Modern Design is a style that was created in the 1920’s – 1950’s.  Modern design or Mid-Century design, involves clean and sleek interiors that are clutter free.  The design is all about geometrical shapes and curvilinear lines in the architecture, furniture, art, and accessories.  The colors most often used are neutral colors, blacks, whites, and bold colors such as blue, reds, greens, and yellows.  The materials used in this style are metal, chrome, other polished metals, wood, leather, teak, and linen.  The walls are often white and the furniture pieces are seemingly lifted off the floor with chrome legs.  Furniture was also made from molded plastic and bent plywood. 

 

Some designers of the day were Isamu Naguchi, Eero Saarinin, and Charles and Ray Eames.  Isamu Noguchi (1904 – 1988) was a Japanese American that has produced many works of art across multiple mediums.  His love was sculpture and design.  His designs were sculptural forms of furniture, lighting, ceramics, furniture, gardens, and set design.  His sculptures were made of stainless steel, marble, cast iron, balsawood, bronze, sheet aluminum, basalt, granite, mulberry bark paper, bamboo, and water.  Some of his replications that we carry are Tribeca Table in Black, Natural, or Cherry. 

 

As early as the age of 12, Eero Saarinen was creating architecture, where in 1922 he won first place in a matchstick design contest.  His father co-founded the Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Eero worked with his father as an apprentice architect.  Eero graduated from Yale University School of Architecture in 1934.  In 1936, he became an instructor of design and joined as a partner at his father’s architecture firm.  After his father’s death in 1950, he became the principal partner of Saarinen & Associates.  Saarinen & Associates was featured in Time magazine in 1956.  Notable architectural projects are the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, Dulles International Airport Terminal, Kresge Auditorium on the MIT campus, GM Technical Center, and the TWA Terminal in New York.  Saarinen designed for Knoll.  We carry reproductions of his Tulip Dining Table, Side Table, Side Chair, Arm Chair, and the Womb Chair.  In addition, we have just added 4 new Tulip Lamps.  We have the Tulip Floor Lamp and Table lamp in both black and white listed under living room at very low prices.   He collaborated with Charles Eames, whom he first met at Cranbrook.   

 

With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. That was and is the "Eames look." With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Some adjectives to describe their creations are lean, playful, functional, sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the "Eames look."