The classic era of mid-century modern design spanned from the mid-1930's to the mid-1960's. It began with the Bauhaus movement in Germany. Other Western European designers of the time began furthering the modernist movement and adding their own influences, such as France's le Corbusier incorporating tubular steel into his furniture pieces. Other non-traditional furniture materials from this era include acrylic, glass, chrome, stainless steel and plywood. The mid-century modern style then got it's biggest and most influential addition from the Scandinavians, especially the Danes and Finns. Renowned designers such as Eero Saarinen, Eero Aarnio, Alvar Aalto, Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen quickly became international household names, as did their chairs... the Tulip, Wishbone, Ball, Egg, Womb, Bubble, etc. Inspired by their overseas counterparts, American furniture designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Issamu Noguchi began creating their own iconic pieces. Most of the items we carry are reproductions of the classic mid-century chairs, at only a small fraction of the price of the authentic productions.