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Fifties Furniture Quiz – Chair Edition

I have loved modern design for a large majority of my life. I also appreciate items of quality and character, as such I’m a huge fan of Mid-Century Modern (MCM) design. From architecture to furniture and skyscrapers to interior design, I’m pretty much a fan of it all.

I checked out a book at the library the other day, “Fifties Furniture” by Leslie Pina, and I thought I’d share a few of my liking. Some are very iconic and should at least be recognized by everyone; others, I didn’t even know who they were designed by. Have fun flipping through them and matching them up if you’d like. I have all the possible answers listed below, as well as an answer key to check how you do.

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Answer Choices: (ignore these if you think you’re really up for the challenge)

Bertoia Diamond Chair – Harry Bertoia for Knoll. 1952
Barcelona Chair – Mies van der ROhe for Knoll Associates. 1929
Nelson Marshmallow Sofa  –  George Nelson. 1956
R160 Countour Chair  –  Grant Featherston. 1951
Tulip or Pedestal Armchair  –  Eero Saarinen. 1956
Grasshopper Chair  –  Eero saarinen for Knoll. Late 1940’s
“Listen to Me” Chaise  –  Edward Wormley for Dunbar. 1947
Bull Dining Chair  –  Hans Wegner. 1962
Sling Sofa  –  George Nelson for Herman Miller. 1963
Price Tower Armchair  –  Frank Lloyd Wright. 1953
NO. 670 lounge chair and ottoman  –  Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. 1956
DAR Armchair  –  Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. 1949

Answer key: (use this if you haven’t a clue or you just want to make sure you got them all right)

01  NO. 670 lounge chair and ottoman – Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. 1956
02  Bull Dining Chairs – Hans Wegner. 1962
03  DAR Armchair – Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. 1949
04  Nelson Marshmallow Sofa – George Nelson. 1956
05  Bertoia Diamond Chair – Harry Bertoia for Knoll. 1952
06  Tulip or Pedestal Armchair – Eero Saarinen. 1956
07  Price Tower Armchair – Frank Lloyd Wright. 1953
08  Barcelona Chair – Mies van der ROhe for Knoll Associates. 1929
09  Sling Sofa – George Nelson for Herman Miller. 1963
10  “Listen to Me” Chaise – Edward Wormley for Dunbar. 1947
11  Grasshopper Chair – Eero saarinen for Knoll. Late 1940’s
12  R160 Countour Chair – Grant Featherston. 1951

Hope you did alright and maybe found a few new favorites!

All images (and answers) are from “Fifties Furniture” by Leslie Pina, 3rd Edition by Schiffer Publishing of Atglen, PA, Copyright 2005. A great book if you’re looking for a catalogue of MCM pieces.

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