Hello my name is Oliver and welcome to Alto Stile.
Please take the time to see our latest pieces of mid century design, and if you have any questions or would like to come and view please ask.  Thankyou

Alto Stile was founded to bring rare and interesting pieces of mid century modern furniture to the local London and online marketplace.

We source beautiful pieces of design from Denmark, Italy, Sweden and France and sympathetically restore and re-upholster with quality and attention to detail.

We focus on pieces that are not often seen in the UK, taking time and effort to bring them back to their original condition.

If you are looking for something different, something with mid century style and elegance to enhance your home please take a  look at our current  mid century furniture  collection.

Alto Stile (Italian for high style) reflects our passion for mid century modern design.

Sourcing and restoring furniture to its former glory so that it will look stunning in your home.

We have a frequently asked questions   and  delivery  page which are full of good information, and an  about us  page if you would like to learn more about myself.

We are based in North London and are open Monday to Saturday (Please call first). If you would like to contact us to find out more, place an order or arrange a viewing please fill out the  contact  form, phone or email.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Oliver

Alto Stile was founded to bring rare and interesting pieces of mid century modern furniture to the local London and online marketplace.

We source beautiful pieces of design from Denmark, Italy, Sweden and France and sympathetically restore and re-upholster with quality and attention to detail.

We focus on pieces that are not often seen in the UK, taking time and effort to bring them back to their original condition.

If you are looking for something different, something with mid century style and elegance to enhance your home please take a  look at our current  mid century furniture  collection.

Alto Stile (Italian for high style) reflects our passion for mid century modern design.

Sourcing and restoring furniture to its former glory so that it will look stunning in your home.

We have a frequently asked questions   and  delivery  page which are full of good information, and an  about us  page if you would like to learn more about myself.

We are based in North London and are open Monday to Saturday (Please call first). If you would like to contact us to find out more, place an order or arrange a viewing please fill out the  contact  form, phone or email.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Oliver

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Mid Century Modern

Mid century modern, a bit of an ambiguous term refers to design from the early 1940’s to the mid 1960’s.

It is a modernist aesthetic as in form follows function, but there is a relaxing of the style from the earlier designs of the 1930’s. Mid century modern design is still simple and restrained but the forms become freer, they become more organic.

Britain can make it exibition poster 1950's

Festival of Britain poster 1950'sPost war is when this new take on modernism really started to flourish.

The destruction of the second world war provided fertile ground for new innovative design. A desire to look forward to a brighter future coupled with major advances in science and technology (nuclear power, chemicals, medicines to name a few) created a real optimism.

Bold new ideas were encouraged and seen by many at the Britain Can Make It (1946) and Festival Of Britain (1951) exhibitions, where furniture design was heavily featured.

Many countries were influenced by this zeitgeist but the two that stood out were Scandinavia, especially Denmark and Italy.

Both countries having a strong craft / cabinetmaking tradition as well as a mass of publications and information on new design, pushed the barriers and exemplify what we regard as mid century modern design today.

Please see the bibliographies below on some of the key designers and manufacturers from this period.

Mid Century Modern Designers

Hans Wegner Ox chair Danish 1950

Hans Wegner

Arne Jacobsen Egg chair Danish 1950

Arne Jacobsen

Mid century furniture Finn Juhl Danish design 1950

Finn Juhl

Fritz Hansen mid century modern Swan chair 1950

Fritz Hansen

Gio Ponti chair Italian design supperleggera 1950

Gio Ponti

Franco Albini Mid century modern Italian 1950

Franco Albini

Italian design Ico Parisi 1950

Ico Parisi

Cassina mid century furniture italian design 1950

Cassina