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Back in time: The splendor of mid-century design furniture

Exploring and honoring Belgian furniture

Our passion for quality furniture with a rich history drives us and keeps us engaged. In this blog, we delve into the world of Mid-century design furniture and discover why reintroducing old furniture into contemporary interiors is so important. We’ll also take a moment to appreciate some notable Belgian furniture designers who have stood the test of time. Read on and be inspired by the timeless beauty and durability of these exquisite pieces

What is Mid-century and mid-century design furniture?

Mid-century refers to the period of design that extended from the middle of the 20th century, roughly between the 1930s and 1960s. This style is characterized by functionality, clean lines, organic shapes, and the use of new materials such as plastic, plywood, and glass. At Studio Rafe, we take pride in not being just an average vintage dealer but in having a passion for restoring these timeless furniture pieces to their former glory, allowing them to shine once again in modern interiors.

Renowned Belgian furniture designers

In Belgium, we’ve been fortunate to know many talented furniture designers who have left a lasting impression. At Studio Rafe, we are absolutely fans of their work. Names like Maarten Van Severen, Jules Wabbes, and Emiel Veranneman come to mind when we think of timeless Belgian-made furniture. Their designs embraced the essence of the Mid-century style, creating iconic pieces that continue to be appreciated to this day.

De Coene et Freres: A legacy of quality and inspiration

A special mention goes to De Coene et Freres, an influential player in the Belgian furniture industry. Inspired by Henry Van de Velde and the Arts and Crafts movement, they embarked on a journey to combine elegance and craftsmanship. Their pinnacle came at the 1958 World Expo in Brussels, where they furnished various pavilions, showcasing themselves to the world. Today, it’s the brutalist sideboards with graphic doors that are highly sought after. These unique designs with their robust appearance and striking graphic patterns are often attributed to De Coene, though it’s important to note that this attribution is more often incorrect than correct. For instance, Defour and MI are also responsible for similar designs.

The Importance of circular furniture

At Studio Rafe, we strongly believe in sustainability and the circular approach to furniture. The fact that we don’t manufacture furniture ourselves but instead seek old pieces through various channels, restore them either personally or professionally, and reintroduce them to the market, is a clear testament to our commitment to sustainability. By breathing new life into old furniture, we reduce our ecological footprint and contribute to a better future for our planet. Preserving these unique pieces in Belgian interiors also means upholding our rich history of good design and traditional craftsmanship.

Embracing the legacy

Mid-century design furniture is more than just decorative items; they represent a legacy of timeless beauty and craftsmanship. As recognized dealers in design furniture, at Studio Rafe, we are always on the lookout for authentic pieces that are meticulously identified and labeled. It is our passion to research the history of these furniture items and uncover their true origins. If you’re seeking stunning pieces that have withstood the test of time, Studio Rafe is the right place for you. Our carefully curated collection offers a unique blend of elegance and craftsmanship that perfectly complements modern interiors. And don’t forget, by bringing these pieces into your home, you’re helping to restore their history and keep their stories alive for future generations.

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