More copies of mid-century modernBy

More copies of mid-century modern

More and more retailers have offered mass produced copies of works by famous mid-20th century designers. Copies of original works by Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Eva Zeisel, George Nelson, Lee and Pup McCarty and others are now widely available.

Reproductions include lamps, clocks, tables, chair, textiles, radios, mirrors and other accessories from the 1950-60s. New clocks patterned after George Nelson originals are particularly widespread. A single company in Poland is now making at least four different styles; additional Nelson styles are produced in other countries.

Be very cautious when purchasing such items without a firsthand inspection. Some new pieces have facsimile designer signatures.

Ten years ago, there were relatively few mid-century modern copies in the market. At that time, most copies were confined to museum shops and catalogs of institutions which emphasized contemporary art such as the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Reproductions which copy the mid-century look have been carried by many specialty retailers and catalog merchants.


Copy of George Nelson multicolored sunburst wall clock, left.
Right, copy of 1950s generic wooden stacking storage cubes.