Monday, April 5, 2010

The Mexican and Swedish Designs of Edmund Spence

We’ve got a great Mid-Century Modern furniture designer as today’s designer influence, but we admit that we don’t have a lot of information on him. Every now and then we come across furniture designs that we love, but we have to pass on as post subjects simply due to a lack of information available. Not today! We’re bringing you the MCM designs of Edmund Spence, and hoping you might help us fill in some of the blanks.



Once you see some of Spence’s pieces, you’ll understand our urgency in getting his work in front of your eyes. We first stumbled across one of his gorgeous Art Deco-inspired, wave-front dressers. These furniture pieces are of a Swedish style, and are usually made up of light-color toned wood materials like sycamore, birch and curly maple. The undulating drawers give a lot of energy to the pieces. You can also find in his designs nightstands, dining chairs, tables and more.


Quite on the other spectrum of design, Spence also created pieces with a distinctly Mexican style-feel to it. Mexican styles often feature heavy, dark woods and ornate carvings, usually quite bulky pieces that are intricate and overwhelming. Spence’s design brilliance comes in with his ability to interpret the most important aspects of Mexican design, but in a fancy Mid-Century Modern way. The lines are sleeker, heavy pieces are placed on small legs for height and carvings are detailed, but simple.



Quite on the other spectrum of design, Spence also created pieces with a distinctly Mexican style-feel to it. Mexican styles often feature heavy, dark woods and ornate carvings, usually quite bulky pieces that are intricate and overwhelming. Spence’s design brilliance comes in with his ability to interpret the most important aspects of Mexican design, but in a fancy Mid-Century Modern way. The lines are sleeker, heavy pieces are placed on small legs for height and carvings are detailed, but simple.


As mentioned, we don’t know much about Edmund J. Spence, but we do know that while he was an American, he did design primarily in either Swedish or Mexican styles, and often in the country of the style, using local craftspeople and materials. This adds an air of authenticity to his pieces, and also of course means that all of his work is of the highest quality. We might not know a lot about the background and life of furniture designer Edmund Spence, but his work is amazing, and still rather affordable to collect. Check it out!

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