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Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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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Set of Hand-Sculpted Solid Bronze Candleholders, Army of Me by William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
7 hand-sculpted solid bronze candleholders Army of Me by William Guillon Signed William Guillon Each candleholder is unique Signed and numbered 1/1 Dimensions: Each is differ...
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2010s French Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Flute Pencil Tray in Pale Blue
Located in London, GB
The flute pencil tray is made from cast pigmented and sanded Jesmonite and evolves from Tino Seubert's tubular motif developed in his monolithic font for wallpaper handmade, 2017. Th...
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2010s British Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Resin

Ettore Sottsass Shiva Limited Edition Black Prototype 2/8
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Black Shiva ceramic vase designed by Ettore Sottsass circa 1973, edited by BD in Barcelona. This piece has been produced as a limited edition with a total of only 100 units. This...
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2010s Spanish Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Postmodern Studio Pottery Charger Plate
Located in New York, NY
Postmodern studio pottery charger plate with concentric circles, marked on the bottom.
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Trio of Bronze Chandeliers 'Ashes to Ashes', Signed William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Trio of bronze chandeliers 'Ashes to Ashes' - Signed William Guillon Signed William Guillon Limited edition of 99 Signed and numbered Solid burnt oak / Solid bronze Dimensions: ...
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2010s French Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Ash Candlestick Holder by Evelina Kudabaite Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Ash candlestick holder by Evelina Kudabaite Studio Handmade Materials: Ash, brass Dimensions: H 45 mm x D 105 mm Colour: Yellow/light brown Notes: For dry use Since 2015, pro...
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2010s Lithuanian Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass

Valentine Typewriter by Ettore Sottsass & Perry King with Olivetti Hang Tag
Located in San Diego, CA
Olivetti valentine typewriter by Ettore Sottsass & Perry King, designed in 1968 for Olivetti. Very clean condition in perfect working order with a new ribbon. Recently serviced. ...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Plastic

Oxbow Candlestick in Lacquered Steel and Satin Brushed Brass by Steven Bukowski
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This handmade candelabra features hand formed pieces and bright brass elements, inspired by ancient architecture and classical pottery. Add a touch of elegance to any room or dinner ...
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2010s American Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass, Steel

Cofete Brass Vase, Jan Garncarek
Located in Geneve, CH
Cofete brass vase by Jan Garncarek Dimensions: 60 x 18 x 18 cm Material: Brass Handcrafted by Jan Garncarek. Signed Jan Garncarek is an important contemporary designer, gradu...
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2010s German Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Brass

Murano Glass Vase by Franco Moretti, Italy, 1980s
Located in Hamburg, DE
Murano glass vase by the artist Franco Moretti from Italy of the 1980s. The vase is signed on the bottom and is in very good condition. The colorful piece brings color into your home...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Long Island Crystal Flacon, Handsculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Long Island crystal flacon, hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Decorative Vase Hand-sculpted in crystal Measures: W 8, H 19, D 8 cm The Reflections Copenhagen Boudoir collectio...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Crystal

Tessellated Stone Obelisk in the Style of Marquis of Beverly Hills
Located in San Diego, CA
Tessellated stone obelisk in the style of Marquis Collection of Beverly Hills, circa 1980s. The piece was made in the Philippines and measures: 3.25" W x 3.25" D x 12" H. #1375.
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Late 20th Century Philippine Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Stone

Gaetano Pesce Goto Vase Domus Caffe Florian, 1995
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice ‘Goto’ vase designed by Gaetano Pesce made for the Caffe Florian, on the occasion of the G. Pesce show at the Caffe Florian during the Venice Biennale, 1995. The text in It...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Resin

Memphis Milano Ceramic Vase Luciano Florio Paccagnella, 1990s
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
"Luciano Florio Paccagnella is a Memphis Group hero that has been forgotten by history. He designed the first invitation cards for the Memphis Group. Paccagnella was discovered by...
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1990s Hungarian Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Solid Brass Sculpted Candleholder by William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Solid brass sculpted candleholder Signed by William Guillon Signed: William Guillon Dimensions: Diameter 4 x height 5 cm Diameter 3.5 x height 6 cm Materials: Solid brass raw finish ...
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2010s French Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Sculpted Candelabrum, Signed William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Play with fire limited candelabrum Signed William Guillon Limited Edition of 20 Signed and numbered Solid aluminium. Nickel smoke on copper. Brushed. Dimensions: H 13 cm x W 26...
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2010s French Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze

Susan Eslick American Postmodern Bowl
By Susan Eslick
Located in New York, NY
Susan Eslick American Postmodern art pottery hand painted bowl, signed and dated 1989 on the bottom.
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Pottery

Wood Box by Borek Sipek for Driade, circa 1990
Located in Vienna, AT
Wood box by Borek Sipek for Driade, circa 1990 Individually painted small wooden box with a relief designed by Borek Sipek.
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Wood

Modern Ceramic Bull with Abstract Blue Decor
Located in South Salem, NY
Handsome mid-century modern glazed ceramic bull sculpture with hand-painted abstract decor. An original piece signed by the artist. This one of a kind piece is very reminiscent of th...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

1980s Gold-Plated Crystal Glass Wall Clock Hollywood Regency JOSKA-Waldglashütte
Located in München, DE
Gorgeous very rare gilded crystal glass jewelry wall clock in the Hollywood Regency style. Manufacturer JOSKA-Waldglashütte. Label with date of sale by 1985. Frame is 24 carat gold p...
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1980s German Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Crystal, Gold Plate

Brass Console Table in the Style of Antony Gormley
Located in Antwerp, BE
Console table made of rectangles and squares in gilt metal, France, 1970s. Eclectic piece that fits well in a Hollywood Regency interior inspired by Maison Jansen or Willy Rizzo. ...
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1970s French Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Steel

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 Decorative Objects

Materials

Copper

Jerome Kirk, Monumental Kinetic Metal Abstract, Sculpture, Signed, Titeled
Located in Los Angeles, CA
We can say that Jerome Kirk it is a master in kinetic sculptures and he set the new standards in this particular art work. This piece is titled "Jam Tomorrow" as shown in the origina...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Metal

Ilana Goor Bronze, Large Plate or Charger Verdigris Patina, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very nice and large charger by the well-known Israeli artist Ilana Goor, signed in front as shown.
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze

Dakota Crystal Candle Holder Handsculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Dakota crystal candle holder T-Light holder Handcrafted decor made from crystal Measures: L 9 x H 16.5 x D 9cm Handsculpted in crystal The Reflections Copenhagen t-light holde...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Crystal

Arizona Crystal Candleholder, Handsculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Arizona crystal candleholder Handcrafted decor made from crystal Measures: L 7.9, H 12, D 5.5cm Handsculpted in crystal Reflections Copenhagen, a collection of handmade deco...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Crystal

Vintage Post Modern Black Marble Hand Carved Bookends Italy 70's
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Pair vintage Post Modern black and white hand carved marble bookends, hand made in Italy, 1970s These are very substantial, heavy and well handmade bookends. Sculptural Hand carved...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Vintage 1980s World Map Watch Wall Clock
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A vintage world map wrist watch shaped wall clock from the 1980s. Looks exactly like a wrist watch blown up to fit a giant's wrist! Just under four feet tall, this amazing clock has ...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Plastic

Set of 4 Solid Brass Sculpted Candleholders Signed by William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 solid brass sculpted candleholders by William Guillon Each is signed William Guillon Dimensions: Diameter 4 x height 5 cm Diameter 3.5 x height 6 cm Materials: Solid brass...
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2010s French Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Beatrice Wood Style Modern Art Pottery Fish Platter
Located in New York, NY
Modern art pottery large fish platter, in the style of Beatrice Wood, exuberant polychrome and incised line decoration, ruffle sculpted rim and pinched foot rim, monogrammed and date...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Pottery

Leaves Pedestal Bowl by Evelina Kudabaite Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Leaves pedestal bowl by Evelina Kudabaite Studio Handmade Materials: tree leaves, brass Dimensions: H 55 mm x D 65 mm Colour: green/khaki Notes: for dry use Since 2015, produ...
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2010s Lithuanian Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Pair of Very Large Memphis Glass Objects by Matteo Thun for Tiffany & Co. 1987
Located in Tilburg, NL
Extraordinary and very large (54,5 & 86 cm in height) glass objects by famous designer and Memphis Group founding member Matteo Thun (1952 – Italy). Rinascimento Collection for Tiffa...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

Architectural Sculpture by Sottsass for Ultima Edizione, Italy 1986
Located in London, GB
Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) was an Italian architect and designer during the 20th century. He is perhaps most celebrated as the founder of the Memphis Group, famous for its colourful...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Marble

Architectural Sculpture by Sottsass for Ultima Edizione, Italy 1986
Located in London, GB
Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) was an Italian architect and designer during the 20th century. He is perhaps most celebrated as the founder of the Memphis Group, famous for its colourful...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Glass Artwork by Renato Santarossa, Italy, 1977
Located in London, GB
Renato Santarossa was born in Bolzano, north Italy and trained as an engineer. Working as the Art Director of a German glass manufacturer he was exposed to the many processes involve...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass, Paper

Colorful Crystal Perfume Flacon, Hand-Sculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Colorful crystal perfume flacon, hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Hand-sculpted in crystal Measures: Small: Height 16.5 cm Width 8 cm Depth 8 cm Weight 0.8 kg Material: Fine...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Crystal

Bertil Vallien Kosta Boda Studio Art Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda large modern studio art glass vase in orange with multicolored glass flecks near the neck. 17" H x 21" W x 16" D.
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Late 20th Century European Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass

Italian Postmodern Jewelry Dish Vide-Poche Catchall, ca. 1970s
Located in New York, NY
A chic '70s Italian Modern or Postmodern period ceramic dish or vide-poche (catch-all) for small items such a jewelry as demonstrated, circa 1970s, Italy. Dish has a modern 'flower' ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Large White Flower Vase by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Large white flower vase by Toru Hatta Unique piece Dimensions: Diameter 11 x height 12 cm Material: Handmade ceramic. Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa in 1977. His love of an...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Ensemble of Bronze Chandeliers 'Ashes to Ashes', Signed William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Ensemble of six bronze chandeliers 'Ashes to Ashes' - signed William Guillon Signed William Guillon Limited edition of 99 Signed and numbered Solid burnt oak / Solid bronze Dime...
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2010s French Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze

Modern Brass Candleholder / Vase by Michael Aram
Located in Chicago, IL
Modern brass candleholder / vase by Michael Aram. Manner of Paul Evans and Curtis Jere   
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Basilico Big Fruits Tray Ettore Sottsass Japanese Urushi Laquer Model
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
"Basilico big" fruits tray designed by Ettore Sottsass for Marutomi. This model is limited Japanese urushi lacquer model. Japanese traditional urushi pigment is made from natural ur...
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Early 2000s Japanese Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Plastic

Ettore Sottsass Tahiti Table Lamp for Memphis Srl
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The ultimate Sottsass table light!! Anthropomorphic (looks like a parrot)!! The head w/ lamp swivels up and down. His Sottsass-designed "Bacteriae" laminate on the base! An a...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

Ettore Sottsass, Bitossi Montelupo 'Signed in Ink'
Located in East Hampton, NY
Beautifully painted and glazed in grey, blue and off-white - this signed vase is oversized and in the style of a large bobbin or wheel.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Midcentury Postmodern Steel and Wood Coat Stand in the Shape of a Man
Located in Doornspijk, NL
This playful Postmodern coat stand is not only a smart space saver in a hallway, pantry or dressing room, it is also a pleasant and cheerful interior element to look at. The black s...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Steel

Stacked Oak 'Rocker' Vessel, by Richard Haining
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary American salvaged oak stacked wood vessel with honed finish. Titled 'Rocker' by Richard Haining. Richard Haining is a Brooklyn-based studio furniture maker and arti...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Oak

Table Clock Shohei Mihara Wakita Superpresent Postmodern, 1980s
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Table clock by Wakita hi-tecs, Japan. Wakita hi-tecs produced a lot of small pieces in the 1980s-1990s under the name of superpresent. Especially Shohei Mihara's clock series are f...
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1980s Japanese Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Plastic

Tree Leaves Candlestick Holder by Evelina Kudabaite Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Tree leaves candlestick holder by Evelina Kudabaite Studio Handmade Materials: tree leaves, brass Dimensions: H 45 mm x D 105 mm Colour: green Notes: for dry use Since 2015, ...
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2010s Lithuanian Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Senape Flower Vase Ettore Sottsass Japanese Urushi Laquer Model A
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Senape flower vase designed by Ettore Sottsass for Marutomi. This model is limited Japanese urushi laquer model. Japanese traditional urushi pigment is made from natural urushi tree...
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Early 2000s Japanese Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Plastic

Handmade Postmodern Wall Clock by Joseph E. Ferris
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An amazing 1980s handmade sculptural wall clock by Floridian artist Joseph E. Ferris utilizing a mix of brushed aluminum, painted metals, and textured materials. One pink and one tur...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

Large Hand Carved Onyx Bowl or Centerpiece in Black, Gold, Tan and Cream
Located in New York, NY
A large hand carved onyx bowl or centerpiece with a zebra striped undulating rim in striking shades of gold, charcoal gray, black, tan and white. Impressive in size and certain to ma...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Onyx

Rare Perforated Metal Bowl Designed by Joseph Hoffman for Bieffeplast
Located in San Diego, CA
Great design and a rare piece perforated metal catch it all bowl designed by Joseph Hoffman for Bieffeplast early production circa the 1980's.
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20th Century Italian Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

Wayne Bates Postmodern Decorative Ceramic Charger
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The practice of sgraffito is on full display on this plate made by ceramic artist Wayne L Bates. After spending decades teaching at various arts institutions, Bates became inspired b...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Repoussé Black Lacquer Sheep Sculpture by Robert Kuo, Limited Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sheep sculpture (Male) Black lacquer Antique copper Hand repoussé Limited edition Repoussé is the traditional art of hand-hammering decorative relief onto sheet metal. This tech...
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2010s Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Copper

Postmodern Tusca Vase by Lino Sabattini for Rosenthal, 1980s
Located in Uppsala, SE
This is the smallest model of the Tusca vase series, designed by Lino Sabattini and produced by Rosenthal in the 1980s. The white porcelain vase features a silver coloured motif and ...
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1980s German Vintage Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Porcelain

Bruce Houston, Painted Sculpture, Frank Stella Truck, Pop Art, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great Work for the L A artist Bruce Houston. Signed. This is one of his icon works of art.
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1990s American Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood

Hamptons Crystal Bonbonniere, Hand-Sculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Hamptons Crystal Bonbonniere, hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Decorative Vase Hand-sculpted in crystal Measures: W 19 H 20 D 19 cm The Hamptons crystal bonbonniere is a maje...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Crystal

Randy Strong Contemporary Art Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
Randy strong art glass vase with feathered layered and cased glass design, incised signature on the bottom. 8.75" height x 5.25" Diameter.
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass