Skip to main content

Mid Century Modern Small Cabinet

Price
Shipping Options
Sort By
Midcentury Paul McCobb Small Jewelry Chest 4 Drawers Maple Brass Tobacco Finish
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Nice Paul McCobb 3' small chest of drawers in solid maple construction with tobacco finish. Very high quality construction with original brass pulls. Made for top of dresser or bookc...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

Smaller Midcentury Danish Sideboard in Teak by Hundevad, 1960s
By Hundevad & Co.
Located in Beveren, BE
This midcentury cupboard is designed and manufactured by Hundevad in Denmark in the 1960s. True high quality manufacturing in teak. Logo stamped by manufacturer in the back. The side...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Cupboards

Materials

Teak

Mid-Century Modern Small Cabinet in Wood by Forma Manufacture, Brazil 1970s
By Forma Brazil
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Small Cabinet in Wood by Forma Manufacture, Brazil 1970s. 1970's Small vintage wood cabinet by the Brazilian Forma Manufacture featuring a circle painted glass to...
Category

Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Wood, Glass

Small Mid-Century Modern Walnut Side Cabinet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A Mid-Century Modern walnut side cabinet that is perfect for adding storage to a room or entryway with its compact size and distinct style. Rich walnut woodgrain is contrasted with b...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

Mid Century Modern Broyhill Sculptra Entry Cabinet or Small Credenza
By Broyhill
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Vintage Broyhill Premier Sculptra Mid-Century Modern cabinet with drawer Excellent original vintage condition Dimensions: 38.5 W x 28.5 H x 17 D.
Category

Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Handsome Harvey Probber Small Chest Cabinet Nightstand Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome small-scale chest or side table designed by Harvey Probber.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Mahogany

Small Mid-Century Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, this trim mid-century cabinet in walnut-stained mahogany features recessed door pulls and a matching leather-wrapped base. Inside are two adjus...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Danish Mid-Century Modern Rosewood Media Cabinet or Small Credenza, Circa 1960
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Danish mid century rosewood media cabinet or small credenza having tambour doors and one interior shelf circa 1960. Labeled Danish Furniture Makers control.
Category

Vintage 1960s Cabinets

Materials

Rosewood

Small Rare Mid-Century Cabinet Bar Osvaldo Borsani Italian Design
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Rare particular cabinet, Attibuted Osvaldo Borsani design, in fine wood, interior shaped mirrors, brass parts.
Category

Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Small Mid-Century Modern Credenza
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern buffet has plenty of room for storage within its three drawers and hidden compartment with a shelf. Sleek design with brass pulls on each drawer and cab...
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass

  • Small Mid-Century Modern Credenza
  • Small Mid-Century Modern Credenza
  • Small Mid-Century Modern Credenza
  • Small Mid-Century Modern Credenza
H 30 in. W 60 in. D 18 in.
Italian Wood, Black Metal & Brass Mid- Century Modern Small Storage Unit
Located in Varese, Lombardia
This small storage unit was produced in Italy in the 1950s by the Ronchi brothers carpentry near Milan. It is composed of a black metal and brass structure with a wooden body. A pull...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Small Teak Credenza or Storage Cabinet, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very nice smaller scale teak credenza or storage cabinet, sliding doors with adjustable shelf. Professionally restored with new bottom and back panel with salsa colored red shelf.
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Teak

Small Mid-Century Modern Student Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern desk features three drawers with unique carved pulls. Wonderful compact design with an abundance of work space on the top and plenty of room for storage...
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Wood

  • Small Mid-Century Modern Student Desk
  • Small Mid-Century Modern Student Desk
  • Small Mid-Century Modern Student Desk
  • Small Mid-Century Modern Student Desk
H 28.5 in. W 41.25 in. D 23.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern George Nelson for Herman Miller Small Dresser Cabinet, 1950s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a gorgeous, small dresser or cabinet, with five drawers, by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa the 1950s. In very good vintage condition, with some smal...
Category

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Modern George Nelson for Herman Miller Small Dresser Cabinet, 1950s
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a delightful, small dresser or cabinet, with five drawers, by George Nelson for Herman Miller, circa the 1950s. In very good vintage condition, with some sm...
Category

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Wood

Gilbert Rohde Nightstand Small Cabinet Mid-Century Modern Art Deco
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a nightstand or small cabinet designed by Gilbert Rohde. The USA circa the 1930s. Beautiful clean modern lines from the art deco period. Birds eye burl ma...
Category

Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Dressers

Materials

Burl

Mid Century Modern Tessellated Stone Chest Small Trunk on Base by Maitland Smith
By Maitland Smith
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mini hope chest box on chrome base by Maitland Smith with fine brass inlay strip.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Marble, Chrome

Small Midcentury Teak File Cabinet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This small unique file cabinet is perfect if you need just a little bit of extra storage space in your office or home library. With multiple drawers, you can sort and organize all ty...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Teak

  • Small Midcentury Teak File Cabinet
  • Small Midcentury Teak File Cabinet
  • Small Midcentury Teak File Cabinet
  • Small Midcentury Teak File Cabinet
H 23.5 in. W 13 in. D 11.5 in.
Very Cool & Practical Midcentury Modern Bamboo Chest of Drawers / Small Cabinet
Located in Lisse, NL
For those who like unique designs and the beauty of natural materials. Giving you a chance to decorate your living space with unique items that really are a joy for you to look at...
Category

Mid-20th Century Unknown Organic Modern Cabinets

Materials

Bamboo

Paul Frankl small display cabinet
By Paul Frankl
Located in Westport, CT
Paul Frankl creme Cork Mahogany Display Cabinet
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

  • Paul Frankl small  display cabinet
  • Paul Frankl small  display cabinet
  • Paul Frankl small  display cabinet
  • Paul Frankl small  display cabinet
H 54 in. W 40 in. D 17 in.
Small Precedent Cabinet by Drexel
By Drexel
Located in Dorchester, MA
From the precedent line of North Carolina–based Drexel furniture, this small cabinet features two deep tray-style shelves that slide out for easy access. The exterior of the bleached...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

  • Small Precedent Cabinet by Drexel
  • Small Precedent Cabinet by Drexel
  • Small Precedent Cabinet by Drexel
  • Small Precedent Cabinet by Drexel
H 32.5 in. W 38 in. D 19 in.
Small Mid-Century Modern Rattan Bar Cart
Located in Stamford, CT
Chic and versatile Mid-Century Modern rattan bar.
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Rattan

Tall Danish Modern Teak Entry Mirror/Shelf Small Cabinet Pedersen and Hansen
By Pedersen & Hansen
Located in Pemberton, NJ
OUTSTANDING TALL DANISH MODERN TEAK ENTRY MIRROR WITH SHELF ALONG WITH A LOVELY PETITE TEAK CABINET. THE MIRROR IS SIGNED ON THE BACK PEDERSEN + HANSEN AND THE SMALL DANISH CABINET ...
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Mirror

Small Midcentury Stone and Walnut Cabinet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This simple midcentury cabinet features a heavy slate top and a beautiful walnut base and bottom. Able to be stacked on an existing piece, or used as a freestanding cabinet this piec...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Slate

Pair of Small Italian Bedside Cabinets
Located in New York, NY
A pair of small Italian bedside cabinets. Mahogany with pearwood trim, fruitwood inlays, patinated brass pulls and sabots and glass top.
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

  • Pair of Small Italian Bedside Cabinets
  • Pair of Small Italian Bedside Cabinets
  • Pair of Small Italian Bedside Cabinets
  • Pair of Small Italian Bedside Cabinets
H 24.25 in. W 22 in. D 12.5 in.
Midcentury Small Walnut Bookshelf or Cabinet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This gorgeous vintage modern cabinet features a hidden drop front compartment on the bottom with a decorative knob. This versatile case piece offers plenty of room for storage and di...
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Metal

  • Midcentury Small Walnut Bookshelf or Cabinet
  • Midcentury Small Walnut Bookshelf or Cabinet
  • Midcentury Small Walnut Bookshelf or Cabinet
  • Midcentury Small Walnut Bookshelf or Cabinet
H 28.5 in. W 21.5 in. D 11 in.
Petite Mid Century Danish Modern 6 Drawer Small Teak Dresser
By Arne Vodder
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Petite mid century Danish modern 6 drawer small teak dresser. Very small teak Dresser with carved teak handles on 4 tapered legs. Great for a child's room. Located in Brooklyn NYC.
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Teak

Mid-Century Modern Italian Red Maple Small Sideboard, 1970s
Located in Cerignola, Puglia
Small cupboard covered with red maple, herringbone pattern, Italy, 1970s.
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Maple

Outstanding Small Cabinet by Franz Xaver Sproll
By Franz Xavel Sproll
Located in Munich, DE
all pieces of furniture are handmade by franz xaver himself, by order and of high quality. only a handful showed up the last years and we are very proud to own four of these phantast...
Category

Vintage 1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Pearwood

  • Outstanding Small Cabinet by Franz Xaver Sproll
  • Outstanding Small Cabinet by Franz Xaver Sproll
  • Outstanding Small Cabinet by Franz Xaver Sproll
  • Outstanding Small Cabinet by Franz Xaver Sproll
H 20.87 in. W 43.31 in. D 17.33 in.
Small Mid-Century Modern Bleached Cerused Oak Book Case
Located in Westport, CT
Petite Mid-Century Modern bleached oak limed, three shelf bookcase / display storage shelf book case. In original very nice condition Cerused creamy bleached golden oak finish. Great...
Category

Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

20th Century Light-Brown Italian Walnut Cabinet, Small Cupboard by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A light-brown, vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian cabinet made of hand carved polished Walnut with two doors and two shelves, designed by Paolo Buffa in good condition. The small cup...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Small Elegant Italian Bookshelf , Vittorio Dassi Style
By Vittorio Dassi
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Small elegant Italian bookshelf Mid-Century Modern Vittorio Dassi style in walnut with contours richly carved. Measure in cm: H 175, W 81, D 26.
Category

Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Walnut

Mid Century Small 2-Door Buffet
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid Century Small 2-Door Buffet Buffet measures: 41.75 wide x 17.75 deep x 46 high This price includes getting this piece in what we call Restored Vintage Condition. That means...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Wood

  • Mid Century Small 2-Door Buffet
  • Mid Century Small 2-Door Buffet
  • Mid Century Small 2-Door Buffet
  • Mid Century Small 2-Door Buffet
H 46 in. W 41.75 in. D 17.75 in.
Small Octagonal Bar Cabinet Rosewood Bernini Gianfranco Frattini Attributed
By Bernini
Located in Palermo, Palermo
Stunning rosewood bar cabinet, attributed to Bernini, circa 1950. Original vintage condition. Dimensions: 48 x 48cm H 58cm.
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Rosewood

Swedish Mid-Century Modern Triangular Solid Teak Small Bookcase, Vejle, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Swedish Mid-Century Modern, triangular, solid teak small bookcase, Vejle, 1960s Triangular solid teak bookcase, with three shelves and entirely interlocking. Swedish production Vej...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Teak

Small Mahogany Server/Bar Cabinet by Paul McCobb for Calvin
By Calvin Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in Dorchester, MA
Paul McCobb designed this small cabinet for the Calvin Furniture Company. The walnut-stained mahogany case stands on brass rails that extend up the sides. The top drawer and doors fe...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Pair of Small Black Lacquer Cabinets Nightstands by J.C. Mahey, 1970s
By Jean Claude Mahey, Romeo Paris
Located in Paris, FR
Glossy black lacquer, paired with bright brass accents, feels crisp and luxe on this pair of small cabinets. Their boxy, simple style is typical of both the 1970s and designer Jean C...
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Pair of Architectural Small Cabinets in the Manner of Fornasetti, circa 1960
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A pair of architectural small cabinets decorated in the manner of Fornasetti. White painted with brass details. Circa 1960.
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood

1950's Italian Pair of Small Blond Wood Cabinets with Abstract Painted Doors
Located in London, GB
A smart and unusual 1950's Italian pair of small blond wood cabinets or night stands with colourful abstract painted doors, shelves, brass sabots and handles. Solid, good design and ...
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Vintage Modern Small Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-century rustic short bookcase featuring three shelves in rich wood grain. Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer.  
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

  • Vintage Modern Small Bookcase
  • Vintage Modern Small Bookcase
  • Vintage Modern Small Bookcase
  • Vintage Modern Small Bookcase
H 45 in. W 27.5 in. D 17.5 in.
Mastercraft Mid Century Small Walnut and Brass Buffet Credenza
By Mastercraft
Located in Countryside, IL
Mastercraft mid century small walnut and brass buffet credenza The credenza measures: 36 wide x 19.5 deep x 32 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call re...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Lane Campaign Small Dresser or Nightstand
By Lane Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage Mid-Century Lane campaign small dresser or nightstand Bachelor style Campaign dresser with solid brass hardware and a brass detail on top. Restored in a white lacquer fi...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

American Mid Century California Design Small Bookcase by Vista
By Vista of California
Located in San Diego, CA
Simple atomic age black enameled metal frame, with wood painted shelves and solid marble top, bookcase made by Vista of California, circa the 1950s, we have resprayed the metal frame...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Carrara Marble, Metal

Chapman Small Storage Dresser Cabinet Walnut Mustard
Located in Cincinnati, US
One unit or four? Doors or drawers? Go sexy with black and walnut or keep it light and fun with maple and pink? The chapman credenza allows you the freedom to choose exactly what sui...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Small Chest of Drawers in Rosewood by Iversen
By Vinde Møbelfabrik, Arne Wahl Iversen
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern scandinavian small chest of drawers by Arne Wahl Iversen.
Category

Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Dr...

Materials

Teak

Chapman Small Storage Dresser Cabinet Maple Rose Copper
Located in Cincinnati, US
One unit or four? Doors or drawers? Go sexy with black and walnut or keep it light and fun with maple and pink? The chapman credenza allows you the freedom to choose exactly what sui...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Steel

Mid Century Small Danish Teak Sideboard, Five Drawers for Flatware and Linens
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Beautiful mid century Danish teak sideboard with five drawers for flatware, cutlery, napkins and linens. Top two drawers lined in green felt, labeled authentic Danish in two drawers.
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Teak

Small Cabinet with Cane Doors by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by Harvey Probber, this small midcentury cabinet features a mahogany case on a plinth base. Cane-front sliding doors conceal, on the left, three deep drawers with white lacq...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Cane, Mahogany, Lacquer

Italian Mid-Century Pair of Small Blond Teak and Laminate Sideboards, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century pair of small blond teak and laminate sideboards, 1960s Pair of small sideboards in blond teak with hinged doors, matte white laminate top and leg and shaped han...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Laminate, Teak

Nice and Small Cabinetmakers Hanging Bar Cabinet
Located in Munich, DE
Nice and small cabinetmakers hanging bar cabinet with inlays of different kinds of wood.
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Teak

  • Nice and Small Cabinetmakers Hanging Bar Cabinet
  • Nice and Small Cabinetmakers Hanging Bar Cabinet
  • Nice and Small Cabinetmakers Hanging Bar Cabinet
  • Nice and Small Cabinetmakers Hanging Bar Cabinet
H 15.36 in. W 25.99 in. D 7.88 in.
Small Karl Springer Style Chest on Stand
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
Superb small chest on stand in the style of Karl Springer Beige shagreen and chrome . Without he feet : 22" L, 11", 9" H.
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Chrome

José Zanine Caldas ‘Attribute’ Small Bookcase, Brazil, 1960s
By José Zanine Caldas
Located in Utrecht, NL
This bookcase is made out of thick plywood and features a sculptural and raw look that give it a lot of character. The sides have rounded out edges that are wider at the base and...
Category

Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Beautiful Hand Painted Small Chest by Maitland Smith
By Maitland Smith
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful hand-painted small chest by Maitland Smith, faux brick design. The chest is in very good original condition. Doors open to reveal an adjustable shelf.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Oak Small Bookcase with Sliding Doors by Oscar, circa 1960
By Oscar
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Oak small bookcase with sliding doors by Oscar, circa 1960 furniture can be divided into two parts.
Category

Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Oak

Jens Risom Small One Double Door Compartment Credenza Cabinet Adjustable Shelves
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern oiled walnut double door credenza by Jens Risom.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Walnut

Guillerme et Chambron, Rare Small Oak Storage Unit, "Edition Votre Maison"
By Votre Maison, Guillerme et Chambron
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Guillerme et Chambron, rare small oak storage unit, "edition Votre Maison", circa 1950-1960.
Category

Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Oak

Small Danish Mid-20th Century Teak Chest of Drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Small Danish mid-20th century teak chest of drawers, circa 1960. Small 5-drawer chest of drawers. Fitted with contrasting light oak handles. Light veneer damage to 4th drawer (...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Teak

Mid-20th Century Danish Small Teak Chest of Drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid-20th century Danish small teak chest of drawers, circa 1960. 3 drawers fitted with brass looped handles. Rich colour and unusually for teak polished surface. Standing on ta...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Teak

Pair of Mid-Century Black Lacquer and Lucite Small Chests of Drawers
Located in New York, NY
Pair of mid-century chest of drawers with a black lacquer finish, raised decorative lucite drawer details, lucite drawer pulls, and black glass tops. (Priced as pair).
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Lucite, Wood, Glass

Classic Credenza Small
Located in Northfield, MN
Modeled after the design of our Classic Credenza, this space efficient piece is two-thirds the size of the original. And yet, this Credenza still makes room for all the essentials – ...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Wood, Maple, Oak, Walnut

  • Classic Credenza Small
  • Classic Credenza Small
  • Classic Credenza Small
  • Classic Credenza Small
H 26 in. W 45 in. D 17 in.
  • 1

Mid Century Modern Small Cabinet For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century modern small cabinet available at 1stDibs. A mid century modern small cabinet — often made from wood, metal and hardwood — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect mid century modern small cabinet — we have versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A mid century modern small cabinet, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Art Deco style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one mid century modern small cabinet that is appealing in its simplicity, but Paul McCobb, George Nelson and Florence Knoll produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mid Century Modern Small Cabinet?

Prices for a mid century modern small cabinet start at $95 and top out at $34,606 with the average selling for $2,120.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets for You

Of all the antique and vintage case pieces and storage cabinets that have become popular in modern interiors over the years, dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded. A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.