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Mid Century Brown Jordan Cantilevered Outdoor Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 2 Piece
By Brown Jordan
Located in Basel, BS
mid century ranch garden / patio / poolside, you name it. It could be used as a statement indoor chair
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Tan Leather Oak Frame Sofa by Ranch Oak
By Ranch Oak
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Oak frame tan supple leather upholstery Mid-Century Modern sofa. Artistic adze cut wood finishing
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Oak

Mid 20th Century Ecuadorian Carpet ByOlga Fisch ( 11' x 13'4"-335 x 406 )
By Olga Fisch
Located in New York, NY
definitely the perfect context, but any midcentury ranch house is certainly welcoming.  
Category

Vintage 1950s Ecuadorean North and South American Rugs

Materials

Wool

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ranch Oak Desk and Matching Chair by Brandt
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in Lafayette, IN
Great little desk in the "Ranch Oak" style and manufactured by Brandt Furniture Co. of Fort Worth
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Oak

Mid-20th Century Rustic or Western Style Sofa Attributed to A. Brandt Ranch Oak
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
approximately 50 years. The production of the Ranch Oak line continued until the mid-1980s. It was used in ranch
Category

Mid-20th Century American Rustic Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Mid Century Wilder Ranch Landscape Photograph
By Vester Dick
Located in Soquel, CA
The White Barn at Wilder Ranch, a color photograph by Vestor Dick, master photographer (American
Category

1960s American Impressionist Landscape Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper, Color

Mid Century Sheep Ranch Landscape Woodblock
By Ina Annette
Located in Soquel, CA
Ranch" by Ina Agnes Annette (American, 1901-1991), 1950. Signed and dated lower right. Titled and
Category

1950s American Impressionist Landscape Prints

Materials

Paper, Ink, Woodcut

A. Brandt Ranch Oak, Fabric, Oak, USA, 1950s
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in High Point, NC
A cerused oak and off-white fabric sofa designed and produced by A. Brandt Ranch Oak, USA, c. 1950s
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Mid Century Atomic Ranch Thonet Style Arm Chairs
By Thonet
Located in W Allenhurst, NJ
seating with swooping bent wood arms, and nicely splayed legs. Low profile lending to Atomic Ranch design
Category

20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

A. Brandt Ranch Oak, Sofa Fabric, Oak, USA, 1950s
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in High Point, NC
An oak and off-white fabric sofa designed and produced by A. Brandt Ranch Oak, USA, c. 1950s. Seat
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Oak

A. Brandt Ranch Oak, Sofa Fabric, Oak, USA, 1950s
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in High Point, NC
A cerused oak and off-white fabric sofa designed and produced by A. Brandt Ranch Oak, USA, c. 1950s
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Oak

A. Brandt Ranch Oak, Wall Mirror, Oak, USA, 1958
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in High Point, NC
A carved oak wall mirror designed and produced by A. Brandt Ranch Oak, USA, 1958.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Oak

Vintage Ranch Oak Drawered End Table Acorn Brown Finish by A. Brandt
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
, polyurethane and waxed. The base is original finish waxed. Please see photos. Circa mid-20th century
Category

Mid-20th Century American Rustic End Tables

Materials

Oak

A. Brandt Co. Ranch Oak Desk and Chair Set, 1950s
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very handsome mid-century A. Brandt Co. Ranch Oak desk and chair set with a great classic
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Metal

Vintage Ranch Oak Captains Armchairs by A. Brandt Acorn Brown Finish a Pair
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
restored but is original. Please see photos, Circa Mid-20th century.    What a gorgeous pair of
Category

Mid-20th Century American Rustic Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak

A. Brandt Ranch Oak, Lounge Chairs, Fabric, Oak, USA, 1950s
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of oak and brown fabric lounge chair designed and produced by A. Brandt Ranch Oak, USA
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Oak

A. Brandt Ranch Oak Dark Wood Dining Chairs set of 4
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in Mckinney, TX
Add timeless appeal and the warmth of mid-century design with this set of four A. Brandt Ranch Oak
Category

Mid-20th Century American Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

A. Brandt for Ranch Oak Cerused Oak Minimalist Three Seat Sofa.
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Minimalist sofa from the 1950s designed and manufactured by August Brandt for Ranch Oak Furniture
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool, Oak

A. Brandt Ranch Oak, Chests of drawers, Oak, Brass, USA, 1950s
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of oak and brass chests of drawers designed and produced by A. Brandt Ranch Oak, USA, 1950s.  
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Vintage Ranch Oak Pair of Small Credenzas or Buffet Cabinets, A. Brandt Company
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
mid-20th century. Yes! You are seeing double!! Aren’t these vintage ranch oak cabinets beautiful
Category

20th Century American Rustic Credenzas

Materials

Oak

Brandt Ranch Oak Bar Stool Acorn Brown Finish & Black-Brown Faux Leather Seat
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
company president for approximately 50 years. The production of the Ranch Oak line continued until the mid
Category

20th Century American Rustic Stools

Materials

Iron

California Ranch Mid Century Wrought Iron Torchiere Standing Candelabra
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Spanish wrought iron torchiere standing candelabra Early 20th century Handcrafted rustic piece
Category

Early 20th Century Spanish Torchères

Materials

Wrought Iron

Rustic Ranch Oak Step End Table with 2 Drawers & Acorn Brown finish by A. Brandt
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
. We attempt to portray any imperfections. Circa, Mid-20th -Late-20th Century. Rugged, Rustic, and
Category

20th Century American Rustic End Tables

Materials

Oak

Rustic A. Brandt Ranch Oak Secretary Style Drop Front Student Desk with Bookcase
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
continued until the mid-1980s. It was used in ranch homes, mountain homes, dude ranches, and basement rec
Category

Late 20th Century American Rustic Secretaires

Materials

Metal

Set of Six A. Brandt Ranch Oak Dining Chairs with Faux Leather Seats, c. 1950
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very handsome mid-century A. Brandt Co. Ranch Oak six-piece dining chair set with a classic
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak, Faux Leather

Rodeo. Bareback Bronco. Mid 20th Century. 1966. Western Cowboy Ranch Equestrian.
By John Rattenbury Skeaping
Located in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset
regarded as the leading equine sculptor of the twentieth century. He also became a highly regarded
Category

Mid-20th Century American Impressionist Animal Paintings

Materials

Gouache, Paper

Mid 20th Century Modern Ranch Landscape Watercolor Ink on Paper signed Sanchez
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Mid 20th Century Modern Ranch Landscape watercolor black ink on paper signed Sanchez Mat 12 x 10
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Paper

Vintage Las Vegas Motel Sign - Mid Century Sky Ranch Motel
By Mitchell Funk
Located in Miami, FL
Funk to photograph the punchy primary colors of a mid-century Las Vegas hotel sign. A solitary figure
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Landscape Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment, Archival Paper, Archival Ink

Rare Rembrandt Mid Century Modern Table Lamp! Atomic Ranch Decor! MCM 1950s
By Rembrandt Lamp Company
Located in Peoria, AZ
atomic ranch or West palm Beach estate! Monumental Rembrandt Mid Century Lighting For Your Masterpiece
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal, Enamel

Livermore Valley Ranch
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork titled "Livermore Valley Ranch" c.1960, is a watercolor on paper by American artist
Category

Mid-20th Century American Impressionist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Watercolor

Lovers at the Ranch
By Robert Maguire
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Lovers at the Ranch
Category

Mid-20th Century Paintings

Materials

Oil

Forgotten Ranch House, Arizona
By James March Phillips
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork titled " Forgotten Ranch House, Arizona" c.1950 is a watercolor on paper by California
Category

Mid-20th Century American Impressionist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Watercolor

Restored 'Station Wagon' Ten-Drawer Dresser by Paul Frankl, c. 1945, Signed
By Johnson Furniture Company, John Stuart Inc., Paul Frankl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
context to Mid-Century Modern and California Ranch House history. In 1950 House Beautiful magazine
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

Brandt Ranch Rustic Oak and Leather Patchwork Coffee / Cocktail Tabl
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century Rustic (circa 1950) rectangular oak coffee table with a brown leather
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Leather, Wood, Oak

Restored 'Station Wagon' Highboy Dresser by Paul Frankl, c. 1945, Triple Signed
By John Stuart Inc., Johnson Furniture Company, Paul Frankl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
design is important in context to Mid-Century Modern and California Ranch House history. In 1950 House
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

Neil Young, Broken Arrow Ranch, 1991
By Jay Blakesberg
Located in New York, NY
16x20” Premiere Archival Print Limited Edition Next available edition printed upon purchase. Other sizes available. Please allow 4 weeks for production.
Category

Mid-20th Century Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Neil Young, Broken Arrow Ranch, 1991
By Jay Blakesberg
Located in New York, NY
16x20” Premiere Archival Print Limited Edition Next available edition printed upon purchase. Other sizes available. Please allow 4 weeks for production.
Category

Mid-20th Century Contemporary Black and White Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Neil Young, Broken Arrow Ranch, 1991
By Jay Blakesberg
Located in New York, NY
16x20” Premiere Archival Print Limited Edition Next available edition printed upon purchase. Please allow 4 weeks for production.
Category

Mid-20th Century Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Sheep Ranch, Mother Lodge County, Near Stockton
By William Frates
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork titled "Sheep Ranch, Mother Lodge County, Near Stockton" is an oil painting on canvas
Category

Mid-20th Century American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

'Rural Landscape with Dutch Barn', Ranch
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
A mid-twentieth century watercolor showing a peaceful rural landscape with numerous farm buildings
Category

1970s Impressionist Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paper, Watercolor

Looking Down at the Ranch, Abstract Expressionist Landscape
Located in Soquel, CA
-1996). The viewer looks out over a valley, with a ranch at the focal point. In the distance, fog rolls
Category

Mid-20th Century Expressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

1959 Style Viko Baumritter Atomic Ranch White Swivel Armchair
By Viko Baumritter
Located in Chula Vista, CA
1950s Fabulous White Swivel Chair after Viko Baumritter Stamped MODEL19 May 1959 Memphis Tenn 27.5 h x 27.5 w x 25.25 d seat15.25 h arm rest 23 h Original unrestored vintage conditi...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Ranch Texas, Vintage Polish Movie Poster by Jerzy Flisak, 1959
By Jerzy Flisak 1
Located in London, GB
Rare and beautiful film poster designed by Jerzy Flisak in 1959 for Polish movie “Rancho Texas” directed by Wadim Berestowski. Polish A1 size: 58.5 x 83 cm
Category

Vintage 1950s Polish Mid-Century Modern Posters

Materials

Paper

Vintage Bay Area Farm Landscape, "Livermore Ranch" by June Hood
Located in Soquel, CA
Area landscape of Livermore Ranch by Central California Valley artist June Hood (American, 20th Century
Category

1960s American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas, Cardboard

Knotty Pine Rustic Adirondack Cabin, Ranch or Cottage Dining Table with Benches
By Rittenhouse Furniture Company
Located in Ferndale, MI
Adirondack style rustic ranch, cabin or cottage table with two benches. I believe this is Cedarwood
Category

Mid-20th Century American Adirondack Dining Room Sets

Materials

Cedar

Large Brown and Black Mid-Century Modern Bulbous Ceramic Lamp
Located in Topeka, KS
wood base has been totally restored and repainted. It will be awesome in your Mid-Century Modern ranch
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Wood, Ceramic

"HOUSTON SUNSET" TEXAS MID CENTURY MODERN LANDSCAPE LAMAR BRIGGS (1935-2015)
By Lamar Briggs
Located in San Antonio, TX
friend of the family. Briggs was featured in "The Houston Century" (Top Artists of the Century) in the
Category

Mid-20th Century Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Oil

Mid Century Coffee Table from Denmark, circa 1960
Located in Round Top, TX
Classic clean lines are the highlight of this mid century modern coffee table from Denmark, along
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

Mid Century South West Green Metal Patio or Garden Arm Chairs - A Pair
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A pair of mid-century green metal patio or garden chairs. In the south, these patinated beauties
Category

Mid-20th Century American Rustic Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Mt. Rose Landscape
By Nancy Coe
Located in Soquel, CA
Bold mid century impasto landscape of Mt. Rose in oil by Nancy Coe (American, 1932-1998), c.1968
Category

Late 20th Century American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Large Mid-Century Modern Turquoise Lava Glaze Ceramic Table Lamp after Fantoni
By Gambone Fantoni
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome very large Mid-Century Modern ceramic table lamp with a gorgeous turquoise lava glaze and
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Gorgeous Mid Century Danish Styled Teak Sailboat Sculpture 1960
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Peoria, AZ
preserved! A must have for your NY penthouse, Boston estate or Palm Springs atomic ranch home!
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Teak

Rustic Mid-Century Horn Back Cowhide Accent Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique, mid-century craftsman accent chair is one-of-a-kind. The three-legged frame is made
Category

Mid-20th Century American Rustic Side Chairs

Materials

Cowhide, Walnut

Pair, Mid Century Folding Brown Leather Chairs, Denmark circa 1960
Located in Round Top, TX
Pair of Mid Century Modern brown leather folding chairs from Denmark. Simple brown leather seat and
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Low Tide - Mid Century Seascape
By Margaret Esther Rogers
Located in Soquel, CA
Beautiful mid century seascape of the waves spilling over the rocks into the tide pool by Margaret
Category

1940s American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil, Cardboard

Mid Century Oil on Board of an American Indian
Located in Redding, CT
Mid Century oil on board of an American Indian. Nice heavy impasto style. In a wooden wormhole
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Masonite, Paint

Exquisite Mid Century Imperial Terrestrial Standing Floor Globe Wood Library
By Cram's
Located in Peoria, AZ
This is one of the finest terrestrial floor globes of the mid century period. Great wood design and
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Wood

Gorgeous Mid Century Modern Abstract Painting. Watercolor Kay Johnson Rare
By (after) Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Peoria, AZ
beautifully. A magnificent mid century abstract for your NY Penthouse, Palm Springs Atomic Ranch or West Palm
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint, Paper

Mid Century Brown Vintage Leather Arm Chair, Denmark circa 1960
Located in Round Top, TX
Mid-century modern brown leather arm chair resting on hard wood feet. Cushions removeable with
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair, Mid Century Camel Leather Arm Chairs, Denmark circa 1960
Located in Round Top, TX
This pair of arm chairs show off the clean lines of mid-century craftsmanship and style. In good
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

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Mid Century Ranch For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the mid century ranch you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A mid century ranch — often made from wood, oak and fabric — can elevate any home. Your living room may not be complete without a mid century ranch — find older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. A mid century ranch is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern styles are sought with frequency. You’ll likely find more than one mid century ranch that is appealing in its simplicity, but A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture, Ranch Oak and Abbott produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mid Century Ranch?

Prices for a mid century ranch start at $300 and top out at $18,500 with the average selling for $1,450.
Questions About Mid Century Ranch
  • 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 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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Most experts agree that mid-century modern correlates specifically to the years following World War II. It has grown in popularity in the decades since, particularly due to the media and cultural institutions that have promoted the truly innovative era of design. Not only did the MoMA promote modern furniture, but pieces are prominently visible on the set of very popular television shows such as Mad Men. Shop a wide and beautiful range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.