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


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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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


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

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Polished Brass Waist Basket by Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A glamorous 1980s polish brass and black lacquered waist basket by Karl Springer. Constructed of solid brass with the inside black lacquered. Newly professionally polished and lacque...
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1980s American Vintage Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Fin Coasters from Souda, In Stock, Set of four, Silver, Modern
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price includes 4 Coasters. Slim, architectural, and refined, the Fin Coasters are a decidedly modern approach to a traditional tabletop accessory. Designed by Shaun Kasperbauer, the ...
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2010s Chinese Modern More Desk Accessories

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Metal, Aluminum

Soap Holder in White and Black Marble, by Matteo Cibic, Italy
Located in Milan, IT
Soap holder in White Michelangelo and Black Marquinia Marble. Size: 20 x 9.8 x 3 cm, smooth finishing. Commercial name: Domenico, Homage Collection by the Italian Designer Matteo Cib...
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2010s Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Marble

"Freevolle" Contemporary Table Lamp, Cast Brass Body, Linen Lampshade
Located in Pietrasanta, IT
This table lamp is a contemporary piece, made entirely by hand in Tuscany Italy, 100% of Italian origin. The piece contributes to the décor of an interior corner where to highlight ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Emanuela Frattini Magnusson Small Wooden Wastepaper Basket for Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
A wastepaper basket made of 89 beechwood baguettes connected by 178 spacers. The vertical elements, individually polished to obtain a total flattening of any edges, are connected by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Beech

Emanuela Frattini Magnusson Large Wooden Wastepaper Basket for Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
A wastepaper basket made of 89 beechwood baguettes connected by 178 spacers. The vertical elements, individually polished to obtain a total flattening of any edges, are connected by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Beech

Gae Aulenti Segnalibro Wooden Bookmark for Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
The Segnalibro wooden bookmark was designed by Gae Aulenti in the eighties for a Venetian bibliophile. After carefully selecting the appropriate variety of fine wood, it is executed ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Calzascarpe Wooden Shoehorn by Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
An everyday object with a very distinctive personality, given a special appeal by its sculptural lines and its timeless style. Designed by the Bottega Ghianda workshop and in product...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Carl & Emanuela Magnusson Portamatite Wooden Pencil Holder for Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
A modular desktop tray in solid wood, carved to grooves in order to accommodate pens and pencils and finally hand polished. Several elements can be placed side by side so as to arran...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Gae Aulenti Medium Chevalet d'Orsay Wooden Easel for Frames by Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
The Chevalet is an easel that was created in the Bottega Ghianda atelier in the 1980, from an original idea by Gae Aulenti for the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. It is a small folding struc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Firmamento Milano Pillola Table Lamp by Parisotto and Formenton Architetti
Located in Milan, Milano
Please note that VAT is not included in the price. Elegant interior lamp designed as an essential element that creates an evocative light of great comfort. A matte ball of simple an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Aluminum

Firmamento Milano Etoile Rechargeable Table Lamp by Daniela Puppa
Located in Milan, Milano
Please note that VAT is not included in the price. A slim and light lamp that, like a ballerina, hides under her tutu an intimate and warm light LED. A lamp whose light makes you sm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Aluminum

Emanuela Frattini Magnusson Scorrevole Wooden Box for Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
A wooden box with a sliding lid, extremely beautiful in its simplicity. Accurately crafted and finished by hand. Dimensions: 23 W x 10 D x 5 H cm.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Riga a T Squadretta 30/60 & Squadretta 45 Wooden Ruler Set by Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
A familiar, beloved tool for all those who work with their hands, from pupils drawing their first lines to expert artisans. A symbol of craftsmanship that the Bottega Ghianda atelier...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Gae Aulenti Large Chevalet d'Orsay Wooden Easel for Frames by Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
The Chevalet is an easel that was created in the Bottega Ghianda atelier in the eighties, from an original Idea by Gae Aulenti for the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. It is a small folding s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Firmamento Milano Trilite Table Lamp by Franco Raggi
Located in Milan, Milano
Please note that VAT is not included in the price. Trilite is a micro architecture for the room. Often today architecture is conceived as urban and pushy maxi objects. Trilite is ju...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Marble

Gae Aulenti Small Chevalet d'Orsay Wooden Easel for Frames by Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
The Chevalet is an easel that was created in the Bottega Ghianda atelier in the eighties, from an original idea by Gae Aulenti for the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. It is a small folding s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Portapillole Con Custodia Wooden Pillbox with Leather Case by Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
While the minuscule pillbox from 1935 is one of Bottega Ghianda’s historic creations, this new interpretation combines Classic and contemporary features, with the addition of a leath...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Pino Tovaglia Small Parola Amore Collapsable Wooden Letters for Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
The Parola Amore (“Love”) was created in the 1970s, from an original idea by Pino Tovaglia who also designed the Bottega Ghianda symbol. It is produced in different types of wood, an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Promemoria Tovaglietta Americana Patchwork Placemat in Leather by Romeo Sozzi
Located in Valmadrera (LC), IT
Tovaglietta Americana patchwork ("American patchwork placemat") is created by combining different colors of leather, just as in the palette of a painter the nuances are combined and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Leather

Orologetto Wooden Pocket Watch by Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
In the past, instruments for measuring time were not just ostentations of technology, as they would bring elegance to the environments around them: walls, writing desks, when pulled ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Portafogli Leather Wallet with Wooden Insert by Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
While the precious leather is the dominant material here, the place of honour is reserved for what Bottega Ghianda’s craftsmen consider to be the noble material par excellence: the p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Gae Aulenti Large Cestino Portacarta Wood Wastepaper Basket for Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
A square-shaped basket whose clear lines are both functional and elegant, made by the Bottega Ghianda workshop in various sizes and a choice of wood varieties. Dimensions: 20 W x...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Pino Tovaglia Large Parola Amore Collapsable Wooden Letters for Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
The Parola Amore (“Love”) was created in the seventies, from an original idea by Pino Tovaglia who also designed the Bottega Ghianda symbol. It is produced in different types of wood...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Fermapagine Wooden Bookmark by Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
An object that celebrates a love for books and the personal nature of the relationship between the page and its reader. Combining the practical function of a bookrest and the timeles...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Gae Aulenti Small Cestino Portacarta Wood Wastepaper Basket for Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
A square-shaped basket whose clear lines are both functional and elegant, made by the Bottega Ghianda workshop in various sizes and a choice of wood varieties. Dimensions: 20 W x 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Riviera Valet Tray in Oiled Walnut by May Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Riviera Valet Tray measures 13.5"L x 5.5"W x 1.5" H and is individually handcrafted in solid wood, available in 3 finish options. Meticulously cut finger joints are the unique d...
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2010s American Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Ghidini 1961 Bullet Table Lamp in Brass by Studio Job
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Table lamp in brass and metalized glass. Materials: Brass and metallic glass Net weight: 4.8 kg Dimensions: Diameter 17 x 54 height cm.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Ghidini 1961 Bullet Table Lamp in Copper-Plated Brass by Studio Job
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Table lamp in brass and metalized glass. Materials: Copper-plated brass and metallic glass Net weight: 4.8 kg Dimensions: Diameter 17 x 54 height cm.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Copper

Ghidini 1961 Knotted Cherry Medium 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 More Desk Accessories

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Copper

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 More Desk Accessories

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Copper

Ghidini 1961 Knotted Cherry Small 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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Sistine Rug in Tufted Botanic Silk
Located in New York, NY
The paintings on the Sistine Chapel are an undeniable reference for art connoisseurs. Their sober, distinctive, captivating character, distinguish them from all other artworks on arc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern More Desk Accessories

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Silk

Fin Coasters from Souda, In Stock, Set of Four, Gold, Modern, Minimal
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Slim, architectural, and refined, the Fin coasters are a decidedly modern approach to a traditional tabletop accessory. Designed by Shaun Kasperbauer, the coasters are produced throu...
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2010s Chinese Modern More Desk Accessories

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Metal, Aluminum

Louise Nevelson Style Dimensional Wood Box Sculpture
Located in North Miami, FL
This amazing and intricate carved wood box sculpture that stands tabletop is signed and dated. The signature is not terribly legible but is dated 1996. It is in the style of Louise N...
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1990s American Modern More Desk Accessories

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Hardwood, Paint

Italian Silver-Plate Square Sculptural Boxes or Objects Vintage, Set of 3
Located in North Miami, FL
These set of 3 Italian vintage silver- plate square lidded boxes or objects or desk accessories all have a rounded ball lid that turns and comes off. They are 3 varying heights with...
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1970s European Vintage Modern More Desk Accessories

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Silver Plate

Eli Karpel Bronze Abstract Sculpture Signed Desk Accessory
Located in North Miami, FL
This polished bronze sculpture is on an ebonized wood base is by Eli Karpel, a NY artist It is signed and of a very small edition. It is a continuum of abstract figures and forms in ...
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1990s American Modern More Desk Accessories

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Bronze

Fin Coasters from Souda, Set of Four, Gold Anodized Aluminium, Modern, Minimal
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Slim, architectural, and refined, the Fin coasters are a decidedly modern approach to a traditional tabletop accessory. Designed by Shaun Kasperbauer, the coasters are produced throu...
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2010s Chinese Modern More Desk Accessories

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Aluminum, Metal

Fin Coasters from Souda, Set of four, Silver, Modern Aluminum Coaster Set
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price includes 4 Coasters. Slim, architectural, and refined, the Fin Coasters are a decidedly modern approach to a traditional tabletop accessory. Designed by Shaun Kasperbauer, the ...
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2010s Chinese Modern More Desk Accessories

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Metal, Aluminum

Hermès Eye of Cleopatra Magnifier Desk Accessory or Paperweight Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This always conversational and clever signed Hermes Cleopatra eye magnifier and or paperweight is gold-plated and glass. It is vintage from the 1960s. It was designed by Jean Cocteau...
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1960s French Vintage Modern More Desk Accessories

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Gold Plate

Bronze Margaret Wasserman-Levy Architectural Abstract Sculpture
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful signed bronze sculpture by Margaret Wasserman-Levy has great weight to it. The sculptor had done larger scale outdoor works in the past. This is both simplistic and co...
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1980s American Vintage Modern More Desk Accessories

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Bronze

Modern Marble Female Figurative Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
A substantial modern female figurative marble sculpture piece by artist/sculptor Helga Brinitzer, circa 20th century, New York. Piece is sold light green, medium green, and touched o...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern More Desk Accessories

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Marble

Lucite Magazine Stand or Rack Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This vintage Lucite magazine stand, rack or holder is sturdy and has one compartment. It is in very great condition from the 1970s. Great to place anywhere in your home or study as i...
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1970s American Vintage Modern More Desk Accessories

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Lucite

Aurelio Teno Silvered Bronze, Enamel and Quartz Sculpture Vintage Signed
Located in North Miami, FL
This Brutalist inspired signed Aurelio Teno sensational sculpture is a combination of silvered bronze, quarts and painted enamel over the bronze. It sits on a marble base. From every...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Modern More Desk Accessories

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Quartz, Marble, Silver, Bronze, Enamel

Hermès Silver Plate Desk Magnifier Vintage Desk Accessory
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful Hermès vintage silver plate desk magnifier is from the 1960s. It is twisted and braided rope design on the handle and an angled glass magnifier. It is hallmarked Hermè...
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1960s French Vintage Modern More Desk Accessories

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Silver Plate

Brass Modernist Pyramid Sculpture Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This truly arresting vintage modernist brass pyramid sculpture has been professionally polished. It is in a combination tall pyramid and triangle form and has 7 random holes in the f...
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1970s American Vintage Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Romeo Rega Brass and Chrome-Plated Checkers Game Italian Signed
Located in North Miami, FL
This ultra chic and modern signed Italian Romeo Rega vintage checkers game has sculptural components. It is great just even as a decorative object or for real playing the game of che...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass, Stainless Steel, Chrome

NOS Bynamics Leather Desk Director Phone System Six Hundred, 1985
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
Never used, fully functioning, (NOS). No status seeking, 1980s Wall Street executive should be without this leather bound desk apprentice. More than just a novelty item, this is a ra...
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1980s Canadian Vintage Modern More Desk Accessories

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Leather

Lia Hammered Brass and Black Steel Valet Tray Accessory by Soraya Osorio
Located in Clinton Corners, NY
This handsome valet tray accessory or decorative object is a mix of two beautiful metals. A hand-hammered 4 1/2" round brass top with a smooth blackened steel base. Due to the organ...
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2010s American Modern More Desk Accessories

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Metal, Brass, Steel

Cell Tower in Ebonized Oak by Algierwork
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An iteration on its original life as a “floor mirror," Butter body is now a freestanding stand for modern mobile phones. Situated at chest height and tilted backwards, users can see ...
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2010s American Modern More Desk Accessories

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Oak

Nilufar Gallery Multiplug Tower by Thomas Ballouhey
Located in Milan, IT
Multiplug tower by Thomas Ballouhey, crossover collection, the Netherlands, 2018. Nilufar edition. Polystyrene, multiplug strip, epoxy, sand, PVA glue, wiring. Measures: 70 x 60 x H ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wire

Riviera Valet Tray in Whitewash Maple by May Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Riviera Valet Tray measures 13.5"L x 5.5"W x 1.5" H and is individually handcrafted in solid wood, available in 3 finish options. Meticulously cut finger joints are the unique d...
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2010s American Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Riviera Valet Tray in Blackened Walnut by May Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Riviera Valet Tray measures 13.5"L x 5.5"W x 1.5" H and is individually handcrafted in solid wood, available in 3 finish options. Meticulously cut finger joints are the unique d...
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2010s American Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

Ghidini 1961 Omini Pen and Cards Tray in Polished Brass by Stefano Giovannoni
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Pencils tray in brass Omini is a family of products that plays on the inclusion and the relationship between the human figure with a series of monolithic objects from geometric and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Ghidini 1961 Medium Rabbit in Polished Brass by Stefano Giovannoni
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Decorative object medium in brass "The rabbit is the latest iconic object I have designed. For Ghidini it has turned into a family of precious metal objects: salt and pepper, paper...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Ghidini 1961 Omini Cards Holder in Polished Brass by Stefano Giovannoni
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Business cards holder in brass Omini is a family of products that plays on the inclusion and the relationship between the human figure with a series of monolithic objects from geome...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Ghidini 1961 Omini Tape Mate in Polished Brass by Stefano Giovannoni
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Scotch holder in brass Omini is a family of products that plays on the inclusion and the relationship between the human figure with a series of monolithic objects from geometric and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

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