There are certain mid-century modern furniture designs that have officially entered the cultural zeitgeist. Like Warhol’s soup cans or Hepburn’s cigarette pants, they are the building blocks on which all the designs that came after them have been constructed. They’ve been copied and riffed on, and we encounter their shapes in airports and waiting rooms, in high end interiors and museum galleries.
In our Important Summer Auction on Saturday, June 13th, we will offer a selection of iconic mid-century modern pieces that fall solidly into this category. From the Personal Collection of Charman Driver and Frank Thompson of Raleigh, North Carolina, we will offer a large number of Charles and Ray Eames DSS chairs, the fiberglass stacking chair that is now the standard for institutional use and was wholly innovative in the 1950’s and 60’s.
Vintage advertisement for DSS Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
A Saarinen Womb Chair in a vintage Whitman's Chocolate advertisement
From the Collection of Debbie Schulz of Raleigh, North Carolina, the sale will include both Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair and a pair of Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs. All of the pieces are original from the 1960’s.
In contemporary homes, the shapes of these chairs feel both modern and timeless. As their designers' interpretation of the future, they draw a through line between our nostalgia and our dreams of what's to come.
The Important Summer Auction
Saturday, June 13th
If you are interested in consigning in our Important Summer Auction, contact our Directors.