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May 30, 2015

Living with Mid Century

The international design movement which flourished from the 1930s to the 1970s represents one of the most enthralling periods in the history of modern design. Mid-century design was once a global phenomenon with its ideas widely disseminated by international design fairs and avant-garde European designers who emigrated from Germany in the 1930s to the US. Certain countries were associated with particular national aesthetics; for example, Italy was renowned for its flamboyant colous and forms and Denmark for handcrafted, simple, wooden furniture, and understated “good taste.” In this illuminating book, Dominic Lutyens explains why mid-century design is once again fantastically popular while providing wonderful insights into this important design period and the many collecting opportunities it offers. Dominic starts by identifying the characteristics of the look and goes on to investigate the elements of the style, including lighting, furniture, and textiles. A major section of the book highlights locations around the world where pieces are used in interiors with great success. Finally, a collecting guide advises both the beginner and the seasoned collector on where and what is worth collecting. living-with-mid-century-collectibles1 Published by Rylands Peters.

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