Great Deals on Well-Known MCM-Style Furniture

There is a considerable amount of controversy over these “knock-off” imitations of iconic MCM styles, but, frankly, I don’t want to go there.

The original pieces are vanishing as the parents of the Boomers who bought them die off, and their kids send them to the junkyard, and current versions are so expensive only the rich can afford them – which seems to contravene the spirit of the MCM movement, which was to bring the fruits of great design coupled with mass production to John and Jane Doe and their homes.

At any rate, if the thought of a knockoff bothers you – for whatever reason – then don’t buy it. Otherwise, there are some excellent deals available here. Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, so thank you very much!

Also of interest:

Little Known Facts About George Mulhauser, the Best MCM Designer You Never Heard Of

Mid Century Modern Design: Photo

 

I have a couple of these in my living room.

I prefer them to the Eames originals on which they are based, because they are roomier, they tilt and swivel, and are just generally more comfortable. They look pretty good, too.

George Mulhauser is ofter associated with this particular design, but his version was slightly different:

Tuftless Lounge Chair by George Mulhauser for Plycraft « The Mid-Century Modernist

Mulhauser is considerably more interesting than his work for Plycraft with Eames knockoffs.

For instance, his “Mr. Chair” is one of the most beautiful loungers (to look at) I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, I owned one, and they aren’t nearly as comfortable as they are pretty.

George Mulhauser Plycraft 1960’s Mid Century Modern MR. Chair on Wanelo

And then there is this odd little factoid: Mulhauser designed one of the best known and most iconic MCM chairs ever created:

Mid-Century Online Magazine – George Mulhauser

That’s right: Even though the chair is credited to George Nelson, Nelson himself admits that Mulhauser designed it.

Finally, a truly odd Mulhauser design:

Pair of George Mulhauser Plycraft Lounge Chairs at 1stdibs

$4800 for the pair, and that ain’t hay.

Ooogliest Auto Ever?

Mid-Century Modern Freak | Alexander Calder Paints a BMW The BMW Art Car…

Even absent the hideous Calder paint job, that is one ugly BMW. I lived through that era, and I don’t recall them being that totally awful.

File:1974 BMW 3.0 CS federal.jpg – Wikimedia Commons

Hm. Actually, they weren’t that bad.

Apparently they worked to create that monstrosity in the top pic.  Probably the addition of that horrid fin-mounted spoiler.

The Eames-Saarinen IBM Pavillion at the 1964 World’s Fair

Mid-Century Modern Freak

964 New York World’s Fair Kiosk | IBM & Eames | Flushing Meadow, N.Y.

Designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen Associates, the pavilion created the effect of a covered garden, with all exhibits in the open beneath a grove of 45, 32-feet high, man-made steel trees.

The 54,038 sq. ft. pavilion was divided into six sections: The “Information Machine,” a 90-foot-high main theater with multiple screen projection; pentagon theaters, where puppet-like devices explained the workings of data processing systems; computer applications area; probability machine; scholar’s walk; and a 4,500-square-foot administration building.

I visited this pavillion. It was, in what would soon be the parlance of the time, mind blowing.  Especially the main theater.

None Better

I still maintain that nobody has ever come up with a better looking, more versatile, more pleasingly styled storage unit that the famed ESU by Charles and Ray Eames. It looks just as fresh today as it did when it was first created more than seventy year ago.

I Don’t Think I’ve Ever Seen Ths Version Before

Most folks probably don’t know that Geroge Mulhauser designed the knockoff of the Eames Lounge for Plycraft that outsold the original by at least ten to one, (it was larger, more comfortable, and cost considerably less), and even those who are aware of this may not know that Mulhauser, a gifted designer, created some of the most beautiful formed plywood chairs I’ve ever seen. Here is a model that differs considerably from his better-known “Mister Chair” with the swivel star base

Pretty, eh?