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Bitossi Rimini Blu Bull Ceramic, 1960, Italy
By Bitossi
Located in Milano, IT
Bitossi Rimini Blu bull ceramic, 1960, Italy.
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Other Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Horse, Italy, circa 1968
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Pymble, NSW
A deep 'Rimini Blu' glazed horse by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Brilliant glaze with streaks of green
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery

Materials

Pottery

Supreme x Bitossi Spring 2023 Rimini Blu Vase, Limited Edition, Italy.
By Bitossi, Supreme
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Supreme x Bitossi Spring 2023 Rimini Blu Vase, Limited Edition, Italy.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain, Pottery

Italian Midcentury Rimini Blu Dachshund by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Vienna, AT
Charming iconic Italian modern ceramic Dachshund from the Rimini Blu series designed by Aldo Londi
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi for Bitossi Rimini Blu Wide-Mouthed Vase
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Littleton, CO
glazed vibrant turquoise and cobalt blue that comprise Aldo Londi's classic 'rimini blu'.
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Terracotta

Italian Midcentury Rimini Blu Ceramic Candleholder by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Vienna, AT
iconic Italian modern ceramic candleholder from the Rimini Blu series designed by Aldo Londi for
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Italian Midcentury Rimini Blu Ceramic Ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Vienna, AT
Charming iconic Italian modern ceramic ashtray from the Rimini Blu series designed by Aldo Londi
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Ashtray for Bitossi with Rare Pedestal Base
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Littleton, CO
A beautiful edition of Aldo Londi's ashtray design for Bitossi Ceramiche in rimini blu glaze with a
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic

Italian Midcentury square Rimini Blu Ceramic Ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Vienna, AT
iconic Italian modern ceramic ashtray from the Rimini Blu series designed by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Bitossi Rimini Blu Cookie Jar by Aldo Londi for Raymor Made in Italy
By Aldo Londi, Raymor
Located in Fulton, CA
A lidded cookie jar or container by Bitossi Rimini Blu by Aldo Londi for Raymor. Retains "Raymor
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Large Round "Rimini Blu" Wall Plate by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy, 1970s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Milan, IT
detailed decoration of this Rimini Blu design.
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi for Bitossi Rimini Blu Large Ceramic Horse
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Miami, FL
art pottery collection Rimini Blu, originally designed in 1959 for Bitossi Ceramiche and imported by
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Mid Century Large Ceramic Cat Sculpture 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Valencia, VC
pottery. Handcrafted in Italy during the 1960s, it showcases the beautiful Rimini Blu decor, so
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Large Bitossi Blue Ceramic Horse Rimini Blu by Aldo Londi
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Miami, FL
iconic art pottery collection Rimini Blu, originally designed in 1959 for Bitossi Ceramiche and imported
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Large Bitossi Rimini Blu Ceramic Horse Sculpture by Aldo Londi, Italy, 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Chino Hills, CA
Italian design - a stunningly large "Rimini Blu" ceramic horse sculpture by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. This
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Italian Midcentury Rimini Blu Ceramic Vase by A. Londi, Sardartis Castelsardo
By Aldo Londi
Located in Vienna, AT
the early 1950s and created his famous Rimini Blu Series in 1955. It has more than 150 different
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi for Bitossii Mid-Century Rimini Blu Pottery Sausage Dog
By Aldo Londi
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Delightful and stylish Italian mid-century Rimini Blu art pottery sausage dog figure designed by
Category

Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Pottery

Large Vintage Italian Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Ceramic Ashtray , 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Valencia, VC
Gorgeous Italian vintage ceramic large ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi from the Rimini Blu range
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Sic Rimini Blu Glazed Ceramic Large Lidded Vessel / Box Bitossi Aldo Londi Style
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi, SIC Ceramiche Artistiche
Located in Barcelona, ES
Large Mid-Century Modern blue glazed ceramic (Rimini Blu) round lidded box , Manufactured by S.I.C
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Terracotta

Large Rimini Blu Ceramic Horses by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, a Pair
By Aldo Londi, Raymor, Bitossi
Located in Miami, FL
Londi's iconic art pottery collection Rimini Blu, originally designed in 1959 for Bitossi Ceramiche and
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Rimini Blu Catchall Ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Made in Italy
By Aldo Londi, Raymor, Bitossi
Located in Miami, FL
iconic art pottery collection Rimini Blu, originally designed in 1959 for Bitossi Ceramiche and imported
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blu Ceramic Round Bowl, 1950s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
blue glazed ceramic circular bowl. Italy, 1950-1960s. Beautiful blue glazed (Rimini Blu) round ceramic
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Ceramic Vase, Italy, 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
piece is perfect as a gift idea and it could placed alone or with other 'Rimini Blu'Bitossi pieces
Category

Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Italian XL Bitossi by Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Signed Ceramic Pitcher 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Valencia, VC
Absolutely gorgeous Italian vintage ceramic pitcher by Aldo Londi for Bitossi from the Rimini Blu
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi for Bitossi Rimini Blu Vase and Lidded Jar with Floral Decoration
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Cincinnati, OH
Montelupo, Italy. Both pieces feature large stylized flowers and have been finished in Bitossi's rich Rimini
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Large Bitossi Rimini Blu / Pesce Table Lamp Design Aldo Londi 1950s Italian
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Bad Säckingen, DE
is the "Rimini Blu" series, which features rich blue glazes and textured surfaces, often adorned with
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Aldo Londi for Bitossi Ceramiche Rimini Blu Series, Modernist Bull Sculpture
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Frome, GB
Sea, off the coast of Rimini in Italy, and hence the series name Rimini Blu. The glaze and the series
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blu Glazed Ceramic Footed Centerpiece Bowl, 1950s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mid-Century Modern blue glazed ceramic (Rimini Blu) round footed bowl or centerpiece, Italy, 1950s
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

Aldo Londi for Bitossi Rimini Blu Leaf Shaped Glazed Ceramic Bowl / Ashtray
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Unusual leaf design midcentury blue glazed (Rimini Blu) ceramic bowl / vide-poche / ashtray. Italy
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Terracotta

Vintage Italian Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Ceramic Vases, 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Valencia, VC
A remarkable duo of vintage ceramic vases, featuring the 'Nuovo Renacimento' style in the Carta Fiorentina and Paisley decors, designed by the visionary Aldo Londi for Bitossi circa ...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Rimini Blu Ceramic Horse Sculpture by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy, 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Milan, IT
Ceramic standing horse sculpture by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Blue crystalline glaze enhancing the details of the decoration.
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Pitcher by Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
A "Rimini Blu" handled pitcher or carafe by Bitossi and designed by Aldo Londi for Raymor. Made in
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi Table lamp for Bitossi 'Rimini blue' Italy 1960
By Aldo Londi
Located in Paris, FR
ALDO LONDI. Table lamp, "Rimini Blu", Bitossi, Italy 1960s, chamotte and blue glazed earthenware
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Square Ashtray, Italy, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Small 'Rimini blu', blue glazed terracotta ceramic squared ashtray. Design by Aldo Londi and
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

A "Blue Rimini" Glazed Ceramic Vase Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy, 1960
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in SOTTEVILLE-LÈS-ROUEN, FR
'Rimini blu' glazed ceramic vase designed by Aldo Londi for by Bitossi. Italy, 1960s. This eye
Category

Vintage 1960s Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Ashtray or Vide-Poche in Rimini Blue Ceramic, Bitossi by Aldo Londi, Italy 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Roma, IT
Gorgeous ceramic ashtray or vide-poche in a stunning blue glazed (Rimini Blu) color. This vibrant
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Pottery, Ceramic

Midcentury Ashtray by Montelupo in Blue "Rimini" Ceramic, Bitossi Italy, 1960s
By Bitossi, Flavia Montelupo
Located in Roma, IT
Original and signed Mid-Century ashtray in a fantastic vibrant blue glazed ceramic (Rimini Blu
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Signed Montelupo for Bitossi Sausage Dog in Blue "Rimini" Ceramic, Italy 1960s
By Bitossi, Flavia Montelupo
Located in Roma, IT
Gorgeous wiener dog sculpture from the "Rimini Blu" collection by Flavia Montelupo for Bitossi
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Midcentury Aldo Londi Blue Glazed "Rimini" Ceramic Ashtray, Bitossi Italy, 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful and large round midcentury ashtray in blue glazed ceramic (Rimini Blu). This amazing
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Pottery, Ceramic

Blue Ceramic Ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi Handcrafted in Italy
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Blue Ceramic Ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi Handcrafted in Italy "Rimini Blu" enameled
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Stoneware

Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Square Midcentury Ashtray, Italy, 1960s
By Aldo Londi
Located in Barcelona, Cataluna
, jugs, animals, candle stick holders and other objects. The Rimini Blu collection of ceramics was
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi for Bitossi Italian Modern Ceramic White, Blue Lamp, 1950s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Copenhagen, DK
. Designed by Aldo Londi for the collection "Rimini Blu" in 1959 and manufactured by Bitossi Ceramiche. Warm
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic XL Jug Vase
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Unusual Mid-Century Modern blue glazed ceramic (Rimini Blu) large jug/ ball shaped pitcher, Italy
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Jars

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Terracotta

Aldo Londi for Bitossi Remini Blue Ceramic Ashtray Handcrafted in Italy
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Aldo Londi for Bitossi Remini Blue Ceramic Ashtray Handcrafted in Italy "Rimini Blu" enameled terra
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Stoneware

Aldo Londi for Bitossi Pottery Doves, a pair (marked Rosenthal Netter)
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi, Rosenthal Netter
Located in Skokie, IL
to any collection. Aldo Londi originally designed the dove in 1957 as part of the Rimini Blu series
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Stoneware

Aldo Londi for Bitossi Rimini Blue Tall Lidded Jar, 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in San Francisco, CA
A striking and uncommon 1960s Rimini Blue tall ceramic jar with lid by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Jars

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi Terracotta Ceramic Rimini Blue Vase for Bitossi, Italy 1960s
By Aldo Londi
Located in Camblanes et Meynac, FR
methods. For Bitossi he designed his most famous lines of pottery such as ‘Rimini blu’, ‘Mondrian
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Earthenware

Aldo Londi Large terracotta Ceramic Rimini Blue Vase for Bitossi, Italy 1960s
By Aldo Londi
Located in Camblanes et Meynac, FR
lines of pottery such as ‘Rimini blu’, ‘Mondrian’, ‘Lobster’, ‘Sivilla’ and ‘Etrusca’. These lines were
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Enamel

Aldo Londi Terracotta Ceramic Rimini Blue Vase for Bitossi, Italy, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Roma, IT
lines of pottery such as ‘Rimini blu’, ‘Mondrian’, ‘Lobster’, ‘Sivilla’ and ‘Etrusca’. These lines were
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Terracotta, Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Beige Glazed Ceramic Round Wall Mirror with Leaf Motifs
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Barcelona, ES
pattern design. Aldo Londi is widely known by its Rimini Blu glazed ceramic collection but blue was not
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Mirror, Terracotta

Pair of 1950's Rimini Blue Ceramic Table Lamps by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Firenze, Tuscany
pottery such as ‘Rimini blu’, ‘Mondrian’, ‘Lobster’, ‘Sivilla’ and ‘E ... Displaying 750 of 1502
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Ceramic Vase, 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
'Rimini blu' glazed ceramic vase designed by Aldo Londi for by Bitossi. Italy, 1960s. This eye
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Terracotta

Large Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Centerpiece Bowl, 1950s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
. Unusual large scale 14,17 in diameter Mid-Century Modern blue glazed ceramic (Rimini Blu) round footed
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

Bitossi Artsian Ceramic Table Lamp with Blue Leaves Design
By Bitossi
Located in Plainview, NY
well known for its Rimini Blu collection as well as its proprietary chromatic glazes. Dimensions: 36
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Rectangular Ashtray Bowl Videpoche
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Barcelona, ES
designs in cobalt blue and turquoise colors. The 'Rimini blu' collection was designed by Aldo Londi for
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Terracotta

Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Square Ashtray, Italy, 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Amazing blue glazed (Rimini Blu) ceramic ashtray design by Aldo Londi and manufactured by Bitossi
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Terracotta

Midcentury Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Vase
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
'Rimini blu' glazed ceramic vase designed by Aldo Londi for by Bitossi. Italy, 1960s. This eye
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic, Terracotta, Pottery

Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Ceramic Vase on Sterling Silver Base, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Barcelona, ES
'Rimini blu' glazed ceramic vase on sterling silver pedestal. Designed by Aldo Londi for by Bitossi
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Sterling Silver

Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Rectangular Ashtray Empy Pocket
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
, 1950-1960s. Beautiful blue glazed (Rimini Blu) rectangular ceramic ashtray bowl designed by Aldo Londi
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Ceramic XL Round Centerpiece Bowl Ashtray
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Blue glazed (Rimini Blu) ceramic large ashtray designed by Aldo Londi and manufactured by Bitossi
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

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Rimini Blu For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal rimini blu for your home. Each rimini blu for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using ceramic, pottery and terracotta. There are many kinds of the rimini blu you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. Each rimini blu bearing Mid-Century Modern or Art Deco hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one rimini blu that is appealing in its simplicity, but Aldo Londi, Bitossi and Raymor produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Rimini Blu?

Prices for a rimini blu can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $123 and can go as high as $3,800, while the average can fetch as much as $852.

Aldo Londi for sale on 1stDibs

Master Italian ceramist Aldo Londi created a range of decorative objects in the latter half of the 20th century for the manufacturer Bitossi. In addition to the small-scale animal sculptures for which he is best known, Londi designed a variety of ceramics for the famed company that includes vases, bowls and desk accessories. Collectors know that vintage Aldo Londi pottery is marked by deep attention to detail and an integration of rich, alluring hues typically associated with the Mediterranean.

Londi was born in Montelupo Fiorentino, just outside of Florence, an area that has been known for its pottery since the Renaissance. Londi showed an early interest in the craft, apprenticing at the Fratelli Fanciullacci ceramic workshop when he was only 11 years old. He worked at the company until he left to fight in World War II. After returning to Montelupo Fiorentino in 1946, Londi became the creative director at Bitossi — a position he held for more than 50 years.

Londi's fresh and unique style breathed new life into Bitossi. He prioritized the production of high-quality and handmade decorative objects and created many of Bitossi's pottery lines himself. The most famous of Londi's Bitossi collections is the Rimini Blu line of animals and vases, which debuted in 1955. The collection is characterized by geometric and whimsical patterns and is recognizable for its marvelous blue color.

Londi's fame and popularity extended outside of Italy with the help of Raymor. The American import and distribution company introduced many esteemed Italian manufacturers such as Bitossi to boutiques and department stores in the United States. After Raymor founder Irving Richards hired Ettore Sottsass to design ceramics, Richards connected his new recruit to Londi. Decades before he founded a legendary postmodern design collective in Milan called the Memphis Group, Sottsass used the Bitossi kilns to create timeless works that manifest both primitive forms and modern geometries.

In 2021, Bitossi opened the Bitossi Archive Museum at its Montelupo Fiorentino headquarters. Many of the works designed by the company's most esteemed contributor and artistic director, Aldo Londi, are proudly displayed.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Aldo Londi serveware, lighting, decorative objects and more.

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.