Vladimir Kagan furniture may get a sultrier rap and George Nakashima furniture may fetch higher bids, but there’s no denying that when it comes to Adrian Pearsall’s furniture, the stuff has serious star power. Considered the godfather of Atomic style, Pearsall crafted bold, attention-grabbing chairs, coffee tables, and sofas that married supreme functionality (and materials) with surrealist proportions. Although Pearsall only designed for three decades before trading in furniture design for the high seas (literally), his furniture made an indelible impact on Mid-Century Modernism. Today, Adrian Pearsall furniture stands among the tangible reminders of Mid-Century Modernism’s funkier side—the psychedelic forms, the brain-stimulating colors. Ahead, we delve into Pearsall’s creative influences, his masterpiece designs, and why his furniture might just be the last remaining deal on the Modernist market.
She may have helped found one of the most iconic furniture brands of the 20th century, but Florence Knoll is not the type of woman to be branded. On the contrary, the Knoll co-founder (who turned 101 this past May) pushed boundaries and evaded typecasts at every turn. As a furniture designer, she developed some of the era’s most enduring designs, pushing designs that partnered efficiency with gracefulness. If Mid-Century Modern were to have a First Lady, Florence Knoll would be it.
“It took me awhile to enjoy styles other than Mid-Century Modern,” admits Cat Belluschi-Paulk, DECASO senior account executive and granddaughter of the illustrious designer Jens Risom. “Growing up surrounded by beautifully-crafted Mid-Century Modern design was bound to have an impact on me.”
Palm Springs’s Modernism Week is just around the corner. Attended by some of the world’s top designers and architects, the annual February event is a celebration of the desert city’s famed Mid-Century Modern architecture and design. So whether you’re Modernism Week-bound or just contemplating a weekend trip, we’ve assembled a list of Palm Springs musts, including where to stay, eat, shop, sip, and get your culture fix. Read More