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50 YEARS IN THE MAKING: A MID-CENTURY MODERN MASTER DEBUTS AT ICFF

Perhaps there’s no better testament to the enduring power of a designer and his designs than celebrating the relaunch of his signature pieces half a century after they were first produced. For Judy Smilow, who is launching a capsule collection of furniture based on Mel Smilow’s original designs at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair, this enormous undertaking was much more than reintroducing the world to some of the best examples of mid-20th century modern furniture, it was a labor of love.

Because, for Judy, Mel Smilow is much more than the designer behind some of mid-century America’s best modern furniture.  He is also her father.  She grew up surrounded by the handcrafted seating, case good and lighting pieces that her father made from the 1950s to the 1980s under the name Smilow-Theille and later Smilow Corp. She intimately understands the importance her father placed on using solid walnut, birch and oak and American factories to create these striking pieces and the supreme attention to detail and simplicity that was a hallmark of the brand.

Combining this knowledge and her father’s original designs, Judy worked with a family-run factory in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to reissue a first run of 10 pieces, including a rush woven lounge chair, an ottoman as well as dining chairs and a bench.  The collection is debuting in regeneration Furniture’s booth at ICFF and will be available through the firm’s gallery in SoHo. Smilow’s pieces are also available through reGeneration’s storefront on Dering Hall. Below is a selection of Smilow’s pieces:

Rail Back Lounge Chair

Railback Ottoman

High Back Rail Back Lounge Chair

Hand Woven Rush Seat Dining Chairs

Visit reGeneration Furniture at ICFF in Booth #2039 to preview the relaunch of Smilow Furniture and re:, the gallery’s new bespoke furniture line.