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Reissued Furniture Classics Are Stealing the Spotlight

Arlene Hirst of the Wall Street Journal reports on the benefits of reissued midcentury furniture.   “A new wave of reissued, long-lost designs is edging longtime staples out of the limelight.” “Reissues are not a new phenomenon—the Italian company Cassina began reviving Le Corbusier pieces in 1964. But the market for them has exploded in […]

 

“Reissues are not a new phenomenon—the Italian company Cassina began reviving Le Corbusier pieces in 1964. But the market for them has exploded in the last few years. It’s good news for people who want a classic piece but have neither the time nor desire to scour antiques sales or stalk 1stdibs for a rare example of Hans Wegner’s Papa Bear chair. Even better, these new-old pieces give you a wider range of options than the list of acceptably iconic pieces that, while great, are verging on being overused.”

A More-Startling Sofa” Smilow Furniture WFS488 Rail Back Sofa
Also back in production is this 1950 couch (top) by Mel Smilow, designer and co-owner of the Smilow-Thielle chain of midcentury furniture, which closed in 1981. It has the enduring appeal of the Florence Knoll sofa (inset, bottom) yet feels less predictable. Smilow Furniture WFS488 Rail Back Sofa, $12,600, Suite NY, 212-421-3300