Culture September 28, 2016
Mid-century madness has overwhelmed today’s aesthetic lovers and sparked art inspiration for modern interior design enthusiasts. If you aren’t able to trek to Palm Springs and live like the glamorous Rat Pack, why not incorporate this trend into your own home instead?
Skip those predictable IKEA items and update your furniture with 20th century comfort, glam and décor. Don’t want to waste your time at furniture stores finding pieces that fit this new old school fad? Sit comfortably in your pre-makeover space and shop at home. Avoid going once (or going twice) to the shops and try auction sites!
Auction websites offer all of the mid-century beauty without the drag of running around town searching for that perfect piece. These sites sell the most unique and iconic lamps, tables, pottery and sofas on the market. All of the pieces are in mint condition and host a variety of beautiful designs that appeal to a wide audience of renters and homeowners.
If you’re looking for a cheaper and better quality alternative to furniture shopping, check out these five auction sites to update your space to elegant mid-century standards.
Located in Chicago and New York, Wright pioneers modern architecture and furniture. The company was founded in 2000 and has handled over 40,000 lots. Upcoming auctions are separated by category, from Scandinavian Design to Articulated Light. Wright has captivated collectors worldwide to become a leading auction site for all things modern design. Try out the new iOS App to get mobile notifications, stream auctions, follow your favorite creators and bid online from home or on the go.
Treadaway Toomey Auctions was founded in 1987 and is located in both Cincinnati, Ohio and Oak Park, Illinois. Specializing solely in 20th century art and design, Treadaway has an amazing selection of furniture, pottery and credenza lamps. If you are unable to make it to their in-person events for floor bidding, you are allowed to make absentee phone or email offers. Check out their latest online catalog to get a feel for their collections and get ready to buy from the comfort of your couch.
This consignment store sells handmade tables, chairs and sculptures by the inspirational George Nakashima and Wharton Esherick. These two artists are supported by a highly experienced and intelligent team that know all the ins and outs of the market. Their prestigious site has earned them a globally acclaimed reputation within the mid-century auction community. With so many fantastic pieces, be forewarned that these wooden creations are quite pricey. Create an online account to join in on the excitement, even if just to window shop the expensive collection.
Residing in the heart of the Arts District, Billings is one of the first auction houses in Los Angeles. This store offers rare pieces at a more affordable price – ranging from $100 to $5000 – than many other mid-century furniture store. Bonus points: their live events feature both tunes and cuisine. Unfortunately, eager fans and followers must wait until Winter 2016 for their next chance at scoring a mid-century steal. To connect with the Billings community, browse their Instagram account.
Want your home decked out in designer furniture? Turn to Doyle. Here, you can find work by prominent designers like Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner or Paul Evans. If you’re looking to also diversify the furniture with metal, wood and ceramic decorations then Doyle’s is the perfect fit. Although they have eight locations covering both coasts, register for My Doyle to stay cozy at home. With semiannual auctions, mark your iCal to stay updated on those two magical dates.
We hope you fulfill all your Herman Miller credenza dreams!
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