Cindy Allen and Friends Look Back to the Future of Furniture

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(From left to right) George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames, and Jens Risom play musical chairs in the July 1961 issue of Playboy.

Cancel your plans for tomorrow evening and adopt a pensive-yet-naive Mad Men pose, because the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) has assembled a stellar crew of design minds to discuss one of our favorite topics: midcentury modern furniture. The delightful Cindy Allen, editor-of-chief of Interior Design (which we have been known to purchase in lieu of groceries), will be joined by MCNY curator Donald Albrecht, design historian Phyllis Ross (who you’ll recall as the author of the splendid Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living), architect and designer Gunnar Birkerts, and Lin/Weinberg Gallery founders Andy Lin and Larry Weinberg. The panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. (buy tickets here), but we suggest arriving early to take in the two related exhibitions: “The Future at Home: American Furniture, 1940-1955” and “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future,” co-curated by Albrecht and Ross.