Nailing Your Search for a Mid-Century Modern Chair

For furniture and to be more precise chairs, the 1950s and 60s were a truly defining moment. Designers became more dramatic in their creations and the products that came of this creativity are having a resurgence in the current day and age. The only problem is, finding a genuine mid-century modern chair nowadays is more difficult than it was back then. While you might find it easier to get a mid century modern reproduction chair from reputable furniture companies, getting an vintage one would be much harder. The emphasis here is on hard meaning it’s not impossible. With some great tips, you could be able to unlock your luck and get yourself a much coveted price.

Understand the origin

If you do not know the patterns, the designs and the origin of the chair, it is going to be more likely for you to settle on a raw deal. You have to know the characteristics of chairs from the mid-century modern era. It will make it easier for you to spot real gems the moment you see them. Some of these characteristics include crisp lines, low seating, minimalistic design, thin legs and flowing curves just to bring a few to your attention.

You should also know that the mid-century modern chairs were made of a great variety of materials that included fiberglass, plywood, hard plastic and even chrome. Because of the abundance of such materials, it makes it easier to reproduce the pieces which means you ought to be keen when making your authentic purchase.

Know the names of designers

Knowing what kind of chair you are looking to buy is not enough. You need to know who designed it, what their trademarks. Some of the more notable names from this era include Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen and even Hans Wegner. By knowing the designer, you know the kind of chair you want and which designer would have better produced your desire. This way, the process is easier and more successful for you.

Know the popular styles of chairs

Getting some research done before plunging into the market could save you a lot of problems and ultimately reduce on your chances of buying something not worth your money. Different mid-century modern chairs had different shapes and design and each design coincided with a certain designer. For instance, the round chair was Hans Wegner’s creation. With this information, you are better equipped to know where to look and what designer fits the design. It might also help to know the traits of each design to better equip you make the right decision.


Tulip chair

Swan Chair.

egg chair

Research on what you would like to buy

If you are looking for something in particular like the Egg chair, you need to do some homework before you start looking around. A product description for mid-century modern furniture will typically include the designer and the type of furniture which makes it quite easy if you know what you are looking for. Remember, the particular piece you are looking for has certain elements and you have to know what they are. 

Ask the right questions

So far, you know what you are looking for, you know who designed it and you have found a potential seller. Asking the right questions will raffle the seller if they were looking to sell you a copy and let them know that you actually know what you want. If buying online, ask for more photos that have the indicative elements of what you are looking for, ask when and where the item was bought, the materials used in making the furniture and if there are any logos. All these will ensure that you have the right product. It does not also hurt to ask if

you can haggle on the price

Keep in mind, in the spirit of clean and flawless design, mid-century modern chairs do not have any visible connective hardware like screws and bolts. All of them are well hidden. So if you see a sign of any, it should act as a red flag for you to tread carefully.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *