Arcopal Ambar coffee mugs

75.00

ORIGIN: France

MANUFACTURER: Arcopal

YEAR: 1960s

DIMENSION: 7 x 6,5cm

 

About Arcopal…

If we are all familiar with its name, it is because we saw Arcopal glass homeware around our grandparents’ houses, and if we saw them it is because the French firm fulfilled what promised when it was born in 1958: its hallmark was a guarantee of durability and resistance. The secret? The way of working tempered glass and its borosilicate opaline glass pieces, such as this set of five coffee cups.

 

On the Mid-Century Modern style…

Long story short: simple, clean lines, respectful use of materials and absence of decorative elements. This movement, born in the United States in 1945 (after the Second World War), extended its influence until the end of the 1960s in the fields of graphic and interior design and architecture. Mid-Century modernists looked to the future with optimism, prioritising functionality -inherited from the Bauhaus school of design- and natural materials (preferred by organicist architects such as Aalvar Alto or Frank Lloyd Wright).

 

Of course, the study of this style (and its name) took decades to arrive. It was the designer Cara Greenberg, with her book “Mid-Century Modern. Furniture of the 1950s” published in 1986, who came up with the key elements of this style: Mid-Century spaces are typically horizontal, with a predominance of white. The furniture is Danish design, the art is big and colorful, the lamps incorporate metal structures to bring an industrial touch.