Monday, December 27, 2010

Mid-century madness in 2011

The madness for mid-century style is not entirely new, but seems to build. It speaks 'modern' and shows like Mad Men on AMC help further popularize mid-century style in clothing and furniture.
Architectural Digest - Designer: Sandra Nunnerley
This Manhattan apartment designed by Sandra Nunnerley has a few of the mid-century must haves - the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs (in the top photo in white), and the Arne Jacobsen Egg chair (bottom photo in brown). Adding these classics gives any room the mid-century credentials right away. 
There are lots of opportunities to buy these and other mid-century classics at auction. The next Christie's Interiors sale in New York January 11th and 12th has a number of options. 
The Charles and Ray Eames chair and ottomon designed in 1956 for Herman Miller will always give that mid-century vibe to your room. This one is offered in the Christie's sale with an auction estimate of $1,000 - $1,500.  

Here is a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair and ottomon (5 ottomons are included in the lot!) with an auction estimate of $1,500 - $2,000. This was designed in 1929, and is a later manufacture by Knoll.

Wright Auctions in Chicago is a go-to auction house for modern design. This beautiful example of an Arne Jacobsen Swan chair went unsold at their last Scandinavian Design auction in November. Keep your eye out because these come up pretty often, in various degrees of quality and wear.

In the same Scandinavian Design sale at Wright this fabulous Danish rosewood cabinet, circa 1960, was sold for $3,375. This would make any dining room shout mid-century. 

Veranda Magazine - Designer: Vincente Wolf

In designer Vincente Wolf's apartment he includes a Hans Wegener Papa Bear chair and an Eero Saarinen table for Knoll table by the bed. I also love the way he combines it with the 18th century Italian console table! Mixing several styles is always better than one!

As an auction tip: if you plan to bid on any design classic, do your research first on past auction sales as well as retail options (check 1st Dibs for one). No need to overpay unless you must have it now!

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