The Mid-Century or 1950's era brings to mind contradictory design images -- from Hawaiian pieces utilizing sea shells and other natural materials to molded plastic furniture and accessories. This was an era when plastic was futuristic, chrome was all the rage, and shapes became organic and streamlined. Danish modern teak furniture and accessories appeared on the scene. T.V. lamps guaranteed that none of us would go blind watching that ominous screen in total darkness. The post-war decade was a hotbed of creative ideas and the result of mass production. The effects of this era continue to resonate in today's lifestyle, with imitations and reproductions abounding.
Innovative modern designers included Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Lucienne Day, Harry Bertoia, Alexander Girard, Florence Knoll, George Nakashima, George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Gio Ponti, Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Jens Risom, Paul McCobb, and Verner Panton. Two major makers of furniture during this time were Herman Miller and Knoll, with both standing the test of time to present day.
Pottery, glass, dinnerware, art, tile, jewelry and accessories introduced us to such creative minds as Russel Wright, Marc Bellaire, Georges Briard, Ben Seibel, Harris G. Strong, Frances and Michael Higgins, Miriam Haskell, Hattie Carnegie, Christian Dior, Lea Stein, Schiaparelli.
We at the Atlanta Antique Gallery are expanding our collection of Mid-Century artifacts, so please keep checking back with us as we continue to make additions to this particular category of collecting.