Isn’t this 1950s bar amazing? Our son, Michael, purchased it over the weekend, and so much more. Read on.

1950s Mid-Century Modern Furniture
1950s Portable Bar, Matching Mirror and Stools

David and I have had our space at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery for 8 months. Recently they hired Michael to help establish an online store.

Michael and Georgina are responsible for this significant component and they’ve created a professional photography studio. They transport items into the studio, take photos, catalog descriptions and prices, then return them to the vendors’ booths. Once the site goes live, they’ll keep track of online purchases. This is a big deal for Avonlea’s almost two-hundred vendors.

We know that Michael likes Mid-Century Modern furniture. It seems the folks at Avonlea are learning this as well. A vendor invited Michael to a closed estate sale that had MCM pieces, because she has no interest in retro furniture.

Michael couldn’t go because of work but he directed us to the house in a beautiful part of town quite close to the river. The homeowner had recently died at the remarkable age of 101 and her daughter was handling the estate, which included her mom and dad’s home built in 1950. She led us into the rumpus room. That’s how it’s identified on the original blueprints: Rumpus Room. I love it.

Lots of photos and texts back and forth to Michael. Here’s what he bought:

Corner Grouping of Bamboo Furniture
Corner Grouping of Bamboo Furniture

 

Lamp illuminating Corner Grouping
Lamp illuminating Corner Grouping

 

Bamboo Coffee Table
Bamboo Coffee Table

 

Mid-Century Modern Bamboo Card Table and Chairs
Mid-Century Modern Bamboo Card Table and Chairs

This card table extends into a rectangle for parties. Can’t you picture it in the ’50s . . . ladies wearing red lipstick, fancy dresses, and high heels; gentlemen in their suits and ties. Soooo smooth and stylish. We just need Don Draper from Mad Men.

Extended Coffee Table
Extended Coffee Table

Michael bought this matching lounge chair, table tamp and a pair of stereo speakers. One speaker is hiding in the photo below.

Lounge Chair and Table Lamp
Lounge Chair and Table Lamp

The speakers were manufactured by Wharfedale in England sometime between 1970-71. They’re monsters, weighing in around 75 pounds each.

Bamboo Chair and Speaker
Bamboo Chair and Speaker

 

1970 Wharfedale Speaker
Inside the Wharfedale Speaker

I’d say Michael, whether he knows it or not, has started a new Mid-Century Modern business. Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said: “To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.” Michael has weighed anchor.

David and I made a few purchases, too, but I’ll save them for another day.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Ann Marie and David

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4 Comments on 1950s Mid-Century Modern Furniture

  1. Quandie
    March 27, 2015 at 5:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the retro-flashback! I grew up in Florida in the 70’s, and these pieces all scream “Florida room” to me. Do people still call them that down there? Now I am a Minnesota girl, so I don’t see a lot of bamboo MCM pieces up here. Thanks for sharing (I found you via MMS Furniture Friday, btw).

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    • irisabbey
      March 28, 2015 at 1:19 am (4 years ago)

      Linda, I’ve just been to your blog and enjoyed the post on what to look for in choosing furniture. Thanks so much for your comment about the bamboo pieces. I am amazed the Rumpus Room looked so pristine. It was out of another time. And beautiful.

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  2. Poppy
    April 1, 2015 at 5:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Ann Marie,

    How lucky for David to have the opportunity to purchase such a beautiful collection of MSM furniture – his passion! Congrats on his new job posting, and all the best!

    Happy April!

    Poppy

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    • irisabbey
      April 2, 2015 at 3:37 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Poppy. My son is thrilled.

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