an expert guide to buying vintage midcentury-modern furniture

Dudley Keller
The photos were provided by Michael Berman.
The middle of this century has been the past few years.
Modern has become a new, old and favorite aesthetic style for everyone, but the trend is still strong.
Whether it\'s retro work or contemporary design inspired by them, today\'s world\'s stylish silhouettes and light-colored forests are almost everywhere.
Designer Michael Berman is a fashion collector of this period.
As we all know, the genius of Los Angeles cleverly crafted medieval silhouettes in many of his interior design projects, combining them with antiques of other eras, feeling both smooth and fresh, show medieval design in a completely original way.
Berman also used medieval design as an inspiration for his Michael Berman limited furniture collection and sold some of his original works at his Los Angeles store bronze studio.
As we always value the originality of the design, AD caught up with Berman and listened to his advice on sourcing vintage furniture, personalised furniture and finding lessWell-known designers
Architectural Digest: How did you start collecting medieval designs?
I bought a weekend house in Palm Springs about 15 years ago.
When I started decorating my own house, I started doing real estate sales and auctions across Palm Springs and Los Angeles and realized my passion for this style.
The first piece I bought for my home was a curved Milo Baughman chaise, chocolate brown velvet, polished stainless steelsteel base.
It became a platform for me to build decoration for that house.
Many people have a nostalgia for \'50, \'and \'60,\' not just furniture, but the whole culture.
From car design to Car City, from politics to architecture, this era creates a sense of excitement, turmoil and innovation.
Advertising: What attracted you to this era?
MB: One thing that I have resonated with the style of this era from the very beginning is deformed, free
Shape, curve shape.
Vladimir Kagan is all I have.
Time favorite designer and great inspiration for me.
AD: What is your goal? to sources?
MB: I\'m interested in the thrill of exploration and hunting, so I\'m not afraid to look for a unique piece in the vintage shop.
I travel around and when I look for remote little antique shops around the world, I am born to be a scavenger.
Around my home in Palm Springs, there are many antique shops and antique shops, such as hedge shops and Palm Canyon mall.
I bought a pair of Moroccan recently-
Inspired by the cube table at the beginning of 1970, it belongs to Ginger Rogers of Bon Vivant, another popular Palm Springs store.
This region is the treasure house of the middle of this century.
Modern furniture, as the desert is a mecca for Hollywood celebrities and people in their 1950 s to 1980 s looking for holiday villas.
Related: 11 amazing modern buildings in Zaha HadidAD: There seems to be some medieval frenzy in the last few years.
What are some of the designs that are not very well-watched but you think deserve attention?
MB: I really like the brutal furniture in Belgium and Czech Cubism at the age of 40 and 50.
I recently traveled in parts of Eastern Europe and I found that the strong influence of modernism in architecture and design has not yet been exploited in the United States.
When I was there, I saw some incredible graphics and thick strong statement furniture designed in the late 40 s and early 50 s that felt modern, very different I think they have the potential to create a new category and a different dialogue for what we Americans think is the middle of the century modern.
AD: Are you tired of medieval design?
MB: There is always a turning point when a trend, no matter how long it has been, becomes so commercialized that it becomes a cliché (i. e.
George Nelson lantern, cocktail table at the wild mouth, Tulip Chair in Surrey).
Of course, they are beautiful, but the market is full of replicas, and we have passed the saturation point.
The homogenized version of the Middle Ages has exposed many excellent aspects of this style too much, but the truth is that it lives long because it is good.
AD: how do you mix the outline of the Middle Ages with antiques from other eras?
MB: The beauty of medieval furniture is that it blends seamlessly with many other periods and styles.
I like the look of the chippingdel chair around the Saarinen Tulip table.
Many traditional medieval silhouettes are small.
If the size of a room is large and there are often lots of small wood with long legs, they will feel fanatical if they are not balanced with large pieces of wood from other times.
In the end, it\'s all about scale, finding harmony and balance when everything comes together.
In any case, my design style is eclectic, so I love the idea of mixing Hollywood\'s swank with kitsch in her 60 s.
It is artificial to create a space that is completely real for an era.
AD: do you repair vintage hotel furniture factory when you buy it, or do you like to keep it in its original state?
MB: assuming things are in good condition, I prefer to make them look primitive.
If I find that Jack Leno Larsen print velvet is covered with an amazing pair of Harvey Prober lounge chairs, I am reluctant to change it anyway;
However, I do like to recycle interior decorations in general.
I also collect antique cars, and for car collectors, the popular theory applies to antique furniture of high quality.
When you invest in an antique, it is usually because you are looking for something special that is not popular --
Produced or over-exposed in the market today, so it\'s important to keep it shiny and keep it quality, which makes it real and special.
Related: Fred Woodward of GQ showed us his medieval home AD: What is the most important thing people should look for when buying vintage furniture?
MB: The best thing you can do when buying vintage furniture is to really check it out.
Turn over, touch, open the drawer and look at it from 360 degrees.
Look for the manufacturer\'s stamp or any identifier that you can quickly search on your smartphone to find out where the work came from. Consider scale.
Many of the parts designed in the \'50\' and \'60\' years are lower from the ground, with smaller or narrower outlines, and they may appear inappropriate once they blend with our other items.
Nevertheless, a unique shape can often give your room a more collectible feel.
Be sure to have a tape measure and bring the room specs If you want to buy a big one so there won\'t be any speculation. A big deal-
The circuit breaker is the price for me.
The furniture of this era can really go from lowquality, mass-
Benchmark production-
Quality projects that stand the test of time.
It\'s important to look for quality, but you don\'t have to pay more.
If you are looking for something specific and you are willing to invest in a name --
Brand sites like stdibs or Chairish are great.
Do you think we will get tired of the medieval look?
What makes it so eternal?
MB: like at any time, it\'s not for everyone by the middle of this century.
Because many contours are so versatile and have a staying power, I have found a way to get inspiration from the middle of this century, and apply it to my own design in a way that reflects the current hotel furniture factory market.
For example, I have created a number of works inspired by the classic medieval contours, which I have readjusted, transformed and adapted to contemporary life.
This may mean expanding the seat so that a side chair has a large enough proportion to lift your legs or snuggle up comfortably with your puppy.
For me, there was more furniture in the middle of this century than there was a separate one.
I think that the manufacturing era was particularly fertile and creative in terms of the materials used, such as plastic, fiberglass, wood, metal, etc.
This is a very rich period in our industry, and the works of that era will continue to exist.
Their freedom to touch shape and style actually changed the design of the furniture, and the spirit most resonated with me.
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