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Nicolai Canetti Post Modern Chimes
By Canetti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This charming set of chimes designed by post modern designer Nicolai Canetti is a total homage to
Category

Late 20th Century European Post-Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures

Materials

Wood

  • Nicolai Canetti Post Modern Chimes
  • Nicolai Canetti Post Modern Chimes
  • Nicolai Canetti Post Modern Chimes
  • Nicolai Canetti Post Modern Chimes
H 5 in. W 1.75 in. D 7 in.
Post Modern White Nightstand
Located in New York, NY
Post modern white nightstand / dresser, offering four drawers - one available. In very good vintage
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Night Stands

Materials

Wood, Paint

  • Post Modern White Nightstand
  • Post Modern White Nightstand
  • Post Modern White Nightstand
  • Post Modern White Nightstand
H 27 in. W 24 in. D 23 in.
Post-Modern Wall lights
Located in London, GB
A pair of very unique Modernist / Post-Modern wall lights. Scandinavian Midcentury origin and
Category

Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Post-Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Hardwood

  • Post-Modern Wall lights
  • Post-Modern Wall lights
  • Post-Modern Wall lights
  • Post-Modern Wall lights
H 11.82 in. W 5.12 in. D 4.73 in.
Post-Modern Cane Mirror
Located in London, GB
A very large post modern mirror with a graphic form wrapped in cane. Circa 1980's Italy, it's such
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Cane

  • Post-Modern Cane Mirror
  • Post-Modern Cane Mirror
  • Post-Modern Cane Mirror
  • Post-Modern Cane Mirror
H 55.52 in. W 35.44 in. D 1.97 in.
Marble Post Modern Bowl / Ashtray
By Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Marble Post Modern bowl/ashtray.
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Marble

  • Marble Post Modern Bowl / Ashtray
  • Marble Post Modern Bowl / Ashtray
  • Marble Post Modern Bowl / Ashtray
  • Marble Post Modern Bowl / Ashtray
H 2.5 in. W 4 in. D 4 in.
Post-Modern Lucite Bath Tray
Located in San Diego, CA
Post-modern lucite bath tray, circa 1980s. The tray would make a great bathroom piece for
Category

20th Century American Post-Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Lucite

  • Post-Modern Lucite Bath Tray
  • Post-Modern Lucite Bath Tray
  • Post-Modern Lucite Bath Tray
  • Post-Modern Lucite Bath Tray
H 2 in. W 13.25 in. D 4.5 in.
Post Modern Waterfall Nightstand
By Karl Springer
Located in Redding, CT
Post Modern waterfall nightstand. Off white cream color laminate with gold trim. Very similar to
Category

Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Night Stands

Materials

Metal

  • Post Modern Waterfall Nightstand
  • Post Modern Waterfall Nightstand
  • Post Modern Waterfall Nightstand
  • Post Modern Waterfall Nightstand
H 22 in. W 24 in. D 15.75 in.
Vintage Post-Modern Wood Sculpture
Located in San Diego, CA
A really cool and unique vintage post-modern wood sculpture, circa 1967. The industrial looking
Category

Mid-20th Century American Post-Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

  • Vintage Post-Modern Wood Sculpture
  • Vintage Post-Modern Wood Sculpture
  • Vintage Post-Modern Wood Sculpture
  • Vintage Post-Modern Wood Sculpture
H 21.5 in. W 14 in. D 10.5 in.
Post Modern Travertine Dining Cafe Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Post modern, Memphis influenced, small dining or bistro café table features a 30 inch square
Category

Late 20th Century North American Post-Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Travertine, Aluminum

Post Modern Cantilever Back Armchair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A sculptural post modern armchair. Cantilevered back appears to "float." Newly reupholstered in a
Category

Late 20th Century North American Post-Modern Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Velvet

  • Post Modern Cantilever Back Armchair
  • Post Modern Cantilever Back Armchair
  • Post Modern Cantilever Back Armchair
  • Post Modern Cantilever Back Armchair
H 30 in. W 23 in. D 23 in.
Post Modern Chrome Floor Lamp
By Robert and Richard Sonneman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Post modern chrome floor lamp with on line dimmer. 2 simple chrome poles support square turned
Category

1990s American Post-Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Chrome

  • Post Modern Chrome Floor Lamp
  • Post Modern Chrome Floor Lamp
  • Post Modern Chrome Floor Lamp
  • Post Modern Chrome Floor Lamp
H 72 in. W 8 in. D 8 in.
Post-Modern Plywood Coat Rack
By Memphis Group, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Dronten, NL
Excellent example of Italian Post Modern design. Base in travertine, rack in black lacquered
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Travertine

  • Post-Modern Plywood Coat Rack
  • Post-Modern Plywood Coat Rack
  • Post-Modern Plywood Coat Rack
  • Post-Modern Plywood Coat Rack
H 70.08 in. Dm 14.97 in.
Pink Post-Modern Parsons Lounge Chair
Located in Medina, OH
A unique and comfortable pink post-modern Parsons Lounge Chair by "Status Fine Chairs by Rowe". The
Category

Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric

  • Pink Post-Modern Parsons Lounge Chair
  • Pink Post-Modern Parsons Lounge Chair
  • Pink Post-Modern Parsons Lounge Chair
  • Pink Post-Modern Parsons Lounge Chair
H 30 in. W 34.5 in. D 32 in.
Vintage Italian Post Modern Coat Rack
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Excellent example of Italian post modern. Purchased in Italy. c1985.
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Steel

Post Modern Airbrushed Signed Nude
Located in Redding, CT
Limited edition silkscreen "Galaxy" 99/100 . Gorgeous post modern of a nude. Signed illegibly lower
Category

Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Decorative Art

Materials

Glass, Plastic, Plexiglass, Paper

  • Post Modern Airbrushed Signed Nude
  • Post Modern Airbrushed Signed Nude
  • Post Modern Airbrushed Signed Nude
  • Post Modern Airbrushed Signed Nude
H 38.25 in. W 28.50 in. D 1.25 in.
Post Modern Italian Travertine Coffee Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Post modern Italian travertine coffee table with metal base.
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Travertine, Metal

  • Post Modern Italian Travertine Coffee Table
  • Post Modern Italian Travertine Coffee Table
  • Post Modern Italian Travertine Coffee Table
  • Post Modern Italian Travertine Coffee Table
H 11.25 in. W 39.5 in. D 39.5 in.
Post-Modern Italian Marble Vase
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous post-modern Italian marble vase, circa 1970s. Striking tan, brown and cream fleck
Category

20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases

Materials

Marble

Post Modern Mirrored Console Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Post modern console table with a mirrored top and long mirrored slats along the frame with matte
Category

Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Console Tables

Materials

Mirror

  • Post Modern Mirrored Console Table
  • Post Modern Mirrored Console Table
  • Post Modern Mirrored Console Table
  • Post Modern Mirrored Console Table
H 28.25 in. W 56 in. D 16.13 in.
Tessellated Stone Post Modern Style Pedestal
Located in New York, NY
Tessellated stone post modern style pedestal.
Category

Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Pedestals

Materials

Stone

Post-Modern Marble Block / Paperweight
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous post-modern green marble block / paperweight ,circa 1980s. The piece is in very good
Category

Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Paperweights

Materials

Marble

Post Modern Granite Dining Table
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Beautiful post modern granite dining table. Edges of the top and base are bullnosed (rounded
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Granite

  • Post Modern Granite Dining Table
  • Post Modern Granite Dining Table
  • Post Modern Granite Dining Table
  • Post Modern Granite Dining Table
H 29.5 in. W 55 in. D 39.5 in.
Post Modern Cobalt Blue Vase
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish post modern vase dates to 1994 and is hand-blown in cobalt blue, clear and black glass
Category

Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

  • Post Modern Cobalt Blue Vase
  • Post Modern Cobalt Blue Vase
  • Post Modern Cobalt Blue Vase
  • Post Modern Cobalt Blue Vase
H 13.50 in. W 7.50 in. D 6 in.
Post Modern Acrylic Abstract Sculpture
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Style: Mid-Century Modern / Post Modern Dimensions: 17" wide x 6" deep x 17.5" tall Condition
Category

Mid-20th Century American Post-Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Acrylic

  • Post Modern Acrylic Abstract Sculpture
  • Post Modern Acrylic Abstract Sculpture
  • Post Modern Acrylic Abstract Sculpture
  • Post Modern Acrylic Abstract Sculpture
H 17.5 in. W 17 in. D 6 in.
Post-Modern Italian Shelve System Orezero
By Bieffeplast
Located in Antwerp, BE
Memphis, industrial, post-modern shelving unit, by Orezero, Italy, 1980s Orezero is a palindrome.  
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

  • Post-Modern Italian Shelve System Orezero
  • Post-Modern Italian Shelve System Orezero
  • Post-Modern Italian Shelve System Orezero
  • Post-Modern Italian Shelve System Orezero
H 90.56 in. W 108.27 in. D 15.16 in.
Post-Modern Black Lacquer Serving Tray
Located in New York, NY
Post-modern black lacquer square serving tray with mother-of-pearl inlay elements. Marked on the
Category

Late 20th Century Asian Post-Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Mother-of-Pearl, Lacquer

Pair of Post Modern Club Chairs
Located in Redding, CT
Pair of post modern club chairs. 1980-90's oversized style with bold fabric. Deep and so
Category

Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

  • Pair of Post Modern Club Chairs
  • Pair of Post Modern Club Chairs
  • Pair of Post Modern Club Chairs
  • Pair of Post Modern Club Chairs
H 31 in. W 30 in. D 30 in.
Post Modern Canvas Dracaena Tree
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Incredible Post Modern canvas Dracaena tree. Super cool, super sculptural. Created out of canvas
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Canvas

  • Post Modern Canvas Dracaena Tree
  • Post Modern Canvas Dracaena Tree
  • Post Modern Canvas Dracaena Tree
  • Post Modern Canvas Dracaena Tree
H 65 in. W 36 in. D 36 in.
Post-Modern Italian Marble Vase
Located in San Diego, CA
Small post-modern Italian marble vase, circa 1970s. The vase is primarily a dark tan in color, but
Category

20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases

Materials

Marble

Post Modern Tiger Velvet Chesterfield Sofa, 1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Post Modern Tiger Chesterfield sofa, 1970.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Post Modern Plaster Column Floor Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Classic Post Modern plaster circular column floor lamp with matching plaster sphere finial. Dated
Category

Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Plaster

American Post-Modern Kneeling Figure Sculpture
By Carol Bruns
Located in New York, NY
American Post-Modern Design bronze sculpture of a kneeling figure with lowered arms on a narrow
Category

Early 2000s American Post-Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Post Modern Memphis Style Lucite Sculpture
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Post modern Memphis style lucite sculpture. Circa 1980.
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Acrylic

American Post-Modern Bronze Figure Sculpture
By Carol Bruns
Located in New York, NY
American Post-Modern Design gold patina bronze sculpture of a standing figure with 1 arm bend and
Category

Early 2000s American Post-Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

  • American Post-Modern Bronze Figure Sculpture
  • American Post-Modern Bronze Figure Sculpture
  • American Post-Modern Bronze Figure Sculpture
  • American Post-Modern Bronze Figure Sculpture
H 12.25 in. W 3.5 in. D 3.5 in.
American Post-Modern Bronze Figure Sculpture
By Carol Bruns
Located in New York, NY
American Post-Modern Design bronze sculpture of a figure with lowered arms and bent knees on a
Category

Early 2000s American Post-Modern Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Robert Sonneman Post Modern Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman, George Kovacs
Located in Miami, FL
Post-Modern torchiere uplighter floor lamp rendered in powder coated and painted steel with
Category

Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel

Post Modern Ron Rezek Floor Lamp
By Ron Rezek
Located in Raleigh, NC
Wonderful minimal post modern floor lamp from the 1980s. Powder coated steel with black enamel base
Category

Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal

Judy Henderson Post-Modern Ceramic Cake Plate
Located in New York, NY
Judy Henderson post-modern art ceramic cake plate, signed on bottom.
Category

Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Post-Modern Mixed Media Two Tier Side Table
Located in New York, NY
Post-Modern mixed media two tier side table, the round top and lower tier suspended by a column
Category

Late 20th Century Side Tables

Materials

Lacquer

  • Post-Modern Mixed Media Two Tier Side Table
  • Post-Modern Mixed Media Two Tier Side Table
  • Post-Modern Mixed Media Two Tier Side Table
  • Post-Modern Mixed Media Two Tier Side Table
H 20.50 in. W 17 in. D 17 in.
Post-Modern Italian Marble Lidded Jar
Located in San Diego, CA
Post-modern Italian marble lidded jar, circa 1970s. The jar is in very good vintage condition with
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Jars

Materials

Marble

Post Modern Stainless Steel Coat Rack
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice post modern stainless steel coat rack, circa 1970s. The rack has a great look is in
Category

20th Century American Post-Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Post Modern Stainless Steel Coat Rack
  • Post Modern Stainless Steel Coat Rack
  • Post Modern Stainless Steel Coat Rack
  • Post Modern Stainless Steel Coat Rack
H 66 in. W 15 in. D 15 in.
Post Modern Blue Goatskin Coffee Table
By Jimeco ltda
Located in Lake Worth, FL
would look great with any Post modern, mid century modern or eclectic décor.
Category

1990s Colombian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Goatskin

Post Modern Sculptural Plaster Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Post modern sculptural plaster coffee table. The table is plaster over a wood frame with a painted
Category

Vintage 1970s Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Plaster

Post Modern Sofa by Niels Eilersen
By Niels Eilersen
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Great Post Modern sofa by Neils Eilersen. Sofa is exceptionally comfortable and have fun adjustable
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

  • Post Modern Sofa by Niels Eilersen
  • Post Modern Sofa by Niels Eilersen
  • Post Modern Sofa by Niels Eilersen
  • Post Modern Sofa by Niels Eilersen
H 36 in. W 75 in. D 35 in.
Post-Modern Spanish Brass Sculpture, XXI Century
Located in Madrid, ES
A Post-Modern Spanish sculpture made of brass and consisting of two assembled discs. Beautiful and
Category

Early 2000s Spanish Post-Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Post Modern Memphis Style Chair, 1980’s
Located in Delft, NL
Unique post modern chair. With a metal frame and the original 1980's upholstery. In good condition.
Category

Vintage 1980s European Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

  • Post Modern Memphis Style Chair, 1980’s
  • Post Modern Memphis Style Chair, 1980’s
  • Post Modern Memphis Style Chair, 1980’s
  • Post Modern Memphis Style Chair, 1980’s
H 27.56 in. W 20.87 in. D 20.87 in.
Large Pair of Post Modern Murano Glass Sconces
By Max Ingrand, Pietro Chiesa, Vistosi, Vetri, Fontana Arte
Located in Houston, TX
Large pair of post modern Murano glass sconces. This monumental pair of post modern Murano sconces
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Stanley Tigerman Post-Modern Rare Porcelain Plate
By Stanley Tigerman
Located in Sharon, CT
Stanley Tigerman post-modern image of sky and architecture. Rare original period porcelain
Category

Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Post-Modern Hand Decorated Studio Pottery Vessel
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Post-modern studio pottery spouted, lidded vessel with colorful hand decoration Circa 1986. Signed
Category

Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Pottery

Post Modern Side Table 1980s Italy
By Memphis Group
Located in Den Haag, NL
Very nice side table, two cut glass plates connecting by a thick wooden plate. typical 1980s Post
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Side Tables

Materials

Cut Glass

  • Post Modern Side Table 1980s Italy
  • Post Modern Side Table 1980s Italy
  • Post Modern Side Table 1980s Italy
  • Post Modern Side Table 1980s Italy
H 16.93 in. W 23.63 in. D 23.63 in.
Petite Post-Modern Italian Marble Vase
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous petite post-modern Italian marble vase, circa 1970s. Striking black and white flecking
Category

20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases

Materials

Marble

  • Petite Post-Modern Italian Marble Vase
  • Petite Post-Modern Italian Marble Vase
  • Petite Post-Modern Italian Marble Vase
  • Petite Post-Modern Italian Marble Vase
H 6.5 in. W 3.75 in. D 1.75 in.
Pair of Post-Modern Leather Lounge Chairs
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Great pair of Post Modern leather lounge chairs with classic lines, in superb condition. Chairs
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Post Modern Pencil Reed 6 Drawer Dresser
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning Post Modern Pencil Reed bamboo 6 drawer featuring 6 drawers and curved front corners
Category

Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Bamboo

Post Modern Blond Oak Wall Shelves, 2
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Post Modern blond oak veneered wall shelves, geometric shape. In good vintage condition
Category

Mid-20th Century Post-Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

  • Post Modern Blond Oak Wall Shelves, 2
  • Post Modern Blond Oak Wall Shelves, 2
  • Post Modern Blond Oak Wall Shelves, 2
  • Post Modern Blond Oak Wall Shelves, 2
H 10 in. W 48 in. D 10 in.
Moroso Curvaceous Post Modern Lounge Chairs
By Moroso
Located in Atlanta, GA
Moroso Curvaceous Post Modern Lounge chairs, circa 1990s. They retain their original upholstery
Category

1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

  • Moroso Curvaceous Post Modern Lounge Chairs
  • Moroso Curvaceous Post Modern Lounge Chairs
  • Moroso Curvaceous Post Modern Lounge Chairs
  • Moroso Curvaceous Post Modern Lounge Chairs
H 31.25 in. W 24.5 in. D 24.5 in.
Pair of Angular Post Modern Lounge Chairs
By Saporiti, Pace Furniture Company
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Lines....Lines....Lines If you are looking for an incredible pair of post modern chairs look no
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Large Post Modern Plexiglasss Wall Divider
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Large 8' tall foot post modern plexiglasss wall divider made of 3 pieces of custom made plexi
Category

Vintage 1980s American Industrial Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Plexiglass

  • Large Post Modern Plexiglasss Wall Divider
  • Large Post Modern Plexiglasss Wall Divider
  • Large Post Modern Plexiglasss Wall Divider
  • Large Post Modern Plexiglasss Wall Divider
H 96 in. W 49.5 in. D 21 in.
Post-Modern Italian Travertine Lidded Jar
Located in San Diego, CA
Post-modern Italian travertine lidded jar, circa 1970s. The jar is in very good vintage condition
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Jars

Materials

Travertine

Leather & Lacquered Mahogany Post Modern Window Bench
By Ralph Lauren
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Leather and lacquered mahogany post modern window bench.
Category

20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Small Post-Modern Italian Marble Vase
Located in San Diego, CA
Small post-modern Italian marble vase, circa 1970s. The vase is primarily a dark tan in color, but
Category

20th Century Italian Post-Modern Vases

Materials

Marble

Tall Post Modern Italian Torchiere Uplight
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous post modern Torchiere from Italy. Ribbed steel post with a double light, top light for an
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel

  • Tall Post Modern Italian Torchiere Uplight
  • Tall Post Modern Italian Torchiere Uplight
  • Tall Post Modern Italian Torchiere Uplight
  • Tall Post Modern Italian Torchiere Uplight
H 76.25 in. W 11.75 in. D 11.75 in.
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Post Modern For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the post modern you’re looking for. Frequently made of metal, wood and glass, every post modern was constructed with great care. Find 6626 options for an antique or vintage post modern now, or shop our selection of 1705 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the post modern you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A post modern made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. Ettore Sottsass, Material Lust and Reflections Copenhagen each produced at least one beautiful post modern that is worth considering.

How Much is a Post Modern?

A post modern can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,553, while the lowest priced sells for $1 and the highest can go for as much as $245,000.

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.