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Mid-Century Modern 1950thies Ceilling Lamp with Maching Wall Lights
Located in Weiningen, CH
Mid-Century Modern 1950thies ceilling lamp with maching walllights.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Hors d' Oeuvre Appetizer Wood Toothpick Holder Atomic Modern 1950s Sputnik
By Ernst Henriksen
Located in National City, CA
Hors d’oeuvre appetizer wood toothpick holder atomic sputnik modern 1950s Ideal Mid-Century Modern serving piece for cheese cubes etc... FUN! Measures approximately: 3.5 Tall x 10 ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

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Wood

Oval Table Coffee Iron Wood Top Brass Feet Mid-Century Modern 1950 Mahogany
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Oval table coffee iron wood top brass feet Mid-Century Modern 1950 mahogany.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass, Iron

Kuyper W. Rush Inspired Stools Bureau Kuyper, Mid-Century Modern, 1950's
By Jan Kuypers
Located in Antwerp, BE
W. Kuyper Rush Inspired; Stools; Bureau chairs; Kuyper; Mid Century Modern; 1950's; Modernist; Rustic; Pair of four white stools in rush and wood inspired by W. Kuyper. An incred...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wood, Rush

Large Gilt Wooden Frame Full-Length Floor Mirror, Mid Century Modern, 1950's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rustic; Ornamental; Craftmanship; Full length-mirror, Floor mirror, Belgium; Jonathan Trayte; Mid Century Modern, 1950's; Gilt Wooden Frame; Ornamental large gilt wooden frame ful...
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Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Floor Mirrors and Full-Length M...

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Giltwood

Set Aldo Tura Box Pitcher Red Color Brass and Goatskin Mid-Century Modern 1950s
By Aldo Tura
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Set Aldo Tura box pitcher red color brass and goatskin Mid-Century Modern, 1950s. Measures: Box ice height cm 13, width cm 16.5, depth cm 16.5. Pitcher height cm 25, width cm 9.5...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

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Brass

Rattan Cart Bar, Mid-Century Modern 1950s
By Thonet
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
Mid-Century Modern rattan cart bar, 1950s. Cart bar, drink or tee cart This Cart bar is ideal for interior or exterior made with wicker and glass, it is very decorative and perfe...
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Vintage 1950s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

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Rattan

  •  Rattan Cart Bar, Mid-Century Modern 1950s
  •  Rattan Cart Bar, Mid-Century Modern 1950s
  •  Rattan Cart Bar, Mid-Century Modern 1950s
  •  Rattan Cart Bar, Mid-Century Modern 1950s
H 29.92 in. W 32.28 in. D 18.89 in.
EVERBRITE Desk Clock Distressed Leather Modern 1950s Vintage
By Everbrite
Located in National City, CA
Table Clock Vintage Distressed Leather Desk Clock by EVERBRITE USA 1950s Presenting in used condition. Untested Worn Distressed and Unrestored 6.13 W x 4.13 H x 2.5 D Please refer to...
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Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Cl...

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Leather

Midcentury Serving Tray in Rosewood, Danish Modern, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Rosewood serving tray, designed and made in Denmark. Great original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Barware

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Rosewood

Low Table in Teak and Cane Danish Modern, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Low table in teak, oak and cane. Designed made in Denmark, 1950s. Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Cane, Oak, Teak

  • Low Table in Teak and Cane Danish Modern, 1950s
  • Low Table in Teak and Cane Danish Modern, 1950s
  • Low Table in Teak and Cane Danish Modern, 1950s
  • Low Table in Teak and Cane Danish Modern, 1950s
H 21.86 in. W 40.16 in. D 20.48 in.
Lovely Brass Magazine Rack Mid-Century Modern, 1950s, Austria
By Carl Auböck
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
An absolute eyecatcher. Light and elegant at the same time. Handmade.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Danish Modern 1950s Severin Hansen Tripod "Bridge" Floor Lamp
By Severin Hansen
Located in Odense, DK
Important floor lamp model "Bridge" by Danish designer Severin Hansen made at Haslev Furniture in the 1950s. The lamp base and stem is made of beautiful stained beech with brass deta...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Beech

Glass Ball Murano Table Lamp Mid-Century Modern 1950’s
Located in London, GB
Cranberry red bullicante ribbed globe lamp made in Murano, Italy, 1950s. No chips or cracks. Rewired with vintage gold colored braided rayon cord. This lamp can be very easily conver...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Modern 1950's Ceramic Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Hudson, NY
A stunning 1950s example of the rare graphite colored 'pleated' ceramic lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Beautiful form mounted on a brass base. The amazing original shade mir...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Very Tall Bronze Ndebele Sculpture, Original Mid-Century Modern, 1950s
By Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
This beautiful sculpture by an unknown artist, depicting a Ndebele. Despite of occasionally mistakenly attributed to Carl Hagenauer is it undoubtedly a masterpiece. In earlier times,...
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Vintage 1950s African Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Vintage Brass Barware Ice Tongs Silver Plated Mexico Modern, 1950s
By Taxco, Los Castillo
Located in National City, CA
Vintage brass barware ice tongs silver plated Mexico 1950s Modern Stamped by maker Made in Mexico silver plated. Style of Los Castillo and Taxco. Measures: 6.5 x 1.5 W x 1.5 D O...
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Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Silver Plate, Brass

Figurative Mahogany Sculpture Mid-Century Modern 1950s Brazilian Abstract
Located in Dallas, TX
Figurative modernist hand-carved mahogany sculpture purchased in Brazil in the 1950s. Signed to the bottom rear edge. Brazilian rosewood plinth base included. The plinth can be refin...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Wood

Isamu Noguchi Style Asian Modern 1950s Organic 3-Legged Table Lamp
By George Nakashima Studio, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Miami, FL
In the manner of Noguchi and Nakashima, MidCentury Asian Modern Organic table lamp. This ambient lighting lamp has a new cylindrical shade held by a three legged wood frame. Complete...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wood

Pair of American Mid-Century Modern, 1950s Swivel Stools
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice pair of American midcentury swivel stools, Classic dinner stools with original Naugahyde in red with black pipping and solid steel base, they need to be bolder to the ground in ...
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20th Century American Art Deco Stools

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Steel

Sculptural "Butterfly" Chair by Eva & Nils Koppel, Danish Modern, 1950s
By Eva & Niels Koppel
Located in Odense, DK
Gorgeous and very rare Danish design chair from the early 1950s by designers Eva & Nils Koppel. Made and manufactured in Denmark by "Møbelfabrikken Norden". The chair is made from st...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Side Chairs

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Beech, Wool

Monumental Pair of French Mid-Century Modern 1950s Table Lamps
Located in West Hartford, CT
Iconic Mid-Century Modern lighting for the customer who thought they had seen everything. Wired for USA and in perfect working order. True period pieces. Now, more than ever, home i...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-century modern 1950s Coffee Table with glass table top
Located in Antwerpen, Antwerp
Modern rectangular black painted finish wood coffee table with glass top. Typical modern 50s coffee table.   
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Glass

Handcrafted African Tribal Art Craftsmanship Stool, Mid-Century Modern, 1950's
Located in Den Haag, NL
African tribal art. Carved from a single block of wood, excellent craftsmanship.
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Mid-20th Century African Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wood

Carved Wood Chest by Gianni Pinna, Artwork, Post-Modern 1950s
By Gianni Pinna
Located in Antwerp, BE
Post-modern; Hand-carved box chest, Gianni pinna, Italy, 1970, artwork; Post-modern masterpiece wooden box chest. This hand-carved artwork by Gianni Pinna shows great detail and c...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Hunting Chairs, Sweden, Deer Antler, Deer hoves, Mid-century Modern, 1950's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Set of hunting chairs and matching table - 1950s Mid-century hunting chairs set of three made in the 1950s in Sweden. The back of the chairs are made of two deer antlers while the...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Antler

Elegant Brass and Metal Magazine Rack Mid-Century Modern, 1950s, Austria
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
An absolute eyecatcher. Light and elegant at the same time.  
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Willy Van der Meeren Cabinet, Belgian Design, Mid-Century Modern, 1950's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Willy Van der Meeren cabinet, Belgian design, Mid-Century Modern, Patina, Wood, Metal, Belgium, 1950's An early example of Industrial Design from the Belgium modernist stream, des...
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Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Metal

Paolo Buffa Style Cabinet in Mahogany Mid-Century Modern 1950s Italy
By Paolo Buffa, La Permanente Mobili Cantù
Located in Lucca, IT
Paolo Buffa style cabinet in mahogany Mid-Century Modern Italy 1950s from La Permanente Mobili Cantu.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

Mid-Century Danish Modern 1950's 3-Seat Sofa in Teak and Wool
By Kurt Østervig
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Very cool sofa manufactured in the late 1950's. Classic design with low elegant lines and yet enough of a presence to anchor a living room. Covered in its original yellow wool fabric...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool, Teak

Coffee Table Floating Marble Bronze Legs Mexican Modern 1950s Eugenio Escudero
By Eugenio Escudero
Located in National City, CA
Coffee Table Elegant Marble Brass Mahogany Wood Coffee Table Mexico City 1950s. Mexican Modernism at its finest. Unmarked, attribution Eugenio Escudero. Floating marble top bordered ...
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Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble, Brass, Bronze

Henning Kjærnulf, "Razorblade" Lounge Chair in Oak & Bouclé, Danish Modern 1950s
By Henning Kjærnulf
Located in Odense, DK
Rare carved lounge chair in solid oak. Designed by Henning Kjaernulf for EG Kvalitetsmøbel, Denmark 1950s. Model "Razor blade". The seat and back is reupholstered in great quality B...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bouclé, Oak

White Golden Metal Vintage Floor Lamp Mid Century Modern, 1950s, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern white and golden vintage floor lamp from metal designed and executed 1950s Italy. The floor lamp, which was designed in the mid century modern era in Italy featur...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Vintage German Tripod Sputnik String Metal Ashtray Mid-Century Modern, 1950s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Nice metal ashtray element made in Europe in the 1950s. 1950s fabrication of black colored metal with brass bowl inside. The ash tray has a very nice design with a fantastic and hard...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Metal, Brass

Maison Arlus Pair of Table Lamps, French Mid-Century Modern, 1950
By Arlus
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of French table or night lamps by Maison Arlus, in brass and perforated sheet metal in a great Ivory color and rhodoid lampshades. France, circa 1950. Brand new checked and ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Barovier & Toso Ashtray Murano Venice Italy Mid-Century Modern 1950s Glass Art
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Lucca, IT
Barovier & Toso ashtray Murano glass art Venice Italy Mid-Century Modern. Blown glass ashtray.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

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Art Glass

Medieval Knigt Corkscrew and Bottle Opener Set, Mid-Century Modern 1950s German
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1950s corkscrew and bottle opener in the old original box. Nice addition to your bar, bar cart or just for your collection. It comes in the original old box, box with m...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern 1950's Heywood Wakefield Desk Wheat Finish Solid Maple
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in San Diego, CA
Stunning 1950s Heywood Wakefield desk, Classic Mid-Century Modern design, wheat finish, beautiful condition, solid maple wood construction a classic Art Deco mid century great qualit...
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20th Century American Art Deco Desks

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Maple

Los Castillo Sculpturally Shaped Ice Tongs in Brass & Silver Mexico Modern 1950s
By Los Castillo, Taxco
Located in National City, CA
Midcentury sculpturally shaped ice tongs in brass & silver Mexico 1950s Measures: 6.5 x 1.5 D x 1.5 D inches Style of Los Castillo and Taxco. Made in Mexico. Stamped by maker. Hard...
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Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass, Silver Plate

Pair of Midcentury Table Lamps in Brass and Leather, Swedish Modern, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Pair of table lamps covered in patinated leather on a round brass base. Designed and made in Sweden in the 1950s. Great condition.
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Bjørn Wiinblad, Armchair, Made at Nässjö Stolefabrik, Mid Century Modern, 1950s
By Bjørn Wiinblad, Nässjö Stolfabrik 1
Located in Odense, DK
Rare vintage beauty by Danish Ceramic Artist Björn Wiinblad, made for Nässjö Stolefabrik in Sweden. A collectible red painted armchair with cane seat in a gorgeous patina. A deco...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Cane, Wood

Round Rustic Wabi Sabi Round Coffee Table, Belgian Mid-Century Modern, 1950's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rustic; Wabi-Sabi; Coffee table; side table; wood; Patina; Mid-century Modern; Rustic round coffee table with a four-legged base. The rounded top makes space for objects like maga...
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Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Set of 4 Rosewood and Black Leather Dining Chairs, Danish Modern, 1950s
By Ole Wanscher, Johannes Andersen, Arne Vodder
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Set of four high end midcentury Danish design dining chairs in rosewood and leather. Made in the 1950s in Denmark. We haven't found its designer yet, but reminds us of the chairs ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern 1950s Dutch Wooden Scientific Molecule Atomic Sculpture Model
Located in Haarlem, NL
Very decorative large vintage 1950s lacquered wooden scale model of a molecule with atoms, probably once used in science class. This large molecular model consists of 32 atoms (woode...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Models and Miniatures

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Pine

Maison Arlus Pair of Table Lamps, French Mid-Century Modern, 1950
By Arlus
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of French table or night lamps by Maison Arlus, in brass and perforated sheet metal in a great Ivory color and rhodoid lampshades. France, circa 1950. Brand new checked and ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Low Table in Teak and Oak by Hans J. Wegner Danish Modern, 1950s
By Andreas Tuck, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Lejre, DK
Low table in teak and frame in solid oak. Designed by Hans J Wegner for Andreas Tuck in 1950s. Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak, Teak

White Floor Lamp with Bronze and Italian Marble, Mid-Century Modern, 1950's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-Century Modern; Floor lamp; Marble; Bronze; Reading nook; Italian marble; Carrera; Mid-Century Modern floor lamp ideal for the modern living room, entryway, or reading nook. ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Marble, Bronze

Midcentury Drink Pitcher and Six Glass by Jacob E. Bang, Danish Modern, 1950s
By Holmegaard, Jacob Eiler Bang
Located in Lejre, DK
Pitcher and 6 glasses designed by Jacob E. Bang for Holmegaard, Denmark. Great condition 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Pitchers

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Bamboo, Glass

France Artist Jacques Henri Guyot Tall Oil on Canvas Abstract Art Modern, 1950s
By Jacques Guyot
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Midcentury art modern oil painting by French artist Jacques Henri Guyot.1950s Abstract modernism oil on canvas mounted on Masonite. Signed by artist. Dimens...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Linen, Masonite, Paint

Brass and Bakelite Finger Foot Nut Bowl Stand Mid-Century Modern 1950s Barware
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1950s German minimalist barware. Nice addition to your room. These small decoration items get found harder and harder, so take your chance now. Found at an estate sale ...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

Art Deco Style Mid-Century Modern 1950s Green and Gold Table Lamp
Located in DE
Beautiful 1950s table lamp in green and gold. The top can be slightly tilted up and down. The light bulb is a standard E27. Elegant office table lamp.
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Arturo Pani Center STAR Glass Cocktail Coffee Table in Brass Modern 1950s Mexico
By Arturo Pani
Located in National City, CA
AMBIANIC presents: Super Quality Modern STAR Coffee Cocktail Table attributed to Arturo Pani Mexico 1950s. In Heavy Glass and Brass. Designed with spectacular center base STAR sym...
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Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Tony Paul Table Lamp from the Wire Series, Mid Century Modern 1950s
By Tony Paul
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Iconic lighting art piece with a distinctive modern design , way ahead of its time for the period . Lamp is proposed in original as found condition, light rust and pitting on all ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Pair of Mid-Century Modern 1950s Metal and Metallic Glazed Porcelain Lamps
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Great Mid-Century Modern lamps. Metal and metallic porcelain lamps. Brushed gold metal with one aqua metallic base and one rose pink metallic base. Measures: 32" tall to finial, 25" ...
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Vintage 1950s American Table Lamps

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Porcelain

Scandinavian Modern 1950’s Hans Wegner Rocking Chair J16 in Beech & Danish Cord
By Hans J. Wegner, FDB Møbler
Located in London, GB
A Shaker inspired rocking chair with a spindled back and curved armrests in beech and papercord seat designed by Hans Wegner in 1944 for FDB Mobler. Danish, produced circa 1950. F...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

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Beech, Papercord, Rush

Pair of Mid-Century Modern 1950s Style Italian Lounge Chair Sophia in Orange
Located in London, GB
The Sophia chair was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a lounge chair with the option of pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal, Brass

George Nelson Long Slat Bench Black Finish Herman Miller Mid-Century Modern 1950
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Miami, FL
Original George Nelson early long slat bench in ebonized Birch Wood designed in the 1950s and manufactured by Herman Miller. Great for a Hallway Bench where Kids can change Shoes an...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood, Birch

Danish Modern 1950s Adjustable Floor Lamp with Cast Iron Base and New Shade
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Danish modern floor lamp from the 1950s made of chrome-plated and black lacquered metal with a lamp base of cast iron. The new white pleated lamp shade is adjustable The minimum h...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Iron

Wire Floor Lamp in the Style of Tony Paul, Mid-Century Modern, 1950s, USA
By Tony Paul, Tommi Parzinger, Arthur Umanoff
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Bended thick steel rod, well made, solid assembly. Original enameled finish. Brass hardware. Shade is for display only not for sale. 65 inches to finial.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel

Danish Modern 1950s Tripood Floor Lamp of Teak with Robert Kasal Le Klint Shade
By Robert Kasal, Le Klint
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Danish lightning design, three legged floor lamp from the 1950´s made of hand-turned teak with old original Le Klint lamp shade designed by Robert Kasal The legs of the lamp foot ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Finzi Porcelain Vase Gold 24- Karat Italian Design Mid-Century Modern White 1950
By Arrigo Finzi
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Finzi porcelain vase gold 24-karat Italian design Mid-Century Modern 1950.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Gold

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Modern 1950 For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal modern 1950 for your home. A modern 1950 — often made from metal, wood and brass — can elevate any home. There are 90695 variations of the antique or vintage modern 1950 you’re looking for, while we also have 50 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer modern 1950, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A modern 1950 made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — is very popular. A well-made modern 1950 has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Paul McCobb, Hans J. Wegner and Edward Wormley are consistently popular.

How Much is a Modern 1950?

Prices for a modern 1950 can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $1 and can go as high as $982,587, while the average can fetch as much as $2,800.

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.