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Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Handwoven 'Uccle' Block Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Pearl Grey
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wool

Original Pair of Nightstands Inlaid and Carved with Granite
Located in Buggiano, IT
Pair of original 1960 Italian night stands in walnut and with granite marble top. All the carvings on the solid walnut parts were done manually. They have a nice design and are ve...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Granite

Pair of French Mid-Century Mirrored Hexagonal Obelisks
Located in New York, NY
PAIR of French Mid-Century (1940s) smoked mirror hexagonal obelisks with gilt metal flame top and dark green marble base. (Attributed to GILBERT POILLERAT) (PRICED AS PAIR).  
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Marble, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Style Nightstand or End Table
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Featuring a contemporary appearance, this modern end table pairs a clean-lined pink with natural wood for a pop of contrast. Offering storage space with its pull out drawers, this n...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood, Paint

Stunning 1960s Cloud Form Mirrored Screen in the Style of Guy de Rougemont
By Guy de Rougemont
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Stunning folding 1960s 'Cumulus' cloud form mirrorred screen in the style of French artist Guy De Rougement who produced several highly sought after and valuable pieces of design art...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Steel, Chrome

Extremely Rare, Philippe Pradalie 'Berceau Fleur', for 'Atelier A, 'Paris ,1970
By Atelier A, Philippe Pradalie, Atelier A
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Delightful 'Berceau Fleur' (flower cradle) by French artist Philippe Pradalie ,produced by artist collective,' Atelier A', Paris 1970 Pradalie's 'Berceau Fleur' cradle is one of t...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Plastic, Plywood

21st Century Modern Florença Bed Handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Points Bed Upholstered Leather Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. An elegant bed upholstered in beige high-standard Ital...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Stainless Steel

Sculptural form brass day bed by Osvaldo Borsani, Arredamento Borsani,circa 1958
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Beautiful and important sculpturakl form brass single bed or day bed circa 1958-1963 by Osvaldo Borsani for 'Arredamento Borsani', Varedo , Italy. The small series of Borsani b...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Pair of Italian Vintage Walnut & Birch Side Cabinets
Located in London, GB
A very stylish and well made pair of vintage Italian side cabinets. They were made in Italy and date from around the 1970-80’s. They are beautifully designed and are of superb qua...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Birch, Walnut

Minimalist Solid Desk in Oak France 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Minimalist dark stained oak desk with dovetail construction connecting the top to the side panels in solid oak with a floating part for 2 drawers. A beautiful piece of craftsmanship ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Oak

Leather Bolster Pillow, Embroidered, in Camel — Talabartero Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The leather poufs and pillows in this collection are inspired by the equestrian heritage of Colombia’s coffee growing region. Talabartero translates as ‘master saddler’—and the colle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Leather

Unique Italian Recordplayer
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Record player, aluminum, wood, Italy, 1970s This unique, record player in black is of Italian origin and was produced around the '70s. The solid construction is based on a squared ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Aluminum

Henredon circa 60' Mid-Century Walnut Nightstand
Located in Countryside, IL
Henredon Circa 60' mid century walnut nightstand. The nightstand measures: 21 wide x 17.5 deep x 25 inches high. All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vin...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Vintage Silver Jack Bookend Modern Pop Art George Nelson 1960s Design Line CA
Located in National City, CA
Bookend Vintage single silver Jack bookend accessory Modern Pop Art Style George Nelson 1960s No label, attributed to George Nelson Design Line California Measures: 4.5 tall x 5 ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Pair of Modernist Solid Marble Egg Shaped Bookends
Located in San Diego, CA
Stunning pair of modernist solid marble egg shaped bookends, circa the 1980s. The pair has a sharp "Memphis Era" design, and are in very good vintage condition with no chips or crack...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Marble

Vintage Pair John Stuart Burl Wood Night Stands Chests Credenza Drawers
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage pair of oversized night stands, chests, drawers, credenzas by John Stuart, burl wood. John Stuart labels are shown in picture. One cabinet has 3 drawers, the other has a shel...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood, Burl

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Pair of Bedside Tables / Chests in Walnut, 1950s 'Signed'
Located in New York, NY
Pair of bedside tables / chests in walnut, chests with brushed nickel pulls, by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American 1950s (label in drawer). These bedside chests are extre...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Nickel

Italian Marble 'Book' Bookends, Pair
Located in New York, NY
A small and substantial pair of Italian Carrara marble 'book' bookends, circa early to mid-20th century, Italy. Dimension: 3.5" Width x 4.38" Height.
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Marble, Carrara Marble

Mid-Century Modern Record Player LP Vinyl Album Metal Holder Rack Stand Table
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modern black record player and LP vinyl album metal holder rack stand table, circa mid-20th century, USA. Piece can support player and albums with more storage space at...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Valet Stand, Coat Rack, Ring Dish, Tie Hook, Bedroom, Custom, Gentleman, Lady
Located in Issaquah, WA
Hardwood valet stand with multiple shirt and jacket hangers, draping bar and personal accessories dish. Begin and end each day with a ritual that will not only bring joy to your sign...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

The Natural House Frank Lloyd Wright
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage hardback coffee table book featuring the concept for a natural house by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. By Frank Lloyd Wright, published in 1954. First edition, 223 pages. "...
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Early 20th Century Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #3530-3
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Laska Nightstand, Figured and Ebonized Walnut, Two Drawers, Customizable
Located in Louisville, KY
The Laska Nightstand is built in our Brooklyn studio using premium hardwoods and thoughtfully selected wood veneers. This piece features custom veneered panels framed flush with soli...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Wall Mounted Brass Coat Rack
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1960s Mid-Century Modern diamond shaped wall mounted brass coat rack with ten hooks. Due to its accordion construction the dimensions can be adjusted slightly. Please note of w...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Large Vintage Wooden Child's Toy Truck
Located in Porto, PT
Large vintage wooden child's toy truck in a wonderful original condition.
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1960s Portuguese Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Rubber, Wood

Umbrella Stand designed by Mathieu Mategot, France, 1950's
Located in Vienna, Austria
An umbrella stand designed and produced by Mathieu Mategot from the 1950's. The stand uses Mategot s own technique of combining metal tubes or rods with perforated metal sheet. ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Midcentury French Riviera Rattan and Curved Bamboo Italian Coat Rack, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Incredible French Riviera midcentury rattan and bamboo coat hanger. This wonderful piece was made in Italy during the 1960s. This unique item features a structure in bamboo canes ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Rattan, Wicker, Bamboo

Piero Fornesetti Trompe l'oeil Floral Umbrella Stand
Located in Stamford, CT
Wonderfully designed 'Cesto di Dalie' ( Basket of Dahlias) umbrella stand by Piero Fornasetti, circa 1950s. The metal umbrella stand displaying a Trompe l'oeil of a floor wicker bask...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Paragon Ltd Edn Porcelain Tyg Commemorating Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 195
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very fine English Limited Edition porcelain twin handled tyg commemorating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 and made by Paragon China. The large cylindrical shaped tyg ...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Porcelain

Johnson Furniture Full or Queen Size Sleigh Headboard, circa 1970s
Located in Germantown, MD
Beautiful Johnson Furniture size Sleigh headboard. Panelized solid wood with very fine and discreet carvings. Circa 1970s. Pre-made to fit queen size or full size bed frame. Measur...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Set of Vintage Cast Brass Sculpture of Eagle Head Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Set of vintage Mid-Century Modern cast metal brass patriotic bald eagle head sculpture bookends. Pair of solid polished brass eagle heads that have a wonderful Early American class ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Italian Burled Wood Magazine Stand
Located in Austin, TX
Magazine stand made of burled walnut and gilt brass in the manner of Willy Rizzo. This piece is in the shape of a hand bag with two brass handles.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Pair of Golf Ball Bookends Lucite and Chrome Vintage German
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Super cool and nice design sculptural golf ball bookends. Nice golfball atop a nickel base. Nice addition to every room. Chrome with patina and one of the lucite stands with scratche...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal, Chrome

Henredon Scene Three Mid Century Walnut and Brass Ebonized Headboard
Located in Countryside, IL
Henredon scene three mid century walnut and brass ebonized headboard This headboard measures: 64 wide x 19 deep x 28 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we c...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

James Bond 'Thunderball' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Japanese, 1974
Located in Devon, GB
In Sean Connery's fourth outing as suave secret agent James Bond, 'Thunderball' saw the British spy dispatched to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by Spectre, culmi...
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1970s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

Mid-Century Modern Magazine Rack by Sergio Asti, Marble and Steel, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern magazine rack by Sergio Asti, Marble and Steel, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Marble, Steel

Andre Sornay 1940s Oak Hat & Coat Rack
Located in London, GB
An Andre Sornay modernist oak coat & hat stand A beautifully simple 1940s Andre Sornay wall mounted hat & coat stand. Designed of juxtaposed geometric forms, centred around five u...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Oak

Carl Auböck Model #4500 'Lucky Pig' Brass Figurine Keyring
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #4500 'Lucky Pig' brass figurine keyring. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural object is hand fabricated in polished brass. Price is p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Arthur Umanoff Iron Room Dividers w 140 Leather Wine Bottle Holders, 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The ultimate entertaining piece, this Arthur Umanoff four section wine rack system and room divider which also incorporates an artful array of one hundred forty leather wine bottle h...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Iron

American Mid-Century Modern Pair of Walnut Step End Tables by Paul Frankl
Located in San Diego, CA
Very rare of atomic age step end tables designed by Paul Frankl, circa 1950's in walnut finish with black lacquer accents, freshly refinished very rare set hard to find.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Wooden Bed L108 by Eugenio Gerli for Tecno, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern wooden bed L108 by Eugenio Gerli for Tecno, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Wood

Carl Auböck Model #3808 Black Leather and Brass Magazine Rack
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3642 black leather and brass table designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural magazine rack is executed in beautifully grained black cowhide lea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3653 Brass Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3653 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price is per ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Bamboo & Rattan French Riviera Coffee Table with Magazine Rack, Italy, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
Mid-Century Modern coffee table or stool with magazine rack, perfect in any entry hallway as well as next to a sofa or in any bathroom. Beauty of the woven materials is timeless and ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bamboo, Wicker, Cane, Rattan

Italian Mid-Century Modern Straw Magazine Rack with Metal Structure, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern straw magazine rack with metal structure, 1970s Magazine rack with wrought iron and straw structure. Good condition, defects in some places. Measure...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Danish Bookends 1960s Set of 2
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Mid-Century Modern Danish book ends 1960s set of 2. Pair of solid hardwood book holders with metal feet. Stamped with golden Wejra logo. Cleaned and polished. Ready to support.   
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Hardwood

Carl Auböck II Patinated Brass Hooks 7 Pieces Available, Austria 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II. Patinated brass hooks 7 pieces available, Austria 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Sculptural Chrome Jack / Jax Bookend / Paperweight in the Style of Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Solid chrome sculptural chrome jack / jax bookend, door stop or paperweight the style of Bill Curry for Design Line, circa 1970s. The piece is in good vintage condition and measures ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Chrome

Vintage Metal Umbrella Stand with Bamboo Handle, 1960s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Vintage umbrella stand from the sixties. Finished in black perforated metal with a chrome frame. the condition is good, How nice is this in your hall to store the umbrellas. The h...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Italian Wooden Coat Rack, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Italian wooden coat rack, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Umbrella Stand, 1960s, Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini
Located in Vienna, AT
Fine umbrella stand from the 1960s in white lacquered steel, attributed to Maurizio Tempestini for John Salterini. Good original condition with some loss to the original paint.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Steel

Carl Auböck Model #5663 'Shell' Brass Figurine Keyring
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #5663 'Shell' brass figurine keyring. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural object is hand fabricated in polished brass. Price is per it...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Dino Gavina for Studio Simon, Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup Can Stool, Italy, 1971
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Dino Gavina for Studio Simon, Homage to Andy Warhol: Campbell’s soup can stool, Italy, 1971. Rare stool designed by Dino Gavina as a tribute to Andy Warhol in 1971 and produced b...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Pair of Magazine Tables by Mathieu Mategot
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of magazine tables by Mathieu Mategot, Java model, circa 1955. Black lacquered rigitulle top, bordered by a square section gallery, black lacquered tubular base, brass shoes. Ca...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Philip & Kelvin Laverne Monumental Custom Architectural Room Divider Screen 1965
Located in Dallas, TX
This monumental brutalist screen was privately commissioned in 1965 directly from the studios of Philip and Kelvin Laverne for a private residence in New Jersey. The interior of this...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

1950s Newspaper Rack Holland
Located in Den Haag, NL
Metal newspaper rack. Hand painted flowers on the front. 1950s Holland.
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Wooden Magazine Rack
Located in Brussels, BE
Italian Mid-Century Modern wooden Magazine Rack.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Wood

European Ceramic Crucifix in Black, Brown, Beige, 1960s
Located in Chicago, IL
European mid-century ceramic crucifix hand-painted in black, brown and beige with a crackled paint style on the cross. A raised black Christ figure adds volume. DIMENSIONS 6 i...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Ceramic

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