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Modern Building and Garden Elements

MODERN STYLE

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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 principals 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 chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames 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 furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Style: Modern
Sun Bubble Hanging Swing Chair Modern Steel In / Outdoor Black, 21st Century
Located in Johannesburg, ZA
The bubble hanging swing chairs’ round shape creates a cozy feel. The is available in modern patterns that are striking in its visual appeal. The ch...
Category

2010s South African Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Steel

Victoria Teak Coffee Table with Travertine Top by Harbour
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Exceptional travertine top coffee table for either indoor or outdoor use. Features a track base with two poses pedestals.    
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Travertine

Aina One of a Kind Jurassic Fossil Marble Erosion Double Sink, Unique Collection
Located in ES
One of a kind Erosion double sink sculpted from a solid piece of Jurassic Marble (base and faucets not included), with Nerineas fossils in relief, combining natural and leather finis...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Marble

Trio Mod Pop Art Plastic Parsons Style Square Side Tables Style Kartell or Syroc
Located in Topeka, KS
Amazing trio of mod pop art plastic parsons style square side tables in the style of Kartell or Syroco. With one table design in the style of Josef Albers. They are in wonderful vint...
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1970s Vintage Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Plastic

Monumental Architectural Pottery Marilyn Kay Austin Pot
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A satin black monumental Marilyn Kay Austin wide mouth high fired clay designer pot / planter. These pots came in a wide range of related shapes and sizes often used by designers, la...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Pottery

Blue Cement Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Loop Coffee Table, 1995, Switzerland
Located in Vienna, AT
Blue modern vintage Loop coffee table by Willy Guhl (1915-2004). This coffee table is very suitable for indoor and outdoor as a futuristic beautiful ...
Category

Late 20th Century Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Cement

Large Vintage Olmec Terracotta Wall Head, Mexico 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Large (43x36x10 cm) raw terracotta wall mask of an Olmec Warrior. The Olmec's was a pre-culumbian, Mesoamerican civilisation that lived from 1200-400 bc. This particular example is a...
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1970s Mexican Vintage Modern Building and Garden Elements

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Terracotta

Melon Legs Base Swing Chair Modern 21st Century Steel Daybed in/Outdoor White
Located in Johannesburg, ZA
The Melon Lounger is inspired by a hammock - but with its structured hard frame it will not fold in and is thus hugely comfortable. It’s organic shape is reminiscent of a slice of f...
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2010s South African Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Steel

Rock Crystal Wash Basin by ARTISS
Located in Geneve, CH
Rock crystal wash basin by ARTISS Dimensions: D 41.5 x H 1.65 cm Materials: Rock crystal ARTIS is named from artist, whose two -S" stands for natural gem and natural mother shell...
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2010s Chinese Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Rock Crystal

Bronze Sculpture by Artiss
Located in Geneve, CH
Bronze sculpture by Artiss Dimensions: L 67 x W 30 x H 57 cm Materials: Mlachite, Bronze Artiss is named from artist, whose two -S" stands for natural gem and natural mother shell. ...
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2010s Chinese Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Malachite, Bronze

Set of 3 Outdoor Terracotta Vases from the series "Gardenias" by Jaime Hayon
Located in Barcelona, ES
Jaime Hayon designed the Gardenia Vases in terracotta as a complement to his outdoor furniture collection. The three vases are unique in form, illustrating Hyaon's unmistakable hal...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Ceramic

Concrete Machu Pichu Bench
Located in Hawthorne, CA
Machu picchu bench Inspired by Carlo Scarpa's architectural works, We have designed this original practical art piece as a bench to last forever, Conc...
Category

2010s American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Concrete

John Caldwell for Brown Jordan Patio Sofa
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Luxurious wrought aluminum patio and garden sofa designed by John Caldwell for Brown Jordan known as the Parkway cushion sofa with a sleek profile and stylish bronzed finish. Topped ...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Aluminum

Zen Fire Pit by AK47 Design
Located in Boston, MA
Zen fire pit by AK47 Design. Steel fire pit Ø1800 mm. Zen is a wood-burning outdoor fire pit with a round steel crown and built-in brazier. Stone, g...
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2010s Italian Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Steel

Set of 2 Aluminum Palais Door Handles by Henry Wilson
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Aluminum Palais Door Handles by Henry Wilson Dimensions: W 13 x D 8 x H 2 cm Materials: Aluminum Palais lever handle in aluminium. Each handle i...
Category

2010s Australian Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Aluminum

Muhly, Indoor/Outdoor Stainless Steel Side Table by Laun
By LAUN
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Muhly side table's name is taken from the native Californian Muhly grass found in the San Bernardino mountain range. It can also be spotted at the Huntington Library Gardens, whe...
Category

2010s American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Stainless Steel

Modern Steel Basket Hanging Swing Chair
Located in Johannesburg, ZA
The basket twig hanging swing chairs’ round shape creates a cozy feel. It is simple and striking in its visual appeal. The pattern detail is inspired by nature and reminiscent of th...
Category

2010s South African Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Steel

21st Century by Andrea Branzi Martina Marble and Metal Garden Outdoor Fontain
Located in massa, IT
Marble fontain designed by designer Andrea Branzi. Size: cm. 65 x 35 x 130 H. Materials: Bardiglio Imperiale + Grigio Olivo + Bianco Carrara + metallo Designed by: Andrea Branzi.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Marble

White Marble Tall Pedestal Cylinder
Located in Mexico City, MX
Veneciano white marble tall carved cylinder. Handmade in Mexico by local craftsmen. Production time: 6-8 weeks for items without marble / 13-14 weeks for marble pieces. Shipping +10 ...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Marble

Black Marble Low Pedestal Cylinder
Located in Mexico City, MX
Monterrey black marble carved cylinder. Handmade in Mexico by local craftsmen. Production time: 6-8 weeks for items without marble / 13-14 weeks for marble pieces. Shipping +10 addi...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Marble

Ukiyo Saucer, Concrete Hanging Planter by OPIARY (D11.5", H5.25")
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Opiary is a Brooklyn-based biophilic design and production studio. We integrate nature in each of our designs, incorporating live greenery and organic shapes into bespoke furniture, planters, and sculpture. Through the ethos of biophilia, our work reflects the shifting, yet timeless relationship between humans and nature. Ukiyo saucers...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Cement

Contemporary Octagon Narcissus Planter / Pot in Pink Rosa Perlino Terrazzo
Located in London, GB
The pieces follow the Narcissus vases in Rosa Perlino and Rosso Levanto shown at David Gill Gallery in November 2017 and are made from these two traditional...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Stainless Steel

Modern Circular Steel Wheel Hanging Chair
Located in Johannesburg, ZA
The Wheel hanging swing chair is sculptural and dynamic. Its striking circular shape lends itself for use as a functional art piece. The pattern detail is inspired by nature and rem...
Category

2010s South African Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Steel

Sun Bubble Hanging Swing Chair Modern Steel In/Outdoor White 21st Century
Located in Johannesburg, ZA
The Bubble hanging swing chairs’ round shape creates a cozy feel. The is available in modern patterns that are striking in its visual appeal. The chair has been designed to be ve...
Category

2010s Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Steel

Custom Modernist Polished Brass & Tempered Glass Fire Screen by High Style Deco
Located in New York, NY
This custom modernist fire screen was custom made by artisans in New York State exclusively for High Style Deco. It features a frameless pane of ½" thick tempered glass mounted on a ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass, Nickel

Modernist Brushed & Polished Nickel Four Piece Fire Tool Set by High Style Deco
Located in New York, NY
This exceptional custom four-piece fire tool set consists of a stoker, shovel, brush and log holder with polished nickel handles and brushed nickel rods, neatly suspended from a poli...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Nickel

Hélios Outdoor Bench by Emilie Lemardeley, 21st Century, Iroko Wood
Located in Clamart, FR
Hélios bench made in iroko wood for outdoor and indoor use. Outdoor fabric. Other colors upon request. Measures: Length: 57 in Depth: 16.92 in Height: 16.92 in.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Large 'Handkerchief' Concrete Planters by Willy Guhl for Eternit, c. 1968
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This beautiful pair of large sized (35" diameter) 'Handkerchief' concrete planters by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, circa 1968 Switzerland has beautiful patina including fi...
Category

1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Concrete

Modern Twins Outdoors Sofa, Sunbrella Fabric, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Twins Sofa Outdoors, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Leather, Wood, Fabric

Modern Twins Outdoors Sofa, Sunbrella Fabric, Handmade in Portugal by Greenpple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Twins Chaise Longue Outdoors, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Twins outdoors sofa and day bed share the sam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Patio or Garden Dining Room Table in Wrought Iron with Glass Top
Located in Miami, FL
Patio or garden dining room table in wrought iron with glass top Indoor & Outdoor Estructure measurements: Depth 27.5 in Width 47.24 in Height 29.52 in.
Category

2010s Spanish Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Wrought Iron

The Minimalist: A Modern Stone Fireplace with a Stepped-in Frame
Located in Chicago, IL
The Minimalist is a pared-down, simple but elegant modern fireplace surround, with a step in around the opening for added visual interest and...
Category

2010s American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Limestone

Outdoor & Indoor Glide White Concrete Monkey Side Table by Jaime Hayon
Located in Barcelona, ES
Side table made of solid architectural concrete in white. Apt for indoor and outdoor use. Regulatory glides included. Few pieces have achieved bestseller success and simultaneous pu...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Concrete

Transitional Carved Limestone Fireplace Mantel
Located in Chicago, IL
This fireplace, with its deep concave curved profile is simple but elegant. Designed by Elizabeth Scott, Principal at Elizabeth Scott Design Group, and hand-carved by Atelier Jouvence Custom Stoneworks, in Silverdale Limestone, at their Chicago shop...
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2010s American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Limestone

Vintage Unfinished Mahogany Door & Two Sidelights with Beveled and Jeweled Glass
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Unfinished Mahogany Door & Two Sidelights with Beveled and Jeweled Glass Exterior/Interior Enhance the charm of your home with this exquisite vintage unfinished mahogany do...
Category

Mid-20th Century Unknown Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Metal

Primitive Pine Chapel Bench, Late 1800s USA
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Incredible Pine chapel bench from the late 1800s. Thick panels of solid pine were used to construct this piece. After years of use and natural exposure the bench developed the one of...
Category

Late 19th Century American Antique Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Pine

Modernist Custom-Made Fire Screen in Brushed Brass with Iron Mesh Grill
Located in New York, NY
This stunning modernist fire screen was custom made by artisans in New York State. It features an austere square body in brushed brass, with rectangular feet in the same material and...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Spectacular Italian Screen beginning of the 20th century "Rome"
Located in Madrid, ES
Spectacular Italian Screen beginning of the 20th century "Rome" Made of wood with engravings with views of Rome. Period: 20th century Measurements: 161 x 150 cm good conditions
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Early 20th Century Italian Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Wood

Tulum Outdoor Woven Dining Chair WHITE
Located in Hudson, NY
Custom woven dining chair inspired by the classic Miller Fong Chair and updated for outdoor comfort. Available in black, natural and white polypropylene on a metal frame. Measuremen...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Aluminum

Esperanza Outdoor Lounge Chair in Blue and White Stripe
Located in Hudson, NY
Our Esperanza outdoor lounge chairs are made for style, comfort and durability. Inspired by the classic Willy Guhl Loop chair, the Esperanza outdoor lounge chair is constructed with ...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Metal

Esperanza Outdoor Lounge Chair in White
Located in Hudson, NY
Our Esperanza outdoor lounge chairs are made for style, comfort and durability. Inspired by the classic Willy Guhl Loop chair, the Esperanza outdoor lounge chair is constructed with ...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Metal

Esperanza Outdoor Lounge Chair in Natural
Located in Hudson, NY
Our Esperanza outdoor lounge chairs are made for style, comfort and durability. Inspired by the classic Willy Guhl Loop chair, the Esperanza outdoor lounge chair is constructed with ...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Metal

Cabo Outdoor Woven Chaise in Blue and White Stripe
Located in Hudson, NY
Woven chaise with hooped back and open sides updated for the outdoors. Available in natural or white-colored polypropylene on a brushed aluminum frame. Measurements: length: 60" wid...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Aluminum

Cabo Outdoor Woven Chaise in White
Located in Hudson, NY
Woven chaise with hooped back and open sides updated for the outdoors. Available in natural or white-colored polypropylene on a brushed aluminum frame. Measurements: length: 60" wid...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Aluminum

Cabo Outdoor Woven Chaise in Natural
Located in Hudson, NY
Woven chaise with hooped back and open sides updated for the outdoors. Available in natural or white-colored polypropylene on a brushed aluminum frame. Measurements: length: 60" wid...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Aluminum

Tulum Outdoor Woven Dining Chair BLACK
Located in Hudson, NY
Custom woven dining chair inspired by the classic Miller Fong Chair and updated for outdoor comfort. Available in black, natural and white polypropylene on a metal frame. Measuremen...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Aluminum

20th Century French Modernist 'Rural Scene' Fireback / Backsplash
Located in Amerongen, NL
20th century French modernist fireback with a rural scene. The fireback is made of cast iron and has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter at no extra c...
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20th Century French Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron

Four Panel Folding Fireplace Screen Spark Gard
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional quality folding fire place screen, having four panels, two with handles, and blackened metal screens. This example is very well crafted with top quality workmanship and m...
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass, Steel

Galerie Maison et Jardin (éditeur) Ecran de cheminée, vers 1970
Located in PARIS, FR
Galerie Maison et Jardin (design et édition) Ecran de cheminée, vers 1970 composé d’une plaque de verre montée sur deux pieds en acier chromé. Un éclat de verre sous la base. Haut. :...
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20th Century French Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Steel

Modernist Hand-Forged Faux Bois Fire Tool Set in Wrought & Polished Iron
Located in New York, NY
This unique and beautifully formed Modernist Hand-Forged Faux Bois Fire Tool Set in Wrought & Polished Iron originates from the United States during the latter half of the 20th Centu...
Category

20th Century American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron, Wrought Iron

French Vintage Iron Plant Stand
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A vintage iron plant stand made in France. This round plant stand has a wrought iron wired basket and base ending on three scroll legs. Be sure to view the detailed images to see the...
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20th Century French Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron

Confetti, Small Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Terrazzo Side Table by Laun
By LAUN
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Confetti renders the classic shapes of midcentury poolside furniture in an unexpected material. This product is suitable for indoor or outdoor use and is handmade in Los Angeles....
Category

2010s American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Donald Deskey Style Nickel Plated Fireplace Tool Set
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Modernist fireplace tool set in the style of Donald Deskey. The nickel plated set features a minimal design with a curved front footing and two tools; a poker and a shovel. Dimensio...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Wrought Iron, Nickel

Donald Deskey Style Nickel Plated Andirons
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of modernist fireplace andirons in the style of Donald Deskey. The set features a minimal curved front design with a center circular disc. Each andiron sits a a curved front f...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Wrought Iron, Nickel

Set of 2 Steles, Grey Marble Columns, 20th Century.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Set of 2 steles, grey marble columns, 20th century. Set of 2 grey marble columns, 20th century. 1st: H: 100cm, W: 25cm, D: 25cm 2nd: H: 90cm, W: 25cm, D: 25cm
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20th Century French Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Marble

Set of 3 Steles, White Marble Columns, 20th Century.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Set of 3 steles, white marble columns, 20th century. Set of 3 white marble columns, 20th century. 1st: H: 70cm, W: 30cm, D: 30cm 2nd: H: 60cm, W: 30cm, D: 30cm 3rd: H: 50cm, W: 30cm...
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20th Century French Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Marble

Set of 3 Steles, Black Marble Columns, 20th Century.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Set of 3 steles, black marble columns, 20th century. Set of 3 columns, black marble steles, 20th century. 1st: H: 70cm, W: 30cm, D: 30cm 2nd: H: 60cm, W: 30cm, D: 30cm 3rd: H: 30cm,...
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20th Century French Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Marble

Orange Waterproof Outdoor Pillow with Pattern
Located in Santo Tirso, PT
Pillow Big I Modern outdoor pillow made with Designers Guild fabrics. The pillow's customizable design allows you to choose from a range of premium fabrics and colors to create the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Fabric

Modern building and garden elements for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Modern building and garden elements for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage building and garden elements created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include building and garden elements, seating, tables and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, stone and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Modern building and garden elements made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and North America pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original building and garden elements, popular names associated with this style include Myface, Aimee Wilder, sicis, and Bari Ziperstein. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for building and garden elements differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $10 and tops out at $375,000 while the average work can sell for $2,919.

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