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Midcentury Modern Furniture Designers

  • Alvar Aalto

    Aalto, Alvar

    An eloquent humanist, as well as one of the great architects and designers of the 20th century, Alvar Aalto breathed life and warmth into modernism, p… More »
  • Eero Aarnio

    Aarnio, Eero

    Eero Aarnio became a prominent designer in the 1960s when he started to create innovations with plastic. He began his studies at the Helsinki School o… More »
  • Milo Baughman

    Baughman, Milo

    Milo Baughman is one of the defining Mid-Century Modern furniture designers whose designs still resonate on many levels today. Certainly, his works ar… More »
  • Harry Bertoia

    Bertoia, Harry

    Italian artist and furniture designer, Harry Bertoia, was thirty-seven years old when he designed the patented Diamond chair for Knoll in 1952. An unu… More »
  • Marcel Breuer

    Breuer, Marcel

    Sparked by bicycle handlebars, Marcel Breuer’s tubular steel chairs were a daring departure from traditional wood furniture. “Mass production,” Breuer… More »
  • Achille Castiglioni

    Castiglioni, Achille

    "Start from scratch. Stick to common sense." Achille Castiglioni's designs are often inspired by everyday things and make use of ordinary materials li… More »
  • Norman Cherner

    Cherner, Norman

    A pioneer both in molded plywood and prefab housing, Norman Cherner studied and taught at the Columbia University Fine Arts Department and was an inst… More »
  • Joe Colombo

    Colombo, Joe

    Joe (Cesare) Colombo was one of four boys. His youngest brother, Gianni, would become one of Joe's collaborators later in life and was also one of Joe… More »
  • Le Corbusier

    Corbusier, Le

    “Modern life demands, and is waiting for, a new kind of plan, both for the house and the city,” -Le Corbusier Le Corbusier had his hand in many pots: … More »