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Sculpted Armoire Cabinet by John Kapel for Glenn of California, 1960s, Signed
By John Kapel, Glenn of California
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This beautiful Mid-Century Modern walnut armoire cabinet was designed by John Kapel for Glenn of
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Brown Saltman Solid Walnut End Table with Burl Walnut Inset
By John Keal, Brown Saltman
Located in Soquel, CA
Brown Saltman Solid Walnut End Table with Burl Walnut Inset Elegant end table designed by John
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Vintage 1960s American Modern End Tables

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Walnut

Vintage MCM Rosewood Nightstand End Table by Glenn of California
By Glenn of California
Located in Topeka, KS
Greta Magnusson-Grossman, the first woman to receive an award from the Swedish Society of Industrial
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Aluminum

Vintage MCM Rosewood Lingerie Chest by Glenn of California
By Glenn of California
Located in Topeka, KS
architect and designer Greta Magnusson-Grossman, the first woman to receive an award from the Swedish
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Aluminum

Greta Grossman Folding Chair
By Greta Magnusson Grossman
Located in New York, NY
version is not included in the chronology, but appears in a John Hartley photograph of Grossman’s own
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Greta Grossman Folding Chair
Greta Grossman Folding Chair
H 33.5 in W 21 in D 23 in
Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California
By Richard Neutra
Located in New York, NY
Hillmer, Lawrence Halprin, Garrett Eckbo, Bettler Baldwin, Lloyd Ruocco, John Carl Warnecke, John Rex
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Books

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Paper

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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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By Milo Baughman, Robert Baron, Glenn of California
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A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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