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Pair of Mid Century Paul Hanson White Opaline Lamps
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
Pair of Mid Century Paul Hanson White Opaline Lamps. These lamps were made by Paul Hanson in the 50
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Midcentury Paul Mayen for Habitat Chrome Floor Lamp with Globe Shade
By Paul Mayen
Located in Esperance, NY
Midcentury Paul Mayen for habitat chrome floor lamp with globe shade.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Chrome

Rare mid century Paul Mccobb all Black original Squirm lounge chair
By Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Rare mid century Paul Mccobb all Black original Squirm low geometric lounge chair. All original
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Naugahyde, Maple

Pair Mid century Paul Mayen Gloss Black cylinder end tables for Habitat
By Habitat International, Paul Mayen
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of petite Minimalist mid century Paul Mayen gloss black cylindrical stools end tables
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Wood, Lacquer

Mid Century Paul Mayen High Gloss Taupe 6 Drawer Dresser Desk for Habitat
By Paul Mayen, Habitat International
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
6 drawer dresser with center desk Minimalist mid century Paul Mayen high gloss taupe dressers with
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Wood, Lacquer

Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Bookcase #1516 Iron Base Adjustable Shelf
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single bookcase #1516 solid maple with original medium blonde
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Iron

Midcentury Paul McCobb Three-Drawer Dresser Credenza #1508 Blonde Maple T Pulls
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Vintage mid century Paul McCobb three-drawer dresser credenza Planner Group #1508. Beautiful
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Steel, Iron

Mid century Paul McCobb 8 Drawer Dresser Credenza #1507 Blonde Maple T Pulls
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Vintage Mid century Paul McCobb 8 drawer dresser credenza Planner Group #1507. Beautiful dresser by
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Steel, Iron

Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Bookcase #1516 Walnut Finish Iron Base Clean
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single bookcase #1516 solid maple with original walnut finish on an
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Iron

Pair of Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Bookshelves #1516 Walnut Finish
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single high bookcases bookshelves #1516 original walnut
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Iron

Midcentury Paul McCobb Black 6 Drawer Dresser Credenza #1509 Ring Pulls
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Vintage midcentury Paul McCobb six-drawer dresser credenza Planner Group #1509. Beautiful dresser
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Aluminum

Pair Mid century Paul McCobb Double Bookshelves #1516 Walnut Finish Iron Base
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of vintage midcentury Paul McCobb Double high bookcases bookshelves #1516 original walnut
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Iron

Pair Mid century Paul McCobb Triple Bookshelves #1516 Walnut Finish Iron Base
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of vintage midcentury Paul McCobb triple high bookcases bookshelves #1516 original walnut
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Iron

Midcentury Paul McCobb 6 Drawer Dresser Credenza #1509 Blonde Maple T Pulls
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Vintage midcentury Paul McCobb six-drawer dresser credenza Planner Group #1509. Beautiful dresser
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Steel, Iron

Mid Century Paul Frankl Dresser
By Paul Frankl
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage refinished Paul Frankl 6 drawer dresser. Has been refinished and well kept. Great design
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Wood

Mid Century Paul Frankl Dresser
Mid Century Paul Frankl Dresser
H 33 in W 20.5 in D 58 in
Midcentury Paul Evans Credenza
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous vintage modern Paul Evans credenza features spacious storage cabinets, three drawers
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Burl

Midcentury Paul Evans Credenza
Midcentury Paul Evans Credenza
H 32 in W 96 in D 18 in
Set of 6 Mid century Paul McCobb for Lane Chrome Black Cane Back Dining Chairs
By Lane Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Six all original rare midcentury Paul McCobb for Lane chrome dining chairs. Solid chrome steel
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Midcentury Paul McCobb Planner Group Four Piece Cabinets with Benches, 1950s
By Paul McCobb
Located in Southampton, NY
Midcentury Paul McCobb Planner Group four piece cabinets with benches in original orange doors with
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Mid Century Paul Frankl Style Bamboo Tiki Dry-Bar w/ Pair of Swivel Bar Stools
By Paul Frankl
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Mid Century Paul Frankl Style Half-Moon Bamboo Tiki Dry-Bar with 2 Swivel Bamboo Bar Stools
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Vintage 1950s American Rustic Dry Bars

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Upholstery, Bamboo

Pair of Superb Midcentury Paul McCobb H. Sacks Solid Walnut Wall Mirrors
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., Paul McCobb, H Sacks & Sons
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Rare Matching pair of midcentury Paul McCobb for H. Sacks and Sons walnut wall mirrors #8075 are in
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Walnut, Mirror

Mid Century Paul McCobb Occasional Chest
By Paul McCobb, H Sacks & Sons
Located in Minneapolis, MN
A rare design by American mid century designer Paul McCobb for H. Sacks & Sons. Mahogany cabinet
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Mid-Century Paul Frankl Chest Of Drawers
By Paul Frankl
Located in New York, NY
Mid Century Modern Chest of drawers in cerused natual oak with a combed oak border. Original brass
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

Mid Century Paul Hanson Italian Ceramic Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large scale ceramic ginger jar form lamps featuring a matte mottled glaze in colors of brown, rust, wasabi green and white. Rewired for use in the USA with bronze double pull...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bronze

Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Paul McCobb Headboards
By Paul McCobb
Located in Pasadena, TX
century. Paul McCobb Winchendon planner group Mid-Century Pair of walnut and brass headboards Solid
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames

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Brass

Midcentury Paul Frankl Style Stools with Swivel
By Paul McCobb
Located in Pasadena, TX
Paul Frankl Style Stools Faux Bamboo 3 Strand backs with swivel. Reupholstery recommended.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Bamboo

Mid-Century Paul McCobb Calvin Group Dining Set
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage dining set features the unique Mid-Century design of Paul McCobb produced for the
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Midcentury Paul McCobb Lamp or End Table
By Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
A rare Mid-Century Modern three tier side table from the Connoisseur Collection designed by Paul
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Brass

MId-Century Paul Evans Inspired Brutalist Metal Wall Lamp
By Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Incredible Paul Evans inspired wall mount front door light. Striking brutalist design with rough
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Brutalist Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Mid-Century Paul McCobb End Table for Calvin Group
By Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful Paul McCobb end table features the original manufacturers label, unique McCobb
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Mid century Paul McCobb Calvin Credenza Mahogany Brass travertine
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid century American designer Paul McCobb credenza dark Mahogany wood. Original finish in beautiful
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Travertine, Brass

Mid Century Paul McCobb for Directional Lounge Chair 1950s
By Paul McCobb, Directional
Located in Troy, MI
Exceptional lounge chair designed by Paul McCobb for Directional circa 1950s Sculpted alnut frame
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Midcentury Paul Evans Brutalist Sideboard for Directional
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An iconic vintage modern design by Paul Evans with an elaborate chrome patchwork design. This
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Chrome

Midcentury Paul McCobb Brass Tripod ‘Torchiere’ Accent Lamp
By Paul McCobb
Located in Kensington, MD
Subtle details make this torchiere lamp by Paul McCobb an MCM Classic. An open milk-glass light
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb Dresser and Matching Table Base
By Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
table base with beautifully tapered legs. Designed by Paul McCobb. Please confirm item location NY or
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Maple

Mid-Century Paul Evans Brutalist American Modern Metal Planter Box
By Paul Evans
Located in Forney, TX
Paul Evans (1931-1987) American Brutalist industrial modern welded steel and copper, mixed metals
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Planters and Jardinieres

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Metal, Copper, Steel

Mid-Century Paul Mayen Style Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
By Paul Mayen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
of Paul Mayen. (Please confirm item location NY or NJ with dealer).
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid Century Paul McCobb Planner Group Shelf Bookshelf Room Divider
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
Rare Mid Century sideboard, shelf unit, room divider, designed by Paul McCobb as part of the
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Mid-Century Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Chairs Set of Four
By Paul McCobb
Located in Baltimore, MD
Incredibly well constructed set of four mid-century modern dining chairs designed by
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Set of Four Vintage Mid-Century Paul McCobb Shovel Dining Chairs
By Paul McCobb
Located in Pasadena, TX
interiors that earned McCobb the title of "America`s decorator" during the mid-twentieth century. Set of
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Maple

Mid Century Paul McCobb Calvin Wall Unit Etagere Walnut Brass Base
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Stunning Mid century American designer Paul McCobb Wall unit with lower credenza in walnut
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Mid Century Paul McCobb Winchendon Planner Group Cabinet c. 1950's
By Winchendon, Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
Hard to find Planner Group sideboard, designed by Paul McCobb for Winchendon, circa 1950's. The
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Paul McCobb Calvin #7700 Nightstands Brass Trim Dark Mahogany
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of Paul McCobb 1960s Production #7700 dark mahogany nightstands end tables with
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb 4 Drawer Cabinet on Brass Base
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb rare 4 drawer dresser Irwin Collection by Calvin- Irwin Collection. Walnut
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb Small Single Drawer Nightstands Brass Knobs
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Simple pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group maple nightstands lamp tables single drawer Planner Group
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Brass

Mid-Century Paul Frankl Rattan Chaise Pretzel Arms Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Paul Frankl
Located in Bay City, MI
usability with the Paul Frankl style fitting many different areas in the home or office. The organic use and
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Rattan

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1586 Maple Nightstands Walnut Finish Brass Knobs
By Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group #1586 maple nightstands lamp tables single drawer
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Brass

Mid century Paul McCobb Calvin Credenza Brass Black Lacquer with top unit
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid century American designer Paul McCobb Calvin Irwin Collection credenza unit In Black Lacquer
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Mid Century Paul Mayen Habitat Style Black Wire & Woven Rattan Lamp, 1960s
By Habitat International, Paul Mayen
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Mid-Century Modern Paul Mayen for Habitat Style Rattan and Wire Table Lamp. Featuring a cylindrical
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wire

Mid Century Paul Evans Cityscape Floating Shelf or Console Table Chrome & Brass
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An incredible design, a cityscape wall shelf designed by Paul Evans in the 1970's. The set features
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

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Brass, Chrome

Mid Century Paul Evans Wall Mirror & Console Table Shelf in Brass & Chrome
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An incredible design combination, a cityscape wall shelf and mirror designed by Paul Evans in the
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Brass, Chrome

Mid century Paul McCobb 2-Drawer #1503 Nightstands Black Lacquer T Pulls
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of Paul McCobb 1950s #1503 maple nightstands end tables double-drawer planner group
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Steel

Mid Century Paul Evans Cityscape Floating Shelf or Console Table Glass & Brass
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An incredible design, a cityscape wall shelf designed by Paul Evans in the 1970's. The set features
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Pair of Midcentury Paul McCobb for Directional Nightstands Cabinets Walnut
By Paul McCobb, Directional
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Midcentury American designer Paul McCobb pair of nightstands small cabinets solid walnut. Original
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Walnut

Mid Century Paul Evans Cityscape Wall Mirror & Console Table Shelf in Brass
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An incredible design combination, a cityscape wall shelf and mirror designed by Paul Evans in the
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Mid-Century Paul McCobb Planner Group Dining Chairs Maple Spindle Back Chairs
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Set of 6 All original midcentury maple Paul McCobb Planner Group spindle back side chairs. Solid
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Maple

Mid Century Paul Evans Cityscape Wall Mirror & Console Table Shelf in Chrome
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An incredible design combination, a cityscape wall shelf and mirror designed by Paul Evans in the
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Chrome

Midcentury Paul McCobb 3 Drawer Black Dresser Aluminum Ring Pulls
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid Century Modern black lacquer three-drawer dresser by Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Maple, Lacquer

Midcentury Paul McCobb Planner Group Captain Lounge Maple Arm Chair
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful all original midcentury maple Paul McCobb Planner Group Captain arm chair. Solid maple
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Maple

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1546 Coffee Table Bench Blonde Maple Finish
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb Planner Group #1546 solid maple 60 inch coffee table bench blonde maple
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Maple

Stunning Midcentury Paul McCobb Planner Group Room Divider Etagere black
By Paul McCobb, Planner Group
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Midcentury American designer Paul McCobb freestanding black lacquer room divider for Planner Group
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

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Mid Century Paul For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the mid century paul you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each mid century paul for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and brass. There are 7464 variations of the antique or vintage mid century paul you’re looking for, while we also have 27 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect mid century paul — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A mid century paul is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Modern styles are sought with frequency. Many designers have produced at least one well-made mid century paul over the years, but those crafted by Paul McCobb, Paul Evans and Paul Frankl are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Mid Century Paul?

Prices for a mid century paul can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $1 and can go as high as $475,000, while the average can fetch as much as $3,283.

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 Paul
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    The difference between mid-century and mid-century modern comes down to specificity. When it comes to furniture and architecture, for example, mid-century refers to works that emerged during the middle of the 20th century, usually between 1950 and 1970. The more specific descriptor, mid-century modern, is used to refer to a particular style of design that emphasizes simplicity, organic forms and clean lines. Mid-century modern furniture designers generally drew on the architectural work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Bauhaus design, Scandinavian modernism and more. Any piece of furniture produced during the 1950s and ’60s can be referred to as mid-century, but only those with specific characteristics are mid-century modern. That said, when enthusiasts of furniture and architecture use the shorter of the two phrases, they may indeed be referring to modernist works created during that period in history. On 1stDibs, find a wide variety of mid-century modern furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 26, 2021
    A mid-century sofa is any sofa created during the mid-20th century. Mid-century modern sofas are pieces of seating furniture that embody the venturesome attributes that we associate with mid-century modern furniture — while not all sofas designed in the mid-century modern style are the same, they frequently have a low profile and are characterized by gentle curves, clean lines and an organic shape. Mid-century furniture is a timeless classic due to its elegant simplicity. Shop a collection of antique, vintage, and contemporary mid-century sofas from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 17, 2023
    No, the 1970s are generally not considered to fall within the era identified as mid-century. With respect to mid-century modern design, while there is some debate between collectors and design experts about the specific time period that saw the emergence of the style, most furniture enthusiasts agree that by the late 1960s, interest in MCM had largely declined. Writer Cara Greenberg, who coined the term “mid-century modernism,” suggests that “the period from the end of World War II to 1960 – from V-J Day to JFK – was the heyday of innovative furniture design in America.” Mid-century modern furniture is characterized by clean lines and inviting, organic shapes. Furniture makers of the era believed that good design was an essential part of good living. Find a variety of vintage mid-century modern furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century artwork is any piece of art produced during the middle of the 20th century. It includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, collages, pottery and other media. You'll find a large selection of mid-century artwork from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid-century modern decor was popularized during the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would suggest that the style emerged during the years that followed World War II. This style of decor is typically characterized by sleek lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation and high functionality. Find the finest mid-century modern furnishings and more on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid-century furniture is furniture created within the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would argue that the style began to emerge in the postwar years. This style of furniture is known for its sleek lines and organic shapes. The creators most frequently associated with mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living. Mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century jewelry is a style of jewelry that rose in popularity along with the mid-century modern design movement. Pieces from this era typically feature bold, geometric designs. Shop a variety of mid-century jewelry and accessories from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The mid-century modern style emerged primarily in the years following World War II. This style of decor is characterized by sleek lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation and high functionality. Creators of mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living, and mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021
    A mid-century chair is a piece of seating furniture that was designed at any point during the middle of the 20th century. Mid-century modern furniture is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living. The mid-century period provided an excellent opportunity to experiment with both functional and decorative forms. Mid-century modern chairs were made with a variety of natural and synthetic materials, combining leather, wood, and cane with chrome, steel, and plastic. Shop a range of vintage mid-century chairs on 1stDibs today.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern refers to the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 22, 2019

    Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality. Mid-century modern furniture is distinguishable by its lack of decoration or extravagance and its use of clean lines, organic curves and variety of natural materials.

    1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern furniture refers to pieces designed during the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 25, 2024
    The years that encompass the mid-century modern period are roughly 1933 until 1965, but most experts argue, however, that the mid-century modern era correlates specifically to the years following World War II. These years in America saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history. Vintage mid-century modern furniture — including tables, chairs, desks and case pieces — are often organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple. 

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

    Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

    Knoll became a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces soon became desirable for the home. Similarly, Michigan’s Herman Miller is best known for its iconic mid-century modern furniture, and while the company focused on the office, people loved its designs for their homes, too.

    Find vintage mid-century modern furniture for sale on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Yes, Eames is mid-century modern. In many ways, Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and they have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century. Some of the couple's most famous mid-century modern designs include the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman, the Eames Molded Plywood chair and the Eames Fiberglass chair. Shop a wide range of Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 3, 2024
    The years between 1950 and 1960 are typically considered mid-century. Some people also include the 1970s in the definition. Remember that the term mid-century furniture refers to pieces produced during the middle of the 20th century. It is different from mid-century modern, the name for a furniture style that emerged primarily in the years following World War II and 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. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of mid-century 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 ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if a chair is mid-century, look for labels and markings that indicate its maker. Then, use trusted online resources to determine when the company was active. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer can be of assistance when dating chairs. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. Find a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if furniture is mid-century modern, examine the piece, looking for labels and markings that indicate who produced it. Then, consult trusted online resources to determine when the maker was active and what styles of furniture they made. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. A knowledgeable dealer or certified appraiser can help you determine if a particular piece is genuine mid-century modern or a reproduction. Shop a range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Mondrian’s art is believed to be one of the great inspirations for the mid-century modern approach to minimalism. His artworks were not just a departure from figurative works, but a new look at abstract art as well. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    To identify mid-century lamps, look for a manufacturer's label or stamp on the base or the shade. You can use trusted online resources to determine when the company or artisan was active. Some lamps may also have a date stamp that you can use for identification purposes. Pieces dating from the late 1950s through the early 1970s are mid-century in terms of their age. A mid-century modern lamp will show off hallmarks of the design style, such as curvy hourglass or globe forms. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer may also be able to help with the identification. Find a range of mid-century lamps on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century is considered the middle of the century, however as it pertains to furniture and design, mid-century is an American design movement known for its modern style, construction and the Modernist movement. It is typically simple and clean lines without embellishments. Shop a range of mid-century modern designs on 1stDIbs.

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