About Heywood Wakefield
"Midcentury modern" is a term that makes collectors' eyes light up, and furniture maker Heywood-Wakefield, which had its heyday between the Great Depression and the dawn of the Space Age, is in line with the streamlined, structural aesthetic. If you are not able to complete your mid-century motif with treasures from Grandmother's attic, plenty of Heywood-Wakefield furniture is still in existence, from champagne or wheat-finished bedroom sets to true conversation pieces such as a double saucer chair like the one shown at the 1964 New York World's Fair or a vintage cast-iron stool from an ice cream parlor. Re-create the glamor of an old-time movie theater with 1949 cast-iron end panels from a cinema in Missoula, Montana; these have ornate, painted designs of fruit baskets and fleur de lis. Less ornate and in some cases without ornamentation, home furniture is widely available. Look for wood chairs, upholstered or not, that fit any modern decor. Alternatively, add a note of whimsy with Hey Woodite plastic school chairs and desks. For more hard-to-find treasures, seek out early Heywood-Wakefield rattan. You can also find bookcase headboard beds, dining sets, and office furniture among a vast inventory on eBay.