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Arthur Umanoff

American, 1923-1985

Though much of Arthur Umanoff’s furniture is marked by a no-frills simplicity common in American mid-century modern design, his work is anything but one-note. Over the course of a prolific career, Umanoff designed everything from case pieces to candleholders to dining chairs in iron, leather, walnut, wicker and more. With furnishings for a broad range of manufacturers throughout the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s, Umanoff continued a thread of sculptural elegance and textural sensitivity through his designs.

After graduating from Pratt Institute in the early 1950s, Umanoff experimented mostly with wood furniture before landing a job at Post Modern Ltd, a New York manufacturer of wrought-iron furniture. There he produced furnishings that married wrought iron with wood and plastic, creating functional pieces free of utilitarian bulkiness. Umanoff continued his experimentation with mixed materials through a partnership with Shaver Howard, for whom he designed wine racks in combinations of iron, leather and wicker.

When Shaver Howard bought Boyeur Scott, Umanoff conceived several furniture designs for the brand, including the 1964 Granada collection, whose curlicue iron bases, visible through glass tops, stand out as some of his most ornate and decorative work. Indeed, much of Umanoff’s oeuvre is far more simplistic, like iron-and-pine armchairs for The Elton Co. or low-backed, slatted-seat barstools with slender iron legs for Raymor.

Umanoff was fluent, too, in the more sumptuous modernism of the era: In the mid-1960s, he designed the 2405 and 4449 armchairs for Madison Furniture Industries. Popular in offices, the walnut-framed, leather-upholstered seats, which could have been mistaken for the seductive Scandinavian modern seating of the era, were reportedly the jumping-off point for Captain Kirk’s iconic seat on Star Trek.

Even as he is among the mid-century modern designers you may not know, with work across such a range of styles and manufacturers (most no longer in business), Umanoff, who died in 1985, leaves a legacy that is fascinatingly diverse and at times enticingly elusive, making his work intriguing objects for collectors.

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Average Sold Price
$2,016
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Stationmaster #611 Round Natural Oak Wall Clock Arthur Umanoff for Howard Miller
By Howard Miller, Arthur Umanoff
Located in Topeka, KS
Marvelous vintage Stationmaster #611 round natural oak wall clock by Arthur Umanoff for Howard Miller clocks. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is vintage and not new so...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Arthur Umanoff

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Metal

Arthur Umanoff Wine Rack
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous iron and leather wine rack by Arthur Umanoff. Solid iron frame with two butcher block shelves. Saddle leather straps hold 30 bottles. Lower shelf can hold an additional nine...
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1950s American Vintage Arthur Umanoff

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Iron

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H 66.5 in. W 13.75 in. D 11 in.
Arthur Umanoff 1950s Iron and Leather Wine Rack
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
Arthur Umanoff for Shaver Howard 1950s iron and leather strap wine rack. Leather straps are solid, but may have a few old wine stains.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff

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Iron

Arthur Umanoff Iron Log Holder/ Magazine Stand
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Highland, IN
A brilliant design and a beautiful form, this iron stand with wicker wrapped handles keeps your magazines at hand or wood near the fireplace in sculptural style.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff Solid Walnut Magazine Rack
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in San Diego, CA
Solid walnut magazine rack, designed by Arthur Umanoff circa 1960s California design, nice condition. Freshly refinished.  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff

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Walnut

Three Stools by Arthur Umanoff, Walnut Spindle Base, Leather Seats, Excellent
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Kansas City, MO
Set of 3 stools designed by Arthur Umanoff, 1950s. Expertly refinished and reupholstered with new off white / ivory leather tops. Together they also make a nice substitute for a benc...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff

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Leather, Walnut

Arthur Umanoff Wrought Iron with Blonde Wood Magazine Stand Side Table
By Raymor, Arthur Umanoff
Located in Ferndale, MI
Arthur Umanoff designed Mid-Century Modernist magazine display side table. Very nice condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff

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Wrought Iron

Mid Century Modern Stool or Chair by Arthur Umanoff for Shaver Howard
By Arthur Umanoff, Carl Auböck
Located in Framingham, MA
Lovely piece of American Modern: scarce Minimalist vanity stool by Arthur Umanoff for Shaver-Howard, 1950s. Restored wood slats. The iron was not repainted and shows age appropriate ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff

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Iron

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Arthur Umanoff Sellers

Modern Hill Inc.
4.6
Barbarella Home
4.8
Century Design Ltd.
5.0
Dennis Gargiulo Gallery
4.9
Horseman Antiques Inc.
4.9
Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques
5.0

Arthur Umanoff furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Arthur Umanoff furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Arthur Umanoff furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 181 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Arthur Umanoff were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by George Nakashima, Craft Associates and Charles Eames. Prices for Arthur Umanoff furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $150 and tops out at $24,500, while pieces like these can sell for $1,800 on average.

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