Mid-century Modern (MCM) and Modern Classics are called that because of the time they were conceived and also their design intent. Often these objects were designed by architects to use in their own modern buildings, where traditional pieces might seem out of place. This page discusses non-upholstered items, or case goods.
If treated properly, these pieces will one day be the next generation’s valuable antiques (usually defined as at least 100 years old, although the term is often used loosely to describe any object that is old). We recommend proper care and treatment. They are a part of modern history, representatives indicative of a period and movement.
Arne Jacobsen Teak Ant Chairs and Table, Ca. 1955
Beautiful teak wood table and chairs by Arne Emil Jacobsen, Hon. FAIA, 1902 – 1971. We have a page discussing these items: Ant Table and Chairs by Arne Jacobsen.
MCM Wormley Circular Desk circa 1950
Designed in the fifties, original leather with teak wood, built-in bookshelves, and hinged drawers which swing open. Edward Wormley, AIA, 1907-1995.
The desk was in good condition, however, had hinging issues which threatened to fail if not treated. The entire desk was cleaned after treatment and polished to bring up the lovely finish.
MCM American Cherry Danish Style Table Ca 1950
Lunstead Copper Table, circa 1960
A modern family heirloom circa 1960, this acid etched 48-inch table copper top table was made by Harry Lunstead from Seattle Washington.
Before treatment, above, and after treatment, below.
Mid-Century Modern Brazil Wood Desk and Credenza circa 1960
This MCM desk was designed to have the appearance of floating, and the skid-style feet and cantilevered top allowed for the sitter to move freely along the length of the desk. It came with a matching credenza, shown right.
The owner recently needed a wheelchair which prompted the need for a change in height, however, the family did not want the change to be a permanent one so it needed to be reversible. MPFC created a rosewood shoe-shaped skid “lift” for the father’s wheelchair that was easily reversible.Further, the modern desk and credenza were badly bleached by sun and caustic cleanings agents. We reversed the effects of these issues though finish work.
MCM Side Tables
The original finish was restored and polished.
We have three pages of Mid-Century Modern (MCM) and Modern Classic objects:
- MCM and Modern Case Goods (cabinets, chairs, tables)
- Ant Table and Chairs by Arne Jacobsen
- MCM and Modern Upholstered Objects
- and our overview page, MCM and Modern Classics