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Mid-Century Modern gray wood veneer drum pendant
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid-Century Modern lighting is an organic modern designer style. This Scandinavian design is a contemporary pendant in wood veneer with a warm light. There are many luxury desig...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Other

ARA Custom Gray Birdseye Maple Wood Drum Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
This large grey birdseye maple drum light, ARA, is a Mid-Century Modern style pendant. Designers use a chandelier for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. ARA is a custo...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Other

Italian Wooden Coffee Table in Style of Paolo Buffa, Crystal Glass Top, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This coffee table in the manner of Paolo Buffa is from the Italian 1950s. It is designed with simplicity but appears elegant with walnut and maple and a crystal glass top.    
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Crystal

Coleman Stool, Natural Steel and Walnut, 54 Variations
By Greta de Parry
Located in Chicago, IL
The Coleman stool is a sophisticated design that blends mixed materials, color, and geometry to create a distinctive seating option. First released in 2010, it was awarded a Best Fur...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Concrete, Steel, Steel

Coleman Stool, Natural Steel and Walnut, 54 Variations
By Greta de Parry
Located in Chicago, IL
The Coleman stool is a sophisticated design that blends mixed materials, color, and geometry to create a distinctive seating option. First released in 2010, it was awarded a Best Fur...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Concrete, Steel, Steel

Rare Midcentury Paul McCobb #1562 Drop Lid Desk W/Organizer Maple T Pulls
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Paul McCobb planner group #1562 drop lid desk with organizer and adjustable glass shelf blonde maple finish T-pulls solid maple. This desk is in original vintage condition....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Steel

Michael Taylor for Baker 1960s Maple & Burl Dining Table
By Michael Taylor
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Stunning dining table by Michael Taylor for Baker dining table, circa early 1960s. This example has lacquered maple cabriolet legs and detailing with beautifully grained inset burl. ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Maple, Burl

Art Deco Two-Tier Occasional Table in Walnut & Maple, circa 1930
Located in Devon, England
Very stylish Art Deco walnut and maple table with ebonised legs dating to the 1930s. This table is beautifully shaped and fully restored to showroom condition. Typically larger than ...
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco Tables

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Birdseye Maple, Walnut, Ebony

Pair of Cushman Vermont Hard Rock Maple Americana Armchairs by Herman DeVries
By Herman de Vries, H.T. Cushman Manufacturing Company
Located in Hudson, NY
Modern craftsman style chairs produced by Cushman Vermont. Made of Vermont hard rock maple. Designed by Herman DeVries. Metal ID tags attached. Measures: H 34 in. x W 22.75 in. x D ...
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Mid-20th Century American American Craftsman Armchairs

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Maple

Midcentury Paul McCobb Small Jewelry Chest 4 Drawers Maple Brass Walnut Finish
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Nice Paul Mccobb 3' small chest of drawers in solid maple construction with dark walnut finish. Very high quality construction with original brass pulls. Made for top of dresser or b...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

Midcentury Paul McCobb Small Jewelry Chest 4 Drawers Maple Brass Tobacco Finish
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Nice Paul McCobb 3' small chest of drawers in solid maple construction with tobacco finish. Very high quality construction with original brass pulls. Made for top of dresser or bookc...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

1970s Light Brown Maplewood Vase by Philip Moulthrop 'C'
By Philip Moulthrop
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Vase in maplewood by Philip Moulthrop, 1978, USA. Sublime Moulthrop bowl in well-preserved maplewood. The technique of wood turning, founded by the Moulthrop family and practised ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Maple

Mid-Century Modern gray wood veneer cylinder pendant
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid-Century Modern lighting is an organic modern designer style. This Scandinavian design is a contemporary pendant in wood veneer with a warm light. There are many luxury desig...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Organic Material, Wood, Birdseye Maple, Poplar, Bentwood, Hardwood, Cypr...

Mid-Century Modern gray wood veneer drum pendant
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid-Century Modern lighting is an organic modern designer style. This Scandinavian design is a contemporary pendant in wood veneer with a warm light. There are many luxury desig...
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2010s American Organic Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Hardwood, Yew, Organic Material, Wood, Wood, Birdseye Maple, Poplar, Ben...

Mid-Century Modern gray wood veneer table lamp with brushed steel stand
Located in Bend, OR
This Scandinavian Modern wood veneer side light is a small Mid-Century Modern table lamp used as a luxury light for bar or side table, alcove or bedside lighting. This organic modern...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Nickel

Midcentury Heywood Wakefield #1502 Maple Nightstands End Side Tables
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of midcentury Heywood Wakefield M1502 Maple low nightstands lamp end sofa tables in original blonde maple finish. Original finish Vintage condition. Very delicate desi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Maple

High Style English Art Deco Maple U Base Coffee Table
Located in Devon, England
For your consideration is this fabulously stylish Art Deco English occasional table. Light blonde maple veneer is accentuated beautifully with the ebonised woods. Black glass top, so...
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Mid-20th Century Great Britain (UK) Art Deco Tables

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Birdseye Maple, Ebony

Pair of Matching 1930s Art Deco Bedside Cabinet Tables in Blonde Maple
Located in Devon, England
Fabulous pair of matching 1930s Art Deco bedside cabinet tables in a lovely blonde bird's-eye maple and walnut veneer. These cabinets originate from England and feature a pull out / ...
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco Night Stands

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Bakelite, Birdseye Maple, Walnut

Curtis Jere' Maple Leaf Tree Wall Sculpture Signed, 1971
By Curtis Jere
Located in St. Louis, MO
Signed C. Jere, 1971 copper and brass maple leaf tree wall sculpture. Two available for purchase.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Brass, Copper

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1587 Nightstands Tobacco Finish Brass Knobs End Tables
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group #1587 maple low nightstands lamp end sofa tables single drawer Planner Group Brass knobs in original Tobacco medium blonde finish. Origina...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Brass

ARA 17.5x10" Cypress Wood Drum Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
This large cypress wood drum light, ARA, is a Mid-Century Modern style pendant. Designers use a chandelier for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. ARA is a customizable...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Other

Mogens Koch Library of Mahogany for Rud Rasmussen
By Rud Rasmussen, Mogens Koch
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch library of mahogany. Three cabinets and six bookcases. Executed by Rud Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DENMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

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Mahogany, Maple

  • Mogens Koch Library of Mahogany for Rud Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Library of Mahogany for Rud Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Library of Mahogany for Rud Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Library of Mahogany for Rud Rasmussen
H 94.1 in. W 92.13 in. D 14.18 in.
Italian Mid-Century Nightstands, 1950 Maple
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Italian Mid-Century nightstands 1950 maple, pink mirror and glass shelf as, delizati elegant and current furnishing.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Brass

  • Italian Mid-Century Nightstands, 1950 Maple
  • Italian Mid-Century Nightstands, 1950 Maple
  • Italian Mid-Century Nightstands, 1950 Maple
  • Italian Mid-Century Nightstands, 1950 Maple
H 26.38 in. W 23.63 in. D 13 in.
French Mid-Century Maple Grandfather Clock
Located in New York, NY
French Mid-Century (1940s) maple grandfather clock with Lucite column and chrome design with "MARGUERITE" clock face (Not working)
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Vintage 1940s French Clocks

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Chrome

Pair of American Mid-Century Maple Bookcases
Located in New York, NY
Pair of American Mid-Century (1950s) maple bookcase cabinets having a low backrail with 3 open shelves and fluted trim
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Maple

Mid-Century Modern Maple and Cherrywood Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Well-scaled Mid-Century modern writing desk in cherrywood and maple. This elegant piece features a two-tier top with two locking drawers and a black leather inlay desk top. Fitted wi...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Modern Maple and Cherrywood Desk
  • Mid-Century Modern Maple and Cherrywood Desk
  • Mid-Century Modern Maple and Cherrywood Desk
  • Mid-Century Modern Maple and Cherrywood Desk
H 29.5 in. W 47.25 in. D 25.75 in.
Italian Mid-Century Maple Wood Dressing Table 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Fine Italian Mid-Century maple wood dressing table with six drawers and adjustable side mirror.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Maple

  •  Italian Mid-Century Maple Wood Dressing Table 1950
  •  Italian Mid-Century Maple Wood Dressing Table 1950
  •  Italian Mid-Century Maple Wood Dressing Table 1950
  •  Italian Mid-Century Maple Wood Dressing Table 1950
H 77.96 in. W 75.99 in. D 18.12 in.
Mid-Century Modern Lacquered Maple Slipper Side Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, slipper side chair features a black lacquered maple frame with woven, cotton linen upholstery and contrasting covered buttons.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Maple

Edmond Spence Mid Century Maple 6 Drawer Lowboy Dresser
By Edmond J. Spence
Located in La Grange, IL
Edmond Spence Mid Century Maple 6 Drawer Lowboy Dresser Dresser measures: 80 wide x 20.5 deep x 23.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage...
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Maple

Pair of French Mid-Century Maple End Tables
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Mid-Century (1950s) maple bedside / end tables with 2 drawer and carved scroll form legs with bronze trim and a shaped mirrored top with an etched border. (PRICED AS P...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Bronze

  • Pair of French Mid-Century Maple End Tables
  • Pair of French Mid-Century Maple End Tables
  • Pair of French Mid-Century Maple End Tables
  • Pair of French Mid-Century Maple End Tables
H 26 in. W 21.75 in. D 15.5 in.
Italian Design Mid-Century Maple Wood Dressing Table 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Fine Italian Mid-Century maple wood dressing table with six drawers and adjustable side mirror.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Maple

Mid-Century Modern Maple Leaf Pendant
Located in New York, NY
Whimsically etched with stylized leaf motifs, the lacy, frosted white glass is supported by a brass disc and finial on a brass stem.
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Thonet Chair Done in Maple Wood
By Thonet
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern design dining chairs made by Thonet with a tan vinyl seat and solid maple frames. Some staining. Not all still have the Thonet label. Small quantity available at t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Maple

Mid-Century Maple and Floral Upholstered Studio Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Two pairs of American 1960s studio maple armchairs with carved strap design & a stretcher base and floral earth tones upholstered seat & back.
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Late 20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Maple

Mid-Century Modern Italian Nightstands in Maple Root
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
A pair of beautiful Italian nightstands resting on spider legs in iron and brass with double doors, each with handles in brass made to look like bows. They have a black glass top and...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Brass

Vittorio Dassi Italian Mid-Century Walnut & Maple Vitrine Cabinet
By Vittorio Dassi
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century (1950s) walnut and maple vitrine cabinet with a Pair of sliding glass doors and 2 interior shelves with a blue glass top (Attributed to VITTORIO DASSI) (Enzo Ferr...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

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Glass, Maple, Walnut

Heywood Wakefield Mid Century Maple Wishbone Expanding Dining Table
By Heywood Brothers & Co.
Located in La Grange, IL
Heywood Wakefield mid century maple wishbone expanding dining table This table measures 58 wide x 40 deep x 28.75 inches high and is 92 inches wide when expanded All pieces of fu...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Maple

Mid-Century Modern Maple Table Attributed to McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a vintage maple dining table with one extension. Unique tapered legs in skew angle and X-base. Unmarked, USA, circa 1950s. Dimensions: 29 in.Hx60 in.Wx39 in...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Maple

Massive Mid-Century Maple Fold Out Dining Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Exquisite blonde maple dining table measuring almost 8 feet long and collapsing neatly to just 16 inches wide. Rolling casters make for easy moving and storage. Measure: 16-93" wi...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

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Maple

Dassi and Ferrari Italian Mid-Century Walnut & Maple Sideboard
By Vittorio Dassi
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century (1950s) walnut & maple sideboard with and open bottom shelf below 2 Pair of doors centering a carved relief panel above a blue & gold painted shelf with a blue gl...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Maple, Paint, Walnut, Glass

French Mid-Century Maple Sunburst Brass Circular Top Table
By André Arbus, Raymond Subes
Located in New York, NY
French Mid-Century (1940s) round maple sunburst inlaid top table with steel and brass circular design apron and stretcher. (Attributed to ANDRE ARBUS/RAYMOND SUBES)
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Card Tables and Tea Tables

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Brass

Lucien Rollin French Mid-Century Ormolu Maple Dining Table
By Lucien Rollin
Located in New York, NY
French Mid-Century (1940s) ormolu mounted, fruitwood, maple & parquetry extending dining table. (1 leaf - 17.5 inches) (By LUCIEN ROLLIN, branded "Lu Rollin/1946")
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Dining Room Tables

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Ormolu

Mid Century Wooden Folding Chairs Event Cafe Patio Maple Blonde
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Vintage blonde hardwood slat seat Mid-Century Modern folding patio event dining game restaurant cafe chairs. Each Chair features wood slat seat, folding chair, solid hardwood constru...
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Birch, Maple

Pair of Simple Mid-Century Modern Blonde Maple 5-Drawer Dressers
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Milo Baughman
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Simple pair of Mid-Century Modern 5-drawer maple blonde dressers very clean. Some drawers have removable wood dividers. All maple blonde construction. All drawers slide smooth and ar...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Maple

Mid-Century Modern Lacquered Maple 3-Seat Wave Bench, 1990s
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a sensational, three-seat wave bench, made of lacquered maple, circa 1990s. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 54" W x 18" D x 18" H.   
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1990s Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Maple

Baker Furniture Mid-Century Modern Sculpted Solid Maple Armchairs, Pair
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of Mid-Century Modern style armchairs In the manner of Bertha Schaefer By Baker Furniture USA, early 21st century Sculpted solid maple frames, with gray v...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Maple

Italian Mid-Century Modern Dresser in Walnut and Maple
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
A beautiful sleek and long dresser resting on spider legs in iron and brass with a total of seven drawers with handles in brass made to look like bows. The dresser has a black glass ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

Conant Ball Mid Century Solid Maple Drop Leaf Dining Table
By Conant Ball
Located in La Grange, IL
Conant Ball mid century solid maple drop leaf dining table Table measures: 65.25 wide x 42 deep x 30 inches high, with a chair clearance of 29 inches; when the table is folded it is...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Maple

Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Maple Shovel Chairs for Winchendon
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern dining chairs designed by Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture are scooped maple "shovel" seats with matching spindle "ladder" backs and black wrought iron frames....
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Maple Sofa, Very Special Design, 1970
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
This two-seat maple sofa has a very particular shape, certainly designed by an important designer but unknown to us. The upholstery is not original and must be replaced. " If you li...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Maple

Mid-Century Modern Italian Red Maple Small Sideboard, 1970s
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Small cupboard covered with red maple, herringbone pattern, Italy, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Maple

Unique Czech Maple Mid-Century Sideboard, 1950s, Well Preserved Condition
Located in Prague 1, CZ
Czech Mid-Century sideboard. Material: Maple Original very well preserved condition We guarantee safe a the cheapest air transport from Europe to the whole world within 7 day...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Wood, Maple

Dassi and Ferrari Italian Mid-Century Walnut and Maple Sideboard
By Vittorio Dassi
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century (1950s) walnut & maple sideboard with 2 Pair of doors centering a carved relief panel above a blue & gold painted shelf with a blue glass on top. (Attributed to V...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Glass, Maple, Paint, Walnut

Mid Century Modern Maple Veneered Cube Form End Tables
Located in Stamford, CT
Great looking pair of mid 20th century cube-form side tables covered in birds-eyes maple veneer, on recessed black bases. These make very distinctive end tables or pedestals. At 25.5...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Birdseye Maple

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Maple and Brass Table Lamps
Located in Savannah, GA
This pair of Classic Mid-Century Modernist table lamps feature a stacked cube form crafted in alternating maple and brass blocks. Rectangular wooden finials. New linen shades that me...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Planner Group Maple Chest Designed by Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern
By Paul McCobb
Located in Toledo, OH
Mid-Century Modern maple three-drawer chest designed by Paul McCobb for Planner Group. Brass cone pulls with tapered legs.
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Maple

Live Edge Burled Maple Mid-Century Modern Side Table
By George Nakashima
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Amazing slab of burled Maple. Freeform style that was coated with teak oil for protection, then waxed with a paste wax. Thick slice of the base, root approx. 2.5 inches thick. Fabulo...
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Vintage 1970s American Adirondack Side Tables

Materials

Maple

Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Solid Maple Nightstand, 1950s
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern nightstand or side table By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid maple, with original brass drawer pu...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Bird's-Eye Burl Maple Dining Set
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern Italian dining set includes a large oval dining table with two leaves and six chairs. A luxurious dining table that extends from 78.5 inches wide to 113...
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

Materials

Metal

Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Maple Credenza, Newly Refinished
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Minimalist Mid-Century Modern sliding door sideboard or credenza By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid maple, with sliding ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Grasscloth, Maple

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Midcentury Maple For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the midcentury maple you’re looking for. Frequently made of wood, maple and metal, every midcentury maple was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a midcentury maple, we have 366 options in-stock, while there are 3 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect midcentury maple — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A midcentury maple made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Art Deco — is very popular. A well-made midcentury maple has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group) and Vittorio Dassi are consistently popular.

How Much is a Midcentury Maple?

A midcentury maple can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $3,978, while the lowest priced sells for $176 and the highest can go for as much as $43,339.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American 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.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s 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, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century 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, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.