July 12, 2018

When JFK flew to Germany to speak at the Berlin Wall, Reagan flew to Iceland to meet with Gorbachev and Nixon flew to China in 1972, they all arrived in style via Air Force One. On each of those occasions, the American Presidents flew in a plane designed by the so-called Father of Industrial Design, Raymond Loewy.

Loewy is known for his many contributions to the world of design, but Air Force One might be the design most easily recognized across the globe. 

In March of 1962, President Kennedy's 707 flew into Palm Springs, wh...

July 8, 2018

There are so many great architecture, design and furniture books out there that it can be overwhelming. There are fantastic biographies of famed architects and designers, books filled with incredible homes in specific regions and there are books detailing everything from mid-century modern cabins to Japanese landscaping - and I like them all!

I often get asked about my top recommendations for mid-century modern books, but it is hard to narrow them all down and pick favorites. I do, however, want to start reviewing and recom...

June 27, 2018

Kodawood of Miami is known and loved for its mid-century chairs with curved forms and bright, unique fabrics. Although they were originally the makers of more affordable versions of popular designs, they are now just as sought after for their original eye-catching designs and colorful upholstery. Read on to learn a bit more about the brand and the people behind it.

A Family Affair

Herman Wiener and his brother Seymour James Wiener (seen in the photo opposite) started a furniture production business in 1952. They bought...

June 7, 2018

As far back as the early 1950s, furniture manufacturers have been marketing the concept of chairs for him and her, or 'Mr.' and 'Mrs.' chairs based on the rather dated stereotype of men having larger and different proportions from their female counterparts.

"...usually accompanied by an ottoman - and this just might cause an argument. The wise thing to do would be to buy two of them and be on the safe side."

The Mr. Chair

Reading the article above, it all seems pretty funny now, but one eye catching chair design became...

April 10, 2018

In art, design and architecture, scale and proportion are incredibly important. You're probably already familiar with some of these concepts, such as the Fibonacci Sequence or the Golden Ratio. Architect Le Corbusier embraced this philosophy with his use of the so-called Modulor Man, a fictional man standing at exactly six feet tall. 

Where did six feet come from? Well..the Modulor Man isn't exactly six feet tall, after all. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, also known as Le Corbusier, was a French designer and architect. So...

April 4, 2018

Dansk Designs - sounds pretty Danish, right? Dansk literally means "Danish" in Denmark's native language. Plus, most of the Dansk Designs collection ( a staggering 4,000+ pieces by some estimates) were created by a Danish designer: Jens Quistgaard. Yet the company's origin was firmly rooted in the United States.  Danish creativity and design paired with American production and marketing created one of the most iconic mid-century modern brands in the world.

 Source: The Austin American, Feb. 28th, 1960)

Jens Harald Quistgaard...

March 20, 2018

Origins of Galloway's Furniture

Galloway's was the eponymous brainchild of owner, designer and personality Ralph Galloway. A native of North Carolina, Galloway pursued his passion for furniture and modern design after the Second World War by moving his young family down to the Tampa Bay area on Florida's West Coast.

Danish Imports

Enthusiastic about new attitudes and ideas about design for living, he started out as a one-man upholstery business in around 1944. He soon saw opportunity knocking when knock-down (flat-p...

March 19, 2018

The chair design in question has been widely attributed online to a company called Foster McDavid. I myself have used the attribution! However, after doing some research I have found that it is actually the most successful design made by Galloway's Furniture in Florida, first appearing in print adverts in 1959:

Source: Tampa Tribune March 22nd 1959

I exchanged a series of emails with John Galloway, who offered a wealth of information surrounding Galloway's Furniture, its amazing showroom and this now-iconic ch...

February 11, 2018

This one is for all you chair geeks / design nerds out there. (I'm one!) While we were living in Florida in 2015, I picked up a bargain chair ($10) that I nicknamed 'The Batman Chair' as it looked like the seat of the Batmobile.  After identifying it online as a Jerry Johnson Sling Chair I dug a bit deeper and found the design patent, including it in my listing.

199,621 Patented Nov. 24, 1964 United States Patent Office ARMCHAIR Jerry Johnson, Malibu; Calif. Charlton Company Inc., Fitchburg, Mass.

I took some...

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