Hello all you design history lovers.
I am in desperate need of some advice and support.
I am 20 years old and have been an obsessive fan of mid century modern design since even before this community was started. I created the community, midcenturymod
, when I realized how much I loved this stuff and have been enamored by the sight of vintage furniture even more than I ever have!
I have decided to make this my CAREER.
A career in either appraising or the history of decorative arts and furniture. I have big dreams of collecting 50's danish and modern furniture ... I have dreams of appraising estates of people who have big collections of modern furniture such as the ones you all post pictures of! Or better yet, working in a MUSEUM with full benefits and working with an entire team of people dedicated to conserving modern art, with my specialty in the modern movement.
What do you think of that? It's such an outlandish career path, but it's something I'm so passionate about. I'm young and have yet to decide on a major... I am thinking of majoring in Art History and getting my "Material Cultures" certificate at the University of Wisconsin in Madisonhttp://www.materialculture.wisc.edu/
Click link for more information and give me your thoughts and ideas on this program, and if you think it is the appropriate choice for schooling. I have e-mailed the instructors of the program and neither of them have responded... I may just have to end up visiting the school and talking with them in person, but for now I ask you to evaluate the program! PLEASE! I need advice from people who LOVE and STUDY the history of design and have turned their love into a career!!!!!
I may also possibly be getting my appraising certificate from northwestern university in chicago, and I want to pursue this "Furniture Conservation Training Program" at the Smithsonian Conservation Institute.
But the thing is... All of this schooling costs money. I know I could get scholarships and stuff, but how am I going to afford to pay for all this schooling and support myself when in reality an art history degree with some material cultures program may potentially lead me nowhere in obtaining a job that I can live off of...
I NEED YOUR THOUGHTS, OPINIONS, ETC
on where you believe the market for mid century modern is going, and if you think the value of the furniture is going up.
I personally believe the value of mid century modern furniture will greatly increase, seeing as the older it gets, the more valuable it will become. From the research I have done, it seems as though more antique books, art galleries, and auction houses are featuring pieces from this era. I Also believe more and more people are catching on and seeing how influential modern pieces have been in today's design world.
I plan on writing books on mid century modern design and furniture someday, and basically becoming an expertise in this area. I have already started with forming a collection of 50's interior design books. I have several 50's "American Home" magazines from the 50's, and have already started with collecting mid century modern fabrics, lamps, furniture, and decor. (my collection is tiny, though, seeing as how I don't have a lot of money working part time at an ice-cream store being a full time student).
I would also like to say thank you to whoever has read this, and I sincerely appreciate the ones who come forward and give me advice. I don't know a whole lot of people in my real life who appreciate these things as much as I do. I know people exist out there, though. I'm also glad to have been the creator of a community on live journal that has flourished as much it has. Places like though, are great, and can give a lot of insight into how mid century modern furniture and decor are a definitive part of the history of design.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this community :)
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, and vintagecolor