April 29, 2015 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

The form can get a bad rap nowadays, thanks to its ubiquitous abuse by the schlockiest of manufacturers. That $19 chair with the plastic frame and cheap metal legs at the big-box store is probably a rip-off of a design marvel from the mid-20th century. Just go with the old adage: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

All the imitations actually support the basic design principals of the movement, which were to create minimalist, comfortable forms that the common man could afford. But only the best reproductions of today meet the final two criteria: The furniture should be elegant in its simplicity, and, also, it should be built to last.

Here are some of those finer takes on Mid-Century masterpieces we found at
Allens Home.