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Milo Baughman, one of the leading furniture designers in the second half of the 20th century, is known for his sophisticated and well-crafted work. (His highly collectible originals are sought after on 1st Dibs.) Design Within Reach recently reissued his 1970s Drum side table ($2,100) in steel with a brushed bronze finish.
The Drum side table is also available as a coffee table ($2,885); seen here, Baughman’s designs warm up a living room.
In 1975, Milanese design legend Massimo Vignelli designed brightly colored stackable mugs. The recent reissue is dishwasher- and microwave-safe ($60 for six).
Vignelli is perhaps best known for his controversial '70s subway map, which is considered a contemporary design classic.
Architect Frank Gehry is renowned for his international buildings of swirling steel, but in 1972, the fledgling architect set the design world on its ear with his Wiggle chair ($1,105), made from 60 layers of cardboard held together with hidden screws. Here, the Wiggle chair (reissued by Vitra) jazzes up a steel table.
The Banker’s Clock ($370) one of Arne Jacobsen’s last designs, was created in 1971 for the Danish National Bank in Copenhagen. It was recently reissued by Design Within Reach.
The 1970s saw a renewed interest in furniture designer Eileen Gray, whose Bibendum chair looks almost space age but was actually designed in 1929. Her pieces were recognized as a 20th-century classics after a 1968 magazine article praised her and Yves St. Laurent began collecting her work. Today, these leather armchairs have been reissued by London-based Aram Designs.
We’re charmed by mid-century modern’s understated blond-wood appeal, but lately we’ve noticed an interiors trend that’s got us hot and bothered: reissues from the swinging ’70s. While the ceiling-to-floor Brady Bunch look has fallen out of fashion along with free love and Formica, today’s designers are adding a piece or two of ’70s design to brighten up a room.
We’ve selected some of our favorite revivals for tabletop and living areas. Don’t blame us if these happy elements inspire you to hum “The Hustle” and shop for shag carpeting.
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