Mid-Century Modern Furniture


The ultimate collector’s resource, including hundreds of pieces by both well- and lesser-known designers from around the world


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Dominic Bradbury


The ultimate collector’s resource, including hundreds of pieces by both well- and lesser-known designers from around the world.

From armchairs and chaises longues to cabinets and nightstands, the period between the late 1930s and early 1970s was one of the most productive, inventive and exciting eras for objects and furniture in the home. Post-war optimism combined with new manufacturing methods and material techniques to create an explosion of new design and objects of desire.

The appetite for mid-century modern remains as strong as ever, both for classic designs – many still in production since they were launched – and for rare, hard-to- find or out-of-production pieces from lesser-known designers. While numerous books surveying mid-century modern style have appeared over the years, no publication has been specifically conceived for the increasing collector’s market in mid-century modern design, focusing on each piece of furniture as an object of formal invention, manufacturing intelligence and material innovation.

This definitive book profiles hundreds of pieces in a substantial format perfect for reference in design libraries, studios and the homes of private collectors – or as an object of design in its own right. Each item of furniture is presented in detail, illustrated in colour and profiled via in-depth descriptive texts by Dominic Bradbury. The book’s substantial reference section includes essays on materials (eg, plywood) and designer profiles. Work by a host of influential talents is profiled throughout, alongside lesser-known pieces by Piet Hein, Bruno Mathsson, Lina Bo Bardi and Alexander Girard.

Additional information

Weight 2595 g
Dimensions 23.9 x 29.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 13 October 2022
Number of pages 448
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.9 x 29.1 cm
Weight 2595 g


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Dominic Bradbury is a journalist and writer specializing in architecture and design. He is the author of many books on the subject, including New Nordic Houses, The Iconic House, The Iconic American House, Vertical Living, Mid-Century Modern Design, Modernist Design Complete, The Iconic Interior, Mediterranean Modern and New Natural Home, all published by Thames & Hudson.