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Poul Kjaerholm: new methodologies, technology, and craftsmanship

Poul Kjaerholm designed versatile furniture pieces that were a perfect mix of new methodologies, technology, and craftsmanship: a distinctive Mid-Century Modern feature displayed in his PK chair series. Kjaerholm also considered steel to be a natural material, which in his own opinion had the same artistic quality of wood. Bio Poul Kjaerholm was one of …

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George Nelson: the Mid-Century Modern lamp designer

George Nelson contributed to the development of Mid-century modern through both his provocative writing and his innovative design. He constantly aimed at providing functional and aesthetic solutions to modern-day living. His iconic pieces span from furniture: Coconut Chair, Marshallow sofa, Typewriter desk, to objects: Ball clock, to lighting: Bubble light. Bio Born on May 29, …

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Gino Sarfatti: the Mid-Century Modern light craftsman

Gino Sarfatti, bereft of formal education, had to improvise and create each item by working directly with the craftsmen. His re-interprations of traditional chandeliers in Mid-Century modern style are among his most iconic pieces. Bio Gino Sarfatti (born 16 September 1912, Venice, Italy–died 6 March 1985, Griante, Como, Italy) was an Italian businessman, light and …

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Vico Magistretti: ongoing research

Research by Vico Magistretti has concentred on design, project culture, and innovative experimentation with materials and space solutions. Among his most famous creations: the “Eclisse” (Eclipse) and the “Atollo” (Atol) lamps. Bio Born in 1920 in Milan, the city where he graduated in architecture in 1945, Magistretti developed his professional career, primarily in architecture, urban …

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Kaare Klint

Bio Kaare Jensen Klint was a Danish architect, furniture designer, and an artist. In 1903 he began his apprenticeship as a painter, but he switched to architecture quickly, mainly because of his father, the architect P.V. Jensen-Klint. He started as an apprentice to his father, who had a significant influence on his later work. Style …

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Poul Henningsen

Poul Henningsen: the scientific approach to light diffusion

Within the Mid-Century modern movement, Poul Henningsen was a romantic functionalist. The shape of his PH lamps was not just an end to itself, but based on scientific analysis of light diffusion. In his Artichoke lamp, the aim is to minimize the amount of harsh, direct light by producing a lighter, more reflective light. Bio Poul …

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Brionvega RR226 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni: the light brothers

Castiglioni brothers’ approach to design was innovative, imaginative, and with a touch of humor. Their focus was on producing highly functional lights that were as practical as aesthetic. Their designs are still bestsellers in production today like their famous Arco and Taccia lamps and held in museums around the world. Bio Achille Castiglioni, who was …

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George Nakashima: giving the tree a new life

Nakashima’s work was guided by principles of Japanese woodworking, which he combined with Mid-Century Modern and American Shaker design styles. His appreciation for nature led him to emphasize the beauty of every wood burls, knot, and grain like in his series of Conoid tables and chairs. Bio George Katsutoshi Nakashima trained as an architect, receiving …

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Gio Ponti

Gio Ponti: is there any kind of object that he didn’t design?

Gio Ponti is considered one of the masters of Italian architecture as well as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. In addition to creating important works of architecture, Gio Ponti designed numerous pieces of furniture using artisanal and contemporary production methods: like the 699 SUPERLEGGERA chair Bio Giovanni Ponti, known as …

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Charles and Ray Eames

Charles & Ray Eames: the most iconic Mid-Century Modern designers

It’s hard to think of anyone who influenced Mid-Century Modern design as much as Charles and Ray Eames. Their work displayed new wood molding techniques as well as new materials like fibreglass developed by the US military . Their Lounge Chair & Ottoman is possibly the most iconic MCM design piece.  Bio Charles was born in …

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Robin Day: durable, cost conscious, and comfortable MCM design

Robin Day was one of the most acclaimed British Mid-Century Modern designers. His innovative furniture designs introduced materials such as steel, plywood, and plastic into the modern design world. His commitment to furniture durability and comfort led to mass-market successes like the ubiquitous Polyside and Polyprop chairs. Bio Born in 1915 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, …

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