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Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and 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
Li Yuan-Chia Cosmic Point Multiple Mix Media Painting
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Li Yuan-chia Cosmic 'Point' Multiple 1929–1994 This Original piece from Lisson Gallery London 1968 Exhibition features a painted white lacquered steel panel with 4 magnetic points...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Steel, Magnets

Andrianna Shamaris Midcentury Couture Oversized Antique Merbau Wood Container
Located in New York, NY
Introducing the midcentury Couture Collection new to 2021. Taken from my finest collection, a beautiful century old merbau wood bowl from Sumatra with stunning patina. We added midce...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood

Burmese Vintage Negora Lacquer Circular Storage Bin with Vertical Stripes
Located in Yonkers, NY
A vintage Burmese negora lacquer round storage bin box from the mid-20th century, with vertical stripes. Created in Burma during the 20th century, this large decorative box features ...
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Mid-20th Century Burmese Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Wood

Large Mid-20th Century Low Wood and Lacquer Tray
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Large lacquer tray, Japan A beautiful low wood tray finished with orange and black lacquer. There are some fine surface scratches, and one small lacquer skip, but otherwise in very...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Wood, Lacquer

1960s Japanese Bamboo and Rice Paper Couchin
Located in Garnerville, NY
Purchased from Takashimaya on fifth Avenue, NYC, circa 1960-70. A wonderful couchin that throws off a soft light. There is a faded bamboo pattern on the interior rice paper covering....
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Bamboo, Mahogany, Paper

Midcentury Cloisonné Lamp by Wilshire House
Located in Rio Vista, CA
A rare midcentury Chinese cloisonné table lamp made of a long neck bronze vase decorated with a floral foliate pattern in shades of pink over a dark texture diamond pattern backgroun...
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20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Metal

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. ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Mahogany

Andrianna Shamaris Midcentury Couture Huge Antique Bowl
Located in New York, NY
Introducing the midcentury Couture Collection new to 2021. Taken from my finest collection, a beautiful century old merbau wood bowl from Sumatra with stunning patina. We added midce...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Wood, Reclaimed Wood

1940s Beautiful & Compact Chinese Red Lacquered Carved Gilt Wood Coffer/Bench
Located in London, GB
A beautiful and compact mid century red lacquered carved gilt wood bench with plenty of storage. The bench has acquired a beautiful patina commensurate with its age. The chinoiserie ...
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1940s Chinese Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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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....
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

Materials

Composition

Three-Tier Carrara Marble and Mahogany Stand
Located in Germantown, MD
Three-Tier Carrara marble and Mahogany stand. Measures 13" in diameter and 30" height. In excellent vintage condition.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Carrara Marble

Mirror
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mirror. Measures: Height 47 cm. width 38 cm. depth 4 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Mirror, Plaster, Wood

Antique Asian Rattan Hat, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Asian Hat, circa 1950. By unknown manufacturer, from Asia. In original condition, with some visible signs of previous use and age, preserving a beautiful patina. Materials: R...
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1950s Asian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Rattan

Antique Asian Rattan Hat, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Asian hat, circa 1950. By unknown manufacturer, from Asia. In original condition, with some visible signs of previous use and age, preserving a beautiful patina. Materials: R...
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1950s Asian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Rattan

Mid-20th Century Batik, Kain, Hip-Wrap Clothing Garment, Java
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Batik, Kain, hip-wrap clothing garment, java, mid-20th century. Worn by both men and women. Black, blue, soga brown and ecru. Designs are applied using the wax resist-dye method. Ty...
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20th Century Javanese Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Cotton

Pair of Freestanding Teak Speakers by Phillips
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Phillips Era: 1960s Materials: Teak Measurements: 28? tall Condition: In excellent original condition. Not function tested.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Teak

Elegant Silver Sake Cup made to commemorate the Osaka World Expo of 1970
Located in Doornspijk, NL
This silver sake cup mas made especially for the 1970 Osaka World Expo. Its is marked 24 KBP.
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1970s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

Materials

Silver

Mid-Century Modernist Andiron Pair by Donald Deskey
Located in San Diego, CA
Incredibly modernist pair of andirons by Donald Deskey. This chic pair in brass and wrought iron exhude pure mid-century style. Side by side, the two andirons project a modernist pro...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Vintage Incense Stick Holder in Bronze and Turquoise, India, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A wellmade miniature incense sticks holder. Handmade in India circa 1970-75 in partially polished bronze set with turquoise. Despite its modest size its rather heavy and it will retu...
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1970s Indian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Bronze

19th Century Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
19th century Chinese rug in shades of creamy white and blue irregular thin striped motif throughout with 4 symbolic Chinese figures signaturing health and prosperity.
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19th Century Chinese Antique Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Wool

Set of Three Pepe Mendoza Brass & Turquoise Ceramic Wall Appliques, 1958
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Set of three Pepe Mendoza Asian inspired brass and aqua ceramic hanging wall ornaments. Featuring reflective cast brass with ceramic inlay with malachite coloration and Brass ring fo...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Brass

Japanese Vintage Hexagonal Two-Lights Table Lamp with Rice Paper Panels, Wired
Located in Yonkers, NY
A vintage Japanese hexagonal wooden table lamp from the mid 20th century, with two lights and rice paper. Created in Japan during the midcentury period, this table lamp attracts the ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Wood, Paper

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