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Samuel Abraham Marx (1885 – 1964)


by Carol Steffan • November 12, 2017

Influenced by the International Style, Samuel Abraham Marx was an American architect, designer and interior decorator. Born in 1885 to a Jewish family in Natchez, MS, Marx graduated from MIT’s Department of Architecture in 1907, and has been a major influence in furniture design, most notably, industrial. House Beautiful said about his work in 1948 that “Marx’s rooms have so satisfying a feeling that its Read more …

Gabriel Wiese’s Cork Art


by Carol Steffan • October 13, 2017

Born in Magdeburg, Germany, artist Gabriel Wiese discovered the potential of cork in furniture and object construction. After leaving school he began studying to be a cabinetmaker in Cadolzburg, reflecting on the design of particular pieces. Design and construction technique experiments led him to a number of projects. 1994 saw the creation of works of art using wood chips, hair, stones and cork. This eventually Read more …

Mid-Century Italian Modernism


by Carol Steffan • October 1, 2017

The mid 1950s saw designers both in the U.S. and abroad approaching Mid Century furniture style from a variety of angles. Along with American designer’s offerings such as Charles and Ray Eames’ molded plastic shells and classic leather and rosewood lounge chair came a “second Renaissance” in Italian furniture. Milan had become a hotbed of creative activity, fueled in part by a design competition held Read more …

By the 1940s, Mid-Century modernism had hit its stride. Of a group of early pioneers of talent and initiative, which included Hans Knoll and Jack Lenor Larsen, a great emerging designer was Harvey Probber, born in 1922 in Brooklyn. While still in high school Probber decided to try his hand at furniture design and at 16 sold his first design—a sofa—to Superior Upholstery for $10. Read more …

Mid-Century’s Appeal


by Carol Steffan • July 6, 2017

While Mid-century generally describes the Postwar Era from 1945 to 1965, the definition has grown to include the 1960s through the early 1970s. Encompassing such diverse fields as architecture, furniture and lighting design, mid-century modern style has ascended a steady rise in popularity and created a dedicated following through popular television shows such as cable tv’s Mad Men and websites such as MidCenturyMobler and MotleyLA. Read more …