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How comfortable is the Womb Chair, actually?

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Aug 7th 2020

Eero Saarinen designed the Womb Chair in 1946 after a brief meeting with Florence Knoll at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. According to history, she told him that she wanted a chair that she could just “sit in sideways or any other way I want,” because she said tired of the uncomfortable lounge chairs that everybody had in their homes back then. Saarinen then proceeded to create the first version taking a modern’s womb as inspiration for the piece. He apparently also said that he felt not
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5 Key Elements of the Mid-Century Modern Style

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Feb 15th 2019

5 Key Elements of the Mid-Century Modern Style
5 Key Elements of the Mid-Century Modern Style If you are reading this article, chances are you already know a thing or two about mid-century modernism. We want to bring back some topics from our previous articles this 2019 in order to appease those audiences that are just getting to understand the different styles and tenets of interior design and furniture. The Mid-century modern style, in particular, is our banner and inspiration, and we’re proud to be able to furnish America with qua
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3 Ways to Mid-centurize Your Apartment by Manhattan Home Design

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Feb 15th 2019

3 Ways to Mid-centurize Your Apartment by Manhattan Home Design
3 Ways to Mid-centurize Your Apartment by Manhattan Home Design Filling up your first private space with furniture is always a challenge and a reward on itself. It allows you to express your own style, putting your soul into the walls, floors, and ceiling. Buying the right furniture, and combining the appropriate colors and sizes will solidify your worldview into any new apartment, effectively turning it into a home. The mid-century modern style of furniture, also known around interior d
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The History of the Chesterfield Loveseat

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Jan 25th 2019

The History of the Chesterfield Loveseat
Our reproduction of the Chesterfield Loveseat is one of the most recognizable pieces of furniture in the world. Featuring luxurious leather upholstery, deep buttoning, low back, and high arms, the timeless style of the Chesterfield Loveseat went from English gentlemen’s clubs to become a highly popular loveseat around the globe.We’ll take a closer look at how the Chesterfield Loveseat became one of the world’s favorite loveseats.Who Designed The Chesterfield Loveseat?No one knows, actually. But
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The Woman Behind the Florence Knoll Loveseat

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Jan 25th 2019

The Woman Behind the Florence Knoll Loveseat
With the extent of her influence on midcentury modern furniture design, architecture and office planning, an article on the history of the woman behind the Florence Knoll Loveseat, Florence Knoll, is long overdue.From a very early age, Florence Knoll showed an early interest in architecture and design. She was later was enrolled at the Kingswood School for Girls, next to the Cranbrook Academy of Art.Suggested Item: Florence SofaOnce there, Florence Knoll met Eliel Saarinen, father of anothe
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Florence Knoll Sofa vs Florence Knoll Loveseat

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Jan 25th 2019

Florence Knoll Sofa vs Florence Knoll Loveseat
Trying to decide between our high-end replicas of Florence Knoll Sofa or the Florence Knoll Loveseat? You’d be surprised by the number of questions our customer service receives regarding the difference between our reproductions of the Florence Knoll Sofa and the Florence Knoll Loveseat. Thankfully, despite all of the words that might exist to describe these seating solutions, choosing the right one for you isn’t that complicated. We’ve pulled some handy hints to help you make a decision and tel
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Sigmund Freud and the Chesterfield Loveseat

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Jan 25th 2019

Sigmund Freud and the Chesterfield Loveseat
Did you know one of the most iconic users of a Chesterfield Loveseat was no other than Sigmund Freud, the man behind psychoanalysis?Sigmund Freud was a pioneer in groundbreaking mental therapy. He would play an essential role in psychology, giving it form and setting the bases for its future as a field of study. While developing his psychoanalysis, Freud understood that his patients needed an effective way to express freely their deepest thoughts and feelings, without any fear of being judged. F
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Designer of the Week - Alvar Aalto

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Jan 21st 2019

Designer of the Week - Alvar Aalto
After 20 DOTW articles, we were looking to do a little of a return to form. The more recent articles were longer, wodier, and featured both big and not-so-big names in the mid-century furniture industry. However, some of the latest ones didn't even mention mid-century furniture at all.That is the reason why we're going to talk about Mr. Aalto. He was a Finnish architect and furniture designer and a huge representation of the Scandinavian Modern movement, who also saw the likes of Hans Wegner, Ar
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The various ways in which culture influences furniture design

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Jan 21st 2019

The various ways in which culture influences furniture design
When you’re buying a chair, you’re not buying the same chairs your forbearers bought, and you’re not even doing it in the same fashion. As history changes, so does the furniture. But why should you care about that? Well, you’re not supposed to anyway, but understanding the history of furniture is always a good entry point for buying better furniture, and being smarter about your living space. Our Designer of the Week series is inspired by the relevance of manufacturing practices and our pa
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Choosing between Fabric or Leather for your Living room Furniture

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Jan 21st 2019

Choosing between Fabric or Leather for your Living room Furniture
The right textile choice for your furniture is something that many people overlook when they're putting together a new interior design layout. There has to be some discrimination, as different fabrics have different properties and textures, and this influences the functional part of the design. Choosing between fabrics is a paramount requirement if you want to achieve the comfort you're looking for: not everyone enjoys the same stuff.Today we're going to discuss the differences between leather a
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Manhattan Home Design's Brief Guide to Kitchen and Dining in 2019

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Jan 21st 2019

Manhattan Home Design's Brief Guide to Kitchen and Dining in 2019
2019 is going to be a good year for kitchens and dining spaces of any kind. Furniture and interior design are also focusing on the necessary items for a good meal or dinner party. Manhattan Home Design does not sell kitchens or any type of similar appliances, but we do sell an interesting array of dining chairs and tables. Let’s examine some of the trends that will define these spaces in 2019, a year of many changes and improvements. The kitchen of tomorrow is going to be smarter and more
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Designer of the Week: Robin Day

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Jan 17th 2019

Designer of the Week: Robin Day
Mr. Robin Day, OBE, and a Fellow of the British Royal Chartered Society of Designers, was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England in 1915. Along with his wife, Lucienne Day (a renowned British textile designer) he created modern pieces of furniture that helped Britain get into the mid-century modernist craze.Suggested Item: Best SellersHigh Wycombe was already famous as a furniture-production town many decades before Day was born. Much like what (ironically) High Point in North
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