A MODERN BLOG FOR THE MIDCENTURY ENTHUSIAST
Is it an OTTOMAN? Is it a BENCH? It's BOTH! It's our Lewis Interiors OttoBench!
The Lewis Interiors OttoBench is stunning! This Mid Century Modern inspired OttoBench can be used as an oversized ottoman and/or a bench for backless seating. The handcrafted quality and beautifully upholstered over-stitched top make this a stylish accent to any space. Our custom handcrafted Mid Century Modern OttoBench is the perfect match for any of our handcrafted Classic Collection pieces! They also have more than enough elegance and panache to stand beautifully on their own, not to mention stand out as a showpiece of timeless style in any room! You choose the fabric color and wood tone to match your space.
Mid Century Modern Lounge Chairs
The greatness of the Lewis Interiors Classic Collection is built upon stylish, comfortable and durable mid century modern lounge chairs like our Lewis Tall Lounger (LTL). This amazing chair features an absolutely stunning handcrafted sleek, high-back Mid Century design. A unique design, superior quality of materials and of course our uncompromisable building techniques make this and our other mid century modern lounge chairs stand out tall from the crowd.
If you've shopped for mid century modern lounge chairs in retail outlets over the past decade, then you know that quality and longevity is questionable, at best with most mass marketed brands. As previous owners of a full-service upholstery shop, we were shocked to see what exists underneath the cheap fabric that is being used these days. It's no wonder why most people that purchase retail furniture find themselves needing to replace it within a few years' time.
The Lewis Tall Lounge Chair
Our tall lounge chair is the definition of high quality custom craftsmanship. This breathtaking piece of furniture can transform the entire look and feel of any room. A perfect accent piece or focal point, the Lewis Tall Lounger is fully customized to your unique tastes. We have 3 wood tones to choose from and 8 house tweed fabrics that are sure to get your creative design juices flowing.
It's no coincidence that our tall lounge chair, the "LTL", also represents the initials of our Grandfather, the successful Leonard Theodore Lewis, whose passion for quality furniture began the journey of Lewis Interiors many years ago. All of our custom furniture is personally handcrafted by owners Ted & John Lewis in Phoenix, Arizona. These talented craftsmen are skilled furniture designers and upholsterers. With over a decade of experience buying and selling high-quality furniture, Ted & John are excited to offer their own quality furniture line.
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36" Front to Back
22" Deep x 19" Wide Seat
18" Top of Seat to Floor
24" Top of Arm to Floor
Who are we?
Lewis Interiors delivers high-quality vintage/retro goods and custom handcrafted furniture to local and online clients worldwide. We strive to be the industry leader in the vintage/modern/retro American-made handcrafted furniture and collectibles industry. We make an effort to provide an excellent customer experience from order to delivery. As a small family-owned business, our goal is to obtain moderate growth and annual profitability - while maintaining our passion for Mid Century Modern style by delivering only the highest quality products.
Milo Baughman Designs
At Lewis Interiors, we love to honor the legendary designers who have handcrafted the furniture we are so passionate about. After all, mid century modern furniture and designs make the world go 'round in our book!
Today, we are proud to introduce you to the great American modern furniture designer, Milo Ray Baughman, Jr. (10/07/23 – 07/23/03). A Kansas born creative who grew up Long Beach, California, Milo Baughman designed countless pieces that are still in high demand today. He served 4 years in the Army Air Force during World War II, designing officer’s clubs along the way.
During his career, Baughman designed for many furniture companies, including DIA (Design Institute of America), George Kovacs, Directional, Henredon and Drexel, and Mode Furniture. His most famous connection, however, was his long-lasting design relationship with Thayer Coggin Inc., of High Point, North Carolina, with whom he designed for nearly 50 years. He was inducted into the Furniture Designer’s Hall of Fame in 1987. Milo Baughman designs are so sought after in our industry that contemporary furniture designers and dealers continue to copy, reinvent, and revive his work to this day.
Milo Baughman’s most famous and iconic designs include: the “951-103” chair, the “820-400” chaise, the “989-103" lounge chair, and the “955-304” sofa.
Here are our favorite quotes from Milo Baughman:
“Furniture that is too obviously designed is very interested, but too often belongs only in museum.”
“When I left Art Center, I thought Modern design would change the world. Now, I no longer have such lofty hopes, but perhaps the world is just a bit better off because of it. In any event, good Modern has already proven to be the most enduring, timeless, and classic of all design movements.”
About Lewis Interiors
Lewis Interiors delivers high-quality vintage/retro goods and custom handcrafted furniture to local and online clients. Lewis Interiors strives to be a leader in the vintage and American-made handcrafted furniture industry. We make an effort to provide an excellent customer experience from beginning to end on every transaction. As a small family-owned business, our goal is to obtain moderate growth and annual profitability - while maintaining our passion for Mid Century Modern style and delivering high-quality products.
Eero Aarnio Furniture
At Lewis Interiors, we like to honor the great designers of the furniture we are so passionate about. Mid Century Modern furniture and designs make the world go 'round in our book!
Today's feature is the great Finnish interior designer, EERO AARNIO. Born in 1932, Aarnio is most noted for his plastic and fiberglass chairs. His most famous pieces include the Ball Chair, Bubble Chair, and Pastil Chair. We also adore the modern feel of his Tomato Chair and Screw Table. Eero Aarnio furniture designs are an icon of 1960's pop culture and can be found in many museums, including the MoMA in New York. His clean and simple designs are very desirable. Currently, Eero Aarnio furniture designs and produces new products, which include an amazing line of children's toys and furniture.
Modern. Vintage. Retro. It's what we do! Check out our website for great vintage pieces and custom handcrafted furniture inspired by the great designers that have forever impacted the world of unique furniture and home accessories! Leave the fluffy couches and cookie-cutter chairs to the rookies!
High Quality Furniture
At Lewis Interiors, we pride ourselves on the high quality furniture craftsmanship that is showcased in each of our custom pieces. Our Mid Century Modern inspired designs are timeless and classic. Each piece of our Classic Collection furniture line is handcrafted personally by owners, Ted & John Lewis. The quality of construction and materials is unmatched in the world of new furniture building. After a decade of experience running a full-service upholstery shop, we have seen everything (literally!). Most consumers would be disappointed to know what lies under the fabric of their furniture. The truth is that cardboard and/or MDF is the norm, which is why the lifespan of most new furniture is only about two years. We offer time-tested high quality furniture design and construction. We build using Scandinavian design concepts and honor the craftsmanship of true MCM furniture. You can see and feel the difference!
5 POINTS OF QUALITY Our Handcrafted Pieces Entail:
Mid Century Modern Furniture Designers
When it comes to midcentury modern furniture designers, the list of notable and influential craftspeople is vast and varied. At Lewis Interiors, we have been inspired by many mid century modern furniture designers. In fact, we have had the opportunity to refurbish and resell thousands of pieces of furniture by talented designers from all over the world. Each piece is truly a unique work of art! Our own handcrafted custom furniture line - Lewis Interiors Classic Collection - showcases this same handcrafted quality, classic design, and timeless style as these craftspeople embodied in their timeless creations.... which, in this day and age, is very hard to come by. Lewis Interiors has tons of vintage furniture available in our eBay store we welcome you to check out. You never know, you just might find something that blasts you back to the past!
Here is a list of our all-time favorite top 15 MCM designers, in no particular order:
Making the Best Mid Century Modern Furniture
SNEAK PEAK!! In our ongoing quest to make the best mid century modern furniture anywhere, the Lewis Interiors Classic Collection will be launching very soon! The same handcrafted, MCM-inspired custom furniture pieces that you've been waiting for are almost here! Choose your wood tone and fabric & leave the rest up to us! We have various styles of lounge chairs, love seats, sofas, and ottomans available. The quality and craftsmanship you're looking for at a price point you can afford! Made in America - Support small businesses! Enjoy this sneak peak of our process and products. We welcome you to stay tuned for more info, and don't hesitate to contact us to learn more about how you can get your hands on the best mid century modern furniture available anywhere!
Mid Century Modern Definition
What is MCM? Well, it stands for Mid Century Modern. This term is thrown around so much these days, that it is often being used as a catch phrase for anything vintage. In reality, the mid century modern definition itself is a difficult term to define. It broadly describes architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century (roughly 1933 to 1965, though some would argue the period is specifically limited to 1947 to 1957). The timeframe is a modifier for the larger modernist movement, which has roots in the Industrial Revolution at the end of the 19th century and also in the post-World War I period.
That being said, to keep up with the times - even we find ourselves using the term MCM outside of it's real realm. Does it really matter? Yes and no. Depends on the purpose of the talk, in our opinion. For searching purposes online, we use it much more liberally than we would in conversation with our peers who know a thing or two about MCM furniture. What are your thoughts? Lewis Interiors has many MCM vintage furniture items available in our eBay store!
Vintage Eames Chair Restoration
We found this handy picture on the Eames Restoration Project site of a vintage Eames chair restoration. What a cool way to see some of the Eames chairs and bases listed by date! What is your favorite Eames base? If you could put together any shell and base, what colors and style would you chose? Hmmm.... so many to choose from, the options seem endless! Check out the Vintage Furniture category in our eBay store!
Lewis Interiors loves everything modern, vintage, & retro! Specializing in MCM and custom built furniture, Lewis Interiors has a wealth of knowledge and experience!