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May 8, 2020

34 Vintage Photos That Show the Berge-Norman Furniture Design in the Early 1950s

The 1950s were a decade filled with exuberance, radiating a positive outlook from the WWII post-war recovery.

The emphasis of a ’50s household was on comfort and leisure, with the decade being a prosperous time for most middle class families. More and more families were flocking to the suburbs, abandoning their city slicker lifestyles for a cozy home in a neighborhood.

And because there was more time allocated for recreation and relaxation, interior design became vibrant and fun.

These vintage photos from Berge-Norman catalog scans that show furniture design in the early 1950s.


Armchair and end table

Armchair and magazine table

Armchair and side chairs





Cocktail table and sofa

Console table

Desk venetian front

Dining table and side chairs

Dining table, side chair, and armchair

Dining table, side chairs and director's chair

Dining table, sideboard, and ladder back chairs

Director's chair

Double dropleaf table and folding chairs

Double dropleaf table and side chair

Folding chairs

Free form desk (front view) and director's chair

Free form desk and director's chair

Lounge chair

Modular cabinet

Modular shelves

Modular wall unit

Modular wall unit

Nest of tables and armchair

Side chair and armchair

Side chair seagrass and side chair ladder back nuhyde

Sofa and glass top cocktail table

Swivel chair on casters, folding chair, and swivel chair on legs

Tea cart and sunburst lounge chair

Universal cabinet and sofa

Wall group and side chair


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