Modern Love

By Karen Parr-Moody

Published: September 20, 2016


The so-called “modern” design style is beloved by GasLamp shoppers, whether it is Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian or contemporary design (even Hollywood Regency, in its time, was considered fetchingly “modern”).


Modern style typically takes on design parameters that hopscotch their way through several decades. These include, loosely, the geometric forms included in Mid-Century Modern and contemporary lamps, tables and chair frames, as well as the sleekness of lines, such as those found in slender sofas of the 1960s and the human form of the 1920s. Think: 1950s starburst clocks, 1930s Waterfall dressers, 1950s Dorothy Draper España-style chests, 1920s car hood ornaments by Lalique and the modern-day “Meurice” chandelier by Jonathan Adler for Robert Abbey (photo above).


Want a conversation starter in a contemporary piece? Try this Luminary Collection Table Lamp by Trend Lighting (photo, left). Not only does it throw off a soft, romantic glow, it invites guest to chatter away just trying to figure out how it was made. It’s covered in silver pin-like pieces that make it shine. Look for it at the original GasLamp, Booth B-702 ($139).


Playful indoor-outdoor furniture made of powder-coated steel is a contemporary trend that has legs. Produced in playful shapes and fun colors, these green chairs at the original GasLamp will enliven any room, indoors or out (photo, right).


The Mid-Century Modern style made use of sleek woods, such as that seen in this chair (photo, below left; $195 at Booth B-206). It has been upholstered in a clever patchwork of vintage and new fabrics.


One of the fun aspects of 20th-century modernity was the creation of artful board games, including this one called “Lowell Thomas Travel Game World Cruise” (photo, below right; $49 at Booth B-2012D). This charming board game was designed in 1937 by Parker Brothers, inspired by Lowell Thomas, a well-known radio broadcaster who travelled the world and found interesting stories. A war correspondent in Europe and the Middle East while in his 20s, Thomas helped make T.E. Lawrence famous via his coverage and, later, with a book called With Lawrence in Arabia (1924).


Recognizing Thomas’ unique charm, Parker Brothers created this game that depicts four types of travel, including a train, an ocean liner, a four-engine seaplane and a dirigible. The game materials include cards, money, wood pieces and celluloid dice.


Everything about modern décor is simply pulse-quickening. And the antique dealers at GasLamp and GasLamp Too have responded to this style with a wealth of items that are sure to delight fans.






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