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Mid-Century Modern Bookcase by Ico Parisi for MIM Rome
By Ico Parisi, Mobili Italiani Moderni (MIM)
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Wall unit designed by Ico Parisi 1958 for MiM, Rome. All shelves are adjustable in height and also has moveable stands for books which are adjustable. The unit is designed to lean on...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Aluminum

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Model LT8 Floor Lamp by Osvaldo Borsani
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'Tucroma' King Size Leather Bed by Guido Faleschini for i4Mariani, Italy
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Ico Parisi Consolle Wall Wood 1950 Italy
By Ico Parisi
Located in Milano, IT
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Ico Parisi Consolle Wall Wood 1950 Italy
Ico Parisi Consolle Wall Wood 1950 Italy
H 8.27 in W 51.19 in D 7.88 in
Vintage bookshelf with Carrara Marble shelves, Italy 1960s
Located in Ceglie Messapica, IT
Vintage bookshelf with Carrara Marble shelves, Italy 1960s. A rare 1960s Mid-Century Modern style book shelf with Carrara marble shelves and black iron structure. The item is in p...
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Osvaldo Borsani Cabinet
By Arredamenti Borsani, Osvaldo Borsani
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Located in Baltimore, MD
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H 28 in W 106.25 in D 32.25 in
Florence Knoll Walnut Chests or Dressers
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s Aluminum and Glass Orba Wall Unit by Janet Schweitzer for Pace Collection
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Brutalist Oak and Iron Room Divider Storage Unit
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Brutalist Oak and Iron Room Divider Storage Unit
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Italian Mid-Century Modern Teak Tall Sideboard, 1950
Located in Traversetolo, IT
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1960s Paul McCobb Planner Group Bookcase
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Geometric Writing Desk / Sideboard in Walnut and Brass, Italy, 1950s
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Ico Parisi for MIM Italian Teak Candlestick Marked, circa 1960
By Ico Parisi, Mobili Italiani Moderni (MIM)
Located in Rome, IT
A candlestick made of teak, designed by Ico Parisi for MIM, Mobili Italiani Moderni, circa 1960.
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Teak Wall-Unit by Ico Parisi for Mim Roma Model Urio
By Mobili Italiani Moderni (MIM), Ico Parisi
Located in Munster, NRW
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Black Italian Midcentury Rosewood Office Armchair by Ico Parisi for Mim Roma
By Ico Parisi, Mobili Italiani Moderni (MIM)
Located in Vienna, AT
This Iconic Italian 1950s swivelling office chair on wheels from the Terni Series was designed by Ico Parisi for MIM Roma . Mobili Italiani Moderni- 1959. It features a four star ca...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Italian Swivel Chair by Ico Parisi for MIM Roma, 1960s
By Ico Parisi, Mobili Italiani Moderni (MIM)
Located in Rome, IT
Office swivel chair designed by Ico Parisi and produced by M.I.M. (Mobili Italiani Moderni) Roma, Italy, 1960s. Curved wooden frame, it seems to be oakwood but we are not completely ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Set of Four Rosewood and Grey Leather Seats by Ico Parisi, Italy, 1960s
By Ico Parisi, Mobili Italiani Moderni (MIM)
Located in New York, NY
Very goof vintage condition, MIM Spa Roma maker leather is soft, in excellent condition. Seat height adjustable. These seats will ship from France, please purchase via 1stdibs onl...
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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.