Mid-century modern is a broad term associated with chairs, sofas, lounges, and other furniture from the mid-20th century (roughly 1940 to 1970). These mid-century furniture pieces convey the verve and imagination of the period, the commonality being the prevalence of teak, pencil legs, and durable upholstery. Mid-century modern Chairs, Sofas & Lounges for sale are very popular with collectors and bidders at Bidsquare online auction, driving up prices of one-of-a-kind pieces with documented provenance.
In the 1930s, European art and design was heavily influenced by the Bauhaus movement, closely associated with Germany. The movement attracted and inspired designers of all backgrounds for its focus on both style and function. And with the wider availability of new materials such as fiberglass and plywood, a whole range of possibilities opened up for designers. Bringing the sculpted beauty of mid-century modernism to the masses, major manufacturers such as Knoll and Herman Miller began mass production of low-cost furniture that was affordable, functional, stylish, and accessible to everyone.
First appearing in the market in 1950, the Eames Molded Fiberglass chair was highly acclaimed among consumers for its distinctive style and low cost. Available in a range of colors and bases, this single-piece furniture was the first of its kind to appear in the market without upholstery. Conveying the ideals of its designers Charles and Ray of ‘Getting the best to the largest number of people for the least’, the Eames Molded Fiberglass chair remains a classic example of the mid-century design.
The Womb Chair has become one of the most iconic pieces of mid-century modern design. A champion of the modernist furniture movement, The Womb Chair creator Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen’s design lets your guests actually curl up in and revel in its comfort.
Collectors of mid-century modern chairs, sofas & lounges value the patina of age on original pieces that are in original condition and provenance. In the last couple of decades, the market for these mid-century furniture pieces has exploded, signifying the importance of these objects in the history of design and to collectors.