Brutalist Furniture Mirrors Our Times

I very much like the lines and curves of fiberglass Herman Miller chairs in tandem with the sleek lines of an upholstered Danish modern Hans Olsen sofa.  However, anything that smacks of the Brutalist style gets my full attention. The heavily textured style of architecture, furniture, lighting and sculpture from the 1950’s through the early…

Atomic Clock at Todd Farm Flea Market

It was near dawn on what would be a sunny autumn Sunday. The sign at the edge of the gravel lane read Todd Farm Flea Market. Yes, we have arrived. We turned in and then onto a frost covered field that was serving as a makeshift parking lot.  The sun was just coming up over…

Iconic Modernist Furniture Designers

Adrian Pearsall 2011, Charles Ames 1978, his wife Ray 1988, Harry Bertoia 1978.  Arne Jacobsen 1971, George Nelson 1986, Paul McCobb 1969, Eero Saarinen 1961, Harvey Probber 2003, just to name a few, were all iconic furniture designers from the mid century modern and Danish modern periods.  All are deceased; their design craft has stopped. …

Lane Acclaim Coffee Table

Responding to a call to rescue a few “vintage pieces” we climb into our van and drive west through the New Englandlandscape. Our vehicle becomes a time machine as we glide through small farm and factory towns that have not changed in nearly 100 plus years. We pull into the driveway of a small modest…

Frederic Weinberg / Arthur Umanoff Stools

As I’m directed to the basement of this 1950’s cap cod style home I’m reminded of Indiana Jones looking for great treasure in great tombs.  I flip the light switch to on at the top of the stairs but only the steps are illuminated. Fortunately my vintage stainless steel flashlight is at the ready.  The…