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Ken and Isa Mishuku

Known on Instagram as the “midcenturymanila” built by the founders, Ken and Isa Mishuku, the account has gained a massive following as everything they post sells immediately. Exhibiting pieces by posting aesthetically pleasing photos and telling the story behind them, one cannot miss the effort they put in.

León Gallery (photo from leon-gallery.com)

On July 18, 2021, Midcentury Manila will showcase their authentic retro and vintage furniture and accessories at the Leon Exchange online. Auctions will only take place on www.leonexchange.com.

Along the way, the distinct but demanding individual tastes of Ken and Isa found a balance and today their Midcentury Manila brand has become the go-to place for vintage showcase pieces that can brighten up any home or office. Showcasing pieces such as tables, chairs, wardrobes, lamps and everything else from the mid-century, their number continues to grow.

Here are the couple’s top picks to guide us through their more than 100 lots that will be auctioned online next Sunday from 11 a.m.

Shell Chair CH07

Kicking off the list is the CH07 Shell Chair (H: 29 “, W: 36”, D: 32.6 “). Originally designed in 1963 by Danish modernist icon Hans J. Wegner and made by Carl Hansen & Son, this chair is painted in cream and gloss red and has a 14 inch convex seat.

Tongue chair

Next in the couple’s top picks is the Tounge chair (H: 25 “, W: 35”, D: 39 “), designed in 1967 by French furniture and interior designer Pierre Paulin for Artifort. This chair saw the day in the ’60s at a time when the sexual revolution had already taken hold and conversation pits and low furniture encouraged people to explore new ways of using floor space.

B3 armchair

Bauhaus icon Marcel Breuer’s B3 armchair (H: 28 “, W: 29”, D: 26 “), better known as the“ Wassily Chair ”, was originally designed in the 1920s and is one of the first models produced by Gavina, an Italian furniture manufacturing company.This vintage chair has leather arm slings and a 16 inch seat.

Pastil rocking chair

A vintage fiberglass Pastil rocking lounge chair (H: 53cm, W: 92cm, Depth: 92cm) from the space age looks like a giant Skittles candy. It was designed by Finnish interior designer Eero Aarnio for Asko in 1968 with the aim of integrating it into the empty padded space of his iconic ball chair.

Reclining lounge chair

Danish designer Ib Kofod Larsen’s reclining lounge chair (H: 29 “, W: 27”, Seat: 16 “) takes comfort to a new level with its richly grained teak frame, sculptural armchair and armrests, backrest and angled feet that recline in four different positions.

2 seater sofa in teak wood

An addition to Ib Kofod’s star craftsmanship in the upcoming León 20 is his teak wood 2-seater sofa. (H: 28.5 “W: 52” D: 28.5 “, Seat: 15”) designed for Selig, Denmark in the 1960s. This iconic sofa features sculptural armrests and a stunning slatted backrest.

Ploum sofa and ottoman

An iconic and comfortable nest-like sofa, the Ploum Sofa and Ottoman (Sofa – H: 28 “, W: 80” D: 42 “, Seat: 16”; Ottoman – H: 15 “, W: 30”, P : 19 “) has a slightly closed angle adapted to encourage those sitting on it to come closer to each other, helping to cultivate an atmosphere of intimate conversations. It was designed by the brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for the French brand of high-end designer furniture from Ligne Roset.

Chesterfield sofa

The Chesterfield sofa (H: 28 “, W: 94”, D: 33 “) takes eighth place. This sofa was meticulously handmade in England and fashioned in vintage oxblood leather. With a 17.5 inch seat , this makes it a comfortable sofa for four people.

Happy Hour Sofa

A rare gem from the 90s, the Happy Hour Sofa (H: 34 “, W: 101”, D: 30 “) is a vintage postmodern three-seater sofa designed by Adreas Storiko for B&B Italia. It is made of genuine leather and has a aluminum base with individually tilting sections.

Footrest PH43 Goldhøg

The PH43 Goldhøg Footstool (H: 15 “, W: 18.5”, D: 13 “) was Poul Hundevard’s centerpiece for Vamdrup Stølefabrik in the late 1950s. The design of the Gold Hill stool has been redesigned by Hundevad from a similar and well-preserved Bronze Age archaeological artifact that was excavated from a burial site near Vamdrup, Denmark, in 1891. It features a lavishly carved wooden folding frame and a sling made of leather.

PK22 lounge chair

Designed in 1956, the PK22 lounge chair (H: 28 “, W: 24.8”, D: 24.8 “) embodies Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm’s understated and exquisite approach to design, as well as his penchant for clean lines and natural materials Created in 1956, this piece has a 13.8-inch seat and is characterized by a simple and clean aesthetic.

PH80 floor lamp

Another Danish creation is the PH80 floor lamp by Poul Henningsen (H: 131.5 cm, shade diameter: 55 cm) made for Louis Polsen Denmark in the 1920s. It is an innovative system lamp with 3 shades with white opal shades and a metal base.

GPlan Fresco floating desk

Now let’s move on to tables, desks and dressers. The GPlan Fresco Floating Desk (H: 28 “, W: 66”, D: 18 “) was developed by British furniture designer Victor Wilkins for GPlan, UK, in the 1960s. This table features a shape and iconic mid-century modern handles, as well as a teak wood desk with a floating top.

Convenient Group Planner

Paul McCobb’s Planner Group Dresser (H: 42 “, W: 36”, D: 18.5 “) is a classic 4-drawer maple wood dresser designed by the iconic Mid-Century Modern American designer in the 1950s as part of its famous Planner Group collection for Winchendon furniture Its original brass handles are still in good vintage condition.

Sculpta chairs ‘Star Trek’

The Sculpta “Star Trek” Chairs (H: 38 “W: 21.5”, D: 18 “, Seat: 19”) are a set of four black vinyl and aluminum upholstered chairs designed in the 1960s by Americans modern and mid-century moderns. contemporary furniture designer Vladimir Kagan for Chromecraft. These are also known as “Star Trek Chairs” due to their appearance on set in the “Spocks Brain” and “The Trouble with Tribbles” episodes of the original “Star Trek” series.

Rio rosewood credenza in rosewood

A massive three-meter-long vintage sideboard made in Germany, the Rio Palisander Rosewood Credenza (H: 30.5 “, W: 118.5”, D: 18 “) features a beautiful fiery grained Brazilian rosewood body and metal base.

Rosewood coffee table

Made by Japanese modernist Isamu Kenmochi for Tendo Mokko, a Japanese furniture maker specializing in quality furniture, the rosewood coffee table (H: 13.5 “, W: 52”, D: 36 “) has a earth tone with curved bases.

Nomos table

The Nomos table (H: 28.5 “, W: 79”, D: 31.5 “) is a vintage 8-seater table made by Norman Foster for Tecno Italy in the 1980s. The frame of the Nomos is designed from the same way as a zoomorphic skeleton, with its glass top and metal base in excellent condition.

Platner Coffee Table

Designed in 1966 by American architect and interior designer Warren Platner for Knoll International, the Platner Coffee Table (H: 15 “, D: 42”) still has its original glass top with a beveled edge. This is the bronze finish version.

Extendable teak dining table

The Extendable Teak Dining Table (H: 28.5 “, W: 67”, D: 35 “complements the highlights of mid-century Manila. [not extended]). Danish designers are definitely powerhouses when it comes to mid-century modern designs, as evidenced by this piece designed by Niels Møller for JL Møllers. It has a hidden, expandable section that doubles as an additional dining space or serving area.

Obviously, there’s no slowing down in mid-century Manila, as his furniture has now become a staple for those with a sense of design that complements their taste for the finer things in life. Ken and Isa Mishuku’s keen interest in vintage and retro, along with their tireless dedication and strong and effective partnership with the León Gallery, allowed them to take their vision to the next level. Plus, with a treasure trove of valuable coins from across the globe to be discovered, it’s safe to say that Ken and Isa are only beginning to scratch the surface.

Be part of the mid-century design movement and decorate your spaces with the carefully selected lots that will go under the hammer on July 18, 2021 at the 20th edition of León Exchange.

For more information, visit the Instagram accounts of @midcenturymanila and @leongallerymakati.



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