The “New Modern” Photos

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American Drew has developed an entire brand around the modern aesthetic in residential furnishings. Called AD Modern, the brand was launched in April with two collections, Modern Organics and Modern Classics. Inspired by the clean, purposeful lines of classic mid-century modern designs, both groups also emphasize the natural beauty of olive ash and quartered oak wood. Simple burnished brass accents, like that on the arm of the Shelby armchair (about $400), complement the wood tones. The collection will be available in furniture stores in mid October.


The low profile, straight peg legs and angular lines of the Luxe sofa from American Leather are classic mid-century modern design elements. At 110 inches, this luxurious piece lives up to its name. About $7,365 in the Butterscotch leather shown.


Copeland borrows from classic mid-century modern design for its Essentials table series. The group uses scraps of solid walnut left over in the production of the company’s bedroom and dining room furniture. New equipment allows the domestic manufacturer to assemble the scraps and craft them into table tops. The kidney-shaped Essentials desk retails for about $919. The Estelle chair in walnut is $999.


Henredon Furniture was founded in Morganton, N.C., in 1945 – on the cusp of the mid-century modern era in furniture designs. The company celebrated its history this year by introducing a 1945 collection. Pieces in the group reflect a variety of design inspirations, among them the architectural renaissance in post-war New York and the beginning of a mid-century modern aesthetic in fashionable Manhattan apartments. The Guggenheim end table, with its bold, purposeful crescent shape, fits the curve of a sofa in the collection. It retails for about $1,797.


Informed by mid-century modern French design, the Virage collection from Stanley Furniture adds subtle moulding details and arched plinth bases to otherwise classic mid-century modern shapes. The “Truffle” finish showcases cherry veneers, which are accented by a lightly striated “Caviar” black paint and hand-applied antique gold leaf highlights. Virage is named for the daring turns of the Monaco Grand Prix. The buffet retails for approximately $1,875, and the mirror for $725.


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In the fall of 2015, Thayer Coggin reissued designer Milo Baughman’s classic Tube chair. Originally manufactured in 1961, the chair is a mid-century modern classic. “The simple geometry makes this chair truly a design masterpiece,” said Phil Miller, vice president at Thayer Coggin, which still manufactures in High Point, N.C. From 1953 to 2003, Baughman collaborated on designs, engineering and manufacturing techniques that helped define the mid-century modern era of American residential furniture. The suggested retail price for the chair is $2,550.


The boldness of mid-century California coastal design inspires Universal Furniture’s casual contemporary group, Synchronicity. The bedroom, dining and accent pieces call to mind relaxed interiors and strong linear forms. The round dining table has a stacked pedestal with a top of starburst ash veneer. The low profile, barrel-back chairs, about $525 each, soften the architectural lines of the table (about $1,425). Available in retail stores in late September.


No single time period captures the range of design inspirations for Barry Goralnick’s Blended Modern collection for Vanguard Furniture. In fact, a hallmark of the collection is the eclectic mix of distinct pieces. The focus in this setting is the Olivia cocktail table (about $3,897), inspired by a Buckminster Fuller design popular in the 1960s. Meanwhile, Goralnick’s Francoise Bar Cart in the back was inspired by a mid-century French piece (about $2,097).