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Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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
Bauhaus Inspired Wall Lights in Black Bakelite and Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
ESC Zukov, wall lights model 213, Bakelite, opaline glass, Czech Republic, 1950s These well-designed wall lights show a solid construction built off a black fixture executed in bake...
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Glass, Bakelite

Kalmar 'Tulipan' Chandelier Pendant Light, Blown Glass, 1970, One of Two
Located in Austria, AT
One of two glass pendant chandeliers model 'Tulipan' by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, Vienna, manufactured in Mid-Century, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). The name Tulipan derives fr...
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

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

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Aluminum

Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce Rare Stella Six Lune Ceiling Light, Italy, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce rare original Stella flush mount ceiling light or chandelier with with six acid-etched glass globe shades suspended from rich patinated brass structure an...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp, Model 10A
Located in Seattle, WA
A new old stock Noguchi Akari floor lamp model 10A, In pristine condition no scratches on the frame or tears on the shade. Came with original box.  
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Early 2000s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Bertil Vallien Rare Wrought Iron Fire Screen, circa 1960, Sweden
Located in Brussels, BE
Very nice Bertil Vallien wrought iron fire screen. Boda edition, circa 1960, Sweden. Rare piece on the market, very poetic and decorative object. Good original condition. Height ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Small Vintage French Ceramic Table Lamp, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage diminutive French ceramic table lamp, 1960s. Signed near the bottom. Newly rewired for U.S standards, uses a candelabra bulb. Custom shade with top diffuser made of linen.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Ceramic

Italian Modern Pendant Light in Acrylic and Brass by Stilux Milano, 1970s
Located in Clivio, Varese
Italian mid-century pendant lamp or chandelier manufactured from Stilux Milano in the 1970s. The pendant light is made of four square acrylic lampshades which are mounted to the cen...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Carlo Enrico Rava Att. Mid-Century Modern Italian Console
Located in Porto, PT
Carlo Enrico Rava (Att.) Mid-Century Modern Italian varnished wood wall console, green marble top.
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble

Barovier Toso Murano Orange Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Flower Star Bowl
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown orange and gold flecks Italian art glass star / flower shaped bowl. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier for Barovier e Toso. The piece is profu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Gold Leaf

Large Blue Faceted Murano Glass Vase, Mid Modern by Simone Cenedese, 1980s
Located in Dallas, TX
Very large blue translucent Murano glass vase, or urn. By Simone Cenedese, Murano, Italy, 1980s. The Murano glass is faceted outside, creating a matt effect. A beautiful piece of ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass

Osvaldo Borsani Set of Eight Unique High Back Dining Chairs for Tecno, 1971
Located in Chicago, IL
Osvaldo Borsani set of eight unique high back swivel dining chairs for Tecno 1971, Original cotton velvet upholstery, aluminum with bronzed finish. A copy of the blueprint included ...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Franco Campo and Carlo Graffi Magazine Basket Italy 1950
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Beautiful shaped magazine basket designed by Franco Campo and Carlo Graffi, Italy 1950. The basket has a solid steel structure which is black painted. And its beautifully woven with ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Fireplace by Maison Jansen, 1970
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Fireplace by Jansen from 1970 in Inox.
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

English Mid-Century Faux Bamboo Desk with Vellum Top and Semicircular Shelf
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English faux bamboo desk from the mid-20th century, with vellum top, semi-circular shelf and drawers. Created in England during the mid-century period, this desk features a semi-c...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Faux Bamboo, Paper

Limited Edition "Cité" Armchair in Leather by Jean Prouvé
Located in Dronten, NL
The Cité armchair is an early masterpiece by the French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. Originally designed to furnish the student residence halls at the Cité Universitaire in Nan...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel

Toso Murano Multicolor Murrine Art Glass Rooster Sculpture or Paperweight
Located in Barcelona, ES
Colorful Mid-Century Modern Murano Millefiori Murrine Art glass rooster figurine. Attributed to Fratelli Toso, Italy, 1960s. This eye-catching cock rooster blown glass sculpture or ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine

Vintage Murano Glass Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Murano icy ribbed glass chandelier with scalloped edged surround, supported by contemporary brass column and canopy, with original glass finial. (Re-wired for USA standards...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass

Set of Two Lauriana Sofas by Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Dronten, NL
Pair of Lauriana 2-seater sofas designed in 1978 by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia. Dark chocolate brown removable velvet upholstery with camel leather piping. Mounted on a ste...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Italian Modernist Armchair
Located in Austin, TX
Armchair from Italy made with a beech wood structure with flared legs and curved armrests. This piece is in the manner of Paolo Buffa with the original micro fiber printed upholstery...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Beech

Italian Designer, Mirror, Rattan, Mirror Glass, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wall mirror, produced in Italy, 1950s. Cut mirror glass is framed in rattan. Other designers of the period include Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand, Franco Albini, and Josef...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Cane, Rattan

Impressive Pierre Chapo T14c Dining Table in Solid Elmwood, France, 1960s
Located in Echt, NL
Beautiful T14c dining table in very good condition. Designed and manufactured by Pierre Chapo in the 1960s. This table is made of solid elmwood. The design is simplistic and the...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wood, Elm

Large Modern Gold Amber Color Murano Glass Chandelier or Flush Mount, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
This chandelier with 100 gold amber color precious hank blown Murano glasses, supported by a chrome frame on five levels. A combination of a warm gold amber glasses creates a fabulou...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Blown Glass

Guillerme et Chambron Lounge Chair 'Denis' in Solid Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron for Votre Maison, lounge chair model 'Denis', fabric, oak, France, 1960s This ‘Denis’ lounge chair is designed by the French designer duo Jacques Chambron and...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Oak

Italian Gold and Cobalt Blue Venetian / Murano Glass Chandelier by Vistosi, 1970
Located in New York, NY
Unique, Hand Blown Italian Mid-Century, Murano Glass Suspension Chandelier / Pendant by Gino Vistosi in a dramatic balance of color with golds and deep cobalt blue. The piece present...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass

Arredoluce Style Pair of Pendants
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Arredoluce style pair of pendants. Italy 1960s. Opaline glass, patinated brass.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Danish Bedside Tables by Johannes Andersen for Silkeborg, Set of 2, 1960s
Located in Teteringen, Noord-Brabant
Set of Danish design teak bedside tables designed by Johannes Andersen for Silkeborg Møbelfabrik, 1960. A pair like these rare bedside tables are highly sought after these days. Each...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Teak

Emil Stjenar for Rupert E. Nikoll Large Chandeliers in Glass and Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Emil Stjenar for Rupert E. Nikoll, chandelier, glass, brass, Austria, 1960s Wonderful chandeliers by Emil Stjenar for Nikoll. This cylindric chandelier consists of multiple thin b...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Diamante Sconce by Fabio Ltd - 4 available
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Italian wall lights or flush mounts with smoky Murano glasses hand blown in stylish diamond shaped patterns with textured effect, mounted on polished brass frames / Designed by Fabio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Brutalist Coffee Table with a Brown/Rusty Slate Top, Netherlands, 1970s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Brutalist slate stone coffee table, Netherlands, 1970 The table has a natural slate top with a beautiful brown/rusty color. The heavy base is made from lacquered metal and has th...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Slate

Pair of Mid Century Modern Chairs in the Style of Robsjohn-Gibbings in Mohair
Located in Bernville, PA
Pair of mid century chairs in the style of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings in mohair. Beautiful chairs in a walnut gloss finished, complemented in a soft luxurious gray mohair with a tailored...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Maple, Mohair

Contemporary Jonathan Low Table with Tempered Crystal Top, Black&Brass Version
Located in Milan, Lombardy
The low Jonathan table features a tubular metal 20x60mm frame, epoxy coated in glossy black color with brass profiles. Variable colors for the frame upon request. The crystal top ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Crystal, Iron

Pair of Italian 1970s Walnut and Gilt Brass Coffee Tables
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian 1970s walnut and gilt brass coffee tables with inset glass tops, the square legs inset with gilded brass side fittings and meet to secure and display a chic X formed ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Glass, Walnut

Italian Designer, Wall Mirror, Rattan, Mirror Glass, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wall mirror, produced in Italy, 1950s. Cut mirror glass is framed in rattan. Other designers of the period include Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand, Franco Albini, and Josef...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Cane, Rattan, Mirror

Albert Chubac, Painting, France, circa 1960
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Albert Chubac (1925-2008), Acrylic painting on cardboard, Stamped, France, circa 1960. Measures: Height 100 cm, width 140 cm. Albert Chubac was born in Geneva in 1920. After study...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Paint

Marc Held for Prisunic Side Table in Fiberglass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Marc Held for Prisunic, side table, fiberglass, rubber, metal, France, 1971 The designer and architect of French origin Marc Held designed this remarkable side table for Prisunic ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Les Arcs Chair by Charlotte Perriand, 1960s
Located in London, GB
Les Arcs chair designed by Charlotte Perriand for the Les Arcs ski resort in Savoie, in the late 1960s. Cognac leather seat on a tubular chrome frame. Creasing and wear to the leathe...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

21st Century Modern Armchair Bouclé, Leather Upholstered & Nero Marquina Marble
Located in Porto, PT
21st century modern armchair bouclé, leather upholstered & nero marquina marble Alice armchair Alice armchair is a luxury armchair composed by exquisite materials. This eclectic arm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble

Stilnovo Chandelier attributed
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stillovo chandelier ( attributed) with 12 lights. Patinated brass branches with matte opaline glass.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Barovier & Toso, Organic Mirror, Brass, Murano Glass, Mirror, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic wall mirror. Attributed to Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1950s. Other designers of the period include Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand.     
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Mirror, Murano Glass

Adjustable Triennale 3 Arms Chandelier Brass, Stilnovo Style, Three Hues of Blue
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Bespoke chandelier with three arms that are counterbalanced. That allows to move the arms up and down. The heads are on a pivotting joint to they can reach any desired angle. This c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Titina Ammannati and Vitelli Giampiero for Comfort Lounge Chair in Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Titina Ammannati and Vitelli Giampiero for Comfort, leather, fiberglass, Italy, 1970s This eccentric lounge chair is designed by the Italian duo Titina Ammannati and Vitelli Giam...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Fiberglass

Edmund Spence Attributed Large 6 Drawers Walnut Dresser W/ Gallery Top Cone Legs
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Two tier ornate fine detail brass & crome serving bar cart liquor station. Super clean all restored condition. Parsed carving pulls.
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Walnut

Contemporary Pleated Wall Light with Linen Shade off-white Handmade
Located in London, GB
Limited edition handmade pleated wall light, simple geometric pleats formed into a semi-circular sconce. The pleated shade is made from off-white linen with a metal wall plate that f...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Stainless Steel

Nils Allan Johannesson, Vase, Brown Glazed Stoneware, Studio, Sweden, C. 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small vase designed and produced by Nils Allan Johannesson, in his own studio in Barsebäck, Sweden. c. 1960s-1970s. Features brown colored stoneware. With markings to underside...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Stoneware

Rare Pair of Osvaldo Borsani P71 Lounge Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare and important pair of Osvaldo Borsani P71 armchairs in Italian walnut and produced by his company, Tecno, Italy. Designed in 1954 the P71 chair was one of the first designs prod...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Upholstery, Walnut

Set of 4 Mid-Century Dutch Brutalist Carved Oak Dining chairs
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Beautiful designed dining room chairs made around 1958. Looks very good in a Brutalist, Minimalist interior where it is important that honest and natural materials are used. Made o...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Oak

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 5 Rotating Balanced Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier. Shown with 5 rotating arms. Compact version, a great chandelier for low ceilings. Chandelier has a minimal height of 70 cm/ 28 inches and wil...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass, Metal

Italian Suspension Light
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Suspension light designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1950's. Enameled metal, brass. Custom brass backplate. Wired for U.S. standards. We recommend five E12 25 w maximum bulbs. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Italian, Pair of Organic Wall Mirrors, Brass, Mirror Glass, Italy, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic wall mirror, produced in Italy, 1940s-1950s. Organically cut mirror glass is framed in brass. Other designers of the period include Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Dining Table for Widdicomb
Located in Chicago, IL
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings dining table for Widdicomb Sold with one 20-inch leaf; table measures 92"inches when fully extended., 72" closed [without leaf] Signed with applied maufacture...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Armchair in the Manner of Gio Ponti, Italy
Located in London, GB
A well sized and comfortable armchair with polished wooden legs, reupholstered in quality GP and J Baker velvet fabric. This Model is very similar to a model designed by Gio Ponti an...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Upholstery

Italian Midcentury Nesting Tables by Ico Parisi, 1950s
Located in Paris, FR
A timeless set of three 20th-century vintage nesting side or coffee tables designed by the iconic Italian Ico Parisi in the 1950s. In skillfully restored condition with re-finishing...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Glass, Wood

21st Century Modern White Armchair Bouclé Lacquered in Gloss
Located in Porto, PT
21st century modern white armchair bouclé lacquered in gloss Alice armchair Alice armchair is a luxury armchair composed by exquisite materials. This eclectic armchair is perfect fo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble

Great 18 Palmette Shallow Flush Ceiling Mount, Murano
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Here the larger version of the successful 12 leaves compact palmette ceiling fixture. This group of shallow ceiling mount Murano chandelier was first designed for a luxury yacht lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Contemporary Jonathan Low Table with Tempered Crystal Top, Black Version
Located in Milan, Lombardy
The low Jonathan table features a tubular metal 20 x 60mm frame, epoxy coated in glossy black color. Variable colors for the frame upon request. The crystal top makes possible to se...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Crystal, Iron

Coffee-Table by ISA Bergamo, Italy, 1960s
Located in Tuscany, IT
Coffee-table by ISA Bergamo Italy 1960s the coffe table has the trademark of the manufacture. In teak and legs pained metal.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Augusto Bozzi for Saporiti Lounge Chair in Yellow Upholstery and Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Augusto Bozzi for Saporiti, lounge chair, fabric, metal, brass, Italy, 1960s This Italian lounge chair by Augusto Bozzi (1924-1982) is characterized by a modest aesthetic due to i...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

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