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MID-CENTURY MODERN U.S.A.
(1933 – 1965)

The interest to the mid-20th century design has been increasing within the last 15 years. It is hard to remain indifferent to the perfect ergonomic furniture with sculptural forms. The Mid-Century Modern is considered one of the most exciting and dramatic periods in the history of design
The Mid-Century Modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design style that originates in mid-20th century post Second World War America.

The 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. American furnishing tended to be more organic and sculptural in form as oppose to geometrical and ascetic European furniture of that time.

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe Mid-Century Modern American furniture. Post-war American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for creating pieces such as the “La Chaise” and the “Womb chair”. George Nelson and his design team created “Bubble Lamp” shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous “Listen to Me” chaise; T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings created items such as the tiered, biomorphic “Mesa table”, Paul McCobb designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.