Legendary Italian Designer Joe Colombo

Joe Colombo Elda Chair











Italian product designer Joe Colombo (1930-1971) produced a series of innovations which made him one of Italy’s most influential product designers of his time. The first chair he designed in 1963 was the Elda armchair, named after his wife.  It is made out of fiberglass.  It was created for the italian manufacturer comfort.











These lamps designed in 1967 for Kartell.  These lamps can be stacked together, or have them side by side.

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Paul Evans // Heavy Metal Artist of Mid-Century Furniture

Paul Evans Credenza

Paul Evans was a leading designer in the Mid Century American studio and brutalist furniture movement. Evans consistently push boundaries with his innovative approaches to sculptures. Evans applied these same aesthetic principles to furniture, creating chunky, deeply textural works of art that masqueraded as utilitarian objects. He produced several lines for the manufacturer Directional, the most well known of which is probably his Cityscape series, which comprised a range of furniture sheathed in a sleek patchwork of metal, mirror, and wood.

Paul Evans cabinet

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The Invisible Designs of Erwine and Estelle Laverne

Erwine and Estelle Laverne Jonquil chairs

Erwine and Estelle Laverne: Erwine (1909-2003) and Estelle (1915-1997) Laverne both trained as painters at the Art Student’s League under Hans Hofmann. In the 1930s they pooled their collective talent and focus into design, establishing Laverne Originals in 1938, an influential New York company driven by their precise and unique modern artistic style.


In 1957 Erwine and Estelle Laverne came out with their “Invisible Group” of curvy see-through plastic furniture designed to exist in a space as, Erwine believed, “an element of contrast to eliminate sameness.” The molded perspex seats and lean, fluted bases were reminiscent of Saarinen’s “Tulip” chair, and the names of some of these Laverne pieces, like “Daffodil,” “Lily” and “Jonquil,” resonated obviously with their inspiration.

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Greta Magnusson Grossman // Furniture designer and architect

Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906-1999) maintained a prolific forty-year career on two continents, Europe and North America, with achievements in industrial design, interior design and architecture.

Greta Magnusson Grossman Grasshopper Lamp

The Grasshopper Lamp is one of the most popular lamp designs of Greta’s.

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Fong Brothers Designs – As modern today as they were 50 years ago

Fong Brothers Lotus Lounge Chair










This vintage Tropi-Cal/Fong Brothers’ design circa 1966 is a perfect example of their amazing work.  It has a stainless steel frame with woven resin wicker.  This furniture is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.











The current incarnation — a blend of worldly inspirations that includes Asian minimalism, South Seas handicrafts and streamlined L.A. casual — is fast becoming a national trend.

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