Mid-Century Finds by Sam Kaufman

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September 6, 2010

Too much time has passed since we last checked in with mid-century furniture aficianado Sam Kaufman, whose diminutive gallery on Beverly Boulevard is always stocked with the most wonderful things. Here he shares hia considerable knowledge to give us a bit of back story to a few of his most recent acquisitions.

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  Pair of Bar Stools by Henry Rosengren Hansen
Denmark, 1950s
"These Danish bar stools, designed by Henry Rosengren Hansen for Brande Møbelfabrik, incorporate some really cool forms, with great craftsmanship and attention to detail. One's eye is particularly drawn to the way the tubular metal stretcher doubles as a footrest, and also balances the "woodiness" of the rest of the chair.These are of the most compelling bar stools I have ever seen. Lovely patina to the wood."
    Pair of Bar Stools by Henry Rosengren Hansen Denmark, 1950s "These Danish bar stools, designed by Henry Rosengren Hansen for Brande Møbelfabrik, incorporate some really cool forms, with great craftsmanship and attention to detail. One's eye is particularly drawn to the way the tubular metal stretcher doubles as a footrest, and also balances the "woodiness" of the rest of the chair.These are of the most compelling bar stools I have ever seen. Lovely patina to the wood."
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  Walter Gropius Door Handles
Germany, 1920s/1930s
"The famous door-handle designed in 1923 by Bauhaus master Walter Gropius is one of the great icons of modernism."
    Walter Gropius Door Handles Germany, 1920s/1930s "The famous door-handle designed in 1923 by Bauhaus master Walter Gropius is one of the great icons of modernism."
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  Tapestry by Evelyn Ackerman
U.S.A., 1962

"Evelyn Ackerman and her husband Jerry were important exponents of the post-war Southern California design scene. Evelyn's work was largely figurative, while Jerry's was more usually abstract. Together they produced a wide variety of exquisitely designed and crafted objects which represent the best of modern California design. This hand-woven, wool wallhanging is a fine example of Evelyn's exuberance with color and composition."
    Tapestry by Evelyn Ackerman U.S.A., 1962 "Evelyn Ackerman and her husband Jerry were important exponents of the post-war Southern California design scene. Evelyn's work was largely figurative, while Jerry's was more usually abstract. Together they produced a wide variety of exquisitely designed and crafted objects which represent the best of modern California design. This hand-woven, wool wallhanging is a fine example of Evelyn's exuberance with color and composition."
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  Warren Platner Lounge Chair
U.S.A., late 1970s

"Designed by Warren Platner for Steelcase, this swivel lounge chair is as luxurious as it is substantial. There were a few versions of this basic design produced: this is the rarely seen and very rakish "low and wide" model. Heavily made of polished solid stainless steel, with brand new leather upholstery. Super comfortable."
    Warren Platner Lounge Chair U.S.A., late 1970s "Designed by Warren Platner for Steelcase, this swivel lounge chair is as luxurious as it is substantial. There were a few versions of this basic design produced: this is the rarely seen and very rakish "low and wide" model. Heavily made of polished solid stainless steel, with brand new leather upholstery. Super comfortable."
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  Very Early Charles Eames "LAX" Lounge Chairs
U.S.A., 1950
"These Eames fibreglass lounge chairs are from the very first year of production, 1950. They are distinguished by their hand-made "rope-edge" Zenith shells and early lounge-height x-bases. These are museum-quality examples of one of the most important chair designs of the last century. 
Each chair retains its original, early 1950s vintage "Charles Eames / Zenith Plastics Co. / Herman Miller" label."
    Very Early Charles Eames "LAX" Lounge Chairs U.S.A., 1950 "These Eames fibreglass lounge chairs are from the very first year of production, 1950. They are distinguished by their hand-made "rope-edge" Zenith shells and early lounge-height x-bases. These are museum-quality examples of one of the most important chair designs of the last century. Each chair retains its original, early 1950s vintage "Charles Eames / Zenith Plastics Co. / Herman Miller" label."
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  Rare Prototype "Easy Edges" Chairs by Frank Gehry
U.S.A., 1969

"The "Easy Edges" furniture designed by Frank Gehry over forty years ago was breathtakingly inventive, and represented such an impressive debut for Gehry as a furniture designer that the architect is said to have worried that his career as a designer of buildings might become eclipsed by the success of his chairs. These museum-quality nesting chairs are pre-production protoypes, distinguished by their light-colored cardboard and white Masonite sides. They were purchased directly from Mr. Gehry in 1974."
    Rare Prototype "Easy Edges" Chairs by Frank Gehry U.S.A., 1969 "The "Easy Edges" furniture designed by Frank Gehry over forty years ago was breathtakingly inventive, and represented such an impressive debut for Gehry as a furniture designer that the architect is said to have worried that his career as a designer of buildings might become eclipsed by the success of his chairs. These museum-quality nesting chairs are pre-production protoypes, distinguished by their light-colored cardboard and white Masonite sides. They were purchased directly from Mr. Gehry in 1974."

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