On This Week’s Show – “Yesterday To Tomorrow” my conversation with gallery owner, designer and mid century style and furniture expert Evan Lobel. Evan established Lobel Modern in NYC in 1998. His vision was to promote important vintage mid- century design that focused on exceptional craftsmanship and materials with an emphasis on furniture that crossed over into art.

Lobel Modern has since become a critical resource for designers, architects, and collectors around the world seeking high-end 20th century modern furniture, lighting, art, and decorative objects.

Evan’s research and scholarship is sought after by numerous projects and publications. He is the foremost expert on the works of the American Furniture Designer Karl Springer and coordinated a retrospective for one of the first modernist designer Harvey Probber.

I remember the early days when Evan had his shop on West 18th. He featured then a magnificent collection of the exuberant Modernist designs by the important 1950’s glass artist Anzolo Fuga. Join us Tuesday Night @8pm for a fascinating conversation.

David introduces interior designer Evan Lobel. David talks about the 50s as the “time before” and it being uniquely positioned between yesterday and tomorrow with its mid century modern designs. He continues about it being the time of new art and a time of new modern interiors and designs.  David goes into well known designers that he and Evan will discuss more on in the next segment.

Evan describes what his definitions of beauties are. He discusses being a collector of beautiful things in his home. David and Evan move into mid century modern design and the two main categories of it. They then move into different designers of the 30s and the radical ideas they had for the time.

David and Evan talk about Karl Springer and the uniqueness of the materials he worked with. Evan mentions his admiration for Karl and how he was always open about his inspiration. He moves into time-lining Karl’s journey of becoming a star in the furniture designer world. David asks Evan to talk about how his taste and style has changed over the years. Evan talks about his line of furniture that he has designed.

David and Evan take questions from listeners. Evan gives his qualifications for what makes something an antique. Evan talks about why mid century is still relevant today. David talks about the first time he noticed the shift in people not wanting responsibility in taking care of their furniture. They discuss how mid century modern paralleled America.