It was in 1957 that a Bernstein/Sondheim song set the agenda for mid-20th-century mores: Cool, from West Side Story. Laid-back was the way to be, and designers were right on track with seductive furniture that appealed to the senses, such as Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair, and Charles and Ray Eames’s Lounge Chair, inspired by a well used first baseman’s mitt (can you think of an image more reassuringly cosy than a baseball snug in a...
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