Think that piece of Danish Modern furniture you picked up at a yardsale must be Danish? Maybe not. In the mid fifties, Danish Modern was just… modern. It’s what everyone who was making furniture was doing – including these Canadian Designers. Note James Murray’s design below – pretty sure that would be the same James Murray who designed our rental house on Cottonwood here in DM. But whatever happened to George Padiak, Robertson Easton, Howard Doner, Bruce Hewson or Elizabeth Honderich – where are they now? Not exactly name-dropped in the same circles as Alvar Aalto or Finn Juhl. But that’s Canada for you. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
A sideboard (or credenza, as you fancy folks call it) is de rigeur for every Don Mills dining room. You need somewhere to place the cocktail weenies while you serve your wet martinis, after all. Although it looks like they have a bottle of Mr. Bubbles prominently displayed there, I’m pretty sure thats just some West German pottery. Or, of course, an Eastern Canadian knock off of West German Pottery.
A room divider – now there’s a piece of furniture that has fallen from favour, but could really make a comeback. Especially in an apartment where space is tight. The telephone table, not so much. We have pockets for that now. Alexander Graham Bell (now at least there’s ONE famous Canadian) would be proud. Or, think cellphones are witchcraft. One or the other.