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Mid Century Chess Figure Lamp, Tower, Ivan Jakes, 1970s
By Ivan Jakes, Osvětlovací sklo n.p., Valašské Meuiříčí
Located in Praha, CZ
- Very nice style of lighting - Marked by label of Osvetlovaci sklo Valasske Mezirici
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Original Midcentury Chess and Side Table Made of Wood and Glass from Italy
Located in München, DE
plate, a checkered pattern is graved in the center of the glass for playing chess. The edges are made
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood

Handcarved & Crafted Mid Century Wood Chess Table! Teak Maple Walnut Set 1950s
Located in Peoria, AZ
PASTIME OF KINGS! MID CENTURY HANDCRAFTED CUSTOM CHESS TABLE A MID CENTURY MASTERPIECE
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Mid-20th Century American Arts and Crafts Game Tables

Materials

Wood, Birdseye Maple, Teak, Walnut

Tiled Mid Century and Wood Chess Board With Chess Figurines
Located in Pasadena, CA
Tiled Mid Century and Wood Chess Board with Chess Figurines. Green and White tiles throughout. Each
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Mid-20th Century American Arts and Crafts Game Boards

Materials

Porcelain, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Chess Table, Italy, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Mid-Century Modern Chess table, Italy, 1950s One foot has a small brass plate on one side of the
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Game Tables

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Chess Table, Italy, 1950s
Mid-Century Modern Chess Table, Italy, 1950s
H 25.01 in W 23.43 in D 23.43 in
Mid-Century Modern Handcrafted Lucite Chess Set
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A one of a kind, handmade lucite chess set, 1970 signed "Zina" The post impressionistic style with
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Wire

Mid Century Marble And Brass Chess Games Table
Located in London, London
Games table Brass frame Marble top Shaped ends Mid to late 20th Century.
Category

Mid-20th Century Game Tables

Materials

Marble, Brass

Mid Century Marble And Brass Chess Games Table
Mid Century Marble And Brass Chess Games Table
H 24.41 in W 29.93 in D 20.08 in
Extraordinary Mid Century Italian Green Marble Chess Table 1950
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Extraordinary Mid-Century Italian Green Marble Chess Table from the 1950s is a true work of art
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Game Tables

Materials

Marble

Wonderful mid century French Aubusson Tapestry medieval play chess
By Royal Manufacture of Aubusson
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
and queen playing chess, with beautiful colours, with yellow, green , brown, blue and, pink and red
Category

Mid-20th Century French Aubusson Tapestries

Materials

Wool, Silk

Italian Mid-Century Modern Professional Chess Board with Pawns, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Professional chess board with pawns, 1980s Professional chessboard in metal, wood and plastic. The
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Metal

Mid-20th Century MCM Carved Wood Bishop Chess Piece Table Lamp Black Paper Shade
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome Mid-20th Century MCM (a.k.a. Mid Century Modern) carved wood Bishop chess piece table lamp
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

19th Century Chess Board Occasional Table
Located in London, GB
A mid nineteenth century occasional table with octagonal marquetry chess board top, the turned
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Tables

Materials

Wood

19th Century Chess Board Occasional Table
19th Century Chess Board Occasional Table
H 27.37 in W 19.69 in D 20.08 in
Mid-Century Blue and White Marble Chess Set Game with Board
Located in Dallas, TX
This complete set is skillfully handcrafted, featuring a heavy chess board in blue and white
Category

Mid-20th Century American Games

Materials

Marble

Turned Wood Hardwood Lidded Box Chess Figurine Style Mid Century Modern c 1960s
Located in Bad Säckingen, DE
A lovely small turned hardwood lidded box with a chess style shaped finial, made in Europe probably
Category

20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Hardwood, Wood

Antique Chess Table, English Oak, Games Table, Cotswold School, Mid 20th Century
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
School taste, dating to the mid 20th century, circa 1950. Delightfully presented table with accompanying
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Mid-20th Century British Game Tables

Materials

Satinwood, Walnut

Rare 3 PC Mid Century Modern RAYMOR BITOSSI chess sculptures by Alvino Bagni
By Raymor, Alvino Bagni
Located in Buffalo, NY
RARE MID CENTURY MODERN WHIMSY Ramor Bitossi SCULPTURE SET Of Biscotti Jars In the form of
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Mid-Century Modern Chess Table of Wood with Stunning Tree Knots Pattern & Light
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare design and great looking, handcrafted wooden chess table with unique natural patterns and
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Game Tables

Materials

Nutwood, Bakelite

Balinese Chess set in casket- box, 20th Century
Located in Delft, NL
Balinese Chess set in box, 20th Century A chess set in a box, this hand-carved wooden set with
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Mid-20th Century Balinese Games

Materials

Wood

Mid-20th Century English Camelot/King Arthur Chess Set in Hand-Painted Ceramic
Located in North Miami, FL
Mid-20th century english Camelot/King Arthur chess set made in hand-painted ceramic By: unknown
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Vintage 1960s English Mid-Century Modern Games

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Enamel

Mid-Century Modern Chess Cocktail Table with Hand Carved Polychrome Figures 1965
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous game cocktail chess table from the mid sixties. Hand carved and polychrome figures which
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Vintage 1960s Italian Medieval Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Hardwood, Paint

Marble Chess Set
Located in Denton, TX
Black and white marble chess board. A classic for chess lovers that also looks great as a home
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Game Boards

Materials

Marble

Marble Chess Set
Marble Chess Set
H 0.88 in W 14 in D 13.88 in
Chess Players WPA Depression Era Mid-20th Century American Scene Realism Modern
By Mervin Jules
Located in New York, NY
Chess Players WPA Depression Era Mid-20th Century American Scene Realism Modern. Signed upper right
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1930s American Realist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

Staunton Style Chess Set
Located in Oxfordshire, GB
Antique Staunton Style Chess Figures. A Staunton style chess set with wooden chess pieces with wide
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Mid-20th Century British Sports Equipment and Memorabilia

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Boxwood

Staunton Style Chess Set
Staunton Style Chess Set
H 3.15 in W 7.49 in D 5.91 in
Italian Marble Chess Board
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Classic chess board in black and white marble with chess pieces to match in white and black marble
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Game Tables

Materials

Marble

Italian Marble Chess Board
Italian Marble Chess Board
H 5.12 in W 16.93 in D 16.93 in
Vintage American Folk Art Copper Chess Board
Located in Chicago, IL
This enchanting mid-20th century American Folk Art chess board is a true testament to naive and
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Game Boards

Materials

Copper

Vintage American Folk Art Copper Chess Board
Vintage American Folk Art Copper Chess Board
H 0.5 in W 19.25 in D 19.25 in
19th Century Chinese Export Lacquer Chess and Backgammon Board
Located in Brea, CA
A 19th century Chinese export lacquer chess and backgammon board 50 cm x 50 cm with gold black
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Lacquer

Materials

Lacquer

Vintage Asian Low Chess Table
Located in Denton, TX
Mid century Asian style Chess board with carved wood chess pieces and drawer for storage. This
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Export Games

Materials

Beech, Mahogany, Walnut

Vintage Asian Low Chess Table
Vintage Asian Low Chess Table
H 7 in W 23.88 in D 23.88 in
Poul Cadovius Chess Table
By Poul Cadovius
Located in London, Lambeth
Beautiful pair of side tables with a playing surface in rosewood and teak inlay. Simple flexible design circa 1960s by Poul Cadovius for France & Son.  
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Rosewood

Poul Cadovius Chess Table
Poul Cadovius Chess Table
H 19.3 in W 31.5 in D 31.5 in
1950s Modernist Chess Set
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A modernist chess set in chrome-plated brass with a vintage cork board. The pieces are
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Brass

1950s Modernist Chess Set
1950s Modernist Chess Set
H 4 in W 16.75 in D 16.75 in
American Hooked Checkerboard Chess Rug
Located in New York, NY
A handmade one of a kind American Hooked Rug from the 3rd quarter of the 20th century with an
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern North and South American Rugs

Materials

Wool

American Hooked Checkerboard Chess Rug
American Hooked Checkerboard Chess Rug
Free Shipping
W 36 in L 67 in
Vintage Staunton Design Chess Set
Located in Oxfordshire, GB
Antique Staunton Style Chess Figures. A Staunton style chess set with wooden chess pieces with wide
Category

Mid-20th Century English Edwardian Games

Materials

Wood

Vintage Staunton Design Chess Set
Vintage Staunton Design Chess Set
H 3.15 in W 7.68 in D 4.14 in
Green Malachite and Marble Chess Board
Located in New York, NY
A green malachite and marble chess board, circa mid-20th. Game board is made of green malachite and
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Mid-20th Century European Games

Materials

Malachite, Marble

Carl Auböck Chess Set #5606
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck chess set, originally designed in the 1950s. Authorized re-edition of a design
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Iron, Nickel

Carl Auböck Chess Set #5606
Carl Auböck Chess Set #5606
H 15 in W 15 in D 0.25 in
Charles Hollis Jones Chess Set
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Charles Hollis Jones Lucite chess set and board. Lucite game pieces made of stacked colored lucite
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Lucite

Charles Hollis Jones Chess Set
Charles Hollis Jones Chess Set
H 5 in W 17 in D 16 in
Vintage Italian Marble Large Chess 1980s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Vintage Italian Marble Large Chess set from the 1980s is a luxurious and visually striking
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Game Boards

Materials

Marble, Metal

George Nelson Chess Piece Clock
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare model #2251 chess piece table clock designed by George Nelson for Howard Miller Clock Company
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Brass

George Nelson Chess Piece Clock
George Nelson Chess Piece Clock
H 14 in W 7.5 in D 4.5 in
Set of 3 Vintage Chess Coffee Table "Chess" in Work Iron by Luigi Colli, Italy
By Colli Torino
Located in Biella, IT
Luigi Colli Italy set of chess glass coffee table in work iron years ’40 perfect and original
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

Materials

Iron

California Modern Chess Table by Frank Rohloff
By Frank Rohloff
Located in Denton, TX
A great combination of walnut and resin round chess table. There is a intricate design of cross and
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Game Tables

Materials

Resin, Wood

Vintage Italian Lapiz Lazuli Chess Board 1980s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Embark on a journey of opulence with our Vintage Italian Lapis Lazuli Chess Board, a striking piece
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Game Boards

Materials

Lapis Lazuli

Vintage Persian Micro Mosaic Chess Game Box
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Persian Micro Mosaic Chess Game Box. Intricately inlaid handcrafted Persian styled chess
Category

Mid-20th Century Turkish Islamic Game Boards

Materials

Fruitwood

Italian 20th Century Game Table with Inlaid Chess/Checkerboard and Cabriole Legs
Located in New Orleans, LA
This Italian 20th century game table features an inlaid checkerboard top, a contoured banding inlay
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Game Tables

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Chrome & Glass Coffee Table
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century Chrome & Glass Coffee Table combines subtle classical elements in a modern
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Neoclassical Revival Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Chrome

Antique Leather Games Table Backgammon or Chess
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Vintage leather wrapped table in modernist style that can flip between chess board and backgammon
Category

Mid-20th Century Game Tables

Materials

Leather

Genovart Chess original surrealist canvas acrylic painting
By Jaume Genovart
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Chess original surrealist canvas acrylic painting GENOVART LLOPIS, Jaume (Barcelona, 1941-1994
Category

Mid-20th Century Surrealist Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Suede Backgammon and Chess Table, 1990s USA
Located in Los Angeles, CA
chess board in suede. Cover lifts off to reveal suede backgammon playing surface. A wooden body and
Category

1990s American Mid-Century Modern Game Tables

Materials

Glass, Suede, Wood

1960s Middle Eastern Backgammon Game Board Chess Box
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Vintage backgammon game board chess box intricate mosaic wood marquetry inlaid Mop 19.5 w x 10 d x
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

Hand Carved Wood and Leather Chess Set
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Intricately hand-carved wooden chess with leather game board. King piece measures 4.25" high.
Category

Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Leather, Wood

Hand Carved Wood and Leather Chess Set
Hand Carved Wood and Leather Chess Set
H 1.5 in W 15.25 in D 15.25 in
Middle Eastern Moorish Inlaid Chess Board Box
Located in North Hollywood, CA
beautiful Moorish box in covered with fine micro mosaic marquetry and the top is decorated with a chess game
Category

Mid-20th Century Lebanese Moorish Decorative Boxes

Materials

Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

Sculptural Italian Chess Game in Metal and Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Chess game, bronze, metal, glass, Italy, 1970s. Exceptional game of chess. The board consists of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Game Boards

Materials

Metal, Bronze

Vintage French Lucite Modernist Chess Set, 1970s
Located in Zwijndrecht, Antwerp
A particular minimalist french chess game dated to the 1970’s. It features a modernist design with
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Metal, Bronze

19th C American Marbleized Slate Chess Board
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
19th C American marbleized slate chess board, resembling fine marble inlay., in the neoclassical
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century North American Neoclassical Games

Materials

Slate

Italian Marble Backgammon and Chess Board Game, 1960s
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Italian marble backgammon and chess board game, 1960s Play this beloved centuries old games in
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Onyx, Marble

Modernist Chess Set #5606 by Carl Auböck
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
A chessboard made from black and natural leather with 32 nickel pieces. Designed in the 1950s by Carl Auböck. Made in Vienna.
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Nickel

Modernist Chess Set #5606 by Carl Auböck
Modernist Chess Set #5606 by Carl Auböck
H 3.23 in W 14.57 in D 14.57 in
Original Vintage 1966 Austin Cox Chess Set
By Austin Enterprises
Located in East Hampton, NY
Marked Austin Enterprises to the bottom of every piece, this wonderful vintage aluminum chess game
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Aluminum

Large Oversized Chess Knight Piece Statue, Orange Powder-Coated
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Decorative Cast Aluminum Powder-Coated Chess Piece Horse Head Statue Stylish and aesthetically
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Aluminum

Gino Cenedese Ultra Rare Murano Glass Chess Set 1960s
By Cenedese, Gino Cenedese
Located in Tilburg, NL
Gino Cenedese Ultra Rare Murano Glass Chess Set, Venice, Italy, 1960s. This is a highly rare
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Metal

Carl Auböck Set of Chess Pieces, Austria, 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck chess Pieces, Austria, 1960s.
Category

Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Brass

Signed and Numbered Victor Vasarely Chess Serigraph 279/300
By Victor Vasarely
Located in Ferndale, MI
Victor Vasarely (French/Hungarian, 1906-1997) Serigraph In Colors On Wove Paper, C. 1975, Chess, H
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art

Materials

Paper

Vintage Italian Ceramic Chess Board by Franco Pecchioli
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage Italian ceramic chess board by Franco Pecchioli Ceramica, circa 1980s. The board is in good
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Ceramic, Wood

20th Century Red, Brown and White Chess Berber Talsent Rug from Morocco, 1950s
Located in Firenze, IT
The carpets coming from the Talsent region (extreme east of Morocco, border with Algeria) are characterized by the cochineal red color as a base color. This piece is an elegant examp...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs

Materials

Wool

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Mid Century Chess For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the mid century chess you’re looking for. Frequently made of wood, metal and stone, every mid century chess was constructed with great care. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century chess, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. Each mid century chess bearing Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Scandinavian Modern hallmarks is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made mid century chess over the years, but those crafted by Carl Auböck, Austin E. Cox and Austin Enterprises are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Mid Century Chess?

The average selling price for a mid century chess at 1stDibs is $1,800, while they’re typically $175 on the low end and $17,784 for the highest priced.
Questions About Mid Century Chess
  • 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 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 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 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.