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.
The Invisible Designs of Erwine and Estelle Laverne
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.
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.
The Grasshopper Lamp is one of the most popular lamp designs of Greta’s.
Fong Brothers Designs – As modern today as they were 50 years ago
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.
Finn Juhl // Self-taught furniture designer masterpieces
Finn Juhl (1912-1989) was the first Danish furniture to be recognized internationally. The trained architect and self-taught furniture designer drew the inspiration for his Finn Juhl Credenza (1955) from the cubist movement and Goether’s color wheel, reflected in the piece’s simple geometric shapes and interlocking planes and its sliding doors and six trays finished in varying shades of blue lacquer.
Wonderful sofa in yellow woolen fabric manufactured by bovirke in 1954.