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Mid-Century Twin Peaks: How They Lived Fifty-Six Years Ago

A listing was sent to us by an architect friend with this challenge:

How many pieces of mid-century furniture by Wegner can we find in the photos of this "As Is Trust Sale"?We see a Wishbone chair, and others we know not the names of. Furniture detectives to the listing for more. We also can't remember who did the shelving system. George Nelson? If you know, feel free to let us know in the comments. Meanwhile, we couldn't figure out which one we liked best, so go wild. Built in 1950, the house could easily be a set for a David Lunch film; it has tear-down written all over it. Or if the Supervisor's moratorium on demolition hasn't expired, it could theoretically be renovated out of existence. The work of a known architectural firm, Malone & Hooper, a less-well-known firm in the Bay Area Modernist tradition. Danish designer Hans Wegner produced the Wishbone chair in 1949. So if it's original to the house, we're looking at the cutting edge of design, mid-last century. 799K

Wegner died earlier this year at the age of 92. To quote from his obituary in The New York Times:

''He was one of what I think of as the humble giants of 20th-century design, those men who would probably shun the term designer and prefer to call themselves cabinetmakers,'' said Paola Antonelli, the curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. · Wegner Wishbone Chair [Google]
· 49 Twin Peaks Boulevard [Nick Johnson/Coldwell Banker via MLS]
· We're Shopping [Curbed SF]