One of my earliest traumatic memories is being mortified by my mother searching for a scratched butterfly chair at the functional equivalent of a Kmart. She enjoyed seeking damaged goods and then indignantly demanding a discount at the register. This tactic worked far too often. This only reinforced the behavior.
This was the first piece of mid-century modern furniture I remember actively disliking. First of many, I might add. And now it’s back. Vintage and reproduction. I just can’t get away from the stuff.
Ironically I was at a local auction preview (mid-century modern) when I read Chris Schwarz’s Lost Art Press blog quoting George Nakashima on modern furniture. I don’t think he liked it.
Who can forget the stressless chair, this style attributed to Charles & Ray Eames:
Animal prints were big:
This is a complete living room set with the kidney-shaped, glass coffee table, animal print floating couch and multi-headed floor lamp:
I was impressed by the back of this furniture. Look at the size of those Masonite® back panels. Each one is a single board. Can you imagine the size of the Masonite® trees they came from? Might be river bottom wood-like material.
If you would like, you can click HERE and see the rest of the collection.
If you must…