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POSTMODERN STYLE

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

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Style: Post-Modern
Bespoke Italian Post Modern Rose Pink Murano Glass Geometric Couture Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A fun modernist table / desk lamp, a contemporary organic creation entirely hand made in Italy, the geometric shape inspired by a fashion tailored suit design, the waisted middle par...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Marble Mountain Bookends
Located in Treadwell, NY
Refined and rugged marble mountain bookends. Listing for one pair of bookends. One of a kind. Dimensions: A - 7 3/4" x 11" x 11" B - 7 1/2" x 11" x 11 1/2" Weight: Approx....
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Marble

Italian Contemporary Design Photo Frame Red and White Plexiglass, Sharing Red
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Sharing Red is a limited edition of art with Heart collection of pop recto-verso photo frames by Laura G Italy. It is beautiful wherever you look at it, its surface is decorated fron...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Plexiglass

Italian Photo Frame in Plexiglass , Sharing Red Round
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Sharing round red is a unique multiples edition of Art with Heart collection of recto-verso photo frames by Laura G Italy. It is beautiful wherever you look at it, its surface is de...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Plexiglass

Italian Photo Frame in Top Quality Plexiglass, Sharing Shocking
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Sharing Shocking is a photo frame of Laura G Art with Heart collection of recto-verso photo frames. It is realized in shocking pink and white artistic plexiglass, with guillochè rays...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Plexiglass

Oak Tray with Antique Brass Handles
Located in Treadwell, NY
Individually stamped and numbered, these one of a kind presentation trays feature patinated brass handles with a satin finish lacquer top coat. Each wooden slab is has its own unique...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Mario Bellini, ET Personal 55 Portable Typewriter for Olivetti 1985-86
Located in London, GB
Mario Bellini (designer), Italy Olivetti (manufacturer), Italy ET Personal portable (electric) typewriter, designed 1985-86 Moulded ABS plastic (and other plastics and metals). ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Plastic

Tribeca Crystal Book End, Hand-Sculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Tribeca crystal book end, hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Decorative vase Hand-sculpted in crystal Measures: W 9.5, H 16.8, D 9.5 cm The reflections Copenhagen Tribeca book end i...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Crystal

Italian Modern Design Plexiglass Picture Frame, Sharing Pink
Located in Sarezzo, IT
The picture frame sharing pink is a square italian pink plexiglass, edition of Art with Heart collection of photo frames recto verso by Laura G Italy. It is special because it is dec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Plexiglass

Black and White Dice Encased in Lucite
Located in New York, NY
A Lucite dice Shaker the Modern style or Postmodern period. A pair of black and white dice encased in a cylindrical Lucite tube with square Lucite block ends. Item can be used for ca...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Acrylic, Lucite

Lucite Cube Encased Dandelion Flower
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Lucite or acrylic cube with encased dandelion flower seed-head decorative object or desk accessory, circa 20th century, 1960s - 1970s. Art meets nature meets technology. ...
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Mid-20th Century Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Acrylic, Lucite

Mario Bellini, LOGOS 50/60 (59) Electronic Printing Calculator for Olivetti 1972
Located in London, GB
Mario Bellini (designer), Italy Olivetti (manufacturer), Italy LOGOS 50/60 (59) Electronic Printing Calculator, designed 1972 Die-cast aluminium casing and ABS plastic (and othe...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Aluminum

Libidonoso Object #2 by Mameluca
Located in Geneve, CH
Libidonoso object #2 by Mameluca Material: gold-plated metal Dimensions: D 15 x H 10cm In reference to Paul Nacke’s states about Narcissism, being an attitude of a person who tr...
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2010s Brazilian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Metal

Leather Desk Mat Tan by Henry Wilson
Located in Geneve, CH
Leather Desk Mat Tan by Henry Wilson Dimensions: D32 x H22 Materials: Leather Our leather desk mats are made of vegetable tanned saddle leather imported from Italy. This type of...
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2010s Australian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Leather

Modern Lucite and Copper Penny Obelisk, ca. 1970s
Located in New York, NY
A great 1970s modern or Postmodern period Lucite and U.S. coppery penny decorated obelisk. All copper pennies encased are dated 1973. Obelisk measures: 2.13" x 2.38" x 6.5" Height.   
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Copper

Lake Small Emerald Tray by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Lake small emerald tray by Pulpo Dimensions: D27 x W20 x H4 cm Materials: ceramic Also available in different colors. These charming additions allow you to create a true tab...
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2010s German Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Ceramic

Langley Bookend by Henry Wilson
Located in Geneve, CH
Langley bookend by Henry Wilson Dimensions: 9.5 x 11 x 17 H cm Materials: Sand-cast Gunmetal bronze Langley Bookend is part modernist sculpture part functional shelf accessory. ...
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2010s Australian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Bronze

Iconic telephone "BeoCom 2000" from the 1980s by BANG & OLUFSEN, Memphis Design
Located in Hamburg, DE
Memphis Design analog telephone "BeoCom 2000" from the 1980s by BANG & OLUFSEN. Danish design, designed in 1986 by Lone and Gideon Lindinger-Lowy. A timeless classic and an absolute ...
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1980s Danish Vintage Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Plastic

1970s Burnt Orange Organizer Wall-All Uten Silo by Female Designer Maurer-Becker
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A super cool seventies ABS plastic wall mounting catch-all artist caddy. It was well loved by it last owners, and over the years one of the key hooks on left corner broke off, and th...
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1970s American Vintage Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Plastic

Italian Plexiglass Contemporary Pop Picture Frame, Humour Plexi Fuchsia
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Humour plexi fuchsia is a very nice pop picture frame in artistic plexiglass handmade in Italy. It can be used in horizontal or vertical way and it may carry two photos. It is a post...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Plexiglass

Lake Big Cobalt Tray by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Lake big Cobalt tray by Pulpo Dimensions: D41 x W24 x H4 cm Materials: ceramic Also available in different colours. These charming additions allow you to create a true table...
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2010s German Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Ceramic

Lake Big Emerald Tray by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Lake Big Emerald Tray by Pulpo Dimensions: D41 x W24 x H4 cm Materials: ceramic Also available in different colours. Please contact us. These charming additions allow you to create...
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2010s German Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Ceramic

Lake Big Tropical Turquoise Tray by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Lake Big Tropical Turquoise Tray by Pulpo Dimensions: D41 x W24 x H4 cm Materials: ceramic Also available in different colours. Please contact us. These charming additions allow yo...
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2010s German Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Ceramic

Satin Tray Hexagon by Mingardo
Located in Geneve, CH
Satin tray hexagon by Mingardo Dimensions: D35 x W18 x H2 cm Materials: natural brushed and polished brass with a RAL 9005 varnished iron base Weight: 3 kg Also available in D...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass, Iron

Bronze Paperweight, Signed by William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Bronze aperweight, Signed by William Guillon Signed William Guillon Limited Edition of 20 Signed and numbered Dimensions: 22 x 12 x 12 cm Hand sculpted in France. At the cros...
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2010s French Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Bronze

Brass and Granite Bookend, Signed by William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Brass and granite bookend, signed William Guillon Signed William Guillon Limited edition of 20 Signed and numbered Barocco granite, solid brass Dimensions: H 30 cm x W 22 cm x D...
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2010s French Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Bronze

Set of 2 Towel Hooks Aluminum by Henry Wilson
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 towel hooks aluminum by Henry Wilson Dimensions: D8.6 x W4.7 x H2.1 cm Materials: Aluminum The Towel Hook is sand cast and hand finished. They are manufactured in sma...
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2010s Australian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Aluminum

Italian Modern Postmodern Marble Pedestal Plinth or Bookend, circa 1970s
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and substantial Modern style or Postmodern period Italian red marble pedestal plinth or bookend, circa mid-20th century, Italy. This type of marble is known as 'Rosso' ma...
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20th Century Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Marble

Set of 3 Satin Trays by Mingardo
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 3 satin trays by Mingardo Dimensions: D35 x W18 x H2 cm // D35 x W18 x H2 cm // D30 x W26 x H2 cm. Materials: Natural brushed and polished brass with a RAL 9005 varnished ir...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass, Iron

Brass Sweep Dustpan and Brush by Gentner Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Brass Sweep dustpan and brush by Gentner Design Dimensions: D 20 x W 18 x H 6.3 cm Materials: tarnished brass, horsehair This dust pan and brush bring a whole new dimension to c...
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2010s American Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Vintage Brass Shell Bookends
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage Brass Shell bookends, circa 1985.
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Satin Tray Round by Mingardo
Located in Geneve, CH
Satin tray round by Mingardo Dimensions: D30 x W26 x H2 cm Materials: Natural brushed and polished brass with a RAL 9005 varnished iron base Weight: 3 kg Also available in Dif...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass, Iron

Satin Tray Octagon by Mingardo
Located in Geneve, CH
Satin Tray Octagon by Mingardo Dimensions: D35 x W18 x H2 cm Materials: Natural brushed and polished brass with a RAL 9005 varnished iron base Weight: 3 kg Also available in D...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Iron, Brass

Italian Modern Enamel Red Flowers Picture Frame, La Dolce Vita
Located in Sarezzo, IT
La dolce vita is a wonderful italian handcrafted bronze rhodium and red enamelled four leaf flowers picture frame . Art with Heart picture frames are special because they are all rec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Bronze, Enamel

Postmodern “LEGO” Telephone Phone by Tyco
By Tycos, Lego, Memphis Group
Located in Rome, IT
1990s telephone made of LEGO by Tyco.
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1990s Japanese Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Plastic

Arrebol Escalonado by Studioroca
Located in Geneve, CH
Arrebol Escalonado by Studioroca. Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 30.5 cm. Materials: volcanics rocks essential oils diffuser. Studioroca is a Mexico City design studio focused on archite...
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2010s Colombian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Stone

Set of 2 Round Square Blue Bubble Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 round square blue bubble vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 30 x D 30 x H 35cm Materials: Wood, Glass When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Ruben had...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass, Wood

Set of 4 Pink Pierced Table Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 pink pierced table vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 35 x D 25 x H 25cm Materials: Steel, Glass The studio was keen to find a way to display the fluidity ...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Steel

Elizabeth Taylor Andy Warhol Coffee Table Book, Signed
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful hard-cover coffee table or library book in memory of Elizabeth Taylor; "700 Nimes Road", by Catherine Opie. A beautiful and thoughtful body of work in which she (Catherin...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Paper

Set of 4 Opaque Grid Table Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 opaque grid table vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 30 x D 30 x H 35cm Materials: Steel, glass The studio was keen to find a way to display the fluidity o...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Steel

Round Square Grey Pierced Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Round Square Grey Pierced Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 24 x D 24 x H 38 cm Materials: Wood, Glass When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Ruben had the dr...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass, Wood

Set of 2 High Round Square Green Vase by Studio Thier & Van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 high round square green vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen. Dimensions: W 36 x D 36 x H 120 cm. Materials: wood, glass. When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Ruben...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Glass, Wood

Set Of 4 Round Square Opaque Vessel Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set Of 4 Round Square Opaque Vessel Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 30 x D 30 x H 18 cm Materials: Wood, Glass When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Ruben ...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Glass, Wood

Set Of 4 Round Square Blue Bubble Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set Of 2 Round Square Blue Bubble Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 30 x D 30 x H 35cm Materials: Wood, Glass When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Ruben had...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass, Wood

Set of 2 Round Square Blue Up & Down Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 round square blue up & down vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 30 x D 30 x H 35cm Materials: Wood, glass When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Ruben ...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass, Wood

Set Of 4 Round Square Grey Pierced Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set Of 4 Round Square Grey Pierced Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 24 x D 24 x H 38 cm Materials: Wood, Glass When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Ruben h...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass, Wood

Set of 4 Big Round Square Opaque Vessel Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 big round square opaque vessel vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 32 x D 32 x H 23 cm Materials: Wood, Glass When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Ru...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass, Wood

Set Of 4 Round Square Grey Triangular Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set Of 4 Round Square Grey Triangular Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 24 x D 24 x H 38 cm Materials: Wood, Glass When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Rube...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass, Wood

Vintage italian Enameled Photo Frame, Vitality Turtle-dove
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Vitality turtle-dove is an Italian photo frame , golden silver , lilac and turtle-dove enameled. It is a 360° decorated photo frame, as every model of Laura G Art with Heart collect...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Enamel, Silver

Postmodern Black Marble Desk Pen Pencil Holder, 1990s
Located in New York, NY
A '90s Postmodern black and brown polished marble stone desk pen pencil holder, circa 1990s. Dimensions: 2.5" square x 4.19" height. Matching desk accessory also available, search...
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1990s European Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Stone, Marble

Set of 4 High Round Square Green Vase by Studio Thier & Van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 high round square green vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 36 x D 36 x H 120 cm Materials: Wood, Glass When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Ruben ha...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Glass, Wood

Set of 2 Round Square Blue Bubble Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 round square blue bubble vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 24 x D 24 x H 55 cm Materials: Wood, glass When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Ruben ha...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass, Wood

Reidi Center Piece by Studio Lel
Located in Geneve, CH
Reidi Center Piece by Studio Lel Dimensions: D45.7 x W47.5 x H76.2 cm Materials: Resin, Marble The Reidi Collection takes its name from the Persian word for the poppy flower - marry...
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2010s Pakistani Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Marble

Set Of 2 Clear Grid Table Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set Of 2 Clear Grid Table Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 30 x D 30 x H 35cm Materials: Steel, Glass The studio was keen to find a way to display the fluidity of...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Steel

Set of 4 Pink Grid Table Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 pink grid table vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 30 x D 35 x H 35cm Materials: Steel, glass The studio was keen to find a way to display the fluidity of ...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

Materials

Steel

Set of 2 Round Square Grey Triangular Vase by Studio Thier & Van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 round square grey triangular vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 24 x D 24 x H 38 cm Materials: wood, glass When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Rube...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass, Wood

Round Square Grey Triangular Vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen
Located in Geneve, CH
Round square grey triangular vase by Studio Thier & van Daalen Dimensions: W 24 x D 24 x H 38 cm Materials: Wood, Glass When blowing soap bubbles in the air Iris & Ruben had the...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Glass, Wood

Pop Design Large Walnut Wood Picture Frame, Humour Wood
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Humour wood is a large wood picture frame, a design edition of the Italian collection of picture frames Laura G Art with Heart. It is realized by Italian handcrafts in walnut wood. I...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern More Desk Accessories

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Wood

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