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Partnered Story April, 8 2014

Selectism Buyer’s Guide | Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Much of what was designed during the Mid-Century Modern period (1933-1965) still holds relevance today; their honesty and simplicity have stood the test of time. We round up some of our favorite pieces of furniture from the golden age of industrial design. See our picks below.

 

Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman 

This is a defining piece of furniture from the (Mid-Century) Modern design movement, created by creative couple Charles and Ray Eames. The Lounge Chair and Ottoman fits equally well at home now as they did in the 1950s upon original creation. Find more great pieces by Eames here.

 

Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Rocker

Another modern staple. Perfect for the living room or where ever you need beautiful furniture — we’re sure you’ve seen the white model in a coffee shop or two. Originally realized in fiberglass, the molded shell chair was later rendered in heavy duty plastic for environmental reasons. The chair is available with or without arms and also comes in a unique rocker style. Find them all here.

 

Ray Wilkes Coffee Table

Although many popular styles from the ’50s are still in production today, there’s no reason to not go vintage. We love this simple wood and steel coffee table by Herman Miller. Find it here.

 

Knoll Barcelona Chair

Originally designed by famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Barcelona chair is a modern classic and touted as “0ne of the most recognized objects of the last century.” That’s pretty tough to top. Find more furniture by Knoll here.

 

George Nelson Cabinet

George Nelson worked along side the Eames’s in the boom of the modern movement, producing many classics in his own right. Among lounge chairs and quirky side tables, we find his hardwood cabinet series exceptional — especially this slightly-used rosewood model. Find it here.

 

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