Along the lines of Paul McCobb and modern furniture designs... The School of Architecture at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had a Modern Furniture Exhibit in 2007. The website has these great historic photos as well as bios and pictures of most mid-century modern furniture designers. I have a few of these chairs in miniature, but I would love to make several others. I think the site is worth a gander if not just to find out more about the incredible designers that set the standards for modern.
(all images form School of Architecture at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign website)