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Mid-Century Chairs 101

By Natalie |

Last weekend, there was this hurricane on. Oh, did you hear? Hurricane Irene, yes yes, quite. Well. I think the peeps at Netflix were onto something, because that very week, the powers that beflix at the Netflix decided stream the entire series-so-far of Mad Men, thus forcing all of New York City to hold crazy Mad Men marathons while waiting out the bad weather. Because, what else were we going to do? Back up our hard drives? (Shoot, I forgot!)

As I watched episode after episode after episode with my husband, I started to get a little drooly for all those gorgeous set pieces. Those straight-backed sofas with those slender arms. The brass fixtures. The turquoise telephones! It started to get to me so bad that for a minute there I was ready to chuck out my Hollywood Regency style button tufted sofa and start from scratch with something more streamlined, maybe upholstered in something tweedy.

We all know a mid-century design when we see one, but I thought it might be kind of fun to do a round up of my favorite mid-century chairs, and a little lesson on their designers.

We’ll call it: Mid-Century Chairs 101. After the jump.

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Mid-Century Chairs 101


Eero Aarnio is a Finnish designer. He designed his Bubble chair (the suspended, clear version of the Ball chair) in 1963. His designs are not only famous for their fun shape, but also because his chairs began the movement to replace fiberglass (a not terribly safe material) with that old favorite, plastic.


About Natalie



Natalie Holbrook is a hopeless optimist living in a tiny apartment in New York City with her husband Brandon and her fat baby, Henry August. She blogs at Hey Natalie Jean, a love letter from her family to New York City, and where she capture all the lovely little things that make up a wonderful life. Read bio and latest posts → Read Natalie's latest posts →

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One thought on “Mid-Century Chairs 101

  1. moxiemandie says:

    I can’t really get into the actual show, but I am SUCH a fan of mid-century modern design!!! Can’t get enough! Love these photos!!!

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