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Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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
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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Leather

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 Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

'Uccle' Woven Block Geometric Merino Wool Throw, Indigo/Colbalt Blue/Greys
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle block throw takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Wov...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Schumacher Cirque Velvet 20" Pillow in Green
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Cirque Velvet with a knife edge finish. A medley of yarns and a complicated weave structure create the striated effect of this sophisticated dot pattern. Pillow ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Polyester, Cotton

Schumacher Cirque Velvet 22" Pillow in Green
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Cirque Velvet with a knife edge finish. A medley of yarns and a complicated weave structure create the striated effect of this sophisticated dot pattern. Pillow ...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Polyester

Handwoven 'Uccle' Block Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Indigo/Blue/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...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

'Uccle' Woven Block Geometric Merino Wool Throw, Pearl Grey
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle block throw takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Wov...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Lisa Larson 'Mikey' Cat Fabric Cushions
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
Cushions with zip on covers, fronts in 'Mikey' fabric designed by Lisa Larson, in typical Lisa Larson style, very reminiscent of her comical animal figures for Gustavsberg.
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Early 2000s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Textile Fabric Pillow
Located in New York, NY
Double sided pillow made with a plaid pattern Turkish textile.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Vintage Velvet Lumbar Pillow Case, Made from an Uzbek Silk Velvet
Located in Istanbul, TR
It does not come with an insert but a bag made to the size to accommodate insert materials. Cotton in the back. Zipper closure Dry clean reccommended.  
Category

Mid-20th Century Uzbek Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Silk

Russian Roller Printed Pillow Covers, Mid 20th C.
Located in Istanbul, TR
Russian roller printed textiles had been exported to central asian countries starting from the 19th C. and up to mid 20th C. These textiles used for their caftans, and used as quilt...
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Mid-20th Century Russian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Large Vintage Liberty of London Silk Scarf Cushion Pillow with Irish Linen Pink
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Katie Larmour Studio is the original vintage scarf pillow maker. Gaining notability for her unique idea and creations back in 2013 - featured in the likes of the Financial Times, and...
Category

20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen, Silk

'Uccle' Block Geometric Woven Merino Wool Throw, Piccalilli Yellow/Greys
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle block throw takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Wov...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Leather Bolster Pillow, Embroidered, in Emerald Green — 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 coll...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Leather

Schumacher Queen of Spain Mid-Century Black & White 22" Lumbar Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Queen of Spain Fabric (Item# 175200) with a Knife Edge finish. Introduced in 1963 and still fresh today, this pattern has a lively, painterly quality- and is a w...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Three Leather Bolster Pillows, Braided, 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 coll...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Leather

Schumacher Modern Classic Woodperry Woven Pink Two-Sided Linen Pillow
Located in New York, NY
Classic yet modern, in collaboration with Veere Grenney, Woodperry is an updated take on a botanical stripe. Woven in England, the natural linen ground gives this leafy hand-blocked ...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen

Large Mohair Striped Rug Pillow
Located in New York, NY
Large Pillow made from a turkish mohair rug in brown and ivory. Measures: 15'' z 23''.
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Mohair

Schumacher Chevron Velvet 20" Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Chevron Velvet (item# 72842, CHEVRON VELVET FABRIC) with a knife edge finish. A fabulous combination of plush ombré and delicate accent stripes, this luxe chev...
Category

2010s North American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Black Merino Wool Throw 'The Portia' by JG Switzer
Located in Sebastopol, CA
The Portia is our warmest, hardiest 100% Merino throw, milled in England from soft and high quality raven black Merino wool. Black wool is finished with fine hand sewn detailing blan...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Kilim Cushion Cover Sky Blue Traditional Wool Scatter Cushion Pillow
Located in Hampshire, GB
This new traditional kilim cushion cover is a handwoven piece constructed in the early 21st century. The design has been delicately woven by hand and features a symmetrical geometric...
Category

Early 2000s Afghan Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Brown Cream Striped Kilim Cushion Cover Handmade Wool Scatter Cushion
Located in Hampshire, GB
This simple stripe cushion has been woven by hand using traditional kilim weaving techniques with hand-spun wool. Featuring a simple stripe design, with thick cream and brown lines, ...
Category

1990s Turkish Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Schumacher Queen of Spain Mid-Century Black White Two-Sided 18" Cotton Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This Mid-Century design is one of our best-sellers. Introduced in 1963 and still fresh today, this Queen of Spain pattern has a lively, painterly quality featured. Featured as an exq...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Leather Bolster Pillow, Braided, in Black — 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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Leather

Schumacher Moorea Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Moorea by Mary McDonald for Schumacher with a knife edge finish. A statement-making print with embroidered details. Pillow includes a feather/down fill insert an...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Jute, Cotton, Polyester

Pillow Cases Made from Mid-20th Century Russian Cotton Printed Textile, 1960s
Located in Istanbul, TR
They do not come with inserts but bags made to size to accommodate insert materials. Linen in the back. Zipper closure. Dry clean is reccomended.
Category

Mid-20th Century Russian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Animal Print le Tiger Lumbar Pillow with Down Fill Custom Variations Available
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Animal motif Tiger Print lumbar pillow. Multiple available. Front features gorgeous thick velvet animalia print. Back features a crisp cream. Down filled. Knife edge with zipper. In ...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Velvet, Down

Schumacher Chevron Velvet 18" Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Chevron Velvet (item# 72842, CHEVRON VELVET FABRIC) with a knife edge finish. A fabulous combination of plush ombré and delicate accent stripes, this luxe chevr...
Category

2010s North American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Handwoven 'Altitude Cent II' Bauhaus Merino Wool Large Cushion Pillow
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Handwoven on a dobby loom in our studio using a complex double cloth weaving technique and a combination of weave structures, this unique cushion draws inspiration from the Art Deco ...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Vintage Designer Cartier Silk Scarf and Pure Irish Linen Christmas Stocking Red
By Katie Larmour Design
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Vintage Designer Cartier silk scarf and pure Irish linen Christmas stocking red Katie Larmour Linen is known for her use of luxury salvaged materials, with this collection, each o...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen, Silk

Yellow Velvet Cushion
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Yellow velvet cushion.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Velvet, Feathers

Modern Kilim Cushion Cover Blue Handmade Geometric Wool Pillow Case
Located in Hampshire, GB
This new traditional Kilim cushion cover is a handwoven piece constructed in the early 21st century. The design has been delicately woven by hand and features a symmetrical geometric...
Category

Early 2000s Afghan Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Mid-Century Modern Decorative Gray Throw Pillow
Located in Norwalk, CT
This new accent pillow of East-meets-West design aesthetic showcases a floral design with predominant Vintage gray color. Hand-made, using either 100% premium wool. This pillow mea...
Category

2010s Indian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Black Turkish Mohair Rug Pillow
Located in New York, NY
A pillow made with a Turkish Mohair rug. Measures: 15'' x 23'.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Mohair, Foam

Mohair Pillows in Blues from Vintage Blanket, Pair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These mohair blanket pillows are in fine condition with light to dark shades of blue. The backing is in light blue cotton linen. Sold in pairs.
Category

Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Mohair

Turkish Mohair Rug Pillow
Located in New York, NY
A pillow made with a Turkish Mohair rug. 20'' x 28''
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Mohair, Foam

Handwoven 'Ixelles' Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Piccalilli /Greys
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Inspired by decorative stone and iron work, the Ixelles cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven on a dobby loom in our stud...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Pair of Custom Glicine Patterned Fortuny Pillows
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of custom pillows made with vintage red/pink & gold metallic Fortuny fronts in the Gllicine pattern. The pillows have velvet backs that coordinate with the Fortuny fronts. Down ...
Category

1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Black Turkish Mohair Rug Pillow
Located in New York, NY
A pillow made with a Turkish Mohair rug. Measures: 15” x 15”.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Mohair, Foam

Pair of Fortuny Textile Pillows w/ Sphinxes
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of custom pillows made with unique Fortuny cotton fronts depicting Sphinxes and cream velvet backs. Self cording, down inserts.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Velvet

Midcentury Rolling Ottoman Hassock Floor Cushion Set
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage midcentury rolling ottoman floor cushion set rendered in 3 colors of vinyl faux leather.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Faux Leather

Handwoven 'Ixelles' Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Indigo/Colbalt Blue
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Inspired by decorative stone and iron work, the Ixelles cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven on a dobby loom in our stud...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Leather Bolster Pillow, Braided, in Emerald Green — 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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Leather

Aqua and Green Diamond Pattern Fabric Fragment
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Aqua and green diamond pattern fabric fragment. Printed linen fabric. Sold as is. Ideal for pillows or upholstery. Size: 28" H x 56" W.
Category

20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen

Eclectic American Hooked Rug
Located in New York, NY
An American Hooked rug from the 3rd quarter of the 20th century with an eclectic pattern Measures: 2' x 3'2''.  
Category

Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Eclectic American Hooked Rug
Located in New York, NY
An American Hooked rug from the 3rd quarter of the 20th century with an eclectic design Measures: 2' x 3'2''.  
Category

Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Luxe Genuine Fox Fur Pillows in Hues of Grey
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Luxury throw pillows in stunning fox hides in varying hues of grey. All handcrafted, featuring fine cashmere backing in charcoal grey. Each pillow has been filled with plush, down-al...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Fur

Handwoven 'Ixelles' Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Papaya/Burgundy/Grey
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Inspired by decorative stone and iron work, the Ixelles cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven on a dobby loom in our stud...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Pair of Green and Yellow Tropical Leaf Bark Cloth Decorative Pillows
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Pair of tropical design printed pillows, in shades of green, orange and black. Acid green backings. Palm beach boho chic. Throw pillows handcrafted and designed in the USA. Closur...
Category

1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen, Down, Feathers

New Handmade Traditional Kilim Cushion Cover Bold Wool Scatter Pillow
Located in Hampshire, GB
This new traditional kilim cushion cover is a handwoven piece constructed in the early 21st century. The design has been delicately woven by hand and features a symmetrical geometric...
Category

Early 2000s Afghan Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Natural Fiber, Organic Material

Pair of Cushions in Josef Frank Hawaii Pattern Textile
Located in New York, NY
A pair of cushions featuring vintage fabric by Austrian designer Josef Frank. Each cushion displays a design motif from Josef Frank's "Hawaii" pattern. 50 down/50 feather insert. New...
Category

2010s Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Fabric, Down, Feathers

Pair of Pillows Italian Embroidered Silk and Velvet Back
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Refin...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Silk, Velvet

Pair of Glicine Patterned Fortuny Pillows
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of red & gold custom Glicine patterned Fortuny cotton fronts and red velvet backs. Self cord detail. Down inserts.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Velvet

"Lido III" Merino Wool Pillow by Le Lampade
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
"Lido III" is a variation of the popular "Lido" pillow, featuring a white boiled wool background with hand-tufted and hand-channelled black wool as contrast. Comes with a feather/dow...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Handwoven 'Altitude Cent I' Bauhaus Merino Wool Large Cushion Pillow
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Handwoven on a dobby loom in our studio using a complex double cloth weaving technique and a combination of weave structures, this unique cushion draws inspiration from the Art Deco ...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug
Located in New York, NY
A one-of-a-kind Authentic Moroccan accent size rug from the middle of the 20th century. This piece is pretty wild and fun. If you are in love take a dive and make a big splash! Me...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Katie Larmour Vintage Christian Dior Scarf Backed in Pure Irish Linen Cushion
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Title: Katie Larmour vintage Christian Dior scarf backed in pure Irish Linen cushion pillow pink gold This gem is a one-of-a-kind custom made luxury cushion (pillow) from an exqu...
Category

Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen

Worn Checkerboard Turkish Deco Pillow
Located in New York, NY
Pillow made from a Turkish Deco rug with a checkerboard motif Measures: 19'' x 20''.
Category

20th Century Turkish Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Foam

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