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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
$2,177
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Mid Century Modern Sculptural Bar Cart with a Surfboard Top by Arthur Umanoff
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Beautiful design for a indoor outdoor, (poolside), iron bar cart with an surfboard shaped oak top. Top was refinished and varnished. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear....
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff

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Wrought Iron

Rare Arthur Umanoff Log Holder Mid-Century Iron Cabinmodern Rustic Farmhouse
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Iron cane and original canvas sling. If you remove the casters are optional, the height will lessen by 3 to 25 inches high. Wonderful design, has a French Modernist feel, like Jean R...
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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

Arthur Umanoff Round Spindle Walnut Waste Basket, Circa 1960
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Bainbridge, NY
American Mid Century Modern Arthur Umanoff Walnut Spindle Paper Can, Trash Basket. Circular Walnut spindle surround with Off-White enameled liner can for easy removal. Original condi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff

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Metal

American Mid-Century Modern Solid Walnut Magazine Rack by Arthur Umanoff
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in San Diego, CA
A solid walnut magazine rack from the late 1950s by Arthur Umanoff. Formed by two intersecting planes, the rack cradles books or periodicals at a slight angle in a wooden frame defin...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff

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Walnut

Wood Slat and Iron Low Lounge Chair by Arthur Umanoff for Raymor US, 1950s
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Berlin, DE
Mid-20th century modern two-tone painted wood slat and iron frame low lounge chair by Arthur Umanoff. For interior or patio garden.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff

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Iron

1950s Arthur Umanoff Wicker & Steel Rod High Chair, USA
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Rare all wicker (back & seat) high chair from Arthur Umanoff. Well designed ergonomically and very comfortable. Solid, sturdy construction made of thick enameled steel rod lace...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff

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Steel

Arthur Umanoff for Madison Furniture Mid Century Modular 2 Seater Bench
By Madison Furniture, Arthur Umanoff
Located in Countryside, IL
Arthur Umanoff for Madison Furniture mid century modular 2 seater bench Bench measures: 65 wide x 23 deep x 33 high, with a seat height of 19 inches All pieces of furniture can b...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff

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Chrome

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Arthur Umanoff Sellers

Modern Hill Inc.
4.7
Barbarella Home
4.8
Century Design Ltd.
5.0
Dennis Gargiulo Gallery
4.9
Horseman Antiques Inc.
4.9
Atomic Furnishing
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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