I ❤️ Midcentury design! I can't wait to tell you the story of this gorgeous dresser, but FIRST, a quick history lesson 🤓:
"midcentury" is a term coined in the 1980's that refers to a span of time from the late 1930's - the late 1960's.
The trend gained momentum in the post-war era as inventive American artists created furniture designs focused on function and affordability, rather than ornate decoration.
Midcentury design is marked by sleek uncluttered lines, minimal ornamentation, and the use of natural materials like wood and leather, as well as non-traditional materials like plastic, steel and aluminum. Tapered wooden legs or steel hairpin legs were also a distinct characteristic on couches, 🛋 tables and dressers of this era.
Today, "midcentury modern" is highly reproduced (and watered-down in my opinion). But, the upside to mass-production is that a new generation can enjoy and learn about this era that brought us the Saarinen tulip table, Eames lounge chair, and Danish teak furniture!
Now back to this dresser 🤩 Made by Drexel (out of Hickory, NC), it's from the "Composite" line produced in 1961. Constructed of walnut and inlaid with bird's-eye walnut (the far-right doors), I bought the lowboy and tallboy dressers as a pair from the original owners!😲 Incredibly functional for their era, the drawers all have metal rollers for smooth opening, while many other manufacturers of that time were using wood-on-wood drawer guides.
The ✨BEST✨ part of this story is the tie to our Stamey family history: my husband's great-great-grandfather was the 1st elected mayor of Hickory, NC, and his grandfather, great uncle and several other relatives all worked in the DREXEL furniture production plant! (How cool right?!?!) 🙌🏻
The lowboy dresser is in our daughter's room, while the tallboy has a home in our guest room. These pieces make me happy because of their beauty, but they also serve as a reminder to our wonderful family lineage!
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