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Walking Dead: 5 Mid-Century Design Re-Issues

The best of bygone eras rally for 2014

By Eric Mutrie

Above: THE GRADUATE

Charlotte Perriand designed this triangular coffee table, Mexique, in 1952 for dorms at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. Recently reissued by Cassina, the table features rounded edges that make it easy to squeeze past in small spaces. Available in two types of wood, with metal legs in matte black. Call for pricing. At Italinteriors, 359 King St E

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TIME TRAVEL

In the mid-’60s, Alexander Girard created this wool-and-cotton blanket for Braniff International Airways to help end the “plain plane” era. The reissue comes courtesy of Herman Miller, where Girard became textile director in 1952. $290, at Quasi Modo, 789 Queen St W

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EVERLASTING LIGHT

A teacher at the Bauhaus in the early ’20s, Christian Dell went on to design lights like this chrome-plated steel-and-brass pendant. Recently revived by Fritz Hansen, its patented swivel joint makes for easy shade adjustment. $450, at Design Within Reach, 435 King St W

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CANUCK CLASSIC

Canadian Russell Spanner’s mid-century lounge chair joins 2014 in light and dark birch plywood. The woven cotton seat is available in black, green and maple-leaf red. $995, at StyleGarage, 78 Ossington Avenue.

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SECOND EDITION

Like Austen or Fitzgerald, Gianfranco Frattini finds new fans posthumously. Designed in the late ’50s and resurrected by Poltrona Frau, his floor-to-ceiling walnut veneer bookcase supports up to 12 shelves and swivels – making the most of corner spaces. Call for pricing. At Kiosk, 288 King St E

Originally published in our Fall 2014 issue.


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