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Mid-Century Modern Door Handles
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A pair of elegant "Daisy" style door handles, each with a large knob on one side and a smaller knob
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Abstract Door Pull Aluminum & Lucite
Located in New York, NY
1960s Mid-Century Modern door pull made from aluminum and featuring a unique abstract black, white
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Vintage 1960s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Aluminum

Set of Six Elegant Mid-Century Modern Brass Door Handles, 1950s, Germany
Located in Munich, DE
Set of six minimalistic and elegant Mid-Century Modern door handles. Designed and manufactured
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Brass Italian Door Handle, Circa 1940
Located in Ibiza, Spain
This Mid-Century Modern door handle, crafted from solid brass, exemplifies the design aesthetics of
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

Vintage Door 1950s 'Italian Osteria' - Decorative Door - Artistic Door - Italian
Located in Milano, IT
Vintage Double Door - Mid Century Modern Door - Classic Glass Door - Orignal Patina Saved from an
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Glass, Wood

Rare Large Heavy Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Design Brass Door Handle
Located in München, DE
Very high quality large heavy Mid-Century Modern brutalist design door handle. Made of solid
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Light Green Semi-Translucent Door and Panel, 1970s, France
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous 1970s Mid-Century Modern French translucent door and side panel with unique organic
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Lucite

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Solid Mahogany Panel Doors - a Set of 14
Located in west palm beach, FL
Step into history with this exquisite range of solid mahogany doors acquired from the prestigious
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Mahogany

Set of Mid-Century Reclaimed Glazed Internal Doors
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
doors. Channelling a mid-century look, they are striking double doors for a modern interior, making a
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Glass, Mahogany

Mid century Brass Horse Door Knocker Italiano 1960s
Located in Palermo, IT
Mid century Brass Door Knocker. Depicting a horse's head with moving hoof. Weight: 900 grams
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

3 Mid Century Modern Architectural Abstract Stained Glass Paneled Doors C1965
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Extremely Rare set of 10 steel doors with individual and different stained glass panels, which are
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Doors and Gates

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Steel, Stainless Steel, Lead, Aluminum

Circular Push-Pull Door Handle in Brass, Mid-20th Century, France
Located in London, GB
Circular push-pull door handle in brass, with hammered texture. Mid-20th century. Found in France
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Metal, Brass

Long Push or Pull Door Handle in Solid Bronze, European, Mid-20th Century
Located in London, GB
, mid-20th century. A really nice simple design which could work well on interior or exterior doors
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Bronze

Set of Two Circular Push-Pull Door Handles in Brass, Mid-20th Century, France
Located in London, GB
Circular push-pull door handles in brass, with hammered texture. Mid-20th century. Found in France
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Metal, Brass

Mid Century Heroic Sunburst Double Doors, Bronze, McCarrol & Gillespie, 1971
By Billy Joe Mccarroll and David Gillespe
Located in Culver City, CA
Step into the nostalgia of mid-century glam with these show-stopping Heroic Sunburst double doors
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Bronze, Steel

Mid-Century Brutalist Belgian Tile Faced Entry Door Pull Handle, 1960s
By Juliette Belarti
Located in Zagreb, HR
Vintage Belgian architectural aluminium and glazed ceramic door pull from the 1960s Abstract mid
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Brass Bank Vault Bars and Gate
Located in New York, NY
This Circa mid-1900's, three-section bank vault bars with gate has two stationary sections, one on
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

Incredible Mid-Century Large Brutalist Copper Sunburst Door with Large Handle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Incredible Brutalist copper entrance door with beautifully textured sunburst design and oversized
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Metal, Copper

Mid Century Door Knocker “Peace To All Who Enter Here”, Israel
By Terra Santa Guild
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very rare and unique midcentury door knocker, "peace to all who enter here", in Spanish. Made by
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Vintage 1960s Israeli Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Metal

Pair Modern 10 in. Nickel Plated Recessed Door Pulls Qty Available
Located in New York, NY
Enhance your doors with this pair of Modern recessed door pulls. The durable and sleek design adds
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Mid-20th Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Nickel

Mid Century Bronze Door Knocker "Peace To All Who Enter Here", 1960's
By Terra Santa Guild
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Mid Century bronze door knocker "peace to all who enter here" by Terra Santa Guild, Israel, 1969
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Vintage 1960s Israeli Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Bronze

Mid Century Bronze Door Knocker "Peace To All Who Enter Here", 1960's
By Terra Santa Guild
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Mid Century bronze door knocker "peace to all who enter here" by Terra Santa Guild, Israel, 1969
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Vintage 1960s Israeli Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Bronze

Mid-Century Paolo De Poli Blue Enameled Copper Italian Door Handle, circa 1960
By Paolo De Poli, Gio Ponti
Located in Ibiza, Spain
The Mid-Century Modern Italian door handle, circa 1960, is a collaboration between Paolo de Poli
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Copper

Mid-Century Paolo De Poli Red Enameled Copper Italian Door Handle, circa 1960
By Gio Ponti, Paolo De Poli
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Mid-Century Modern iconic Italian door handle by the enameller and painter Paolo De Poli (1905–1996
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Copper

17th Century English Oak Plank Door
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
. Instilled with aged character, this reclaimed door tells the story of 17th century craftsmanship. It
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Antique Mid-17th Century English Country Doors and Gates

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Wood, Oak

17th Century English Oak Plank Door
17th Century English Oak Plank Door
H 73.04 in W 41.54 in D 2.17 in
Bronze Door Handle and Bell Push with Brutalist Design 20th Century, European
Located in London, GB
matching bell push, mid-late 20th century, European. This is a heavy handle, made of cast bronze, in very
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass, Bronze

Pair of 18th Century Antiques Double Wood Doors Lacquered Light Blue '4 Doors'
Located in Cuneo, Italy (CN)
Pair of 18th century antique double doors lacquered light blue, back-painted as front, come Naples
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Doors and Gates

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Wood

Pair of Giovanni De Simone Handles Ceramic Multicolor Design Mid-Century Modern
By Giovanni de Simone
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair of Giovanni de Simone handles ceramic multicolor design Mid-Century Modern.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Large-scale Handle Set of 3, Clear Acrylic, 12”, USA.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern Lucite Large-scale Handle Set of 3, Clear Acrylic, 12”, USA. Lovely thick
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Large-scale Handle Set of 3, Clear Acrylic, 10”, USA.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern Lucite Large-scale Handle Set of 3, Clear Acrylic, 10”, USA. Lovely thick
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Lucite

1960s Golden Flower Sunburst Room Divider Screen Wood Door Panel Modern Mexico
By Luis Barragan
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Flower sunburst door panel room divider screen midcentury Mexican Modernism 1960s Custom design in
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Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Plexiglass, Plywood

Group of Twelve Vintage Cabinet Door or Drawer Handles
Located in London, GB
face and sloping sides. Second half twentieth century, found in England. The handles look to be cast
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Metal, Bronze

1960 Brass Door Handles
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
Brass door handles.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

1960 Brass Door Handles
1960 Brass Door Handles
H 3.94 in Dm 3.15 in
Midcentury Door Handle of Hammered Brass and Copper, Italy
Located in London, GB
Italian midcentury door handle of hammered brass and copper. Handcrafted piece with a hammered
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Copper, Brass

Hexagonal Midcentury Door Handle of Hammered Brass and Copper, Italy
Located in London, GB
Italian mid-century door handle of hammered brass and blackened copper, in long asymmetrical
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Copper, Brass

Modernist Double Entry Door Asymmetrical
By Maria Armada, History Never Repeats, Aaron Saxton
Located in South Charleston, WV
create it. Make your home truly something special whether you are the owner of a Mid-Century modern or
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

Italian 1950s Brass Door Handles
Located in Milan, IT
Splendid brass door handle in concave round form Measuring diameter 9.8 x 11.2 total of the two
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Antique 15th Century and Earlier Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

Bronze Push or Pull Door Handle
Located in London, GB
A bronze push or pull door handle with textured finish and smooth raised central band. Germany
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Bronze

Bronze Push or Pull Door Handle
Bronze Push or Pull Door Handle
H 6.97 in W 6.97 in D 3.35 in
Door Handles Italy 20th Century Set of 2 Brass Painted in Brown Color
By Paolo di Poli
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
Door Handles in the Style of Paolo De Poli, Italy 20th Century Set of 2.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Bronze, Brass

Four brass Door Handles , Italy 1960
Located in Bronx, NY
Four Italian brass door handles from the 1940s, comes with plates for keyshole.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

Antique English Oak Plank Door
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
. Brimming with character, this reclaimed door tells the story of 17th century craftsmanship. To one side, it
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Antique Mid-17th Century English Country Doors and Gates

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Wood, Oak

Antique English Oak Plank Door
Antique English Oak Plank Door
H 77.76 in W 40.95 in D 1.97 in
Bronze Abstract Owl Door Handle , 1960s
Located in Den Haag, NL
Bronze owl door handle with matching keyhole, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Bronze

Bronze Abstract Owl Door Handle , 1960s
Bronze Abstract Owl Door Handle , 1960s
H 6.7 in W 3.94 in D 2.76 in
Walnut Double Entry Door Radial Sunburst
By Maria Armada, History Never Repeats, Aaron Saxton
Located in South Charleston, WV
you are the owner of a Mid-Century modern or vintage home, office or business seeking a unique
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

Arne Jacobsen Door Handles in Solid Brass
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
ARNE JACOBSEN - SCANDINAVIAN MODERN Beautiful and sculptural door handles (9.7cm) in solid brass
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

Arne Jacobsen Door Handles in Solid Brass
Arne Jacobsen Door Handles in Solid Brass
H 1.58 in W 7.88 in D 3.82 in
Antique Painted Double Door, Grey and Blue Baroque Motifs, 18th Century, Italy
Located in Cuneo, Italy (CN)
beautiful door that goes into any environment, modern and Classic, it furnishes itself. It has a smooth
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Doors and Gates

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Wood

Pair of Midcentury Door Handles of Hammered Brass and Blackened Copper, Italy
Located in London, GB
Pair of Italian midcentury door handles of hammered brass and blackened copper. Handcrafted
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Copper, Brass

Pairs of Door Handles in the Style of Paolo De Poli, Italy, 20th Century
By Paolo di Poli
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
1950-1970 Door handles in the style of Paolo De Poli, brass. One is with a dark Patina and the
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Bronze, Brass

Big Door of Handles in Chrome
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
of the 19th century to the mid-20th century. In 1970, the brand Rigolleau Argentina made pieces
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Chrome

Big Door of Handles in Chrome
Big Door of Handles in Chrome
H 33.27 in W 8.47 in D 3.15 in
Pair of Italian Brass Sculptural Door Handles
Located in London, GB
A pair of Italian design door handles / door pulls in brass sculptural. circa 1980s. A pair is
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

Pair of Italian Brass Sculptural Door Handles
Pair of Italian Brass Sculptural Door Handles
H 10.83 in W 2.76 in D 1.19 in
Single Entry Door with Custom Radial Walnut
By Maria Armada, History Never Repeats, Aaron Saxton
Located in South Charleston, WV
entrance doors with a starburst Mid-Century Modern style. Crafted to be customized to meet any requirement
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

Bronze Push-Pull Door Handle with Heavy Patina
Located in London, GB
A sculptural bronze push or pull door handle with abstract relief. Second half 20th century
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Bronze

Pair of Brass Door Handles, Italy, 1980s
Located in London, GB
A pair of Italian design door handles / door pulls in brass sculptural. Circa 1980s. *A pair is
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

Pair of Brass Door Handles, Italy, 1980s
Pair of Brass Door Handles, Italy, 1980s
H 10.83 in W 2.76 in D 1.19 in
Bronze Push-Pull Door Handle with Contoured Design
Located in London, GB
A sculptural bronze push or pull door handle with abstract relief. Second half 20th century
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Bronze

Midcentury Amber Colored Glass Door Handle, France
Located in Schagen, NL
door of an excentrique house. Only minimal signs of age and use. Feel free to make us an offer.
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Mid-20th Century French Post-Modern Doors and Gates

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Glass

Exquisite French Door Handles Fish Shape, 1960
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Very beautiful door handles in the shape of a fish made in the 1960s. Made of silvered massive
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Metal

Copper and Steel Large-scale Door Pull Handles
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Large scale polished copper and steel door handles, circa 1960s. These examples have wonderfully
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Copper

Italian Decorative Door Pulls Handle’s in Bronze, 1970
Located in London, GB
Italian designed door pulls handle’s cast in bronze circa 1970 unsigned amazing quality highly
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Bronze

Modernist Starburst Single Entry Door Built to Order
By Maria Armada, History Never Repeats, Aaron Saxton
Located in South Charleston, WV
build elegant custom interior and exterior passage and entrance doors with a Mid-Century Modern style
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

Large Murano Glass Door Handles, Italy, 1980s
Located in London, GB
Beautiful pair of Murano glass door handles with gold leaf inclusion. Italy, circa 1980s.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Gold, Bronze

Vintage Boho Moroccan Carved Wooden Door With Brass Detail
Located in west palm beach, FL
Infuse your space with exotic charm using our Vintage Boho Moroccan Carved Wooden Door with Brass
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates

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Brass

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Mid Century Modern Door For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century modern door available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, metal and walnut, every mid century modern door was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a mid century modern door, we have 1888 options in-stock, while there are 67 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century modern door, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Each mid century modern door bearing Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Modern hallmarks is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made mid century modern door over the years, but those crafted by Paul McCobb, Glenn of California and Florence Knoll are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Mid Century Modern Door?

A mid century modern door can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $3,138, while the lowest priced sells for $10 and the highest can go for as much as $180,000.

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.

Questions About Mid Century Modern Door
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 25, 2024
    The years that encompass the mid-century modern period are roughly 1933 until 1965, but most experts argue, however, that the mid-century modern era correlates specifically to the years following World War II. These years in America saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history. Vintage mid-century modern furniture — including tables, chairs, desks and case pieces — are often organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple. 

    Postwar architects and designers in the United States were animated by new ideas and new technology during the era of mid-century modernism. Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century furniture designs manufactured by the likes of Knoll and Herman Miller

    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. 

    Knoll became 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 soon became desirable for the home. Similarly, Michigan’s Herman Miller is best known for its iconic mid-century modern furniture, and while the company focused on the office, people loved its designs for their homes, too.

    Find vintage mid-century modern furniture for sale on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Yes, Eames is mid-century modern. In many ways, Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and they have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century. Some of the couple's most famous mid-century modern designs include the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman, the Eames Molded Plywood chair and the Eames Fiberglass chair. Shop a wide range of Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Mid-century modern furniture is so popular largely because its characteristics align well with the trends and tastes that are dominant today. Many people love its simple look defined by clean lines, and the use of natural materials also adds to its popularity. In addition, designers created mid-century modern furniture to be as functional as it is visually appealing, making pieces executed in the style simple, convenient and comfortable to use. Find a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    There is not a single year that is mid-century modern. The style emerged during the 1940s and 1950s and remained dominant through the 1960s and into the early 1970s. Some notable designers who contributed to the development of the mid-century modern style include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Isamu Noguchi and George Nelson. Shop a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, the tulip table is considered a mid-century modern design. This table shape has become an iconic statement of the era with a simple sculptural attitude and a practical nature. The first tulip table was created by Eero Saarinen, a noted Finnish designer who was a leader in mid-century modern home decor. Shop a collection of Saarinen furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 15, 2019

    Art Deco is not mid-century modern. Art Deco began just before World War I and was inspired by cubism. Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality.

  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Mid-century modern furniture combines sleek lines with organic shapes.

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Wassily chairs are indeed considered mid-century modern. Although the chair was initially designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925, it was re-released in the 1960s. Shop a collection of mid-century modern goods from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    There is no single color wood that is mid-century modern. Designers working in the style employed a variety of finishes, though purplish reds, mid-yellows, light browns and medium dark browns were among the most commonly used. Teak wood was an especially popular material, not only due to its warm medium hue but also due to its strength and the beauty of its natural grain. Shop a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019
    The defining characteristics of mid-century modern furniture design include simplicity, an emphasis on organic forms, clean lines and a mix of both natural and man-made materials. The mid-century modern style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is used to describe the work of furniture designers who believed that good design was an essential part of good living. Both neutral tones and bold Pop art colors can typically be found in mid-century modern interiors, which usually include light-filled spaces. An integration of floor-to-ceiling windows and abundant access to the outdoors renders prominent a connection with nature, which owes in part to the ideas of celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright, an inspiration for mid-century furniture designers. Popular mid-century modern designers include Ray and Charles Eames, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and others. Find vintage mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 12, 2021
    There are many colors available for painting a mid-century modern home and it is a matter of preference. You can choose from a range of colors that are closely associated with mid-century modernism — popular pairings include orange and brown or chartreuse and gray, for example. Find a wide variety of mid-century modern furniture, decorative pieces, serveware and lighting on 1stDibs today.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Mid-century home decor is characterized by clean lines, geometric shapes and materials like wood and tweed.

  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 3, 2023
    Some iconic chairs from the mid-century modern era include the Egg chair by Arne Jacobson, the La Chaise by Charles and Ray Eames and the Womb chair by Eero Saarinen. With their clean lines, organic shapes and simple details, these chairs reflect some of the key features of the style. Shop a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.