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Broyhill Brasilia Mid Century Room Divider Wall Unit Shelving
By Broyhill Brasilia
Located in Countryside, IL
Broyhill Brasilia Mid Century Room Divider Wall Unit Shelving This wall unit measures: 54 wide x
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Mid-century Room Divider by Ludvik Volak for Drevopodnik Holesov, 1960s
By Ludvik Volak
Located in Almelo, NL
Midcentury Room Divider by Ludvik Volak for Drevopodnik Holesov, 1960s This midcentury room
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Bentwood, Plywood

Mid-century Room Divider by Ludvik Volak for Drevopodnik Holesov, 1960s
By Ludvik Volak
Located in Almelo, NL
Midcentury Room Divider by Ludvik Volak for Drevopodnik Holesov, 1960s This midcentury room
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Bentwood, Plywood

Mid-century Room Divider by Ludvik Volak for Drevopodnik Holesov, 1960s
By Ludvik Volak
Located in Almelo, NL
Midcentury Room Divider by Ludvik Volak for Drevopodnik Holesov, 1960s This midcentury room
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Bentwood, Plywood

Mid-century Room Divider by Ludvik Volak for Drevopodnik Holesov, 1960s
By Ludvik Volak
Located in Almelo, NL
Midcentury Room Divider by Ludvik Volak for Drevopodnik Holesov, 1960s This midcentury room
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Bentwood, Plywood

Mid-century Room Divider by Ludvik Volak for Drevopodnik Holesov, 1960s
By Ludvik Volak
Located in Almelo, NL
Midcentury Room Divider by Ludvik Volak for Drevopodnik Holesov, 1960s This midcentury room
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Bentwood, Plywood

Kenneth Lind Mid-Century Wood & Metal Room Divider, circa 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury Kenneth Lind room divider made with vintage walnut and metal, circa 1950s. Fair
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Vintage 1950s American Shelves

Materials

Metal

Poul Cadovius Wall Unit or Room Divider
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Cadovius, open bookshelf or room divider, metal, Denmark, 1960s This sizable and minimalist
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

  • Poul Cadovius Wall Unit or Room Divider
  • Poul Cadovius Wall Unit or Room Divider
  • Poul Cadovius Wall Unit or Room Divider
  • Poul Cadovius Wall Unit or Room Divider
H 81.11 in W 95.87 in D 13.98 in
Hans Wegner Danish Teak Single Column Wall Unit / Room Divider with Display Case
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Kensington, MD
Hans Wegner Danish Teak Single Column Wall Unit / Room Divider with Display Case Additional
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Vintage Rattan Shelf Display Unit with Built in Planter Room Divider Circa 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
cabinet. Can be used in the kitchen to display China, in a sun room as an accent piece. The planter can be
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Rattan, Formica, Plywood

Stunning Midcentury Paul McCobb Planner Group Room Divider Etagere black
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
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

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Brass

Danish oak room divider modular library bookcase shelf-system by Henning Kjærnul
By Henning Kjærnulf
Located in Gaggenau, DE
Danish solid oak room divider modular vintage library bookcase shelf-system by Henning Kjærnulf
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass, Oak

Mid-Century Modern Mexican Room Divider with Shelves in Mahogany and Brass
By Eugenio Escudero
Located in Mexico, DF
Amazing Mid-Century Modern Mexican room divider formed with two structures in mahogany and polished
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

Materials

Brass

Broyhill Brasilia Room Divider
By Broyhill Brasilia, Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Chattanooga, TN
divider anywhere. Mid-Century Modern Broyhill Brasilia Room Divider featuring their famous arched
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Brass

  • Broyhill Brasilia Room Divider
  • Broyhill Brasilia Room Divider
  • Broyhill Brasilia Room Divider
  • Broyhill Brasilia Room Divider
H 72.75 in W 54 in D 17 in
Italian Teak Room Divider
By Osvaldo Borsani, Gianfranco Frattini, Gio Ponti
Located in Dronten, NL
elegance. As a freestanding unit this works also great as a room divider.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Brass

  • Italian Teak Room Divider
  • Italian Teak Room Divider
  • Italian Teak Room Divider
  • Italian Teak Room Divider
H 66.93 in W 39.38 in D 13.78 in
Mid Century Modular Etagere in Sycamore Wood
Located in Chicago, IL
A stunning Mid Century etagere constructed with varnished sycamore wood. This modular unit features
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Sycamore

  • Mid Century Modular Etagere in Sycamore Wood
  • Mid Century Modular Etagere in Sycamore Wood
  • Mid Century Modular Etagere in Sycamore Wood
  • Mid Century Modular Etagere in Sycamore Wood
H 80.75 in W 118 in D 13.75 in
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Concave Walnut Credenza and Display Shelves Wall Unit
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
beautifully through the glass shelves. Being finished on the back the unit can be used also as a space divider
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Modern to Modern Chrome & Mirrored Etagere Cabinet Style DIA or Ello
By Ello Furniture, Design Institute America
Located in Topeka, KS
Stunning vintage mid-century modern to modern chrome & mirrored one-piece etagere or room divider
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Herman Miller CSS Unit
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Lake Worth, FL
condition with some wear to wood shelves. This would be a great addition to your Mid-Century Modern home or
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Style Brass and Glass Circular Etagere
By Milo Baughman
Located in Vero Beach, FL
stunning piece can be put against the wall but would also make a wonderful room divider. Mid-Century Modern
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

1960's Large Mid Century Sideboard - Cabinet - Up Zavody
Located in Hook, Hampshire
1960’s Large Mid Century Sideboard – Cabinet – Up Zavody 1960’s Large Mid Century Sideboard
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Vintage 1960s Czech Shelves

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Birch

Mid Century Bookshelf by Olof Pira for String AB, 1960s
By String Design AB, Olof Pira
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Mid century free standing bookshelf designed by Olof Pira for String AB. Elegant mid century and
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

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Teak

Room Divider with Amovible Feets by Ludvik Volak for Drevopodnik Holesov
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century Claustra shelves / room divider with amovible feets by Ludvik Volak for Drevopodnik
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century P.E. Guerin NY Cartonnier File Cabinet Box
By P. E. Guerin
Located in Forney, TX
. Exquisitely hand-crafted in Greenwich Village, New York City in the mid 20th century, the monumental size
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Mid-20th Century American Shelves

Materials

Metal, Brass, Bronze

Mid century modular wall unit by Roberto Pamio and Renato Toso for Stilwood 1970
By Roberto Pamio & Renato Toso, Stilwood
Located in ABCOUDE, UT
, 1970s This free-standing wall unit could also serve as a room divider. The piece has some great assets
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Vintage 1970s Shelves

Materials

Seagrass, Ash

Studio Pepe For Ivan Redaelli Hill Steel Wall Unit With Leather Shelving
By Studiopepe
Located in Bridgeport, CT
floating quality suitable for installation type decorating and features fixed shelves with a chocolate
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Carved Teak Center Cabinet Room Divider Console Bookcase Shelves Lights Mint!
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Carved Solid Teak Center Cabinet Room Divider Console Bookcase Shelves Lights Mint!. Unique
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Guillerme & Chambron Wall-Mounted Shelf with Drawers in Oak
By Guillerme et Chambron
Located in Waalwijk, NL
function as open showcase to your most precious pieces. Three shelves and two drawers allow a functional
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

MCM - Modern Chrome & Glass Etagere Mirrored Back Style Design Institute America
By Design Institute America
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous vintage mid-century modern to modern chrome and glass etagere with optional full-length
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Mid Century MODERN Walnut BAR / BOOKCASE Room Divider by Stanley Furniture Co.
By Stanley Furniture
Located in Weehawken, NJ
Mid Century Modern bar / bookcase by Stanley Furniture Company, circa 1960s. This unique piece
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Iron

Rattan Folding Room Divider Shelving Unit
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Large rattan shelving unit features a 4-piece folding frame with 4 shelves. Good condition with
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Mid-20th Century Organic Modern Bookcases

Materials

Rattan

Poul Cadovius Abstracta Style Stacking Shelving Unit
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Incredible, Mid-Century standing shelving unit or room divider. Reminiscent of Poul Cadovius
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

French Midcentury Brass and Glass Angular Formed Shelving Unit
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
elongated glass shelves, divided into 3 triangular high sections with two lower units, one on each side and
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Mid-20th Century French Shelves

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Dutch design cabinet ‘Stokkenkast’ wall unit Willem Lutjens
By Gouda Den Boer, Wilhelm Lutjens
Located in Den Haag, NL
lines, can be used as a bookcase against the wall, but also suitable as a room divider. Very good
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Beech

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

Materials

Glass, Burl

modular floor to ceiling CSS shelf unit Design George Nelson for Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Offenburg, Baden Wurthemberg
work as a room divider to help create spaces within your interior.The shelf can be adjusted for various
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Michel Ducaroy Modular Wall Unit in Black Lacquered Wood and Steel
By Michel Ducaroy
Located in Waalwijk, NL
placed in front of a wall or as a room divider free-standing also the arrangement of the items can be
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Ahrend de Cirkel Industrial Grey Enameled Metal Rotating Shelf, 1960s
By Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1960's Ahrend de Cirkel large industrial grey enameled metal bookshelf with rotating shelves. Each
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Large Library / Roomdivider in Teak and Metal, Italy, 1960's
By Ico Parisi
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Large library in teak and metal. These shelves can very well be used as a room divider too
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

1960's, Hollywood Regency Lucite Shelf
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Burbank, CA
We have this monumental original Mid-Century Modern shelf for sale. It's an original designer
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Studio BBPR for Olivetti 'Spazio' Large Shelving System in Metal 7M
By Studio BBPR
Located in Waalwijk, NL
personal preferences. Par example, you can use it simultaneously as a storage facility and room divider. In
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Studio BBPR for Olivetti 'Spazio' Shelving System in Metal
By Studio BBPR
Located in Waalwijk, NL
as a storage facility and room divider. In addition, this item consists of five columns in different
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Bookcase or Shelves with Hinged Sides
Located in Nantucket, MA
could make a great room divider and a fabulous way to display your collections and objet d'art. Mid
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Andre Sornay Room Divider Cabinet, France, 1955
By Andre Sornay
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Stunning minimalistic room divider wardrobe designed by cabinet maker Andre Sornay, France 1955
Category

Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Teak

  • Andre Sornay Room Divider Cabinet, France, 1955
  • Andre Sornay Room Divider Cabinet, France, 1955
  • Andre Sornay Room Divider Cabinet, France, 1955
  • Andre Sornay Room Divider Cabinet, France, 1955
H 62.21 in W 51.19 in D 23.63 in
Paul Mccobb Room Divider for Calvin Furniture Company
By Paul McCobb, Directional
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul McCobb Room Divider for Calvin Furniture Company, Features Mahogany, solid brass and glass
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Brutalist Oak and Iron Room Divider Storage Unit
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning 3 section brutalist solid oak and iron room divider storage unit with adjustable shelves
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Iron

  • Brutalist Oak and Iron Room Divider Storage Unit
  • Brutalist Oak and Iron Room Divider Storage Unit
  • Brutalist Oak and Iron Room Divider Storage Unit
  • Brutalist Oak and Iron Room Divider Storage Unit
H 76.25 in W 17.75 in D 100.75 in
Bofinger Produktion Antoine Philippon Rosewood Room Divider HiFi-Lowboard
By Bofinger, Antoine Philippon and Jacqueline le Coq
Located in Oldenburg, NI
70s made from Rosewood. Can be used as a room divider because both sides are equipped with shelves.
Category

Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Rosewood

Glenn of California Folding Bookcase/ Display Shelf/ Room Divider
By Glenn of California, Evans Clark
Located in Highland, IN
display shelf or a room divider. The mahogany case has five shelves on each side attached with a piano
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Franco Albini Mahogany mid-centry Italian Table Model TL-22 produced by Poggi
By Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, ES
. In those three years, the works he carried out are admittedly of the twentieth century imprint. It is
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Mahogany

Hans Wegner Model Ry 100 Wall Unit / Room Divider Shelving with Drop Down Desk
By Hans J. Wegner, Ry Møbler
Located in Chicago, IL
Hans J Wegner RY 100 Room divider / wall unit Ry Møbler, Denmark circa 1965 Teak, plated steel
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Arthur Umanoff Iron Room Dividers w 140 Leather Wine Bottle Holders, 1950s
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The ultimate entertaining piece, this Arthur Umanoff four section wine rack system and room divider
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Iron

1970's XL Modern Lucite w/Melamine Room Divider/ Wall Unit - Interchangeable
Located in Opa Locka, FL
1970's XL Lucite with Melamine Room Divider/ Screen/ Wall Unit. Compartmentaized with faux exotic
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Lucite

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Superstructure Wall Unit or Room Divider, Restored
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional "superstructure" wall unit display cabinet or room divider By Edward
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

1970's MacDougall Room Divider / Office in Birch & Walnut and Yellow Formica
By Stewart MacDougall
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful 1970's Stewart MacDougall Room Divider with Desk, Multiple Shelves, Storage Cabinets
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Formica, Birch, Walnut

Gerrit Rietveld inspired Room Divider or Bookcase by Wim Rietveld, Dutch, 1960s
By Wim Rietveld, Friso Kramer, Gerrit Rietveld
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Dutch minimalistic metal room divider or bookcase by Wim Rietveld, the son of Gerrtit Rietveld. It
Category

Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Omni Style Wall Unit Room Divider in Teak After George Nelson, Usa, circa 1960s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Deland, FL
and one with three deep drawers. The room divider system also includes three upper cabinets, two of
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Franco Albini TL30 Round Table in Metal and Wood for Poggi Pavia 1950s Italy
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
twentieth-century imprint. It was the meeting with Edoardo Persico that marked a clear turning point towards
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Metal

Teak Model RY-100 Wall Unit / Room Divider by Hans Wegner for Ry Møbler, c. 1965
By Hans J. Wegner, Ry Møbler
Located in Deland, FL
dresser, two storage cabinets with sliding doors and five adjustable shelves this wall unit can be
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Brazilian Modern Credenza & Divider in Hardwood & Granite, 1960s, Brazil
Located in New York, NY
Available now, this Brazilian Modern credenza & room divider in hardwood and blue granite made in
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Granite

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Mid Century Room Divider With Shelves For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of mid century room divider with shelves available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, metal and brass, all mid century room divider with shelves available were constructed with great care. Find 118 antique and vintage mid century room divider with shelves at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 12 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Mid century room divider with shelves have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Mid century room divider with shelves bearing mid-century modern or modern hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. Many mid century room divider with shelves are appealing in their simplicity, but Mambo Unlimited Ideas, Guillerme et Chambron and Franco Albini produced popular mid century room divider with shelves that are worth a look.

How Much are Mid Century Room Divider With Shelves?

Prices for mid century room divider with shelves start at $346 and top out at $84,500 with the average selling for $5,434.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

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

Finding the Right storage-case-pieces for You

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

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

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

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

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

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