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Gilbert Rohde 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Rohde boldly informed De Pree that the brand’s furniture had become outdated, which was part of the reason the company was in financial jeopardy.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.

Find vintage Gilbert Rohde coffee tables, lounge chairs, table lamps and other items on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Gilbert Rohde
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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Mid-Century Modern Gilbert Rohde Paldao Bar Cabinet for Herman Miller, 1940s
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
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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Paldao

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Display Cabinet from Formal Dining Room Line
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
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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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Stainless Steel

Art Deco Server Étagère by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
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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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Classic Art Deco Burl Mahogany Sideboard, Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
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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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Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Paldao Group Bookcases, Newly Refinished
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
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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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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Paldao

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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Paldao

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 Cabinets

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Nickel

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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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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Gilbert Rohde cabinets for sale on 1stDibs

Gilbert Rohde cabinets are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Gilbert Rohde cabinet collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 16 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Gilbert Rohde's original cabinets were created during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style in the United States. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider cabinets by American of Martinsville, Jens Risom and Ello. Prices for Gilbert Rohde cabinets can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $1,100 and tops out at $17,500, while pieces like these can sell for $5,985.

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