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Restored Mid-Century Modular Wall Unit from Jitona, 1973
By Jitona
Located in Żory, PL
This mahogany modular wall unit was manufactured by Jitona in the Czech Republic in 1973. It
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Tomado Midcentury Modular Wall Unit, Shelving System with Rare Bookstands
By Tomado
Located in Schagen, NL
This modular industrial piece, features 3 shelves, two gliding stands for books and one stand to
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Italian Modern Midcentury Modular Wall Unit in Rosewood, Wool and Brass
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Italy Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Unknown Era: 1950s Materials: Rosewood, wool, brass Measurements: 138 wide x 18 deep x 79.5 tall Condition: In excellent origina...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass

Modular Wall Unit by Simpla-Lux, 1960s
By Simpla Lux 1
Located in Schagen, NL
This wall unit was designed and manufactured in the Netherlands, circa1960s. It consists of two
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Modular Wall Unit by Simpla-Lux, 1960s
Modular Wall Unit by Simpla-Lux, 1960s
H 59.06 in W 66.54 in D 11.82 in
Mid Century Danish Modern Teak Wall Unit System
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Danish Modern Teak Wall Unit System Offered is a beautiful Danish Modern teak wall unit
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Friso Kramer Modular wall unit Asmeta 1953 for Bijenkorf
By Friso Kramer
Located in Delft, NL
Friso Kramer Modular wall unit Asmeta 1953 for Bijenkorf Metal bookcase designed by Friso Kramer
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Metal

William Watting Free Standing Modular Wall unit, 1960s the Netherlands
By William Watting
Located in The Hague, NL
Mid-Century Modern period modular two-tone wall unit designed by William Watting for Fristho, The
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Osvaldo Borsani Modular Rosewood Bookcase Wall Unit with Removable Panels
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Large modular rosewood bookcase/wall unit by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno (ca. 1960, Italy). Composed
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Metal, Aluminum, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Formica Wall Unit, circa 1980s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Large modular Mid-Century Modern wall unit offering multiple flexible storage options. Impressive 1
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Formica, Lucite

Mid Century italian wall unit in teak, 1960's
Located in Brussels , BE
An italian wall unit in four columns with modular shelves. It has three boxes with doors openening
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Vintage 1960s Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Mid Century italian wall unit in teak, 1960's
Mid Century italian wall unit in teak, 1960's
H 118.12 in W 107.09 in D 11.82 in
Mid-Century Modern William Watting Modular Wall System, 1960s the Netherlands
By William Watting
Located in The Hague, NL
Mid-Century Modern period modular two-tone wall unit designed by William Watting for Fristho, The
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Brass

1960’s mid century Beaver & Tapley modular wall units
By Beaver and Tapley
Located in London, GB
Tapley created their modular system in the early 1960’s, and they are still trading today. Units shown
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Rare Free Standing Modular George Nelson Wall Unit Bookcase, Herman Miller Inter
Located in Gaggenau, DE
Rare midcentury Free standing Modular George Nelson Wall Unit Bookcase, Herman Miller International
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Ernst Dieter Hilker, Fine Mid Century Modern 'Omnia' Wall Unit For Hilker Möbel.
By Ernst Dieter Hilker
Located in Sittingbourne, GB
A Fabulous German design classic ‘Omnia’ Modular Wall Unit by Ernst Dieter Hilker. Highly
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Vintage 1960s German Bauhaus Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Metal, Brass

Ernst Dieter Hilker, Fine Mid Century Modern 'Omnia' Wall Unit For Hilker Möbel.
By Ernst Dieter Hilker
Located in Sittingbourne, GB
A Fabulous German design classic ‘Omnia’ Modular Wall Unit by Ernst Dieter Hilker. Highly
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Vintage 1960s German Bauhaus Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid Century Large Wall Units.
Located in Auckland, AUK
Total size: 370cm Wide * 214cm High This modular wall system can be easily rearranged, or divided
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Vintage 1960s New Zealand Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

Mid Century Large Wall Units.
Mid Century Large Wall Units.
H 84.26 in W 145.67 in D 15.75 in
Mid-Century Modern Modular Wall unit "Extenso" by Amma Torino, Italy, 1960's
By Amma
Located in Brussels , BE
Mid-Century Modern Modular Wall unit "Extenso" by Amma Torino, Italy, 1960's
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Teak

Mid-Century Modern Royal Modular Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Royal Modular wall unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Czech Shelves

Materials

Wood

Teak Modular Mid-Century Modern Wall Unit by Louis van Teeffelen for WéBé, 1960s
By WéBé, Louis Van Teeffelen
Located in The Hague, NL
Stunning and rare Mid-Century Modern hanging modular wall unit. Design by Louis van Teeffelen for
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Kai Kristiansen Modular Wall Unit in Rosewood
By FM Møbler, Kai Kristiansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
Measurements: 33.5" wide x 16" deep x 20" tall (Largest Case) 33" wide x 92" tall (Wall Panels) Condition
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Rosewood

Modular Composition of Copper Wall Lights from 1960's
Located in Barcelona, ES
Modular composition of copper wall lights from 1960's, Spain. Composed of 28 units of wall lights
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Vintage 1960s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Copper

Midcentury Pega Teak Wall Unit Designed by Juul Christensen
By Juul Kristensen
Located in Denver, CO
Exceptionally maintained Pega wall unit from the 1960s by Juul Christensen Originally
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Vintage 1960s Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Midcentury Teak Modular Wall or Shelving Unit, 1960s
Located in South Shields, GB
Mid-Century Modern teak shelving unit or wall unit Attributed to Prebend Sørensen Featuring a
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Teak

Mid Century MODERN Modular CADO Wall Unit / Shelving in Light Oak, c. 1950's
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Weehawken, NJ
Original Danish Modern Mid Century Cado Wall Unit / Shelving System in hard to find light oak, c
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Oak

Teak Modular Mid-Century Modern Wall Unit by Louis van Teeffelen for WéBé, 1950s
By WéBé, Louis Van Teeffelen
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning and rare Mid-Century Modern free standing modular wall unit. Design by Louis van Teeffelen
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Danish Wall Unit, Rud Thygesen & Johnny Sorensen For Hansen & Guldborg Furniture
By Rud Thygesen and Johnny Sorensen
Located in Sittingbourne, GB
A remarkable and functional Danish Mid Century Modern wall unit, designed by Rud Thygesen and
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Modern 2pc Modular Shelving Unit with Finished Back
Located in Freehold, NJ
This mid century modern two piece modular shelving unit features hardwood construction, free
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

Baker Finn Juhl Modular Wall Unit, circa 1950s
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Toledo, OH
Baker Finn Juhl adjustable modular wall unit, circa 1950s. Can be positioned vertically or
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Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Minimalist Modular Wall Mounted 1960's Shelving Unit
Located in London, GB
Minimalist modular wall mounted shelving unit with three metal uprights and five oak veneered
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

1960’s mid century teak wall unit with desk unit by Avalon
Located in London, GB
A mid century modular free standing shelving/storage unit manufactured by respected manufacturer
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Steel

Midcentury Italian Floor to Ceiling Teak Modular Wall Unit
Located in Rome, IT
Introducing a stunning Midcentury Italian Teak Modular Wall Unit that seamlessly blends style and
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass, Iron

Danish Modern Peter J. Lassen Montana Modular Suspension Unit Mid-Century Modern
By Montana
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Danish modern 3 piece modular suspension credenza unit by Peter J. Lassen for Montana Mobler. This
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Wood

Rare Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scandinavian Teak Wood Modular Unit, 1960s
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
furniture systems. The wall unit perfectly match the aesthetics of the Scandinavian era of Mid-Century
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood, Teak

Danish Teak Wall Unit Modular Room Divider by Kurt Ostervig
By Kurt Østervig
Located in Kensington, MD
space. - Open design and great proportions make this wall unit unimposing despite its significant size
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Teak

Mid-Century Danish Teak Cado Single Bay Wall Unit
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Raleigh, NC
display units. Totally modular and functional. This unit features a refinished 4 drawer unit, magazine
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood, Teak

Mid Century Teak Wall or Shelving Unit from Avalon, 1960s
By Avalon Yatton
Located in South Shields, GB
Mid-century modern teak shelving unit from Avalon - circa 1960s Featuring two sliding door units
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Teak

Mid Century Teak Wall or Shelving Unit from Avalon, 1960s
By Avalon Yatton
Located in South Shields, GB
Mid-century modern teak shelving unit from Avalon - circa 1960s Featuring two sliding door units
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Teak

Avalon Modular Teak & Metal Multi Piece Shelving & Cabinet Storage Wall Units
Located in High Wycombe, GB
Avalon Modular Teak & Metal Multi Piece Mid Century Modern Bookcase Wall Unit AVALON a mid-century
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Late 20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Modular Wall Unit by Rud Thygesen for Hg Furniture, Denmark, 1960s
By Rud Thygesen, HG Furniture
Located in Ranst, VAN
Danish modular wall unit by Rud Thygesen for HG Furtniture. This teak setup has one drawer cabinet
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass, Teak

Mid Century Omnia Wall Unit by Ernst Dieter Hilker, 1960s
By Ernst Dieter Hilker
Located in Leuven, Vlaams Gewest
Mid century wall unit in designed by Ersnt Dieter Hilker model 'Omnia'. The wall unit is
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

De Coene Norm Office 770 Modular Wall Unit , 1969, Belgium Design
By De Coene Frères
Located in Antwerp, BE
Impressed facade of a Modular wall unit in oak designed by the Coene Manufacture, Belgium ,1969
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Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Cupboards

Materials

Oak

Alfred Hendrickx Modular Bookcase Wallunit 1961 Belgium
By Alfred Hendrickx, Belform
Located in Antwerp, BE
Belgium handcrafted furniture. It has a Minimalist look with fine chrome legs. The wall unit offers a lot
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Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Chrome

Mid Century Modern Adjustable Wall Unit, Italy 1960 's
Located in Ceglie Messapica, IT
Adjustable Mid Century Modern Wall Unit in scandinavian style manufactured in Italy in the 1960 's
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Vintage 1960s Italian Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass, Iron

Michel Ducaroy Modular Wall Unit in Black Lacquered Wood and Steel
By Michel Ducaroy
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Michael Ducaroy, free-standing wall unit, chrome-plated steel, lacquered wood, France, 1970s Sleek
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Italian Modular Rosewood Bookcase Wall Unit by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Large modular rosewood bookcase/wall unit by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno (ca. 1960, Italy). Composed
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Aluminum, Steel

Midcentury Italian Teak Modular Wall Unit with Adjustable Height and Brass
Located in Rome, IT
Crafted from the finest teak wood, this modular Wall Unit features a sophisticated system of
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass, Iron

Small Poul Cadovius Wall Unit, 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
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass, Teak

Danish Modern Modular Teak Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado 1950s
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Danish teak wall unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1950s. Mid-Century Modern 2 bay shelving
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Danish Modern Modular 2 Bay Wall Unit by Lyby Mobler, C. 1960s
By Lyby Mobler
Located in Deland, FL
A rare find and truly an exceptional design is this wall unit by Lyby Mobler. The unit is assembled
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Danish Modern Modular 4 Bay Wall Unit by Lyby Mobler, c. 1960
By Lyby Mobler
Located in Deland, FL
A rare find and truly an exceptional design is this wall unit by Lyby Mobler. The unit is assembled
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Danish Modern Modular Teak Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1960s
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Danish teak wall unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1960s. Mid-Century Modern 4 bay
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Cerused Oak Modular Wall Unit Shelving or Room Divider by Lou Hodges, c1970s
By Lou Hodges
Located in Chino Hills, CA
For sale is mid-century modern marvel - a cerused oak modular standalone shelving unit, designed by
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Oak

Modular Wall Unit Designed by Georg Satink for WK Möbel, Germany, 1952
By Georg Satink, WK Möbel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large sideboard with nine modular wall elements in French walnut veneer from the WK-Satink series
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Brass

1960s Modular MCM Walnut Wall Unit with Drop Down Desk Bookshelves- 5 Pieces
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Madison, WI
This very unique modular 5 Piece Mid Century wall unit set has it ALL, and leaves plenty of room
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Iron

Mid-Century Modern Royal Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1960s
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Funky and elegant Mid-Century Modern Royal modular wall unit. Design by Poul Cadovius for Cado
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Georg Satink WK Mobel Teak Modular Wall Unit Credenza Cabinet German Danish Mod
By WK Möbel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Georg Satink for WK Mobel teak modular wall unit credenza cabinet German Danish Modern. Item
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Vintage Danish Rosewood Modular Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado 1960s
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Danish rosewood modular wall unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado 1960s Mid-Century Modern 3 bay
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Rosewood

Vintage Danish Modular Teak Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1960s.
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Danish Modular Teak Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1960s. Mid-Century Modern 4 bay
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Magnificent George Nelson 3 Bay Walnut Omni Wall Unit Mid Century Modern
By George Nelson
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Classic George Nelson “Omni” modular wall unit is a mid-century American classic, manufactured by
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

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

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Mid Century Modular Wall Unit For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the mid century modular wall unit you’re looking for. A mid century modular wall unit — often made from wood, hardwood and metal — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect mid century modular wall unit — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A mid century modular wall unit is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian Modern styles are sought with frequency. Many designers have produced at least one well-made mid century modular wall unit over the years, but those crafted by String Design AB, Nils Nisse Strinning and Poul Cadovius are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Mid Century Modular Wall Unit?

The average selling price for a mid century modular wall unit at 1stDibs is $2,200, while they’re typically $297 on the low end and $19,000 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.

Finding the Right storage-case-pieces for You

Of all the vintage storage cabinets and antique case pieces 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 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. Alternatively, apothecary cabinets are charming case goods similar in size to early dressers or commodes but with uniquely sized shelving and (often numerous) drawers.

Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard that features colored glass and metal details, 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.