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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

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Birch, Mahogany

Tommi Parzinger Floor Lamp
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant wrought iron floor lamp by Tommi Parzinger.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Tommi Parzinger Macassar Ebony Desk
By Charak Furniture Company, Tommi Parzinger
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 draw...
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1950s American Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

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Macassar

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

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Lacquer

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Tommi Parzinger Chest, White Lacquer, Brass Studded
By Tommi Parzinger
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Tommi Parzinger, white lacquer and brass studded chest. Drop-front blanket chest which could additionally be used as an end table or nightstand. Appointed with a brass front pull and decorated with brass studs over a hand rubbed white...
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Tommi Parzinger for Parzinger Originals Floor Lamp with Side Table, 1955, Signed
By Parzinger Originals, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible floor lamp with built-in side table by Tommi Parzinger for Parzinger Originals is finished in a black lacquer with Parzinger's signature brass accents. Signed 'Parzinger Originals' under the base, making this 1950s authentic designer piece ultra-collectible. The three lights comprise of a single up-light and two down-lights which can be turned on and off independently of one another or used in unison as demonstrated in the photos. A glass Stiffel branded glass cone shade sits on top of the lamp and a larger black fabric shade with golden insides is included. Can be used with or without the larger black shade. Consider using in a Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency or Postmodern home...
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Tommi Parzinger for Charak Modern Display Cabinet, c 1955, Signed
By Tommi Parzinger, Charak Furniture Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A rare collectors item, this fully restored Tommi Parzinger for Charak Modern (c. 1955) display cabiinet / vitrine, features beautiful french polish with Parzinger's signature statement door handles. Signed with Charak Modern label on the backside of the upper cabinet. This refined and sophisticated Parzinger credenza with glass display hutch is perfect for those high-end luxury pads looking for an incredible and collectible statement piece, which Parzinger was known to create. The gorgeous color is close to the Hermès orange, but perhaps a little bit deeper and bolder - perhaps somewhere between Hermès orange and blood orange. Beauty in every detail, from the cross-cut glass panes, to the upper flared embellishments and the signature Parzinger door handles. Let's not skip one more aspect of this table that is equally important - the collectors appeal. Furniture by Tommi Parzinger is one of the most sought-after and cherished items of sophisticated collectors. This isn't for your typical Eames and George Nelson collector, it is much more for a refined collector, perhaps a connoisseur of fine rarities. The quality of the materials and craftsmanship and design details are something to be admired. Parzinger and Charak Modern designed and crafted some of the highest quality furniture of the early and mid 20th Century. That was at a time when US manufacturing was at its best. And now in this day and age of cheap products not meant to last - this table is your daily reminder that 'they don't make them like they used to.' We restored this incredible sideboard display cabinet with hand-applying a new French Polish lacquer. French Polish is the most laborious and expensive finish because it requires many repetitive coats and each one hand polished to a fine glass-like finish, and while it is very expensive, it is worth it for rare and valuable pieces like this Tommi Parzinger vitrine. The results are nothing short of spectacular - such a smooth, clear and deep finish - it looks almost like a sheet of glass (much more incredible in-person than you can see (or touch / feel) in the photos). And besides how incredible it looks - it will also protect your investment for the decades ahead. This Parzinger cabinet is an ideal example for the most discriminating interior designer client or collector. This french polish cabinet...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

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Brass

Tommi Parzinger Mahogany Convertible Desk, Dining & Console Table, 1951, Signed
By Tommi Parzinger, Charak Furniture Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A rare collectors item with innovative technology and design, this Tommi Parzinger for Charak Furniture Company Mahogany table crafted in circa 1951 features geometric fruitwood inla...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

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Fruitwood, Mahogany

Tommi Parzinger for Charak Modern Gold Leaf Console, c 1949, Signed
By Tommi Parzinger, Charak Furniture Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A rare early-example collectors item, this fully restored Tommi Parzinger for Charak Modern (c. 1949) console table, which also can function as a small writing table, features beauti...
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Gold Leaf

Exclusive 1930s French Art Deco Desk in Macassar and Leather with Black Lacquer
Located in Ulm, DE
Desk Body in black lacquer fronts and table top in macassar, high gloss lacquered Work surface covered with leather Storage compartments with drawer Nickel-plated fittings and m...
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French Hollywood Regency Style Ebony Lacquer Executive Desk / Writing Table
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
French Hollywood Regency Style Ebony Lacquer Executive Desk / Writing Table A spectacular Executive Desk that can sit Center of any room or office. The finest ebony finish having br...
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Modern Walnut Cabinet, MCM Liquor Cabinet, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar
Located in Troy, MI
The perfect addition to any home bar or entertaining space, this modern walnut cabinet is both stylish and functional. This beautifully handcrafted cabinet is perfect whether you use...
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2010s American Tommi Parzinger Furniture

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Tommi Parzinger Style Three-Arm Walnut Lamp, Floor Lamp
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional three-arm large table or medium sized floor lamp in walnut and satin nickel, in the style of Tommi Parzinger.
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Nickel

Tommi Parzinger Style Hollywood Regency Yellow & White Cabinet or Console
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in Saint Louis, MO
1960s Hollywood Regency cabinet or console professionally refinished in yellow and white lacquer with original Chinoiserie medallion hardware and mirror top in the style of Tommi Par...
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

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Brass

Tommi Parzinger Restored Mid-Century Modern Wood and Brass Credenza Cabinet
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in North Miami, FL
This magnificent and fully restored original Tommi Parzinger Mid-Century Modern low cabinet is sculptural with its monumental polished solid brass hardware that opens the cabinet doors on both sides. It has brass inlay on the top and bottom and legs. The special beautiful restored stain on the wood is a light gray to darker gray over the walnut. One can see the grain of the wood as it becomes more of a mix of champagne and gray. This is perfect in back of a sofa, in a bedroom or den in front of a flat screen TV. Also a great large painting or work of art would be fantastic on top of it. There is one-drawer on the right hand side and 2 shelves on the left and one on the right hand side. Quite stunning! Beautifully restored! All of the original hardware has been polished. It is 2 cabinets on the one base originally designed and made this way. They do not separate as in for nightstands and they cannot be separated. It is one great Mid-Century Modern designer cabinet...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

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Brass

Brass and Gun Metal Floor Lamp Mid-Century Modern Style of Tommi Parzinger
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in North Miami, FL
This vintage and fully restored Mid-Century Modern floor lamp is a combination of polished brass and gunmetal. It has been rewired and just needs a great drum shade at your end with ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

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Brass, Metal

Previously Available Items
Birch and Rattan Console Table by Tommi Parzinger
By Willow and Reed, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Breezy beach-house modern combining bent and rush-wrapped rattan, natural birch, white laminate top, and classic Parzinger brass pulls. Designed for Willow and Reed.
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1960s American Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

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Birch

Tommi Parzinger Lacquered Coffee Table
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Simple geometric pedestal table in persimmon lacquer with brass detail. Table rolls on four brass casters. Branded "Parzinger Originals" on underside and date stamped 6808.
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1960s American Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

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Brass

Tommi Parzinger Nine-Drawer Dresser for Willow and Reed
By Willow and Reed, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Breezy beach-house modern low chest with natural birch, brass-inlay top, rattan-wrapped feet, and Classic Parzinger brass pulls. Designed for Willow and Reed.
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Tommi Parzinger Birch and Rattan Chest for Willow and Reed
By Tommi Parzinger, Willow and Reed
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Casual yet elegant nine drawer chest, with incised brase handles and brass inlaid laminate top, with grass cloth sides, and rattan bass. Great beach house chic. Part of the Pavilio...
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Parzinger Originals Cocktail Table
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Simple geometric pedestal table in persimmon lacquer with brass detail. Table rolls on four brass casters. Branded "Parzinger Originals" on underside and date stamped 6808.
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1960s American Vintage Tommi Parzinger Furniture

Tommi Parzinger furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Tommi Parzinger furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Tommi Parzinger furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 277 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Tommi Parzinger were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Paul Frankl, American of Martinsville and Henredon, if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Tommi Parzinger furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$395 and tops out at US$42,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$6,000 on average.

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