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Mid-Century Modern Credenza in White Bronze Mid-Century Modern Dresser
By Stephanie Odegard Collection
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern credenza or Mid-Century Modern dresser is Inspired by the floral motifs used in
Category

2010s Indian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Metal, Sheet Metal

Mid-Century Modern Console
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Console
Category

20th Century Console Tables

Materials

Marble, Brass

  • Mid-Century Modern Console
  • Mid-Century Modern Console
  • Mid-Century Modern Console
  • Mid-Century Modern Console
H 31.5 in W 56.89 in D 21.46 in
Mid-Century Modern Vase
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Vase
Category

20th Century Vases

Materials

Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Vase
H 11.23 in W 11.82 in D 6.89 in
Mid-Century Modern Bench
Located in North York, ON
Mid-Century Modern bench. Original mid-century design, America, circa 1970’s. Masterfully restored
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Fabric, Wood

  • Mid-Century Modern Bench
  • Mid-Century Modern Bench
  • Mid-Century Modern Bench
  • Mid-Century Modern Bench
H 20 in W 60.5 in D 18.5 in
Faux Bamboo Arch Top Mid Century Modern Etagere Shaving Wall Unit Mid Century
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Faux Bamboo Arch Top Mid Century Modern Etagere Shaving Wall Unit Mid Century
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Dresser
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-century modern walnut dresser with sculpted wood handles. Nine drawers, brass trim handles
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Walnut, Wood

  • Mid-Century Modern Dresser
  • Mid-Century Modern Dresser
  • Mid-Century Modern Dresser
  • Mid-Century Modern Dresser
H 30.75 in W 74.25 in D 19.5 in
Mid-Century Armchair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unique vintage modern lounge chair with exposed wood arms and tufted back. Great design with Mid
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric

  • Mid-Century Armchair
  • Mid-Century Armchair
  • Mid-Century Armchair
  • Mid-Century Armchair
H 41.5 in W 25.75 in D 33 in
Mid-Century Modern Nightstands
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of vintage modern American end tables with brass hardware. Strong construction with mid
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Walnut

  • Mid-Century Modern Nightstands
  • Mid-Century Modern Nightstands
  • Mid-Century Modern Nightstands
  • Mid-Century Modern Nightstands
H 24.75 in W 22 in D 16 in
Mid-Century Modern Pendant
Located in Brooklyn, NY
With two large globes and a connecting strip of wood, this vintage pendant is a Mid-Century Modern
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass, Wood

  • Mid-Century Modern Pendant
  • Mid-Century Modern Pendant
  • Mid-Century Modern Pendant
  • Mid-Century Modern Pendant
H 26 in W 24 in D 11 in
Vintage Mid Century Modern Armchairs
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Mid Century Modern Armchairs, easy chairs, side chairs. Timeless, very nice modern Danish
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Vintage 1950s American Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Nightstands
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unique pair of mid-century modern nightstands. Each with interesting brass handles for two drawers
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Wood

  • Mid-Century Modern Nightstands
  • Mid-Century Modern Nightstands
  • Mid-Century Modern Nightstands
  • Mid-Century Modern Nightstands
H 24 in W 22.5 in D 15 in
Mid-Century Modern Dresser
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Nice mid-century dresser with wicker accent panels. Top doors open to reveal shelving and five
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Wicker, Wood

  • Mid-Century Modern Dresser
  • Mid-Century Modern Dresser
  • Mid-Century Modern Dresser
  • Mid-Century Modern Dresser
H 42 in W 42 in D 19 in
Mid Century Daybed, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Mid century daybed in the style of Theo Ruth. Beautiful yellow upholstery, still the original
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

Materials

Fabric

  • Mid Century Daybed, 1960s
  • Mid Century Daybed, 1960s
  • Mid Century Daybed, 1960s
  • Mid Century Daybed, 1960s
H 17.72 in W 72.84 in D 29.53 in
Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of vintage modern office chairs with walnut wood frames. Handsome mid-century design for your
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Faux Leather, Walnut

  • Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
  • Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
  • Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
  • Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
H 29 in W 29 in D 29 in
Pair Mid-Century Modern Nightstands
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair Mid-Century Modern nightstands. These nightstands offer a Classic mid century design given the
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Walnut, Wood

Mid-Century Credenza
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Mid-Century Modern walnut credenza. Three working drawers and two side cabinets with
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Walnut

  • Mid-Century Credenza
  • Mid-Century Credenza
  • Mid-Century Credenza
  • Mid-Century Credenza
H 25 in W 73 in D 18 in
Mid-Century Modern Psyche Mirror
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Psyche Mirror
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern More Mirrors

Materials

Metal

  • Mid-Century Modern Psyche Mirror
  • Mid-Century Modern Psyche Mirror
  • Mid-Century Modern Psyche Mirror
  • Mid-Century Modern Psyche Mirror
H 73.23 in W 29.93 in D 17.72 in
Lucite Sculpture Mid-Century Modern
Located in Wallkill, NY
Freeform Mid-Century Modern Lucite sculpture, It has some crazing. Be sure to check our storefront
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Modern Sculptures

Materials

Lucite

Mid-Century Ceramic Vase
Located in Paris, FR
Mid-Century ceramic vase.
Category

Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Ceramic Vase
  • Mid-Century Ceramic Vase
  • Mid-Century Ceramic Vase
  • Mid-Century Ceramic Vase
H 8.67 in Dm 9.85 in
Mid Century Modern Sideboard
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A sizable mid-century modern sideboard from France with a sleek, uncluttered design. Vibrant
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Mahogany

  • Mid Century Modern Sideboard
  • Mid Century Modern Sideboard
  • Mid Century Modern Sideboard
  • Mid Century Modern Sideboard
H 33.63 in W 82.75 in D 18.88 in
Mid-Century Modern Alabaster Bookends
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern Alabaster Bookends.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends

Materials

Alabaster

  • Mid-Century Modern Alabaster Bookends
  • Mid-Century Modern Alabaster Bookends
  • Mid-Century Modern Alabaster Bookends
  • Mid-Century Modern Alabaster Bookends
H 5.5 in W 6.6 in D 3.25 in
Mid-Century Modern Mirror
Located in Westwood, NJ
Mid-Century Modern aged bronze finish round metal frame wall mirror with an antiqued glass plate
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Metal

  • Mid-Century Modern Mirror
  • Mid-Century Modern Mirror
  • Mid-Century Modern Mirror
  • Mid-Century Modern Mirror
H 32 in W 32 in D 1 in
Mid Century Ebonized Credenza
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Mid Century Ebonized Credenza
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Credenzas

Materials

Wood

  • Mid Century Ebonized Credenza
  • Mid Century Ebonized Credenza
  • Mid Century Ebonized Credenza
  • Mid Century Ebonized Credenza
H 33.5 in W 72 in D 21.5 in
Mid-Century Murano Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-century Murano lamp.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Murano Glass, Acrylic

  • Mid-Century Murano Lamp
  • Mid-Century Murano Lamp
  • Mid-Century Murano Lamp
  • Mid-Century Murano Lamp
H 30 in Dm 5.25 in
Mid-Century Modern Opaline Suspension
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Opaline Suspension
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Opaline Glass

Mid-Century Modern Sofa
Located in Brooklyn, NY
-Century Modern sofa. Perfect for adding a unique look to any living room. Please confirm item location
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood

  • Mid-Century Modern Sofa
  • Mid-Century Modern Sofa
  • Mid-Century Modern Sofa
  • Mid-Century Modern Sofa
H 32 in W 69 in D 28.5 in
Mid-Century Modern Carrara Marble Bust
By Amedeo Modigliani, Rene Brancusi, Pablo Picasso, (after) Pablo Picasso
Located in Houston, TX
Mid-Century Modern carrara marble bust Mid-Century Modern carrara marble bust. This unusual marble
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Busts

Materials

Marble

Mid-Century Modern Sideboard
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This large Mid-Century Modern combines rich woodgrain and quality materials with tambour doors that
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Brass

  • Mid-Century Modern Sideboard
  • Mid-Century Modern Sideboard
  • Mid-Century Modern Sideboard
  • Mid-Century Modern Sideboard
H 33 in W 96 in D 20 in
Mid Century Teak Settee
Located in Pasadena, CA
Mid Century Teak Settee in good used condition.
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Settees

Materials

Teak

  • Mid Century Teak Settee
  • Mid Century Teak Settee
  • Mid Century Teak Settee
  • Mid Century Teak Settee
H 25 in W 56 in D 29 in
Mid Century Pottery Lamp
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Unknown Period/Model: Mid Century Modern Specs: Pottery
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Pottery

  • Mid Century Pottery Lamp
  • Mid Century Pottery Lamp
  • Mid Century Pottery Lamp
  • Mid Century Pottery Lamp
H 30.75 in W 11.5 in
Mid-Century Modern Walnut Sideboard
Located in Wroclaw, PL
Mid-Century Modern Walnut Sideboard 1960's Poland. Completely restored.
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Beech, Walnut

  • Mid-Century Modern Walnut Sideboard
  • Mid-Century Modern Walnut Sideboard
  • Mid-Century Modern Walnut Sideboard
  • Mid-Century Modern Walnut Sideboard
H 31.11 in W 64.57 in D 16.54 in
Mid-Century Modern Murano Vase
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Murano multi-color vase.
Category

Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vases

  • Mid-Century Modern Murano Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Murano Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Murano Vase
  • Mid-Century Modern Murano Vase
H 13.5 in W 6 in D 3.5 in
Mid Century Modern Walnut Clock
By Harris Strong, Harris Strong
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Oiled walnut Mid Century Modern clock with decorative tiles.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

Materials

Walnut, Textile

  • Mid Century Modern Walnut Clock
  • Mid Century Modern Walnut Clock
  • Mid Century Modern Walnut Clock
  • Mid Century Modern Walnut Clock
H 11 in W 42 in D 2 in
Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice yellow enamel Mid-Century Modern table lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Mid-Century Floating Armchair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern floating armchair with polished chrome base. Please confirm location.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

  • Mid-Century Floating Armchair
  • Mid-Century Floating Armchair
  • Mid-Century Floating Armchair
  • Mid-Century Floating Armchair
H 27 in W 30 in D 32 in
Mid-Century Modern Lucite Bench
Located in North York, ON
Mid-Century Modern lucite bench. Beautiful Mid-Century Modern design with frosted acrylic lucite
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Metal

  • Mid-Century Modern Lucite Bench
  • Mid-Century Modern Lucite Bench
  • Mid-Century Modern Lucite Bench
  • Mid-Century Modern Lucite Bench
H 21.25 in W 60 in D 20 in
Mid-century modern floor lamp
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Mid-century modern floor lamp in very good original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel

  • Mid-century modern floor lamp
  • Mid-century modern floor lamp
  • Mid-century modern floor lamp
  • Mid-century modern floor lamp
H 58.27 in Dm 21.26 in
Mid-Century Modern Travertin Gueridon
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Travertin Gueridon
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20th Century Gueridon

Materials

Travertine

  • Mid-Century Modern Travertin Gueridon
  • Mid-Century Modern Travertin Gueridon
  • Mid-Century Modern Travertin Gueridon
  • Mid-Century Modern Travertin Gueridon
H 28.75 in W 51.19 in D 51.19 in
Mid-Century Modern Bronze Sculpture
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Bronze Sculpture
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20th Century Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

  • Mid-Century Modern Bronze Sculpture
  • Mid-Century Modern Bronze Sculpture
  • Mid-Century Modern Bronze Sculpture
  • Mid-Century Modern Bronze Sculpture
H 7.68 in W 3.35 in D 1.58 in
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher
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20th Century Pitchers

Materials

Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher
H 9.65 in W 5.52 in D 8.08 in
Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Category

Vintage 1970s Side Tables

Materials

Marble, Chrome

  • Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
  • Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
  • Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
  • Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
H 16.54 in W 28.35 in D 16.15 in
Mid-Century Modern Wooden Bar
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Wooden Bar
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Vintage 1960s Serving Tables

Materials

Wood

  • Mid-Century Modern Wooden Bar
  • Mid-Century Modern Wooden Bar
  • Mid-Century Modern Wooden Bar
  • Mid-Century Modern Wooden Bar
H 24.41 in W 31.5 in D 21.66 in
Mid Century Modern Bernhardt Nightstand
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Add vintage charm to your bedroom with our Mid Century Modern Bernhardt Nightstand, offering
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Chinese Modern Lamp
Located in Dallas, TX
Brass Mid-Century Chinese modern lamp with lead flower bouquet and linen shade.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Ceiling light
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern ceiling light.
Category

Vintage 1960s Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass

  • Mid-Century Modern Ceiling light
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceiling light
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceiling light
  • Mid-Century Modern Ceiling light
H 5.91 in W 30.71 in D 24.02 in
Mid-Century Sideboard, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Mid-century Sideboard with three shelves and brass handles, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Wood

  • Mid-Century Sideboard, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Sideboard, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Sideboard, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Sideboard, 1960s
H 39.38 in W 50.01 in D 16.93 in
Mid Century Modern Lounge Chair
By Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Mid-Century Modern stainless steel frame lounge chair.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Mid Century Modern Lounge Chair
  • Mid Century Modern Lounge Chair
  • Mid Century Modern Lounge Chair
  • Mid Century Modern Lounge Chair
H 30 in W 27 in D 32 in
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern chair Dimensions. 18 W ; 37 H ; 17D.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Wood

  • Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
  • Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
  • Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
  • Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
H 37 in W 18 in D 17 in
Mid-Century Danish Style Chair
Located in Pasadena, TX
Mid-century walnut Danish style chair. Simple and sleek mid century side chair in walnut with
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Walnut

  • Mid-Century Danish Style Chair
  • Mid-Century Danish Style Chair
  • Mid-Century Danish Style Chair
  • Mid-Century Danish Style Chair
H 29.5 in W 18 in D 18 in
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mirror
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern mirror Dimensions. 32 W ; 46 H.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Glass, Wood

  • Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mirror
  • Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mirror
  • Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mirror
  • Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mirror
H 46 in W 32 in D 1 in
Mid Century Modern Vintage Multicolored Mid-Century Oil Painting, 1963
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern oil on carton painting with a multicolored motif "Many intelligent heads". The
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Paper

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamp
Located in Kensington, MD
Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Lamp Additional information: Featured at Kensington Material
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mid century Italian ceramic box Crab design on its lid Circa 1950 Origin Italy Mid-Century
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
  • Mid Century Italian Ceramic Box
H 2.76 in W 7.09 in D 6.7 in
Mid-Century Scandinavian Highboard
Located in Brussels , BE
Mid-Century Scandinavian Highboard with Four Sliding Doors.
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Vintage 1970s Scandinavian Modern Sideboards

Materials

Teak

  • Mid-Century Scandinavian Highboard
  • Mid-Century Scandinavian Highboard
  • Mid-Century Scandinavian Highboard
  • Mid-Century Scandinavian Highboard
H 45.67 in W 70.87 in D 18.12 in
Mid Century Modernist Pendant
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modernist Pendant from the early 1950's.
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Steel

  • Mid Century Modernist Pendant
  • Mid Century Modernist Pendant
  • Mid Century Modernist Pendant
  • Mid Century Modernist Pendant
H 17.72 in W 20.48 in D 21.66 in
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Mirror
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern mirror Dimensions. 20 W ; 23 H ; 6 D.
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Mirrors

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Desk
Located in Westwood, NJ
Mid-century desk or dressing table with our Rowan primavera veneered with inset breakfront top with
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Desks and Wr...

Materials

Metal

  • Mid-Century Desk
  • Mid-Century Desk
  • Mid-Century Desk
  • Mid-Century Desk
H 30 in W 47.75 in D 27.75 in
Mid Century Credenza
Located in Pasadena, CA
This fantastic mid century credenza has been refurbished with a beautiful rich new cerused oak
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass

  • Mid Century Credenza
  • Mid Century Credenza
  • Mid Century Credenza
  • Mid Century Credenza
H 32 in W 58 in D 19 in
Mid-Century Modern Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Perfect for any home office or study, this beautiful Mid-Century Modern desk shows off a rich
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Wood

  • Mid-Century Modern Desk
  • Mid-Century Modern Desk
  • Mid-Century Modern Desk
  • Mid-Century Modern Desk
H 36.5 in W 54 in D 30 in
Mid Century Decanter Set
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
Mid Century Decanter Set consisting of a decanter and 6 small roll poly glasses.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Blown Glass

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Midcentury Modern For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the midcentury modern you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, wood and brass, every midcentury modern was constructed with great care. There are 29854 variations of the antique or vintage midcentury modern you’re looking for, while we also have 385 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer midcentury modern, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Each midcentury modern bearing Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Modern hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one midcentury modern that is appealing in its simplicity, but Paul McCobb, Rörstrand and Kamenicky Senov produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Midcentury Modern?

The average selling price for a midcentury modern at 1stDibs is $1,896, while they’re typically $1 on the low end and $250,000 for the highest priced.

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.

Questions About Midcentury Modern
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Organic shapes, clean lines and elegant simplicity describe mid-century modern American furniture well. The style, which emerged primarily in the post-World War II era, is characterized by furniture that was crafted by creators who believed that good design was key to good living.Today, mid-century modern is by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.

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Welcome Back to Designer Russel Wright’s Mid-Century Hudson Valley Home

The industrial designer was known for his sleek, modern dinnerware, but his 1961 house and the landscape around it may be his most astonishing creation.

Cara Greenberg Wrote the Book on Mid-Century Modern Furniture. Here Are Her Auction Finds

The author and design expert was among the first to define the style and coined its alliterative name. She shares her favorite pieces on 1stDibs Auctions — including some steals.

Jochum Rodgers Has Long Brought the Best of 20th-Century Design to Berlin and Beyond

Opened by Hans-Peter Jochum some 40 years ago, the pioneering gallery specializes in mid-century gems but also spotlights contemporary pieces by European artists and makers.

A Guide to Herman Miller’s Most Iconic Furniture

The prolific manufacturer has partnered with many of the world’s top designers since opening its doors in 1923. Here are some of the company’s greatest hits, which helped transform the American home and office.