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Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Dominic Bradbury


The ultimate collector’s resource, including hundreds of pieces by both well- and lesser-known designers from around the world

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The period between the mid 1940s and early 1970s was one of the most productive, creative and exciting eras for objects and furniture in the home. Post-war optimism, new modes of living, innovation in manufacturing and inventive material use all gave rise to an explosion of domestic design. From armchairs and chaises longues to cabinets and nightstands, this comprehensive and richly illustrated publication offers a complete overview of mid-century modern furniture design, with hundreds of pieces by both well- and lesser-known designers from around the world, making it the ultimate resource for collectors, aficionados and lovers of timeless design.


'A handsome and authoritative compilation of postwar furniture design from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s ... A thorough and entertaining record of an important period in design history'
Interior Design

'Like a modern-day Sears & Roebuck wish book for collectors, this hefty coffee-table book features more than 450 big, full-color photographs that capture a comprehensive survey of furniture from the period... Equal parts inspirational and envy-inducing, this book is sure to delight even the most discerning collectors'
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

'Mid-century modern is hot... An overview of the impactful era with more than 450 colorful illustrations as well as both histories and other little-known facts about both well and lesser-known design icons'
The Detroit News

'[A] stately compendium ... Bradbury explains how pop art and technological innovations informed these pieces ... Furniture porn for devotees of modern design, but also be a dandy introduction for casual admirers of the style'
Shelf Awareness

'While numerous books surveying midcentury modern style have appeared over the years, this volume is specifically for the increasing collector’s market in midcentury modern design, focusing on each piece of furniture as an object of formal invention, manufacturing intelligence, and material innovation'
Aspire Design and Home

'A highly engaging and informative book with vivid pictures that celebrates an era of unforgettable and influential style... Will likely delight both fans of interior design and art history buffs, but it’s also accessible to the casual but curious reader'
Library Journal

'This visual encyclopedia is full of glorious surprises, from Europe to the Americas, Brazil and Japan. Chairs and chaises, tables and beds, cabinets and desks are grouped thematically, with lively texts explaining each entry. Every designer and collector will make at least a few discoveries …The diversity and creativity of this selection engenders a sense of awe'
The World of Interiors

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 28.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 448 pp

Publication date: 13 October 2022

ISBN: 9780500022221

Contents List


Armchairs • Dining Chairs • Occasional Chairs • Task Chairs

Chaises Longues
Chaises Longues • Recliners • Rocking Chairs

Low Stools • Bar Stools

Sofas • Benches • Modular Seating

Dining Tables • Coffee Tables • Occasional Tables

Consoles & Credenzas
Consoles • Credenzas • Cabinets • Sideboards • Bars

Desks & Storage
Desks • Storage • Shelves • Bookcases

Beds & Bedside
Beds • Daybeds • Night Stands

Ways of Making
Wood • Plywood • Plastics • Steel

Directory of Designers

About the Author

Dominic Bradbury is a journalist and writer specializing in architecture and design. He is the author of many books on the subject, including New Nordic Houses, The Iconic House, The Iconic American House, Vertical Living, Mid-Century Modern Design, Modernist Design Complete, The Iconic Interior, Mediterranean Modern and New Natural Home, all published by Thames & Hudson.