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Modern Boxes

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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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
21st Century Modern Set of 2 Boxes Dandara Handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Set of 2 Wooden Boxes with Lid Dandara Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Dandara box set includes two wooden boxes, perfect to be dis...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Boxes

Materials

Gold Leaf, Metal

Ghidini 1961 Knotted Cherry Small Box in Copper-Plated Brass by Nika Zupanc
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Fiasco. Guilt. Fear of love. A place to hide all the things we secretly desire yet are too scared to utter. The luscious things the perfect lover knows are never to be told. She drea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Copper

Hiller Lidded Jar, Small
Located in Woodbury, NY
A small lidded earthenware ceramic jar featuring a seafoam reactive glaze. Due to the handmade nature of this product, glaze variation is to be expected.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Boxes

Maxine Box, Light Gray
Located in Woodbury, NY
A decorative faux shagreen lidded box detailed with wood trim on the lid and a brass diamond accent.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Boxes

Hiller Lidded Jar, Medium
Located in Woodbury, NY
A medium lidded earthenware ceramic jar featuring a seafoam reactive glaze. Due to the handmade nature of this product, glaze variation is to be expected.    
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

21st Century Modern Set of 2 Boxes Madagáscar Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Set of 2 Wooden Boxes with Lid Madagáscar Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Madagáscar box set includes two wooden boxes, perfect to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Boxes

Materials

Metal

21st Century Leather Rectangular Tissue Box with Chrome Profile Made in Italy
Located in Bagnatica, Lombardia
Masterful artisanal craftsmanship. Pinetti rectangular tissue box, made in ABS with chrome or gold finishing is covered with genuine waterproof leather and is available with gold ...
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2010s Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Chrome

Rectangular Faceted Horn Tile Keepsake Box
Located in New York, NY
Faceted natural horn tile keepsake box lined in wood. A great addition to any desk or coffeetable.
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Boxes

Materials

Horn, Wood

Maxine Box, Ivory
Located in Woodbury, NY
A decorative faux shagreen lidded box detailed with wood trim on the lid and a brass diamond accent.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Boxes

Luxury Exotic Wood and Bronze Dugout by William Stuart for Costantini Design
Located in New York, NY
This is the first offering of a limited edition of 20 Argentina Rosewood and bronze dugouts with a ceramic pipe simulated to look like a cigarette. Compatible with most pipes for sal...
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2010s Argentine Modern Boxes

Materials

Bronze

Black Marble Tall Cube
Located in Mexico City, MX
Monterrey black marble carved cube. Handmade in Mexico by local craftsmen. Production time: 6-8 weeks for items without marble / 13-14 weeks for marble pieces. Shipping +10 addition...
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2010s Mexican Modern Boxes

Materials

Marble

Modern Copper Straw Bar Set Presented in an Agate Decorated Lucite Box
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
These modern copper straws are presented in a Lucite box decorated with a Rose Quartz Agate cabochon. This unique and bespoke copper straw set is part of the Egg Designs Dawa lux...
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2010s South African Modern Boxes

Materials

Quartz, Copper, Brass

21st Century Modern Antuã Serving Tray Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Antuã Serving Tray Calacatta Bianco Cork Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. A sublime serving tray, Antuã was design to uplift layback...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Boxes

Materials

Onyx, Marble

Brass Vessel Set w/ Brass box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The (wh)ORE HAüS STUDIOS small goods collection was made for those that wanted to experience the (wh)ORE HAüS brand without committing to our larger pieces. Our Brass Vessel Set with...
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2010s American Modern Boxes

Materials

Brass

Aimara Medium Alpaca Silver Box
Located in Buenos Aires, AR
The waves on a choppy lake, rough by the wind, inspire the design of alpaca boxes and picture frames of this family, whose name comes from the tribe that dwelled in the North Argenti...
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2010s Argentine Modern Boxes

Materials

Metal, Sheet Metal

Brass Vessels (set of 3)
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The (wh)ORE HAüS STUDIOS small goods collection was made for those that wanted to experience the (wh)ORE HAüS brand without committing to our larger pieces. Our Brass Vessels are mad...
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2010s American Modern Boxes

Materials

Brass

Clara Box in Brown and Cream by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A square brown and cream decorative resin box featuring a striped pattern of varying thicknesses.
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Boxes

Materials

Resin

21st Century Modern Set of 2 Pots Chaucer Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Set of 2 Mint Green Ceramic Pots Chaucer with Hand Turned Beech Wood Lid and Base Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. This beautiful se...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Boxes

Materials

Brass, Gold Leaf

Clara Box in Brown and Cream by Curatedkravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A square brown and cream decorative resin box featuring a striped pattern of varying thicknesses.       
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Boxes

Materials

Resin

21st Century Modern Set of 5 Pots Graham Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Set of 3 White and Grey Ceramic Pots Graham with Lid Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. This beautiful set includes three waterproof c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Modernist Bookmatched Walnut Decorative Box with Smoky Quartz Embellishment
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated modernist box was realized in the United States during the 21st century. It features a cubic body in bookmatched walnut with an embellishment (that doubles as a ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Boxes

Materials

Quartz

American Modern Sterling Silver Box by Andrew A. Taylor
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver box. Made by Andrew A. Taylor in Newark, ca 1940. Rectangular with straight sides and crisp corners. Cover hinged with gently curved top and wraparound molded ...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Italian Black Marble Lidded Jar circa 1980
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Italian black marble lidded jar / box, circa 1980.
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20th Century Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Marble

Zinc and Calfskin Trash Bin, ERIK GUSTAFSON
Located in New York, NY
Made from a combination of calfskin and zinc, this is a unique edition from Erik Gustafson. Gustafson’s inspiration stems from a love of the history of art, architecture and desig...
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2010s American Modern Boxes

Materials

Zinc

Modern Etched Brass Coaster Bar Set Presented in an Agate Decorated Lucite Box
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
These modern brass coasters are etched with a snakeskin animal pattern and are presented in a Lucite box decorated with a Rose Quartz Agate cabochon. This unique and bespoke coas...
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2010s South African Modern Boxes

Materials

Quartz, Brass

Lottie Box in Ivory and Brown Bone by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
An ivory and brown decorative bone box. Features an all over playful triangular pattern.  
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Boxes

Materials

Bone

Miniportrait Dot Jewelry Box Mirror/ Coral Cherrywood, Steel Sheet by Portego
Located in Stienta, IT
Designed by Studio Lido for Portego. Made in Italy The dot Miniportrait is part of the boxes line that reproduces the plissé of oriental fans. It's expertisely manufactured carving ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Wood

Tronador Square Blue Onyx Stone Box
Located in Buenos Aires, AR
The shape of the inactive Tronador volcano reminded us of the pyramid shaped idea of our boxes that make up this collection. With a rectangular or square base, the box is a reflectio...
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2010s Argentine Modern Boxes

Materials

Stone, Onyx

21st Century Modern Set of 2 Pots Eden Handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Set of 2 White Ceramic Pots Eden with Lid and Bird Design Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. This beautiful set includes two waterproo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

21st Century Modern Set of 5 Vases Handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Set of 3 White and Cream Ceramic Pots Graham with Lid Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. This beautiful set includes three waterproof c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Knotted Tissue Box André Fu Living New PU Home Office Accessories Modern
Located in CENTRAL, HK
Description: Tissue box Color: Grey Size: 26.5 x 14.5 x 7.5 H cm Material: PU Collection: Knotted.
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2010s Thai Modern Boxes

Materials

Faux Leather

'70s Mirrored Tissue Holder Box Cover
Located in New York, NY
A chic '70s Modern or Postmodern [Post-Modern] mirrored tissue holder box with metal screw detail, circa 1970s. Box opens on bottom (slides out), please see images #12 and 13. A grea...
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1970s Vintage Modern Boxes

Materials

Metal

Contemporary by Ghirò Studio Iridescent Pearl Crystal Bowl, Brass and Gold 24 Kt
Located in Pieve Emanuele, Milano
2021 Collection of covered bowls by Ghirò Studio. This covered bowl is one of a kind. The material used and the artisanal and artistic workmanship make it unrepeatable. In fact, two...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Gold, Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Tessellated Stone Boxes by Maitland Smith
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of modernist boxes were realized by the celebrated 20th century design firm Maitland Smith in the Philippines, circa 1980. They feature two cylindrical bodies- one ...
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1980s American Vintage Modern Boxes

Materials

Stone

Tuscon Box in Natural Bone by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
An octagonal bone box with a starburst-like pattern radiating from the center of the lid.  
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Boxes

Materials

Bone

Mini Portrait Dot Jewelry Box Mirror or Blue Wood, Steel Sheet by Portego
Located in Stienta, IT
Designed by Studio Lido for Portego. Made in Italy The dot Mini portrait is part of the boxes line that reproduces the plissé of oriental fans. It's expertise manufactured carvi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Wood

Opinion Ciatti Snow.White Object Holder
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Snow.White, an elegant object holder (available in black or white marble) with an inner mirror and details in galvanic gold brass. Part of Once Upon A Time, the collection designed b...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Marble

Ghidini 1961 Knotted Cherry Medium Box in Brass by Nika Zupanc
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Fiasco. Guilt. Fear of love. A place to hide all the things we secretly desire yet are too scared to utter. The luscious things the perfect lover knows are never to be told. She drea...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Brass

Fibra Medium Basket by Sebastian Herkner
Located in Geneve, CH
Fibra medium basket by Sebastian Herkner Materials: 100% esparto grass. Technique: Hand-woven in Colombia. Dimensions: Diameter 47 cm x width 34 x height 10 cm Available in co...
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2010s German Modern Boxes

Materials

Natural Fiber

James Box in Ivory and Black Bone by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
An ivory and black striped decorative resin and bone box.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Boxes

Materials

Bone

21st Century Atena Leather Closet Box Handcrafted in Italy
Located in Bagnatica, Lombardia
Pure design with a special magnetic closing. The family of three Atena boxes made with eco-friendly and washable regenerated leather is perfect for a modern closet. Available in a...
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2010s Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Leather

Fornasetti Wooden and Metal Box Egocentrismo Black or White
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the boxes turn an everyday action into an aesthetic experience. The Fornasetti boxes are a whimsical place to keep your most precious items. This ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Metal

21st Century Modern Set of 2 Boxes Lanzarote Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Set of 2 Wooden Boxes with Lid Lanzarote Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Lanzarote box set includes two wooden boxes, perfect to be...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Boxes

Materials

Gold Leaf

21st Century Modern Set of 2 Pots Chaucer Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Set of 2 White Ceramic Pots Chaucer with Hand Turned Beech Wood Lid and Base Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. This beautiful set inc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Boxes

Materials

Wood, Ceramic

Lucite Box with Foiled Enameled Cloisonné Abstract Top Signed Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This lucite and mixed-media box, vessel or container has a removable foiled enameled cloisonné top with a spectacular signed artistic design. The colors of the enamel top are turquoi...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Boxes

Materials

Enamel, Foil

Nuovo Box in Brass by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A handmade angled brass box featuring a matte finish and a contrasting shiny nob.  
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Boxes

Materials

Brass

Set of Lucite and Brass Globo Boxes
Located in New York, NY
Futuristic elegance. Our globo boxes are an intriguing addition to any tabletop, powder room, or cocktail table. The polished brass base lined in turquoise velvet complements a gem-e...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Boxes

Materials

Brass

Carved Wood Villagers Trinket Box
Located in Countryside, IL
Carved wood villagers trinket box This box measures: 21 wide x 11 deep x 10 inches high This box is in good vintage condition with one hinge in need of repair, key is attached...
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2010s American Modern Boxes

Materials

Wood

"Quadra" Square Leather Box Designed by Oscar Maschera
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Quadra" is a square leather box, designed and manufactured by Oscar Maschera. Genuine Italian leather vegetable tanned. Colors combination to be chosen from the available range: tan...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Leather

Luxury Alligator Billiards Game Set with Chrome & Glass Detailing
Located in Milan, IT
With a continued desire to push the boundaries of luxury design within the game table industry, IMPATIA unveils a brand new contemporary billiards set crafted from Mississippiensis a...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Chrome

21st Century Leather Eyeglasses Box Cover with Mirror Handcrafed in Italy
Located in Bagnatica, Lombardia
Combining tradition and modern design to provide an unmistakable flair of luxury and elegance. Our glasses box has a wood base and enough space to store up to eight pairs of glass...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Leather, Wood

Oro Bianco / Blue Plastered Travertino Marble Case/ by Portego
Located in Stienta, IT
Oro Bianco is a minimal and multifunctional case made in polished light golden steel and travertine marble plastered in blue to make a bold contrast. It can suit home and office n...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Marble

Agresti Carbon Fiber Armored Jewel Safe Polished Carbon on 4 Sides and 3 Winders
Located in New York, NY
Agresti "Carbon Dream" armored jewelry safe covered in polished carbon. Drawers in white leather, inside is lined for jewelry and watches with pullout / pull-out necklace holder. Rut...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Steel

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

2010s Mexican Modern Boxes

Materials

Marble

Contemporary Bronze Ashtray, LINES by Reda Amalou, 2015
Located in Paris, FR
The solid bronze ashtray is designed with a patterned removable top. The motif used here, a repetition of lines and voids, has been developed by Reda Amalou and is used in several pi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Boxes

Materials

Brass, Bronze

1970, Ceramic Box Sculpture by Atelier Palègre
Located in Perpignan, FR
Jean-Paul Brunet was a chip off the old block. He was born in 1972 in Ponsas in the northern part of the Drôme region where his family resided since the French Revolution. His fathe...
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1970s French Vintage Modern Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Fornasetti Wooden and Metal Box Champagne Black/White Hand Painted
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the boxes turn an everyday action into an aesthetic experience. The Fornasetti boxes are a whimsical place to keep your most precious items. This ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Boxes

Materials

Metal

Fibra Large Basket by Sebastian Herkner
Located in Geneve, CH
Fibra large basket by Sebastian Herkner Materials: 100% Esparto grass. Technique: Hand-woven in Colombia. Dimensions: Diameter 60 cm x W 45 x H 14 cm Available in colors: natu...
Category

2010s German Modern Boxes

Materials

Natural Fiber

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