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Swedish Midcentury Bookshelf by Edmond Spence
By Edmond J. Spence
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Swedish-made blonde Mid-Century Modern bookshelf with three floating shelves designed by Edmond Spence for Walpole. Attractive joinery and a very usable size with great detail. The t...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Wood

Midcentury Bookshelf in the Manner of Franco Albini
By Franco Albini
Located in New York, NY
Italian midcentury bookshelf reminiscent of the designs of Franco Albini. The central wood a metal post holds three adjustable shelves and has height that can be set between 118” and...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Bookshelf
Located in Wilmington, DE
Danish modern teak modular shelving unit Offered is a Danish modern teak shelving unit. It has four shelving sections which can be pulled apart with ease and reorganized. It is s...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Teak

  • Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Bookshelf
  • Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Bookshelf
  • Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Bookshelf
  • Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Bookshelf
H 45.5 in. W 45.5 in. D 12 in.
Midcentury Brass and Chrome Open Bookshelf
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This midcentury brass and chrome open bookshelf is in great condition, comes with a symmetrical design and has been newly buffed and polished. The piece feature a brass and chrome fr...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass, Steel, Chrome

  • Midcentury Brass and Chrome Open Bookshelf
  • Midcentury Brass and Chrome Open Bookshelf
  • Midcentury Brass and Chrome Open Bookshelf
  • Midcentury Brass and Chrome Open Bookshelf
H 72.5 in. W 32 in. D 15 in.
Midcentury Small Walnut Bookshelf or Cabinet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This gorgeous vintage modern cabinet features a hidden drop front compartment on the bottom with a decorative knob. This versatile case piece offers plenty of room for storage and di...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Metal

  • Midcentury Small Walnut Bookshelf or Cabinet
  • Midcentury Small Walnut Bookshelf or Cabinet
  • Midcentury Small Walnut Bookshelf or Cabinet
  • Midcentury Small Walnut Bookshelf or Cabinet
H 28.5 in. W 21.5 in. D 11 in.
Johannes Sorth Midcentury Danish Modern Bookshelf
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern teakwood shelving unit. Made by Johannes Sorth for Nexø. Just imported from Denmark! Lovely teak woodgrain. Features sliding panel doors and adjustable shelvin...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Midcentury Danish Modern Secretary Desk Bookshelf
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Midcentury Danish modern teakwood shelving unit. Just imported from Copenhagen. Hidden shelf pulls out to create a desk or extra work surface. Top shelves are adjustable. Three s...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Teak

  • Midcentury Danish Modern Secretary Desk Bookshelf
  • Midcentury Danish Modern Secretary Desk Bookshelf
  • Midcentury Danish Modern Secretary Desk Bookshelf
  • Midcentury Danish Modern Secretary Desk Bookshelf
H 68.5 in. W 33.38 in. D 16.5 in.
Vintage Midcentury Atelje Lyktan Bookshelf Lamp Sweden
By Ateljé Lyktan
Located in Langserud, SE
This Simris bookshelf lamp was designed by Anders Pehrson for Atelje Lyjktan Sweden. Chrome details to the lamp and white painted metallic. The lamp can be adjusted in length and aro...
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Chrome

Rational Minimalist Bookshelf Bookcase in Midcentury Italian Bamboo
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Rational minimalist bookshelf bookcase in midcentury Italian bamboo.
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Bamboo

Restored White Painted Midcentury Rattan Side Table Bookshelf
Located in Van Nuys, CA
White painted midcentury era rattan side table bookshelf featuring two shelves with skeleton side walls and a swivel base for easy book location. Restored to new for you. All rattan,...
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Vintage 1960s American Side Tables

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Rattan

Midcentury Italian Nickel and Frosted Glass Bookshelf, circa 1960
Located in Chicago, IL
Midcentury nickel and frosted glass three-level bookshelf or étagère, Italian, circa 1960.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Nickel

'1' Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Bookshelf #1516 Maple Iron Base Blonde
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
(1) vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single bookcase #1516 raw blonde maple with iron base. Beautiful bookcase by Paul McCobb, circa 1950s Planner Group, single center fixed shelf, sol...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Iron

'1' Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Bookshelf #1516 Maple Iron Base Black
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
(1) vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single bookcase #1516 black lacquer over maple with iron base. Beautiful bookcase set by Paul McCobb, circa 1950s Planner Group, single center fixe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Iron

Midcentury Wall Unit Bookshelf in Teak by Fratelli Proserpio, Italy
By F.P. Fratelli Proserpio 1
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
This wall unit teak was made by Frattelli (brothers) Proserpio in the 1960s in the factory that is still running to this day. This piece is freestanding and has a very attractive siz...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Receiving Desk Bookshelf Koford Larsen Era
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a beautiful teak danish modern desk. All drawers are constructed with double dovetail joints and open and close with ease. Stamped with "RED DANISH QUALITY SEA...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

French Midcentury Mobile Bookshelf with Four Brass Wheel by Jacques Adnet
By Jacques Adnet, Compagnie Des Arts Français
Located in Brussels, BE
Partitioned four-wheel saddle-stitched mahogany bookshelf with an upper and lower tabletop set on leather covered bars. This mobile bookshelf is completely covered with elegant leath...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Iron

Pair of Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Bookshelf #1516 Maple Iron Base Black
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single bookcase #1516 black lacquer over maple with iron base. Beautiful bookcase set by Paul McCobb, circa 1950s Planner Group, single center ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Iron

French Midcentury Bookshelf
Located in Chicago, IL
A French midcentury double-sided freestanding bookshelf on casters, with 12 shelves on a metal frame.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Metal

  • French Midcentury Bookshelf
  • French Midcentury Bookshelf
  • French Midcentury Bookshelf
  • French Midcentury Bookshelf
H 67.25 in. W 23.5 in. D 25 in.
Rosewood and Brass Italian Midcentury Bookshelf by Stildomus, 1960s
By Stildomus
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Stunning shelving system by Stildomus, Italy, 1960s. The system is composed of several shelves and three cabinets made from the finest rosewood with a spectacular grain, the solid br...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Midcentury Display Bookshelf Unit
By Harry Burger of Hollywood
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designer: Harry Burger Manufacturer: Unknown Period/Style: Mid Century Modern Country: United States Date: 1950’s Dimensions: 33.75″H x 96″L x 16″W Materials: Walnut, Lacquer...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Iron

  • Midcentury Display Bookshelf Unit
  • Midcentury Display Bookshelf Unit
  • Midcentury Display Bookshelf Unit
  • Midcentury Display Bookshelf Unit
H 33.75 in. W 96 in. D 16 in.
Manfredo Massironi Italian Midcentury Bookshelf Mod Tyko for Nikol International
By Manfredo Massironi
Located in bari, IT
Tyko Space Age bookshelf in lacquered wood with four removable black cabinets, disigned by Manfredo Massironi, an italian architect, for Nikol International in the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Lacquer, Wood

Manfredo Massironi Italian Midcentury Bookshelf Mod Tyko for Nikol International
By Manfredo Massironi
Located in bari, IT
Tyko Space Age bookshelf in lacquered wood designed by Manfredo Massironi, an Italian architect, for Nikol International in the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Lacquer

Midcentury Walnut Display Bookshelf Unit
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Unknown Period/Style: Mid Century Modern Country: United States Date: 1960s Dimensions: 83.75″H x 65.5″L x 19″W Materials: Walnut Condition: ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Walnut

  • Midcentury Walnut Display Bookshelf Unit
  • Midcentury Walnut Display Bookshelf Unit
  • Midcentury Walnut Display Bookshelf Unit
  • Midcentury Walnut Display Bookshelf Unit
H 83.75 in. W 65.5 in. D 19 in.
Midcentury Walnut Three-Bay Bookshelf Unit
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Unknown Period/Style: Mid Century Modern Country: United States Date: 1950’s Dimensions: 71″H x 86.5″L x 16.5″W Materials: Walnut Condition: ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Walnut

  • Midcentury Walnut Three-Bay Bookshelf Unit
  • Midcentury Walnut Three-Bay Bookshelf Unit
  • Midcentury Walnut Three-Bay Bookshelf Unit
  • Midcentury Walnut Three-Bay Bookshelf Unit
H 71 in. W 86.5 in. D 16.5 in.
Midcentury French Bookshelf in Mahogany by Meubles Minvielle
By Les Huchers-Minvielle 1
Located in Pasadena, CA
This midcentury French bookshelf features a glossy, mahogany frame, an open central display flanked by black glass sliding doors, and two lower cabinets with a set of drawers.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Glass, Mahogany

Midcentury Solid Lucite and Glass Bookshelf or Bookcase.
Located in New York, NY
A vintage sturdy bookcase or bookshelf made of Lucite with thick glass shelves.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Glass, Lucite

Midcentury Cantù Bookshelf Sideboard Borsani Style Ebonized Walnut Structure
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1950s Cantu bookshelf, sideboard, Osvaldo Borsani style, with ebonized walnut structure. External veneer in lacquered rosewood; interior in lacquered maple wood ; Lacquered external ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Maple, Rosewood, Walnut

'1' Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Bookshelf #1516 Maple wood Base Blonde
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
(1) vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single bookcase #1516 Raw Blonde maple with wood base. Beautiful bookcase by Paul McCobb, circa 1950s Planner Group, single center fixed shelf, sol...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Maple

Milo Baughman for Glenn of California Midcentury Room Divider Bookshelf
By Glenn of California, Milo Baughman
Located in La Grange, IL
Milo Baughman for Glenn of California midcentury room divider bookshelf The room divider is 65" wide x 17.5" deep x 67.5" tall; the cabinet without the shelf is 28" tall. All pie...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Walnut

Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Bookshelf
Located in Wilmington, DE
Midcentury Danish modern teak bookshelf Offered is a vintage midcentury Danish modern teak book case. It has four shelving units. It is structurally sound with some minor gaps in...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Teak

  • Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Bookshelf
  • Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Bookshelf
  • Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Bookshelf
  • Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Bookshelf
H 48 in. W 36 in. D 12 in.
Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Wide Bookshelf Maple Iron Base Black
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
(1) vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single 48" wide bookcase black lacquer over maple with iron base. Beautiful bookcase by Paul McCobb, circa 1950s Planner Group, single left adjusta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Iron

Italian Midcentury "Permanente Mobili Di Cantu" Bookshelf Franco Albini Style
By La Permanente Mobili Cantù
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1950s number three book shelfs with storage units, La Permanente Mobili di Cantu, Franco Albini Franca Helg manner in solid teak wood, teak wood veneer of storage cabinets and struct...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass, Steel

Italian Midcentury "Permanente Mobili Di Cantu" Bookshelf Franco Albini Style
By La Permanente Mobili Cantù
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1950s number two modules book shelfs with two storage units, La Permanente Mobili di Cantu, Franco Albini Franca Helg manner in solid teak wood, teak wood veneer of storage cabinets ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass, Steel

French Midcentury Lucite & Metal Bookshelf in the Style of Maison Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York, NY
French midcentury Lucite étagère / bookshelf with accented metal hardware and glass shelves in the style of Maison Jansen.
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Lucite

French Midcentury Mobile Bookshelf with Four Brass Wheel by Jacques Adnet
By Jacques Adnet, Compagnie Des Arts Français
Located in Brussels, BE
Partitioned four-wheel saddle-stitched mahogany bookshelf with an upper and lower tabletop set on leather covered bars. This mobile bookshelf is completely covered with elegant leath...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Iron

Pair of Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Bookshelf #1516 Maple Iron Base Tobacco
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single bookcase #1516 tobacco maple finish Iron base. Beautiful bookcase set by Paul McCobb, circa 1950s Planner Group, single center fixed she...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Iron

Midcentury Bookshelf For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the midcentury bookshelf you’re looking for. Each midcentury bookshelf for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and glass. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect midcentury bookshelf — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A midcentury bookshelf made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made midcentury bookshelf over the years, but those crafted by Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group) and Anders Pehrson are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Midcentury Bookshelf?

Prices for a midcentury bookshelf start at $495 and top out at $4,268 with the average selling for $2,450.

Finding the Right Storage Case Pieces for You

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 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.