Mid-century modern refers to the post-war design and art movements of the 1940s to 1960s, which were characterised by a modernist movement that embraced new materials, technologies, and aesthetics. These designs developed from the early 20th-century art deco and modern movements, they were often colourful, vibrant, and void of frilly ornament and unnecessary embellishments.
Some notable designers of this era that we have handled include Gilbert Poillerat, Rene Drouet, Maison Jansen, Guy Lefevre, Colombo Sanguinetti, Gio Ponti, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, and Guido Gambone. These designers were known for their innovative use of materials, such as metals and plastics, and their unique designs that blended functionality with style.
Gilbert Poillerat was a French metalworker who created intricate ironwork designs, while Rene Drouet was a French furniture designer who created elegant pieces with a touch of whimsy. Maison Jansen was a prominent Parisian design firm that created luxurious interiors for clients around the world.
Guy Lefevre was a French designer who created sleek and modern furniture pieces, while Gio Ponti was an Italian architect and designer who created iconic furniture pieces and buildings.
Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret were both French designers who worked closely with Le Corbusier and created innovative furniture designs that were both functional and stylish. Guido Gambone was an Italian ceramicist who created colourful and playful pieces.
To conclude, the decorative arts of the mid-century modern era were characterised by their innovative use of materials and their unique designs that blended functionality with style. These highly collectable designers continue to inspire contemporary design today.
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