Mid-Century Modern and Design


Mid-Century Modern & Design

Mid-Century Modern & Design Collection at Alderfer Auction

Alderfer Auction is proud to be a premier destination for the consignment and acquisition of Mid-Century Modern and Design pieces. We are dedicated to offering a seamless experience for those wishing to consign their cherished items, as well as for those on the hunt for the next perfect addition to their collection. Our curated selection spans a vast range of contemporary art forms, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, lighting, ceramics, and more. Whether you're a novice consignor or a seasoned art aficionado, our team is here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring that your consigning journey is both rewarding and effortless.

Featured Artists, Designers and Makers:

Paul Evans: Renowned for his innovative and bold sculpted metal furniture, Paul Evans' designs are characterized by their unique combination of materials and their intricate, handcrafted patterns. His pieces often blur the lines between furniture and art, making them sought-after collectibles.

Phillip Lloyd Powell: An American craftsman and woodworker, Powell is best known for his hand-carved furniture. His designs, often made from walnut, are organic, fluid, and showcase the natural beauty of the wood. Powell's pieces are a testament to the art of craftsmanship, each one bearing the marks of his hands.

Paavo Tynell: A Finnish industrial designer, Tynell is often referred to as "the man who illuminated Finland." He is celebrated for his elegant brass lighting fixtures that combine functionality with whimsical design elements, often inspired by nature.

George Nakashima: A master of American craft, Nakashima's furniture designs are a blend of Japanese tradition and modernist principles. His pieces, often made from beautifully figured wood, are known for their simplicity, organic forms, and respect for the material. Nakashima believed in letting the wood speak, and his designs often feature the natural edges, knots, and imperfections of the wood.

Other Notable Names in Our Collection:
  • Han Wegner
  • Charles & Ray Eames
  • Thayer Coggin
  • Dunbar
  • Paul McCobb
  • Richard Schultz
  • Edward Wormley
  • Tommi Parzinger
  • Isamu Noguchi
  • Bill Stephens
  • Vladimir Kagan
  • Wendell Castle
  • Marcel Breuer
  • Charles Pollock
  • Milo Baughman

Join us in celebrating the timeless elegance of Mid-Century Modern and Design. We are now accepting consignments for this category, and invite you to be a part of our esteemed collection.


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Paavo Tynell Concerto Series Floor Lamp

Brass with a pierced dome with a rotating ball extension lamp and wire mesh foliate stems, criss-cross body, circular base. Model No. 10506. Designed for Taito Oy. Impressed marked, "Taito TT Made in Finland 706" on bulb housing. 72"h x 25"w.

Sold for $75,000

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Charles Solt Textile

Petit point embroidery screen, three panels on a folding iron frame, two panels SLR and dated 2003 and 2004. Free form abstract. Each textile panel 60"h x 15"w; frame 70"h x 56"w overall.

Sold for $20,000

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Nakashima Walnut Freeform Coffee Table

Nakashima Studios, New Hope, PA. Retains original receipt. Figural walnut top with one cut-out slab leg with two tapered legs. 16"h x 99"w x 36"d.

Sold for $20,000

Do you have Mid-Century Modern pieces you want to sell? Consign with us today!

Contact a Specialist

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Chris Harper

Specialty Online Coordinator | Photographer | Firearms & Fine Art

Chris Harper has been with the Alderfer Auction team since 2013 specializing as an Online Auction Coordinator with an emphasis on lead photography, photo editing, advertising, cataloging, and research. He is most highly involved in the Fine and Decorative Arts, Mid-Century Modern and Design, Collectors, and Firearms auctions.

Email: chris@alderferauction.com
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Adrian Martinez

Generalist and Cataloger

Adrian Martinez joined the Alderfer team in 2020 as a Generalist and Cataloger with a focus on Decorative Arts and Silver. He attended The Hill School in Pottstown, PA and earned a BA in US History at New York University. Adrian spent several years in New York as an assistant to an antiques collector/archivist and as a museum tour guide. He has held various roles in the surrounding Philadelphia area auction industry since 2016. Adrian works in the areas of Fine and Decorative Arts and Mid-Century Modern & Design.

Email: adrian@alderferauction.com
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Blake MacLean

Mid-Century Modern and 20th Century Design | Estates and Collections


Email: blake@alderferauction.com


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