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Tommi Parzinger Furniture

German, 1903-1981

German furniture designer Tommi Parzinger brought high-style modernism to the forefront. Taking a vivid, stylized approach to mid-century furniture, many of his works feature boldly colored lacquers and offbeat finishes that make his pieces stand out among the works of his peers. Despite his uniquely progressive vision, Parzinger showed equal expertise in producing fine, traditional furnishings.

Born in Munich, Parzinger moved to New York City in 1932. He began his practice in the United States by designing for the Manhattan style trailblazer Rena Rosenthal. In 1939, he established his first company, which split its focus between handcrafted silver household items — such as tea sets and barware — and home furnishings, like dining tables and cabinets. In his first year in business, Parzinger exhibited several pieces of furniture at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. 

A master craftsman, Parzinger sought out the most exceptional materials for his furniture, employing the finest woods — like mahogany and walnut — as well as including custom brass hardware and pewter inlays.

His silver works presented an elevated level of style and grace. A November 1939 article in LIFE magazine described Parzinger as “the most creative original designer of silverware in the United States.”

While he was still running his own business — creating 12 to 30 new designs each year — Charak Furniture Company appointed Parzinger as its head of modern furniture design. He modernized Charak’s design approach from a more traditional form to a mid-century modern style.

In the mid-1960s, Parzinger stopped designing furniture, turning his company over to his friend Donald Cameron. He shifted his attention to paintings, which he created until his death in 1981.

On 1stDibs, find a broad selection of vintage Tommi Panzinger tables, lighting, storage pieces and more.

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Creator: Tommi Parzinger
Dealer: Modest Designs
Tommi Parzinger Bar Cabinet Model 159
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Figured birch cabinet on plinth with sexy mahogany inlay racing stripe. The interior is fitted with drawers and fixed shelves. From a Parzinger decorated Bergan County, NJ interior, ...
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1950s American Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

Materials

Birch, Mahogany

Inlaid Rosewood Wall-Mount Sideboard, by David Wider Associates
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant wall-mounted cabinet by influential but obscure New York furniture maker David Wider. With craftsmanship and design aesthetic aligned with contempo...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

Materials

Brass

Tommi Parzinger Originals Lacquered Chest
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful lacquered Tommi Parzinger Originals chest, with sectioned felt-lined silverware drawer and two interior shelves.
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1940s American Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

Tommi Parzinger Macassar Ebony Desk
By Tommi Parzinger, Charak Furniture Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sexy one drawer desk with extravagantly grained Macassar ebony surface on mahogany legs and brass stretchers and corner decoration. With raised drawer ...
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1950s American Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

Materials

Macassar

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Wall Mounted 'Les Arcs’ Cabinet / Sideboard by Charlotte Perriand, France 1970s
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Wall Mounted ‘Les Arcs’ Cabinet in very good condition. Designed by Charlotte Perriand in the 1970s for the Les Arcs ski resort in France. This beautiful two door cabinet is made from Solid pine, laminate and veneered lacquered panels. The top is made from a anthracite laminate and is framed by a solid pine wooden rim. The doors and sides of the cabinet are made from a white lacquered veneer, on the doors you can find two large solid pine knobs. There is one shelve behind each of the doors. The cabinet was fully restored and is in very good condition. We have a similar model in another listing. We offer a variety of insured shipping services, ask us for the possibilities and competitive pricing. If you have any questions about our shipping options or this item please feel free to contact us. Charlotte Perriand was born on 24 October 1903 in Paris. She studied at the École de l'Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs from 1920 to 1925. Two years later, she began working as an interior designer, based at her studio on Place Saint-Sulpice. Her research and interest in furniture design led her to collaborate with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in the 1920s and 1930s. During this time she worked on major projects including the Villa Church, the Villa Savoye, the Cité du Réfuge for the French Salvation...
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Tommi Parzinger furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Tommi Parzinger 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 Tommi Parzinger furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Tommi Parzinger were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Widdicomb Furniture Co., Paul Frankl, and John Widdicomb. Prices for Tommi Parzinger furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $585 and can go as high as $45,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $6,800.

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