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Arthur Umanoff Furniture

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 magazine racks 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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Creator: Arthur Umanoff
Dealer: Century Design Ltd.
Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff 30 Bottle Wine Rack for Shaver Howard
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff tall 30 bottle wine rack with two butcher block shelves for Shaver Howard. Butcher block tops were sanded and tung oil applied , leather straps were cleaned, treated with leather conditioner and are solid, some have wine stains...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Furniture

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Iron

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 Furniture

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Iron

Arthur Umanoff 39 Bottle Wrought Iron Wine Rack
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff for Raymoor, black painted wrought iron free standing wine rack that holds 39 bottles. Minor wear to paint.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Small Arthur Umanoff Wine Bottle Holder for Shaver Howard
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
Arthur Umanoff for Shaver Howard, butcher block top, 9 bottle wine holder with iron frame and bottle supports. Often attributed to Paul McCobb, this piece was designed by Arthur Uman...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Furniture

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Iron

Arthur Umanoff Wrought Iron Wicker & Wood Slat Bar Stools for Raymor - Restored
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
Arthur Umanoff midcentury bar stools, for Raymor priced per stool, total of 6 available, wood slat seats, iron frames with wicker ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Furniture

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Iron

Arthur Umanoff Cocktail Dry Bar or Server for Raymor
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
Midcentury Arthur Umanoff bar for Raymor. Wrought iron base, oak slats, rush and Formica top. Overall nice original condition, oak restored, wrought iron base repainted, top in very ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Furniture

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Wrought Iron

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Located in Plainview, NY
A stylish mid-century campaign style rolling dry bar cabinet server or chest. The functional and mobile dry bar or cabinet server has two unfolding extensions, converting to a serving bar with a painted black top and standing on wheels so it can be easily moved in your space. Made of high quality Mahogany wood, the dry bar serving cabinet is solid and embellished with fine wood grain and burls as well as original brass shell hardware...
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Arthur Umanoff Iron Room Dividers w 140 Leather Wine Bottle Holders, 1950s
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The ultimate entertaining piece, this Arthur Umanoff four section wine rack system and room divider which also incorporates an artful array of one hundred forty leather wine bottle holders, two wicker baskets, ten butcher block wooden shelves, and all contained within four individual black iron frames, this magnificent room divider or wall unit is the ideal companion to any entertainment home or creative studio. Designed in 1954 by Arthur Umanoff and produced in low quantities by Shaver Howard throughout the late 1950s, this collector's item works equally wonderfully as a room divider or against a wall, it can be placed together in one continuous unit, angled for a corner, or separated - the four individual sections can be scattered throughout a room, home or office. Consider the many ways you can use this fantastic Arthur Umanoff for Shaver Howard room divider wall unit. Whether placed to divide a room or against a wall, this sizable piece can hold a large collection of wine, up to 140 bottles in the leather bottle holders that are have style similarities as designs from Jacques Adnet, 2 wicker baskets in the style of Franco Albini can hold drink accessories, glassware and tools, and the 10 wooden butcher block shelves can hold bottles of liquor, trays with condiments and mixers, recipe books...
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Wonderful Brutalist Mid Century Tobago Dry Bar / Cabinet, Server
By Broyhill Brasilia, Paul Evans
Located in Buffalo, NY
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1970s Canadian Brutalist Vintage Arthur Umanoff Furniture

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French Mid Century 5 Bottle Wicker Rattan and Bamboo Wine Holder or Rack
By Adrien Audoux and Frida Minnet, Arthur Umanoff
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Pair of Arthur Umanoff Swivel Slat Stools for Raymor
By Arthur Umanoff
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Set of Four Bar Height Wood Slat Stools by Arthur Umanoff
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in New York, NY
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Arthur Umanoff Wrought Iron and Leather Wine Rack
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
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Mid Century Modern Bar & Counter Stools w Raffia & Maple & Iron - Arthur Umanoff
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous set of 4 iron framed bar stools with raffia wrapped backs and maple slatted seats. They swivel also! In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear, plastic glides on all...
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Arthur Umanoff Wrought Iron Wine Rack Holder, Seven Bottles
By Arthur Umanoff
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Arthur Umanoff 21 Bottle Wine Rack for Shaver Howard
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
Arthur Umanoff 21 bottle wine rack for Shaver Howard. Butcher block top was sanded and waxed, leather straps were cleaned, treated with leather conditioner and are solid, may have a few wine stains...
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Arthur Umanoff Cocktail Dry Bar or Server for Raymor
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
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By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
Arthur Umanoff 21 bottle Wine Rack For Shaver Howard. Top is in very nice condition, leather straps are solid, may have a few wine stains to leather.
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Set of Three Arthur Umanoff Swivel Bar Stools
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
Iron base bar stools with raffia wrapped backs & wood slat seats, swivel, 18.75w x 39.25h x 20d Seat 28.5 Missing original glides on chair Seats to be touched up prior to shipping.
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Set of Three Arthur Umanoff Swivel Bar Stools
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
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Arthur Umanoff Stool
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
Stool by Arthur Umanoff for Raymor, 32w x 19.75w x 16.5h Seat 12.5.
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By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
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Arthur Umanoff furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Arthur Umanoff furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Arthur Umanoff furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Arthur Umanoff were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Russell Woodard, Charles Eames, and Century Furniture. Prices for Arthur Umanoff furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $150 and can go as high as $12,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,800.

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