The Love Story of the Century, Mid Century that is

My story is as old as time.  My early chairhood was not unique. I was a single Mid Century Modern slipper chair in a world of pairs; a onesome longing to be a twosome; a half yearning to be whole. I lived a solitary life, never quite fitting in. Shuttled from spot to spot and home to home; never in any place long enough to leave imprints in the rug. 

For years, I searched in vain for someone to complete me, someone to share my days with, but it seemed that it was not meant to be and that I was destined to live my life ALONE.

Succumbing to my isolated existence, I rejected any efforts to rejuvenate my appearance.  Despite my absolute refusal to undergo any sort of make-over, I was dragged kicking and screaming to the upholsterer where I was nipped and tucked into perfection.

As a debutante, resplendent in a beautiful dotted fabric, I was reintroduced to the world and placed on the gallery floor.  My flawlessly beautiful appearance masking my inner pain, I summoned all the strength I could muster just to keep my beautifully tapered legs from collapsing. 

I was so caught up in self-pity that I failed to notice the wonderfully weathered console I was positioned next to.  Mature, with rugged good looks unlike any from my era, I was instantly smitten.










Mid Century Sliper Chair                            +                        Industrial Blue Console =





 The Happy Couple



My neighbors could not help but notice our chemistry and a buzz could be heard throughout the gallery.  They said that it would never last because he was not “our kind”.  After all, he was early 20th Century Industrial and I was Mid Century Modern, how could we ever work together? But he was the console of my dreams; I was his Juliet and he was my Romeo and we were not going to let perceived differences tear us apart. 

He had recently retired, after serving dutifully in an Ohio factory for many years.  When the factory was closed, he was left there to collect dust.  His marvelously patinaed finish revealed the depth and dimension of his commitment to hard work, his sheer survival, a testament to his endurance.

Our differences only served to enhance our individual attributes and our contrasting design foundations enriched the design aesthetic of the entire gallery.  The buzz of the naysayers was quelled and the doubters became supporters. We were all so happily integrated that Irwin brought more Industrial pieces onto the gallery floor where they were welcomed with open arms.



Pair of  IFD Armchairs                                 +                       Industrial Green Shelve =



another great combination


 Italian Mid Century Setee                          +                              Industrial Slip Table =





       yet Another great combination


Good design is always inclusive.  It should not be limited by periods or predetermined limitations.  Open eyes and minds allow us to see the unseen and to understand what may not be readily obvious, enriching our surroundings as well as our lives.

maybelline's Gravatar Everything about this blog post is sweet and brilliant! The words captivate. Evoking emotions that make me think about a failed romance or two..The midcentury chairs make darling matches to the bold industrial pieces. Seemingly
unlikely yet seemingly likely!!
# Posted By maybelline | 9/16/09 5:38 PM
Hilary Eklund's Gravatar What a wonderful, well-written post! Fun, engaging, entertaining -- and manages to make its points about design and the mixing of eras and styles almost unnoticed. I enjoy your writing and I enjoy seeing what you are doing in the gallery -- you handle beautiful things.
Best wishes to the happy couple (but don't forget what I said...)
# Posted By Hilary Eklund | 9/16/09 5:58 PM
Leona Gaita's Gravatar I like the sentiment of this post on Mid-century design, and blending it with other styles.

The mid-century pieces I have came from my parents, and range from late 50's (very Mad Men) to the late 60's (groovy teak dining set) I love them so much, they'd surely be the first things I'd save in a fire.

Thanks for the post!
# Posted By Leona Gaita | 9/16/09 6:48 PM
Wanda Horton's Gravatar Thank you for a lovely walk through your gallery, in such an imaginative and captivating manner! While I don't often have clients who share an appreciation for this period,
I think they would enjoy seeing these beautiful pieces, through your eyes. I, too, love to mix the refined with the rustic. It prevents the room from becoming too "precious" for its
inhabitants. Fabulous blog and thanks for sharing!
# Posted By Wanda Horton | 9/16/09 7:53 PM
Susan's Gravatar How delightful!! I will admit to being a bit skeptical at first, although I love mixing styles. But, that first image was wonderful. Even if the mirror were not there to sort of tie in the smoothness of the chairs, it wouldn't matter. It works!! And thanks for the beautiful examples!
# Posted By Susan | 9/17/09 9:04 AM
marcy's Gravatar glad you all liked the post-
May- thank you for your kind words
Leona- love that you cherish MCM
Wanda-glad you enjoyed the tour and the mix
and thank you Susan for being open minded and loving our examples- you are all great friends and talented designers- I am humbled by your comments and delighted to have made your friendships through Twitter!
# Posted By marcy | 9/17/09 3:35 PM
marcy's Gravatar oops- and Hilary- I will definitely let you know if they break up-lol
# Posted By marcy | 9/17/09 3:37 PM
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