Singer & Sons

Posted on August 07 2018

Singer and Sons was a NY based manufacturer of high-end, well made modern pieces post WWII.  Although they are no longer in business, they left a long and lasting impression on the high-end furniture market in the US.

Their story starts after the war.  People were hungry for furniture that was new, luxurious and modern.  In the late 40’s, the head of Singer & Sons, in a quest to meet the new market demands, discovered the works of Gio Ponte.  A deal was struck that allowed Singer & Sons to produce Ponte’s Italian designs in America. Later Ponte partnered with Bertha Schaeffer for a series of original designs for Singer.  Eventually Ponte introduced Singer to Carlo Mollino and Ico Parisi. Those introductions introduced the American consumer to an entirely new and exciting version of modernism.

Singer and Sons furniture was extremely expensive at the time it was made.  Today pieces can fetch six figures at auction. If you’ve ever had the good fortune to see a piece made by Singer & Sons, you’ll never forget its beauty.

My favorite Singer & Sons pieces are the extendable dining table, designed by Gio Ponte, and the curved walnut dining chairs, designed by Bertha Schaefer.  We have been fortunate enough to have both in our collection at one time.

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