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About Sam Kaufman Gallery
Sam Kaufman has been selling fine and idiosyncratic 20th-century objects since he opened his Los Angeles store, back in the 20th century. The collection defies easy categorization, but every piece meets three criteria Sam personally values in applied art: playfulness, craftsmanship, and historical significance. The core of the gallery's collection is ceramics and furniture of the post-war period, especially pieces from Italy, France, and Scandinavia. These are augmented by ethnographic artifacts and the odd eccentric antique; things that complement the best work of the middle of the last century. Sam sees his enterprise as a salon for enthusiasts, and his job as a kind of cross between curator and emcee. The gallery caters to a wide spectrum of customers, from a connoisseur searching for an elusive piece to complete a collection, to an interior designer looking for an unusual lounge chair for a client’s screening room, or anybody shopping for a special gift. Born in New York City, Sam has nurtured an interest in architecture and design since he was awarded a Bronze Medal in the 1968 Jones Beach Sand Castle Building Contest. He went on to receive his BA in Semiotics at Brown University, and an MFA at the University of Southern California. Discounts are offered to customers who can sing any Francoise Hardy song acapella. .
Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius
Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius
Walter Gropius, Ben Thompson
Vintage 1950s American Modern Dining Room Chairs
Nutwood
The legendary Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius designed the rarely seen "W199" armchair in 1951 with Benjamin Thompson, a fellow professor at Harvard. Gropius' teaching career came t...
Pair of Frank Lloyd Wright Low Tables
Pair of Frank Lloyd Wright Low Tables
Frank Lloyd Wright
Vintage 1950s American Modern End Tables
Mahogany
A pair of striking, architectural tables/stools designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Henredon in 1955. The edges of the triangular tops are carved with Wright's famous Taliesen "Greek ...
Sofa by Hans Wegner

Sofa by Hans Wegner

By Hans J. Wegner
Sofa by Hans Wegner
Hans J. Wegner
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas
Wool, Oak
This substantial Hans Wegner sofa brings together all of the virtues of Danish design in its reconciliation of sleekness with restraint, and of jet-set modernity with the tradition o...
"New York" Sofa by Katavolos, Littell and Kelley for Laverne
"New York" Sofa by Katavolos, Littell and Kelle...
Katavolos, Littel, & Kelly, Laverne International
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sofas
Leather, Steel
The chic "New York" sofa was designed in 1952 by William Katavolos, Ross Littell and Douglas Kelley for the adventurous New York manufacturer of luxury furniture, Laverne Internation...
Pair of Jugendstil Armchairs by Richard Riemerschmid
Pair of Jugendstil Armchairs by Richard Riemers...
Richard Riemerschmid
German Armchairs
Beech
"Colonial" Settee by Ole Wanscher
"Colonial" Settee by Ole Wanscher
Ole Wanscher
Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Settees
Cane, Mahogany, Leather
Designed in 1949, Ole Wanscher's casually chic "Colonial" settee was the designer's homage to 18th century English furniture; its spare and elegantly drawn frame fully expo...
"Lawo" Lounge Chair by Han Pieck
"Lawo" Lounge Chair by Han Pieck
Han Pieck
Vintage 1940s Dutch Modern Lounge Chairs
Plywood
The Lawo chair, so named because it was made of LA-minated WO-od, was brilliantly constructed from a single sheet of birch plywood, which is cut and then bent in different planes to ...
Pair of "Gabriella" Chairs by Gio Ponti
Pair of "Gabriella" Chairs by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Italian Side Chairs
Stool/Occasional Table by Thonet
Stool/Occasional Table by Thonet
Thonet
Early 20th Century Austrian Aesthetic Movement Stools
Beech
From Gebruder Thonet, the pioneering company to whom the rest of the modernist furniture movement was indebted. With a frame made up entirely of six circular wooden hoops fastened to...
Enameled Steel Club Chair
Enameled Steel Club Chair
Norman Bel Geddes
Vintage 1930s American Streamlined Moderne Club Chairs
Velvet, Upholstery, Steel
A characterful club chair made of enameled steel, with velvet upholstery, in the streamline Modern style. Attributed to the seminal American industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes, wh...
"Steel Frame" Sofa by George Nelson
"Steel Frame" Sofa by George Nelson
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Steel, Laminate, PVC
A modular two-place sofa, with an integrated coffee table, from George Nelson's "Steel Frame" collection, made by Herman Miller. The three modules can be reconfigured to suit one's n...
"Capitello" Chairs by Studio 65
"Capitello" Chairs by Studio 65
Piero Gilardi
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Lounge Chairs
The "Capitello" became an international cult object in 1972 with the landmark MOMA exhibition, "Italy : The New Domestic Landscape". An early peek at what would come to be called Pos...
Jugendstil Chair by Richard Riemerschmid
Richard Riemerschmid
Antique Early 1900s German Jugendstil Side Chairs
Brass, Upholstery, Hardwood
The architect Richard Riemerschmid was a leading exponent of the Munich Seccession and designed many varied objects whose influence was felt internationally. His style was characteri...
Pair of Work Stools by Cor Alons
Cor Alons
Vintage 1950s Dutch Modern Stools
Plywood, Rubber, Steel
Cor Alons (Dutch, 1892-1967) was a versatile designer / artist / professor who worked in every medium imaginable. This pair of stools was made in the Netherlands by Oostwoud, the com...
Very Early "DCW" Chair by Charles Eames
Charles and Ray Eames
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Plywood, Rubber, Steel
The "Molded Plywood" collection of chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames and their collaborators in the middle of the 1940s, and introduced after the end of WWII, has the distinct...
Lounge Chairs by Gianni Moscatelli
Gianni Moscatelli
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel
These very low-slung lounge chairs have a spare style that is somewhat Kjaerholmian in pictures, but in person they are really quite distinctive and unusual. Made by Formanova around...
Pair of Early Cantilever Chairs
Angelo Luigi Colombo
Vintage 1930s Italian Side Chairs
Wood
From around 1930, Angelo Luigi Colombo's factory in Milan, Italy produced a version of the famous Mart Stam cantilever chair under license from Thonet. The Colombo company has a fasc...
Pair of "Bastiano" Chairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa
Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Italian Armchairs
Walnut
Aluminum "BA3" Chair by Ernest Race
Ernest Race
Vintage 1940s British Modern Side Chairs
Aluminum
Introduced at the V&A Museum's "Britain Can Make It" exhibition of 1946, Ernest Race's "BA3" chair was the UK's first icon of Mid-Century Modernism, an early sign of the optimism tha...
Prototype Chair by Charles Eames
Charles Eames
Vintage 1940s American Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
This molded plywood chair was an experimental maquette used at the Eames Office for testing dimensional variations in the DCW chair. The legs and central spine are segmented, and whe...
Pair of George Nelson Armchairs with Alexander ...
Alexander Girard, Herman Miller, George Nelson
American Armchairs
Fabric, Upholstery
19th Century Swiss Chair
Antique 19th Century Swiss Side Chairs
Wood
This is a particularly elaborate example of a traditional Swiss chair. It was made in the 19th century in the Alpenzell region of Switzerland, and features beautiful carving in a bar...

Sofa by Florence Knoll

By Florence Knoll
Sofa by Florence Knoll
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Wood
An early design by Florence Knoll, and manufactured by her own company. This sofa is extremely comfortable, in spite of its somewhat austere, "architectural" appearance. Re-upholstered.
Pair of Marcel Breuer for Knoll "Wassily" Chair...
Marcel Breuer, Knoll International
American Armchairs
Chrome, Steel
Warren McArthur Folding Chairs
Warren McArthur
American Armchairs
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