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I finally broke down and decided to start a blog to compile some of the endless research I do on Modern Mid Century design, as much for myself as for others. This is NOT the typical mid century blog where there are lots of pretty photos and very little text or content. This is will have pretty, original photos but it will be heavy on information, research and content. Many pieces featured are within our collection. I will occasionally source other photos to give contrasting or multiple examples on a subject, but will always credit the source.
Much of my research springs from pieces I’ve found scouring through flea markets, antique stores, second stores, ebay, thrift shops, etc.. for the past 15 years. I began collecting and admiring mid century items when I was 14 or 15. I began with an introduction to art deco, moved on to the more of the atomic kitchy stuff of the 1950’s and finally evolved mid century modern designs and designers.
If I get a piece I am unfamiliar with I do a lot of research, that research inevitably leads to learning a lot about all kinds of different designs and designers while trying to pin certain things down. While 80% of the information I find is online, the rest from reference sources I own, it seems to be so scattered and I pick up bits here and bits there. So this blog will put together all the information I find on certain topics or designs.
My particular interest lies in furniture, American, Italian and Scandinavian modernist glass, modernist studio pottery, Scandinavian and Italian pottery like Bitossi and much of it imported to the USA by Raymor or Rosenthal Netter, Cathrineholm enamelware, and especially modernist studio jewelry.
My partner also collects and is becoming quite the expert on MCM lighting and due to his background can explain a lot about furniture design, construction and is magic when it comes to restoring and refinishing both furniture and lighting. Therefore he will be doing some posts here or I will at least be picking his brains for some subjects.
We both collect and sell items. Occasionally some of the items you see on there will be for sale, but others are just part of my personal collection. My partner runs a store on Etsy, but there is only so much overlap between our store and this blog. I tend to write more about the things I personally collect, but a great find for our store will occasionally be highlighted. If you see an item of particular interest to you, please contact us to find out if it is available for sale.
I’m try to use original photos for this blog, with exceptions when I want to show pieces to contrast with my own or demonstrate differences or the various other styles of certain designs available. I hope posting original photographs will help researchers since they won’t disappear into the ether like all those ebay and etsy images you find via GIS and they offer new content. I don’t mind people using or posting my photos, but if you want to use them you must credit my blog. If you need a photo of a piece for commercial purposes please contact me to discuss the matter.
If you have any questions, would like to contact me, or want more information about something I’ve posted please just leave a comment with your email address. I will not publish the email address.
I DO NOT offer free valuations or identifications. I’ve already received too many emails from people curtly asking me to identify their item or simply “how much is this worth” for pieces they want to sell online. I’m already providing a good deal of free information on this blog, so please do not ask me to do further research for you. If you truly think you have a very special piece that you need information and evaluation on I, or someone I can refer you to, can offer information and an estimate of its value for a set fee.
I DO buy items for my personal collection. If you think you may have a piece I might be interested in buying, please send me photos, any information on condition or background, along with your asking price. I will not make you an offer, you need to already have a price in mind when you contact me.
I’ve already got years of research material to do posts and intend to cover the following designers or topics:
James Edward Davis (Jim Davis), Helmi Juvonen, Giovanni Schoeman, Ellemarie & Jackson Wollely, etc..
Knoll Furniture, Herman Miller furniture, Eames designs, Davis Allen, Jens Risom, Adrian Pearsall, Florence Knoll, etc…
American: Blenko – Wayne Husted, Joel Myers, John Nickerson / Greenwich Flintcraft – Tom Connelly
Scandinavian: Nanny Stills, Lindestorm for Kosta Boda
Italian: Empoli region glass, Seguso, cased glass
Lisa Larsen, Joanna Price, Fat Lava, Bitossi, Raymor imports, Marcello Fantoni, Rosenthal Netter imports, Alvino Bagni, etc..
Cathrineholm, George Nelson – Florence for Prolone, Paul McCobb
Ed Wiener, Betty Cooke, Sam Kramer, Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, Henry Steig, Burkee, Art Smith, Ruth Radakovich, Svetozar (Toza) Radakovich, Russel Secrest, Ronald Pearson and may others known and unknown