Mid-Century Modern: My Kinda Furniture

by DKP

Mitchell and I have slightly different personal tastes, and a good deal of overlap.  He loves really old antiques, richly carved wood, ornately upholstered, tasselled, and I like modern furniture, with its sleek lines and rich colors.  We both love color, thankfully, and we both love Monterey, Mexican, Spanish and California ranch furniture.

Mid-century Modern furniture is beginning to need restoration and care, and we have had the opportunity to properly care for many pieces.  The pieces I wanted to buy when I was a young architect are now affordable, heading for the dump by people who don’t know better.  I want to save them.  Thinking about it, that is something else Mitchell and I have in common: the urge to save chairs and other items heading for the dump that don’t deserve that fate!

The Egg Chair was one of our first mid-century modern pieces needing reparation after I joined the firm.  Our clients had found it in San Francisco, and someone had upholstered it in a heavy woven cream fabric, and drilled two large buttons into the back to hold the fabric in place because they didn’t know how to make the fabric lay down properly.  Hundreds of needles, thousands of tiny hand-stitches later, the surfboard technology was properly upholstered, and they had the beautifully restored Egg Chair, above.

I’ve never owned a piece of Jacobsen’s furniture, but my architect’s eye loves the clean, sexy lines.  Paulin’s chair is curvaceous and comfortable, and I didn’t want to part with the bright pop of color!

Lesser known, the Crown Chair made in Los Angeles was a large comfy clean-lined chair.  The original upholstery was intact, and we salvaged good pieces of the old fabric and made pillows.  Our client’s father had worked on this chair at the factory.  This is history I am familiar with, made in East Los Angeles, and I am an old Angelina girl.

For in-depth info on our Mid-Century Modern pieces, visit our website.

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About MPFConservation

We are a conservation and restoration firm located in the Pacific Northwest, specializing in objects: furniture, but also other objects; wood, stone or metal furniture or objects; lacquered and painted furniture or objects; traditional finishes on furniture or objects; quilts, beaded objects, and some textile reparation and interior architectural elements, such as leather or upholstered walls. When you think about conservation, equate it to restoring the furniture or object the best way possible for the history, life and value of the object. We are fully qualified to perform museum-tectbook treatments, but also flexible enough to work with private clients to allow for daily use of objects. We work West of the Rockies from Canada to Mexico, and once in a while venture beyond the West for specific treatments. Kate and Mitchell Powell are partners in work and in life; we each have our specialties in work and in our marriage. Mitchell is the cat charmer in both! To see our work visit our official website: http://www.mpfconservation.com
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