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Hornsea Pottery

Hornsea Pottery by John Clappison Vide Poche in White, Black and Burgundy, 1950s
By John Clappison, Hornsea Pottery
Located in New York, NY
Stunning Hornsea Pottery midcentury vide poche catchall from Hornsea, England. Bold red interior
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Vintage 1950s English Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic

Hornsea Mid-Century Hand Painted Rainbow Pattern Art Pottery Vase
By Hornsea Pottery
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish mid-century hand painted vase decorated in the rainbow pattern by Hornsea and dating
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Vintage 1960s English Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Hornsea Studio Craft Mid-Century Pair Westminster Ceramic Vases
By Hornsea Pottery
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish and attractive pair English Hornsea Studio Craft mid-century ceramic vases decorated
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Vintage 1960s English Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

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West-Germany Scheurich Keramik Vase - Model 209-18
By Scheurich Keramik
Located in Søgne, NO
Vintage West-Germany Scheurich Keramik Vase - Model 209-18 Product Description: Embrace the timeless charm of this vintage West-Germany vase, model 209-18, meticulously crafted by t...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Orange Black and Aqua Green Ceramic Vase by Cortendorf, West Germany
By Cortendorf
Located in East Quogue, NY
Bright, boldly colored orange, black, and aqua green mid-century vase by Cortendorf. A beautiful, bold example of West German Art Pottery from the 1950s. It has its original maker's ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

1980s Citizen Japanese Blue Steel Retro Vintage Industrial Antique Quartz Clock
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Citizen super tanker slave clock original blue finish. A reclaimed and restored maritime slave clock also called secondary clock of superior build quality. These clocks were us...
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Vintage 1980s Japanese Industrial Wall Clocks

Materials

Steel, Cut Steel, Chrome

Flower Exploring the World in Bloom
Located in New York City, NY
A comprehensive and sumptuous survey that celebrates the beauty and appeal of flowers throughout art, history, and culture The latest installment in the bestselling Explorer Serie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Books

Materials

Paper

  • Flower Exploring the World in Bloom
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  • Flower Exploring the World in Bloom
  • Flower Exploring the World in Bloom
H 11.375 in W 9.875 in D 3 in
Kosta Boda by Vicke Lindstrand Blown Glass Bud Vase, Clear with Black Detail
By Kosta Boda, Vicke Lindstrand
Located in New York, NY
Bud vase by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Boda Sweden, blown glass. Circa 1950s, signed Kosta LH 1270 on bottom. Measurements: H 3.5", W 2.5", D 1.5".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Blown Glass

Westwood Ware California Pottery Ceramic Bowl Centerpiece in Gold and Black
Located in New York, NY
Striking gold and black centerpiece bowl by Westwood Ware California Pottery. The gold contrasts beautifully with the matte black pattern on the outside, this piece is stunning at di...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Pierre Jeanneret Dining Chairs in Teak
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A terrific large set of correct and perfectly matched dining chairs in teak by Pierre Jeanneret. The "PJ-SI-25-A" V-type canned chair. This particular set is a true matching set fro...
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Vintage 1950s Indian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Teak

  • Pierre Jeanneret Dining Chairs in Teak
  • Pierre Jeanneret Dining Chairs in Teak
  • Pierre Jeanneret Dining Chairs in Teak
  • Pierre Jeanneret Dining Chairs in Teak
H 33.5 in W 17.5 in D 20.5 in
Moroccan Encaustic Cement Tile in Antique White Color
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Moroccan handcrafted and hand-painted cement tile in antique white color. These are authentic Moroccan encaustic tiles handmade by artisans in Fez Morocco. This is the traditional Mo...
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20th Century Moroccan Moorish Flooring

Materials

Cement

Vintage Midcentury Dunhill Ceramic Ashtray
By Dunhill
Located in San Diego, CA
Square ceramic ashtray with black high gloss glaze, features red and gold Dunhill label on all four sides. Has four small feet to elevate it off a table surface. Dimensions: 5.75” wi...
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Vintage 1960s English Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

Materials

Ceramic

  • Vintage Midcentury Dunhill Ceramic Ashtray
  • Vintage Midcentury Dunhill Ceramic Ashtray
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H 2.55 in W 5.75 in D 5.75 in
Large German Floor Vase by Scheurich Keramik, W-Germany Pottery, 1960s-1970s
By Scheurich Keramik
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful large Mid-Century vase by Scheurich. West Germany, 1960s-1970s Shape number 546-40 (Model-height in centimeters).
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of neo classical Style Benches
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Pair of neo classical style curule form beech wood benches, late 20th century.
Category

Late 20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Benches

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Beech

  • Pair of neo classical Style Benches
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H 19.5 in W 20.5 in D 17 in
A colorful flamework vessel by Kurt Wallstab from 1988
By Kurt Wallstab
Located in Aachen, DE
During the late 1970ties flameworkers in Germany went from glass apparatus construction to decorative arts. Some of them with Museum quality pieces that did gain international recogn...
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Vintage 1980s German Other Vases

Materials

Glass, Blown Glass, Art Glass

Night of Birds - ceramic tile - 1954
By (after) Salvador Dali
Located in Paris, FR
Salvador DALI (after) Night of Birds Handpainted ceramic tile Signed in the pattern 8 x 8" (20x20cm) Edited in 1954 by Maurice Duchin and hand crafted in atelier MPG under the contr...
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1950s Surrealist Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Midcentury Bar Cart Tiles and Wrought Iron, Vallauris France, 1950s
By Vallauris
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Midcentury bar cart tiles and wrought iron. Vallauris France, 1950s. Hand-painted tiles! Signed. Perfect vintage condition.  
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Wrought Iron

Onyx and Brass Hinged Box in Brown, Amber, Taupe and Red, Italian, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Stunning onyx marble box with brass hinged lid and charming brass feet. Lined with red velvet, which shows a black mark on the interior. The marble exhibits swirls of brown, taupe, ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Marble, Onyx

Rosenthal Studio Line by Christa Hausler-Goltz, White Porcelain Bisque Vase
By Rosenthal, Christa Hausler-Goltz
Located in New York, NY
Rosenthal Studio Line white porcelain bisque vase by Christa Hausler-Goltz. Beautiful rounded oblong form, with linear details. Measurements: H 5.5" W 4.5" D 2.5"
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

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Hornsea Midcentury Ashtray Catchall in Yellow Rainbow Pleat Design
By Hornsea Pottery
Located in New York, NY
Rare Hornsea Pottery 'Rainbow' ashtray catchall, this unique vintage piece is from 1960s England
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Vintage 1960s English Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Ceramic

Hornsea Small Vase from the ‘Concept’ Series, Designed 1977 by Martin Hunt
By Martin Hunt, Hornsea Pottery
Located in London, GB
Martin Hunt (Queensbury Hunt) for Hornsea Pottery & Co Ltd, designed 1977 Vase from the ‘Concept
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Vintage 1970s British Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Hornsea Teapot from the ‘Concept’ Series, Designed 1977 by Martin Hunt
By Martin Hunt, Hornsea Pottery
Located in London, GB
Martin Hunt (Queensbury Hunt) for Hornsea Pottery & Co Ltd, designed 1977 Teapot from the ‘Concept
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Vintage 1970s British Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

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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 Decorative Objects for You

Every time you move into a house or an apartment — or endeavor to refresh the home you’ve lived in for years — life for that space begins anew. The right home accent, be it the simple placement of a decorative bowl on a shelf or a ceramic vase for fresh flowers, can transform an area from drab to spectacular. But with so many materials and items to choose from, it’s easy to get lost in the process. The key to styling with decorative objects is to work toward making a happy home that best reflects your personal style. 

Ceramics are a versatile addition to any home. If you’ve amassed an assortment of functional pottery over the years, think of your mugs and salad bowls as decorative objects, ideal for displaying in a glass cabinet. Vintage ceramic serveware can pop along white open shelving in your dining area, while large stoneware pitchers paired with woven baskets or quilts in an open cupboard can introduce a rustic farmhouse-style element to your den.

Translucent decorative boxes or bowls made of an acrylic plastic called Lucite — a game changer in furniture that’s easy to clean and lasts long — are modern accents that are neutral enough to dress up a coffee table or desktop without cluttering it. If you’re showcasing pieces from the past, a vintage jewelry box for displaying your treasures can spark conversation. Where is the jewelry box from? Is there a story behind it?

Abstract sculptures or an antique vessel for your home library can draw attention to your book collection and add narrative charm to the most appropriate of corners. There’s more than one way to style your bookcases, and decorative objects add a provocative dynamic. “I love magnifying glasses,” says Alex Assouline, global vice president of luxury publisher Assouline, of adding one’s cherished objects to a home library. “They are both useful and decorative. Objects really elevate libraries and can also make them more personal.”

To help with personalizing your space and truly making it your own, find an extraordinary collection of decorative objects on 1stDibs.