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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 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
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

Monumental Patinated Bronze Wind Chimes in the Style of Walter Lamb
Located in San Diego, CA
A set of extra large patinated bronze wind chimes. 36" long with a beautiful warm sound. Beautiful patina.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Push & Pull Bronze Door Handle Free Form with Brutalist Relief
Located in London, GB
Bronze push & pull door handle with strong brutalist relief creates a stunning detail to the door. It is free form in shape and can be mounted on any kind of door. It has a great pat...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Arne Jacobsen Brass Door Handle Sets in Solid Brass
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Arne Jacobsen - Scandinavian Modern Original, solid brass door handles. Beautiful organic shape. An iconic design for both modern and classic interiors. Designed for the SAS H...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Architectural Tripod Barbecue Grill
By Stan Hawk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare design Form and function Iron grill with large aluminum metal dish on tripod iron base Original cleaned condition, no damage, normal wear / patina Great addition for a Mid-Cent...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Steel

1950s Mid Century Modern Custom Made Iron Gate
Located in Audubon, NJ
A unique custom made iron gate dating from the 1950s. Removed from the entryway of a Philadelphia home 20 years ago and stored indoors since.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Iron

Exceptional Mid-Century Push and Pull Murano Glass Door Handle by Seguso 1960s
Located in Munich, DE
Extremely rare and elegant Mid-Century Modern double push & pull door handle in clear Murano glass with air bubbles. Two identical door handles available! Executed in Murano gl...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Vintage Faux Bois Birdbath
Located in San Antonio, TX
Beautiful vintage faux bois sculpted birdbath can be used as a decorative piece or an actual birdbath for interior or exterior. There are four fax bois bird baths available. Each is ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Cement

Vintage Belgian Tile Faced Entry Door Pull Handle by Juliette Belarti
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Architectural door pull by Belgian ceramic tile artist Juliette Belarti. Vintage midcentury Belgian tile faced entry door pull handle. Mid-Century Ceramic Door Pull handle. Great bri...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Ceramic

Set of 3 Plastic Leaded Glass Bullseye Style Panels
Located in New York, NY
Interesting set of three plastic panels, they are a mid century reinterpretation of an earlier leaded glass form. These were probably set in wood frames originally, now that they are...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Plastic

Large Push and Pull Bronze Door Handle with Medieval Torch
Located in London, GB
Regal bronze push & pull door handle in the shape of a medieval regal torch with crown creates a stunning detail to the door. It has a great original patina. It is set slightly off a...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

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

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Malachite, Bronze

Pairs of Large Push and Pull Double Door Handles in Red Glass
Located in London, GB
Two 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 gl...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Chrome

Paolo De Poli, Four Door Handles, Red Black Enameled Copper, Brass, Italy 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A set of 4 or pair of double door handles in enamelled copper and brass. Designed and produced by Paolo De Poli in his signature style developed during his prolific career that inclu...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass, Copper

Totally Original 1960 Retro Hammered Copper Fire Place Hood and Base
Located in Markington, GB
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

Single Door Handle Erwin Burger Laboratorio Erwin Burger, Italy, 1960
Located in New York, NY
Faceted and reverse-painted glass door handle, a gilt lattice design on a red ground. OUR REFERENCE N9410  
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Pair of Rustic-Industrial Latticework Pedestals in Oak and Steel, France 1970's
Located in New York, NY
France, 1970's An intricate pair of sculptural, geometric lattice column pedestals in oak with decorative steel bolts, Cubist in style. These pedestals are currently on view at th...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Steel

Large Bronze Handle with Tree Bark or Rock Design, Mid-20th Century, European
Located in London, GB
A large bronze push or pull door handle, of organic form with raised pattern of tree bark or rock, mid-late 20th century, European. This is a heavy piece, made of cast bronze with...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Arne Jacobsen Door Handles in Solid Brass
Located in Copenhagen, DK
ARNE JACOBSEN - SCANDINAVIAN MODERN Beautiful and sculptural door handles (9.7cm) in solid brass by Arne Jacobsen. Designed for SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen which was built b...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Italian Decorative Door Pulls Handle’s in Bronze, 1970
Located in London, GB
2 pairs of Italian designed door pulls handle’s cast in bronze circa 1970 unsigned amazing quality highly decorative.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

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

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

Carl Aubock Iron + Brass Fireplace Tools
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Classic and elegant design. Form + function. Limited production. Architectural solid brass stand holder. With a set of four iron tools. Nice patina, minor wear consistent with a...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass, Steel, Iron

Sculptural Wings Italian Brass Door Pulls Drawer Handles ITALY 1950s
Located in National City, CA
AMBIANIC presents Set of flared wings Italian Sculptural hardware Brass Door Pulls Drawer handles. 4 pieces in set. Unmarked. Lovely design style of Gio Ponti Italy Mid Century Mode...
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1950s Italian Vintage 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 unknwon 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

Large Square Glass Push Pull Double Door Handles
Located in London, GB
Pair of caramel brown translucent glass cast square glass push and pull door handles with bronze color fittings designed for double doors, 1970's. The process to cast glass is by di...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Entrance or Passage Way Large Double Door Starburst Hardware Kit
Located in South Charleston, WV
Aaron Saxton for History Never Repeats LLC. Produced for doors 72" wide and 84" tall. We can produce kits for doors up to 120" tall and 96" wide. In 2015 we started building the mod...
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2010s American 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

Set of Two Circular Push-Pull Door Handles in Brass, Mid-20th Century, France
Located in London, GB
Circular push-pull door handles in brass, with hammered texture. Mid-20th century. Found in France. Each handle is made up of two separate pieces with hammered texture; each trimm...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Metal, Brass

Double Door Handles Pair Minimal Round Murano Emerald Green Glass
Located in London, GB
Two round double door handles in solid glass hand blown Sommerso Murano glass with center in emerald green and outer ring in clear glass with chrome fittings. Sommerso is an Italian...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Faux Bois Garden Bench by Carlos Cortes, Circa 1990s
Located in San Antonio, TX
Stunning vintage faux bois (false wood or trabajo rústico rustic) garden bench by San Antonio, Texas artisan, Carlos Cortes. This garden bench is signed and dated, Cortes, ‘99. "...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Concrete

Large Amber Glass Handle with Bronze Fixings, France, 1960s
Located in London, GB
Large amber glass handle comprising two glass pieces with their fixings, France, 1960s. Former shop fittings. One slab with minor flaw. The glass has all the characteristics of h...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Set of Two Bronze Door Handles with Tree Bark Relief
Located in London, GB
A set of two narrow bronze pull-or-push door handles, with raised pattern of tree bark. Mid-to-late 20th century, European. The two pieces are of the same design, made of cast bronz...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Pair of Large Gio Ponti Elm Boiserie Panels from Hotel Royal, Naples 1955
Located in Rome, IT
A pair of unique Gio Ponti wood panels from the furniture of the Hotel Royal in Naples, 1955. Manufactured by Giordano Chiesa by Dassi. elm wood thick edge with owl's beak these...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Elm

Large Pair of 1950's Beech and Copper Push and Pull Door Handles
Located in London, GB
Pair of 1950's push and pull pool ‘L’ shaped door handles are made from cast copper mounts and stained in beech wood. The wooden hand grips are lathed forming the pair into elongated...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

Materials

Beech

Push and Pull Bronze Door Handle Square part with Relief
Located in London, GB
Pair of square bronze push and pull door handles with central horizontal border of Brutalist relief creating a stunning detail to the door. They can be mounted on any kind of door. T...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze

Set of Twelve Nickel-Plated Brass Door Handles by Arne Jacobsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A rare set of twelve nickel-plated brass door handles (10no small and 2no large handles) by Arne Jacobsen. Manufactured in 1957 for Carl F. Petersen, Denmark. Nickel-plated brass....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Pair of Brutalist Push and Pull Bronze Round Door Handles in Aluminum
Located in London, GB
Pair of Brutalist round push and pull door handles with relief. cast in aluminum with a original patina giving the relief depth. These artistic door features work on both exterior an...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Aluminum

Bronze Swan or Goose with Shell Soap Dish
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wonderful brass or bronze soap dish of a swan or goose with a shell shaped holder. The piece represents the mid century or earlier and is a compliment to bathrooms or work areas fo...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

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

Materials

Brass

Pair of Large Gio Ponti Cherrywood Boiserie Panels from Hotel Royal, Naples 1955
Located in Rome, IT
A pair of unique Gio Ponti wood panels from the furniture of the Hotel Royal in Naples, 1955. Manufactured by Giordano Chiesa by Dassi. cherrywood thick edge with owl's beak thes...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Cherry

Circular Push-Pull Door Handle in Bronze, Mid-20th Century, France
Located in London, GB
Circular push-pull door handle in bronze, early to mid-20th century, France. A very simple elegant handle, made up of two separate round pieces; each side slightly contoured. The ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze

Large Glass Door Handle, Italy, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Large 1960s door handle possibly made by Fontana Arte or crystal Arte. Condition: Excellent vintage condition, minor wear and marks consistent with age and use Measures: Width...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Glass

Entrance or Passage Way Large Single Door Starburst Hardware Kit
Located in South Charleston, WV
Aaron Saxton for history never repeats. Produced for doors 36" wide and 84" tall. We can produce kits for doors up to 120" tall and 48" wide. In 2015 we started building the modern ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Pair of Carved Redwood Door Panels by Evelyn Ackerman
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Incredible 1960’s carved redwood panels for entry doors by Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman. Designed to go over a double entry doors. Four panels with frame for each door. The door pulls ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Aluminum

"Aerator" Air Vent, France 1958 by Jean Prouvé
Located in Sammushi, JP
Aerator 1958 l JEAN PROUVÉ Used in the Lycée de Bagnères-sur-Cèze, a public building in the south of France. This aluminium panel was designed by Jean Prouvé. Designed and bui...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Aluminum

Large Copper Plated Double Doors
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Make your home the talk of the town with these truly one-of-a-kind vintage custom copper plated doors! Standing nearly 80" tall each, these double doors are a commanding presence in ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass, Copper

Jean Prouvé, Façade Panel 108
Located in Hasselt, VLI
Facade element ‘Grille’ - embossed aluminum - Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) designed the facade panels for the INSA Chemistry building on the Campus Scientifique De La Doua. This model was...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Aluminum

Arc Top Wrought Iron Wine Rack by Umanoff
Located in New York, NY
Stylish wrought iron wine rack with round arc top. Freestanding design makes this a very versatile form, nice usable scale and well-constructed. Design attributed to Arthur Umanoff. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Wrought Iron

Vintage Metal Christmas Tree Stand, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia. Made of metal. With aged patina. Original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Metal

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

Vintage Cast Brass Whale Door Knocker
Located in Elkhart, IN
A gorgeous cast brass whale door knocker, perfect for your Nantucket, Cape, or Hamptons home! USA, mid-20th century Measures: 8.5"W x .5 "D x 5.5"H. Very good original vint...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Brass

Trapezoid Willy Guhl Planter, two available
Located in Wichita, KS
Rare vintage square taper shaped Willy Guhl planter. This shape is not common and hard to find. wonderful handles on the Side and great patina. Would make a lovely planter inside or ...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

Materials

Concrete

Vintage Belgian Tile Faced Entry Door Pull Handle by Artist Juliette Belarti
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Architectural door pull by Belgian ceramic tile artist Juliette Belarti. Vintage midcentury Belgian tile faced entry door pull handle. Great bright colors handcrafted ceramic door ...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Ceramic

20th Century Design "Dog House" Willy Guhl in Cement XL, Switzerland 1960
Located in Saint Rémy de Provence, FR
Rare "DOG HOUSE" Willy Guhl in cement, Switzerland 1960 Designed by Willy Guhl in the 1960s and made of strong, lightweight fiber cement by Eternit, SA of Switzerland, this original...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Cement

Pair of Anton Bee Design Planters Assisted by Willy Guhl 1950
Located in Saint Rémy de Provence, FR
Diabolo planter design Anton Bee assisted by Willy Guhl 1950. Height 64cm. Diameter 36 cm. Good condition.
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1950s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Cement

Large Door Handle with Salamander Motif, Mid-20th Century, European
Located in London, GB
A large sculptural door handle in organic form with stylized salamander motif, mid-20th century, European. Unsigned. A heavy piece - looks to be bronze - with very nice changing t...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

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Bronze, Steel

Heavy Organic Gilt Brass or Bronze Pull Handles for Doors, Drawers, Cupboards
Located in London, GB
Handles - Heavy organic gilt metal (I think brass or bronze) pull handles for doors, drawers, cupboards etc.. Please note that the holes at the back of the handles are approximately...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements

Materials

Bronze, Metal, Brass

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