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Arthur Umanoff Magazine Racks and Stands

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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Creator: Arthur Umanoff
Arthur Umanoff Teak Wood Mid Century Danish Modern Compass Book Magazine Rack
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Arthur Umanoff Teak Wood Mid Century Danish Modern Compass Book Magazine Rack. Item features Mid 20th Century Measurements: 22" H x 16.5" W x 18" D.
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Restored Arthur Umanoff Solid Walnut Magazine Rack Surfboard Coffee Table
By Grete Jalk, Arthur Umanoff
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Arthur Umanoff designed the mother of all magazine racks, or perhaps the most innovative coffee table of all time. This solid walnut coffee table has been delicately restored. Th...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Magazine Racks and Stands

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Arthur Umanoff Walnut Magazine Rack
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Highland, IN
This lovely walnut magazine rack by Arthur Umanoff for Washington Woodcraft has sculptural spindles that create visual movement as your perspective on the piece changes. 18.5"H X ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Magazine Racks and Stands

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Walnut

Mid Century Modern Wrought Iron Wine Rack by Arthur Umanoff
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Redding, CT
Mid Century Modern Wrought Iron Wine Rack by Arthur Umanoff This free standing 67 bottle rack was Manufactured by Shaver Howard It Measures: 72" H x 17” W x 12 3/8” D
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Mid Century Solid Walnut Spindle Magazine Rack Stand by Arthur Umanoff
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage magazine holder designed by Arthur Umanoff for Washington Woodcraft, circa 1960s. This organizing rack is constructed of solid walnut a...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Magazine Racks and Stands

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Wrapped Cane and Iron Magazine Holder by Arthur Umanoff for Raymor
By Arthur Umanoff, Raymor
Located in San Diego, CA
Wrapped cane and iron magazine rack by Arthur Umanoff for Raymor. Original orange enamel finish. A sturdy and functional piece.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Magazine Racks and Stands

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Iron

Giant Magazine Rack by Arthur Umanoff in Walnut
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Chattanooga, TN
This handsome magazine rack by Arthur Umanoff is the "Big Boy" at just under 31". The oily, deep-redish-brown cinnamon color patina of the walnut is exactly why we love mid-century m...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Magazine Racks and Stands

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Mid-Century Solid Walnut Magazine Rack by Arthur Umanoff for American Woodcraft
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-century solid walnut magazine rack by Arthur Umanoff for American Woodcraft, circa 1950s. This sturdy rectangular magazine rack is finely crafted and all original with carved tri...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff Magazine Racks and Stands

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Arthur Umanoff Walnut Magazine Rack
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Beautifully crafted Mid-Century Modern magazine or book rack designed by the prolific designer Arthur Umanoff in the 1950s. Featuring distinctive staves and practical handles on eith...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff Magazine Racks and Stands

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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 Magazine Racks and Stands

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Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Ebonized Walnut Magazine Holder by Arthur Umanoff
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in New York, NY
This refined Mid-Century Modern magazine holder was realized by the esteemed American designer Arthur Umanoff, circa 1960. The piece offers two open rectilinear ends connected by a rectangular base and two atomic concave cross bars at the top- all in ebonized walnut. Connecting the top and bottom horizontal supports are an array of handcarved totem like forms- that appear inspired by Oceanic...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Magazine Racks and Stands

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Arthur Umanoff Wrought Iron Seventeen-Bottle Wine Holder
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1950s Arthur Umanoff wine rack in painted wrought iron. Can be used as a tabletop or floor rack, accommodating 17 bottles. Pictured with this wine rack is the smaller, 7-bottle hold...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Magazine Racks and Stands

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Rare Mid-Century Design Icon an Arthur Umanoff Iron and Cane Log Holder Rack
By Arthur Umanoff, George Nelson
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Simple, sculptural design. Presented in As-Found condition.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Magazine Racks and Stands

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Wrought Iron

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Arthur Umanoff magazine racks and stands for sale on 1stDibs.

Arthur Umanoff magazine racks and stands are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Arthur Umanoff magazine racks and stands, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original magazine racks and stands by Arthur Umanoff were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider magazine racks and stands by Charles Hollis Jones, Tony Paul, and Edward Wormley. Prices for Arthur Umanoff magazine racks and stands can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $450 and can go as high as $2,795, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $649.

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