Alexander Girard (1907-1993) was widely known for his textile design which introduced vibrant colors and playful patterns to mid century modern design. Girard was born in New York City to an American mother and an Italian father, but raised in Florence, Italy. Girard studied architecture in Europe. He returned to the United States in 1932, and started […]
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A husband and wife team, Charles (1907 – 1978) and Ray (1912 – 1988) Eames are among the most influential designers of American design history. Together, they contributed in furniture design, architecture, film, art, exhibits, and graphic design.
Charles Eames studied architecture at Washington University for two years. Many sources claim that he was dismissed […]
Paul McCobb Planner Group Credenza
Paul McCobb (1917 – 1969), furniture designer and decorator, contributed in bringing modular furniture into American household. Though he did not have any formal training in design, he established a studio in 1945 and worked as a decorator and display designer in retail industry.
By 1950, he began designing furniture and launched […]
Sarrinen Tulip Table & Chairs – photo by m.bibelot
Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961), a Finnish-born architect and furniture designer, studied sculpture in France and architecture at Yale University. He came to the United States in 1923 at age thirteen with his father, Eliel Saarinen. His father was a prominent Finnish architect who came to teach […]
Photo by m.bibelotHarry Bertoia (1915 – 1978), an Italian-born furniture designer and sculptor, attended Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he later taught painting and metal crafts between 1937 and 1943. He then worked with Charles Eames in California to assist in developing Eames’s molded plywood chairs. In 1950, he joined Knoll […]
Nelson Ball Clock – photo by m.bibelot
Unlike many other mid century modern designers, George Nelson (1904 – 1986) started out his career as a writer. After studying architecture at Yale University, Nelson spent a few years in Europe to learn about modern European architecture. He interviewed many leading European architects and brought his knowledge home […]