When I started selling antiques 20 years ago, we turned our noses up at the 50's and 60's furniture. I have heard it called motel furniture, doctor's office furniture and school furniture. And yes, the simplicity of its design, durability and less is more approach is reminiscent to all of us who remember it from our youth. Whether it's a decor you like or not, it is here to stay and going forward with potential value for your pocket if you are a dealer.
What should you look for?
1. Look for quality. Solid wood in good condition does matter greatly.
2. Look for a furniture maker and then look for the designer. Google images of the names you find until you find your piece of furniture.
3. Danish mid-century modern furniture is in high demand. Much of it is made from teak wood and very sleek in its design. Very desirable look for new families.
4. Search the name in craigslist.org as well as ebay.com and 1stdibs.com to find the value.
My client had no idea this John Widdicomb desk would bring 1200.00 and the upright chest 1500.00. The value was added by the fact that the designer's name is Bert England and called the Persian design. It is solid mahogany in a walnut finish with solid brass pulls.
Busy Bee Moving Sales sold these Dux travertine top coffee tables in Nashville, Tn. for 800.00 each in January.