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1980s Modernist Pottery Saltshaker Post Modern Design Black Gray
Located in National City, CA
AMBIANIC presents Modernist Pottery Saltshaker Clean Modern Design. Round shape with light gray tones, black and light brown stripes. Original plastic cap underneath. No labels prese...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern More Dining and Entertaining

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Ceramic, Pottery

Pair of Adrian Pearsall for Comfort Designs Post Modern Club Chairs, C. 1980s
By Adrian Pearsall, Comfort Designs, Inc.
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Sexy Post Modern pair of Adrian Pearsall club chairs by Comfort Designs newly professionally reupholstered in super soft and luxurious Latte bouclé fabric. Every facet of these Adria...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bouclé, Upholstery

'Circle of Life' Dining or Center Table by Design Institute America, 1980's
By Design Institute America
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The "Circle of Life" table is unique Post-Modern design by Design Institute America (DIA) designed and produced in the 1980s. Ideal as a dining table, cafe or breakfast table, games ...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Dining Room Tables

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Steel

Pair of 1980s Postmodern Counter Height Stools by Design Institute America
By Design Institute America
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of late 20th century postmodern counter height stools inspired by the Memphis Milano Style and manufactured by Design Institute America. Circa 1980s Feature onyx color geomet...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Stools

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Metal

1980s Italian Table Lamp by VeArt with Murano Glass Shade in Post Modern Design
By VeArt
Located in München, DE
Very rare 1980s Italian table lamp by VeArt with a Murano glass shade. Great minimalistic Post Modern design, handcrafted. The white shade and the blue knobs on the side are made o...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Polished Bronze Swivel Barstool by Designs for Leisure, 1980s
By Designs for Leisure
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful leather Postmodern bar stool by 'Designs for Leisure', designed and produced in the 1980s, USA. This heavy swivel barstool features a polished bronze finish which is extr...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Stools

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Metal

Post Modern Design Set of 2 Table Lamps in Glass, Italy 1980's
By Louis Poulsen
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage Post Modern Design set of 2 table lamp or desk lamps in glass with metal fittings. Made in Italy, 1980's. In the style of Poulsen lamp design. Art Deco in style and form. Sup...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Postmodern Italian Memphis Design Console Table, 1980s
Located in Zagreb, HR
Very elegant Italian post-modern console table made of wood, silver color powder-coated metal, and composite wood in melamine veneer It remains in a very good vintage condition. ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Console Tables

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Metal

Folding Dining Chair by Calligaris, Italy 1980s, Postmodern Design
By Calligaris
Located in Zagreb, HR
Vintage Italian designer folding dining chair produced in the 1980s by Calligaris Very elegant postmodern design, the round-shaped seat is made of cherry wood, the frame is made o...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Chairs

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Metal

Italian Design Classic Woolen Vintage Tapestry by Missoni, 1980s
By MissoniHome, Ottavio Missoni
Located in Renens, CH
Woolen tapestry, professionally framed. This piece, considered a work of art has been designed by Ottavio Missoni, (1921 – 2013) during the 1980s. The Missoni enterprise was founded...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Tapestries

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Wool

Postmodern Studio Chair by Belloni Design, Hungary, 1980s
By Akos Belloni
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
Unique and original form design piece from Hungary, 1980s. Handcrafted lacquered frame with brass details. Seat upholstered in leather Overall, this rare chair has a great character.
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Vintage 1980s Hungarian Post-Modern Side Chairs

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Wood, Leather

Arco Blue Dutch Design Armchairs, Memphis Style, Ca. 1980s
By Arco
Located in Schagen, NL
Arco Blue Dutch Design armchairs, Memphis style, Ca. 1980s. Six wonderful Blue minimalist armchairs with small wheels, manufactured by the Dutch company Arco in ca. the 1980s. Post ...
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Vintage 1980s Dutch Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

1980s by Erco Postmodern Italian Design Adjustable Floor Lamp
By Erco
Located in Brescia, IT
Black and white metal Steel details Black laquered wood base Excellent condition Rare model.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Steel

Post Modern Style Oak Demilune Table with Carved Bark Design Apron
Located in Bridgeport, CT
The Demi Lune table with carved bark design apron concealing two drawers that are hidden in the texture of the Apron. The table is raised on three bold and tapering legs. Dimensions...
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Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Demi-lune Tables

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Oak

Swiss Rare Design "Fächermann" by S. & U. Berger for Röthlisberger, 1980s
By Susi & Ueli Berger, Kollection Röthlisberger Schweiz
Located in Renens, CH
The Fächermann, or Compartment Man, was designed in 1977 by Susi and Ueli bergere for the Röthlisberger woodworking shop in Switzerland. It consists of 34 compartments in differen...
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Vintage 1980s European Post-Modern Shelves

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Wood

Transforme Design Multicolored Glass Solitair Vase, ca. 1980s
Located in Schagen, NL
Superb glass design object, small vase. Very nice decorative piece which is signed with a sticker ‘Transform Design, M Grande’.
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Late 20th Century European Post-Modern Vases

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Glass

Postmodern Memphis Design Interlubke Writing Desk, Home Office, Germany 1980s
By Interlübke
Located in Zagreb, HR
Stunning Memphis design style postmodern desk manufactured in the 1980s in Germany by a high-end furniture company Interlubke The desk is a pure example of Memphis's design. It'...
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Vintage 1980s German Post-Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Round Ceramic Catchall by Ambrogio Pozzi with Hand Painted Details, Italy 1980s
By Michielotto Top Design, Ambrogio Pozzi
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
This catchall is made in ceramic and features hand painted parts. It might show slight traces of use since it's vintage, but it can be considered as in excellent original condition ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Roberto Sambonet Stainless Steel Fish Poacher with a 1960s Design, Italy, 1980s
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
This is an elegant stainless steel fish poacher by Roberto Sambonet for Sambonet. It is perfect to serve and Cook fish, but also other dishes. It has a beautiful shell shape and th...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Serving Pieces

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Stainless Steel

A postmodern 'Trix' chair designed by Karl Friedrich Förster, Germany, 1980s
By KFF, Karl Friedrich Förster
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A postmodern 'Trix' chair designed by Karl Friedrich Förster, Germany, 1980s, A steel and lacquered plywood postmodern 'Trix' chair designed in the 1980s in Germany by Karl Friedric...
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Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Postmodern Crackled Glaze Studio Pottery Vase with Colorful Design, 1980s
Located in Miami, FL
Crackled glaze studio pottery vase with artistic design from the 1980s. Signed by artist.
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Late 20th Century Unknown Post-Modern Vases

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Clay

"Alix" Borek Sipek by Driade, 1980s Design Silver Postmodern Cutlery Flatware
By Driade, B. Sipek
Located in Brescia, IT
"Alix" Borek Sipek by Driade Follie 1980s Silver Metal 1x8 piece Rare set, perfect condition Measures: dinner knife 24 cm dinner fork 24 cm dinner spoon 24.5 cm dessert s...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Serving Pieces

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Silver Plate

1980s Nanda Vigo Italian Postmodern design Blue Coffee Table Memphis Style
By Nanda Vigo
Located in Brescia, IT
Nanda Vigo, coffee table. Glass Design Macherio, 1981 Enameled metal frame with wood feet Crystal top. Excellent condiction Available bibliography
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Crystal, Metal

Table Lamp Luxo Mod, One Design Isao Hosoe Vintage 1980s Italy
By Isao Hosoe, Luxo
Located in Den Haag, NL
A Luxo ‘One’ table lamp by Isao Hosoe. It has a marking to bottom which also includes ‘Made in Italy’. It is a halogen lamp with black thermo-molded ABS plastic. The head moves up an...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic

White Ceramic Vase by Ambrogio Pozzi with Hand Painted Details, Italy, 1980s
By Ambrogio Pozzi, Michielotto Top Design
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
This vase is made in ceramic and features pink, purple, crimson, grey and light blue hand painted parts. It might show slight traces of use since it's vintage, but it can be conside...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Vintage Italian Sofa Designed by Carlo Bartoli for Rossi di Albizzate, 1980s
By Carlo Bartoli, Rossi di Albizzate
Located in Zagreb, HR
Very rare sofa designed by Carlo Bartoli for Rossi di Albizzate. Produced in the 1980s postmodern era. This extremely comfortable sofa features a wooden frame, backrest, and le...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Sofas

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Leather, Fabric, Wood

Large tessellated stone picture frame, 1980s
By Renoir Designs
Located in View Park, CA
A huge tessellated stone and marble picture frame with glass inserts by Renoir Designs, 1980s. Fabulous condition. Pick up in LA or worldwide delivery options available. Dimensions: ...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Picture Frames

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Stone

  • Large tessellated stone picture frame, 1980s
  • Large tessellated stone picture frame, 1980s
  • Large tessellated stone picture frame, 1980s
  • Large tessellated stone picture frame, 1980s
H 12.25 in. W 13 in. D 2.25 in.
Table Lamp Design by Robert Sonneman, 1980s
By Robert Sonneman
Located in FERROL, ES
Table lamp design by Robert Sonneman, 1980s Manufactured by Cheyenne Industries, Inc. Matte black finish. Protective glass for the bulb, included with the lamp. Keep the ori...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

  • Table Lamp Design by Robert Sonneman, 1980s
  • Table Lamp Design by Robert Sonneman, 1980s
  • Table Lamp Design by Robert Sonneman, 1980s
  • Table Lamp Design by Robert Sonneman, 1980s
H 17.33 in. W 15.75 in. D 3.94 in.
Vintage Handwoven Rug with Abstract Design, 1980s
Located in Zwijndrecht, Antwerp
Beautiful high quality rug with abstract geometric design in bauhaus manner. Made out of handwoven wool. Marked on backside but brand unreadable. In very good condition with only lig...
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Vintage 1980s Indian Post-Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Postmodern Thick Pile Tufted Designer Wool Carpet, Pop Art Memphis Design, 1980s
Located in Zagreb, HR
Large vintage 1980s abstract design wool carpet with a striking color palette Pop art/Memphis Milano influenced design, signed The carpet remains in a very good vintage condi...
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Vintage 1980s European Post-Modern More Carpets

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Wool

Pair of Leucos Postmodern Italian Murano Glass Curved Sconces, 1980s
By Leucos Design Lab
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Pair of Leucos appliques in Murano glass with curved and satin glass diffuser in amber outside and white inside, "Incamiciato" glass, the structure is in white metal, halogen bulbs.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Murano Glass

1980s Style and Italian Design All in Bouclé Fabric Armchair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Welcoming and barel shaped armchair in an Italian 1980s Design Look with all in beige bouclé fabric with brass finishes feet.
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21st Century and Contemporary Post-Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

DIA Chrome and Pink Channel Back Dining Chairs, Design Institute America 1980
By Design Institute America
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Set of four sculptural post modern dining chairs by DIA, Design Institute America. Sculptural channeled backs and seats feature original pink Ultrasuede upholstery and chrome flat ba...
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Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Ultrasuede

Glass Pendulum Clock Takashi Kato Postmodern, 1980s Japanese Design
By Memphis Milano, Nathalie du Pasquier
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Glass pendulum clock by Sessa. It can be used as both standing on the table and hanging on the wall. Takashi Kato designed a lot of clocks in the 1980s-1990s. Some of clock collectio...
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1990s Japanese Post-Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Glass, Plastic

Giovanni Offredi Burl Coffee Table for Saporiti, Italian Design, 1980's
By Saporiti, Giovanni Offredi
Located in Antwerp, BE
Saporiti, bird's-eye maple veneer coffee table by Giovanni Offred; Postmodern square coffee table by high-end manufacturer Saporiti, Italy, the 1980s. The design of the base is a...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Birdseye Maple

Green Wall Clock Takashi Kato Postmodern, 1980s Japanese Design
By Memphis Milano, Nathalie du Pasquier
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Wall clock by Sessa. Takashi Kato designed a lot of clocks in the 1980s-1990s. Some of clock collections were released from Neos Lorenz in European Market. Which sold together with N...
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1990s Japanese Post-Modern Wall Clocks

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Plastic

Blue Wall Clock Takashi Kato Postmodern, 1980s Japanese Design
By Nathalie du Pasquier, Memphis Milano
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Wall clock by Sessa. Takashi Kato designed a lot of clocks in the 1980s-1990s. Some of clock collections were released from Neos Lorenz in European Market. Which sold together with N...
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1990s Japanese Post-Modern Wall Clocks

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Plastic

Memphis Design 'Colonna Ollo' Cabinet by Alessandro Mendini, Italy 1980s
By Alessandro Mendini
Located in Hellouw, NL
Memphis Design 'Colonna Ollo' Cabinet by Alessandro Mendini, Italy 1980s. This cabinet is impressive due to its shape, graphical design, and size. The cabinet consists of wood with a...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Cabinets

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Wood

Pr Metal Angle Poise Lamps Designed by Stefano Cevoli Made in Milan Italy 1980s
By Stefano Cevoli
Located in New York, NY
Pair of high style postmodern design adjustable desk lamps designed by Stefano Cevoli Made in Milano Italy circa 1980's. Executed in graphic white and black, sophisticated, architect...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Table Clock2 Takashi Kato Postmodern, 1980s Japanese Design
By Nathalie du Pasquier, Memphis Milano
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Wall clock by Sessa. Takashi Kato designed a lot of clocks in the 1980s-1990s. Some of clock collections were released from Neos Lorenz in European Market. Which sold together with N...
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1990s Japanese Post-Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Steel

Bottle with Stopper Riedel Austria Design Cut Glass, Vienna, 1980s
By Claus Josef Riedel
Located in Vienna, AT
Bottle with stopper Riedel Austria design glass, Vienna, 1980s. One of the rare flagons of this great manufacturer whose innovations have revolutionized the glass and drinking cultur...
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Vintage 1980s Austrian Post-Modern Glass

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Cut Glass

Postmodern Design Rosenthal Gilbert Portanier Bowl from the 1980s
By Gilbert Portanier
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Vintage Design vase made by Rosenthal Germany, designed by Gilbert Portanier in the 1980s. Beautiful colors with golden details. The bowl is in very nice condition. Measurements...
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Vintage 1980s German Post-Modern Decorative Bowls

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Porcelain

Rare Extra Large Flexible Design Candlestick 16 Candles, 1980s
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Exquisite design candlestick made of steel from the 1980s. The candlestick consists 38 parts. With these parts you can make all kinds of variants from 1 very large to several candl...
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Vintage 1980s European Post-Modern Candlesticks

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Steel

Postmodern Design Rosenthal Gilbert Portanier Vase from the 1980s
By Gilbert Portanier
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Vintage design vase made by Rosenthal Germany, designed by Gilbert Portanier in the 1980s. Beautiful colors with golden details. The vase is in very nice condition. Measurements...
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Vintage 1980s German Post-Modern Vases

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Porcelain

Rare Large 1980s Ikea Fackla Floor Lamp Uplighter Postmodern Design
By Ikea
Located in München, DE
Rare big 1980s Ikea Fackla floor lamp uplighter. Great Postmodern Sweden design. Lamp made of white and red plastic. Lampshade inside of metal. Very nice pleasant glare-free light...
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Vintage 1980s Swedish Post-Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

1980s Sculptural Wicker Sofa With Scrolled Arms by O-Asian Designs Inc.
Located in Miami, FL
Late 20th Century Sculptural Wicker Sofa With Scrolled Arms by O-Asian Designs Inc. Circa 1980s. This coastal style / Hollywood Regency sofa features a light green woven wicker frame...
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Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Sofas

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Wicker

Artemide "Shogun" Table Lamp Designed by Mario Botta, Italy, 1980s
By Artemide, Mario Botta
Located in Sacile, PN
"SHOGUN" table lamp by Mario Botta for Artemide, Italy, circa 1987. Shogun is a table lamp with painted metal stem black and white adjustable diffusers in painted perforated steel...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

"Harmony" by Lino Sabattini 1980s Design Postmodern Silver Plated Candleholder
By Lino Sabattini
Located in Brescia, IT
"Harmony" by Lino Sabattini 1989, Italy Rare candleholder silver metal and black plastic.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern More Candle Holders

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Silver Plate

Wall Clock Designed by Nicolai Canetti in the 1980s for Canetti
By Canetti
Located in FERROL, ES
Wall clock designed by Nicolai Canetti in the 1980s for Canetti. Plastic and metal needles. Dimensions: 33 cm in diameter.
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Vintage 1980s Taiwanese Post-Modern Wall Clocks

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Metal

Stunning Large 1980s Italian Mirror Ceiling Lamp in Postmodern Design
Located in München, DE
Stunning beautiful large 1980s Italian mirror ceiling lamp in Postmodern design. Great typical design from the 1980s. Frame is made entirely of pine wood, complete covered with thi...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mirror, Pine

Very Large Unique Italian 1980s Halogen Table Lamp in Postmodern Design
Located in München, DE
Very large unique Italian 1980s halogen table lamp in Postmodern design. Great minimalist design. Made in Italy. Metal frame is anodized in brass color. Base is also in metal in li...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Tablelamp by Lungean & Pellmann Lighting Memphis Postmodern Design Germany 1980s
By Brilliant Leuchten AG
Located in Vienna, AT
A very strong example of Italian postmodern design of the early 1980s manufactured by Brilliant Leuchten AG. Lungean & Pellmann were part of the so called Memphis collective giving i...
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Vintage 1980s German Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Large, Unusual 1980s Postmodern Design Table Clock Made of Cherry Wood
Located in München, DE
Large, unusual 1980s Postmodern design table clock made of cherry wood Great interesting design made of solid wood. Manufacturer is unknown. But it is certainly from a well-known m...
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Vintage 1980s German Post-Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

1980s, Colorful Pine Wood Table Clock in Postmodern Design by Legnomagia Italy
Located in München, DE
Beautiful 1980's colorful pine table clock. Great minimalist postmodern design by Legnomagia. Made in Italy. Made entirely by hand. With original label on the back. Individual col...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Pine

Iconic telephone "BeoCom 2000" from the 1980s by BANG & OLUFSEN, Memphis Design
By Bang & Olufsen
Located in Hamburg, DE
Memphis Design analog telephone "BeoCom 2000" from the 1980s by BANG & OLUFSEN. Danish design, designed in 1986 by Lone and Gideon Lindinger-Lowy. A timeless classic and an absolute ...
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Vintage 1980s Danish Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Plastic

1980s Design and Italian Memphis Style Walnut Burlwood and Grey Lacquer Cabinet
Located in Tourcoing, FR
1980s Italian Design and Memphis style walnut burlwood and grey lacquer cabinet in a post modern Pagoda style shaped composed of grey lacquered wooden base, walnut burlwood doors ope...
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Late 20th Century European Post-Modern Cabinets

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Iron

1980s Up&Up Sergio Asti Marble Fruitbowl Italian Postmodern Design Bowl
By Up&Up, Sergio Asti
Located in Brescia, IT
Carrara marble. Rare object by Up&Up design Excellent condition One foot restored.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Decorative Baskets

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Carrara Marble

"Nastro" by Stilnovo 1980s Italian Design Alberto Fraser Memphis Table Lamp
By Alberto Fraser, Stilnovo
Located in Brescia, IT
"Nastro" Alberto Fraser by Stilnovo 1983 Multi-color pvc Black polycarbonate base.  
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic, PVC

Beautiful Italian 1980s Vetri Murano Table Lamp in a Colorful Postmodern Design
By Vetri
Located in München, DE
Beautiful large Italian 1980s Vetri Murano glass table lamp in a colorful Postmodern design. The mint blue color in the glass and on the frame are kept the same. Beautiful handcraf...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

1980s Heavy Metal Chrome Elephant Floor Lamp as Side Table Postmodern Design
Located in München, DE
Very rare chrome metal elephant as a floor lamp or table lamp. Great postmodern design from the 1980s. Made entirely of chromed metal, very high quality and solid. Many details su...
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Vintage 1980s European Post-Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

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Post Modern Design 1980s For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of post modern design 1980s available for sale. Frequently made of metal, glass and steel, all post modern design 1980s available were constructed with great care. Post modern design 1980s have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century. Post modern design 1980s are generally popular furniture pieces, but Modern style is often sought at 1stDibs. Many post modern design 1980s are appealing in their simplicity, but Design Institute America, Kaizo Oto and Leucos Design Lab produced popular post modern design 1980s that are worth a look.

How Much are Post Modern Design 1980s?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $1,874, while they’re typically $258 on the low end and $33,065 highest priced.

A Close Look at post-modern Furniture

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

A Close Look at post-modern Furniture

Furniture by Gaetano Pesce are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of resin and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of furniture from Gaetano Pesce, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 23 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Gaetano Pesce were created in Europe during the 20th century in modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by and . Prices for Gaetano Pesce furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $353 and tops out at $28,850, while pieces like these can sell for $5,775.

Furniture of the 20th Century

Gaetano Sciolari furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Gaetano Sciolari collection of furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular.. We stock 687 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Gaetano Sciolari were created in Europe during the 20th century in the mid-century modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by and . Prices for Gaetano Sciolari furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $153 and tops out at $28,437, while pieces like these can sell for $2,400 on average.