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Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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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Vintage Brand New Out-Of-The-Box Lucite Towel/ Robe Hooks, American, Circa 1970
Located in New York, NY
This pair of vintage, pristine lucite robe hooks from C. 1975, never been used, still in the original packaging. With their austere and translucent forms, these hooks would be a perf...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Lucite

Pair of Cast Brass Wall Brackets
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of cast brass wall brackets or shelves, circa mid-20th century. Please note of wear consistent with age including slight oxidation to the brass.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Bronze Push and Pull Art Door Handle with Relief
Located in London, GB
Mid Century Modern rectangular bronze cast door handle with a textural relief, suitable for push and pull doors. The handle brackets are attached to the main plate by two fixings, th...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Mid Century Modern Large Thick Venini Glass Rope Design Door Handle Pull, Italy
Located in Miami, FL
Magnificent door handle by Venini in Diamante glass rope form. Thick, heavy glass with striated blood red interior twist. In metal mounts with screw holes for mounting. In very good ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Crystal, Metal

Pair of Doves Bronze Door Handles cast in Bronze
Located in London, GB
Bronze cast door handles in the form of pair of doves with door plates for standard interior doors made in 1970's. These striking, almost in flight bird sculptures are a welcoming en...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of Clear Round Murano Glass Double Door Handles with Brass Fixtures
Located in London, GB
Two double door handles in solid hand blown Murano glass have hundreds of controlled inner air bubbles and are connected to the door with brass fixtures. They are suitable for any ty...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Pair of Bronze Owl Push and Pull Door Handles
Located in London, GB
Pair of push and pull bronze door handles depicting owls with original shiny finish. When we gaze upon the push and pull cast bronze door handles shaped like birds we are reminded o...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Brutalist Bronze Door Handle and Fittings with Geometric Design 'II'
Located in London, GB
Brutalist bronze door handle and fittings with geometric design. The set includes a matching letterbox cover, bell push (not tested) and escutcheon or keyhole plate, European, mid-20...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of Venetian Blown Glass Polar Bear Door Handles by Alfredo Barbini, 1940s
Located in London, GB
Venetian blown glass push and pull door handles from a hotel in Venice late 1940's, by Alfredo Barbini (1912-2007) for Vitreria Gino Cenedese, Italy. Polar bears climbing on geometri...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Prouvè's Aluminium Brise-Soleil, Beziers, 1956
Located in MIlano, IT
Prouvè's aluminium brise-soleil, Beziers, 1956. Forty brise-soleil designed in 1956 and built between 1962 and 1965, from the Beziers school facade with a sun-shading system, destin...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Aluminum

Pair of Round Murano Glass Double Door Handles
Located in London, GB
Two double door handles in solid glass hand blown Sommerso Murano glass with center in chocolate brown and outer ring in clear glass. Sommerso is an Italian glass technique used in ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Fancy Mexican Modernism Four Malachite & Brass Table Legs Pepe Mendoza 1950s
Located in National City, CA
Fabulous fancy set for four legs designed for a coffee table crafted in braided brass & malachite. Mexican Modern 1950s Stamped: "Pepe Mendoza" Listing is for the 4 legs only. Dim...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Malachite, Brass

Pepe Mendoza Cloisonné Round Door Knob Rosette Pair Malachite Bronze 1958 Mexico
Located in National City, CA
Pepe Mendoza decorative round door knob rosette plates accessory midcentury Mexican modernist. This listing is for two pieces. A stunning set providing fabulous style. Designed in c...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Malachite, Bronze

1950's American Mid Century Modern Atomic Age Rare Bauer Planter & Base
Located in San Diego, CA
This unique American Mid-Century Modern, atomic age Architectural planter with black Laquer Adrian Pearsall style base, excellent condition no chips or cracks one of a kind piece.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Ceramic, Wood

Mid Century Bronze Door Knocker "Peace to All Who Enter Here", 1969
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very cool bronze door knocker "peace to all who enter here" manufactured by Terra Sancta Guild, 1969, Israel. Brass wood screws included.
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1960s Israeli Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Tuli Poni 2 Collection of Floral Tiles Hand Painted Porcelain, Ceramica Bardelli
By Ceramica Bardelli
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Tuli-Poni 2 collection Ronald van der Hilst, created entirely by hand on a glossy background (Bianco Extra), in 20 x 20 cm format. This is the Tuli-Poni 2 collection of 18 decorated ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Ceramic

Square Push and Pull Door Handle in Orange Glass
Located in London, GB
Orange glass cast square glass push and pull door handle with brass fittings designed for a glass door, French 1960's. The fixings can be adjusted for wooden doors. Thickness of the...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Modernist LONG Staircase Handrail Hand Forged Gilded Iron by Arturo Pani 1950s
Located in National City, CA
Long Gilded Handrail Pani Fabulous Staircase Handrail produced in Mexico City 1950s by Manuel Chacon of Talleres Chacon for designer Arturo Pani. This is our long handrail listing. W...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Iron, Brass, Gold Leaf

Mastercraft Brass and Metal Freestanding Fireplace, circa 1970s
Located in Saint Louis, MO
A sexy Scandinavian vibe emanates with a warm glow from this vintage Mastercraft faux fireplace, which can conveniently move with you as there is no installation required. Faux logs ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Metal, Brass

Set of Ten Nickel-Plated Brass Door Handles by Arne Jacobsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A rare set of ten nickel-plated brass door handles by Arne Jacobsen. Manufactured in 1957 for Carl F. Petersen, Denmark. Nickel plated brass, height approx. 11 cm. Designed for SA...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Midcentury Floating Walnut and Iron Wastebasket by Alvin Lustig
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Uncommon circa 1950s walnut and iron wastebasket designed and custom-produced by Alvin Lustig for the executive offices of JL Hudson (Southfield, MI). Features a walnut box / basket...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Wrought Iron

Large Pair of Curved Tubular Brass Double Door Push & Pull Door Handles
Located in London, GB
Large pair of Mid Century Modern curvaceous large tubular brass door handles originally made for glass double doors on both sides. These door handles were designed in the 1930-1950's...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Monumental Abstract Front Door Sculpture in Aluminium, Belgium, 1960's
Located in Den Haag, NL
Monumental Abstract front door Sculpture in Aluminium, Belgium, 1960's.
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Aluminum

Pair of Italian Brass Door Pull Handles by Gio Ponti, Italy, 1950s
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: a pair of solid brass door pull handles in a sculptural shape by Gio Ponti. Beautiful design with clean modern lines. Italy, Mid-Century Modern. The clever ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Large Double-Sided Sunflower Shape Door Handle by Chrystiane Charles
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
Fabulous quality cast bronze double sided sunflower shaped door handle designed by Chrystiane Charles - silvered and ormolu finish, beautiful crisp casting, circa 1970, France. Pr...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Midcentury Bronze Door Knocker "Peace to All Who Enter Here", 1969
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very cool bronze door knocker "peace to all who enter here" manufactured by Terra Sancta Guild, 1969, Israel. New old stock with original box, two brass screws included.
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1960s Israeli Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Totally Original 1960 Retro Hammered Copper Fire Place Hood and Base
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
Totally original 1960 retro hammered copper on zinc fire place hood and base, measurements fire hood: H 128cm, width at base 117cm, width at top 89cm, depth at base 18cm, depth a...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Copper, Zinc

Mid-Century Modern Patio Chaise Lounge by Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini
Located in Framingham, MA
Classic "Radar" iron and black paint chaise lounge chair with the scarce drink holder that swivels. Restored. I have several other pieces to this set: (2) more lounge chairs (2) sid...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Iron

Roger Ferraud 'Cle de Sol' Coat Stand / Hang it All eames, Paris, France 1960
Located in Munster, NRW
Freestanding iron coat stand "Cle de Sol" by French designer Roger Feraud. Original design from the 1950s. this piece was fully restaured, the steelframe was powdercoated in black,...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Steel

Square Push and Pull Pair of Double Door Handle in Orange Glass
Located in London, GB
Pair of orange glass cast square glass push and pull door handle with bronze color fittings designed for a glass door, French, 1960s. The fixings can be adjusted for wooden doors. ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Pair of Paolo di Poli Solid Brass Round Door Pulls
By Paolo di Poli
Located in Hingham, MA
Solid brass double sided door handles from the studio of enamelist Paolo di Poli. Very unusual to find one without the enamel.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Set of Midcentury Enamel Door Handles in Pink Burnt-Orange and Gold Tones, Italy
Located in London, GB
A set of midcentury push or pull enamel door handles, Italy. The set comprises two long elegant handles with pink, burnt-orange and gold (possibly gold leaf) tones to the face, a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Copper, Brass

Set of Three Vintage Michelin Man Tiles, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of three Michelin Man tiles, by unknown manufacturer from Spain, circa 1960. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina....
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Ceramic

Square Bronze Door Handle with Abstract Design 'Unused'
Located in London, GB
A single bronze push or pull door handle, with abstract design, made by the Butzon Bercker foundry, Germany. This is a heavy piece, made of cast bronze with a heavily figured abs...
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Flared Sculptural Italian Brass Door Pulls Handles Mid-Century Modern Italy 1950
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Set of Flared Italian Sculptural Brass Door Handles Pulls. 4 pieces in set. Lovely design Italy Mid Century Modern. circa 1950s Italy Dimensions: 6 3/4" W...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Pair of Brutalist Push and Pull Bronze Door Handles
Located in London, GB
Pair of rectangular push and pull door handles in Brutalist design of angled squares and rectangles, with a polished texture to the top surface and nice patina in the deep areas. The...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Set of Two Bronze Door Handles with Lunar Landscape Design, European, 1970s
Located in London, GB
Set of two square bronze door handles of square form with raised lunar landscape design. Push or pull fittings. European, 1970s. These are heavy pieces made of cast bronze, which ...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of 901 Bose Speakers on Saarinen Tulip Bases and Equalizer, 1968
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of vintage, (1st year 1968) 901 speakers with tulip bases and with the equalizer and original typed instructions. Tulip bases have been restored, sanded and sprayed an ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Steel

Large Mid Century Organic Wooden Sculpture
Located in London, GB
Superb large organic wooden sculpture, Circa 1970's.
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20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Wood

Don Harvey Organic Molded Acrylic "Bones" Screen, USA 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Incredible futuristic section of molded acrylic screen by Don Harvey. Manufactured in Texas in the 1960s, 2 variants of the design were originally available, the offered style is by ...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Plastic

Pepe Mendoza Style Brass and Abalone Hardware
Located in Garnerville, NY
Pepe Mendoza style solid brass and inlaid abalone shell rectangular hardware pulls. Period 1960s hardware great for furniture or door hardware. Stamped on reverse, Japan. Good overal...
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1950s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Bronze Push-Pull Door Handle with Craftsmen Motif, Mid-20th Century European
Located in London, GB
A large sculptural bronze push-pull door handle, of square form with raised semi-abstract design depicting craftsmen at work. Mid-20th century, European. A heavy piece, made of c...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Willy Guhl Planter with Green Paint
Located in Wichita, KS
Rare vintage square taper shaped Willy Guhl planter. This shape is not common and hard to find. the sides bow slightly but it still remains a square shape. see photos. it has a wonde...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Concrete

1969, Jean Prouvé Filling Station
Located in Perpignan, FR
Original filling station designed by jean Prouvé in 1969. Origin: Bordeaux (France) Measures: Diameter 10 m Height 3 m.   
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Metal

Pair of Brass-Mounted Lucite Rails
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pair of brass-mounted Lucite rails. Measure: Two 2.25" diameter Lucite hand rails. Both in excellent condition. First measures 60" x 2.25 diameter second measures 52 x 2.25" diameter.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

Materials

Brass

1950s Modernist Sculpted Iron Handrail Architectural Element
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Mid-20th century artisan sculpted iron handrail. In the style of Jean Royère Ondulation. This architectural element presented as original with no damage.    
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Iron

1970 Georges Candilis Cupboard
Located in Perpignan, FR
Partition wall element and cupboards by Georges Candilis Created in 1970 for city of Canet Plage. Originals conditions.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Pine

Vintage Yellow Fantini Rubinetti I Balocchi Kitchen Bar Faucet Tap, 1978
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage yellow Fantini Rubinetti I Balocchi kitchen bar faucet tap, 1978. This beautiful display piece is one of the original models of the iconic I Balocchi collection (1978) by Dav...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

Materials

Brass

Three Pairs of Large Push and Pull Double Door Handles in Red Glass
Located in London, GB
Three pairs of rectangular vibrant red cast glass push and pull double door handles with chrome fittings designed for a glass or wooden doors but suitable for any kind of doors. The ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Chrome

Sleek 1960s Space Age Modern Ruth Richmond Lucite Door Handles Knobs Set of 5
By Ruth Richmond
Located in Miami, FL
A Luxe set of five Lucite door handles knobs with bubbly inclusions by interior designer, architect and home builder Ruth Richmond of Sarasota, Florida. With dark brass mounts, the s...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Don-Bar, Wall Mounted Fireplace, Model 5005
Located in Munster, NRW
Wall mounted vintage fireplace, model 5005, manufactured by Don-Bar in faceted black coated steel. It comes with it’s refractory stones ( two are damaged ), a small grill, it’s ash r...
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1970s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

Materials

Steel

Brutalist Bronze Push or Pull Door Handle Set with Geometric Design 20th Century
Located in London, GB
A brutalist bronze door handle with geometric design. The set includes a matching letterbox cover and escutcheon or keyhole plate, European, mid to late 20th century. The items in...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of White Marble Bolections / Profiled Fireplace Mantels
Located in Haarlem, Noord-Holland
A nice pair of strong profiled bolection. Executed in white Carrara marble both mantels have the same proportions and dimensions. Great pair for opposite or back to back placement.  
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1910s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Carrara Marble

Mexican Stone Inlay Brass Kidney Shape Door Handle
Located in New York, NY
Mexican kidney shape stone inlay brass door handle attributed to Pepe Mendoza, circa 1970s. Stamped MEXICO on back.
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Rectangular Balconia Planter Willy Guhl for Eternit, 1960s
Located in Wichita, KS
Rectangular planter with lip detail by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit. Planter is made of cement and has good color and patina. Great lines and clean design. This planter wou...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Concrete

Japan Important 1950s Cast Bronze Life-Size "Male Nude” Sculptor Koga Tadao
Located in Shelburne, VT
Japan an important 84" Tall life-size sculpture of a male nude by midcentury master sculptor Koga Tadao (Meiji 36 (1903) to Showa 54 (1979). Classic male midcentury pose complete ...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Mexican Brass and Inlaid Stone Door / Cabinet Pull Handle
Located in New York, NY
Mexican inlaid green stone inlay brass door / cabinet door pull handle. Attributed to Pepe Mendoza, master Mexican metalsmith.
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Set of Five Vintage Michelin Man Tiles, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of five Michelin Man tiles, by unknown manufacturer from Spain, circa 1960. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. ...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Ceramic