 1894, Gilbert Rohde was the son of a [...] Click here to continue reading.

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