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David Hicks British designer, David Hicks (1929-1998), was one of the most influential designers of the 1960s and 70s.  His bold use of color, geometric patterns, and unexpected mixing of antique and modern furnishings with contemporary abstract art revolutionized International interior design.  David Hicks introduced clashing colors, geometrically patterned carpets, large scale objects arranged in small spaces, and carefully arranged compositions of objects and artworks, which he called “tablescapes.” .
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Paul Evans Paul Evans (1931-1987) was one of the most versatile and unique artists of the Mid Century Studio Furniture Movement.  His furniture creations were bold and dramatic.  His furniture designs can best be described as functional art. Paul Evans via Life CIRCA 1966 Pennsylvania native, Paul Evans was an artist, craftsman, sculptor, and furniture designer.  At the age of 9, his paintings were exhibited in a one-man show .
CIRCA Garden Seats
Garden Seats The garden seat, or garden stool, first appeared in elite Chinese gardens as early as the Sung Dynasty (960-1279).    Su Han-ch’en scroll painting CIRCA Sung Dynasty via National Palace Museum    Garden seats can be used as either a table or seating indoors and outdoors.  Styles of garden seats range from elaborately ornate to beautifully simple and are usually made of porcelain, ceramic, terracotta, or wood.   Garden seats are .
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      Milo Baughman Milo Baughman (1923-2003) was one of the leading Modern furniture designers of the 20th Century.  He played an essential role in the California Modern Movement of the late 40s and 50s.   via 1stdibs INTROspective Milo Baughman was born in Kansas and moved to Southern California as an infant.  At the age of 13, he designed the interior and exterior of his family’s new home.  .
CIRCA Acrylic
Acrylic The synthetic polymer polymethyl methacrylate (acrylic) was developed in 1928.  While most acrylic items are often referred to as lucite or plexiglas, Lucite is the brand name of the polymer developed by DuPont and Plexiglas is the brand name of the Rohm & Haas polymer.  Each manufacturer calls it by their own trade name such as: Lucite, Plexiglas, Polycast, Perspex, Acreylex, Acrylite, among others.  Acrylic was used in .
WHO is Lee Reynolds?
Lee Reynolds Lee Reynolds is another FAB example of the 60s trend of art for the masses.  Artist Lee Reynolds Burr founded Vanguard Studios in 1964.  Like C. Jeré and Artisan House, Vanguard Studios employed numerous artists to duplicate original paintings.  Backgrounds were often done in acrylics and then line-work was silkscreened from the master copy.  (This silkscreening technique was also used by Andy Warhol’s The Factory.)  Details were then .
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    Karl Springer Karl Springer (1930-1991) was a German born, French educated, New York City based designer and manufacturer of luxury furniture and accessories.  He established his first workshop in the early 1960s and began concentrating on furniture design in 1965.  He is known for his lavish interpretations of Art Deco lines and the use of exotic skins and materials.  His signature styles range from French Art Deco to Asian and .
CIRCA Chippendales
Chinese Chippendales English furniture designer Thomas Chippendale was the first non-monarch to have a style named for him in the mid-18th Century.  Chippendale was already well known for his elegant mahogany furniture when he applied the newly popular Chinoiserie style to his classic English look.  Early Chinese furniture was boldly linear with little carving.  Chinese Chippendale designs were embellished with all sorts of architectural details from temples, palaces, and pavilions.  The .
WHO is Curtis Jeré?
C. Jeré Curtis Jeré is a compound nom-de-plume of artists Jerry Fels and Curtis Freiler.  Fels made a name for himself in the 1940s with his successful Renoir and Matisse lines of copper jewelry.  Jerry Fels and Curtis Freiler founded Artisan House in 1964.  The goal was to produce gallery-quality art for the masses.  Curtis Freiler was production chief, while Jerry Fels was the head of design.  They acquired .
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Dorothy Draper Dorothy Draper (1889-1969) was the pioneer of interior design.  She established the 1st interior design company in the United States in 1923.  Dorothy Draper was the most famous decorator in America from the 1930s-1960s.  In addition to FABULOUS interior design, both private and public spaces (including the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, the Drake Hotel, Chicago and Hotel Carlyle, NY), her resume also includes book author, decorating advice .