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Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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
Italian Mid-Century Teak Wood Bookcase Four Modules by Vittorio Dassi, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Stunning bookcase composed by four modules freestanding, suitable to be moving and placed at will in the home. it's equipped with seven shelves, one cabinet 2 doors, one cabinet wit...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Mahogany Stacking Etagere or Wall Unit, 1950s
Located in South Bend, IN
A very rare and exceptional carved mahogany "Taliesin" stacking etagere, bookcase, or wall unit By Frank Lloyd Wright for Heritage Henredon USA, 1950s Measures: 86.25" W x 1...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Mahogany

Henredon Mid-Century Modern Campaign Oak and Cane Bookcase on Chest
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Campaign bookcase on chest By Henredon, "Artefacts" Collection USA, Circa 1970s Oak, with caned panel and original brass hardware. Measures: 26"W x ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 3-Shelf System for GUBI in Oak
Located in Glendale, CA
Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 3-shelf system for GUBI in Oak. The Démon Shelf, or the Biblio-Démon in Matégot’s original 1954 sketches, was part of a “plan d’execution de la bibliothèqu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Metal

70s Freestanding Arts & Craft Book Shelf
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
Nice wooden bookshelf with 5 shelves. The bookshelf is standing on it own and is therefore also useable as room divider. The arts and crafts movement is a social movement and a movem...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Swedish Mid 20th Century Low Sideboard with Bookcase
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Swedish mid 20th century low sideboard with bookcase circa 1950. Superb example of Swedish design for maximum storage. Beautifully shaped ends and veneered in elm allover. 2 drawe...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Elm

Exceptional Quality Mid Century Brass Etagere Thick Glass Shelves
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Slim narrow and tall brass etagere all beautifully braised with heavy 3/4" thick glass shelves.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Midcentury Walnut Revolving 3-Tier Bookcase, Manner of Maurice Villency
Located in Norwalk, CT
A modern take on the Classic 19th century revolving bookcase, this sturdy piece is both stylish and utile. Features an oiled-walnut veneer and cylindrical swiveling base. Bookcase is...
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1970s Serbian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Wood

American Mid Century California Design Small Bookcase by Vista
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...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Carrara Marble, Metal

Pair of Tall and Narrow Chrome & Glass Etageres
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of very nice mid century modern narrow and tall etageres.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Chrome

Étagère, Mid-Century Chrome Shelving Unit, by Tricom, Italia, C 1960, Chrome
Located in New York, NY
A stunning chrome, Mid-Century Modern étagère from the 1960s Italy. This tall shelving unit has beautiful curves. It includes four glass shelves. Designed and manufactured by Tricom...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Chrome

1960´s Modular Cabinet, Two Blocks, Six Shelves, Teak, Steel, Brass, Italy
Located in Girona, ES
Modular cabinet, two blocks with two doors and six shelves, adjustable height. Wood with teak veneer and walnut inside with satiny shellac finishing. Blackened steel stands and struc...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass, Steel

Paul McCobb Credenza and Hutch, Planner Group for Winchedon, Black + White
Located in Decatur, GA
Early Planner Group sliding door credenza and hutch top by Paul McCobb for Winchedon. All original black lacquer. White grass cloth sliding doors. Upper cabinet includes rare integra...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Lucite Glass Rosewood Etagere Shelf aftr Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid Century Modern Lucite, Glass, & Sculpted Rosewood Etagere attributed to Charles Holiis Jones. This remarkable bookshelf features seven glass shelves, thick lucite columns...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Chrome

Vintage Midcentury Baughman Sculptural Chrome and Glass Étagère Bookcase Shelf
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman style sculptural chrome and glass étagère bookcase shelf. Item features chrome metal frame, 4 glass shelves, very nice vintage item, clean mo...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Chrome

Finn Juhl Rosewood Modular Bookcase System
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rosewood "Diplomat" model modular bookcase system, designed by Finn Juhl for France and Sons, Denmark, circa 1960s. This set is extremely versatile and can be laid out any way you li...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Brass Bookcase with Glass Shelves and X-Form Patterns
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian vintage brass bookshelf from the mid 20th century, with glass shelves and X-Form motifs. Created in Italy during the midcentury period, this narrow bookcase features a lin...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Vintage Freestanding Bookcase in Wood by Fratelli Proserpio
Located in Milano, IT
Beautiful vintage wooden bookcase designed by Fratelli Proserpino of fine Italian craftsmanship in the 1950s. The bookcase is totally made of fine wood and is distributed on two mod...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Wood

1950s Mid-Century Modern Bookcase and Credenza Cabinet in Walnut
Located in Miami, FL
1950s Mid-Century Modern bookcase and credenza cabinet in walnut Offered is a Mid-Century Modern bookcase and credenza. The cabinet is constructed in solid walnut and is finished ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Walnut

Cado Style Wall Unit
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fully adjustable hanging wall unit with ample storage. Shelving, cabinet space, drawers and tilted rack. Please confirm location - NY or NJ.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Pair Display Shelves in Red Tubular Enameled Steel Frames with 3/8 Inch Glass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Two display / storage shelves with 3/8 inch polished edge glass and red enameled tubular frames. Very good condition. Price is for each. These would work well in any mid century, pos...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Glass

High "China" Bookcase by Børge Mogensen
Located in Lejre, DK
The "China" bookcase in all oak. Designed by MAA. Børge Mogensen in 1958, this piece is made by CM Madsen Cabinetmakers Denmark in the 1960s. Great original condition. More shelves a...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Abstracta Shelving System Poul Cadovius, Denmark, 1960
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice modern shaped 'Abstracta' shelving system designed by Poul Cadovius produced by Royal System, Denmark, 1960. This timeless system exists of black lacquered metal tubes with...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Vintage Display Cabinet/Bookcase 'Belmondo', High Gloss, Czechoslovakia, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
Vintage cabinet or bookcase with shelves, glass sliding doors and four drawers from 'Belmondo' collection made in high gloss. Made in Czechoslovakia by Novy Domov (marked) in the 197...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Rise Bookstand by Sun at Six, Sienna Minimalist Bookstand or Bookcase in Wood
Located in San Jose, CA
Sun at Six is a contemporary furniture design studio that works with traditional Chinese joinery masters to handcraft our pieces using traditional joinery. A floating stand for books...
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2010s Chinese Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Italian Library 1960s
Located in Lasne, BE
Rolling bookcase. Opening with glass and brass knob. Wear due to time and age (see photo).
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass, Metal

Italian Modern Colored Solid Wood Bookcase, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern colored solid wood bookcase, 1980s Solid wood bookcase painted in black, yellow, blue and red. In perfect condition. Measures: 172 x 38 x 172 H cm.
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Wood

French Vintage Bamboo Book Mill Rare Model, 1960s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
French vintage bamboo book mill rare model, 1960s This is a rare beautiful book mill made in France in the 1960s. It can hold at least 50 to 60 books and is tidy. This is on ni...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Bamboo, Rattan

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Cabinet with Sliding Glass Doors
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Mid-Century Modern walnut sliding doors cabinet bookcase.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 4-Shelf System for GUBI in Black Stained Ash
Located in Glendale, CA
Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 4-Shelf System for GUBI in Black Stained Ash 215cm shelf length. The Démon Shelf, or the Biblio-Démon in Matégot’s original 1954 sketches, was part of a “p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Vintage British Mid-Century Modern Teak Hutch Bookcase by G Plan
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a beautiful British Mid-Century Modern hutch-room divider in teak manufactured by G Plan in the UK in the 1960's This special piece, recently imported from England to Calif...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Bookcase in Brazilian Wood
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
We work with artisans who masterfully restore typical pieces from each period of our history, valuing their different preservation techniques. Teamwork has built this pioneering comp...
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1940s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Faux Bamboo Arch Shape Glass Shelves Etagere
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Mid-Century Modern faux bamboo glass shelves etagere.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Mid-Century Brass Etagere by DIA
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern bookcase with sliding base. Brass frame and glass shelving. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Glass

Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 4-Shelf System for GUBI in Black Ash
Located in Glendale, CA
Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 4-Shelf system for GUBI in black ash. The Démon Shelf, or the Biblio-Démon in Matégot’s original 1954 sketches, was part of a “plan d’execution de la bibli...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Tubular Chrome Étagère Bookcase Glass Shelf Baughman Style
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-Century Modern tubular chrome metal étagère bookcase glass shelf Baughman style. Item features tubular chrome metal frame, 4 glass shelves, very nice vintage item, great style an...
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1970s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Chrome

Bookwarm Small Size by Ron Arad Kartell
Located in Naples, IT
Bookworm – Small size – 7 bookends. Design by Ron Arad. The creativity of an artist, combined with the technology of a large company, gives life to an industrial-scale bookshop proje...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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PVC

Arc Top Lighted Lucite Étagère Vitrine
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern all Lucite and white acrylic five shelves étagère vitrine wall unit floor lamp, light fixture.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Lucite

Paul McCobb Planner Group Mid-Century Modern Bookcase on Hairpin Legs, 1950s
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish mid-century modern bookcase on hairpin legs By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid birch, with steel hairpin legs. ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Modern Shagreen Bookcase, Dark
Located in Westwood, NJ
A modern bookcase with a polished nickel frame and covered in a dark grey Shagreen embossed leather wrap, with floating shelves and a large bottom drawer also with polished nickel ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 5-Shelf System for GUBI in American Walnut
Located in Glendale, CA
Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 5-Shelf System for GUBI in American Walnut. The Démon Shelf, or the Biblio-Démon in Matégot’s original 1954 sketches, was part of a “plan d’execution de la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Gordo Bookshelf, Solid Wood, Powder Coated Steel, Customizable
Located in Louisville, KY
The Gordo bookcase is constructed in our Brooklyn studio and local partners using premium domestic hardwoods and powder coated steel. The angled legs allow the shelving unit to be fr...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Paul Evans Cityscape Brass Shelf
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul Evans Cityscape with brass holders and glass shelf. In original condition with visible wear, consistent with age and use. Another available in chrome.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Tall "China" Bookcase by Børge Mogensen
Located in Lejre, DK
The "China" bookcase in teak and solid oak frame. Designed by MAA. Børge Mogensen in 1954, this piece is made by CM Madsen Cabinetmakers Denmark in the 1960s. Great original conditio...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Teak Glass-Front Bookcase by Børge Mogensen for Søborg Møbler
Located in Norwalk, CT
A fabulous high quality two-piece Danish mid-century bookcase display cabinet in teak wood, designed by Børge Mogensen for the Danish manufacturer Søborg Møbler. This cabinet feature...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Pair of Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Bookshelves #1516 Maple Walnut Finish
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single high bookcases bookshelves #1516 original walnut finish over solid maple with solid maple 4 leg base. Beautiful bookcase set by Paul McC...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Maple, Walnut

Ilmari Tapiovaara for La Permanente Mobili Cantù Bookcase in Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
IImari Tapiovaara for Permanente Mobili Cantù, bookcase, teak, lacquered wood, Italy, circa 1957 This grand bookcase executed in teak is designed by the Finnish designer Ilmari Ta...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Willem Lutjens Shelving Unit for Gouda Den Boer - Holland, 1960s
Located in Brussels , BE
Willem Lutjens Shelving Unit for Gouda Den Boer - Holland, 1960s.
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Pull-Out Desk Top Borge Mogensen Danish Teak Bookcase Tambour Door Secretary
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Borge Mogensen early Mid-Century Modern Danish teak desk. The stately piece has a deep red-orange patina from over half a century of age. No press board composite material on this. I...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Claudio Salocchi Italian Midcentury Bookcase for Sormani 60's
Located in bari, IT
Amazing bookcase model Centro by Claudio Salocchi for Sormani mid 60's.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Pair of Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Bookshelf #1516 Maple Iron Base Black
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single bookcase #1516 black lacquer over maple with iron base. Beautiful bookcase set by Paul McCobb, circa 1950s Planner Group, single center ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Iron

Italian 1950s Bookcase
Located in Milan, IT
Italian 1950s bookcase composed by five uprights, cabinets and shelves. Beautiful brass details and glass panel covering the front of the largest cabinet. Every cabinet comes with ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Milo Baughman Style Chrome Étagère
Located in Redding, CT
Milo Baughman style chrome étagère with four glass shelves. Great for display piece for living room, office or bedroom. Domed open top makes this very light and airy. Bottom glass sh...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Chrome

Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Birch Low Bookcase
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern birch low bookcase, circa 1950. Stylish and practical piece of Swedish design, allowing maximum storage with minimum space.  This piece lends itsel...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Midcentury '1950s' French Sliding Doors Belief in Oakwood
Located in Milano, IT
Elegant midcentury (1950s) French sliding doors belief in oakwood. Impeccably restored, fits perfectly both at home and in the office, for books or classify your files.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Jacques Dumond, Modular Bookcase in Curved Plywood, France, 1963
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Bookcase in white lacquered curved plywood created by Jacques Dumond and produced by Les Ateliers Jacques Dumond in Lyon, France 1963. Structured around two elements assembled by an ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Aluminum

Danish Rosewood Desk and Bookcase with Sliding Doors, 1950
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
A beautiful Danish rosewood desk cabinet with upper shelving. Features adjustable shelving with additional storage behind the 2 sliding doors and an extendable writing surface. Has a...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Rosewood

Franco Albini Modular Bookcase LB7 in Wood by Poggi Pavia 1956
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
LB7 Modular bookcase (2 modules) with cabinets and shelves, in solid wood, veneered and teak. Designed by Franco Albini and produced by Poggi Pavia, 1956, Italy. Licterature: R....
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Brass

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