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Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Bachelor Chests, Newly Refinished
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An iconic pair of Mid-Century Modern bachelor chests or large beside chests By Paul McCobb for
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Campaign Style 6 Drawers Brass Drop Pulls Mid-Century Modern Bachelor Chest Mint
By Heritage-Henredon, Drexel
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Campaign style 6 drawers brass drop pulls Mid-Century Modern bachelor chest mint. Glass reverse
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Pair 1950s Mid Century Modern Bachelors Chests/ Night Stands
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Pair Mid Century Modern Large Bachelors Chests/ Night Stands. Beautiful brass hardware. Opens to
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Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of D...

Materials

Wood

Pair of Black Lacquer Mahogany Mid-Century Modern Bachelor Chests
By John Stuart, George Nelson
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern black lacquer mahogany bachelor chests dresser by John Stuart.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Mahogany

T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb MidCentury Modern Bachelor Chest
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
A four drawer dresser by TH Robsjohn Gibbibgs for Widdicomb. USA, circa 1940s/50s. Signed with fabric label. Dimensions: 31" x 35" x 20 1/2"
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Three Drawer Bachelor Chests
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of very nice mid-century modern bachelor chests.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Four Drawers Small Petit Narrow Bachelor Chest
By Paul McCobb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice narrow Mid-Century Modern bachelor chest by Paul McCobb.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of White Lacquer Gibbings for Widdicomb Dressers Bachelor Chests Brass Pull
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of iconic Mid-Century Modern bachelor chests dressers cabinets designed by Robsjohn Gibbings
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Stunning 1960s Mid-Century Modern Walnut Bachelor Chest with Sculpted Details
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Discover the elegance and functional design of our 1960s Mid-Century Modern Bachelor Chest of
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Refurbished 1960s Mid-Century Modern Walnut Bachelor Chest with Carved Details
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Embrace the timeless allure of our 1960s Mid-Century Modern Bachelor Chest of Drawers, a
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Refurbished 1960s Mid-Century Modern Walnut Bachelor Chest with Carved Details
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Embrace the timeless allure of our 1960s Mid-Century Modern Bachelor Chest of Drawers, a
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Lacquer, Walnut, Foam, Upholstery, Bouclé, Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Sligh Walnut Bachelor Chest
By Sligh Furniture
Located in Clarksboro, NJ
This listing is for a Mid-Century Modern Sligh Walnut Bachelor Chest. Featuring a straight line
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Walnut 4 Drawers Bachelor Chest
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern walnut bachelor chest with drop pulls. Excellent condition. Gorgeous light
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Pewter

Lovely Petite Danish Modern Rosewood Bachelors Chest Mid-Century Modern
By Westnofa Furniture
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely petite Danish modern rosewood bachelors chest. Rosewood veneer with solid rosewood handles
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Rosewood

Nice Four Drawers Mid-Century Modern Rosewood Bachelor Chest
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Mid-Century Danish modern rosewood bachelor chest of dresser.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Walnut Four-Drawer Bachelor Chest
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, John Widdicomb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Mid-Century Modern walnut bachelor chest.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Walnut Four-Drawer Bachelor Chest
Walnut Four-Drawer Bachelor Chest
H 34 in W 29 in D 21 in
Mid-Century Modern Kroehler Walnut Bachelor Chests - Set of 2
By Kroehler Mfg. Co.
Located in Clarksboro, NJ
This listing is for a pair of Mid-Century Modern Kroehler Walnut Bachelor Chests. Featuring a
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Very Nice Mid-Century Modern Walnut Three-Drawer Bachelor Chest
Located in Rockaway, NJ
High quality nice design three-drawer walnut bachelor chest.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Bachelor Three-Drawer Chest or Dresser MINT
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, John Stuart
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Walnut Bachelor Three-Drawer Chest or Dresser MINT!
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak 4-Drawer Bachelor Chest Dresser Credenza
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern teak bachelor chest dresser. Recessed brass pulls.
Category

20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Teak

Handsome Pair Asian Style John Widdicomb Bachelors Chests Mid-Century Modern
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome pair of John Widdicomb Asain style bachelors chests. These are fine examples of the level
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Fantastic Pair Baker Modern Asian Tansu Bachelors Chest Chinoiserie Mid-Century
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Amazingly beautiful pair of Japanese Tansu bachelors chests by Baker. Dark stained oak with
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Metal

Pair Ebonized Mahogany Mid Century Modern Deco Style Bachelor Chest Dresser MINT
By Dorothy Draper, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Ring Pulls Ebonized Mahogany Mid Century Modern Deco Style Bachelor Chest Dresser MINT!
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Mahogany

Pair of Founders Blonde Pecan Bachelor Chests
By Founders Furniture Company
Located in Denton, TX
Pair of Founders Blonde Pecan Bachelor Chests / Nightsands. Each chest measures 15.5 D X 43.25 W X
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests o...

Materials

Wood

Pair of Founders Blonde Pecan Bachelor Chests
Pair of Founders Blonde Pecan Bachelor Chests
H 28.25 in W 43.25 in D 15.5 in
Louver Front Four Drawers Bachelor Chest Dresser
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern dark bronze finish 4 louver front drawers bachelor chest dresser credenza.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Mahogany

Danish Mid-Century Modern Oiled Walnut Bachelor Chest Cabinet Two-Door
By Harvey Probber, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern two doors oiled walnut credenza with brass latches.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Solid Oak Mid-Century Modern 4 Drawers American Bachelor Chest Dresser Commode
By Mengel Furniture Co., Brown Saltman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Solid Oak Mid-Century Modern 4 drawers American Bachelor Chest Dresser Commode.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Oak

Walnut "Campaign Series" Bachelor's Chest by Henredon
By Henredon
Located in Dallas, TX
This handsome four-drawer bachelor chest is a classic! Part of Henredon's iconic "Officers Chest
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Pair of Two-Tone Mid-Century Modern Art Deco Bachelor Chests Dressers
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of stunning Mid-Century Modern "Left and Right" three-drawer cabinets bachelor chests dressers
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Dresser Bachelors Chest
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
Sophisticated tailored design three drawer chest designed by T. H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Kittinger Mid Century Modern Heavy Solid Drop Pulls Bachelor 3 Drawer Chest MINT
By Kittinger, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Kittinger Mid Century Modern Heavy Solid Drop Pulls Bachelor 3 Drawer Chest MINT Outstanding design
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Pair of 1970's Split Bamboo Bachelors Chests
Located in North Miami, FL
Our pair of 1970's bamboo bachelor chests prove that an interesting material can make the simplest
Category

Vintage 1970s American Organic Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Bamboo, Wood

Restored Bachelor Chest by Edward Wormley, 1940's
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Wonderful bachelor's chest by Edward Wormley for his "Precendent" Collection designed for Drexel in
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Kipp Stewart Drexel Declaration Bachelors Chest Mid-century
By Kipp Stewart
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely and rare kipp stewart designed bachelors chest for drexel declaration. The original finish
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Bleached 5 Drawers Bachelor Chests by Baker
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern bleached bachelor chests by Baker.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Oiled Walnut 4 Drawers Back Splash Bachelor Chest Dresser
By John Stuart, Jens Risom
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern walnut four-drawer back splash bachelor chest dresser credenza console cabinet.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Rattan 7 Drawer Bachelor Chest of Drawers by Baker
By McGuire, Baker Furniture Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern rattan bachelor chest of drawers dresser by Baker in style of Michael Taylor.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Dr...

Materials

Rattan

Rattan 7 Drawer Bachelor Chest of Drawers by Baker
By McGuire, Baker Furniture Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern rattan bachelor chest of drawers dresser by Baker in style of Michael Taylor.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Dr...

Materials

Rattan

Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings Bachelor Four Drawer Chests Dressers
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern walnut bachelor chests by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Magnificent Rosewood Jack Cartwright Founders Bachelors Chest of Drawers
By Founders Furniture Company, Jack Cartwright
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent rosewood Jack Cartwright Founders bachelors chest of drawers. This piece is in
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Rosewood

Pair Cerused Bachelor Chests Mid-Century Raymond Loewy for Mengel
By Mengel Furniture Co., Raymond Loewy
Located in Dallas, TX
by Raymond Loewy for Mengel. Each a four-drawer bachelors chest, of solid wood construction, have
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Gold

Kittinger Mandarin Style Bachelor Chest Dresser Blue and White Lacquer
By Kittinger
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Kittinger two-tone bachelor chest from Mandarin collection. In style of James
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Hardwood

Pair of John Widdicomb American Mid-Century Walnut Bachelor's Chests
By Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
PAIR of American Mid-Century walnut bachelor's chests with four drawers and rectangular wooden
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut, Wood

Pair of 1970s Chrome Accent John Stuart Hickory Bachelors Chests
By John Stuart Inc.
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Masterfully crafted and preserved vintage 1970s bachelors chests by John Stuart Inc.. We were
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Chrome

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Black Lacquered Bachelor Chest, Refinished
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern five-drawer dresser chest By Edward Wormley for Drexel
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Campaign Brass Hardware Bachelor Chest Dresser with Two Doors Compartment
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern brass hardware Campaign chest dresser with two doors compartment.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Walnut Bachelor’s Chest by Jack Cartwright for Founder’s Furniture
By Founders Furniture Company, Jack Cartwright
Located in Southampton, NJ
Classic Three Drawer Bachelors Chest designed by Jack Cartwright for Founder’s Furniture Co, 1960’s
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Metal

Travertine Top Three Drawers Bachelors Chest with Brass Pulls and Accents
By Tomlinson, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern 3-drawer fruitwood bachelor chest with brass hardware.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Travertine, Brass

Stunning Pair of American of Martinsville Walnut Brass Louvered Bachelors Chests
By American of Martinsville
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning pair of American of Martinsville louvered walnut bachelor’s chests. We love the stylish
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Pair of White Lacquer Brass Pulls Bachelor Chests or Dressers
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of very nice brass pulls white lacquer three-drawer cabinets.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Pr. Mid Century Mt. Airy Janus Series Bachelors Chests c 1960's
By National Mt. Airy
Located in New York, NY
Chic pair of Mid Century Bachelors chests by Mt. Airy as part of the Janus Collection series, circa
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Cerused Limed Oak Three-Drawer Bachelor Chests with Round Brass
By Jay Spectre
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern cerused oak 3 drawer bachelor chests with nice solid brass round accents
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Oak

Light Olive Lacquer Oriental Base Legs 3 Drawer Accent Dresser Bachelor Chest
By American of Martinsville
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern decorative olive lacquer brass drop pulls small three drawer dresser bachelor
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Pair of Ebonized Mahogany 4 Drawers Bachelor Chests w/ Gallery Tops Restored
By Dunbar Furniture, Harvey Probber
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of ebonized espresso mid century modern American bachelor chests dressers with gallery tops
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Mahogany

Pair of Gibbings Widdicomb Solid Brass Ring Drop Pulls Bachelor Chests Dressers
By Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Gibbings Widdicomb Solid Brass Ring Drop Pulls Bachelor Chests Dressers on Wheels.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Asian Motive Scene Drawer Decorated Faux Bamboo 4 Drawers Dresser Bachelor Chest
By Drexel
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Asian motive scene drawer decorated faux bamboo 4 drawers dresser bachelor chest by Drexel.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Bamboo

Marble Two Tone Finish Folding Doors Bachelor Chest Cabinet Dorothy Draper Style
By Century Furniture
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Two tone white cream light grey paint decorated marble top folding doors two drawers bachelor petit
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Amazing Pair of Milo Baughman Rosewood Brass Bachelors Chest Mid-Century Mod
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous and rare pair of Milo Baughman rosewood and brass bachelors chests. Unusual lighter
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

John Stuart Three Drawer Rosewood Bachelor Chest Mid Century Console Stand Mint!
By John Stuart Inc.
Located in Rockaway, NJ
John Stuart Three Drawer Rosewood Night stand Side End Table Chest Mid Century Modern MINT.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Rosewood

Pair of Restored Solid Oak Cerused White & Grey Finish 4 Drawers Bachelor Chests
By Jay Spectre
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of mid-century modern solid oak two tone cerused finish bachelor chests dressers.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Oak

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Modern Bachelors Chests For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of modern bachelors chests available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, walnut and metal, all modern bachelors chests available were constructed with great care. Modern bachelors chests have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. There are many kinds of modern bachelors chests to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern modern bachelors chests are of considerable interest. There have been many well-made modern bachelors chests over the years, but those made by Paul McCobb, Baker Furniture Company and Drexel are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Modern Bachelors Chests?

Prices for modern bachelors chests start at $495 and top out at $16,000 with the average selling for $3,400.

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 celebrated 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.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. 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.

Finding the Right Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets for You

Of all the vintage storage cabinets and antique case pieces that have become popular in modern interiors over the years, dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson, Poul Cadovius and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded.

A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Alternatively, apothecary cabinets are charming case goods similar in size to early dressers or commodes but with uniquely sized shelving and (often numerous) drawers.

Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard that features colored glass and metal details, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.

Questions About Modern Bachelors Chests
  • 1stDibs ExpertJanuary 23, 2019

    A bachelor’s chest is a low chest of drawers. Its name comes from the fact that it was originally designed to provide multipurpose storage for a single man with a small living space.

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A bachelor’s chest of drawers is a relatively short and shallow chest, usually with three or four drawers. The name refers to their historical use as multi-purpose, space-saving fixtures that are perfect for a bachelor sharing a friend’s flat. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a collection of antique and modern bachelor’s chests from some of the world’s top sellers.