Mid-Century, MidCentury, Mid Century are all great ways to search out and find fantastic Mid Century furniture. Great pieces from Danish and Scandinavian furniture makers and the likes of US companies including Hans Wegner, George Nelson, Herman Miller (Eames line). Other mid century manufacturers include Dunbar, Knoll, Thayer Coggin, Henredon, Heritage, Glenn of California and American of Martinsville. From Scandinavia and Europe, look for Mobler, G Plan and France & Son. Back then the furniture was pretty basic, but had great lines and craftsmanship. People refer to Mid Century Danish furniture as Retro, Vintage or Shabby Chick.
Mid Century Furniture is all the rage right now. Prices seem to be going up, so you can really capitalize when you find something that is undervalued if you know what to look for.
Here are just some of the furniture pieces to keep an eye out for.
Anything Mid Century Danish. We are talking credenzas, desks, coffee tables and chairs. You can of course go after larger items like bed frames and kitchen tables, but smaller furniture is usually easier to sell and of course transport. Credenzas are especially cool and can be used on display with the big screen TVs. These are usually 50″ to 90″ in length and can add quite a stunning display in a mid century modern home. Prices range from $500 – $2,500. If you can find one in the $250 range, you can probably double or triple your money on it if you plan on selling it. Look for names like Arne Vodder, Kai Kristiansen, Borge Morgensen and Kofod Larsen.
Anything Herman Miller. Lots of fun chairs and cool colors (Orange, Yellow, Blue, Red). The stacking base chair debuted in the Herman Miller catalog in 1955. Charles and Ray Eames believed that “design is a method of action,” and continually updated their work as new materials became available. Their Molded Plastic chairs were originally designed in metal, and entered as a prototype in MoMA’s 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design. Charles was dissatisfied with the fiberglass, and it wasn’t until after his death that the matte finish he desired was achieved, thanks to advances in materials. “The chair that Charles and Ray were designing,” explains grandson Eames Demetrios, “is the chair that’s madetomorrow.” The deep seat pocket and waterfall seat edge keep you comfortable by reducing pressure on the backs of thighs. They then changed the material to fiberglass in 1950, and today the chairs are made of recyclable polypropylene.
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