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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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Limited Edition Multicolor George Nelson, Herman Miller Marshmallow Sofa

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
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

By Edward Wormley
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

By Vladimir Kagan
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.
Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar

By Edward Wormley
Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
A sofa of English inspiration, retaining the original dark olive, coral, brown and beige mock-Asian floral print linen upholstery, on straight dark walnut legs.
Harry Bertoia Sculpture Screen Commissioned by Florence Knoll, USA 1959
Harry Bertoia Sculpture Screen Commissioned by Flo...
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...
Woven Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar

By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Woven Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Mahogany
A mahogany cabinet with three drawers over sliding woven-front doors with brass detailing and turned brass legs.
Arthur Umanoff Desk Clock, George Nelson & Associates, 1950s

By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Arthur Umanoff Desk Clock, George Nelson & Associa...
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. Measures: 4.25 W x 3 D x 5.5 H inches. Signed with decal manufacturer's label to r...
Sofa by Jens Risom

By Jens Risom
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.
Two-Part Sofa by Jens Risom

By Jens Risom
Two-Part Sofa by Jens Risom
Jens Risom
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Laminate, Upholstery, Walnut
A two-part sofa floating on a walnut frame that has flanking built in cantilevered storage tables and retains its original vibrant orange vinyl upholstery.
Utility Bar by Edward Wormley

By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Utility Bar by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts
Metal, Walnut
A wired walnut utility or bar cabinet on casters with black laminate bar surface including a storage compartment containing three collapsable serving table.
Womb Settee by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, 1960s

By Eero Saarinen
Womb Settee by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, 1960s
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. Original tag to underneath of base.
Rare Dining "Janus" Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar

By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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.
Low Lounge Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar

By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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.
Pair of Edward Wormley Nightstands

By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Pair of Edward Wormley Nightstands
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Cherry, Leather
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, pair of nightstands, ends. Features, laminated pulls mortised into the door and drawers. Bleached cherry, leather wrapped plinth base.
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...
Dan Johnson armchair

Dan Johnson armchair
Dan Johnson
Vintage 1960s American Armchairs
Cane, Walnut
walnut and cane armchair by Dan Johnson from the 1960's
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...
Walnut Cube Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar

By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Walnut Cube Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Walnut
A square walnut cube table which can be used as a sofa end table or a low table with the addition of glass top.
Walnut and Chrome Planter by Edward Wormley

By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Walnut and Chrome Planter by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres
Steel, Copper, Wood
A walnut planter supported by architectural walnut-tipped chromed steel frame with removable interior heavy copper lining. Only one available.
Wood Frame Machine Age Lounge Chair by Gilbert Rohde

By Gilbert Rohde
Wood Frame Machine Age Lounge Chair by Gilbert Roh...
Gilbert Rohde
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Lounge Chairs
Bentwood, Upholstery
Wood frame Machine Age lounge chair by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller.
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

By George Nelson
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.  
Drop Tambour Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley

By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Drop Tambour Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
An innovative and uncommon drop tambour front cabinet of bleached walnut having recessed finger pulls, the cabinet with drawers, shelves and vertical storage slats.  
Eames Office radio for Emerson

By Charles Eames
Eames Office radio for Emerson
Charles Eames
Vintage 1940s American Collectibles and Curiosities
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

By Frank Lloyd Wright
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

By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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.
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.
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 Probber
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...
Pair of Wrought Iron Frame Nightstands by Paul McC...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Wood, Wrought Iron
A rare pair of single drawer nightstands with round wrought iron open form frames, solid maple tops and slat bamboo splits lower shelf by Paul McCobb from the Planner Group for Winchend...
Square Raffia Mirror by Edward Womley

By Edward Wormley
Square Raffia Mirror by Edward Womley
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Mahogany, Glass, Raffia
A square mahogany wall mirror with a woven raffia boarder.
Pair of Cane Back Armchairs in the Style of Robsjohn--Gibbings
Pair of Cane Back Armchairs in the Style of Robsjo...
Unknown
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. Excellent Restored C...
Modernist Wall Clock by George Nelson

By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Modernist Wall Clock by George Nelson
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Steel, Wood
A modernist wall clock having a figured birch body with Roman numerals and a black center with graphically contrasting white and red hands.
Pair of Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Armchairs

By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Pair of Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Armchairs
Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Vintage 1960s American Armchairs
Fabric, Wood
A pair of Mid-Century Modern arm chairs designed by Roger Sprunger and made by Dunbar. Ebonized wooden frames with red Jack Lenor Larsen upholstery.
Early and Rare Harvey Probber Cocktail Table
Early and Rare Harvey Probber Cocktail Table
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Sculptural coffee table base in black lacquered solid oak with 1" plate glass top. An important design from Probber's experimental early period, after his return from Paris in the late ...
Set of Two Elegant Mid-Century Slipper Side Chairs
Set of Two Elegant Mid-Century Slipper Side Chairs...
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Walnut
The Mid-Century slipper side chair is in the manner of Billy Haines. It's elegant and comfortable. Sleek and stylish. Their slender legs and high back make them a very chic pair. Perfec...
A Walnut Sideboard by Edward Wormley

By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
A Walnut Sideboard by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Walnut
A walnut server with central compartment having a removable glass-bottom serving tray & one adjustable shelf, flanked by two banks of four drawers over one long drawer all with brass ha...
Isamu Noguchi Table

Isamu Noguchi Table
Isamu Noguchi
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Chrome, Laminate, Steel
Table by Noguchi for Knoll, early production, possibly first year Cyclone table. With rare custom 47.5" top.
American Modern Two-Door Credenza, by Nakashima

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
American Modern Two-Door Credenza, by Nakashima
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Credenzas
Wood
The American walnut case with circassian elm doors, branded George Nakashima for Widdicomb, Nakashima
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Sofas
Upholstery, Mahogany
Stunning Edward Wormley design sofa for Dunbar, refinished mahogany base and original electric green leatherette upholstery in excellent condition. Labeled.
Eames LAR Chair w/ Cat's Cradle base & Alexander Girard  Fabric

By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Eames LAR Chair w/ Cat's Cradle base & Alexander G...
Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fiberglass, Foam, Steel, Zinc
Rare Eames LAR (Lounge Arm Rod) lounge chair with cat-in-cradle zinc plated steel base designed manufactured by Herman Miller in 1950-1967. Original upholstery by Alexander Girard.
Edward Wormley Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Edward Wormley Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Brass, Leather, Rosewood
Wormley for Dunbar lounge chair and ottoman. Original leather, base has bronze and rosewood details. Dimensions: Chair height 4", seat height 19", W 31", depth 43" and ottoman dimensio...
Widdicomb Dresser Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Widdicomb Dresser Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbin...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Dressers
Silver, Walnut
Dresser by Robsjohn-Gibbings is in beautiful original condition, very well preserved, circa 1950. Matching nightstands also available.
George Nelson Primavera Headboard for Herman Miller

By Herman Miller, George Nelson
George Nelson Primavera Headboard for Herman Mille...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Part of the Herman Miller Collection, early 1950s, this headboard by George Nelson is in the sought after Primavera wood. A storage headboard, it's padded back slides down to reveal a s...
Settee by Edward Wormley for Dunbar

By Edward Wormley
Settee by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Settees
Upholstery, Walnut
A sofa of English inspiration, retaining the original dark olive, coral, brown and beige mock-Asian floral print linen upholstery, on straight dark walnut legs.
Set of 4 Vintage Eames Chairs by Herman Miller

By Herman Miller
Set of 4 Vintage Eames Chairs by Herman Miller
Herman Miller
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Set of 4 Vintage Eames Chairs by Herman Miller. All original, not a recent edition. Stamped under.
Pair Milo Baughman End Tables

Pair Milo Baughman End Tables
Milo Baughman
20th Century American Side Tables
Metal, Wood
Pair of stunning end/side tables by Milo Baughman. Beautiful maple burl with brass legs and drawer pull. Each with one drawer.
Mies Van Der Rohe Settee

By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Mies Van Der Rohe Settee
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Settees
Ash, Leather
Mies for Knoll leather and ash wood settee. This piece in original vintage leather features tufted seat with pair of bolsters. From the estate of Knoll creative director from the late...
James Mont Cabinet

James Mont Cabinet
James Mont
Vintage 1940s American Bookcases
Wood
Oriental Carved bamboo two door cabinet with a light up top. Original silver leaf on the bamboo,original open grain ceruse finish over oak. With Four adjustable shelves
Edward Wormley Janus Daybed

By Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley Janus Daybed
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Velvet, Walnut
Wormley for Dunbar Janus Collection, rare daybed model 5754. Wormley's European influence is shown with this design, very few pieces were ever produced. Inside length 76".
Oceana Series Bowl by Russel Wright

By Russel Wright
Oceana Series Bowl by Russel Wright
Russel Wright
Vintage 1930s American Mid-Century Modern Tableware
Maple
A long rare hand-carved wood bowl with an indented rim, from the "Oceana" series.
George Nelson Marshmallow Sofa

By George Nelson
George Nelson Marshmallow Sofa
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Sofas
Chrome, Stainless Steel, Steel, Upholstery
George Nelson Marshmallow sofa, model 5670 Manufactured by Herman Miller A great example of an iconic form.
Tommi Parzinger 1953 Silverplate 3 Pcs Coffee Pot  Set
Tommi Parzinger 1953 Silverplate 3 Pcs Coffee Pot ...
Tommi Parzinger, Dorlyn Silversmiths
Vintage 1950s Sheffield and Silverplate
Silver Plate
PLEASE VISIT LAUREN STANLEY IN NEW YORK CITY A fine circa 1953 silverplate (original silverplate in perfect condition -- exceedingly rare) 3 piece coffee set by Tommi Parzinger for D...
Modern Velvet Tufted Tuxedo Sofa

By Las Venus
Modern Velvet Tufted Tuxedo Sofa
Las Venus
21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Cotton, Velvet
Gorgeous tufted velvet tuxedo sofa on chrome legs. Las Venus custom, Signature collection, Ludlow sofa. Shown in poly or cotton commercial grade velvet. Hard wood frame, attached seatin...
Arthur Espenet Carpenter 'Wishbone' Armchair
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Arthur Espenet Carpenter 'Wishbone' Armchair
Arthur Espenet Carpenter
Vintage 1970s American Armchairs
Wood, Leather
wood armchair w/original leather webbing, signed
Pair of Polished Chrome Cocktail Tables by Laverne...
Katavolos, Littel, & Kelly, Laverne International
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass
A Minimalist pair of cocktail tables or end tables with polished chromium plated steel X-frame bases supporting thick rectangular glass tops. By Katavolos, Littell & Kelley for Laverne ...
Lacquered Decorator Noguchi Coffee Table
Lacquered Decorator Noguchi Coffee Table
Isamu Noguchi
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass
This is a graceful organic Noguchi coffee table lacquered in black and white. Beautiful element in home or office.
"untitled" by Claudia Carrel

By Claudia Carrel
"untitled" by Claudia Carrel
Claudia Carrel
20th Century American Paintings
Claudia Carrel American, b. 1921 "Untitled" Polymer and acrylic on canvas Signed 'Cl. Clarrel' lower right 30 by 30 in. w/frame 30 ¾ by 30 ¾ in. Claudia Carrel, born in 19...
Club Chair with Bronze Base & Cutouts

Club Chair with Bronze Base & Cutouts
Vintage 1930s American Club Chairs
A unique club chair with bronze base and inserts in dark charcoal nubuck leather. Dated 1938 and labeled "Mandel Bros Chicago" it is rumored to have been used on a luxury railcar.
Pair of George Nelson Armchairs with Alexander Girard Upholstery

By Alexander Girard, Herman Miller, George Nelson
Pair of George Nelson Armchairs with Alexander Gir...
Alexander Girard, Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Fabric, Upholstery
An elegant George Nelson armchair that you never see. This pair was upholstered in Alexander Girard fabric, the exuberance of which plays nicely with the severity of the chair's lines. ...