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10 Ways Retailers Rode the Midcentury Decor Craze in 2014

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In 2014, furnishing retailers have been riding the wake of the Mad Men design craze, banking on the new-found love for everything low-slung and midcentury. Older companies like Ikea, Fritz Hansen, and Dansk have even taken to remanufacturing pieces they sold in the '50s and '60s. Here now, a look at 10 popular reintroductions, including chairs, tables, and kitchenware.


Ikea's ÅRGÅNG collection features favorites from the company's back catalog. This came more than a year after announcing plans to bring back the 1950s table that "began the flatpack revolution." It's all part of the brand's celebration of 70 years in business, a branding party that also included showcasing Ikea's vintage showrooms. The limited-edition, 26-piece ÅRGÅNG collection, which includes furniture, lighting, textiles, and tableware, will revive what Ikea calls "faithful old servants," like the butterfly chair and pendant lamp seen in the snippet of a 1956 IKEA catalog, and a few of the pristine, Nordic designs that came to define quintessential midcentury modern furnishings.

Fritz Hansen

↑ The relaunched Drop chair by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen was originally produced by Fritz Hansen in 1958 as part of his Radisson Blu Royal Hotel collection.


Dansk Kobenstyle enamel cookware, designed by Jens Quistgaard in 1956, is now available in several cheery hues.

Thayer Coggin

↑ The 1968 T-Back chair by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin is supported by a simple frame in either brushed bronze or nickel.

Big + KIlo

↑ The BIG Cities addition to Rosenthal's classic TAC set, designed by BIG + KILO, embellished with the inky profiles of global cities.


↑ The foldable D.270.1 chair, part of the Gio Ponti collection at Molteni&C, created in 1970.


↑ 1962's 621 side table by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe.

Carl Hansen & Son

↑ The CH88 chair by Hans Wegner was prototyped in 1955 and only just produced by Carl Hansen & Son this year.

Gerrit Rietveld

↑ The Steltman chair by Gerrit Rietveld is an original 1963 design for a jewelry shop, now reproduced in limited edition.

Massimo Vignelli's 1970 New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual was unearthed by Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth from Pentagram's archives.

· All Furniture coverage [Curbed National]
· Year in Curbed 2014 [Curbed National]