Did you know that the furniture market in the United States pulls in $63 billion per year? It is true that sales of new home furnishings slowed to a crawl in 2008 after the housing market crashed. Fortunately, however, sales of designer furniture like the Tolix stool and the Ghost chair have begun to pick up during 2012 and 2013.
Besides being a purely functional object, furniture is very much a form of art. The Eames lounge chair, which was designed specifically for a high end market, came out in 1956 after years of development. The Eames Lounge chair is an example of Danish modern furniture that was very popular during the mid 20th century, as was the stackable Ghost chair made from translucent injection molded polycarbonate. This chair continues to be sought after by furniture enthusiasts and urban hipsters alike, as is the Tolix stool, originally created in 1934. The Tolix stool is often used as a bar or counter stool, or can be pulled up to a drafting table.
The Noguchi coffee table is also considered a modern classic, but it is not at all rare. This table is comprised of a wood base the construction of which depends on two identical curved wood pieces. A heavy plate glass piece is on top. Many people who love the Tolix stool and the Eames lounge chair also have a soft spot for the Noguchi coffee table.
Mid Century modernist furniture like the Tolix stool has never completely gone out of style, though the popularity of the current television program Mad Men, which takes place in the Madison Avenue advertising world during the 1960s, has pushed the level of appreciation for the sleek design and excellent craftsmanship of the Eames lounger, Ghost chairs, the Noguchi coffee table, and the Tolix stool to new heights. A new generation of Americans is learning to love these incredible works of functional art.