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Mcm Office Accessories

MCM Office Desk Paper Organizer Tray
By Industrias Ruiz Galindo SA (IRGSA)
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this Mid-Century Modern desk office tray, clean design in two levels made by IRGSA, circa
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Vintage 1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

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Wood

MCM Office Desk Paper Organizer Tray
MCM Office Desk Paper Organizer Tray
H 8.67 in W 10.24 in D 14.77 in
MCM Bruce Fox Gold Anodized Aluminum 3D "Excellence" Motivation Desk Accessory
By Bruce Fox
Located in St. Louis, MO
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Bruce Fox motivational desk accessory 3D Font " Excellence " in
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

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Aluminum

MCM Staved Walnut Desk Organizer
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice and functional MCM staved walnut desk organizer, circa 1970s. The piece is in very good
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Walnut

MCM Staved Walnut Desk Organizer
MCM Staved Walnut Desk Organizer
H 3 in W 7.5 in D 4.5 in
Pair of MCM Ram Bookends
Located in Jupiter, FL
Absolutely stunning pair of Bookends. The ram details are quite lovely. The color and weight is of solid mass and very well constructed and preserved.
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

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Wood

Pair of MCM Ram Bookends
Pair of MCM Ram Bookends
H 7 in W 8 in D 6.5 in
MCM Two Piece Lucite Desk Set
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice two piece lucite desk set, circa 1970s. The set is in good vintage condition and includes a loose leaf calendar holder and a scratch paper box. The calendar measures 8.2...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

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Lucite

MCM Two Piece Lucite Desk Set
MCM Two Piece Lucite Desk Set
H 1.75 in W 8.25 in D 6 in
MCM Green Singer Sewing Machine in Cabinet
Located in Norton, MA
Quality made with elegant design from the Mid-Century Modern Singer Sewing Machine and Table Cabinet, all original components and all in good condition with the good working function...
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Mid-20th Century English Desk Sets

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Wood, Machiche

MCM Japanese Patinated Iron Winking Owl Pen Tray
Located in San Diego, CA
A fun MCM Japanese patinated iron winking owl pen tray, circa 1970s. The tray is in very good
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Iron

Large MCM Advertising Desk Pad on Wood Truck "Mitchell"
Located in San Diego, CA
A super cool and hard to find large MCM advertising desk pad on wood truck "Mitchell", circa 1970s
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

Materials

Wood, Paper

MCM Teak Perpetual Desk Flip Calendar, Security Pacific Bank
Located in San Diego, CA
A very cool and hard to find MCM teak perpetual desk flip calendar from California's Security
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20th Century American More Desk Accessories

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Plastic, Teak

MCM Wood and Naugahyde Double Letter Tray by John Mel
Located in San Diego, CA
Very cool and functional MCM wood and nauhgahyde double letter tray by John Mel, circa 1970s. The
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Naugahyde, Wood

MCM Lucite Napkin Holder by Denels Originals of Palm Springs
Located in San Diego, CA
A cool MCM lucite napkin holder by Denels Originals of Palm Springs,circa 1970s. The piece is in
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

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Lucite

MCM Two Piece Brass and Faux Crocodile Desk Set
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice two piece brass and faux crocodile desk set, circa 1970s. The set is in good vintage condition and includes a long base with a letter holder, a pen holder and a business ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

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Brass

"Bulletin Cube" MCM Cork & Chrome Desk Organizer / Pencil Holder by Park Sherman
By Park Sherman
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice "Bulletin Cube" MCM cork and chrome rotating desk organizer / pencil holder by Park
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Chrome

Serge Mansau for Fratelli Guzzini Italy MCM Designed Lucite Tape Dispenser - NOS
By Serge Mansau, Robert P. Gottlieb, Fratelli Guzzini
Located in St. Louis, MO
dispenser, new old stock. Great desk accessory. See my other listing for vintage Robert P. Gottlieb lucite
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

Materials

Steel

MCM Brass / Leather Long Shoehorn in the Style of Jacques Adnet by Arfango
By Jacques Adnet
Located in San Diego, CA
A very cool MCM brass and leather long shoehorn in the style of Jacques Adnet by Arfango, circa
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass

MCM Teak Waste Basket in the Style of Martin Aberg for Servex Rainbow
By Martin Åberg, House of Rainbow Wood Products Inc.
Located in San Diego, CA
A beautiful mid-century modern Scandinavian teak waste paper basket in the style of Martin Aberg for Servex House of Rainbow Wood Products, circa 1970s. The piece is in good vintage ...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Desk Sets

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Teak

Danish Modern Desk Organizer / Letter Tray
Located in San Diego, CA
finish on solid wood. Great addition to any MCM office of den! #3545
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Cherry

Danish Modern Desk Paper Tray in Teak
Located in San Diego, CA
any MCM office of den! #1720.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Teak, Paper

Danish Modern Teak Desk Set
Located in San Diego, CA
holder, circa 1970s. The set is in excellent condition and would make a great addition to any MCM office
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Teak, Paper

Danish Modern Teak Desk Set
Danish Modern Teak Desk Set
H 2 in W 9.25 in D 8 in
Extra Large Desk Organizer or Letter Tray in Teak by Pedersen & Hansen
By Pedersen & Hansen
Located in San Diego, CA
" H. This organizer is hard to find and a great addition to any MCM office or den! #1859.  
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Tissue Box Cover
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice MCM walnut tissue box cover, circa 1980s. The box is in very good vintage condition and
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Mid-20th Century Thai Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Tissue Box Cover
Mid-Century Modern Walnut Tissue Box Cover
H 3.5 in W 10.25 in D 5.5 in
Solid Brass Mid Century Etruscan Horse Letter Opener
Located in Los Angeles, CA
work station, and especially those with a MCM twist. A beautifully designed piece, when polished to
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Letter Openers

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Danish Modern Blond Maple Magazine Rack 1950s Beautiful Design! MCM
By George Nelson, Jens Risom
Located in Peoria, AZ
is a beautiful MCM magazine rack In very good vintage condition! The must have accessory for the
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Maple

Altamira: Italian Furniture Glassware Lamps Accessories
By Gio Ponti, Altamira
Located in New York, NY
Catalog showcasing high-end Italian furnishings and accessories, published circa 1956 by the fabled
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Books

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Paper

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Maharam Pillow, Small Dot Pattern by Charles & Ray Eames
By Maharam, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
Maharam Pillow Small Dot Pattern by Charles & Ray Eames 006 Document Reverse Small dot pattern offers an alternate scale of Dot Pattern, Ray Eames' 1947 design for the Museum of Mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton, Polyester

Dunbar Roger Sprunger Rosewood and Stainless Steel Desk
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Pasadena, TX
A Mid-Century Modern executive desk in the style of Roger Sprunger. Rosewood with stainless steel double pedestal base. Three drawers including one file and two regular with two pull...
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Vintage 1970s American Desks

Materials

Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Carlo di Carli Gueridon, circa 1963, Italy
By Carlo De Carli
Located in Girona, Spain
DESCRIPTION: Round polished wooden top on a stepped trumpet column, on a round base with a patinated brass band. Very decorative piece. Literature: Domus No. 410, December 1964; Riv...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gueridon

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Brass

Stamped 1961 Danish Teak Peter Lovig Nielsen for Hedensted Mobelfabrik Desk
By Lovig Dansk, Hedensted Møbelfabrik
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely original Mid-Century Modern circa 1961 Peter Lovig Danish Teak bookcase back desk designed for Hedensted Mobelfabrik An iconic desig...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Teak

Bleecker Street, Abstract Painting
By Joey Korom
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
A modern abstract painting in cool blocks of blues and grays vibrating with brilliant red and pastel yellow. "Like its Manhattan namesake, 'Bleecker Street' ...

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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Mid-Century "The Boss" Mahogany Executive Desk with Brass Pulls
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Mid-Century "The Boss" mahogany executive desk with brass pulls with a woven wicker back. The large 76" wide desk with six drawers. We at the shop have dubbed this desk "The Boss...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Italian MCM Marcel Breuer Cesca Accent, Side or Desk Chair, ITALY -- One Chair
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Basel, BS
A beautiful single Italian Breuer Cesca chair with a Wood framed seat and back, birds eye cane and a chrome plated metal frame. This chair is in beautiful condition, marked "made in ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Chandelier Erik Hoglund Attributed
By Erik Höglund
Located in Weesp, NL
Erik Hoglund Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian chandelier Chandelier holds eight glass candleholders. Measurements : D.60 x H.133 adjustable. Height without the chain 34cm. Erik Hög...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Iron

Vintage Cork And Chrome Oval Dining Table Conference Table Desk MCM Minimalist
By Pace Collection, Milo Baughman, Paul Evans, Willy Rizzo
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Vintage Oval Cork Dining Table. This table can serve multiple purposes. It can be used as a conference table for professional meetings, offering a distinct and creative aesthetic, o...
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Cork

MCM Newton's Cradle "Swinging Wonder" Executive Desk Game
Located in San Diego, CA
A very cool vintage MCM "Swinging Wonder" executive desk game, circa 1960s. This item is in very good vintage condition with original label and measures 9"W x 7"D x 9"H. The Newton'...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Toys and Dolls

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Steel

MCM Gold Spun Fiberglass String Swag Pendant Hanging Light Fixture or Lamp
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous Mid-20th Century Mid Century Modern gold spun fiberglass string swag or pendant hanging light fixture or lamp. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is vintage and...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Wire

Executive Model DoMore Swivel Desk Office Chair Model 616 c 1950/1960's
By General Fireproofing Company
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional Industrial, Mid Century swivel office, desk chair by The DoMore Chair Company. The chair features a chrome base on wheel castor feet, thick tweed and vinyl seat, vinyl,...
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

ANCO BILT Mid 20th Century Oak & Pine Drafting Table
By Anco Bilt
Located in Charlotte, NC
A Mid 20 Century MCM drafting table by Anco Bilt. Oak & pine woods, metal mechanisms, adjustable tilt-top, adjustable height, and "A" shaped legs with stretchers. Features metal guid...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Kipp Stewart American Design Foundation MCM Solid Cherry Corner Desk
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Countryside, IL
Kipp Stewart American Design Foundation Mid Century solid cherry corner desk This desk measures: 47.5 wide x 36.25 deep x 22.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Cherry

Ten White Leather High Back Bird Chairs on Wheels by Fabricius & Kastholm
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Dronten, NL
This set of 10 Model FK 6725 leather 'Bird' Chairs, also commonly referred to as the 'Tulip' chair, are designed by Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm. Marked with label. All 11 ch...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Brown Vinyl Faux Leather Pair Steelcase 451 Rolling Office Chairs Style Pollock
By Steelcase, Charles Pollock, Knoll
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome pair of brown vinyl faux leather MCM (a.k.a.) Mid-Century Modern style Steelcase 451 office chairs with 4 prong base on casters in the style of the Charles Pollock office ch...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Recent Sales

MCM Weltron 2001 8-Track Tape Player (200 tapes avail) ( lk eames )
Located in Madison, WI
stereo consoles and accessories. If this sells before this ad closes we will take it down. Thank you
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Music Stands

Materials

Acrylic

MCM Office Desk Paper Organizer Tray by IRGSA
By Industrias Ruiz Galindo SA (IRGSA)
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this Mid-Century Modern desk office tray, clean design in two levels made by IRGSA, circa
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Vintage 1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

Materials

Wood

MCM Office Desk Paper Organizer Tray by IRGSA
MCM Office Desk Paper Organizer Tray by IRGSA
H 8.27 in W 10.63 in L 8.27 in
1960s MCM Modernist Tiered Office Letter File Tray in Restored Walnut Wood
By Peter Pepper Products
Located in Chula Vista, CA
MCM Walnut Letter File Tiered Tray 1960s Modernist Tiered office letter in out file tray in walnut
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Walnut

Pair of Italian 1950's Bookends Marble and Bronze Bulls
By MCM Unique
Located in London, GB
Pair of beautiful Italian 1950's bookends featuring brass bulls set on green marble blocks. Very beautiful, rare and stylish bookends.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Marble

Large vintage Italian mcm marble mushroom objet, 1960s
Located in View Park, CA
A uniquely large vintage Italian marble mushroom paperweight or objet d’art, 1960s. Tones of peach, cadmium, and tangerine. Minor scuffs here and there but overall fabulous condition...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights

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Alabaster, Marble

Florence Knoll Letter Tray
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
This is a classic mid-century modern desk or table accessory designed by none other than Florence
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Bentwood

Florence Knoll Letter Tray
Florence Knoll Letter Tray
H 2.25 in W 11.5 in D 14 in
MCM Brutalist Brasilia Lingerie Chest 6130-43 Broyhill Premier Series Walnut
By Broyhill Brasilia
Located in Topeka, KS
your bedroom for ANY accessories. It would be a lovely cabinet to use in a study, office, hall, or
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

MCM Office Desk Paper Organizer Tray by IRGSA
By Industrias Ruiz Galindo SA (IRGSA)
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this Mid-Century Modern desk office tray, clean design in two levels made by IRGSA, circa
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Vintage 1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

Materials

Wood

MCM Office Desk Paper Organizer Tray by IRGSA
MCM Office Desk Paper Organizer Tray by IRGSA
H 8.67 in W 10.24 in D 14.77 in
MCM Office Desk Paper Organizer Tray by IRGSA
By Industrias Ruiz Galindo SA (IRGSA)
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this Mid-Century Modern desk office tray, clean design in two levels made by IRGSA, circa
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Vintage 1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

Materials

Wood

MCM Office Desk Paper Organizer Tray by IRGSA
MCM Office Desk Paper Organizer Tray by IRGSA
H 8.67 in W 10.24 in D 14.77 in
MCM Walnut & Maple Pencil Holder
Located in San Diego, CA
MCM walnut and maple wood pencil holder with two bays, circa 1970s. The piece is in great vintage
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Maple, Walnut

MCM Walnut & Maple Pencil Holder
MCM Walnut & Maple Pencil Holder
H 4.5 in W 6 in D 3.5 in
Mcm Wood and Brass Double Letter Tray
Located in San Diego, CA
Very cool and functional MCM wood and brass double letter tray, circa 1950s. The set is in very
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Mcm Wood and Brass Double Letter Tray
Mcm Wood and Brass Double Letter Tray
H 8.75 in W 10.25 in D 14.75 in
MCM Lucite / Acrylic Clear Photo Display Stand / Rolodex Frame
Located in San Diego, CA
photographs) accent piece for any MCM room or office!
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Lucite

MCM Five Piece Brass and Faux Crocodile Leather Desk Set
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice five piece brass and faux crocodile leather desk set, circa 1970s. The set is in good vintage condition and includes a letter holder, a dual pen holder and two pens, a sc...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

Materials

Brass

1960s Walnut Tiered Letter Desk Tray
By Peter Pepper Products
Located in Chula Vista, CA
MCM Walnut Letter Desk Tray 1960s Modernist tiered office letter in out file tray in walnut wood
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Walnut

1960s Walnut Tiered Letter Desk Tray
1960s Walnut Tiered Letter Desk Tray
H 8.5 in W 10.25 in D 14 in
Danish Modern Desk Organizer / Letter Tray in Teak by Pedersen & Hansen
By Pedersen & Hansen
Located in San Diego, CA
any MCM office of den! #1719.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Teak

Extra Large Desk Organizer / Letter Tray in Teak by Pedersen & Hansen
By Pedersen & Hansen
Located in San Diego, CA
addition to any MCM office or den!  
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Teak

Extra Large Desk Organizer or Letter Tray in Teak by Pedersen & Hansen
By Pedersen & Hansen
Located in San Diego, CA
addition to any MCM office or den! #1194.    
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Teak

Extra Large Desk Organizer or Letter Tray in Teak by Pedersen & Hansen
By Pedersen & Hansen
Located in San Diego, CA
addition to any MCM office or den! #1293.   
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Teak

Modern Lucite Tape Dispenser by Two's Company, Design Study Collection MoMA
By Two's Company, MOMA Museum New York
Located in San Diego, CA
to any MCM office or den! #1566.    
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Teak Tissue Box Cover
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice MCM teak tissue box cover, circa 1970s. The box is in very good vintage condition and
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Mid-20th Century Thai Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Teak

Modern Desk Organizer / Letter Tray in Teak and Lucite
Located in San Diego, CA
three Lucite shelves are removable and adjustable. Very unique and hard to find MCM desk organizer
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Sheet Metal

Set of Three MCM Geometric Shape Sculptures
Located in San Diego, CA
Super cool set of three MCM geometric shape sculptures, circa 1970s. The set has a great look and
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Polystyrene, Plastic

1960s Dandelion Resin Art Paperweight Vintage McM Modern Flower Power Gift
By Enzo Mari
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Retro organic desk accessory decor/paperweight. Hard to find the older examples.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Natural Specimens

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Resin

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Mcm Office Accessories For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of mcm office accessories for sale on 1stDibs. Each of these unique mcm office accessories was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, hardwood and teak. Mcm office accessories have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. Mcm office accessories made by mid-century modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — are very popular at 1stDibs. Mcm office accessories have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Pedersen & Hansen are consistently popular.

How Much are Mcm Office Accessories?

Prices for mcm office accessories start at $200 and top out at $800 with the average selling for $275.

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 celebrated 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.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. 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 desk-accessories for You

Whether you’ve carved out a space for a nifty home office or you prefer the morning commute, why not dress up your desk with antique and vintage desk accessories? To best tiptoe the line between desk efficiency and desk enjoyment, we suggest adding a touch of the past to your modern-day space.

Desks are a funny thing. Their basic premise has remained the same for quite literally centuries: a flat surface, oftentimes a drawer, and potentially a shelf or two. However, the contents that lay upon the desk? Well, the evolution has been drastic to say the least.

Thank the Victorians for the initial popularity of the paperweight. The Industrial Revolution offered the novel concept of leisure-time to Europeans, giving them more time to take part in the then crucial activity of letter writing. Decorative glass paperweight designs were all the rage, and during the mid-19th-century some of the most popular makers included the French companies of Baccarat, St. Louis and Clichy.

As paper was exceedingly expensive in the early to mid-19th-century, every effort was made to utilize a full sheet of it. Paper knives, which gave way to the modern letter opener, were helpful for cutting paper down to an appropriate size.

Books — those bound volumes of paper, you may recall — used to be common occurrences on desks of yore and where there were books there needed to be bookends. As a luxury item, bookend designs have run the gamut from incorporating ultra-luxurious materials (think marble and Murano glass) to being whimsical desk accompaniments (animal figurines were highly popular choices).

Though the inkwell’s extinction was ushered in by the advent of the ballpoint pen (itself quasi-obsolete at this point), there is still significant charm to be had from placing one of these bauble-like objets in a central spot on one’s desk. You may be surprised to discover the mood-boosting powers an antique — and purposefully empty — inkwell can provide.

The clamor for desk clocks arose as the Industrial Revolution transitioned labor from outdoors to indoors, and allowed for the mass-production of clock parts in factories. Naturally, elaborate designs soon followed and clocks could be found made by artisans and luxury houses like Cartier.

Find antique and vintage desk accessories today on 1stDibs.