Mid Century Modern

Clean lines, organic curves, minimalism & functionality are the building blocks of great Mid-Century Modern design. Stemming from the Bauhaus style in Germany & the International style which grew from the Bauhaus movement in America, the look can be dated in its height of popularity from the mid-1930’s to the mid-1960’s. This is when the original designs were created & began being manufactured to the eagerly waiting masses. Iconic designers emerged from this time period of creative ingenuity, like the great Edward Wormley, Harry Bertoia, Charles & Ray Eames, George Nakashima, Paul McCobb & John Saladino. The list can continue on as there were many designers making a name for themselves by creating new pieces in this style. In particular designers from Germany who fled their country during & after World War II, immigrating to America & bringing their design style with them.

Mid-Century Modern furniture has stood the test of time. The look of modernity personified has remained fresh & desired since its inception. The pieces have been copied many times over from their original predecessors, but rarely have the originals been bettered by this resurgence. Easily fitting in with most interior design, collectors of these pieces can be found the world over & we here at Alderfer Auction are happy to promote the growing décor trend by providing the originals to our clients designed by the greats themselves.



Mid Century Modern Designers  











Past Sold Mid-Century Modern Designers 

Records and Results



Gino Russo and Harry Bertoia sold in our March 2022 Fine Art Auction 

Gino Russo Furnishings $43,000

Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sculpture $24,000
















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“Great job Alderfer!  You really knocked it out of the park with the your auction sold price on my Ranulph Bye Watercolor painting. It received the 6th highest result for Bye Watercolor out of 416 auction records per AskArt.  4 of the 5 higher were oils.  Only one watercolor was higher, Sedgwick Station, Philadelphia, that sold in March, 2008, just before the sub-prime crash.” - California Seller