Backyard History: Outdoor Furniture Then and Now

When looking for patio decor inspiration, look no further than the Mid-Century design movement. The post-war era saw a boom in leisure time, with planned communities springing up around major cities. Each neighborhood had houses with little picket fences and each house had a patio, complete with a charcoal grill and a set of stylish chairs.

From the late 1940’s through the 1970’s, wire and bent steel were the preferred mediums for outdoor furniture, which mixed organic and geometric forms to great effect. Some of our favorite designers of the period include Russell Woodard, John Salterini and Brown Jordan – each one so beloved that many of their designs are still in production today.

Shop both new and antique outdoor chairs, including our mid-century-inspired Modern Wire Chair (available in three colors), our 1960’s Salterini Slice Chairs, and our 1950’s Russell Woodard Sculptura Chairs.