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Mid-Century Modern Foot Stools
By Milo Baughman
Located in New Haven, CT
Pioneer of American Mid-Century Modern furniture.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Foot Stools
Mid-Century Modern Foot Stools
H 15.5 in W 23 in D 19 in
1960's Mid Century Modern Lane Furniture Coffee Table
By Lane Furniture
Located in San Carlos, CA
Cool piece of 1960's American mid century modern furniture. Made By Lane Furniture in Alta Vista
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

1960's Mid Century Modern Lane Furniture Coffee Table
1960's Mid Century Modern Lane Furniture Coffee Table
No Reserve
H 20.25 in W 28 in D 28 in
Mid-Century Modern Tight Cushioned Accent Bench
Located in Greenwich, CT
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern furniture, this tight cushioned accent bench is built to order and
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Lacquer

Mid-Century Modern Safari Chair by Hyllinge Mobler
Located in Long Island City, NY
producing high-quality mid-century modern furniture. The company gained prominence for its craftsmanship and
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler armchair
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Washington, DC
design of Brazilian mid century modern furniture with detailed patterned upholstery in an eye catching
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal, Wrought Iron

Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler armchair
Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler armchair
H 31.5 in W 29.14 in D 31.5 in
Mid Century Modern Dresser by Kroehler- 6 Drawer
Located in Delray Beach, FL
sophistication of mid-century modern furniture. Some chips and wear as can be seen in the photos.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Wood

Modern Alton Wood Beige Armchair
Located in Naperville, IL
The Alton armchair is the definition of Mid-Century Modern furniture. The cylinder backings offer a
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21st Century and Contemporary Moldovan Modern Armchairs

Materials

Organic Material

Modern Alton Wood Beige Armchair
Modern Alton Wood Beige Armchair
H 30 in W 31.5 in D 26 in
Modern Alton Wood Emerald Black Armchair
Located in Naperville, IL
The Alton armchair is the definition of Mid-Century Modern furniture. The cylinder backings offer a
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21st Century and Contemporary Moldovan Modern Armchairs

Materials

Organic Material, Wood

Modern Alton Armchair in Black Wood and Grey Material
Located in Naperville, IL
The Alton armchair is the definition of Mid-Century Modern furniture. The cylinder backings offer a
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21st Century and Contemporary Moldovan Modern Armchairs

Materials

Organic Material, Wood

1960s North American Mid Century Modern Walnut Credenza
Located in Delray Beach, FL
and function. Ideal for lovers of mid-century modern furniture, it brings a touch of the 1960s to your
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Wood

Unique Wooden Floor Toteme Sculpture in a Wabi Sabi and Brutalist Style
Located in Stockholm, SE
stained foot. In good condition. Goes well with mid century modern furniture and decor. Dimensions: H
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1990s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Driftwood

Mid Century Modern White Sof-Tech Dining Chairs by David Rowland for Thonet
Located in Delray Beach, FL
mid-century modern furniture. Some cracking to the outer plastic coating of the seats.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Knoll Era Sofa in Emerald Green Performance Velvet
By Florence Knoll
Located in Wilton, CT
. With a broad, geometric structure, the sofa is a beautiful representation of Classic Mid-Century Modern
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Martine Love Seat Cotton Velvet Brass
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
Love Seat is the goddess of Ottiu’s Mid-Century Modern furniture collection. Your contemporary living
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Loveseats

Materials

Brass

1960s Mid-Century Modern Wood Octagonal Italian Side Table
By Ico Parisi, Scandinavian Authentic Furniture ( SAF )
Located in Aci Castello, IT
-century modern furniture is known for its craftsmanship and elegant designs. The coffee table tabletop
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood, Teak

Early Eames Walnut DCW for Herman Miller / Evans 'B'
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
items. This was the chair that made the Mid-Century Modern furniture craze what it is today
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Polished Chrome & Glass Cocktail with Spherical Detailing
Located in New York, NY
discerning collectors of first rate Mid-Century Modern furniture adore. Its clean lines and monochromatic
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Chrome

Milo Baughman For Thayer Coggin Cabinet And Shelf Units
By Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Located in Pasadena, TX
A set of mid century modern furniture designed by Milo Baughman, made by Thayer Coggin: A cabinet
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Vintage 1970s American Cabinets

Materials

Chrome

Rosewood Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair
By Fredrik A. Kayser
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
serious Mid-Century Modern furniture collector.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern Salterini Springer Rocker Patio Lounge Chair
By Salterini
Located in Wilmington, DE
for a matching set of chairs, tables, plus more mid-century modern furniture! Approximate
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Fringes Scarlet Armchair Walnut Wood Cotton Velvet Brass Nail
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
upholstered red armchair is part of our Mid-Century Modern furniture collection.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Pair of Mid-Cen Modern Homecrest Bottemiller Swivel Rocker Lounge Chairs
By Homecrest
Located in Pasadena, TX
. Check out our other listings for more mid-century modern furniture!
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Vintage 1960s American American Classical Swivel Chairs

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Wrought Iron

Ilmari Tapiovaara, mid-century modern coat rack, Finland
By Ilmari Tapiovaara
Located in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi
minimalist design and clean lines characteristic of mid-century modern furniture. With a sturdy base and
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

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Birch

Mid Century Modern Chrome & Smoked Glass Rectangular Coffee Table
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
use of chrome or polished metal frames is a common feature in mid-century modern furniture, giving it
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Italian Mid Century Modern Chrome & Smoked Glass Square Coffee Table
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
polished metal frames is a common feature in mid-century modern furniture, giving it a contemporary and
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Angelo Testa "Paper Ballet"
By Angelo Testa
Located in Chicago, IL
were produced for clients including the leading producers of Mid-Century Modern furniture including
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Angelo Testa "Paper Ballet"
Angelo Testa "Paper Ballet"
H 11.25 in W 11.5 in D 0.1 in
Henredon Scene Two Olivewood Burlwood Side End Table Mid Century Modern
By Henredon
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
-century modern furniture that will add a touch of elegance to any home. Crafted from high-quality
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Mid-20th Century Side Tables

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Burl

Mid Century Italian Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno D70 Reclining Sofa 1954s
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Los Angeles, CA
-century modern furniture.
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Vintage 1950s Sofas

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Metal

21st Century Judd Center Table Walnut Wood Root
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
Mid-Century Modern furniture piece which will add style to your contemporary home décor.
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Center Tables

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Brass

21st Century Judd Center Table Walnut Wood Root
21st Century Judd Center Table Walnut Wood Root
H 13.39 in W 51.19 in D 51.19 in
Occasional Chair Henry Rosengren Hansen model 39
By Brande Møbelindustri, Henry Rosengren Hansen
Located in New York, NY
condition. Danish oil finish with new seat covering. A great example of Danish Mid Century Modern
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Naugahyde, Rosewood

Mid Century Modern Vintage Pair of Beech Stools Roland Rainer c. 1955 Austria
By Roland Rainer
Located in Vienna, AT
contemporary interior as well as mid century modern furnitures. Perfect, wherever you want to enjoy with a
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Beech

Italian 1960s settee by Sergio Asti
By Sergio Asti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
and enthusiasts of mid-century modern furniture.1960s settee by Sergio Asti is a testament to fine
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Settees

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Leather, Wood

Italian 1960s settee by Sergio Asti
Italian 1960s settee by Sergio Asti
H 27 in W 63 in D 32.5 in
Mid-Century Modern Teak Angled Side Table
Located in Nantucket, MA
encompass Nautical Artifacts & Instruments, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern Furniture and Lighting, British
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Teak

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Rosewood and Red Onyx Mirrored Back Console
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
the dramatic grain and is Red Onyx. Gorgeous example of mid century modern furniture. Other notable
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Onyx

Mid-Century Modern Noguchi Style Oval Glass Coffee Table
Located in Van Nuys, CA
the 1950s, it's a striking piece of mid-century modern furniture known colloquially as the "Airplane
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Adrian Pearsall Lounge Chair
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
—organic forms, wide proportions, and a sculptural silhouette. Pearsall, a leader in mid-century modern
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Lounge Chair
Adrian Pearsall Lounge Chair
H 36 in W 30.5 in D 28 in
21st Century Paramount Side Table
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
-Century Modern furniture piece with some Art Deco details that will embellish any contemporary living
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Side Tables

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Iron

21st Century Paramount Side Table
21st Century Paramount Side Table
H 25.6 in W 19.69 in D 19.1 in
1950s Pier Luigi Colli Mid-Century Modern Maple and Oak Wood Italian Sideboard
By Marelli, Pier Luigi Colli
Located in Aci Castello, IT
the top the original brown glass. Pier Luigi Colli was a prominent figure in Italian mid-century
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Glass, Wood

Large Midcentury American of Martinsville Dresser
By American of Martinsville
Located in Pasadena, CA
of mid-century modern furniture in the United States.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

Teak & Cane "FD" Sofa by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen for John Stuart
By Peter Hvidt, Hvidt & Mølgaard, John Stuart, France & Søn, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
embodies all the timeless splendor of genuine mid-century modern furniture. With space-age inspired lines
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Mid-20th Century American Scandinavian Modern Sofas

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Atomic Orange Outdoor Metal Curved Back Chairs Set B
By Salterini
Located in Wilmington, DE
out our other listings for more mid-century modern furniture! Approximate dimensions: 25" W x 24" D x
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Salterini Style Outdoor/Patio Coffee/Side Table
Located in Wilmington, DE
mid-century modern furniture! Approx. Dimensions: 23.5" Diameter x 17.5" H
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Striped Selig of Monroe Imperial Loveseat, Two-Seat Sofa
By Selig
Located in Chicago, IL
What a find. Mid-Century Modern loveseat made by Selig of Monroe from 1965. This is a two-seat with
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats

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Polyester, Wood

Vintage "Dania" Dresser by Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Bring home a tremendous example of authentic Mid-Century Modern furniture with this stunning
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Stunning Vintage Blue Peach Art Glass Bowl Italian Murano
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
-Century Modern furniture and yet it would fit perfectly into a contemporary setting, an interior
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Mid-Century Corner Coat Hanger / Mirror
Located in Milano, IT
like Mid-Century Modern furniture and decoratives, especially Italian, check out our storefront (Spinzi
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

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Wood

Mid-Century Corner Coat Hanger / Mirror
Mid-Century Corner Coat Hanger / Mirror
H 74.41 in W 47.25 in D 23.63 in
Mid century side table bronze
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
France Circa 1960 Mid century style Mid-century modern was an artistic movement applied to architecture
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Bronze

Mid century side table bronze
Mid century side table bronze
H 30.71 in W 10.63 in D 10.24 in
Lalique Dampierre Vase
By René Lalique
Located in Countryside, IL
be happy with your purchase and tell everyone how easy it is to buy real mid century modern furniture
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2010s French Modern Vases

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Glass

Lalique Dampierre Vase
Lalique Dampierre Vase
H 4.75 in W 4.5 in D 4.5 in
Lalique Volutes Opalescent Glass Bowl
By René Lalique
Located in Countryside, IL
century modern furniture and decor online without throwing their money away. Each piece is carefully
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2010s French Modern Decorative Bowls

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Glass

Lalique Dahlia Perfume Bottle
By René Lalique
Located in Countryside, IL
century modern furniture and decor online without throwing their money away. Each piece is carefully
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2010s French Modern Bottles

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Glass

Lalique Dahlia Perfume Bottle
Lalique Dahlia Perfume Bottle
H 3.5 in W 3 in D 1.5 in
Marguerite Rya Round Wool Rug by Verner Panton 1960s Design
By Verner Panton
Located in Milan, IT
Verner Panton (1926-1998) is regarded as of one of Denmark's most influential Mid-Century Modern
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Western European Rugs

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Wool

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul Mccobb Style Pencil Leg His/Her Lounge Chairs wi
Located in Wilmington, DE
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Paul Mccobb Style Pencil Leg His/Her Lounge Chairs with Ottoman Offered
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Walnut

21st Century Fur Andy Stool Polished Brass Genuine Sheepskin
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
Mid-Century Modern stool is a challenging yet deluxe furniture piece as well as a trendy icon. This
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Stools

Materials

Brass

Bauhaus Umbrella stand Mid century Modern Hagenauer Auböck style Germany 1950's
Located in Antwerpen, BE
collectors of mid-century modern furniture or those looking to add a touch of classic sophistication to their
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Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Umbrella Stands

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Metal

Astro Coffee table by Victor Wilkins, G Plan, 1960s
By G Plan Furniture, Victor Wilkins
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Plan creation, offering a nostalgic journey into the golden age of mid-century modern furniture.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

Mid Century Lounge Chairs By Sven Ivar Dysthe for Dokka Møbler, c1960s
By Dokka Mobler, Sven Ivar Dysthe
Located in Chino Hills, CA
timeless design and durability typical of mid-century modern furniture. Dokka Møbler, a distinguished
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Vintage 1960s Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Naugahyde, Walnut, Bentwood

Set of Six, Model 42A, Designed by Helge Sibast, Oak & Teak, Gray Cushion, 1950s
By Helge Sibast, Sibast
Located in Lejre, DK
cushion provides comfort and style. Representing the epitome of mid-century modern furniture, these
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Teak

21st Century Velvet Louis Bar Chair Polished Brass Walnut
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
living set or luxury commercial space. This luxurious upholstered bar chair is part of our Mid-Century
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Stools

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Brass

Mid Century Danish 1960s Teak Bar Cart Denmark
Located in Baltimore, MD
example of mid century modern furniture this drink trolley will add to your family’s entertainment
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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Teak

Danish Mid Century Modern Rosewood Music Cabinet by Kroehler
By Kroehler Mfg. Co.
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
of other danish and Mid Century Modern furniture makers. The cabinet is in good vintage condition
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Rosewood

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Mid Century Modern Furniture For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic piece of mid century modern furniture available at 1stDibs. Was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, wood and glass. If you’re shopping for an item from our selection of mid century modern furniture, we have 322772 options in-stock, while there are 9916 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a choice in our collection of mid century modern furniture — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. An object in our assortment of mid century modern furniture made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — is very popular. A well-made option in this array of mid century modern furniture has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Milo Baughman, Knoll and Herman Miller are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Modern Furniture?

The average selling price for a piece of mid century modern furniture at 1stDibs is $2,463, while they’re typically $1 on the low end and $3,500,000 for the highest priced.

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 Furniture
  • 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 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 ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

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

  • 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 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 ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Some of the most famous mid-century modern furniture designers were Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Paul Evans, Poul Kjærholm, Florence Knoll, George Nakashima, Giò Ponti, Hans Wegner, Charlotte Perriand, Sergio Rodrigues and Eero Saarinen.

  • 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 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 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.

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  • 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 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, 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 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.

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