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Gordon Bunshaft Furniture

American, 1909-1990

In its striking curtain wall of glass and modernist steel columns, Gordon Bunshaft’s International-style design for the Lever House — cocreated with Natalie de Blois — garnered widespread acclaim. The Pritzker Prize-winner was a legendary American architect, and his influence can be found today in city skylines all over the world.

Bunshaft studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before undertaking fellowships in Europe and North Africa. In 1937, he joined New York City architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill where he worked until his retirement in 1979.

Bunshaft shared the same interest in modernist furniture as Florence Knoll, an architect and furniture designer who had a subtle but profound influence on the course of mid-century American modernism and who helped make Knoll Inc. a leading firm in its field. Bunshaft recommended that Knoll be placed in charge of interiors when, while at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, he designed the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company’s headquarters in the mid-1950s.

Bunshaft’s projects drew heavily on the pioneering architectural work of Le Corbusier as well as Mies van der Rohe, an iconic furniture designer and fellow proponent of modernist architecture.

Celebrated architectural marvels created by Bunshaft include the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library for Yale University and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Research Building for the University of Texas. Completed in 1974, Bunshaft designed the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and finished the National Commercial Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 1983. The National Commercial Bank was his last project.

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Creator: Gordon Bunshaft
Rare Mid Century Modern Italic Executive Desk by Gordon Bunshaft for GF Studios
By General Fireproofing Company, Gordon Bunshaft
Located in Lafayette, IN
This remarkable piece is one of the most spectacular desk designs to come out of the Mid-Century era. Designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft for GF Studios (a division of the General...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gordon Bunshaft Furniture

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1965 Olive Ash Burl and Marble Credenza by Gordon Bunshaft of SOM
By Gordon Bunshaft, Som American
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a monumental custom 2-position credenza, produced in 1965 by Gordon Bunshaft for the interior of the Chase Manhattan Bank headquarters, one of Bunshaft and SOM's most notable...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Gordon Bunshaft Furniture

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Custom Desk with Credenza by Gordon Bunshaft for General Fireproofing Company
By Gordon Bunshaft, General Fireproofing Company
Located in Kansas City, MO
This is a one of a kind, custom designed partners desk with credenza by Gordon Bunshaft for the General Fireproofing Company, also know as GF and Go...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gordon Bunshaft Furniture

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Aluminum, Steel

Storage Cabinet by Gordon Bunshaft, 1909-1990
By Gordon Bunshaft
Located in Mondorf les Bains, LU
Teak chest of drawers and teak veneer, designed by Gordon Bunschaft and manufactured by De Coene for the Lambert bank, circa 1960. The dresser has seven drawers. A side lock locks al...
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Gordon Bunshaft furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Gordon Bunshaft furniture 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 Gordon Bunshaft furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Gordon Bunshaft were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Jean Batenburg, Richard Neutra, and Richard Artschwager. Prices for Gordon Bunshaft furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $7,332 and can go as high as $10,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $8,850.

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