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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 vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Curvas Desk by Vintage on Point
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Curvy slightly amorohic desk built in house by vintage on Point. This desk is made of solid and veneered white oak. Legs are removable for easy transportation and installation. This ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Sturdy Wall Unit Bookcase Made of Wood
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
This is a wall, eubel with 1 closed cupboard with opening doors and 4 shelves. Nice to store various things or as a bookcase.      
Category

1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Bentwood

Danish Rosewood or Palisanderwood Bedside Tables, 1960s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
This is a beautiful set of two bedside tables with drawers. This set is made of rosewood and produced in Denmark around the 60s. It is veneered wood. Give these nice cupboa...
Category

Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Rosewood

Burmese Dark Brown Rattan Parsons Leg Coffee Table Hand-Stitched over Wood
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Burmese vintage dark brown rattan parsons leg coffee table from the mid 20th century, hand-stitched over wood. We currently have several available, priced and sold $3,800 each. Cre...
Category

Mid-20th Century Burmese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood, Rattan

Pair of Vintage Thai Teak Demilune Tables with Hand Carved Apron and Turned Base
Located in Yonkers, NY
A pair of vintage Thai natural teak demilune console tables from the mid-20th century, with hand carved and painted wooden frieze. Born in Thailand during the midcentury period, each...
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Mid-20th Century Thai Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Teak

Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi for Tendo Mokko
Located in Sammushi, JP
Rare butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagi, manufactured by Tendo in Japan. It has an oval seal. It is a proof that it is a valuable early work. Comes with a red cushion. It's the...
Category

1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Teak

Pebble Stool Type 01, Natural Light Acacia Wood
Located in Chiangmai, TH
A three-legged wooden stool that looks like the arrangement of rock to form a structure. This work was born from the skill and instinct of a master craftsman where designers give the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

George Nelson 4 Element Sofa Made by Herman Miller
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Designed by George Nelson, this living room set is an iconic piece of Mid-Century Modern design! Manufactured by Herman Miller in the United States of America, circa 1960. The set...
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather

Vintage Burmese Parsons Leg Rattan Coffee Table Hand-Stitched over Wood
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Burmese vintage rattan parsons leg coffee table from the mid 20th century, hand-stitched over wood. We currently have several available, priced and sold $3,250 each. Created in Bur...
Category

Mid-20th Century Burmese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Rattan, Wood

Customized Lounger, Reclaimed Hardwood, Brass Structure, by P. Tendercool
Located in Bangkok, TH
We’ve designed this ultimate lounger for a client’s library/music room. The square shape offers a double function: our client reads, rest and relaxes facing the garden or twists and ...
Category

2010s Thai Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Phillip Lloyd Powell Custom Screen
Located in Houston, TX
Phillip Lloyd Powell screen USA, c. 1965 American black walnut, glass, brass 96 w × 1.75 d × 95.5 h inches Large four-panel custom screen by Phillip Lloyd Powell. Carved walnu...
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Glass, Walnut

TH Brown Danish Bar Stool in Dark Ash - Australian Iconic Designer Piece
Located in Adelaide, SA
The TH Brown Danish bar stool was designed by Peter Brown and first manufactured from early 1960, and remains an iconic, timeless Australian design masterpiece to this day. The beaut...
Category

2010s Australian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather, Ash

1960's Kai Kristiansen Model 31 Danish Rosewood Chair
Located in Federal Way, WA
Stunning Kai Kristiansen Model 31, dining chairs, Set of 6. Rosewood frame, beautiful original upholstery.
Category

16th Century Danish Antique Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Rosewood

Chinese Vintage Altar Console Table with Humpback Stretchers and Horse Hoof Feet
Located in Yonkers, NY
A vintage Chinese teak wood altar console table from the mid-20th century, with humpback stretchers and horse hoof feet. Created in China during the Midcentury period, this teak wood...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Teak

Willy Guhl Pod Chairs 'Set'
Located in Bloomfield Hills, MI
As of the mid-20th century, the work of Willy Guhl was a revolutionary feat of industry and design with a distinct style that transcends decades. True to form and function, Guhl work...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Composition

Rocking Chair No.1 / Akita-mokko
Located in Sammushi, JP
Rocking Chair No.1 by Akita-mokko Manufacture : Akitamokko / Japan Size : W 670 D 970 H 900 SH 430 mm A vintage rocking chair made by Akitamokko. Akitamokko is famous as a manufac...
Category

1950s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Teak

Henry Link Set of White Wicker Bedroom Furniture, Nightstands, Mirror 1980s
Located in Richmond, Surrey
Rare set of white wicker Henry Link Bedroom Furniture, including Nightstands x 2, Chest of Drawers, Wall Mirror and chair. Solid wood structure, with woven wicker. Set comprises o...
Category

1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wicker, Wood

James Mont Style Chinese Asian Black Lacquer Green Silk Stool Midcentury Art
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
James Mont style Chinese Asian black green stool midcentury. Black lacquer Chinese inspired design with green silk cushions with tassels. Dated 1960 measures 21” x 21” x 15” H on bra...
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pebble Stool Type 02, Black Acacia Wood
Located in Chiangmai, TH
A three-legged wooden stool that looks like the arrangement of rock to form a structure. This work was born from the skill and instinct of a master craftsman where designers give the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Burmese Vintage Rattan Parsons Leg Coffee Table Hand-Stitched over Wood
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Burmese vintage rattan parsons leg coffee table from the mid 20th century, hand-stitched over wood. We currently have several available, priced and sold $3,250 each. Created in Bur...
Category

Mid-20th Century Burmese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Rattan, Wood

Rocking Chair by Takeshi Nii
Located in Sammushi, JP
1966 Takeshi Nii Rocking Chair Design : Takeshi Nii / Japan Size : W 580 D 875 H 1030 mm Takeshi Nii's folding rocking chair. You can see chairs with similar structures in the 70'...
Category

1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather, Teak

Vintage Burmese Rattan and Bamboo Coffee Table with Tray Top and Splaying Legs
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Burmese vintage rattan and bamboo coffee table from the mid 20th century, with tray top. Created in Burma during the midcentury period, this vintage rattan and bamboo coffee table ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Burmese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Bamboo, Rattan

1960s James Mont Style Black Lacquer Asian Modern Chinoiserie Ming Chairs - a Pa
Located in Esperance, NY
1960s James Mont style black lacquer Asian Modern Chinoiserie Ming chairs - a pair.
Category

1960s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Contemporary Mid Century Adam Bed Base Handcrafted with Wooden Joinery
Located in Mexico City, ME
Inspired by Nordic aesthetics, Adam is a bed base that was designed to give our clients a better Sleep quality like a hug when you arrived home. Adam Bed is a timeless piece of furn...
Category

2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Hardwood

Wall Unit Van Rego Mobile Design by Gunter Renkel, 1960
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
a wall unit from the 60s by the Designer Gúnter Renkel, made by Rego Mobile from teak, the wall unit consists of separate parts with 4 wall panels 2 wall panels are 50 cm wi...
Category

1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Teak

Vintage Mid Century Modern Chinese Ebonised Drinks Serving Trolley Bamboo Frame
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer this very fine, circa 1950’s Mid Century Modern Bamboo and glass Chinese drinks trolley A good looking well made and decorative piece, the beauty of this...
Category

1950s Chinese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Glass, Bamboo

Desk Designed by Carl Malmsten, Sweden, 1934
Located in Stockholm, SE
Mahogany with inlay of exotic woods. Text 'Ora et labora' translates to 'Pray and work'. Signed C.Malmsten. Measures: H: 76 cm/ 2' 5 7/8" L: 170 cm/ 5' 6 7/8" W: 70 cm/ 2'...
Category

1930s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood, Mahogany

Vintage Thai Green Painted Faux Bamboo Coffee Table with Woven Rattan Top
Located in Yonkers, NY
A vintage Country style Thai green painted faux bamboo coffee table from the mid 20th century with woven rattan top and straight legs. Created in Thailand during the Midcentury perio...
Category

Mid-20th Century Thai Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Faux Bamboo, Rattan, Wood

Large Solid Oak Wall Cabinet from Kurt Ostervig 5 Parts 1970s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
This is a beautiful wall unit designer Kurt Ostervig made at KP Mobler. Made of super quality light oak. 1 cupboard with doors and shelves on top of a display case. On the r...
Category

20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Camel Table by Hendrik Van Keppel and Taylor Green for Brown Saltman, 1950s
Located in San Diego, CA
Iconic furniture design. Cocktail coffee table or dining table? Created during a revolutionary era of design and more Classic and current than ever, this piece is a unique and rare. ...
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Mid Century Richardson Bros Co. Secretary Desk
Located in Spokane Valley, WA
Mid century secretary desk by Richardson Bros Co. never have I seen one of these beauties. Gorgeous walnut build with all original brass hardware aged to perfection. Sitting on sturd...
Category

1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Chinese Red Lacquered Cube Side Tables with Ming Dynasty Marble Tops
Located in Yonkers, NY
A pair of vintage Chinese elmwood cube shaped side tables from the mid 20th century made with antique red lacquered elmwood and Ming Dynasty period marble inset tops coming from a te...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Marble

1970s Knoll Mohair Spindle Armchair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chairs by Davis Allen for Knoll circa 1980s. Chairs features a nice sculptural back and nice wood spindles. Chair shows well as is with minor scuffs to finish as shown in pictures. P...
Category

1670s Antique Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Mohair, Wood

Midcentury Chinese Enameled Porcelain Garden Seat
Located in San Francisco, CA
Midcentury Chinese enameled porcelain garden seat Beautifully incised, enameled and hand painted Chinese porcelain seat. This would also make a great end table or plant stand. ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Chinese Red Lacquer End Tables
Located in London, by appointment only
A decorative pair of mid 20th-century Chinese export black and red lacquer side tables. The black lacquer frames inset with vibrant red lacquer panels decorated with birds amongst gr...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

Lunar Chair, Black Acacia Wood
Located in Chiangmai, TH
Lunar chair Moonler’s products are mainly made of Chamchuri Wood (known as Acacia or Monkey Pod) which are solid wood and solid wood is a living material. It may move according to...
Category

2010s Thai Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Pennsylvania House Candlelight Mahogany King Size Headboard
Located in Germantown, MD
Pennsylvania house candlelight mahogany king size headboard. In very good condition. Measures 79"W x 35"H x 3"D.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Record Holder in Walnut and Perforated White
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful gently used walnut bookcase or record holder. Divider are removable perforated back is a think lightweight material making it easier for media home to be cut if needed. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

1960s Vintage Lounge Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Newly upholstered lounge chairs on brass casters. Fresh checkered fabric with soft textured velvet. Lounge chairs stand at 25.25” tall, providing a low profile comfort. Sold individu...
Category

1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Drexel Heritage Walnut Sideboard Buffet Bar on Wheels
Located in Germantown, MD
Create a sophisticated statement with this impressive Drexel Heritage bar, Sideboard, buffet on hidden wheels. Measures approx. 32" H x 46" W x 19" D. Width open approx. 69.5".  The...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pebble Stool Type 01, Natural Acacia Wood
Located in Chiangmai, TH
A three-legged wooden stool that looks like the arrangement of rock to form a structure. This work was born from the skill and instinct of a master craftsman where designers give the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

PHAKA lounge, Natural Acacia Wood and Black Cords
Located in Chiangmai, TH
The Phaka lounge expand the design concepts of structural simplicity and spiritual essence of materiality to another territory. Additional features such as wood slab armrests and wic...
Category

2010s Thai Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Cord, Wood

Phaka Chair, Natural Dark / Black Acacia Wood
Located in Chiangmai, TH
The Phaka chair is a quest for the simplest structure, an essential character of a good chair. The pure, humble aesthetic is created by exceptional craftmanship. For best proportions...
Category

2010s Thai Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

KENA chair, Natural Dark / Black Acacia Wood
Located in Chiangmai, TH
Ambiguity between the two forms of creativity, art and design, was a popular conversation during Mid-20th century. Dedicated to the design language of that era, the Kena Collectio...
Category

2010s Thai Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Coffee Table or Side Table from Charles & Ray Eames Herman Miller
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Beautiful & timeless original side table/coffee table by Charles & Ray Eames. Manufacturer:Herman Miller. Country of origin: America. Period:1960. This coffee table has a bea...
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Petrified Wood

Walnut and Cane Low Profile Sideboard
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Walnut and cane low profile credenza in excellent condition. Item offers one shelf that can be place in either of the three cubby spaces. Item sits on thick plinth bases with great s...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Cane, Walnut

Handcrafted Tambour Credenza
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Handcrafted walnut tambour credenza. Items were built in house for a staging job. Items have been on displays with very little use and is in like new condition. Items offer ample hid...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Eames Style Zenith Rope, Edge Lounge Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage fiberglass chair by Herman Miller. Item is in good aesthetic condition and structurally has no breaks or chips. No Identifiers. Seat width: 15” Seat depth: 16” Seat height...
Category

1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Fiberglass

1960s Prelude Dresser in Solid Oak
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Restored oak dresser with original hardware. Item is structurally sound and shows in great condition.
Category

1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

1960s Mid-Century Kroehler Style Reupholstered Sofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid century sofa with new upholstery, in good restored conditions. SW76 // SD24 // SH19.5 // AH2.3.
Category

1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Ebony

Pebble Stool Type 01, Rough Black Acacia Wood
Located in Chiangmai, TH
A three-legged wooden stool that looks like the arrangement of rock to form a structure. This work was born from the skill and instinct of a master craftsman where designers give the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Thai Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Heywood Wakefield Mid-Century Modern Breakfront Cabinet
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-Century Modern breakfront cabinet by Heywood Wakefields. Stylish piece from the “Isabel” line, with a sliding glass door and shelved upper case and lower case with double door ca...
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

“Santos” Credenza with Sculpted Legs by Vintage On Point
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Handcrafted and made in house by Vintage On Point. Item offers solid and veneered walnut with sculpted walnut rectangles that both add design flare and work as handles. Item sits on ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

1960s Mid-Century Modern Style Walnut Bookcase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Handcrafted in house for a staging project. Item offers a clean minimal design, extended top for added storage and two drawers for closed storage. Made in solid and walnut veneer.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Mocha Brown Velvet Cloud Sofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Curved sofa in mocha brown velvet and white maple legs. This item was handcrafted for an in house staging project that demanded these specific dimensions. Item has been very gently u...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Vintage MC Rare Bar Cabinet Station by John Keal for Brown Saltman
Located in San Diego, CA
Incredible and intelligent design by John Keal for Brown Saltman. This incredible vintage cabinet from the late 1950s transcends decades to amaze with intelligent design and purpose....
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Composition

PANNA Table, Acacia Wood Top and Iron Legs
Located in Chiangmai, TH
The Panna table brings new perspectives to typical wood-slab tables. With wood slabs placed in the middle, creating wave-like patterns, the table presents itself as a new form of bea...
Category

2010s Thai Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Iron

Vintage 1970s Midcentury Danish Vejle Stole & Møbelfabrik Drop-Leaf Teak Coffee
Located in San Diego, CA
Multidimensional drop-leaf table in teak designed for Danish manufacturer Veile Stole Møbelfabrik by Henning Kjaernulf whose work is featured in the Danish design museum index. His s...
Category

1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Teak

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