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Twentieth-Century Furniture

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009

Furniture from the 1950s is often called mid-century modern. What's appealing about this period is that the pieces show a cleaner line or form than pieces from earlier periods. 

While these pieces have elements of mass-production, they all show the hand of a master craftsman. They're functional, easy to use, and are often of higher quality than the furniture that's built today. Esteemed furniture dealer Alan Moss displayed the following items on the show:

Shaped Sofa with Notched Back
By Edward Wormley for Dunbar
American, 1950s

Machine-Made Axminster Red Wool Carpet
By Jean Picart Le Doux
France, 1950s

White Mohair-Woven Chair
By Jean Royere

Gilt-Decorated Sculptural Sunburst Mirror
Circular sunburst-form with frame composed of bronze nails
American, 1970s

Burl Walnut and Sycamore Bar
By Tommi Parzinger
American, 1940s

Bronze Organic-Form Coffee Table
By Fred Brouard
French, 1970s

Dore Bronze Four-Tier Occasional Table
By Maison Jansen
Dore Bronze frame from 1940s, French Chinoiserie decorated black-lacquered trays from late 1800s

Mahogany Uplit Floor Lamps
By Tommi Parzinger
American, 1950s

Ceramic Vases
By Jouve
French, 1950s

By Lobmeyr
Austrian, circa 1970

Special thanks to Alan Moss of Alan Moss Studios for sharing these beautiful pieces. For more information or to purchase any of these items, visit

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