When searching for quality designs in modern, contemporary mid century furniture, search for the names of famous groundbreaking Designer. Whether you’re a fan, aficionado, or outright collector of great furniture, when searching for timeless, well-designed, ergonomically contoured modern, internationally, or mid-century modern furniture, play the name game. By this, we mean simply seek out furniture from the greatest designer of the genre and of the age. Some of these names, while not precisely household names, are still recognizable to even the budding furniture and home decor enthusiast. The most recognizable names associated with classic, mid century modern style are Isamu Noguchi, Charles Eames, Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Reinhard Dienes, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Hans j. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Harry Bertoia, Knoll, Herman Miller, Verner Panton, and Marcel Breuer.
These are all safe bets whether you are searching for investment-grade vintage furniture, Danish style furniture, or simply something special to set a cool contemporary furniture tone in your home or office. Famous search pieces as the Barcelona series of chairs, chair the Wegner, the wishbone chair, the coconut chair, the DCM chair, the cyclone table, and the boomerang coffee table have set the standard for distinctive mid-century classic furniture designs. We know them and love them even if we don’t know them by name. We’ve Lakes them in countless places, from the silver screen to home design and decor magazines and websites. They are as much a part of our cultural heritage as the pop art designs of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
But while classic mid century furniture can give US the same visual pleasure as a fine painting we can so enjoy it on a physical level as well. Chairs, ottomans, loungers, side tables, sofas and dining tables provide physical comfort as well as visual comfort. Features such as sleigh – style legs, laminated tops, architectural – style legs, contoured seats, premium full-grain leather upholstery, molded fiberglass bodies, flowing lines, sawhorse frames, waterfall seat, and most importantly a crisp, clean, retro all add to their style appeal in our minds and in our homes. Re-issues and interpretations of classic designs from the great designers such as Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, and their ilk, and can be found in places both expected and unexpected. A little diligence will pay great rewards when you at last find a Bauhaus or Danish classic to grace your home, office, or kitchen. Polished steel, chrome legs, sculpted contours and bold, unique, distinctive designs are the re-finished of modern decor of this classic era and elements that have made these revolutionary design of the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s unforgettable and highly desirable in the contemporary home and contemporary lifestyle. Bob Michael is author of nood Design.For more information about contemporary furniture, modern furniture visit