Arthur Umanoff might just be one of the most mysterious designers ever. With his designs in high demand, he collaborated with a number of different furniture companies, starting in the Elton Company and eventually creating some of his most well-known lines with Shaver Howard and Raymor. In the 1960s, Arthur Umanoff also designed a series of clocks for the Howard Miller Clock Company. Arthur Umanoff’s work is distinctive for its combined use of wood and wrought iron. He distinguished himself from his more staid US Modernist contemporaries with his use of trellis forms on chair backs and screens. Perhaps his most iconic design was a collection of Mid-Century Modern bar stools and chairs, made of walnut or birch wood slats on wrought iron frames. He also worked extensively with rattan and wicker to design indoor and outdoor pieces, from home office desks to patio sets. Arthur Umanoff was sure to never neglect the importance of functional entertaining, as he designed a variety of wine racks and bar carts in different sizes and styles (even if you’ve got 50+ bottles of wine, Umanoff’s got you covered with one of his massive standing wine racks). Although he usually stuck to neutral colors and finishes, every now and then, he would design something with a pop of color for a pop of playfulness. Arthur Umanoff furniture offers a sophisticated, yet humble vibe, with elegant and playful motifs that are never over-the-top.
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