20th C. Modern & Design

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.



Alderfer Auction mid-century modern furniture Paul McCobb


Paul McCobb

Paul McCobb (1917-1969) was one of the leading contemporary furniture designers on the American design scene in the 1950s and 1960s.He designed a range of multi-functional furniture over a total of twenty years. McCobb also designed accessories & textiles. Paul McCobb was the recipient of MoMA's Good Design Award five times between 1950 and 1955 as well as of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts' Contribution to Better Design Award in 1959.




Edward Wormley

“Modernism means freedom—freedom to mix, to choose, to change, to embrace the new but to hold fast to what is good.” Straight from the designer’s mouth. Edward Wormley was a leading American furniture designer for over four decades. He began his life in a small town outside of Chicago & later attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He went on to work for the interior design studio at Marshall Field & Company department store. He was later recruited by Dunbar where he quickly rose in the ranks to become their Director of Design. This pairing proved ideal & Wormley stayed in the position, creating iconic furniture pieces, for over thirty years.







Alderfer Auction mid-century modern furniture Edward Wormley




Alderfer Auction mid-century modern furniture John Saladino



John Saladino

John F. Saladino is an American interior designer, furniture designer & garden designer based out of New York City. He attended Notre Dame & went on to further his education by receiving a degree from Yale School of Art & Architecture. Saladino went from university to studying with the Italian architect Piero Sartogo in Rome. In 1972 the designer created the Saladino Group, Inc & began designing iconic furniture for residential clients & corporate entities. He would go on to have his designs appear in Dunbar, Bloomingdale’s & Baker Furniture.