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Contemporary Shelving System Designed by Zaha Hadid in Black Granite
By Zaha Hadid
Located in Essex, CT
Valle is shelving system finely crafted in black granite that continues Zaha Hadid's explorations into the unique properties and performance of stone. Defined by the contrasting ligh...
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2010s Italian Shelves

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Granite

Polished Aluminum and Glass Sculptural Contemporary Shelving Unit by Deon Rubi
By Deon Rubi
Located in Brooklyn, NY
One of Deon Rubi's more iconic designs, the triangular Metro Shelf is a mix of masculine and feminine energy. Bold but delicate, with a flirty slant, this shelf, in the style of a 19...
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2010s American Modern Shelves

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Aluminum

Tetra, Solid Oak Customisable Contemporary Shelving Units by Made in Ratio
By Made in Ratio
Located in London, GB
The contemporary Tetra shelving system is made from solid European white oak or solid European walnut. The modular trapezoid cell can be used as a single unit or can be built up to c...
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2010s British Minimalist Shelves

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Oak, Walnut

Contemporary Shelving Room Divider "Paso" in Walnut by Casey Lurie USA
By Casey Lurie
Located in Chicago, IL
Minimalist and sophisticated, "Paso" is a versatile shelving unit designed for books or object collections. Alternating ladder-like shelves allow for books and objects of various siz...
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2010s North American Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Orchestra, Contemporary Leather and Wood Modular Shelving System
By Matì
Located in Tradate, IT
Orchestra is a sectional bookcase but, nevertheless, immune from the formal rigidity of a repetitively geometrical modularity. Made up of three elements in different sizes and depths...
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2010s Italian Modern Shelves

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Leather, Walnut

Contemporary Modernist Cement Wood Shelving Table Frank Lloyd Wright Style
By Frank Lloyd Wright
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a brilliant, cement topped wood coffee table, with six shelves, in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, circa the 1990s. In very good condition. The dimensions ...
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1990s Tables

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Cement

Contemporary Asymmetrical Bookcase with Teak Wall Panel and Aluminum Shelving
By Tisettanta
Located in Chicago, IL
Bookcase unit to be horizontally or vertically positioned. Shelves in aluminium varnished folded sheet metal. Back panel in teak wood. Designed by Giuseppe Vigano for Tisettanta ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

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Aluminum

Tetra, Solid Walnut Contemporary Customisable Shelving Units by Made in Ratio
By Made in Ratio
Located in London, GB
The contemporary Tetra shelving system is made from solid European white oak or solid European walnut. The modular trapezoid cell can be used as a single unit or can be built up to c...
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2010s British Minimalist Shelves

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Contemporary Room Divider Shelving "30/30 S" in Oak by Casey Lurie Studio
By Casey Lurie
Located in Chicago, IL
Part room divider, part bookcase, part screen, the "30/30" series is an extremely versatile shelving system. Named for the degrees of the alternately angled dividers which give the p...
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2010s North American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Contemporary Display Shelving "Primo" in White Oak and Brass by Casey Lurie
By Casey Lurie
Located in Chicago, IL
“Shelving can be the most mundane thing you own, or it can be the beautiful bones of a room, as pleasing to see as anything it displays. Casey Lurie’s Primo system would be the latte...
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2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Contemporary Room Divider Shelving "30/30 L" in Oak by Casey Lurie Studio
By Casey Lurie
Located in Chicago, IL
Part room divider, part bookcase, part screen, the "30/30" series is an extremely versatile shelving system. Named for the degrees of the alternately angled dividers which give the p...
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2010s North American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Contemporary Room Divider Shelving "30/30 M" in Oak by Casey Lurie Studio
By Casey Lurie
Located in Chicago, IL
Part room divider, part bookcase, part screen, the "30/30" series is an extremely versatile shelving system. Named for the degrees of the alternately angled dividers which give the p...
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2010s North American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Contemporary Chester Bookcase or Shelving Unit in Oak or Walnut with Bronze
By FBC London
Located in London, GB
The strong geometry of this shelving unit replicates that of a Roman fort, creating a strong presence in any room, featuring a contrast in materials, textures and tones. The solid ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Oak, Walnut

Shelving unit by Muriel Coleman for California Contemporary
Located in Hollywood, CA
Vintage wrought iron shelving system by noted early California designer Muriel Coleman with solid Redwood planks. The planks are moveable as they sit on the iron with metal clips. M...
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Vintage 1960s American Shelves

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Wrought Iron

Contemporary Modern Herman Miller 4 x 2 Storage Shelving Unit 2000s 3-Drawer
By Herman Miller
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an incredibly fun, 4 x 2 storage shelving unit, with three drawers and seven shelves, by Herman Miller, circa 2000. In very good condition. The dimensions a...
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Early 2000s American Shelves

Materials

Wood

Contemporary Modern Erre Cherrywood Glass Shelving Unit Vitrine Étagère Display
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a beautiful light up shelving unit vitrine, with three glass shelves, and cherrywood, by Erre. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 46.5" W x 15.5" D ...
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Early 2000s American Bookcases

Materials

Glass, Cherry

Contemporary Green Acrylic Modular Shelving Unit Bookcase Étagère Italian
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a fun, modular shelving unit étagère bookcase, made in Italy. In good condition. The dimensions are 52" W x 13.5" D x 54.5" H.   
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Late 20th Century Italian Bookcases

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Acrylic

Contemporary Shelving For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more in our collection of contemporary shelving on 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, walnut and metal, every piece of contemporary shelving was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for an item from our selection of contemporary shelving, we have 1 options in-stock, while there are 12 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a choice in our collection of contemporary shelving — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. An object in our assortment of contemporary shelving is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Modern and Mid-Century Modern styles are sought with frequency. Casey Lurie, Made in Ratio and Deon Rubi each produced at least one beautiful option in this array of contemporary shelving that is worth considering.

How Much is a Contemporary Shelving?

The average selling price for a piece of contemporary shelving at 1stDibs is $4,810, while they’re typically $1,400 on the low end and $194,000 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Storage Case Pieces for You

Dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded. A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.