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Pool Table by Another Human, Postmodern Acrylic Coffee Table
By Another Human
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Inspired by the endless summer, pool party culture that is often associated with Los Angeles, the pool table and Jacuzzi table are a playful experiment in form and materiality. The w...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail T...

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Acrylic, Foam

Tall Midcentury Italian Postmodern Acrylic Lucite Sculptural Floor Lamp
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A large and impressive acrylic floor lamp made in Italy, circa 1980s. It features a thick Lucite base with acrylic flora-form leaves. Fully working and ready for use.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Floor Lamps

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Acrylic, Lucite

Italian Postmodern Acrylic Napkin Holder by Designer Rede Guzzini
By Rede Guzzini
Located in New York, NY
An Italian Postmodern clear acrylic napkin holder by designer Rede Guzzini, Italy 1980s - 1990s. With maker's mark in two places, on top and on bottom, 'Guzzini' 'Made in Italy,' as ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern More Dining and Entertaining

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Acrylic, Lucite

Jacuzzi Table by Another Human, Postmodern Acrylic Side Table
By Another Human
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Inspired by the endless summer, pool party culture that is often associated with Los Angeles, the pool table and Jacuzzi table are a playful experiment in form and materiality. The w...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern End Tables

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Acrylic, Foam

Shlomi Haziza Postmodern Abstract Acrylic Tabletop Sculpture
By Shlomi Haziza
Located in New York, NY
Postmodern abstract tabletop sculptural slab of acrylic with ribboning edges created by Shlomi Haziza (Israeli, XX-XXI). The piece is made in changing shades of fuschia, turquoise, g...
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1990s Post-Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Acrylic

Shiro Kuramata Acrylic Pink Vase, Large Japanese Postmodern
By Shiro Kuramata
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Shiro Kuramata acrylic pink vase large model. Mint condition. Pink and clear acrylic bock with glass tube.
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Vintage 1980s Japanese Post-Modern Vases

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Glass, Acrylic

Midcentury Italian Postmodern Sculptural Bent Acrylic Cocktail Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An impressive molded resin coffee table from the 1970s. It features a marble swirled white acrylic resin sheet, sculpted into a modern form table.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Acrylic, Resin

Original Signed & Dated Mix Media Postmodern Boxed Acrylic Art Piece
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare signed and dated original mix media piece from 1979. part of the paper plait kite series , boxed in plexy nice condition due to age.
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20th Century American Post-Modern Contemporary Art

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Acrylic, Paper

Large Postmodern Abstract Freeform Lucite / Acrylic Table Sculpture Signed
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A beautiful and impressive Lucite table sculpture in yellow and red colored acrylic. The table sculpture features two abstract forms on a thick base. Large substantial piece. Signed ...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Acrylic, Lucite

Postmodern Clear and Black Acrylic Metal Nails Decorative Object
Located in New York, NY
A Postmodern period clear and black acrylic and metal decorative object, circa late 20th century. Piece is rectangular in shape, comprised of three pieces acrylic (black and clear), ...
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Late 20th Century European Post-Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

Postmodern Pietro Psaier Acrylic Glitter Painting on Wood, Italy, 1980
Located in Madrid, ES
Pietro Psaier acrylic painting with glitter on wooden sheet.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Paintings

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Acrylic, Wood

Midcentury Postmodern Black Acrylic / Lucite Aquarium or Fish Tank Headboard
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An incredibly designed aquarium from the late 1970s-early 1980s. The previous owners used it as a queen size headboard but it can certainly be used as a stand alone piece. The entire...
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Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Architectural Elements

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Acrylic

Heidi Abrahamson Sterling Silver Brass Acrylic Postmodern Ring
By Heidi Abrahamson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Post Modernist style ring of sterling silver, brass and acrylic designed and created by Heidi Abrahamson. Ring measures a finger size 7 but can fit up to a 7.25 due to its design. ...
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2010s Modernist Cocktail Rings

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Sterling Silver, Brass

Postmodern Industrial Lighted Coffee Table in Brushed Aluminum and Acrylic
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This coffee table from the 1970s has an acrylic top with a brushed aluminum cylindrical base. There is a single lightbulb located in the top.
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Mid-20th Century North American Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Postmodern Pietro Psaier Acrylic Glitter Painting on Wood, Italy, 1980
Located in Madrid, ES
Pietro Psaier acrylic painting with glitter on wooden sheet.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Paintings

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Acrylic, Wood

Postmodern Pair Large Pearlescent Acrylic Shell Form Lamps Attributed to Rougier
By Maison Rougier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This pair of super sleek and highly dramatic table lamps are in very good to excellent condition. With little to no wear, and in excellent original condition, each has a weighted bas...
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Vintage 1970s Canadian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Acrylic

Postmodern Lucite and Acrylic Column Pedestal Display Stand in Black and Clear
Located in New York, NY
A Postmodern Lucite and Acrylic black and clear column pedestal display stand, late-20th century, circa 1980s-1990s. Piece has a square top (clear and black), a square black base, an...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Pedestals and Columns

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Acrylic, Lucite

Hunt Slonem Postmodern 'Toucans' Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
Hunt Slonem (American, b. 1951) 'Toucans' resin and acrylic on wood sculpture, circa 1990s. Measures: 34" H x 34" W x 24" D.
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1990s American American Craftsman Animal Sculptures

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Acrylic, Wood, Resin

1989 Postmodern Mixed-Media Painting
Located in Miami, FL
1989 Postmodern Mixed-Media Painting Offered for sale is a 1989 Postmodern mixed-media with great composition and saturated colors on paper. The acrylic and pastels mixed media is n...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Paintings

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Acrylic, Wood, Paper

  • 1989 Postmodern Mixed-Media Painting
  • 1989 Postmodern Mixed-Media Painting
  • 1989 Postmodern Mixed-Media Painting
  • 1989 Postmodern Mixed-Media Painting
H 37.5 in. W 30.5 in. D 1.5 in.
Italian Postmodern Wall Light, 1970s
Located in Milan, IT
Monumental Italian Postmodern wall light. Carries 3 light bulbs.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

  • Italian Postmodern Wall Light, 1970s
  • Italian Postmodern Wall Light, 1970s
  • Italian Postmodern Wall Light, 1970s
  • Italian Postmodern Wall Light, 1970s
H 34.26 in. W 34.26 in. D 7.09 in.
Postmodern Lucite Copper Penny Paperweight, 1980s
Located in New York, NY
An 1980s modern or Postmodern period Lucite and copper U.S. penny paperweight desk accessory. All pennies are of the year 1980. A great desk accessory or decorative object.    
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Paperweights

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Copper

Large Circular Postmodern Italian Pendant Lamp
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendant lamp, acrylic, metal, Italy, 1980s Striking pendant lamp consisting of one circular sphere in white acrylic. A line in metal holds both parts together and features connect...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Postmodern Light and Space Sculpture, 1983
Located in San Diego, CA
Postmodern light and space sculpture from 1983. Signed illegibly and dated, with a the title, Change of Plane IV. Constructed of brushed metal and a light tube. It is operated by a s...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

  • Postmodern Light and Space Sculpture, 1983
  • Postmodern Light and Space Sculpture, 1983
  • Postmodern Light and Space Sculpture, 1983
  • Postmodern Light and Space Sculpture, 1983
H 14 in. W 9.25 in. D 6.25 in.
Postmodern Pendant Light 1980s West Germany
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
Stunning vintage UFO shaped 1980s pendant light. It's a well made large ceiling lamp. White acrylic disc and black lacquered parts that goes with it. In very good vintage condition ...
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20th Century German Post-Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  •  Postmodern Pendant Light 1980s West Germany
  •  Postmodern Pendant Light 1980s West Germany
  •  Postmodern Pendant Light 1980s West Germany
  •  Postmodern Pendant Light 1980s West Germany
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Neos Clock George Sowden Nathalie du Pasquier Postmodern
By Lorenz, George Sowden, Nathalie du Pasquier
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Neos clock designed by George Sowden and Nathalie du Pasquier. Working with original box.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Plastic, Acrylic

Spiral Clock a Shiro Kuramata Japanese Zen Minimal Postmodern
By Shiro Kuramata
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Spiral clock designed by Shiro Kuramata. Dial is inside acrylic edge rounded shade.  
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Vintage 1980s Japanese Post-Modern Wall Clocks

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Acrylic

ETC.etera x Another Human Block Coffee Table, Contemporary, Postmodern
By Another Human
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This one of a kind coffee table is a collaboration between Los Angeles design firms ETC.etera and Another Human. The two studios adapted ETC.etera's block coffee table using new mate...
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2010s American Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Acrylic, Lacquer

Postmodern Futurist Doom Mushroom Plastic Accent Table Lamp
Located in Van Nuys, CA
1960s Space Age illuminating modern mushroom acrylic accent table lamp with warm soft ambient light. Measures 10" diameter x 9" tall.
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Vintage 1970s North American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic, Acrylic

Postmodern Framed Still Life of a Floral Arrangement Signed T. Dooley
Located in New York, NY
Postmodern still life of flowers in a vase signed by T. Dooley and dated 1983. The piece is a framed acrylic on canvas and is done in various saturated colors most notably green and ...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Yamagiwa Rainbow Glass Shade Floor Lamp Postmodern Contemporary Style
By Yamagiwa
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Floor lamp released by Yamagiwa in the early 90s. Glass shade has unique rainbow effect. It make rainbow shadow while turning on. E17 60W. 100-240V.  
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Vintage 1970s Japanese Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Acrylic

Jean Dibble “Burden of Shame”, Large Postmodern Pastel, 1981
Located in San Francisco, CA
An expansive postmodern pastel on paper titled “Burden of Shame” by Jean Dibble. Created in 1981, it represents an early and atypical work by the artist and educator, who’s been exhi...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Decorative Art

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Acrylic, Teak, Paint, Paper, Crayon

Italian Postmodern Ettore Sottsass Memphis Group Attributed Torchère Floor Lamp
By Tony Duquette, Memphis Group, Memphis Milano, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Houston, TX
Interesting Italian Postmodern or modernist Ettore Sottsass Memphis Group attributed chrome and multicolored acrylic torchère or floor lamp. This Italian floor lamp, in the manner o...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Post-Modern Floor Lamps

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Acrylic

Postmodern Asymmetrical Cantilevered Two-Tone Burl Veneer Sideboard or Credenza
By Saporiti
Located in Houston, TX
Lovely Postmodern two-tone asymmetrical cantilevered sideboard or credenza with a lovely burl veneer and in the style of Saporiti. With a unique black lacquer accent. Dimensions of ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Credenzas

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Acrylic, Burl

Midcentury Postmodern Triangular Lucite and Glass Cocktail Table with Pedestals
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A super neat design from the 1980s. This table features three solid acrylic pedestals with a light blush pink color, and a floating piece of triangular glass.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Acrylic, Lucite

Postmodern Maitland Smith Style Mactan Stone Tessellated Marble Table Lamp
By Maitland Smith
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Offering one of our recent palm beach estate fine lighting acquisitions of a Postmodern 1980's Maitland Smith style Mactan stone tessellated marble table lamp With black lacquered ...
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Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Stone

Baroque Style Postmodern Multicolored Hand Painted Contemporary Chest of Drawers
Located in Berlin, DE
This beautiful hand painted contemporary chest of drawers was made by the Berlin based Artist Felix Bachmann. The substrate of the commode is pine and hardwood. The surface coat is h...
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2010s German Post-Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Acrylic, Hardwood, Pine

Midcentury Postmodern Optical Neon Floor Lamp Sculpture after Rudi Stern
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A large and impressive 1980s neon sculpture designed by Zimmerman Studios and produced by Archigraphics LA in 1987. Comes complete with pedestal as shown. Signed and numbered.
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Floor Lamps

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Glass, Acrylic, Wood

1983 Postmodern 2 Piece Triptych Framed Mix Media by Nancy Kay Signed & Dated
Located in San Diego, CA
Spectacular large 2 piece mix media art by Nancy Kay 1983, original wood lacquer frame with plexiglass some wear and chips to the frame due to age we polished the plexiglass, this ca...
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20th Century American Post-Modern Decorative Art

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Acrylic, Wood, Paper

Postmodern Frederick Ramond Riva Black Red Neon Flush Ceiling Light Fixture
By Fredrick Ramond
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous signed semi-flush mounted ceiling fixture by Frederick Ramond, 1980s, made in France. Gorgeous black and neon red/ vermillion acrylic. bulb is contained above the sandwiched...
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Late 20th Century French Post-Modern Flush Mount

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Steel

Postmodern Spun Aluminum and Acrylic Table Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fabulous Postmodern table or desk lamp with spun aluminum shade, chrome stem on black square base. Centre of stem is adorned with clear and purple acrylic elements and acrylic finial...
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1990s Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Chrome

Pop Art Postmodern Lucite Sculpture
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Striking Postmodern Pop Art clear Lucite and chrome clothespin form sculpture, circa 1970s. Designed to be placed vertically or horizontally. Measurements: Overall: 8" height x...
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Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Chrome

  • Pop Art Postmodern Lucite Sculpture
  • Pop Art Postmodern Lucite Sculpture
  • Pop Art Postmodern Lucite Sculpture
  • Pop Art Postmodern Lucite Sculpture
H 8 in. W 2.5 in. D 2 in.
Postmodern Desk lamp 1980 by Aznar
Located in Paris, FR
Postmodern desk lamp 1980 in memphos style by French designer JD Aznar (labelled JD Aznar) in grey and yellow plexiglas body and metal base and diffusor.
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Vintage 1980s French Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

  • Postmodern Desk lamp 1980 by Aznar
  • Postmodern Desk lamp 1980 by Aznar
  • Postmodern Desk lamp 1980 by Aznar
  • Postmodern Desk lamp 1980 by Aznar
H 15.75 in. W 3.94 in. D 11.82 in.
Pair of Postmodern Graffiti Art Brutalist Nightstands
By Lionel Lamy
Located in Dallas, TX
All-over abstract composition hand painted in acrylic and spray-paint by artist Lionel Lamy on a pair of 1970s Brutalist nightstands. One of a kind pieces that are both art objects a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Night Stands

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Wood, Acrylic

Pair of Postmodern Artist Painted Graffiti Art Nightstands
By Lionel Lamy
Located in Dallas, TX
All over abstract composition hand-painted in acrylic and spray-paint by artist Lionel Lamy on a pair of antique 1940s nightstands. Metal brass knuckle-style pulls are original to th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Night Stands

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Steel

Untitled - Painting, Female Nude, New Painting, Neo-Expressionist, Postmodern
Located in Wien, AT
Hubert Schmalix, born 1952 in Graz, is an Austrian artist, who became known in the 1980's as an exponent of the "Neue Malerei" (New Painting), a neo-expressionistic movement in Germa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Neo-Expressionist Nude Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Postmodern Acrylic Geometric Cone Table Lamp
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Postmodern acrylic geometric cone table lamp available- 2.
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Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps

Materials

Acrylic

Shiro Kuramata Acrylic Pink Vase, Large Japanese Postmodern
By Shiro Kuramata
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Shiro Kuramata acrylic pink vase large model. Mint condition. Pink and clear acrylic bock with glass tube.
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Vintage 1980s Japanese Post-Modern Vases

Materials

Glass, Acrylic

1980s Postmodern Black and White Lucite Acrylic Sculpture
Located in Chattanooga, TN
1980s Postmodern circular Lucite sculpture. This graphic, geometric sculpture is made of stacked and intersecting black and white Lucite circles. It stands about 1.5 feet tall, and a...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Lucite

Postmodern Lucite Wall Clock
Located in Denton, TX
Postmodern two-tiered Lucite panels with multicolored design and a battery operated clock This piece is signed.
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20th Century Post-Modern Decorative Art

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite

  • Postmodern Lucite Wall Clock
  • Postmodern Lucite Wall Clock
  • Postmodern Lucite Wall Clock
  • Postmodern Lucite Wall Clock
H 33.5 in. W 33.5 in. D 4 in.
Minimalist Postmodern Abstract Painting
Located in Garnerville, NY
Wonderful abstract "Action" painting. Acrylic on canvas. Fuchsia, pink, black and yellow strokes and slashes. Initialed lower left and partially obscured by the stretcher, l.g.s. or ...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

Postmodern Wall Sculpture of a Woman in Black
Located in New York, NY
Postmodern wall sculpture of a glamorous woman in a iridescent black dress smoking a cigarette. The piece is crafted in enamel, acrylic and glass with silver tone alloy slates as the...
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20th Century Post-Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Metal, Enamel

Spiral Clock B Shiro Kuramata Japanese Zen Minimal Postmodern
By Shiro Kuramata
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Spiral clock B designed by Shiro Kuramata. Dial is inside acrylic edge rounded shade.  
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Vintage 1980s Japanese Minimalist Wall Clocks

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Acrylic

Spiral Clock B Shiro Kuramata Japanese Zen Minimal Postmodern
By Shiro Kuramata
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Spiral clock B designed by Shiro Kuramata. Dial is inside acrylic edge rounded shade.    
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21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Minimalist Wall Clocks

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Acrylic

Postmodern Wall Sculpture of a Woman in Fancy Dress
Located in New York, NY
Postmodern wall sculpture of a woman in 1920s inspired fancy dress. The woman's dress is iridescent and brightly colored in shades of yellow and pink. The piece is crafted with acryl...
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20th Century Post-Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Metal, Enamel

American Postmodern Patrick Nagel Style Reverse-Painted Wall Art
By Patrick Nagel
Located in New York, NY
American Postmodern reverse-painted acrylic wall art in the style of Patrick Nagel. The piece is depicting multiple people with fashionable hair and clothing from the 1980s. Made in ...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Paintings

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Glass, Acrylic

Postmodern Mod Geometric and Figural Painting, Facing, Signed AB
Located in Miami, FL
Bright and graphic original post modern mod painting, geometric field in blue, yellow, red, black and white, with a figural line drawing of a man with facing. Great texture. Pairs pe...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Postmodern Mod Geometric and Figural Painting, Back, Signed AB
Located in Miami, FL
Bright and graphic original Postmodern mod painting, geometric field in blue, yellow, red, black, and white, with a figural line drawing of a man with back turned. Great texture. Pai...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Tovaglia Coffee Table Bazzani Studio Tetrarch Stendig 1968 Postmodern Italian
By Studio Tetrarch
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Studio Tetrarch “Tovaglia” table circa 1969. Gel-coated GRP. Measures: 18 1/8 x 42 x 42 in. (46 x 106.7 x 106.7 cm) Manufactured by Alberto Bazzani, Italy and distributed by Stendi...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Acrylic

Burton Morris Big Money "Dollar Sign" 3D Postmodern Art Wall Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
Burton Morris (American, b. 1964) acrylic on wood three-dimensional Postmodern Pop Art "Dollar Sign" wall art. The piece is monogrammed on the lower right and signed and titled on re...
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1990s American Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Acrylic, Wood

Postmodern Chic Pair of Ottoman in Cream Lacquer, Brass and Lucite
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Antwerp, BE
Charles Hollis Jones designed this pair of rectangular poufs or tuffets in the 1970s Lucite or perspex was a revolutionary material in the 1970s and very much in trend today. Eclec...
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Late 20th Century Hollywood Regency Footstools

Materials

Brass

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Postmodern Acrylic For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the postmodern acrylic you’re looking for. A postmodern acrylic — often made from plastic, acrylic and metal — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a postmodern acrylic, we have 60 options in-stock, while there are 5 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect postmodern acrylic — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A postmodern acrylic is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Modern styles are sought with frequency. A well-made postmodern acrylic has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Shiro Kuramata, Another Human and Haziza are consistently popular.

How Much is a Postmodern Acrylic?

Prices for a postmodern acrylic start at $270 and top out at $18,450 with the average selling for $1,650.

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.

Materials: plastic Furniture

Arguably the world’s most ubiquitous man-made material, plastic has impacted nearly every industry.

From the Italian lighting artisans at Fontana Arte to venturesome Scandinavian modernists such as Verner Panton, who created groundbreaking interiors as much as he did seating — see his revolutionary Panton chair — to contemporary multidisciplinary artists like Faye Toogood, furniture designers have been pushing the boundaries of plastic forever.

When The Graduate's Mr. McGuire proclaimed, “There’s a great future in plastics,” it was more than a laugh line. The iconic quote is an allusion both to society’s reliance on and its love affair with plastic. Before the material became an integral part of our lives — used in everything from clothing to storage to beauty and beyond — people relied on earthly elements for manufacturing, a process as time-consuming as it was costly.

Soon after American inventor John Wesley Hyatt created celluloid, which could mimic luxury products like tortoiseshell and ivory, production hit fever pitch, and the floodgates opened for others to explore plastic’s full potential.

On 1stDibs, browse the luxurious side of plastics through armchairs, lighting and other furnishings.