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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Peter Protzman for Herman Miller Desk Chair with A...
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.
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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...
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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...
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1950s George Nelson Ball Wall Clock for Howard Mil...
Howard Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Brass, Metal
1950's George Nelson Ball Wall Clock For Howard Miller. Original condition. In working condition.
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Edward Wormley Armchairs
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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.
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Rare Vladimir Kagan Desk Chair
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1960s American Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Walnut, Leather
Rare Vladimir Kagan desk chair in original black leather.
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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...
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Dunbar Easy Chairs by Edward J. Wormley
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Dunbar Easy Chairs by Edward J. Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut
Designer: Edward James Wormley Manufacturer: Dunbar Period/Style: Mid Century Modern Country: United States Date: 1950’s Dimensions: 33.75″H x 22.5″W x 23″D 85.75cm H x 57...
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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.
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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...
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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: ...
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Vladimir Kagan Lamp
Modern Drama
Vladimir Kagan Lamp
Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Glass
Monumental glass tile lamp by Vladimir Kagan. Vibrant mosaic with brass fitting and new shade.
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Mies Van Der Rohe Steel and Leather Tufted Bar Sto...
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll International
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Leather, Steel
Designer: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Manufacturer: Knoll international. Period/style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1970s. Dimensions: 30″ H x 17″ W x 15″ D. ...
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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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Edward Wormley Buffet
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Edward Wormley Buffet
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Brass, Cherry, Glass, Mahogany
Wormley for Dunbar credenza, model 4579. Eight drawers and one long lower placemat drawer and two center doors concealing pull-out and removable, with adjustable shelf. Bleached cher...
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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...
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Chromatic & Vibrant Conference/Dining Chair Set in...
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...
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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...
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Sofa by Jens Risom
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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, Steel
Eero Saarinen for Knoll, womb settee, USA, circa 1960s. Restored in supple white leather with enameled black steel base.
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Gray Fiberglass Shell Chairs by Charles and Ray Ea...
Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Fiberglass, Metal, Nylon
Companion pair of chairs in fiberglass gray shells and black tubular metal legs designed by Charles and Ray Eames and made by Herman Miller, this model dates to before the Herman Miller...
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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.
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Dunbar Chest of Drawers by Edward Wormley for Dunb...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Mahogany
Chest of drawers/lamp table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Espresso finish mahogany case with extra deep drawers over brass legs.
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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.
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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...
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Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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Pair of Edward Wormley Nightstands
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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.
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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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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.
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Paul McCobb Armchair and Ottoman
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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.
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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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1940s Architectural Ceiling Fixture
Retro Modern
1940s Architectural Ceiling Fixture
Unknown
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Brass
A 1940s architectural ceiling fixture. Four available.
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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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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...
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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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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 ...
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George Nelson Steel Frame Rolling Cart, Herman Mil...
George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Steel
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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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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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...
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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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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. ...
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Floating Server by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
Dual
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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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
Leather, Mahogany
Wormley for dunbar, Pair of Seven drawer dressers /cabinets, with leather wrapped plinth bases and mahogany wood.
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screens by Charles and Ray Eames
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screens by Charles and Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers
Plywood, Canvas
A vintage six-panel molded ash plywood screen with canvas "hinges". Two Available, Priced individually.
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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...
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Eames for Herman Miller Airport Chair in Copper Ed...
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...
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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.
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