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Mid Century Modern Italian Design: restoring a 20th Century Design Furniture piece

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Restoring a 20th Century furniture piece is an act of love. Respecting the history behind every piece we find and bringing each piece to a new life without dramatically change its appearance is loving and cherish our Italian culture and traditions. Our team of Italian restorers contributes to the preservation of Italian Mid Century Modern Design; since generations they have passed on their knowledge and care so that we could remember and partially live back a particular period from our recent history. 

But how do we bring back the deep luster and shine of a piece made over 70 years ago? 

Restoration is not only a buffing and polishing...but a long and thorough professional job performed by skilled artisans; there are several steps to take to make sure each Italian Mid Century piece will thrive for many more years ahead. We have just completed a brand new project for a historical home in Venice, Italy, with the addition of two amazing Mid Century dining room set, a Mid Century dining room table and a matching Mid Century sideboard, of Italian Production dated circa 1950s which have been completely restored and brought back to a new beginning.

 After restoration Italian Mid Century Modern Sideboard

After restoration Italian Mid Century Modern Sideboard

 After restoration Italian Mid Century Sideboard

After restoration Italian Mid Century Sideboard

This gorgeous credenza was dismantled in all its possible components (doors, drawers, handles, back, red glass top). All surfaces were then disinfected and treated, as a precaution against termites although there was no sign of termites.

We then restored the proper functioning of the drawers, the doors and the locks. Also, the cabinet had scratches and imperfections in the rosewood and feather inlay that were consolidated and grouted and following that we sanded the credenza with fine paper to prepare for polishing.

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In the next step, we coated the credenza with a natural shellac and hand buffered it. The inside mahogany skin was polished, although light blemishes remain in the wood due to use and not removable except with strong sanding which is not advisable on a veneer.  

In the final step we polished and reassembled all the ancillary decorations and bronze handles 

 Before restoration missing inlay decorations 

Before restoration missing inlay decorations 

 post restoration all inlay decorations have been repaired

post restoration all inlay decorations have been repaired

 

The matching Mid Century Italian table has undergone a similar process: As a first step we removed the red crystal top, all surfaces were then disinfected and treated as a precaution against termites although there was no sign of their presence.  The table had scratches and imperfections in the rosewood and feather inlay that we consolidated and grouted. We then sanded the table with fine sandpaper to prepare it for polishing.  In the next step, we hand-wicked/buffered the table with a natural shellac while the bottom was dark-colored stained and varnished.  Finally we polished and reassembled the bronze tips at the end of the feet. 

Mid Century Modern Italian Design Table
Italian 20th Century Design Table

Designitalia Mid Century Modern imports high end Italian Mid Century furniture from Italy. Our team of Italian purchasing agents outsource one of a kind Italian Mid Century furniture. The furniture is restored by keeping its original appearance and altering its original design. Our Mid Century modern sofas and armchairs are completely restored inside and outside while our case pieces are restoring without altering their original structure too much. Some signs of age will eventually be visible and this is completely normal and contribute to the beauty and value of each piece. 

A lovely and elegant console table by Paolo Buffa


When it comes to Mid Century furniture our Italian purchasing manager put a lot of effort in researching unique Mid Century modern  Italian pieces. Our main goal is to select furniture pieces which will blend naturally with customers other contemporary and modern pieces.   During one of the many trips to Italy we have scored a versatile and elegant console table whose design is attributed to Architect Paolo Buffa. 

This beautiful console table dates 1940 but still preserve a modern flair making it versatile and of greater use in a hallway or entryway. There is a neat and meticulous work behind this authentic Mid Century piece. There are 6 practical drawers. The details of this Mid Century console table are shown in the threaded maple borders which extend into the legs as well.

The front drawers are exquisite with maple threads each depicting a maple inlay star beneath the handles. This is a modern Mid Century furniture pieces, authentic Italian Mid Century piece which has been restored in Italy by a third generation Italian restorer. 

 

Our company outsource and import high end Mid Century Modern Italian furniture | Mid Century furniture pieces by architects and designers such as Paolo Buffa, Gio Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani, Marco Zanuso, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Franco Albini and many more. #Italian #MidCentury #furniture 

Mid Century modern Italian design: The master supremacy of Italy's creations.


A talk with our senior purchasing manager about love, history and beauty of Italian Design.

 

In the course of my career I often find myself answering the same recurring question from my customers- how is it possible that Italians are so great in making amazing furniture? We all know Italian design and creativity is known worldwide but still most people can’t come to terms with this sort of supremacy. I often thought of a simple way to explain this very thin line between beauty and functionality which Italians are able to master at their best.

 The most simple product may be functional but not necessarily meet that aesthetic taste most people seek. Italian design is able to immediately come to terms with these two important factors and blend them effortlessly almost in a seamless way.  There is an explanation, after all, and it is found in the history of our country, Italy, a history which goes way back and prior to the birth of Jesus Christ. 

Like music and art, Italian design has centuries old deep historical and social roots. Italians have lived in a country where everything was already established, constructed and built over the ages and therefore our approach to construction and, more specifically, function was not a prisoner of bare-bone necessity.  Instead, it had latitude and an allowance to be driven by passion for a sense of aesthetic where “beauty” could be reached by going beyond the daily humdrum and routine.  Let’s just think for a moment: since centuries Italians have been educated in aesthetics. They lived in a country where roads were already there, and bridges, aqueducts, big buildings, theaters, museums. Our predecessors built all of those with the intention for us to use them, and thankfully most of them are still in use nowadays. In our history, the great Papacies were funding big public and private works and the wealthy families where hiring sculptors, painters, and artists to embellish their castles and their cities and public spaces. These artists not only exploited aesthetical boundaries but bound them with a sense of functionality that our predecessors, the Romans, already refined.  This is why we have this sense of beauty in our background because we live in it, daily. It’s like having a piano teacher father and an opera singer mother and end up making music the purpose of your life. It’s the country itself, Italy, to make Italians a country of builders and visionaries. Think about this country and its natural wonders, a country which lacks in oil or coal but has always been rich in marbles and travertine natural materials which are perfect for constructions. And think about its landscapes, which are the canvas for magnificent inspiration by the most acclaimed international artists of all times.  

It is with this backdrop that we can come to better understand the roots of the post war mid century Italian design.  A credenza was not just a box to hold dishes and similarly, a sofa was not just a few cushions and a wood frame on which to sit. They had to be more, they had to tell a story, they had to embellish and accentuate the surrounding environment or, at times, they just had to float and disappear into that environment but, above all, they had to be pieces of art standing on their own right. At the root of this focus on form was the fact that most post-war designers were architects by training or highly specialized artisans and craftsmen.  In some cases these designers were cross fertilizing design innovations across industries – be that the automobile industry, furnishings, appliances, graphics etc.   So the end result of this cross fertilization and emphasis on design was the advent of the ‘Made in Italy’ label reflecting a centuries old cultural emphasis on design and quality across multiple products. Unfortunately with the advent of globalization, mass production and the constant search for production efficiencies a lot of this has been lost over the years.  Even Italy and its culture is subject to these new realities, but for those of us who have an admiration for the creative spirit of those times,  the products of Buffa, Ponti, Borsani, Zanuso, Vignellis, are magnificent standard bearers of the true essence of ‘Made in Italy’.

Rita Mantellini

Senior purchasing manager Mid Century Italian furniture