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Mid Century Modern storage unit by Amma, Italy.
By Amma
Located in London, GB
. There is a box to the right hand side which opens upwards and a section below comprising four drawers
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Hardwood

Mid Century Modern storage unit by Amma, Italy.
Mid Century Modern storage unit by Amma, Italy.
H 94.1 in W 112.21 in D 20.08 in
Mid-Century Rustic Open Bookshelf ~ Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century Rustic Open Bookshelf ~ Bookcase was hand-crafted from thick beams and planks of solid
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Iron

Open storage unit designed and manufactured in the 1970s.
By Pierre Chapo
Located in Antwerp, BE
Open storage unit designed and manufactured in the 1970s. This prototype was made by a Belgian
Category

Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass, Pine

Mid Century Modern to Modern Chrome & Mirrored Etagere Cabinet Style DIA or Ello
By Ello Furniture, Design Institute America
Located in Topeka, KS
Stunning vintage mid-century modern to modern chrome & mirrored one-piece etagere or room divider
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome

Charlotte Perriand Mid-Century Modern Nuage Shelving Unit by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Mid Centruy Modern Shelving Unit model Nuage designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1952-56
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Danish Poul Cadovius Wall Unit, Mid-Century Modern Shelf Royal System, Denmark
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in München, Bavaria
this vintage mid-midcentury modern Poul Cadovius Royal System Wall Unit, a true masterpiece of
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass, Teak

Vintage Poul Cadovius Wall Unit, Mid-Century Modern Shelf Royal System, Denmark
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in München, Bavaria
this vintage mid-midcentury modern Poul Cadovius Royal System Wall Unit, a true masterpiece of
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Teak, Glass

Restored Mid-Century Modern Solid Wood Wall Unit with Black Leather & Steel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Step into the realm of mid-century elegance with our beautifully restored Mid-Century Modern Wall
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Stainless Steel, Chrome, Metal

Midcentury Wrought Iron & Oak Plank Open Bookshelf
Located in Dallas, TX
Midcentury Wrought Iron & Oak Plank Open Bookshelf combines timeless flair with elegant scrollwork
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Wrought Iron

Milo Baighman Style Pair of Chrome and Glass Etageres Mid-Century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
. This pair has four shelves per piece, all of a gray-black light smoky tint that contrasts well with the
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Franco Albini Rosewood Mid-Century Modern “LB7” Modular Bookcase for Poggi, 1957
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Vicenza, IT
composed of 3 modules, ten shelves, and three containers. It is made of Rosewood, iron, and brass
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass, Iron

Mid-Century Swedish Oak Shelf, 1970s
Located in GNIEZNO, 30
This mid century shelf in oak was manufactured in the Sweden the 1970s. In the upper part there
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Swedish Oak Shelf, 1970s
Mid-Century Swedish Oak Shelf, 1970s
H 64.57 in W 31.5 in D 16.54 in
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Concave Walnut Credenza and Display Shelves Wall Unit
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This superior design by Edward Wormley combines the sideboard or credenza with open and closed
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Bamboo and Glass Etagère with Five Shelves and Geometric Accents
Located in Atlanta, GA
shelves are made of glass, offering a sleek and modern surface for displaying books, collectibles, or
Category

Mid-20th Century Rustic Shelves

Materials

Bamboo, Glass

Small Poul Cadovius Wall Unit, Mid-Century Shelf Royal System, Denmark
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in München, Bavaria
open shelves and a cabinet, providing ample storage space while maintaining a sleek and uncluttered
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass, Teak

Pair of Shelf of Units, by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century Design
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
This shelf unit is a distinctive piece of mid-20th century Brazilian design by Percival Lafer. It
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Usm Haller Storage Unit White, Grey and Stainless Steel Designed by Fritz Haller
By Usm Haller
Located in Doornspijk, NL
. The units can be refigured (and extended) at any point. This storage unit has four open compartments
Category

Vintage 1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Stainless Steel

Small Poul Cadovius Wall Unit with Desk, Mid-Century Shelf Royal System, Denmark
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in München, Bavaria
this vintage mid-midcentury modern Poul Cadovius Royal System Wall Unit, a true masterpiece of
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass, Teak

Franco Albini Mid-Century Wall Shelf in Rattan and Bamboo, Italy, 1960s
By Franco Albini
Located in Roma, IT
Triennale In 1930 he opened his own practice. Through his creations, the modern furniture design merged the
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Bamboo, Wicker, Cane, Rattan

Modern Wall Unit
By Bertu Furniture
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
do! Specs: Period/Model: New; Mid-Century Modern inspired Specs: Matte lacquered maple, reclaimed
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2010s North American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Reclaimed Wood

Modern Wall Unit
Modern Wall Unit
H 80 in W 49 in D 15 in
Danish Modern Oak Shelving
By Henning Kjærnulf
Located in San Antonio, TX
shelves and one open compartment and the bottom doors open up to a larger compartment. The right hand side
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Brutalist Shelves

Materials

Oak

Danish Modern Oak Shelving
Danish Modern Oak Shelving
H 74 in W 74 in D 16.5 in
Arne Vodder Style Danish Modern Two Bay Freestanding Rosewood Wall Unit
By Arne Vodder
Located in Pemberton, NJ
deep dark rosewood and tons of storage options. We love the five-drawer cabinet with lovely round
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Rosewood

20th Century Ico Parisi Brugnoli Mobili Hanging Console in Wood, 1960s
By Ico Parisi, Brugnoli Mobili Cantú
Located in Turin, Turin
right under that. These are easy to open and very roomy, fit to store either cutlery or papers
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

DECORATIVE TRIANGLE CONTEMPORARY DISPLAY SHELF PART OF A DINING SUiTE
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this nice modern triangle
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

1960s Chrome and Walnut Ètagerè
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern étagère or open display shelving unit. Shelves are non-adjustable.
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome

1960s Chrome and Walnut Ètagerè
1960s Chrome and Walnut Ètagerè
H 74.5 in W 30 in D 16 in
Italian Mid-Century Modern Desk with Shelves, Style of Ico Parisi
By Ico Parisi
Located in Austin, TX
Mid-Century Modern glass top desk with rosewood veneered cabinetry in the iconic Italian styling of
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Steel

Studio Craft Rosewood Bookcase, Four Shelves and Open Storage, Unique One off
Located in Kansas City, MO
One of a kind studio craft bookcase made of Brazilian rosewood. Refinished and structurally sound. A good repair has been done to one of the "feet" and is evident under close inspect...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Rosewood

Large Rattan Shelve by Passolunghi, 2022
Located in Paris, Ile-de-France
open: 78 cm, 30.7 inches H:41 cm, 16.15 inches Storage compartment: L: 146 cm, 4.8 feet D: 41
Category

2010s French Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Rattan

Large Rattan Shelve by Passolunghi, 2022
Large Rattan Shelve by Passolunghi, 2022
H 16.15 in W 86.62 in D 16.15 in
Galerie L'Orme Modular Wall Unit in Solid Elm
Located in Waalwijk, NL
compartments on the bottom, and many changeable shelves diffused over the columns. Due to the open construction
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Elm

Galerie L'Orme Modular Wall Unit in Solid Elm
Galerie L'Orme Modular Wall Unit in Solid Elm
H 113.78 in W 105.91 in D 17.33 in
Romeo Rega Brass & Espresso Color Enamel Shelf Cabinet
By Romeo Rega
Located in Troy, MI
colored enamel over wood with a brass base and hardware. Open internal storage compartment in lower
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

1970's Edward Wormley for Dunbar Wall Shelving Unit Cabinet
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Burbank, CA
Vintage Mid-century Modern shelf for sale. It was manufactured in the 1970's by Dunbar, and
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass, Burl

1970s Belgium Green/Blue Glass Chrome Shelving Display Cabinet Unit Belgo Chrome
By Belgo Chrome, belgochrom
Located in London, GB
1970s Belgium freestanding five shelf slim display open-fronted cabinet. The drop in green/blue
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelving unit from 1940. Drawing on her experience of seeing cloud-like wall-hung modular shelves in Kyoto
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Poul Cadovius Wall Unit or Room Divider
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Waalwijk, NL
which shelves can be attached. Three open columns with a wider compartment on the bottom characterize
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Poul Cadovius Wall Unit or Room Divider
Poul Cadovius Wall Unit or Room Divider
H 73.04 in W 95.67 in D 14.18 in
Midcentury Rattan and Bamboo Wall Shelf, Franco Albini, Italy, 1960s
By Franco Albini
Located in Roma, IT
Extraordinary Mid-Century wall shelf in curved rattan, bamboo and wicker. This marvellous object
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Bamboo, Wicker, Cane, Rattan

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Charlotte Perriand, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelving unit from 1940. Drawing on her experience of seeing cloud-like wall-hung modular shelves in Kyoto
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelves in Kyoto, she developed her own version: functional, attractive and versatile. These units can be
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelving unit from 1940. Drawing on her experience of seeing cloud-like wall-hung modular shelves in Kyoto
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelving unit from 1940. Drawing on her experience of seeing cloud-like wall-hung modular shelves in Kyoto
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelving unit from 1940. Drawing on her experience of seeing cloud-like wall-hung modular shelves in Kyoto
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Charlotte Perriand, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelves in Kyoto, she developed her own version: functional, attractive and versatile. These units can be
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Charlotte Perriand, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelves in Kyoto, she developed her own version: functional, attractive and versatile. These units can be
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Green, Yellow Aluminium
By Charlotte Perriand, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelves in Kyoto, she developed her own version: functional, attractive and versatile. These units can be
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium
By Charlotte Perriand, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelving unit from 1940. Drawing on her experience of seeing cloud-like wall-hung modular shelves in Kyoto
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Charlotte Perriand, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelves in Kyoto, she developed her own version: functional, attractive and versatile. These units can be
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Charlotte Perriand, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelves in Kyoto, she developed her own version: functional, attractive and versatile. These units can be
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Charlotte Perriand, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelves in Kyoto, she developed her own version: functional, attractive and versatile. These units can be
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Midcentury Wall Shelf or Console, Rattan and Bamboo, Franco Albini, Italy, 1960s
By Franco Albini
Located in Roma, IT
, great example of Mid-Century Italian organic craftsmanship. This warm and beautiful shelf is perfect
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Bamboo, Wicker, Cane, Rattan

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Charlotte Perriand, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelves in Kyoto, she developed her own version: functional, attractive and versatile. These units can be
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Charlotte Perriand, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelves in Kyoto, she developed her own version: functional, attractive and versatile. These units can be
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage À Plots, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Charlotte Perriand, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
century, brought about a profound change in aesthetic values and gave birth to a truly modern sensitivity
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelves in Kyoto, she developed her own version: functional, attractive and versatile. These units can be
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelving unit from 1940. Drawing on her experience of seeing cloud-like wall-hung modular shelves in Kyoto
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage À Plots, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
century, brought about a profound change in aesthetic values and gave birth to a truly modern sensitivity
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Early Pierre Chapo 'B17' Bibliothèque in Solid Elm
By Pierre Chapo
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arts Ménagers. This robust and solid bookcase consist of four elm shelves that rest under brackets
Category

Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Elm

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelving unit from 1940. Drawing on her experience of seeing cloud-like wall-hung modular shelves in Kyoto
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminum by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelves in Kyoto, she developed her own version: functional, attractive and versatile. These units can be
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Ward Bennett Etagere
By Ward Bennett
Located in Chicago, IL
striking. The chrome plated finish adds a sleek and modern touch to the overall design, making it a perfect
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome

Ward Bennett Etagere
Ward Bennett Etagere
H 61 in W 24.5 in D 24.5 in
Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
shelving unit from 1940. Drawing on her experience of seeing cloud-like wall-hung modular shelves in Kyoto
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Pierre Chapo Special Black Edition Wall-Mounted Book Shelve B17
By Pierre Chapo, Chapo Creation
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
, after having travelled in the United States and in Europe. He opened his own workshop first in Clamart
Category

2010s French Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

Pierre Chapo Special Black Edition Wall-Mounted Book Shelve B17
Pierre Chapo Special Black Edition Wall-Mounted Book Shelve B17
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Mid Century Modern Open Shelves Storage For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic piece of mid century modern open shelves storage available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, metal and hardwood, every item from our selection of mid century modern open shelves storage was constructed with great care. There are 1829 variations of the antique or vintage choice in our collection of mid century modern open shelves storage you’re looking for, while we also have 63 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for newer or older items, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right object in our assortment of mid century modern open shelves storage, those designed in mid-century modern, Scandinavian Modern and modern styles are of considerable interest. A well-made option in this array of mid century modern open shelves storage has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by George Nelson, Paul McCobb and Florence Knoll are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Modern Open Shelves Storage?

The average selling price for a piece of mid century modern open shelves storage at 1stDibs is $3,889, while they’re typically $250 on the low end and $84,500 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 legendary 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.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right storage-case-pieces for You

Of all the antique and vintage case pieces and storage cabinets that have become popular in modern interiors over the years, dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson, Poul Cadovius and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded.

A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.