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The Elements of Mid-Century Modern Design April 27 2017

Elements of Mid Century Modern Design Mid-century modern design is an era of home design typified by the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was the time following World War II when many families were finally recovering from the shaky economy of the generation before. It was also an era during which many homeowners wanted to reconnect with nature, adding large, sweeping windows throughout their homes and using natural materials in modern ways to bring both rustic and futuristic looks together.  Unusual Shapes as Art During the mid-century modern era, it became common for designers to highlight asymmetrical shapes and more...


Brown Jordan - The Innovator of Outdoor Living and Leisure April 09 2017

Brown Jordan For 70 years Brown Jordan has been bringing style and innovate design to outdoor living. Naturally, the first company to design furniture for outdoor use was founded in sunny Southern California.  Robert Brown and Hubert Jordan established Brown Jordan in Pasadena, Ca during the heart of the Mid Century Modern movement in 1945. The idea was to provide furniture that could be used outdoors, year round, a concept that was unheard. Brown Jordan introduced the Kantan Lounge Chair in 1956 The mild weather of Los Angeles helped to inspiring designers and architects like Charles Eames, Richard Neutra, Edward Durell Stone...


Five Remarkable Furniture Designers From the 1900s March 13 2017

5 Iconic Furniture Designers The 1900s were a time of expansive creativity and unparalleled opportunity for furniture designers around the world. That's why we have compiled this list of five of the most legendary furniture designers who have forever changed the course of interior decor.  Hans Wegner Hans J. Wegner was a Danish designer who had a profound impact on the look and feel of chairs. Beginning in the 1940s and extending across the next several decades, Wegner's simple, stylish influence can still be found throughout many modern furniture pieces. Greta Grossman Greta Grossman began her journey in Sweden during the 1930s,...


Restoration with Brett Waterman March 11 2017

We are in the business of selling furniture and goods with a past here at Urban Americana.  It is our passion. There is something romantic about honoring the history that comes with buying and collecting antique and vintage items.  Our goal is to keep the history of each piece alive.  That is exactly what Brett Waterman does with the homes he restores.  Brett is a preservationist specializing in restoring historical homes by peeling back decades of questionable design decisions and restoring living spaces to their original glory. We were lucky to have Brett Waterman stop by our store recently with...


Hans Wegner: The Iconic Designer February 02 2017

HANS WAGNER The name Hans Wegner has become an important chapter of Danish design and history. Wegner introduced his first furniture designs in the early 1940s, focusing especially on chairs. His work featured natural woods and simple, neutral colors. Over the next few decades, Wegner won several design awards from around the world for his work. Today, his work continues to appear in classic room designs everywhere. After his death in 2007 at the age of 92, a growing number of designers have come to recognize his vintage pieces as valuable and important parts of the Danish aesthetic.  Due to...


2017 Color of the Year January 19 2017

COLOR TREND FOR 2017 GREENERY! As they have done since 2000, Pantone unveiled their choice for the color of the year and for 2017 the winner is...GREENERY!  Here is what they have to say about Greenery:   We like their choice for 2017.  It has a feeling of revival and renewal.  Since our obsession is Mid-Century Modern, Antiques and Up-Cycled findings, we like the feeling of revitalizing!  That is what greenery brings into your living space, a feeling of revival!  Here are some vintage items we found on our online store to bring a little "Greenery" to your living space.   Our...


Online Store Goes Live! September 16 2014

We’re excited to be days away from the launch of our online store. We have added some unique items to our store to get things started. We will continue to add new products daily and hope you will check back often. Our 16,000 sq ft warehouse boasts a vast array of unique items, which we will be happy to ship to your location. Let us know if there is a specific item you are looking for and we will do our best to source that for you.