3 Mid-Century designs that will make you sound like a furniture expert

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Wanna impress your friends with your furniture knowledge? Do you want to start an interesting conversation with your guests or hosts? Keep reading to learn some quick facts about these 5 iconic classic designs that are replicated all over the world. You probably have seen them many times before but know little about them. Let’s start!


The Barcelona Chair


  This popular chair that looks like an ice cream sandwich was originally upholstered with ivory pig skin in 1929. In 1950 it was redesigned using black bovine leather and stainless steel to get rid of the bolts of the frame. It was designed by the Germans Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich for 1929’s International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain. Therefore its name. Dimensions are very easy to remember: Length Width and Height are all 75cm, 30 inches!


The Swan Chair


This modern chair on which you have probably sat on was used in the lobby of Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The Danish Arne Jacobsen was responsible for this modernist icon in 1958 that is still produced nowadays by the furniture manufacturer Republic of Fritz Hansen. Other famous chair designs by Jacobsen include the Egg Chair and the 7 Chair.


The Tulip Dining Table


This pedestal table is still produced by its original manufacturer Knoll. Eero Saarinen, also known for his collaborations with Charles Eames, designed both tulip table and chairs in the mid-50s. The pedestal was made of cast aluminium while tabletops were made of laminate, marble or granite. Saarinen solved the leggy tables’ issues for diners by centring a stylized leg under the table top which resembles a tulip. This design is often attributed to the space age given its futuristic look.



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