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Very Rare 18th Century Venetian Gilt Bracket, Christie's 2011 Auction
Located in Vaughan, ON
* Vase in picture not included Made in Italy, mid-18th century Christie's, Nov 16, 2011, London
Category

Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Shelves

Materials

Giltwood

Elizabeth Taylor's Diamond Platinum Pendant Necklace, Christie's 2011 Auction
Located in Vaughan, ON
acquired by Redstone Antiques in 2011 through the above mentioned auction. "Number 1" conveys the idea that
Category

Mid-20th Century American Collectible Jewelry

Materials

Platinum

Spectacular Abstract Plastic Totem Single Piece Available at Auction
Located in Guazzora, IT
Mid-Century Modern style with unparalleled Italian craftsmanship. Each bedside table is a testament
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculpt...

Materials

Plastic

Violet Trefusis's George II Silver Table Bell, Christie's 2012 Auction
Located in Vaughan, ON
. Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes, Auction 5962, Lot 737
Category

Antique Mid-18th Century British Tableware

Materials

Silver

Antique Victorian Colored Engraving Auction Bric-A-Brac Centennial Exhibition
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid to late 19th century hand colored engraving depicting men and women viewing objects on a table
Category

Antique 1870s Victorian Prints

Materials

Paper

Christie's NY Interiors Auction Catalogues, 2008-2009, Set of Three
By Christie's
Located in Philadelphia, PA
featured articles cover Chinese Snuff Bottles, Couture, Mid-Century Modern Design, The Cubist Movement, and
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American International Style Books

Materials

Paper

Mid-20th Century Handmade Tibetan Throw Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Tibetan throw rug handmade during the mid-20th century. Measures: 3' 1" x 5' 8
Category

Mid-20th Century Tibetan Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Mid Century Modern Yellow Flower Abstract Painting
By Gerhard Nordstrom
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Mid Century Yellow Flower Abstract by Gerhard Nordstrom Swedish (1925 - 2019) This panting
Category

20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Mid Century Modern Lexington Public Library Geometric Steel Art Wall Panel 36"
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid century modern geometric industrial steel artwork panel purchased from the Lexington Public
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Portrait of a Black Man - 19th Century French Oil on Panel Antique Painting
Located in Sevenoaks, GB
A very interesting mid to late 19th century French oil on panel portrait of a black man holding a
Category

1880s Portrait Paintings

Materials

Oil, Panel

Mid Century FLER 'KARINGA' Armchairs
Located in Auckland, AUK
A Pair [FLER] 'KARINGA' armchairs in good original condtion. [Mathcing Daybed for auction too
Category

Vintage 1970s New Zealand Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Mid Century FLER 'KARINGA' Armchairs
Mid Century FLER 'KARINGA' Armchairs
H 40.56 in W 27.96 in D 31.11 in
Abstract Composition - Original Etching by Jeanette Déséglise - mid-20 Century
By Jeanette Deseglise
Located in Roma, IT
. Jeanette Deseglise is a French artist who was born in the 20th Century. Jeanette Deseglise's work has been
Category

Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Prints

Materials

Etching

Lee Reynolds Large Mid-Century Modern Abstract Oil Painting Canvas Vanguard
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Dayton, OH
Large scale mid-20th century abstract oil painting on canvas signed Lee Reynolds, crafted in shades
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint

Abstract Mid-Century Modern Artwork by Merv Slotnick, 1971
By Merv Slotnick
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Abstract Mid-Century Artwork by Merv Slotnick, 1971 This Black & White Abstract by Merv Slotnick
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Paper

Mid-20th Century Handmade Chinese Art Deco Throw Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Chinese Art Deco throw rug handmade during the mid-20th century. Measures: 2' 8" x 3
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool

William Newcombe Mid Century Abstract Nude
By William John Bertram Newcombe
Located in San Francisco, CA
. He has had auction results over $4000. This wonderful nude looks so much better in person as glass is
Category

Mid-20th Century Abstract Figurative Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media

Italian Mid Century Modern Bar Cart with Service Tray, 20th Century
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern service cart, showcasing exquisite Italian craftsmanship and versatile design
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Mahogany

Bruno Rey "Planter" / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By Bruno Rey
Located in Zürich, CH
masterpieces between 1918 and 1970. Apart from rare French mid-century modern design artefacts by Pierre
Category

Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres

Materials

Concrete, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Travertine Marble Side Table
Located in Lomita, CA
table that is offered in console/pedestal rectangle form. purchased at auction with this piece. (Please
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Marble

Mid 20th Century Vintage Bruce of La Framed Photograph of Man With Pole Vaulting
Located in west palm beach, FL
of LA. Purchased from thr estate auction of the artist
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Glass, Wood

Mid 20th Century Vintage Bruce of La Vintage Framed Photograph on Man with Hoop
Located in west palm beach, FL
LA. Purchased from the estate auction of thr artist.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Glass, Wood

Mid 20th Century Vintage Boho Bruce of La Photograph of Man With Fencing Sword
Located in west palm beach, FL
of LA. Lurched from the auction of his personal estate.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Glass, Wood

Mid-20th Century Handmade Chinese Art Deco Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Chinese Art Deco room size carpet handmade during the mid-20th century. Measures: 9' 2
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Mid Century Horse in Winter Landscape
By William Ernest Smyth
Located in Soquel, CA
Charming mid century watercolor painting of a horse in winter with a barn in the background by
Category

Mid-20th Century Realist Animal Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Watercolor, Illustration Board

Mid Century Modern Bracelet Finland 1971 Sterling Silver Scandinavian Finnish
Located in New York, NY
collection of Finnish MId Century Modernist Jewelry - please take a look at our auctions and watch the
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Modern Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Prison Art Box from Cigarette Packs
Located in Forney, TX
A rare vintage prison art box, mid-20th century, colorful round folk art box with removable lid
Category

Mid-20th Century Folk Art Outsider and Self Taught Art

Materials

Tin

Mid Century Handmade Crystal Glass Pear, Poland, Europe, 1960s.
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
The subject of the auction is a handmade crystal pear by K. Jabłoński. The decoration is used but
Category

Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Crystal

Mid Century Handmade Crystal Glass Apple, Poland, Europe, 1960s.
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
The subject of the auction is a handmade crystal apple by K. Jabłoński. The decoration is used but
Category

Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Crystal

Mid-20th Century Handmade Chinese Art Deco Pictorial Dragon Throw Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Chinese Art Deco throw rug handmade during the mid-20th century with a pictorial design
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Max Bill's Ulm Stool / Authentic Mid-Century Swiss Design
By Max Bill
Located in Zürich, CH
collaboration with Hans Gugelot, in 1954. It is one of the most iconic pieces of mid-century Swiss Design. As
Category

Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Spruce

Italian Mid-Century Modern Artist Studio Made Matte Bisque Pottery Fruit Lamps
By Fantoni, Marcello Fantoni
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A really beautiful and rare pair of high end Mid-Century Modern lamps made in Italy in the 1950s
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Miguel Fisac Toro Armchair / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By Miguel Fisac
Located in Zürich, CH
mainly focused on design masterpieces between 1918 and 1970. Apart from rare French mid-century modern
Category

Vintage 1950s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Mid Century Modern Abstract Painting by Holger Jacobsen - 1973
By Holger Jacobsen
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Mid Century Modern Abstract Painting by Holger Jacobsen - 1973 Holger Jacobsen is a Danish painter
Category

20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Osvaldo Borsani Mid-Century Modern Italian Bar Cabinet
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Forney, TX
Make a statement with this rare mid-century Italian modernist bar cabinet (sideboard buffet
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Wood, Rosewood

Mid Century Modern Danish Abstract Painting Osmund Hansen (1908 - 1995)
By Osmund Hansen
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Mid-Century Danish Abstract Painting Osmund Hansen (1908 - 1995) This captivating piece by the
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Lina Bo Bardi Armchair / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in Zürich, CH
1970. Apart from rare French mid-century modern design artefacts by Pierre Jeanneret, Jean Prouvé, Le
Category

Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Iron

Mid Century Modern Danish Painting by Knud Jans (1916-1985)
By Knud Jans
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Mid Century Modern Danish Painting by Knud Jans (1916-1985) Titled "Grønskollinger" Signed at the
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Nicolai Cikovsky Mid Century N.Y. Park Stream
By Nicolai Cikovsky
Located in San Francisco, CA
unique style has been described as "Modernist Realism." He has had auction results over $12000. This
Category

Mid-20th Century Modern Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

Mid Century Modern Abstract Painting by John Walker "Salsipuedes Forms" 1991
By John Walker
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Mid Century Modern Abstract Painting by John Walker "Salsipuedes Forms" 1991 framed in a 19th
Category

Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Paper

Mid-20th Century Handmade Chinese Peking Throw Rug in Cream and Light Blue
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Chinese Peking throw rug handmade during the mid-20th century with a cream border and
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Pierre Jeanneret PJ-Rare Chair / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Zürich, CH
-catcher, enriching each interior. P! Galerie’s selection is mainly focused on rare French mid-century
Category

Vintage 1950s Indian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Cane, Teak

Bobo Bird Fish Dance Mask, ex H. Kamer, Early Mid 20th Century published
Located in Point Richmond, CA
, 1973, # 13. original raffia costume now lost. ex- Bonham's auction NY 2012 ex- private collection, CA
Category

Mid-20th Century Burkinabe Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Wood

Bertoia — Mid-Century Visionary Abstraction, Unique
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Knoll, producing a series of iconic wire chairs that became emblematic of mid-century modern design. His
Category

1960s American Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Monotype

Mid-Century Modern Travertine Marble Console Sofa Table
Located in Lomita, CA
entryway or foyer with your two favorite lamps or vases for drama. This console came from auction with
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

Materials

Marble

George Nakashima Grass-seated Chair / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By George Nakashima
Located in Zürich, CH
selection is mainly focused on design masterpieces between 1918 and 1970. Apart from rare French mid-century
Category

Vintage 1960s Indian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Grasscloth, Mahogany

Signed Mid Century Painting of Clowns by George Russin
By George Russin
Located in Redding, CT
Signed Mid-century painting of clowns by listed American artist George Russin. (1910-2010) Nice
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Wood, Masonite

Mid-Century Modern Tree Trunk Coffee Table by Carl Auböck
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage walnut tree trunk table attributed to Viennese Designer Carl Auböck. A
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Novato Afternoon Country Landscape
By Ted Lewy
Located in Soquel, CA
Wonderful mid century landscape titled "Late Afternoon in Novato" by Ted Lewy (American, 1912-1963
Category

1960s American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas, Cardboard

Pierre Jeanneret PJ-Divers-01 / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Zürich, CH
selection is mainly focused on rare French mid-century modern design artefacts by Pierre Jeanneret, Jean
Category

Vintage 1950s Indian Mid-Century Modern Paintings and Screens

Materials

Cotton, Teak

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mirror Skyscraper Sideboard by Ello Furniture
By Ello Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Stunning Vintage Mid-Century Modern mirror glass sideboard by Ello Furniture. The coveted six door
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Mirror

Mid Century Modern Abstract Painting by Rene Leidner, France (1921-2004)
By René Leidner
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Mid Century Abstract Painting by Rene Leidner, France (1921-2004) titled "Le Mannequin" 1991 René
Category

20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Pierre Jeanneret PJ-TAT-08-A Table / Mid-Century Modern
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Zürich, CH
! Galerie’s selection is mainly focused on rare French mid-century modern design artefacts by Pierre Jeanneret
Category

Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Conference Tables

Materials

Teak

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Wingback Lounge Chairs by Isa Bergamo
By ISA Bergamo, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Elegant Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Hi-back Lounge chairs or Wingback Armchairs by ISA
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Guy Lefevre Maison Jansen Mid-Century Modern Low Coffee Table
By Maison Jansen, Guy Lefevre
Located in Forney, TX
a high-end downtown Austin, Texas condo Acquired from the highly reputable auction house Austin
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Resin, Wood

Pierre Jeanneret Pigeonhole Mid-Century Desk PJ-BU-02-A
Located in London, GB
An increasingly scarce teak mid-century desk by legendary design Pierre Jeanneret. India, circa
Category

Mid-20th Century Indian Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

Mid Century Modern Painting by Par Lindblad Swedish Artist (1907-1981)
By Par Lindblad
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Mid Century Painting by Par Lindblad Swedish Artist (1907-1981) Pär Lindblad (1907-1981) was a
Category

20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Mid-Century French Lucite and Steel Chaise Longue Prototype
By Marc du Plantier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Marc du Plantier by a prominent auction house, but no documentation supports the claim. Regardless
Category

Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

Materials

Nickel

Two Pierre Jeanneret Sofa Chairs / Authentic Mid-Century Modern, Chandigarh
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Zürich, CH
selection is mainly focused on rare French mid-century modern design artefacts by Pierre Jeanneret, Jean
Category

Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Cowhide, Teak

Jean Prouvé Pair of "Standard Chairs" / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Zürich, CH
, supporting the back nicely. P! Galerie’s selection is mainly focused on rare French mid-century modern
Category

Mid-20th Century French Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Melchiorre Bega, Italian Mid-Century Modern, Dining Chairs, Table, Black Lacquer
By Melchiorre Bega
Located in Stamford, CT
Melchiorre Bega, Italian Mid-Century Modern, Eight Dining Chairs and Dining Table, Black Wood
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Dining Room Sets

Materials

Fabric, Wood

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Questions About Mid Century Auction
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    The difference between mid-century and mid-century modern comes down to specificity. When it comes to furniture and architecture, for example, mid-century refers to works that emerged during the middle of the 20th century, usually between 1950 and 1970. The more specific descriptor, mid-century modern, is used to refer to a particular style of design that emphasizes simplicity, organic forms and clean lines. Mid-century modern furniture designers generally drew on the architectural work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Bauhaus design, Scandinavian modernism and more. Any piece of furniture produced during the 1950s and ’60s can be referred to as mid-century, but only those with specific characteristics are mid-century modern. That said, when enthusiasts of furniture and architecture use the shorter of the two phrases, they may indeed be referring to modernist works created during that period in history. On 1stDibs, find a wide variety of mid-century modern furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid-century furniture is furniture created within the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would argue that the style began to emerge in the postwar years. This style of furniture is known for its sleek lines and organic shapes. The creators most frequently associated with mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living. Mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century jewelry is a style of jewelry that rose in popularity along with the mid-century modern design movement. Pieces from this era typically feature bold, geometric designs. Shop a variety of mid-century jewelry and accessories from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The mid-century modern style emerged primarily in the years following World War II. This style of decor is characterized by sleek lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation and high functionality. Creators of mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living, and mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021
    A mid-century chair is a piece of seating furniture that was designed at any point during the middle of the 20th century. Mid-century modern furniture 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. The mid-century period provided an excellent opportunity to experiment with both functional and decorative forms. Mid-century modern chairs were made with a variety of natural and synthetic materials, combining leather, wood, and cane with chrome, steel, and plastic. Shop a range of vintage mid-century chairs on 1stDibs today.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 26, 2021
    A mid-century sofa is any sofa created during the mid-20th century. Mid-century modern sofas are pieces of seating furniture that embody the venturesome attributes that we associate with mid-century modern furniture — while not all sofas designed in the mid-century modern style are the same, they frequently have a low profile and are characterized by gentle curves, clean lines and an organic shape. Mid-century furniture is a timeless classic due to its elegant simplicity. Shop a collection of antique, vintage, and contemporary mid-century sofas from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 17, 2023
    No, the 1970s are generally not considered to fall within the era identified as mid-century. With respect to mid-century modern design, while there is some debate between collectors and design experts about the specific time period that saw the emergence of the style, most furniture enthusiasts agree that by the late 1960s, interest in MCM had largely declined. Writer Cara Greenberg, who coined the term “mid-century modernism,” suggests that “the period from the end of World War II to 1960 – from V-J Day to JFK – was the heyday of innovative furniture design in America.” Mid-century modern furniture is characterized by clean lines and inviting, organic shapes. Furniture makers of the era believed that good design was an essential part of good living. Find a variety of vintage mid-century modern furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century artwork is any piece of art produced during the middle of the 20th century. It includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, collages, pottery and other media. You'll find a large selection of mid-century artwork from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid-century modern decor was popularized during the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would suggest that the style emerged during the years that followed World War II. This style of decor is typically characterized by sleek lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation and high functionality. Find the finest mid-century modern furnishings and more on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if a chair is mid-century, look for labels and markings that indicate its maker. Then, use trusted online resources to determine when the company was active. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer can be of assistance when dating chairs. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. Find a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if furniture is mid-century modern, examine the piece, looking for labels and markings that indicate who produced it. Then, consult trusted online resources to determine when the maker was active and what styles of furniture they made. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. A knowledgeable dealer or certified appraiser can help you determine if a particular piece is genuine mid-century modern or a reproduction. Shop a range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Mondrian’s art is believed to be one of the great inspirations for the mid-century modern approach to minimalism. His artworks were not just a departure from figurative works, but a new look at abstract art as well. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    To identify mid-century lamps, look for a manufacturer's label or stamp on the base or the shade. You can use trusted online resources to determine when the company or artisan was active. Some lamps may also have a date stamp that you can use for identification purposes. Pieces dating from the late 1950s through the early 1970s are mid-century in terms of their age. A mid-century modern lamp will show off hallmarks of the design style, such as curvy hourglass or globe forms. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer may also be able to help with the identification. Find a range of mid-century lamps on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century is considered the middle of the century, however as it pertains to furniture and design, mid-century is an American design movement known for its modern style, construction and the Modernist movement. It is typically simple and clean lines without embellishments. Shop a range of mid-century modern designs on 1stDIbs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Most experts agree that mid-century modern correlates specifically to the years following World War II. It has grown in popularity in the decades since, particularly due to the media and cultural institutions that have promoted the truly innovative era of design. Not only did the MoMA promote modern furniture, but pieces are prominently visible on the set of very popular television shows such as Mad Men. Shop a wide and beautiful range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 15, 2023
    A dresser is a mid-century dresser if it was made during the middle of the 20th century. The years that encompass the mid-century modern period are roughly 1933 until 1965, but most experts argue, however, that the mid-century modern period correlates specifically to the years following World War II. Mid-century modern dressers will likely have specific characteristics. There was a use of natural and man-made materials that included alluring woods such as teak, rosewood and oak as well as steel, fiberglass and molded plywood. An authentic mid-century modern dresser will also be characterized by simplicity, organic forms and clean lines. Shop an assortment of vintage mid-century dressers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    Yes, mid-century modern is timeless, in the opinion of many experts. Many characteristics of furniture and decorative accents produced in this style remain popular today. Among them are silhouettes marked by organic forms and clean lines, the promotion of functionality and the use of natural materials like teak, rosewood and oak and synthetic materials such as steel, fiberglass and molded plywood. On 1stDibs, shop a large collection of mid-century modern furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    Yes, some rattan is mid-century modern. Designers of the mid-century modern movement often preferred to use natural materials, including rattan, in their designs. However, not all rattan furniture was made during this period. Rattan was also a popular material for furniture produced during the Victorian era and continues to be used to produce furniture today. Shop a wide range of rattan furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern refers to the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 22, 2019

    Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality. Mid-century modern furniture is distinguishable by its lack of decoration or extravagance and its use of clean lines, organic curves and variety of natural materials.

    1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern furniture refers to pieces designed during the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.