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Mid-Century American

Mid-Century Modern Furniture Collection

U.S.A. (ca. 1933 - 1965)

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe Mid-century Modern American 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.

     Post-war American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s 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, respectively, pieces such as the “La Chaise” and the “Womb chair.” George Nelson and his design team created “Bubble Lamp” shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

     As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more Mid-century 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, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

     As the pieces shown here demonstrate, the Mid-century Modern American period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Table Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Wood, Brass
Table lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. USA, circa 1950. Features a brass stem with wood accent and black metal base. Includes new custom off-white burlap shade and original di...
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Marc Weinstein Starburst Sculpture
Mark Weinstein
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures
Steel
Marc Weinstein Starburst Sculpture Bronze
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Womb Settee by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
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Womb Settee by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
Eero Saarinen
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Settees
Leather
Womb Settee by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, restored in supple white leather with enameled black steel base.
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Eva Zeisel / Castleton Rare "Museum Series" coffee...
Eva Zeisel, Castleton China Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
EVA ZEISEL (1906-2011) USA CASTLETON CHINA CO. New Castle, Penn. "Museum series" coffeepot c. 1942-45 White porcelain ***This model, as an undecorated version is extremely rare....
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Frank Lloyd Wright Chair from Price Tower
Frank Lloyd Wright
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Aluminum, Plywood, Rubber, Upholstery
Frank Lloyd Wright chair from Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma USA , 1956 aluminum, upholstery, plywood, rubber 24 d x 35 h inches Early form, complete. The Price Tower of Bartle...
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John Follis "Peanut" Planter
E.T. Burk
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John Follis "Peanut" Planter
John Follis
20th Century American Planters and Jardinieres
Ceramic, Walnut
Peanut Planter
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Edward Wormley Revolving Chair
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Edward Wormley Revolving Chair
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Wormley for Dunbar 5522 Companion Chair from 'The First Lady Series', Superb craftsmanship, with hinged cane posture back laminated in one piece. Bedroom, desk or vanity chair.
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Architectural Pottery Standing Catch All
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands
Standing ceramic vessel that could be used as a catch all bowl or umbrella stand. Strong architectural form.
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Tommi Parzinger Coffee Table for Parzinger Origina...
Tommi Parzinger
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Wood
Elegant off-white lacquered wood and glass coffee table by Tommi Parzinger for Parzinger Originals. In excellent condition, recently re-lacquered. Signed.
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Wood Frame Machine Age Lounge Chair by Gilbert Roh...
Gilbert Rohde
Vintage 1930s American Lounge Chairs
Wood Frame Machine Age Lounge Chair by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
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Large Fiberglass Orb Planter or Vase
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres
Fiberglass
1960s fiberglass orb planter or vase with a green verdigris painted texture to its body. This vase has minute drilled holes in the base for outdoor use. It also could be successfully ...
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A !940's Architectural Ceiling Fixture 4 Available...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
A1940's architectural ceiling fixture. 4 Available.
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Edward Wormley Rare Cases
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Edward Wormley Rare Cases
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Walnut
Pair of Wormley for Dunbar two-door commodes model 6002, with Dunbar "D"skeleton key. One case opens showing 2 adjustable shelves (pictured) the other pull-out drawer and one adjustable...
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Pair Of Paul Evans Side Tables
Adam Edelsberg
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Pair Of Paul Evans Side Tables
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s Side Tables
Pair of birds eye maple veneer geometric table bases designed by Paul Evans and retailed by Directional furniture.
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Pair of Three Drawer Orange Lacquered Chests by Ge...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Metal, Lacquer, Laminate, Wood
A pair of mid-century modern three drawer chests with black enameled metal frames, orange lacquered sides and back, white laminate tops, and walnut veneered drawer fronts with elliptica...
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Pair of Dan Johnson armchairs
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Pair of Dan Johnson armchairs
Dan Johnson
Vintage 1960s American Armchairs
Walnut, Cane
Pair of walnut and cane armchairs by Dan Johnson from the 1960's
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Articulating Machine Age Sconce by Kurt Versen
Kurt Versen
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Wall Lights and Sconces
Glass
A rare and documented form designed by Kurt Versen, one of the greatest Machine Age lighting designers in American history. Beautifully machined and nickel-plated steel with an articul...
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Charles Eames Original Storage Unit 420-N
Collage 20th Century Classics
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Charles Eames Original Storage Unit 420-N
Charles and Ray Eames
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Original second production storage unit, two dimple doors, six drawers and two lower sliders. Neutral colored panels on metal frame and legs. Great condition, retains all glides and lab...
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George Nelson Trays for Boltabest "Pavement" 1950'...
George Nelson & Associates
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bowls and Baskets
Plastic
Beautiful pair of molded plastic tray designed by George Nelson for the Boltabest company c.1950's. This pattern is called "pavement". These are the more rare smaller size. New old stoc...
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George Nelson Steel Frame Rolling Cart, Herman Mil...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rolling cart from the Steelframe series, designed by George Nelson and produced by Herman Miller. Black powder coated steel frame with white laminate top.
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Eames Wire Rocker
Charles Eames
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Steel, Birch
An exceptional early Eames wire rocking chair for Herman Miller ca. 1950's This example is very nice with all original hardware and parts. An iconic MId Century Masterpiece.
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Mid-Century Paul McCobb Travertine Coffee Table
Paul McCobb
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Stunning Mid-Century Paul McCobb coffee table with travertine top and brass legs.
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Edward Wormley Pair of Dressers
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Edward Wormley Pair of Dressers
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Pair of Dressers from the 3500 Series; Seven Drawer with recessed pulls, radius corners and leather covered plinth bases.
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Eero Saarinen 48" Tulip dining table with walnut t...
20th Century American Dining Room Tables
Walnut, Iron
Eero Saarinen 48" Tulip dining table with solid walnut top on cast iron base, mfg. Knoll. We also have one with a white base sold separately.
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Eames Office radio for Emerson
Porch Modern
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Eames Office radio for Emerson
Charles Eames
Vintage 1940s American Scientific Instruments
Wood, Plastic, Metal
A nice radio design by the Eames office. Model 578A. Mahogany veneer case with plastic face and dials.
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Prototype Chris Ferebee "Hive" Modular Shelf
Chris Ferebee
21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases
Plywood, Walnut
Designed in 1999, this prototype for Chris Ferebee's "Hive" shelving unit never went into commercial production. Produced of molded plywood and walnut veneer, the unit is one of 8 produ...
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Mid-Century 1960’s Set of 6 Saarinen Executive Lou...
Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Iconic (and very comfortable!), Classic 1960's stock of Saarinen chairs custom upholstered in a pop orange fabric. Manufactured by Knoll Furniture. We are capable of producing multiple...
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Milo Baughman Chairs
Almond Hartzog Gallery
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Milo Baughman Chairs
Milo Baughman
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Walnut
Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Tufted club chairs newly upholstered in Spinneybeck leather. Completely and lovingly restored...
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Set of Six Saarinen Model 71 Armchairs
Pegboard Modern
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Set of Six Saarinen Model 71 Armchairs
Eero Saarinen
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fiberglass, Plywood, Steel, Upholstery
Eero Saarinen's 70 series designs for Knoll is a logical development of the chairs he created with Charles Eames for the MOMA Organic Design competition. The entire series covered a ran...
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A Rare Beverly Pepper Offset Lithograph
Gary Rubinstein Antiques Palm Beach
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A Rare Beverly Pepper Offset Lithograph
Beverly Pepper
Vintage 1960s American Prints
work on paper, edition of 10, numbered 5 of 10, signed lower right
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Pair of Custom T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings End Tables
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Walnut
A fine pair of custom walnut end tables designed by T. H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb with deeply carved palm leaves. The top is a richly grained walnut veneer set in a rectangular...
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Pair of Dunbar Dressers
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Pair of Dunbar Dressers
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany, Leather
Wormley for dunbar, Pair of Seven drawer dressers /cabinets, with leather wrapped plinth bases and mahogany wood.
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Large Original Six Sheet Poster of THE BIRDS in Cu...
Vintage 1960s American Posters
Linen
Original 1963 six-sheet poster for Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS on archival linenback, custom framed. In gorgeous condition, this striking six-sheet poster is from the original release...
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Rare Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller Interme...
Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Aluminum, Naugahyde
Very rare chair, this design was only in production for a few years. Eggplant frame, tobacco Naugahyde upholstery, all original. Very comfortable desk chair even by today's standards. W...
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Floating Server by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
Dual
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Floating Server by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin...
Milo Baughman
Vintage 1970s American Sideboards
A four door server with white Carrara marble stone top, book matched olive ash burl veneer, "floating" on a thin chromed square tube frame with white lacquered interior and two drawers ...
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George Nelson Prototype Domino Clock
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Nelson office, designed by Irving Harper for Howard Miller. This is the only clock and was never produced. Purchased from Howard Miller Executive.
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Eames For Herman Miller Compact Sofa
Metro Retro Furniture  MCM Furniture
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Eames For Herman Miller Compact Sofa
Charles and Ray Eames
Vintage 1960s American Sofas
The Eames sofa compact works where bulkier sofas don’t. The clean profile and crisp, light scale evolved from a built-in sofa that Charles and Ray Eames designed for the living room of ...
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Iconic Rohde for Herman Miller desk clock
The Lush Life Antiques
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Iconic Rohde for Herman Miller desk clock
Gilbert Rohde
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Clocks
Rare dot marker version. Good original working condition. Keeps accurate time and alarm functional, tested for 72 hours. No cracks, pitting or peeling to original chrome. Some evide...
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Walnut Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Cabinets
A walnut cabinet with adjustable shelves and brass hardware. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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Harvey Probber Bar Cabinet
Pierre Anthony Galleries
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Harvey Probber Bar Cabinet
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Wood
Harvey Probber Cabinet/Bar lacquered in custom cinmaron color and fitted with drawers and pull out trays behind the double doors. The top of the cabinet mounted on the piano hinges open...
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Historic Edward Wormley Bench
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Historic Edward Wormley Bench
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Walnut, Fabric
WORMLEY for Dunbar, model no. 4871 Bench. This bench was used in Mr. Wormley's personal interior/ home owned by Edward Kaufman. Showing original deck by Henning Watterston fabric, toge...
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George Nelson Asterisk Clock Howard Miller 1953
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Clocks
Steel
Blue George Nelson Asterisk Clock for Howard Miller 1953.
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Coffee Table In Style Of Isamu Noguchi
Pascale Drieux Antiquites
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Coffee Table In Style Of Isamu Noguchi
Isamu Noguchi
Vintage 1950s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood, Glass
Two black lacquered supports,a glass top.
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1960's John Widdicomb Tambour Door Tall Dresser wi...
John Widdicomb
Vintage 1960s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass
Stunning mid century american modern light bleached mahogany 3 drawer tall chest of drawers by John Widdicomb/John Stuart with tambour doors and awesome solid brass star hardware. The e...
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screens by Charles and Ray Eames
WYETH
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screens by Charles and Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Screens
Plywood, Canvas
A vintage six-panel molded ash plywood screen with canvas "hinges". Two Available, Priced individually.
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Adrian Pearsall Highback Lounge Chair
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Adrian Pearsall Highback Lounge Chair
Adrian Pearsall
Vintage 1960s American Lounge Chairs
Textile, Walnut
Adrian Pearsall Highback Lounge Chairs 2174-C for Craft Associates. Swivels and rocks, Knob for adjusting vertical stability. Manual height adjustment. Reupholstered with original inter...
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Charles Eames RKR-1 Wire Rocker Herman Miller
Just in Modern
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Charles Eames RKR-1 Wire Rocker Herman Miller
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Metal, Wood, Naugahyde
Eames wire rocker with birch runners and a rare avocado green naugahyde cover. This is an excellent example, museum quality.
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Pair of Brass and Vitrolite Side Tables after Harv...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Side Tables
Brass, Vitrolite
A pair of side tables in a square form with white inset Vitrolite glass tops on polished solid brass frames. After Harvey Probber. American, circa 1950.
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A Rosewood Cabinet by Harvey Probber, USA, c.1970's
Todd Merrill 20th Century
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A Rosewood Cabinet by Harvey Probber, USA, c.1970'...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1970s American Cabinets
Rosewood
A cabinet by Harvey Probber, Inc., in rosewood with bi-fold doors, original pulls and a black platform base. The interior consists of six drawers flanked by shelves, two of which are fi...
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Steel Mesh & Mahogany Occasional Chair by Singer
Vintage 1960s American Side Chairs
Mahogany
Steel mesh and mahogany occasional chair by Singer sewing company circa early 1960's. This sculptural example has an enamelled metal mesh seat and back and tapered mahogany legs.
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Melcolm Leeland Space Bank
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Melcolm Leeland Space Bank
Malcolm Leland
Vintage 1950s American Children's Furniture
Ceramic, Metal
Leland Space Bank
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Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Custom Dining Table, ...
Walter Lamb, Brown Jordan
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Naval bronze table by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan with a custom ordered Philippine mahogany top. The 5 foot top is rarely found the majority of the round tables measure three or four f...
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Mod "Lotus" Armchair by Erwine and Estelle Laverne...
Laverne International, Erwine & Estelle Laverne
Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Fiberglass, Steel
A hip Lotus armchair mod. no. 115-LF from the "Fiberglas Group" consisting of a molded free-form cut-out Fiberglas shell seat (seat height 18", arm height 28") in white on a white ename...
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A Set of Six 1960s X-Base Dining Chairs by Harvey ...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Chairs
Brass, Fabric, Wood
A Set of Six X-Base Dining Chairs by Harvey Probber. USA, 1960s. A rare set of X- base dining chairs with a deep brown lacquered finish and brass hardware. Upholstered in the original b...
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George Nelson clock with graphic face by Howard Mi...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Metal, Wood
Of the many designed by the Nelson office for Howard Miller this one is an example of a design solution that uses simple construction, but still manages great visual appeal. The wood fa...
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Pair of Wrought Iron Frame Nightstands by Paul McC...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Wrought Iron, Wood
A rare pair of single drawer night stands with round wrought iron open form frames, solid maple tops, and slat bamboo splits lower shelf by Paul McCobb from the Planner Group for Winche...
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Pair of petal tables by Richard Schultz for Knoll
Knoll, Richard Schultz
Vintage 1950s American Side Tables
A nice early pair of petal tables in redwood .
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George Nelson Chair and Ottoman for Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Slipper Chairs
George Nelson coconut chair and ottoman for Herman Miller, USA. Wool, chrome plated steel and enameled metal.
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Pair of Cane Back Armchairs in the Style of Robjoh...
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Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Leather, Wood
A beautiful and warm pair of cane back armchairs. While the chairs are unmarked, they are reminiscent of Robsjohn - Gibbings for Widdicomb production of the 1950's. Very Good Vintage Co...
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Edward Wormley Prototype Rocking Chaise
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Edward Wormley Prototype Rocking Chaise
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Chaises Longues
Brass
Wormley for Dunbar, Laminated Rocking Chaise. Wormley pulls inspiration of this design from classic Thonet Rocker. This is the prototype from Arty Keifer. Four level back adjustment [3...
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