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Our find of the week

Our find of the week

Viva art deco (again...) Art deco is like Abba and Led Zeppelin. Every decade or so there is a huge revival that sweeps the earth, and then it goes away again. It is such a revolutionary and bold style that it will always come back, but then, after a few years, people become saturated. It packs a punch but lacks the sensibility to hang around, like Danish modernism. Some versions of it will always be around. There will always be people looking for the big old lounge sets with the armrests that you could land a Boeing on. And there will always...

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We enter 2022 with a teak Danish rocker

We enter 2022 with a teak Danish rocker

Dear friends of Huisraad Modern, We wish you a 2022 that will surpass your wildest expectations. By the gods of the furniture world, we all need a good year! If you are still healthy, and have a job or a business, give yourself a little credit, since it means that you are either strong or very lucky. Either is good! Our first collection of new finds for 2022 is a small one, just to get us out of the festival mindset and into the new year. What is better to make that transition than to discover that a rocking chair that you...

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Hang on to your Binnehuis

Hang on to your Binnehuis

A famous brand does not always guarantee quality of workmanship. Mid-century modernism came into full swing in the optimistic post-war 1950’s. It was the time of the American dream – the believe that anyone, regardless of social standing, could, through determination and hard work, reach their idea of success. Mass production of well-designed furniture made this ideal closer. Suddenly, middle class people could surround themselves with great design and pretty things, and it became affordable! The inconvenient truth is that the build quality of some of these amazing looking branded mid-century pieces were… how shall we put it… marginal. Yes,...

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The screen that opened doors

The screen that opened doors

In October Huisraad Modern bought a rare Eileen Gray black lacquered brick screen at the decade's most publicised mid century modern furniture auction in South Africa. It was the auctioning off of the well known Prop House collection owned by Capetonians Will Hinton and Tess Wolpe.   The Huisraad Modern Eileen Gray brick screen For a moment we fantasised that we miraculously came into possession of an unaccounted for original, Japanese lacquer, Eileen Gray brick screen that she hand made in the 1920’s in Paris. The process to find out more about this screen gave us a glimpse into the...

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The Search for the Roots of a Humble Little Side Table

The Search for the Roots of a Humble Little Side Table

Scouring the South African second hand scene in all its guises for valuable vintage furniture turned out to be a way more exciting and engaging project than I though it would be. And I already had high hopes when we started out. The stories attached to furniture are fascinating. The stories of the South African companies who made the furniture, what inspired them, and who they copied. The stories of specific pieces and the families that they belonged to for decades. The stories of how furniture traveled from one family to another. And of course the stories of the real...

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