For our first Design Meetup, we asked readers to send us in photos of items that the would like to know more about. We put together a slideshow of them and read their questions out to the crowd and to Mid-C enthusiast and owner of Pegboard Modern, David Carter, who then gave us the scoop on each of them. We'll be posting the photos along with a quick synopsis of David's answers over the next few weeks. Jump below for Part One...
Lynn sent in this photo of her swivel chair. She she picked it up at a garage sale and has been very curious about it, but unsuccessful in when searching furniture design publications for more info.
The Answer: David said that it looks similar to chairs that were sold through Scandinavian design shops, possibly made by a company called Overman. He did not have a specific designer designation for it, since Overman did not consistently name their designers. It is a derivative of the Jacobsen Swan chair and Overman made 3-4 different versions of it, with some variance in quality, depending on the year and model. It is a great looking chair – nice find!
Jenni wanted to know more info on her chair and lamp, pictured here. She said that it was not always covered in pink velvet (and that it wasn't her fault that it was now!).
The Answer: David said he would date both items in the mid-50's . He said that he thought the pink upholstery looked good for the style and era of chair and that it looked like it could possibly be mohair, not velvet. He called that kind of decoration to the lamp "sgraffito" and said that it was a popular style for lamps of that era, often featuring dancers or abstract shapes, influenced by Miro. He said that the horses on yours were more unusual, not something he sees as often, even though the general lamp style is one that is popular at antique shows and malls.
For more info on David's vintage showroom: Pegboard Modern
For more info on our Design Meetup Group: AT Chicago Meetup