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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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Peter Protzman for Herman Miller Desk Chair with A...
Alexander Girard, Herman Miller, Peter Protzmann
Vintage 1970s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Chrome, Upholstery
Herman Miller Desk Chair by Peter Protzman with the Original Alexander Girard fabric. The chair is in good condition with moderate wear to the fabric.
Early and Monumental Harry Bertoia Sculpture Screen
Early and Monumental Harry Bertoia Sculpture Screen
Lost City Arts
Early and Monumental Harry Bertoia Sculpture Scree...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Sculptures
Brass, Steel
Sculpture screen from a set of ten commissioned by architect and interior designer Florence Knoll for the First National Bank of Miami. The screens were amongst the earliest of approxim...
Limited Edition Multicolor George Nelson, Herman M...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Steel, Upholstery
Designed by Irving Harper for the Nelson office, this is multicolored versions was produced as a Limited edition and is no longer in production Manufactured by Herman Miller. Dimens...
Edward Wormley Armchairs
Edward Wormley Armchairs
CONVERSO
Edward Wormley Armchairs
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Brass, Leather, Walnut
Wormley for Dunbar, pair of rare model 4869 open armchairs. Sapwood walnut, with tilting back. Reupholstered, smooth pumpkin color leather by Spinneybeck.
Rare Vladimir Kagan Desk Chair
Rare Vladimir Kagan Desk Chair
Oliver Modern
Rare Vladimir Kagan Desk Chair
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Leather, Walnut
Rare Vladimir Kagan desk chair in original black leather.
Harry Bertoia Welded Bronze Spill Cast Sculpture
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Bronze
Spectacular Harry Bertoia patinated bronze abstract sculpture comprised of melted bronze circles welded to perforated spill cast elements. Sold with a title of authentication from Berto...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Cocktail Table
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Cocktail Table
Black & Gold
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Cocktail Table
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb cocktail table. Completely restored with gold gilt accents.
George Nelson Rare Early Cabinet by Herman Miller
George Nelson Rare Early Cabinet by Herman Miller
Pegboard Modern
George Nelson Rare Early Cabinet by Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Oak, Steel
This cabinet by George Nelson features a case which has the same design as the thin-edge or rosewood group, however it is clad in combed oak. It has unique wire rod pulls which are seen...
Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs for Winchendon, Planner ...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture “Planner Group”
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Cane, Fabric, Maple
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Winchendon. Period and model: Mid-Century Modern, Planner Group Series. Specifications: Maple (possibly walnut), caning, fabric. Condition: ...
Mid-20th Century Rare Table Mirror by T.H. Robsjoh...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Mirrors
Wood
An extremely rare table mirror designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings in the middle of the 20th century all original wood construction and brass accents piece is great original vintage cond...
Chromatic & Vibrant Conference/Dining Chair Set in...
Alexander Girard, Peter Protzmann
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Chrome, Upholstery
Set yourself apart in your new design firm/dining space with this set of stylistic fashion chairs, very attractive and unique colors. Fabric by the renowned Alexander Girard whom wor...
Arthur Umanoff Desk Clock
Arthur Umanoff Desk Clock
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Arthur Umanoff Desk Clock
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Rosewood, Steel
George Nelson & Associates table clock Howard Miller Clock Company USA rosewood, steel 4.25 w x 3 d x 5.5 h inches Signed with decal manufacturer's label to reverse: [Howar...
Sofa by Jens Risom
Sofa by Jens Risom
WYETH
Sofa by Jens Risom
Jens Risom
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Teak, Upholstery
A three (3) seat sofa on a teak frame base retaining the original yellow upholstery.
Rare George Nelson Steel Frame Lounge Chair
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs
Steel, Upholstery, Wood
George Nelson for Herman Miller steel frame lounge chair, circa late 1950s. What makes this chair extraordinary is the fabric. It has been upholstered in a dead stock original Alexander...
Two-Part Sofa by Jens Risom
Two-Part Sofa by Jens Risom
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Two-Part Sofa by Jens Risom
Jens Risom
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Laminate, Upholstery, Walnut
Retaining its original vibrant pumpkin vinyl upholstery, this two-part sofa floats on a walnut frame that has flanking built in cantilevered storage tables.
Womb Settee by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
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, Steel
Eero Saarinen for Knoll, womb settee, USA, circa 1960s. Restored in supple white leather with enameled black steel base.
Pair of Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass 'Shell' C...
Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Fiberglass, Metal, Nylon
Charles and Ray Eames 'Shell' chairs, 1960s Fiberglass, elephant hide grey H-Base, black tubular metal legs, nylon feet Herman Miller Provenance: Eames Studio, Venice, California...
Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Sofa for Gucci
Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Sofa for Gucci
Classic Modern Design
Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Sofa for Gucci
Vladimir Kagan
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Vladimir Kagan omnibus sofa for Gucci. Unusual chrome Front.
Early Green Glass Coffee Table by Isamu Noguchi
Early Green Glass Coffee Table by Isamu Noguchi
20th Century Interiors
Early Green Glass Coffee Table by Isamu Noguchi
Isamu Noguchi
Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany
Isamhu Noguchi's coffee table for Herman Miller, model IN-50. The green glass was only offered in the first few years of production.
Isamu Noguchi “Measured Time” Clock and Timer, cir...
Isamu Noguchi
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Bakelite, Enamel, Paper
Rare and early "measured time" clock and timer designed by Isamu Noguchi for Stevenson manufacturing company, La Porte, Indiana. This is the more rare wind up version compared to the el...
Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom
Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom
WYETH
Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom
Jens Risom
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
A pair of generously proportioned and sculptural upholstered button-tufted lounge chairs having upward-angled arms and turned walnut legs, upholstered in a rust-colored textured wool.
Rare Dining "Janus" Chairs by Edward Wormley for D...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Mahogany, Upholstery
A rare dining-height "Janus" arm chair with sculpted dark mahogany frames and the original putty-colored suede upholstery with button-tufted backs.
Vladimir Kagan "Crescent" Swivel Lounge Chairs
Vladimir Kagan, Jack Lenor Larsen
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Brass, Velvet
Large-scale swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan. Brass bases with Jack Lenor Larsen velvet upholstery. Castors are recessed behind brass bases for ease in mobility.
Marc Weinstein Starburst Sculpture
Mark Weinstein
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures
Steel
Marc Weinstein Starburst Sculpture Bronze
George Nelson Sling Sofa by Herman Miller
George Nelson Sling Sofa by Herman Miller
Pegboard Modern
George Nelson Sling Sofa by Herman Miller
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Rubber, Stainless Steel, Steel
Nelson's sling sofa from 1963 is an innovative design which uses a chrome-plated tubular steel frame, thick leather, neoprene and reinforced rubber "slings" to suspend the seat and back...
Low Lounge Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Upholstery
A low slipper chair with the original faux alligator texture yellow upholstery.
Measured Time Clock and Kitchen Timer by Isamu Nog...
Isamu Noguchi
Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Bakelite, Glass
A Noguchi design that went unattributed for over 80 years until its rightful attribution by the Noguchi Foundation in 2014. This early work was Noguchi's first design to go into mass pr...
Vladimir Kagan "Crescent" Swivel Lounge Chair
Vladimir Kagan
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Stainless Steel
Large-scale swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan. Stainless steel base with faux ostrich upholstery. Castors are recessed behind steel base for ease in mobility.
Pair of Edward Wormley Nightstands
Pair of Edward Wormley Nightstands
CONVERSO
Pair of Edward Wormley Nightstands
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, pair of nightstands, ends. Features, laminated pulls mortised into the door and drawers. Bleached cherry, leather wrapped plinth base.
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.
La Gondola Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Vintage 1950s La Gondola sofa. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Beautiful original finish to mahogany frame with newer upholstery.
Paul McCobb Armchair and Ottoman
Paul McCobb Armchair and Ottoman
Milord Antiques
Paul McCobb Armchair and Ottoman
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Attractive Paul McCobb wingback armchair with matching ottoman. Newly upholstered in fine mauve linen.
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.
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...
Articulating Machine Age Sconce by Kurt Versen
Kurt Versen
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Wall Lights and Sconces
Glass, Steel
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...
Pair of Dan Johnson armchairs
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
Asian Inspired Chest and Credenza by Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Walnut
Asian influenced complementary pair of cabinets by Dunbar. One is a chest with six drawers and the other a versatile cabinet, credenza, or bar. The Mid-Century pair makes a lovely long ...
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.
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.
Edward Wormley Pair of Dressers
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.
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...
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International 1946 Grassho...
Eero Saarinen
Vintage 1950s American Scandinavian Modern Armchairs
Plywood
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, 1946.  Legendary grasshopper easy chair (one of two). Plywood parts are in very good condition, early knoll international label. The orange-r...
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.
Floating Server by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
Floating Server by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
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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 ...
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.  
Pair of Dunbar Dressers
Pair of Dunbar Dressers
CONVERSO
Pair of Dunbar Dressers
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Leather, Mahogany
Wormley for dunbar, Pair of Seven drawer dressers /cabinets, with leather wrapped plinth bases and mahogany wood.
Harvey Probber Bar Cabinet
Harvey Probber Bar Cabinet
Pierre Anthony Galleries
Harvey Probber Bar Cabinet
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s 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 ope...
Eames for Herman Miller Tandem Sling Chair in Copp...
Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Aluminum, Leather
Ray & Charles Eames were commissioned to design the perfect utilitarian seating for the first international airports in 1962. Created for comfort and convenience, this chair is iconic a...
Eames Office radio for Emerson
Eames Office radio for Emerson
Porch Modern
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.
Frank Lloyd Wright Chair from Price Tower, 1956
Frank Lloyd Wright
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern 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 Tow...
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.
1960's John Widdicomb Tambour Door Tall Dresser wi...
John Widdicomb
Vintage 1960s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Mahogany
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...
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.
A Rosewood Cabinet by Harvey Probber, USA, c.1970's
A Rosewood Cabinet by Harvey Probber, USA, c.1970's
Todd Merrill 20th Century
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...
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...
Mod "Lotus" Armchair by Erwine and Estelle Laverne...
Laverne International, Erwine & Estelle Laverne
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern 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...
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...
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...
Pair of Wrought Iron Frame Nightstands by Paul McC...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Wood, Wrought Iron
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...
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.