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Storage Unit Designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Diego, CA
Storage unit 4 x 2 storage unit designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller, circa 2000s. The
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century ESU Storage Unit
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Countryside, IL
Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller mid century ESU 2 x 2 storage unit Storage unit measures
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Metal

Storage Unit 100 2x1 Bookcase Designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Diego, CA
Storage unit 100 2 x 1 bookcase designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller, circa 2000s. The
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Eames ESU 1x2 by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Seattle, WA
Originally designed in 1950 by Charles & Ray Eames, the Eames Storage Unit (ESU) was designed to be
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Plywood

Second Gen Eames ESU 150 N
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Seattle, WA
The iconic ESU series was produced briefly between 1950-1955 by Herman Miller, spanning 2 design
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Second Gen Eames ESU 150 N
Second Gen Eames ESU 150 N
H 20.5 in W 24 in D 15 in
Mid-Century Modern Teak & Aluminum Wall Unit Shelving Teak & Aluminum
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Chula Vista, CA
. Unmarked. The USA, circa 1960s. Dimensions: 36 1/2" Tall x 65 1/4" W. x 4 shelves, 10" D.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

1956 Eames 3 Trusonic Speaker System and Custom Cabinet Credenza
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Miami, FL
: Overall 79 inches wide x 18 1/4 inches deep x 39 1/2 inches high. Speaker cabinet 36 inches wide. Storage
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Aluminum

Charles And Ray Eames ; Vintage Esu 421-n
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller circa 1950-52 , a second series ESU ( Eames Storage Unit
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Vintage 1950s American Cabinets

Midcentury Eames Contract Storage 'ECS' Unit
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration this is extremely rare Eames wall unit produced in 1961. The ECS are seldom
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Bookcase Shelving Wall Unit, One Bay, Walnut & Aluminum Eames
Located in Chula Vista, CA
shelves and aluminum brackets, metal uprights. The USA, circa 1960s. Dimensions: 48 1/2" tall x 34 3/4
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum, Stainless Steel

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A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right storage-case-pieces for You

Of all the antique and vintage case pieces and storage cabinets that have become popular in modern interiors over the years, 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, Poul Cadovius 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.