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The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

Kaoru Saito Limited Edition Japanese Mezzotint Print "Sasanqua"
Kaoru Saito Limited Edition Japanese Mezzotint ...
Vintage 1980s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A gorgeous and beautifully textured print by Japanese mezzotint master printer Kaoru Saito. The print is pencil signed, numbered (72/93), dated (1987) and titled by the artist. ...
Rare Tadashi Nakayama Japanese Woodblock Print
Rare Tadashi Nakayama Japanese Woodblock Print
Tadashi Nakayama
Vintage 1950s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
This wonderfully designed, abstract work titled "Buffoonery" is by esteemed Japanese print maker Tadashi Nakayama. The print is pencil signed and dated 1958. A very rare and hard to ...
Yoshitoshi Mori Limited Edition Japanese Stencil Print
Yoshitoshi Mori Limited Edition Japanese Stenci...
Yoshitoshi Mori
Vintage 1970s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A relatively large, very vibrantly colored, gorgeously stylized and composed print by Japanese master printmaker Yoshitoshi Mori famed for his kappazuri stencil printing technique. I...
Hiroyuki Tajima Limited Edition Abstract Japanese Woodblock Print
Hiroyuki Tajima Limited Edition Abstract Japane...
Hiroyuki Tajima
Vintage 1970s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A gorgeous, luminous and sumptuously colored woodblock print by Japanese artist Hiroyuki Tajima titled "Rusty Memory." Tajima is famed for his use of rich, dark colors and striking a...
Baker Furniture Zebra Print Upholstered Screena
Baker Furniture Zebra Print Upholstered Screena
Baker Furniture Company
Early 2000s American Modern Paintings and Screens
Fabric, Wood
A contemporary upholstered screen from Baker Furniture. The screen is upholstered in a zebra-print black-and-tan cut velvet. The panels are arched on the top and have ogee-style legs...
“Pagoda” Table Lamp, in Brass Matt Finish, Sky Satin Silk, Silver Crystal Tip
“Pagoda” Table Lamp, in Brass Matt Finish, Sky ...
Sabrina Landini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Silk, Art Glass
This table lamp is a contemporary piece, entirely made in Tuscany and manufactured in an artisanal way. The brass stem restores a sensual stability; calm and serenity enshroud th...
Pair of 19th Century Tamil Nadu Gold Ear Ornaments 'Thandatti'
Pair of 19th Century Tamil Nadu Gold Ear Orname...
Antique 19th Century Indian Modern Metalwork
Gold
Pair of gold ear ornaments (Thandatti), Tamil Nadu Southern India, 19th century. These abstract tribal ornaments are known as thandatti and were made with sheet gold filled with lac....
Midcentury Asian Bronze Coin Coffee Table Black Lacquered
Midcentury Asian Bronze Coin Coffee Table Black...
20th Century Asian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bronze, Wood, Lacquer
Midcentury Asian bronze coin coffee table black lacquered A unique midcentury Asian bronze coin coffee table with black lacquer. The top is entirely covered in bronze Asian coins....
Hodaka Yoshida Japanese Woodblock Print "Cause, Blue"
Hodaka Yoshida Japanese Woodblock Print "Cause,...
Hodaka Yoshida
Vintage 1960s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A beautifully realized, deeply colored abstract work titled "Cause, Blue" by renowned Japanese modern artist Hodaka Yoshida who was the second son of one of Japan's most celebrated a...
Gianfranco Ferré Torso Fauno Decorational Eleme...
Gianfranco Ferré
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sculptures and Carvings
Alabaster
The timeless charm of a classical statue perfect for an artistic and charming living room. Dimensions: 11 cm D x 18 cm W x 21 cm H.
Gianfranco Ferré Veneer Decorational Element in...
Gianfranco Ferré
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sculptures and Carvings
Alabaster
The timeless charm of a classical statue perfect for an artistic and charming living room. Dimensions: 17 cm D x 14 cm W x 42 cm H.
Gianfranco Ferré Laocoonte Decorational Element...
Gianfranco Ferré
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sculptures and Carvings
Alabaster
Gypsum statuette of Trojan character Laocoon, popular in Greek and Roman mythology. The timeless charm of a classical statue perfect for an artistic and charming living room. Dime...
Gianfranco Ferré Fauno Decorational Element in ...
Gianfranco Ferré
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sculptures and Carvings
Alabaster
The timeless charm of a classical statue perfect for an artistic and charming living room. Dimensions: 12 cm D x 18 cm W x 51 cm H.
Kaoru Kawano Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock...
Kaoru Kawano
20th Century Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A stately print titled "Kwannon" of the Bodhisattva of compassion by well know Japanese artist Kaoru Kawano. The print is pencil signed, sealed with the artist's stamp, titled an...
Haku Maki Embossed Woodblock Print Dragon
Haku Maki
Vintage 1970s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A wonderfully textured and embossed woodblock print by famed Japanese artist Haku Maki. The print is pencil signed, sealed with artist's stamp, numbered (29/103) and titled (73-12...
Tanaka Ryohei Large Etching "Barge Reflection"
Tanaka Ryohei
Vintage 1970s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
An unusually large and uncommon (we can not find this print anywhere else making it apparently quite rare) image/etching by famed Japanese artist Tanaka Ryohei who is known primarily...
Kiyoshi Saito Japanese Woodblock Print
Kiyoshi Saitō
Vintage 1950s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A richly colored and quietly composed portrait/ woodblock print by famed Japanese printmaker Kiyoshi Saito. Many consider Saito to be one of the most important, if not the most impor...
Kiyoshi Saito Limited Edition Japanese Woodbloc...
Kiyoshi Saitō
Vintage 1960s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A precisely composed, darkly hued woodblock print by famed Japanese printmaker Kiyoshi Saito. Many consider Saito to be one of the most important, if not the most important, contempo...
Yoshitoshi Mori Limited Edition Japanese Stenci...
Yoshitoshi Mori
Vintage 1960s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A large, earthly toned, dramatically composed print, with just the right touch of humor, is by Japanese master printmaker Yoshitoshi Mori who was famed for his kappazuri stencil prin...
Junichiro Sekino Limited Edition Japanese Woodb...
Junichiro Sekino
Vintage 1950s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A very whimsical and elegantly composed portraiture/ print of a young girl with small bird resting playfully on her finger. This print is signed, dated (1956) and numbered (25/100) b...
Butterfly sculpture Cabinet, Two Opening Doors,...
Sabrina Landini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture
Butterfly hanged cabinet (pair of two cabinet) entirely coated silvered glass by Sabrina Landini, the cabinet can be realized standing with a open base coated rose silvered glass or ...
Two-Bay Garbage & Recycle Bin, Modern Solution ...
MFGR Designs
Early 2000s American Modern Cabinets
Steel
This modern, handmade steel storage cabinet is a versatile solution to your trash and recycling needs. Perfect for hotels, restaurants, shopping complexes and businesses ; this piece...
Manhattan Birthday Flag in Stainless Steel by G...
Georg Jensen
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern More Asian Art, Objects and...
Stainless Steel
The iconic lines and timeless expression of the Manhattan collection represent the essence of the Georg Jensen DNA and acts as a perfect contrast to the many organic designs. Origina...
"Terra Continens" Table Designed by Karen Cheke...
Karen Chekerdjian
2010s Lebanese Modern Furniture
Copper, Mahogany
This low table designed by Karen Chekerdjian is part of TransForm collection. The item is made of solid mahogany wood and solid mahogany fourche wood and copper plated brass mirror ...
Object 04 D-E-F Serve as Stools or Side-Tables
Karen Chekerdjian
2010s Lebanese Modern Furniture
Stainless Steel
Though sturdy enough to serve as stools or side-tables, this set of multifaceted metal objects was designed as a series of pure, aesthetic shapes. Designed with meditation in mind, s...

Spaceship I, Low Table

By Karen Chekerdjian
Spaceship I, Low Table
Karen Chekerdjian
2010s Lebanese Modern Furniture
Brass
A continuation in spirit of the object 04 series, this sculptural piece is a combination of the natural and the scientific, inspired as much by rock Formations as it is by the spaces...
Wooden Sculpture of Male Figure from Papua, New...
Early 20th Century Indonesian Modern Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
This wooden sculpture was from Papua, New Guinea. Perfect condition. First half of the 20th century. This artwork is shipped from Italy. Under existing legislation, any artwork i...
Wooden Sculpture of Woman from Bali
Mid-20th Century Indonesian Modern Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
This a wonderful wooden sculpture which describes a woman from Bali. Mid-20th century. This artwork is shipped from Italy. Under existing legislation, any artwork in Italy create...
Sculpture of Woman from Bali
Mid-20th Century Indonesian Modern Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
This is a wonderful wooden sculpture, describes a woman from Bali. Middle 20th century. This artwork is shipped from Italy. Under existing legislation, any artwork in Italy crea...
Base from Bali in Carved Wood
Early 20th Century Indonesian Modern Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Early 20th century. Light damages on the base. This artwork is shipped from Italy. Under existing legislation, any artwork in Italy created over 70 years ago by an artist who has ...
'Ghanta' Bell from Indonesian Temple in Bronze
20th Century Indonesian Modern Antiquities
Bronze
'Ghanta' bell from Indonesian temple in bronze. The finial of the handle has a round shape. Wavy segments on the outside and a cross on the inside were applied. A similar bell is in...
Antique Chinese Rug with Abstract Design
Unknown
Early 20th Century Chinese Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs
The painterly effect obtained by mixing varying proportions of ivory and indigo wool is peculiar to this family of northern Chinese weavings. As most of them were sourced directly in...
Small Indonesian Mask in Ivory
Early 20th Century Indonesian Modern Sculptures and Carvings
Ivory
A very wonderful Indonesian mask in ivory, early 20th century. This artwork is shipped from Italy. Under existing legislation, any artwork in Italy created over 70 years ago by an...
Large Asian Hieroglyphic Studio Ceramic Table L...
Vintage 1960s Japanese Modern More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture
Ceramic
Large studio made ceramic table lamp with Asian style hieroglyphic symbols, Japan, 1960s (signed with maker's mark).
Junichiro Sekino Japanese Woodblock Print
Junichiro Sekino
20th Century Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A relatively large, very appealing and enduring image of youth and friendship exemplified by a boy and his dog by master Japanese artist/printer Junichiro Sekino. The print is stampe...
Milano Chest of Drawers
Lignae
2010s English Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
This magnificent chest of drawers is handcrafted by our highly skilled English craftsmen deep in the heart of the Sussex countryside in England. The sides and top are of Italian Sy...
Ceremonial Cloth 'Tapis' of Lampung
20th Century Indonesian Modern Textiles
Gold, Cotton, Silk
This ceremonial cloth 'Tapis' of Lampung is in silk and cotton with golden strings. A very similar tapis is at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (inv. n. 1991.38). This artwo...
Indonesian Cloth
20th Century Indonesian Modern Textiles
Textile
Indonesian cloth finely decorated with floreal motives in yellow and green on a dark blue background. This artwork is shipped from Italy. Under existing legislation, any artwork i...
Live Edge Black Walnut Dining Table with Alumin...
Bois & Design
2010s Canadian Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Bois & Design is a custom hardwood furniture maker from Canada. We have been in business since 2012. We have been making modern, contemporary and live edge styles over the years. We ...
Pair of Modern Chinese Glazed Ceramic Orange Va...
2010s Chinese Modern Vases
Ceramic
A pair of enormous modern Chinese ceramic vases glazed in an intense persimmon color made entirely by hand in China. The fantastic large-scale of this pair of Chinese vases is impres...
Indonesian Kris with Sheath
20th Century Indonesian Modern Antiquities
Silver, Ivory, Wood
The wavy blade presents gilding near the tang. The wooden sheath with the typical boat-shaped finial, covered in golden silver plates decorated with floreal spirals, the ivory grip m...
Indonesian Kris with Sheath and Ivory Grip
20th Century Indonesian Modern Antiquities
Ivory
This is an Indonesian Kris with sheath and ivory grip. In perfect conditions. This artwork is shipped from Italy. Under existing legislation, any artwork in Italy created over ...
A Japanese Patinated Bronze Incense Burner, Sig...
Shugoro Hasuda
Mid-20th Century Japanese Modern Decorative Boxes
Bronze
Superbly modeled and cast vase of rarely seen form. Of rectangular archaic form with linear incised decoration and square cover. With a Tomobako (original wooden box). Hasuda Shugo...
Tadashi Nakayama Japanese Woodblock Print
Tadashi Nakayama
Vintage 1950s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
This is a beautifully composed work by esteemed Japanese print maker Tadashi Nakayama. The print is pencil signed and dated 1957 by the artist who uses copper and silver elements to ...
Shuzo Ikeda Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock ...
Shuzo Ikeda
Vintage 1960s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A very regal and beautifully stark woodblock print by Japanese artist Shuzo Ikeda. The work is signed, titled ("No. 476"), dated (1961) and numbered (4/50) by the artist. Print is fr...
Live Edge Black Walnut Dining Table ''La Transv...
Bois & Design
2010s Canadian Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Enhancing wood’s natural beauty has been achieved with this gorgeous live edge black walnut dining table. We call it ''la transversé'' because the wood joined in two different direct...
Live Edge Black Walnut Dining Table on Steel
Bois & Design
2010s Canadian Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Enhancing wood’s natural beauty has been achieved with this gorgeous live edge black walnut dining table. We let nature design with the curves, cracks and holes and our role is to pr...
Artisan Large Incised Green Glaze Ceramic Vase ...
20th Century Thai Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
A large Thai 20th century vase made with high fire incised ceramic covered with green glaze. This vase adopts an olive shape with a narrow neck and is adorned with a green glaze spir...
Jim Thompson Orange Designer Decorative Pillow ...
Jim Thompson
20th Century Thai Modern Pillows and Throws
Linen
Jim Thompson lotus flower print large 22 inches square linen and silk decorative pillow in orange color. Elegant burnt orange designer large throw pillow with lotus design in front ...
“Pagoda” Table Lamp, in copper and rose Silk,...
Sabrina Landini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Copper, Crystal, Silk
This table lamp is a contemporary piece, entirely made in Tuscany and manufactured in an artisanal way. The brass stem restores a sensual stability; calm and serenity enshroud the...
“Pagoda” Table Lamp, in copper and gold Silk,...
Sabrina Landini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Copper, Silk, Art Glass
This table lamp is a contemporary piece, entirely made in Tuscany and manufactured in an artisanal way. The brass stem restores a sensual stability; calm and serenity enshroud the...
“Pagoda” Table Lamp, in copper and blush Silk...
Sabrina Landini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps
This table lamp is a contemporary piece, entirely made in Tuscany and manufactured in an artisanal way. The brass stem restores a sensual stability; calm and serenity enshroud the...
Hideo Hagiwara Japanese Woodblock Print
Hideo Hagiwara
Vintage 1960s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
Wonderful little print by master printer Hideo Hagiwara who was generally considered one of the finest post-World War II Sosaku Hanga artists. In 1989 he was awarded a Gold Medal by ...
Hideo Hagiwara Japanese Woodblock Print
Hideo Hagiwara
Vintage 1960s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
Whimsical little print by master printer Hideo Hagiwara who was generally considered one of the finest post-World War II Sosaku Hanga artists. In 1989 he was awarded a gold medal by ...
Japanese Four Panel Byobu Screen of White Egrets
20th Century Japanese Modern Paintings and Screens
Brass, Silk, Wood, Paper
Idyllic Japanese four-panel Byobu screen depicting a hand-painted seascape of white egrets, wooden boat, and lily pads under a faint crescent moon. Vibrant colors of blue, white, pin...
Bali Painting
Vintage 1980s Modern Paintings and Screens
Canvas, Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood
Beautiful painting of daily village life in Bali. Artist: Bambang.    
“Pagoda” Table Lamp, in brass and sage Silk, ...
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Crystal, Silk
This table lamp is a contemporary piece, entirely made in Tuscany and manufactured in an artisanal way. The brass stem restores a sensual stability; calm and serenity enshroud the ...
Andrianna Shamaris Single Teak Wood Root Sculpt...
2010s Modern Abstract Sculptures
Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood
Beautiful hand-carved sculpture from a single reclaimed teak wood root. Beautiful on both sides. Set on a modern black steel base. Andrianna Shamaris, Inc. The Leader In Modern Orga...
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