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Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

American, 1894-1944

Pioneering self-taught industrial designer, writer and teacher Gilbert Rohde helped define the earliest phase of modernism in the United States. He is one of the most influential figures of 20th-century design and is credited with helping legendary mid-century modern furniture manufacturer Herman Miller avert financial disaster during the Great Depression.

Born in New York City, Rohde studied painting at the Art Students League after high school. He found lucrative employment, first as a political cartoonist and then as a catalog illustrator for American department stores. He was particularly enthralled with drawing furnished interiors.

Rohde began to design furniture in his spare time. He traveled to the Bauhaus school in Germany and the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris, and drew on the Art Deco movement and the work of designers such as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann in his early pieces. Rohde opened his own studio in 1929 and secured private and commercial commissions. His clients would come to include formidable furniture makers Heywood-Wakefield and Troy Sunshade, and his innovative bentwood furnishings for them were practical and intended for the modern consumer.

In 1930, Rohde met Herman Miller founder D.J. De Pree in the company’s Michigan showroom during a business trip. By then, Rohde had a long list of prominent clients and his furniture had been exhibited in museums and galleries. Herman Miller was weathering a devastating slowdown in business, and the American furniture industry had generally been hit hard by the Great Depression.

Rohde boldly informed De Pree that the brand’s furniture had become outdated, which was part of the reason the company was in financial jeopardy. Homes had become smaller and could no longer accommodate the large Gothic– and Victorian–style furnishings and traditional reproductions of period bedroom suites that Herman Miller was offering at the time, Rohde explained.

Rohde secured a contract to design for the Michigan manufacturer. He championed the use of exotic woods and tubular steel, and created streamlined, unadorned bedroom furniture for Herman Miller — collections that included convenient vanities, which were unconventional pieces for De Pree’s company back then.

In 1933, Rohde oversaw the design of two bedrooms featuring sleek Herman Miller furniture — including innovative storage pieces he designed — as part of an International–style exhibit at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. The installation garnered acclaim for De Pree’s brand all over the world and afforded Rohde the opportunity to execute on his visionary ideas in front of a global audience. Rohde later designed lighting, seating and more for Herman Miller and was extensively involved in the company's marketing strategy and other areas of the business.

In 1942, Herman Miller, anticipating a postwar economic boom, began to produce office furniture for the first time, but its legacy is in the home. Working with legendary designers such as Ray and Charles Eames, Isamu Noguchi and Alexander Girard, the manufacturer fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call mid-century modern style.

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Creator: Gilbert Rohde
Pair of Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Chests of Drawers
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Hanover, MA
Pair of Herman Miller model number 4140 dressers designed by Gilbert Rohde from their Modern Bedroom Group. Constructed of a walnut top, sides, frame and legs with a dark gloss pian...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Faux Leather, Mahogany, Walnut

Gilbert Rohde 4140 Dresser for Herman Miller 3 Available
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Hanover, MA
We have a total of three available of these beautifully refinished mahogany chests of three drawers by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller's 4140 collection with original off-white "leat...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Faux Leather, Mahogany

1930s Art Deco Brazilian Rosewood Chest Designed by Gilbert Rohde
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
1930s Art Deco Brazilian rosewood chest designed by Gilbert Rohde. Amazing quality and design, slightly bowed front design, five drawers behind two doors with simple, elegant nickel ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Nickel

Mid-Century Modern Walnut & Textured Glass Dry Bar/ Cabinet by Gilbert Rohde
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful Mid-Century Modern dry bar/ cabinet was realized by the illustrious American designer Gilbert Rohde, circa 1943. It features a volumetric rectangular body in bookmatch...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Glass, Fruitwood

Art Deco Étagère Server Room Divider by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous three tiered shelf unit with endless possibilities. Created by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, C1930. Great shelf unit. Walnut with aluminum supports. Finished on all sides...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Aluminum

Three Pc. Set of Art Deco Paldao Line Rohde for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in New York, NY
Incredible suite of Gilbert Rohde design Paldao line, circa 1940's made by Herman Miller. This set has been professionally refinished, and is in virtually immaculate condition. Rare ...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood, Burl

Mid-Century Modern Gilbert Rohde Paldao Bar Cabinet for Herman Miller, 1940s
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
From the "Paldao" group of furniture designs by Gilbert Rohde comes with this lovely liquor bar cabinet. The cabinet features amazing solid bronze handles, original leatherette base ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Paldao

Gilbert Rohde 4140 Tall Chest for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Hanover, MA
Beautifully refinished mahogany tall boy chest of four drawers by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller's 4140 collection with original off-white "leather cloth" (Fabrikoid) padded drawers...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Faux Leather, Mahogany

Pair of Chest of Drawers by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A pair of three drawer chests, designed by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller in the the 1930's. Bleached mahogany cabinets with original padded naugahyde drawer fronts. Great detailing...
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20th Century American Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Mahogany, Naugahyde

Vintage Executive Walnut Desk by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Burbank, CA
Exceptional vintage executive walnut desk designed by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller in the United States, circa 1940s. This desk represents in a significant way the expression of t...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Steel

Sublime Pair of Streamline Moderne Commodes by Gilbert Rohde, circa 1930
By Gilbert Rohde, Cavalier
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent commodes are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and completely installation ready. ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Pair of American Modern Rosewood Three-Drawer Chests, Gilbert Rohde
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Hollywood, FL
An exceptional pair of chests by Gilbert Rohde, in bookmatched rosewood with "mirror opposite" patterns on each. The richly grained cabinets are not only stunning in their richly ton...
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1940s American Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Rosewood

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Art Deco Mahogany Buffet
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Art Deco burl mahogany sideboard buffet - the classic Burl buffet or sideboard has an elegantly curved front panel with four doors and steel pulls. Th...
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20th Century German Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Steel

Gilbert Rohde 4140 Vanity for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Hanover, MA
Beautifully refinished mahogany vanity/coiffeuse by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller with original off-white "leather cloth" (Fabrikoid) top and padded drawers. Kneehole: 26" high x...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Faux Leather, Mahogany

Gilbert Rohde Cabinet for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gilbert Rohde Cabinet from the Mahogany Series dating to the late 1930's. Refinished about 10 years ago in a Satin Black Finish. Still presents pretty well but not perfect. Retains O...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Shelf
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Open Display or Bookshelf. Newly refinished and ready to go! Perfect for your amazing collection! Perfect inside a door or behind a sofa! So many ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Mahogany

Gilbert Rohde 'Paldao' Desk Series for Herman Miller
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Oakland, CA
This Gilbert Rohde paldao desk was manufactured between 1935-1940 by the Herman Miller Company. It is in original condition showing only the very lightest signs of wear. It still has...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Faux Leather, Wood

Pair of Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Padded Front American Art Deco Chests
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pair of Machine Age era upholstered drawer bedroom chests. Designed by Gilbert Rohde an icon of American Art Deco and moderne furniture. Manufactured by Herman Miller. Nicely restore...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Rare Find Three Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Art Deco Bookshelf Units
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Ferndale, MI
One of the earliest champions of modern design in the U.S. Gilbert Rohde brought the idea of modernism and modular suites of furniture for home and office to Herman Miller co. This i...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Mahogany

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Display Cabinet from Formal Dining Room Line
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gilbert Rohde formal dining room display/ China cabinet. Designed in the mid 1930's, unique design that has glass corners and combination of exotic woods. Rosewood base, burled walnu...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Stainless Steel

Gilbert Rohde Streamline Art Deco Cabinet Credenza Server
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern compact art deco two door credenza server cabinet by Gilbert Rhode. Burl wood front doors mahogany case.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Mahogany, Burl

Art Deco Server Étagère by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and hard to find server/étagère cabinet by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller. C1930 early days of Gilbert and Herman Miller collaboration. Two drawers stacked alongside two do...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Aluminum

Gilbert Rohde Art Deco "Paldao" Dining Room Set for Herman Miller 10 Pieces Comp
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Oakland, CA
Gilbert Rohde is recognized as one of America’s most influential modern designers. His creations for Herman Miller helped propel the company into the forefront of modern design. Our ...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Mohair, Burl

1930s Art Deco Brazilian Rosewood Six-Drawer Dresser by Gilbert Rohde
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Buffalo, NY
1930s Art Deco Brazilian rosewood six-drawer dresser designed by Gilbert Rohde,, Amazing quality and design, slightly bowed front design. Features six generous size drawers with simp...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Nickel

Gilbert Rohde 'Paldao' Desk for Herman Miller
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Gilbert Rohde 'Paldao' desk for Herman Miller.
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Paldao Group Bookcases, Newly Refinished
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in South Bend, IN
An extremely rare and exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern bookcase cabinets Designed by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller "Paldao Group" USA, 1940s Exotic book-matched pald...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Glass, Paldao

Art Moderne Low Boy Dresser Set by Gilbert Rohde
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Art Moderne dresser set of two by Gilbert Rohde. This low boy dresser features a walnut finish with a black lacquer floating base completed with decorative streamline black lacquer.
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Classic Art Deco Burl Mahogany Sideboard, Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic Art Deco Burl Mahogany Sideboard. Designed in 1936 by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller. Stunning four-door curved cabinet featuring lacquered plinth as well as lacquered raise...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Birch, Burl, Lacquer

Gilbert Rhode 'Paldao Group' Modular Bookcase System
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare 3-piece storage system, one of the earliest modular furniture designs, veneered in exotic Paldao burl door-fronts and figured Paldao sides. The dark stain finish is original and...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Sublime Streamline Moderne Commode by Gilbert Rohde, circa 1930- Pair Available
By Gilbert Rohde, Cavalier
Located in Atlanta, GA
An exquisite rare streamline moderne commode by the esteemed Gilbert Rohde for Cavalier, circa 1930. There are a pair of these chests available. Exceptionally crafted solid mahogany...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Rare Pair Gilbert Rohde #3770 Six-Drawer Dressers
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This rare design for Herman Miller features a curved case in opulent tropical wood veneer with sold hardwood handles, in a masculine streamlined design, with the surprising addition ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Stainless Steel

Gilbert Rohde Cabinet /Server for Herman Miller, 1937
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Hudson, NY
Model #3723 Gilbert Rohde design for Herman Miller 1937 Maidou burl door fronts, mahogany top and and sides and rosewood base restored.
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1930s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Gilbert Rohde, Paldao Sideboard
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in San Francisco, CA
Gilbert Rohde sideboard from the “Paldao” series. Features a pedestal base, pull-out cutting surfaces and four cabinets with carved nobs. Interior has eight pull-out drawers. Manufac...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Paldao

Gilbert Rohde "Paldao" China Cabinet No. 4190
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Hudson, NY
China cabinet with sliding glass doors and two-door cabinet below. Paldao wood cabinets and metal pulls specifically designed for this Paldao group. Cabinet has one wooden shelf, top...
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1940s American Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Paldao

Gilbert Rohde Paldao Secretary Display Case for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Bookcase with drop-front secretary desk and storage drawers in paldao wood. Glass dividers separate storage compartments, and cork-lined back. Retains Herman Miller tag. Great origin...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Paldao

Gilbert Rohde Dresser #3920
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Stylish dresser designerd by Gilbert Rohde model #3920. Lucite handles with sculptural legs.
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1930s American Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Plexiglass, Rosewood, Burl

Gilbert Rohde Paldao Cabinet for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Hanover, MA
Gilbert Rohde designed this chest for Herman Miller as part of his 1941 Paldao Line of streamline modernist and modular furniture in exotic veneer. This is model no. 4103, two-door c...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Mahogany

Rare East Indian Laurel Art Deco, Machine Age Cabinet by Gilbert Rohde
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rare East Indian Laurel Art Deco, Machine Age cabinet by Gilbert Rohde, stunning design and proportion, exceptional quality, wonderful use of richly grained woods, nickeled chrome ha...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Nickel

Pair of Gilbert Rohde Matching Dressers
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A matching pair of Dresser's by Gilbert Rohde, using book matched brazilian rosewood veneer, model # 3770 Three huge drawers in each cabinet make this a very useful design.
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1940s American Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Midcentury Gilbert Rohde Shelving Unit
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in New York, NY
1950s Gilbert Rohde shelving unit with black interior and clean lines. Shelf unit height can be adjusted.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Gilbert Rhode Streamline Art Deco Cabinet Sideboard/Buffet
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Westport, CT
Gilbert Rhode Art Deco Iconic design streamline sideboard cabinet, 1936 with stepped up top, burled front doors circular cut-out and brushed steel pull. Interior all large shelves.
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Steel

Rohde for Herman Miller Vanity
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in New York, NY
Classic Gilbert design for Herman Miller Art Deco vanity. This interesting vanity has a floating freeform top surface over two banks of drawers. The vanity is selling as is, it has b...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Ash, Walnut

Gilbert Rohde case pieces and storage cabinets for sale on 1stDibs

Case pieces and storage cabinets by Gilbert Rohde are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gilbert Rohde case pieces and storage cabinets, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 48 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original case pieces and storage cabinets by Gilbert Rohde were created in North America during the 20th century in Art Deco style. Many customers also consider case pieces and storage cabinets by Norman Bel Geddes, Walter Dorwin Teague and Donald Deskey if you are looking for additional options. Price ranges for Gilbert Rohde case pieces and storage cabinets vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $975 and tops out at $55,500, while pieces like these can sell for $7,250 on average.

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