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March 14, 1949
Washington Hostess Perle Mesta
George Nelson's classic casework collection, the Basic Cabinet Series, circa
1946, including the Herman Miller Nelson Bookcase, has been reintroduced into
the marketplace. Modular open and closed storage pieces in the series coordinate
in size, shape and design. The Nelson Bookcase can mount upon the Nelson
Platform Bench. The flexibility for vertical or horizontal arrangements by
pieces in the series helps to achieve a custom-made built-in look, where
appropriate. Seen at OfficeDesign.com
Post War Kitchen
No soot . . . no smoke ... no dirt. That's electric cooking! It's as clean
as electric light. A mighty important feature when you're planning your
dream kitchen of a lifetime.
An electric range will leave no ugly black deposits to mar the beauty of
newly-decorated walls and ceilings. Curtains and shades will stay clean far
longer. And you'll have a permanent vacation from scouring pots and pans you
can wash them right along with the dishes. As for the electric range
itself—you'll find it as easy to clean as a porcelain work table. Just wipe
it off with a damp cloth. It'll sparkle in a jiffy.
Yes, Mrs. Modern, you'll enjoy the cleanliness of electric cooking ...
the speed, ease and economy, too. So right now, jot this memo in your mind:
"I must have an automatic electric range for my post-war kitchen."
COMMONWEALTH EDISON COMPANY
Day beds or sofa beds in the living room or attic or other niches in the house, will come in handy when unexpected guests descend upon you.
Eames La Chaise - 1948
Porcelain Enamel Top! Were 19.95
Handy for kitchen work and practical! Gleaming white porcelain enamel top is
easy to clean, stain-resistant. Steel legs in bright chrome-plate. Now.....9.88
Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair, (1946)
1948 Eames Eiffel Chair in White. The Eames Molded Plastic Armchair and
Side Chair (1948) were the first industrially manufactured plastic chairs and
make use of a bent and welded wire base and a sculpted plastic shell seat. These
chairs were originally made with fiberglass-reinforced plastic.
RETRO-SPECTIVE THE DECADES PAST:
Home Decor of the 1940s
A small house that looks like a mansion, this design in French tradition
is given warmth and dignity by restrained touches of formality.
Curtained windows in the garage at the left give the appearance of many
rooms. Sleeping quarters are well removed from the noises of the living
area. This is design W503 by
Bertram A. Weber,
221 No. La Salle St., Chicago 1, Ill. The main house, without porch
and garage, covers 1,481 square feet and contains 22,807 cubic feet.
White painted brick is suggested. Source: The Morning Herald,
Hagerstown, Maryland - Tuesday, August 3, 1948
Household appliances, featuring refrigerators and washers,
are maintained in large stocks at Montgomery Ward's, one of Oakland's
largest department stores. The late models shown, easier than ever to
operate, are reasonably priced. Oakland Tribune, August 13th, 1940
Selling tapestries is a specialized work that requires expert knowledge
of the product. Montgomery Ward's carefully picked salesmen show some
tapestries to customers here in the store's Early California Furniture
Department. Oakland Tribune, August 13th, 1940
It's the sensationally new FORESITE suite. Refreshing modern
beauty. Extra large reversible innerspring seat cushions . . . fully 3
inches wider and deeper than regular size suites. Low, restful arms and
back. Upholstered in lovely light green homespun tapestry. A special
Newman's value. Joplin Globe, Sunday, November 16, 1947.
Vintage 1940's Ericsson wall phone
These phones, produced more than a half-century ago by Sweden's
Ericsson, were rescued from a forgotten warehouse in Buenos Aires. Rugged rotary
dial and heavy Bakelite handle. Professionally restored, inside and out. New
wiring, ringer, microphone and equipped with a modern-day universal jack.
7"x9"x5". 7 lbs.
Dressing Up Home Drapes
Even the simplest draperies can be dressed up with swag valances and ornaments. For the modern room there are tie-backs in the form of plaster hands that are most effective and novel. There are glass tassels, and some realistic-looking birds which we saw used on flower patterned chintz. Silk cording, tassels and moss fringe are used for some of the smartest, new draperies. These are used often to repeat a dominant hue in the color scheme of the room, or to pick up a color in the pattern of the drape fabric. Since cording, tassels and fringe are all obtainable by the yard, it is easy to give new interest to a pair of drapes at small outlay, and the improvement will astonish and delight you.
For the kitchen and bathroom there are sophisticated-looking cellophane curtains as well as curtains in oiled silk, available in every possible color. Curtains in delft blue or geranium red will point up the kitchen, and that bright spot of color has strong psychological effect. Work goes quick in a cheerful kitchen, and those sparkling cellophane or oil silk curtains spread quick and easy gaiety. They cost so little, too. For the bathroom there are inexpensive sets for shower and window curtains. Key them to towel or rug colors. For the bedroom there are handsome new full-length curtains with deep ruffled edges, as well as the shorter ruffled Priscllla curtains. For a pretty note, try criss-crossing curtains in two colors of voile or ninon, say a delicate pink and lavender or pale green and pale peach or blue and coral, an effective added color idea to beautify an uninteresting window.
FDR's China Pattern
The Tripod Clock, from Vitra, a 1947
George Nelson Design, is an authentic re-edition of a
classic mid-century modern design. This functional and geometric work of art represents the work of one of America's most original designers.
George Nelson counted on bold graphic forms to make his compelling artistic statement. His designs are considered American icons.
"A classic timeless design! This beautiful Night Clock was
designed by George Nelson in 1948
and has become an Icon of Modern Design." (www.lumens.com)
1940s Style Phonograph
This 1940's style phonograph plays 33-1/3,45 and 78 rpm vinyl records.
Solid oak and veneers with hinged lid features a radio with cassette player,
built-in amplifier and full spectrum speaker. 17-1/2inW x 14-1/4inD x 11inH.
UL Listed. Single door cabinet (sold separately) with one fixed and two
adjustable shelves supports your turntable and has a flared open design
backed by wire mesh so it looks like an old-fashioned box speaker. Solid oak
veneer over fiberboard. 30inH x 20inW x 15-1/2inD. Assembly is required.
Available at HomeVisions
GAY PAPER DRAPES
Regularly priced at 97¢ Bright! Refreshing! Use them throughout your
home. Made of flame-resistant cellulose fiber -- Look like cloth! Each side
29"x90". Band or ruffle trim...... 57¢
Floral Thermal-Backed Drapes
- 48 x 63 Drapes
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