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Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Rohde boldly informed De Pree that the brand’s furniture had become outdated, which was part of the reason the company was in financial jeopardy.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
Art Deco Art Moderne Streamline Gilbert Rohde Herman Miller Vanity c 1930's
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Art Deco, Art Moderne vanity designed by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, circa 1936. The vanity features a bank of three drawers, which supports a floating glass top surface,...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Glass, Birdseye Maple, Walnut

Gilbert Rhode for Herman Miller side table in cerused oak
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
No description provided
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Wood

Gilbert Rohde Art Deco Vanity Table and Stool by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Miami, FL
Sculptural Art Deco vanity table and stool from the 4140 collection designed by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, dating from the late 1930s to the early 1940s. The mid-century desk f...
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Mid-20th Century North American Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Leather, Mahogany, Glass

Early Gilbert Rohde for Heywood Wakefield Bentwood Coffee Table
By Gilbert Rohde, Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Gilbert Rohde for Heywood Wakefield Steam Bent Maple Coffee Table, C. 1930. Featuring a floating, laminated steam bent Maple surface, flared upturned ends, rectangular Maple lift, ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Plywood, Maple

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Rosewood Vanity
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in New York, NY
Stunning 1940s Gilbert Rohde designed for Herman Miller Model number 3770 vanity, made of Brazilian rosewood with 3 drawers 3 small storage compartments and glass shelf.
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20th Century American Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Brass

Art Deco Tables Gilbert Rohde Brown Saltman
By Gilbert Rohde, Brown Saltman
Located in Rochester, NY
Matching pair of American Art Deco side tables designed by Gilbert Rohde for Brown Saltman in the original factory finished surface. Circa...
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15th Century and Earlier American Art Deco Antique Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Wood

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Art Deco Vanity or Desk, 1930s
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Art Deco or Mid-Century Modern vanity or desk By Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller USA, 1930s Mahogany, with black leatherette drawer fronts and black lacquered...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Faux Leather, Mahogany, Lacquer

Black rolling chrome and wood bar cart by Gilbert Rohde for Troy Sunshade
By Gilbert Rohde, Troy Sunshade Company
Located in Kleinburg, ON
This extremely rare bar cart is a rare and original example of American Art Deco design, by the renowned designer Gilbert Rohde in the 1930s. Rohde was a pioneer of modernism and wor...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Chrome

Black Cerused Oak and Brass Freeform Side Table by Gilbert Rohde
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Beautiful 1940s freeform side table by Gilbert Rohde. The legs are black Cerused oak and unfinished brass caps hold the original green lead freeform glass top. In beautiful origi...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Brass

Art Deco Gilbert Rohde for Brown Saltman Geometric Side Table
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Single Gilbert Rohde Side table for Brown Saltman 1940s made of Pearwood. Fantastic Side Profile with a great geometric round Cantaleviered Stacking table, and curio display for any ...
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1940s Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Pearwood

Gilbert Rohde 4140 Vanity for Herman Miller
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
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 22" wide x 17.5" deep See our separate listings for other pieces from this same collection. See pages from original 1941 Herman Miller catalog.
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Faux Leather, Mahogany

Two Paldao Line Art Deco End Tables by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, C 1940
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
A pair of Art Deco end tables or nightstands by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, circa 1940. Made from striking cross-banded Paldao wood on ebonised legs, each table has two discr...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Paldao

Gilbert Rohde Art Deco Dining Table for the Herman Miller Paldao Series
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Dallas, TX
Uncommonly seen 1940s dining / entry table designed by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller. The table has a beautiful marquetry design inlaid into the top and is accompanied by one leaf....
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Faux Leather, Mahogany

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Art Deco Mahogany Nightstands, Newly Refinished
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of Art Deco or Mid-Century Modern mahogany nightstands By Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller USA, 1930s Measures: 18"W x 12"D x 25.5"H. Newly refinished. Ver...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Mahogany

Nightstand by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Modern nightstand by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller circa 1930s. Featuring a recessed top, two shelves, and a black drawer. Fully ma...
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1930s American Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Walnut

Art Deco Handrubbed Burled Walnut Nightstand by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
This elegant and understated nightstand was realized by Gilbert Rohde, one of the most celebrated and influential designers of the 20th century in the United States- in 1936. Handcra...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Walnut

Art Deco Era Chrome Nesting Tables Gilbert Rohde design for Troy Sunshade Co.
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Seldom seen set manufactured by Troy Sunshade Co. designed by Gilbert Rohde. Chromed steel tube with laminate wood tops. Smaller table has protruding feet to keep it in place betwe...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Steel

Unusual 1930s "wave glass" Two-Tier Table by Gilbert Rhode for Herman Miller
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual 1930s "wave glass" two-tier table by Gilbert Rhode for Herman Miller. Stunning modernist. Art Deco design, retains original black lacquer finish, minor paint loss and scratch...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Cut Glass, Wood

Fantastic Gilbert Rohde Desk
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic Gilbert Rohde desk.
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1940s American Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Chrome

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Stacking Tables in Burl Acacia
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Bernville, PA
Professionally restored Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller stacking tables in Burl Acacia. Rare set of 3 stacking tables from the Paldao Group for Her...
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20th Century American Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Paldao

1930s Art Deco Mahogany Low Table by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A low table or bench with a rectangular mahogany top floating a bent chromed steel base with sled feet.
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Steel

Gilbert Rohde for Troy Sunshade Machine Age Side Table
By Gilbert Rohde, Troy Sunshade Company
Located in New York, NY
American Machine Age period chromed metal side table or end table designed by Gilbert Rohde for the Troy Sunshade Company. The piece was likely made in the 1930s in the United States...
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1930s American Machine Age Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Metal

Gilbert Rohde Art Deco Rolling Chrome Bar Cart for Troy Sunshade, circa 1933
By Gilbert Rohde, Troy Sunshade Company
Located in Camden, ME
Rolling chrome bar cart designed by Gilbert Rohde for Troy Sunshade, circa 1933. An example can be found in Steve Kenyon's archive of Gilbert Rohde's ow...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Stainless Steel, Nickel

Modernist Mahogany and Glass Cocktail Table Designed by Gilbert Rhode
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning, modernist mahogany and glass round cocktail table designed by Gilbert Rhode, circa 1939. Amazing Minimalist design, important transitional period from Art Deco to modern, p...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Glass, Mahogany

Stunning Gilbert Rohde Art Deco Rosewood Dressing Table, Poof and Mirror
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning and quite rare Gilbert Rohde Art Deco rosewood dressing table, pouf and mirror, purchased recently from an amazing estate, folks originally purchased new from Herman Miller ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Nickel

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 Tables

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Mohair, Burl

Paldao Occasional Table by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Mid-Century Modern end table having a lower shelf and studded, tapering imitation leather-wrapped legs, the top surfaced with quadrants of bookmatched acacia burl. Designed by Gilb...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Burl, Paldao

Pair of Rare Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Walnut and Glass End Tables
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare pair of low two-tier glass and walnut end tables or occasional tables designed by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller. Simple yet visually striking Mid-Century Modern design feat...
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1940s American Streamlined Moderne Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Glass, Walnut

Vanity by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A sculptural vanity by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller. Floating top with leatherette covered 'wings'. Angled base cabinets contain three drawers with original padded leatherette cov...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Faux Leather, Mahogany

Pair of Gilbert Rohde Nightstands #3770
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A practical pair of nightstands in brazilian rosewood, designed by Gilbert Rohde model # 3770
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1940s American Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

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Brass

Early Gilbert Rohde Console
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fantastic example of early American Modern Age design. Chromed steel base, with demilune cork and mahogany top is the epitome of jazz-age experim...
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1930s American Vintage Gilbert Rohde Tables

Materials

Cork

Gilbert Rohde tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Gilbert Rohde tables 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 Gilbert Rohde tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original tables by Gilbert Rohde were created in the Art Deco style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider tables by Warren McArthur, Modernage Furniture Company, and Warren McArthur Corporation. Prices for Gilbert Rohde tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $950 and can go as high as $30,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,250.

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