Skip to main content

Mid-Century Modern Barware

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

3
1,606
15
2
to
143
1,082
511
1,623
1,615
1,619
706
491
184
132
3
1,603
17
4
1,292
822
687
297
191
177
835
613
556
321
178
88
56
48
42
38
Style: Mid-Century Modern
Mid-Century Orrefors Kosta and Johansfors Crystal Decanters with Stopper Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
Elegant Mid-Century Modern vintage crystal decanters with stopper by Orrefors, Kosta and Johansfors. These ones from the classic glass manufacturers in Sweden and made in the 1950s. ...
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Crystal

Vintage Pineapple Ice Bucket by Hans Turnwald for Freddo Therm 1960's
Located in Saarbrücken, SL
Regency Hollywood ice bucket gold plated. Bar & serveware by Hans Turnwald collection. 1960's - Swiss materials: plastic, gold plated, metall dimension: 32 cm heigh 18 cm di...
Category

1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

8 Vintage Fred Press Gold Fish Double Old Fashioned Glasses with Black Interior
Located in Nantucket, MA
Set of eight Fred Press double old fashioned glasses with stylized fish in gold on clear glass with black frosted Interior.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Modern Rocks Glasses with Translucent Green Enamel and 22k Gold
Located in Nantucket, MA
Four Mid-Century Modern rocks glasses attributed to Culver, LTD with a textured translucent green enamel having three rows of clear circles with raised textured 22k gold edges, the g...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Tapio Wirkkala Freeform Molded Plywood Tray, 1950s
Located in San Diego, CA
Fincraft molded plywood tray designed in the 1950s by Tapio Wirkkala for Soinne et Kni, Helsinki. Embossed stamp on the bottom. Finland
Category

1950s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Plywood

Vintage Cocktail Martini Glass with Two Stirrers
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1920-1930s Bimini cocktail glass with two stirrers. The bowl of the glass features a blue swirl. The stem is further decorated with a capsule containing a dog figurine. One sti...
Category

20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Set of Three Mid-Century White Faux-Suede Bar Stools
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Set of three mid-century white faux-suede bar stools 3 large sturdy bar stool on wooden and chrome legs and with upholstery in white spill-proof faux suede.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Suede, Wood

Bimini Glass Cocktail Picks with Dice Stand, 1960s, Vienna Austria
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1960s Austrian cocktail picks made of glass, showing birds in a mouth blown glass dice stand. Nice addition to your room, bar cart or just for your collection of design...
Category

1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal, Chrome

1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic and Brass Italian Ice Bucket by Robert Piguet
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An Ice bucket made in Italy in the '50s by 'Ceramiche del Levante' - Genoa, for couturier Robert Piguet famous perfume-house, as advertising items of his perfumes: Bandit (1942), Bag...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4224 'Hand' Brass Bottle Opener
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #4224 'Hand' brass bottle opener. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural bottle opener is executed in polished brass. Price is per item. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Champagne Cooler Ice Bucket, Germany, 1950s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A nice barware item from Murano Italy, made in the 1980s. An all original Glass item to display in your bar or just on a cupboard with a bottle of wine or champagne. Mouthblown glass...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Brass Bar Cart
Located in New York, NY
Elegant brass bar cart with 2 glass shelves. Wheels turn easily. Made in the 1970s in Italy.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Vintage Set of 12 Linen Cocktail Napkins by Leacock in a Nautical Flag Pattern
Located in Nantucket, MA
Boxed set of 12 nautical flag linen cocktail napkins by Leacock of New York. Printed on linen in red, white, blue and yellow, an enclosed card identifies the letter, word and meaning...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Linen

Set of Five Billiard / Pool Balls Roly Poly Cocktail Glasses by Cera
By Cera
Located in San Diego, CA
Great set of five billiard / pool balls roll poly cocktail glasses by Cera, circa 1970s. Each glass resembles a billiard ball with a number and colorful stripe. These glasses are ver...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Tiffany Sterling Silver Decanter Set with Hawkes Glass Bottles
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver decanter set. Retailed by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Sterling silver frame with central pole on shaped base between two round and open wells. Pole ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver

1950s, Mid-Century Modern Silver and Polychrome Glass Italian Cocktail Set
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Amazing cocktail set made in Italy in the Fifties, it's composed by a shaker, an ice bowl and six glasses of different colors. All items are in perfect conditions. Measure: glass hei...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Vintage Brass Horse Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1970s bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for use at your bar or bar cart. Found at an estate sale in Germany.
Category

1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Mexican Abalone and Alpaca Silver Fish Bottle and Letter Opener
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Abalone and silver fish bottle and letter opener - this says it all... Pop open a drink, open a letter and do it all in style! Handmade in Mexico of Alpaca Silver. The letter open...
Category

20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Silver

Vintage Fred Press Nautical Themed Glass Serving Tray
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century modern Fred Press designed nautical themed, molded glass serving tray. The back with a pebbled surface and the front decorated in 22k gold and enamels with a sailing ship...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Ice Bucket in Brass Shape of Kitchen Pot
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Pot Cauldron Tripod ice bucket or wine cooler, Brass. Spain, 1950s. It stands up on a tripod base and it has a folding handle and lid. This cool ice buck...
Category

20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass, Aluminum

Luxury Aldo Tura Sculptural Ice Bucket in Goatskin & Brass 1960s Italy
Located in National City, CA
Ice Bucket Luxurious Aldo Tura sculptural Italian ice bucket in goatskin & brass, ITALY 1960s Interior of bucket is lustrous gold Elegant sculptural goatskin with a brass handle. St...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Val St Lambert Crystal and Gold-Plated Ice Bucket with Tongs, Belgium, 1950s
Located in Richmond, Surrey
Val St Lambert crystal and gold-plated cocktail ice bucket with tongs. Barware Belgium, 1950s. A beautifully cut crystal ice bucket along with mechanical ice cube grab tongs, Ma...
Category

1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Cut Glass

Italian Faux Bamboo Ceramic & Brass Champagne or Wine Cooler / Large Ice Bucket
Located in Barcelona, ES
Eye-catching champagne or wine cooler or ice bucket in faux bamboo ceramic and brass, Italy, 1970s. This cube shaped lidded ice bucket features a cubic construction in brass with fa...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Dino Martens Aureliano Toso Murano Zig Zag Ribbon Italian Art Glass Decanter
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Rare and impressive 20" tall vintage Murano handblown Italian art glass decanter. Documented to designer Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso. Created with a alternating zig zag ribbon de...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Gold Leaf

Vintage Midcentury Atomic Ice Bucket
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage midcentury kromex ice bucket. This stylish ice bucket features wood veneer wrapping with plastic trim and chrome lid and base with 2 wooden handles. Entertain guests while ke...
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic

Mid-Century Modern Geometric and Zebra Print Black & White Barware, Set of Eight
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A set of eight Mid-Century Modern barware, six glasses and an ice bucket in a stand, featuring a black and white geometric and zebra print theme. Perfect for your retro bar, afternoo...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Rustic Coca Cola Starr X Bottle Opener COKE Collectible 1960s
Located in National City, CA
AMBIANIC presents Vintage COKE Coca-Cola Starr X Bottle Opener Wall Mount Coke Aluminum Collectible Wall Mount Bottle Opener Original Brown Company 2.75L x 1.5D x 3.25 T Original rus...
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Silver Plate Soap or Candy Dishes in the Manner of Elsa Peretti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of delightfully curved sliver plate dishes by Rogers, however the look is reminiscent of Elsa Peretti - organically curvaceous. Originally designed for Bon Bons, the pair well s...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Silver Plate

Mid-Century Modern Mexican Bar Car by Eugenio Escudero
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this Mexican modernist serving cart, made of mahogany wood, with two rectangular shelves and a wooden frame, circa 1950.
Category

1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Mahogany

Piero Fornasetti "Mitologia" Coasters in Original Box
Located in Atlanta, GA
Piero Fornasetti "Mitologia" coasters in original box, Italy, circa 1950s. Nice to find them in their original box, however tattered. This set originally probably had 8 coasters, onl...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Porcelain

Set of Eight Pinched Base Smoked Cocktail Glasses or Water Tumblers
Located in Ferndale, MI
Eight cocktail glasses in curved form with dimpled bases.
Category

Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Art Deco Gucci Italy Equestrian Champagne, Wine Cooler
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Lovely Art Deco equestrian champagne - wine cooler. It has the Gucci logo on each side and under it the stirrup. Equestrian more often known as riding, horseback riding (American Eng...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Bronze

Carl Auböck II Sculptural Vintage Flask Collection Group of Five, Austria 1950s.
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II Sculptural Vintage Flask Collection Group of Five, Austria 1950s. All sizes from S all the way to XL.
Category

1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage Italian Ice Bucket and Draining Spoon by Macabo, circa 1950
Located in Bath, GB
A wonderful Mid-Century Modern / retro ice bucket to adorn your home bar made from silver plate and having been through our silversmith's workshop, restoring it to it's former glory,...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Silver Plate

1960s Large Italian Ceramic Ice Bucket by Tommaso Barbi
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1960s large Italian ceramic ice bucket by Tommaso Barbi.
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Piero Fornasetti Le Arpie Gentili Coaster Set and Box, circa 1960
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Le Arpie Gentili coaster set and box, circa 1960. A set of six coasters each depicting a caged female harpy with the original gold box. Diameter: 4 inches ...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Ceramic

Arthur Umanoff 1950s Iron and Leather Wine Rack
Located in St. Louis, MO
Arthur Umanoff for Shaver Howard 1950s iron and leather strap wine rack. Leather straps are solid, but may have a few old wine stains.
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Iron

Extra Large Carl Auböck Brass Key Cork Screw, Bottle Opener, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful Mid-Century cork screw or bottle opener in the shape of a big key, this is the biggest model available, which is 6" long. Designed and manufactured in the 1950s by Carl A...
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Four Vintage Culver Rocks Glasses in the Gin & Tonic Pattern
Located in Nantucket, MA
Four mid-century rocks glasses by Culver, LTD in the Gin & Tonic pattern having horizontal bands in green, white and yellow with the drink names "ICED TEA" - "GIN & TONIC" - "ICED CO...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

1960s Pierre Marly Cocktail Sunglasses Oversized Avant-Garde Tortoise Frame
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pierre Marly cocktail sunglasses with a futuristic, avant-garde, oversized tortoiseshell frame. Made In France. Measures: Hinge to hinge 5.25" Eye frame height 2.69" Arm length 4"...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic

Large Set 62 Pcs Fortuna Rosenthal Stemware
Located in New York, NY
Incredible 62 piece set of Fortuna glasses, designed by Elsa Fischer - Treyden for Rosenthal, circa 1960's. It would be hard to find a more chic set of drinking glasses, and impossib...
Category

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Extra Tall Barware Ice Bucket, 1960s
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning Mid-Century Modern barware accessory double-decker vinyl ice bucket. An extra tall cylindric-shaped body that opened in two sections with a lid and one handle on top and hin...
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Plastic

Vintage Set of Eight Libbey Molded Glass "Le Femme" Zombie Glasses
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid 20th century set of 8 Libbey Tom Collins or Zombie glasses, of large size, in the Le Femme pattern. Each glass is molded in three panels, each with a raised image of a women in a...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Hollywood Regency Green Bamboo Look Ice Bucket with Lid by Georges Briard
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Elevate your entertaining with this tall green and black ice bucket by Georges Briard. This piece is shaped like a sprig of bamboo and is covered in marbled green vinyl and faux blac...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Hermes, Paris Cordage Bottle Opener in Silver Plate c.1960's
Located in Bath, GB
A fabulous vintage French silver plated bottle opener created c.1960's for the "Cordage" range, a range of exceptional items for the home and office. Stamped Hermes, Paris and Mad...
Category

1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Silver Plate

Signed Arthur Court Aluminum Fox Wine, Champagne Bucket or Ice Cooler, 1986
Located in St. Louis, MO
Arthur Court (1928-2015) Mid-Century Modern aluminum accessory designer. Aluminum barware, wine or ice cooler in the form of a fox, wolf or dog, with hinged head and glass eyes, sign...
Category

1980s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Aluminum

Fish Bottle Dispenser Hand Carved Wood & Metal Aldo Tura for Macabo Italy 1950s
Located in Rome, IT
1950s fish shaped bottle dispenser in hand-carved wood featuring metal details by the Italian designer Aldo Tura for Macabo.
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

1970s Red Bohemian Glass Wine Stems, Set of 9
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1970s set of nine red glass Bohemian wine stems. Excellent used condition. Faintly marked Czech glass.
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Champagne Cooler, Vienna, 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Champagne cooler, Vienna, 1950s Hammered copper Brass and wood polished and stove enameled.
Category

1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass, Copper

Ice Bucket in Tortoise Shell Effect Lucite Attributed to Guzzini, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Ice bucket in tortoiseshell-effect lucite attributed to Guzzini. Made in Italy in the 1970s.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Vintage Bronze Hand Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1950s bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for use at your bar or bar cart. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
Category

1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Awning Striped Tom Collins Glasses by Libbey Glass Co
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-century Tom Collins glasses by Libbey Glass having fused glass awning stripes in opaque white and translucent color. Two each of four colors.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Eight Rare Maida Amour Vintage Cocktail Glasses with French Poodles
Located in Nantucket, MA
Set of 8 (4 pairs) of vintage Tom Collins glasses, designed by Maida Amour on Libbey glass. Each glass has a French poodle walking on their hind legs. The glass is frosted white on t...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

David Marshall Sculptural Wine Holder in Bronze, Spain
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Sculpturally unique wine holder by Spanish designer, David Marshall Created in bronze. Made in Spain. This piece is signed, circa 1980s. Dimensions are: 10 ...
Category

1980s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Bronze

Checkered Serving Tray in Teak by Silva, Denmark, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Oblong tray or serving tray in checkered teak veneer. Designed and manufactured by Silva in Denmark during the 1970s. Suitable as a decorative piece to your midcentury table or for s...
Category

1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Teak

Six Beautiful Danish Lyngby Gold and Purple Champagne Flutes Glasses, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
A set of six beautiful hand blown glasses for champagne or sparkling wine, made of clear and purple glass with gold rims and a golden ball in the stem. Made by Lyngby Glassworks in D...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Blown Glass

Vintage Midcentury Corkscrew Wine Bottle Opener in Patinated Brass, Italy
Located in National City, CA
Italian midcentury vintage brass corkscrew wine bottle opener Stamped made in Italy. circa 1960s Measures: 7 1/4" tall x 2 5/8" width x 1 3/8" depth Original unrestored vintage co...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Brass Bottle Opener by Carl Auböck
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A finely modeled and well-patinated Mid-Century Modern brass bottle opener having a flattened end enabling it to stand. Designed and manufactured by Carl Aubock in Austria, 1950s.
Category

1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Recently Viewed

View More