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Modern Centerpieces

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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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
Blue Butterflies Vase, Vessel Glazed Ceramic, Majolica Ornament, Handmade Italy
Located in Recanati, IT
Of extraordinary beauty and unique charm, the blue butterfly has always been considered the bearer of wishes. According to ancient beliefs it has the power to make dreams come true. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic, Majolica

Stuart Clear Cut Crystal Bowl in the Hampshire Pattern-England
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This vintage handsome clear cut crystal bowl is by Stuart Glass and the pattern is "Hampshire". This high quality piece of crystal is vertical cut and signed on the base (see photo)....
Category

Mid-20th Century English Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Crystal

Fruit Bowl Vase Solid Calacatta Marble White Oval Contemporary Design Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
Bowl sculpted by hand from a solid block of Calacatta marble. Velvet finishing. Bowl Dimensions: Big L 56 x W 27 x H 12 cm. Also available: Small L 35 x W 17 x H 8 cm and Medium L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Colosseum II Silver Pleated Metal Centerpiece by Jaime Hayon
Located in Milan, IT
Colosseum II is a silver pleated metal centerpiece, that could be used also as fruit bowl This product is part of the collection New Roman, by Jaime Hayon: inspired by the vessels of the Roman Empire, this collection transforms antique references into a celebration of contemporary craft. New Roman collection also includes Colosseum I (all copper), and Colosseum III (copper and silver plated).
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2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Silver Plate

Colosseum I Copper Centerpiece by Jaime Hayon
Located in Milan, IT
Colosseum I is a copper centerpiece (or fruit bowl). The product is part of the collection New Roman, by Jaime Hayon, a series of containers which reference the shapes of ancient c...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Copper

New Modern Centrepiece in Black Antique Marble, creator Ivan Colominas
Located in Milan, IT
Sculptural, bright white, well-defined and multi-fold. Colominas has created a table service inspired by Angelo Mangiarotti’s soft lines, exalting the shape and structure of objects ...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Tasch Carlo Moretti Murano Contemporary Mouth Blown Vase
Located in New York, NY
Carlo Moretti Tasch Murano contemporary mouth blown vase in clear lightly smoked glass with beige and white opaque streaks. Part of the I Piccoli col...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

Mar Black Marble Small Serving Tray
Located in Mexico City, MX
Monterrey black marble small serving tray. Production time: 6-8 weeks for items without marble / 13-14 weeks for marble pieces. Shipping +10 additi...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Vase Vessel Decorative Sculpture White Onyx Marble Hand-carved Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
Luxurious small vase sculpted by hand from a solid block of white onyx. Vase dimensions: D 13, H 22 cm. The polished finishing underlines the transparency of the onyx making this a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Onyx

Brass Riser Adspera II Small Designed by Chiara Andreatti
Located in Milan, IT
Adspera is a centerpiece in brass designed by Chiara Andreatti for Paola C. and it is part of the collection Coquille, a collection composed of cake stands, centerpieces, fruit bowls...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal, Brass

Tiberius I Ceramic Fruit Bowl by Jaime Hayon
Located in Milan, IT
Tiberius I is a large ceramic fruit bowl with a brass stand, available in two color versions: anthracite or white. The product is part of the collection New Roman, by Jaime Hayon: i...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Brass

Zibul "I Piccoli" Carlo Moretti Murano Contemporary Mouth Blown Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
Carlo Moretti Zibul Murano contemporary mouth blown clear glass vase with streaks of ivory and red. Part of the I Piccoli collection which originates from the idea of offering a col...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass, Glass

Contemporary Tentacle Hand Blown Glass Vase
Located in Camisano Vicentino, IT
"Contemporary Tentacle Hand Blown Glass Vase" by Simone Crestani Introducing the Tentacle Vase, a captivating work of art meticulously crafted by the v...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Sculptural Murano Iridescent Mirrored Glass Vases
Located in Austin, TX
Italian handblown Murano glass vases with white interiors and iridescent mirrored exteriors. We stay captivated by the organic,"caught in fusion” scu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

Wonderful Baccarat Harcourt Medium Baluster Signed Crystal Vase
Located in Roslyn, NY
Wonderful Baccarat Harcourt medium baluster signed crystal vase.
Category

20th Century French Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Crystal

XL Large Serving Tray, Footstool Ottoman Trays with Handles 75 x 75cm
Located in Hertford, GB
Introducing our XL Large Footstool Ottoman Tray with handles – the perfect accessory for any home. Crafted from premium-quality hardwoods, our wooden tray is sturdy and durable. It'...
Category

2010s British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Hardwood, Oak, Walnut

Oversized Wooden Ottoman Tray with Handles 60 x 60cm
Located in Hertford, GB
Introducing our Oversized Ottoman Tray with handles – the perfect accessory for any home. Crafted from premium-quality hardwoods, our wooden tray is sturdy and durable. It's timeles...
Category

2010s British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Hardwood, Oak, Walnut

Large Unusual Ceramic Pot with Rattle and Handprint by Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Atlanta, GA
A tall closed-form ceramic pot with rattle by Japanese American artist Toshiko Takaezu (American, 1922 - 2011) circa 1980-90s. The impressive stone vessel on offer is covered in a ba...
Category

1980s American Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Modern Triangular Glass Plate by Angelo Mangiarotti for Cristallerie Colle 1990s
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Italy, 1990s. This is a glass plate / centerpiece designed by Angelo Mangiarotti for Cristallerie Colle. It is a vintage piece, therefore it might show slight traces of use, ...
Category

1990s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Contemporary Leggerezza Hand-Blown Glasses Full Set
Located in Camisano Vicentino, IT
"Contemporary Leggerezza Hand-Blown Glass Sculptural Glasses Set" by Simone Crestani Introducing the exquisite Decorative Leggerezza Glasses, Goblets, Flutes Set. In total there 6 ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Blown Glass

Table Centerpiece by Giò Minelli
Located in Milan, Italy
Table centerpiece designed and produced by Giò Minelli. The table centerpiece is a unique piece made entirely by hand by the designer. Completely built in Glebanite, a special blend ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Fiberglass

Claire Falkenstein Murano glass centerpiece / bowl by Salviati & Co
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful bowl in Murano Glass designed by the great artist Claire Falkenstein and made by Salviati & Co, marked .
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

New Modern Centrepiece in Black Marquina Marble creator Ivan Colominas STOCK
Located in Milan, IT
Sculptural, bright white, well-defined and multi-fold. Colominas has created a table service inspired by Angelo Mangiarotti’s soft lines, exalting the shape and structure of objects ...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Bowl Vessel Serveware Decorative Sculpture Amber Onyx Marble Hand-carved Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
Bowl sculpted by hand from a solid block of Amber onyx. The polished finishing underlines the transparency of the onyx making this a very precious object. Dimensions: Small L 35, W...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Onyx

Bowl Decorative Centerpiece Serveware Solid Amber Onyx Marble Hand-carved Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
Bowl sculpted by hand from a solid block of Amber onyx. The polished finishing underlines the transparency of the onyx making this a very precious object. Dimensions: Medium L 45, W...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Onyx

21st Century Karim Rashid Centerpiece Container Murano Glass Ocean Blue
Located in Brembate di Sopra (BG), IT
21st century Karim Rashid centerpiece container Murano glass various colors. Designed by Karim Rashid, Kountess is a stately, sculptural jar with a lid. Just like its twin model, Kou...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

New Modern Centerpiece in Red Levanto Marble, creator Ivan Colominas
Located in Milan, IT
Sculptural, bright white, well-defined and multi-fold. Colominas has created a table service inspired by Angelo Mangiarotti’s soft lines, exalting the shape and structure of objects ...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

New Modern Centrepiece in White Arabescato Marble, creator Ivan Colominas
Located in Milan, IT
Sculptural, bright white, well-defined and multi-fold. Colominas has created a table service inspired by Angelo Mangiarotti’s soft lines, exalting the shape and structure of objects ...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

1980s Modernist Thuya Briar and Silver Plated Italian Gallery Serving Tray
Located in Aci Castello, IT
This Italian Serving Tray is a sophisticated blend of natural luxury and sleek design, characteristic of modernist aesthetics from that era. Crafted from Thuya briar wood, features a...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Silver Plate

"Step", by Ronald Sasson, Contemporary Brazilian Design
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
This centerpiece, which can also be used as a fruit holder, is a piece by Ronald Sasson for Riva. Its contemporary design is reflective of the innovation and creativity found in Brazilian design...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Silver, Cut Steel

Contemporary Reclaimed Hand Blown Black Glass Sculptured Goblets Set
Located in Camisano Vicentino, IT
"Contemporary Reclaimed Hand Blown Black Glass Sculptured Goblets Set" by Simone Crestani The Reclaimed Goblets Collection Discover the Reclaime...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Blown Glass

Marco! A Caricature of a opera lover engineer. Made in Italy without mold, 2024
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
The best of our artist come when they create something inspired by reality. This sculpture is created by them just by having pictures of the person they want to represent and some li...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Set of 5, Kawa Series Porcelain Vases & Bowls, Decor, White Ceramic, Organic
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A set of 5 leather-cast porcelain vases & bowls with textured exterior surface and clear glazed interior. Dynamic and organic in form, the set can be used as a cluster or individuall...
Category

2010s American Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain, Clay

Contemporary Leggerezza Hand-Blown Glass Sculptural Octopus Goblet #02
Located in Camisano Vicentino, IT
"Contemporary Leggerezza Hand-Blown Glass Sculptural Goblet #02" by Simone Crestani Introducing the exquisite Decorative Goblet with Fazzoletto Rim, a testament to artistry and refi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Blown Glass

New Modern Centrepiece in Green Guatemala Marble Creator Ivan Colominas STOCK
Located in Milan, IT
Sculptural, bright white, well-defined and multi-fold. Colominas has created a table service inspired by Angelo Mangiarotti’s soft lines, exalting the shape and structure of objects ...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

20th Century Ettore Sottsass RSVP Centerpiece Mod. Indigo in Colored Glass
Located in Turin, Turin
Ettore Sottsass grew up in Turin, and graduated in architecture from the Turin Polytechnic in 1939. In 1947, he founded his own studio in Milan. In 1956, Sottsass moved to New York w...
Category

Early 2000s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Matteo Thun Modernist Marble Centerpiece , Italy 1980's
Located in New York, NY
Matteo Thun Modernist marble centerpiece. a shallow bowl in white marble atop a sculptural, minimalist base of Pietra Serena and three marble supports.
Category

1980s Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Ceramic Moon Pot with Rattle by Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Atlanta, GA
A ceramic closed-form pot with rattle by Japanese American artist Toshiko Takaezu (American, 1922 - 2011). The story: In the 1980s, potter Lola Rae invited Toshika to her ceramic studio and kiln in Ojai, CA to teach a class. Lola Rae had previously worked as a studio assistant for artist Beatrice Wood for eight years. This pot was one of the pieces Toshiko made on site during the class and workshop. Together with the other pot on offer, they stayed in Lola Rae's personal collection until now offered by us Tishu Gallery...
Category

1980s American Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Pink Marble Cylinder Bowl
Located in EINDHOVEN, NB
This substantial pink marble bowl is beautifully handcrafted from a single piece of genuine Turkish Black Marble and honed for a silky mat finish. There may be natural variations...
Category

2010s Turkish Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Contemporary Ironia Hand Blown Black Glass Sculptured Goblets and Flute Set
Located in Camisano Vicentino, IT
"Contemporary Ironia Hand Blown Black Glass Sculptured Goblets and Flute Set" by Simone Crestani Introducing our exquisite Contemporary Ironia H...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Blown Glass

Important Storied Tall Ceramic Pot with Rattle and Fingerprints Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fantastic ceramic closed-form pot with rattle by Japanese American artist Toshiko Takaezu (American, 1922 - 2011). The story: In the 1980s, potter Lola Rae invited Toshika to her ceramic studio and kiln in Ojai, CA to teach a class. Lola Rae had previously worked as a studio assistant for artist Beatrice Wood for eight years. This pot was one of the pieces Toshiko made on site during the class and workshop. Together with the other pot on offer, they stayed in Lola Rae's personal collection until now offered by us Tishu Gallery...
Category

1980s American Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Wonderful Daum France Art Glass Pate De Verre Iris Crystal Bowl Centerpiece
By Daum
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful Daum France Art Glass "Pate De Verre Iris" Crystal Bowl Centerpiece We Have The Matching Bowl / Centerpiece Available Being Sold Separately In Another Listing
Category

20th Century French Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Crystal

Wonderful Daum France Art Glass Pate De Verre Iris Crystal Bowl Centerpiece
By Daum
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful Daum France Art Glass "Pate De Verre Iris" Crystal Bowl Centerpiece We Have The Matching Bowl / Centerpiece Available Being Sold Separately In Another Listing
Category

20th Century French Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Crystal

Prata Wolff Silver Plate Platter Tray Centerpiece with Lucite Horn Handles
Located in Atlanta, GA
SIlversmith Prata Wolff designed this stunning large serving tray or centerpiece in the 1980s. The heavy silver plate platter is ornate with frosted Lucite carved horn-shaped handles...
Category

1980s Brazilian Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Modernist Gilt Metal and Glass Decorative Bowl Centerpiece, 1980s
By Studio Italia Design
Located in Atlanta, GA
This elegant gilt metal decorative bowl or centerpiece, crafted in Italy in the 1980s, features a modernist rounded shape with a glass insert and tall raised handles. The glass conta...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal

Jaime Hayon Contemporary Handmade Terracotta Vase Decorative Object Waterproof
Located in Milan, IT
Jaime Hayon designed the Gardenia vases in terracotta as a complement to his outdoor armchair selection for BD Barcelona. They are unique, having emerging forms and Hayon’s unmistaka...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Terracotta

D. GARRIDO – Square Centerpiece In Sterling Silver 20th
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Important CENTER OF TABLE “double square” model created in 2004 proof numbered 12/30. The base is in the shape of a cross in the “constructivist” movement on which a hollow square og...
Category

Early 2000s Spanish Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Silver

Italian Artist Esa Fedrigolli Gilded Bronze Centerpiece Tray Vide Poche
Located in Atlanta, GA
Italian artist Esa Fedrigolli crafted this impressive polished gilded bronze centerpiece tray, platter, or vide poche. The piece features a heavy square shape with rounded corners an...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal, Bronze

Important Storied Tall Ceramic Pot with Rattle and Handprints by Toshiko Takaezu
Located in Atlanta, GA
An important ceramic closed-form pot with rattle by Japanese American artist Toshiko Takaezu (American, 1922 - 2011). The story: In the 1980s, potter Lola Rae invited Toshika to her ceramic studio and kiln in Ojai, CA to teach a class. Lola Rae had previously worked as a studio assistant for artist Beatrice Wood for eight years. This pot was one of the pieces Toshiko made on site during the class and workshop. Together with the other pot on offer, they stayed in Lola Rae's personal collection until now offer by us Tishu Gallery...
Category

1980s American Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Italian Murano Glass Centerpiece Cup by Paolo Venini
Located in Milan, Italy
Murano Glass Centerpiece Cup by Paolo Venini. Signed under the base and with original label. Biography Paolo Venini was an Italian glass designer, important for his propagation of Murano glass and 20th-century glassware...
Category

1880s Italian Antique Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

Ahu Tepsi 02 Henna - Objet d'Art
By Ahu
Located in London, GB
At Ahu, we are inspired by the shamanic roots and traditions that underpin the cultures of Asia Minor, and the value that their populations attribute to talismans and symbols of luck...
Category

2010s Turkish Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Chestnut, Lacquer

Ahu Tepsi 07 - Objet d'Art
By Ahu
Located in London, GB
At Ahu, we are inspired by the shamanic roots and traditions that underpin the cultures of Asia Minor, and the value that their populations attribute to talismans and symbols of luck...
Category

2010s Turkish Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Brass

fferrone Contemporary Handcrafted Italian Marble Serving Tray Board Center Piece
Located in Chicago, IL
The handcrafted contemporary double sided Italian Carrara and Nero Marquine Marble Doppio by Felicia Ferrone was conceived of as a center piece or serving board, Doppio is elegant wh...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Belgian Black Marble, Carrara Marble

Unique III Stoneware Sculpture by Lisa Geue
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique III Stoneware sculpture by Lisa Geue Dimensions: D 12 x W 10 x H 21.5 cm Materials: Stoneware with Chamotte, Porcelain Slip, Kaolin, multiple firings Non-functional. Lis...
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2010s French Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Other

Modernist Columbia Aluminum Chess Set by Scott Wolfe
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Columbia aluminum chess set by Scott Wolfe. Chess board measures 15.75" wide. Chess pieces vary in height and the tallest one is 5".
Category

1970s American Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Aluminum

Large Decorative Ceramic Plate Gray Green Mother Pearl Platter Dish Hand Made
Located in Recanati, IT
Large white earthenware dish made in one piece by artist G.Mengoni. The plate was made by the pressure technique and then hand-embossed by the artist. The 'abborchiato' technique is ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic, Luster, Majolica

Pair of Sculptural White Ceramic Kawa Vase 12, Organic Modern porcelain
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A pair of tall porcelain flower vases with a textured exterior surface and clear glazed interior. As a result of the production process, each vase is one-of-a-kind. Dimensions 6" d...
Category

2010s American Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic, Clay, Porcelain

Terra 'Earth' – 21th Century Dark Emperador Marble Tray
Located in Cologna Veneta, IT
The Terra tray, made of Dark Emperador marble, can be used as a fantastic centerpiece to support a vase, or as a pocket emptier to place objects that are often scattered throughout t...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Modern centerpieces for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Modern centerpieces for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage centerpieces created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include serveware, ceramics, silver and glass, decorative objects, more furniture and collectibles and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with ceramic, metal and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Modern centerpieces made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and North America pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original centerpieces, popular names associated with this style include Mosche Bianche, Ivan Colominas, Andrea Anastasio, and Barberini & Gunnell. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for centerpieces differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $70 and tops out at $153,375 while the average work can sell for $1,200.

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