Mid-Century Designer Focus: Mel Smilow

Mid-Century Designer Focus: Mel Smilow

By Nancy Frick Battaglia
An unsung mid-century designer is poised for a triumphant revival.

Certain leviathans of mid-century furniture design routinely make headlines: Edward Wormley, Jens Risom, and Richard Schulz, for example. But Mel Smilow—another champion of enduring and affordable modern design—has flown under history’s radar. Though recognized and coveted by collectors, Smilow’s work remains little known to the mainstream.

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