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MID CENTURY FLAT SCREEN TELEVISION FROM 1961

This 4" wide color television also had a device which recorded programming in the viewers absence.  Displayed at the Home Furnishings Market in Chicago, Illinois, on June 21, 1961. Source:...

DESIGN FROM BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN

  A small selection from Ben Perry's collection of propaganda, art posters, and advertising from Russia's mid- century modernist period. Source:...

“THE TOY” BY RAY AND CHARLES EAMES

        In 1951 Ray and Charles Eames created "The Toy" for Sears, Roebuck and Co. Various colored panels and dowels allowed children to construct playhouses, tents, and imaginative structures.  A smaller scaled version was produced in 1952 and...

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

      Georgia O'Keeffe's home and studio in Abiquiu is a beautiful blend of modernism and postmodernism.  The property was built in 1796 by the Catholic Diocese.  When O'Keeffe purchased the home in 1945, she kept the original structure in tact and...

PH IS FOR PIANO

It's not very often you come across design that truly strikes you, but when you do, it's wonderful.  Still being manufactured in Germany, this grand piano, designed by Poul Henningsen in the 1930's evokes a timeless modernism that is almost indescribable.  These...

ANGELO TESTA: WEAVER AND DESIGNER

          Angelo Testa has the distinction of creating some of the first abstract prints mass produced in the United States. Source: 1, 2,...

PRE “FAB” FURNITURE

Klaus Grabe, writer of such books as Build Your Own Modern Furniture, with his line of prefabricated furniture. Source: 1,...

FLAIR!

Nothing says flair like a couch and a bed. Check out our other G- Plan pieces designed for living and lovely rooms! Source: 1      ...

BEFORE + AFTER – FOLKE OHLSSON HIGHBACK LOUNGE

This is one of our favorite restorations we've done in a while!  This gorgeous Folke Ohlsson lounge chair came to us from its original owners, who had it shipped to their California home from Denmark in the early 1960's.  They had kept the chair in amazing original...

1973: BLOOMINGDALE’S BOOK OF HOME DECORATING

Bloomingdale’s Book of Home Decorating by Barbara D’Arcy was published in 1973.  Designs are graced with Panton sectionals, Khanh's inflatables, and Laurel lamps just to name a few.   Source: 1   Barbara...

CONTEST

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MONDAY, DECEMBER 23rd!  ENTER NOW TO WIN! This month we're giving away a beautiful Danish modern mid century teak surfboard coffee table! See below for entry details. To enter the contest, fill out the following fields: [smlsubform]...

ALL PLANNED OUT

As we mentioned in our latest Happy Homes feature, we love seeing pieces taken from the clean white background of our site, and placed into well decorated spaces.  Here's a beautiful G Plan Fresco credenza that we have currently listed.   And here it is featured in...

HAPPY HOMES – HANS WEGNER SIDE TABLES

From listing to living room, we love seeing pieces set against the clean white background of our website find a happy home in a collector's curated space.  Here's a pair of Hans Wegner side tables we had on the site last month. Seth from Ohio recently sent us some...

BEFORE + AFTER – BEAUTILITY CREDENZA

It's been a while since our last Before + After! BEFORE: This was a great credenza but in need of a lot of attention. The handles were badly chewed up and the overall finish was patchy and stained. AFTER: With a fresh coat of piano finished black lacquer on the...

KAI KRISTIANSEN’S “EYE” FOR DESIGN

Kai Kristiansen (source) One our favorite designers here at Mid Century Mobler is Kai Kristiansen.  Not only are his designs distinctive but the construction is amazing.  Whenever we're shopping in Denmark, his pieces are always in top notch condition and maintained...

THE WONDERFUL WISH LIST

We're happy to announce a brand new feature to the site! Been looking for that perfect mid century lounge chair for the last three years?  Can't seem to find those Kai Kristiansen rosewood dining chairs to match your table?  Let us do all the heavy lifting with the...

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congrats to Tamara of Mill Valley, CA!  Our October 2013 contest winner! Keep your eyes peeled for the next contest announcement this...

BEFORE + AFTER – MID CENTURY SOFA CHAIR

Everyone loves before and after shots.  So to keep you entertained, we're introducing a new series to the blog: Before + After, in which we'll reveal our restorations fresh out of upholstery and refinishing. This week's feature is a lovely mid century sofa chair in...

Billy Elliot and G Plan

Billy Elliot is a film we here at Mid Century Mobler could watch over and over again.  It satisfies your thirst for dancing, T. Rex, and fascinating wallpaper.  This time, we found some mid century nuggets! As most of you know, we travel to the UK a few times a year...

WHO IS EDMOND SPENCE?

There are a lot of mid century designers who's names are slowly forgotten over the years, and some (Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Adrian Pearsall) who have resurfaced to become some of the most recognizable names in mid century design.  Nonetheless, it's usually those...

RUSSIAN REVIVAL OF TYPEWRITERS!

NPR reported earlier in this week that Russia, in order to increase security in the wake of Snowden and the NSA, has begun using typewriters for top- secret communications.  Ignoring the draconian undertones, typewriters remind of us color, design, and Bombay Talkie!...

WHAT’S THE MOST EXPENSIVE THING ON EBAY?

Sometimes when have a moment, we like to ponder the important questions.  Questions like "What's the most expensive mid century thing on eBay right now?"  Apparently it's this gigantic 10" Mid Century Murano Glass chandelier for $45,000.  Insane! And the runners up -...

MAD MEN MANIFESTED!

Last October, we received a mysterious phone call.  She wasn't able to reveal much, but she wanted a piece of furniture for a television show.  That show, ladies and gentlemen, was Mad Men.  And last week the anticipation ended when we saw the piece that we bought in...

THE CHAIR THAT FITS JUST RIGHT

The Svend Skipper "Papa Bear" chair, sometimes referred to as the "Teddy Bear" chair, is stylistically very similar to Hans Wegner's Papa Bear chair.  Vintage Wegner Papa Bear chairs can go for as much as $20,000 and reproductions for around $3,000.  Because they...

PUT A PLANT IN IT!

Today's post is dedicated to the mid century obsession of putting a plant in it! Fabulous and funky, planters in furniture are rarely seen in modern production.  Lets take a moment to appreciate the organic and fresh approach to furniture design of the past! Bored...

AS SEEN ON TV

I'll be the first to admit that we here at Mid Century Mobler aren't the most dedicated of TV watchers- we're more of samplers in the box of chocolate that is television.  It's difficult to be invested in plot and characters when we're continually rewinding to see a...

THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF HANS WEGNER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao6VcyMqv6M After watching a process that is literally the labor of centuries, from the growth of the tree to the carpenters delicate craftsmanship 200 years later, it hard not to walk away with a greater appreciation for Hans Wegner....

GET TO KNOW YOUR MID CENTURY FURNITURE – BRITISH EDITION

As you may have heard, Mid Century Mobler has just welcomed a stonking great shipment of ace sideboards, vanities, and dining sets from across the pond.  It's always surprising for our customers to hear that these pieces are English and not Danish....

HOW’S THAT FOR HISTORICAL CONTEXT?

It's always thrilling to find photographic evidence of a piece from 50 years ago- especially in color! Check out the rug with the same amoeba- like shape!      

WE DON’T LIKE TO BOAST…

...But we're awfully happy about our mention in this year's 7x7 Best Of 2013 issue! Check it out if you have a chance.  We're on page 55!...

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