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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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Majolica, Ceramic

Pin Bowl in Aqua, a & centrepiece in Slumped Glass by Tavs Jørgensen
By Tavs Jørgensen
Located in London, GB
Pin Bowl in Aqua is a slumped glass centrepiece by the Danish designer Tavs Jørgensen. For many years these bowls remained an elusive conceptual project for Jørgensen. Having finally...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

Centrepiece in White Arabescato Marble by Ivan Colominas, Italy
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 ...
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2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Decorative Bowl Centerpiece Vessel Sculpture White Onyx Marble Contemporary
Located in Ancona, Marche
Important sculptural bowl carved by hand from a solid block of white onyx. Bowl dimensions: L 59, W 34, H 6 cm. The polished finishing underlines the transparency of this special mat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Onyx

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...
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2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Brass

Brass Riser Adspera 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

Brass, Metal

Centerpiece Plate Platters Serveware White Carrara Marble Brass Inlay Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
Centerpiece / serving plate in white Carrara marble with polished brass inlay. Dimensions: Medium - L45 W12 H1.5 cm Also available: Big - L45 W20.5 H1.5 cm or small - L26 W11 H1.5 cm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble, Brass

Bowl Vase Vessel Centerpiece Imperial Green Marble Handmade Italy Collectible
Located in Ancona, Marche
Bowl sculpted by hand from a solid block of Imperial Green marble. Polished finishing. Dimensions: Small L 35, W 17, H 8 cm. Also available: Medium L 45, W 22, H 10 cm, big L 56, W ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Large Centerpiece Bowl in Hand-Painted Ceramic Signed Jurg Lanrein
Located in New York, NY
This stunning large scale modernist ceramic serving bowl was realized by the acclaimed artist Jurg Lanrein in Switzerland during the latter half of the 20th century. If features an a...
Category

20th Century Swiss Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Colorful, Modernist Hand Blown Art Glass Statement Vase Collection by Vetro Vero
Located in West Grove, PA
Collection of three hand blown glass statement vessels featuring smoky translucent hues and gold-leaf details. Each colorful vase is composed of two hues fused with a gold-flecked se...
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2010s American Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Gold Leaf

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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

Arthur Court Turtle Serving Dish / Centerpiece
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Arthur Court Aluminum Turtle Serving Dish / Centerpiece. Signed with makers mark to the bottom.
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20th Century American Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Aluminum

Italian Modern Plate or Bowl in Finely Worked Aluminium, 1990s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern plate or bowl in finely worked aluminum, 1990s Fantastic plate or centerpiece in finely worked aluminium. In the concave part it has a series of decorative streaks en...
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1990s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Aluminum

Large Italian Parcel-Gilt, Silver, and Hardstone Centrepiece from Milan, C.1980
By Fabbrica Argenteria Fiorentina
Located in London, GB
Large Italian parcel-gilt, silver, and hardstone centrepiece from Milan, c.1980 Italian, Late 20th Century Weight: 14.064 kg Height 40cm, width 69cm, depth 52cm Bearing the mar...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Malachite, Silver

Studio Ceramic Bowl by Gary McCloy for Steve Chase
Located in Palm Springs, CA
1980’s Studio ceramic bowl by Gary McCloy for Steve Chase. In beautiful vintage condition. Hand signed by Gary McCloy and retains the Steve Chase label. Measurements: 17.75” Diamet...
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1980s American Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Frozen Bowl, Large Quartz Points
Located in Geneve, CH
Frozen bowl, large quartz points Dimensions: D 25 x W 25 x H 14 cm Materials: Quartz, steel, polyvinyl chloride, resin.  
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Quartz, Steel

Frozen Candle Holder, Large Quartz Points
Located in Geneve, CH
Frozen candle holder, Large Quartz Points Dimensions: D 14 x H 28 cm Materials: Quartz, Steel, Polyvinyl chloride, Resin.  
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Quartz, Steel

Frozen Center Piece, Small Quartz Points
Located in Geneve, CH
Frozen center piece, small quartz points. Dimensions: D 35 x H 27 cm. Materials: quartz, steel, polyvinyl chloride, resin.  
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Quartz, Steel

Frozen Bowl, Large Quartz Points
Located in Geneve, CH
Frozen bowl, large quartz points. Dimensions: D 23 x H 10 cm. Materials: quartz, steel, polyvinyl chloride, resin.  
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Quartz, Steel

Frozen Small Vase and Candle Holder, Small Quartz Points
Located in Geneve, CH
Frozen small vase and candle holder, small quartz points Dimensions: D 11 x H 18 cm Materials: Quartz, steel, polyvinyl chloride, resin.  
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Quartz, Steel

Cesto Erizo by Onora
Located in Geneve, CH
Cesto Erizo by Onora Dimensions: D 65 x 34 cm Materials: Woven wicker Our new on going basket collection explores a sea urchin aesthetic. Handwoven by master weavers from the St...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Other

Cesto Erizo by Onora
Located in Geneve, CH
Cesto Erizo by Onora Dimensions: D 50 x 30 cm Materials: Woven Wicker Our new on going basket collection explores a sea urchin aesthetic. Handwoven by master weavers from the St...
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2010s Mexican Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Other

Batea Wixarika by Onora
Located in Geneve, CH
Batea Wixarika by Onora Dimensions: D 42 cm Materials: Hand carved wood covered with yarn Available designs: peyote, serpent, eagle, rabbit and deer. Yarn is used extensively b...
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2010s Mexican Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Yarn, Wood

Lithea / Tracino Vase by Elena Salmistraro Marble Pink Green White Blue Brown
Located in Patti, IT
Tracino vase designed by Elena Salmistraro Dimension: 12 x 12 x H 46cm Materials: natural marble and stones Bianco Fenice, Bardiglio Imperiale, Rosalia, Green Forrest., Pietra Pece.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stone, Marble

Batea Wixarika by Onora
Located in Geneve, CH
Batea Wixarika by Onora Dimensions: D 42 cm Materials: Hand carved wood covered with yarn Available designs: peyote, serpent, eagle, rabbit and deer. Yarn is used extensively b...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Yarn, Wood

Batea Wixarika by Onora
Located in Geneve, CH
Batea Wixarika by Onora Dimensions: D 42 cm Materials: Hand carved wood covered with yarn Available designs: peyote, serpent, eagle, rabbit and deer. Yarn is used extensively b...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Yarn, Wood

Batea Wixarika by Onora
Located in Geneve, CH
Batea Wixarika by Onora Dimensions: D 42 cm Materials: Hand carved wood covered with yarn Available designs: peyote, serpent, eagle, rabbit and deer. Yarn is used extensively b...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Yarn, Wood

Bowl Vase Vessel Centerpiece White Calacatta Marble Collectible Design Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
Bowl sculpted by hand from a solid block of Calacatta marble. Polished finishing. Dimensions: Big L 56, W 27, H 12 cm. Also available: Medium L 45, W 22, H 10 cm, small L 35, W 17, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Alexia Bar Tray by Fakasaka Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Alexia bar tray by Fakasaka Design Dimensions: W 42.5 cm D 29 cm H 4 cm Materials: polished bronze. Alexia tray / bar tray / centerpiece / candle tray FAKASAKA is a design c...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Bronze

Osborne Bowl by Fakasaka Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Osborne bowl by Fakasaka Design Dimensions: W 35 cm D 10 cm H 3.5 cm. Materials: polished bronze Also available in black/brown bronze. FAKASAKA is a design company focused on pro...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Bronze

21st Century Alessandro Mendini Stella Tray Murano Glass Teal Blue
Located in Brembate di Sopra (BG), IT
21st century Alessandro Mendini Stella tray Murano glass Teal Blue color. Designed in 2014, the year in which the collaboration between Alessandro Mendini and Purho began, Stella Lar...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

Alexia Bar Tray by Fakasaka Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Alexia bar tray by Fakasaka Design Dimensions: W 42.5 cm D 29 cm H 4 cm Materials: black/brown bronze. Alexia tray / bar tray / centerpiece / candle tray FAKASAKA is a design comp...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Bronze

O'Connor Bowl by Fakasaka Design
Located in Geneve, CH
O'Connor bowl by Fakasaka Design Dimensions: W 41.5 cm D 16 cm H 9.5 cm. Materials: dark bronze. FAKASAKA is a design company focused on production of high-end furniture, light...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Bronze

Teresa Bowl by Fakasaka Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Teresa bowl by Fakasaka Design. Dimensions: W 32.5 cm D 25.5 cm H 6 cm. Materials: polished bronze. FAKASAKA is a design company focused on production of high-end furniture, li...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Bronze

Ava Bar Tray by Fakasaka Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Ava bar tray by Fakasaka Design Dimensions: W 52.5 cm D 52.5 cm H 1.2 cm Materials: polished bronze. AVA BAR TRAY / CENTERPIECE / CANDLE TRAY FAKASAKA is a design company fo...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Bronze

Osborne Bowl by Fakasaka Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Osborne bowl by Fakasaka Design. Dimensions: W 35 cm D 10 cm H 3.5 cm. Materials: black/brown bronze. Also available in polished bronze. FAKASAKA is a design company focused on pr...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Bronze

Polly Jean Small Tray by Fakasaka Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Polly Jean small tray by Fakasaka Design Dimensions: W 19 cm D 9 cm H 2.5 cm Materials: polished bronze. Also available in dark and off white bronze finishes. FAKASAKA is a de...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Bronze

Polly Jean Small Tray by Fakasaka Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Polly Jean small tray by Fakasaka Design Dimensions: W 19 cm D 9 cm H 2.5 cm Materials: dark bronze. Also available in polished and off white bronze finishes. FAKASAKA is a de...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Bronze

Polly Jean Small Tray by Fakasaka Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Polly Jean small tray by Fakasaka Design Dimensions: W 19 cm D 9 cm H 2.5 cm Materials: off white bronze. Also available in polished and dark bronze finishes. FAKASAKA is a d...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Bronze

Etta Bowl by Fakasaka Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Etta bowl by Fakasaka Design Dimensions: W 56.5 cm D 16.5 cm H 5 cm. Materials: black/brown bronze. Also available in polished bronze. FAKASAKA is a design company focused on produ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Bronze

Mariae Bar Tray by Fakasaka Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Mariae bar tray by Fakasaka Design Dimensions: W 63 cm D 37 cm H 7 cm. Materials: polished bronze. FAKASAKA is a design company focused on production of high-end furniture, lig...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Bronze

Prata Wolff Silver Plate Platter Tray with Lucite Horn Handles
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning large serving tray or centerpiece designed by Prata Wolff, Brazil. Heavy silver plate platter ornate with frosted Lucite carved horn-shaped handles. A superb modernist desig...
Category

1980s Brazilian Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

1980s Modernist Carlo Moretti Style Murano Glass Round Centerpiece
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A rare blue, white and pink heavy murano glass centerpiece designed and hand-crafted in Venice in the Eighties in the style of carlo Moretti, the round irregular shape gives it a sup...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

Modernist Gilt Metal and Glass Serving Bowl Centerpiece, 1980s
Located in Atlanta, GA
This elegant gilt metal decorative bowl or centerpiece, designed in Italy in the 1980s, features a modernist shape with a glass insert. The glass container can be removed from the bo...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal

Ceramic Cake Stand Tellina Designed by Chiara Andreatti
Located in Milan, IT
Tellina is a riser or cake stand in ceramic designed by Chiara Andreatti for Paola C., and it is part of the collection Coquille, a family composed of cake stands, centerpieces, frui...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

21st Century Karim Rashid Kountess Centerpiece Container Murano Glass Honey
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, Ko...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

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

Decorative Bowl Vase Vessel Sculpture Brown Emperador Marble Handmade Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
"Elegant and light, it seems to drift through the placid waters of the lagoon". Gondola, big elegant bowl, hand-sculpted from a solid block of Brown Emperador Marble. Bowl dimensions...
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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 o...
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2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Silver Plate

Handmade 21st Century Silver Bathed Brass OHO Sculptural Centrepiece
Located in Agrate Brianza (MB), Lombardy
OHO is a brass plate with a retro taste and a futuristic twist: a precious artisan object entirely hand crafted. This creation comes from a research on different possible combination...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Brass

Centerpiece Plate Platters Serveware Black Marquina Marble Brass Inlay Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
Centerpiece / Serving plate in white Marquina marble with polished brass inlay. Dimensions: Medium L 45, W 12, H 1.5 cm Also available: Big L 45, W 20.5, H 1.5 cm or small L 26, W 11...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble, Brass

Brass Riser Adspera I 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

Colosseum III Copper and Silver Pleated Centerpiece by Jaime Hayon
Located in Milan, IT
Colosseum III is a silver pleated metal centerpiece with copper base, it could be used also as fruit bowl The product is part of the collection New Roman, by Jaime Hayon: inspired b...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Silver Plate, Copper

Silver Plated Riser Adspera I Designed by Chiara Andreatti
Located in Milan, IT
Adspera is a centrepiece in silver plated metal designed by Chiara Andreatti for Paola C. and it is part of the collection Coquille, a collection composed of cake stands, centrepiece...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Centerpiece Serveware Platter White Carrara Marble Pink Onyx Flamingo Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
Centerpiece/serving plate in white Carrara marble with inlay in brass and pink onyx. Dimensions: L 45, W 20.5, H 1.5 cm Material: White Carrara marble, pink onyx, brushed brass. Pie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Onyx, Marble, Brass

Centerpiece Platters Serveware White Carrara Marble Green Ming Collectible Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
Centerpiece / serving plate in white Carrara marble with green Ming marble inlay. Dimensions: Medium L 45, W 12, H 1.5 cm Also available: Big L 45, W 20.5, H 1.5 cm Material: White ...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Onyx

Bowl Vase Vessel White Calacatta Marble Handmade Italy Collectible Design
Located in Ancona, Marche
Bowl sculpted by hand from a solid block of Calacatta marble. Velvet finishing. Dimensions: Big L 56, W 27, H 12 cm. Also available: Medium L 45, W 22, H 10 cm, small L 35, W 17, H 8...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

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