Above, a birch Heywood-Wakefield
dining room set, c.1956. Originally a “blonde” finish which imparts a
quality to the wood and partly obscures the grain, these pieces are now
The unbranded piece at left (c.1959) I’ve dubbed the
table.” This, the radio, the wallpaper, and even the floor
are what’s known as “kitsch.” So is the small bedroom lamp below.
Serious collectors of mid-century modern would have me apologize at
this point. OK, I’m sorry.