Modern Centerpieces

Modern Furniture Design

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


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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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


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

Vintage Italian Murano Signed Cenedese Scavo Centrepiece Glass Bowl or Vase
Vintage Italian Murano Signed Cenedese Scavo Ce...
Cenedese
Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Glass
Blown Glass
This absolutely gorgeous and monumental signed Italian Murano Cenedese sculptural handblown glass centre piece bowl is of the scavo technique. It is from the 1980s. The luscious colo...
Three 1950s Venini Spiraling Obelisks
Three 1950s Venini Spiraling Obelisks
Venini
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Glass
A set of three spiraling clear-glass obelisks with red flame-like intrusions by Venini. All bearing faint acid-etched stamps that date them to the 1950s. They are 17, 14 1/4, and 14...
Centrepiece in White, Black and Red Marble by Matteo Cibic, Italy
Centrepiece in White, Black and Red Marble by M...
Matteo Cibic
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Marble
Centerpiece in three different marbles. Size: 48 x 35.6 x 14.8 cm, smooth finishing. Commercial name: Orazio, Homage Collection by the Italian Designer Matteo Cibic. Made in Italy, h...
Centrepiece in Black Portoro Marble by Ivan Colominas, Italy
Centrepiece in Black Portoro Marble by Ivan Col...
Ivan Colominas
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Marble
Black Portoro marble centrepiece, inspired by Caravaggio's basket of fruit, it shows off marble in an extremely realistic dimension. Size: 36.5 x 10 cm, polished finishing. Commercia...
Centrepiece in Green Guatemala Marble by Ivan Colominas, Italy
Centrepiece in Green Guatemala Marble by Ivan C...
Ivan Colominas
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Marble
Green Guatemala marble centrepiece, inspired by Caravaggio's basket of fruit, it shows off marble in an extremely realistic dimension. Size: 36.5 x 10 cm, smooth finishing. Commercia...
Kreten Candelabra from Souda, Mustard Yellow, Made to Order
Kreten Candelabra from Souda, Mustard Yellow, M...
Souda, Isaac Friedman-Heiman
2010s American Modern Candelabras
Cement, Concrete
Bold and distinctive, the Kreten candelabra captures the liquidity of concrete in its fluid branching form. Designed with three holes atop each branch for candlesticks, the Kreten ca...
Saint-Louis Royal Clear Crystal Table Centerpiece
Saint-Louis Royal Clear Crystal Table Centerpiece
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Centerpieces
Crystal
Saint-Louis is the oldest crystal manufacturer in Europe, originating in Lorraine, France and founded in 1586. Unrivaled, dense, clear, sonorous and luminous, born of a ball of fire ...
Saint-Louis Tommy Dark Blue Crystal Table Centrepiece with Star-Shaped Base
Saint-Louis Tommy Dark Blue Crystal Table Centr...
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Centerpieces
Crystal
Saint-Louis is the oldest crystal manufacturer in Europe, originating in Lorraine, France and founded in 1586. Designed in 1928, the Tommy service made an impression in 1938 during a...
Saint-Louis Udaipur Clear Crystal Table Centerpiece with Engraved Detail
Saint-Louis Udaipur Clear Crystal Table Centerp...
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Centerpieces
Crystal
Saint-Louis is the oldest crystal manufacturer in Europe, originating in Lorraine, France and founded in 1586. Unrivalled, dense, clear, sonorous and luminous, born of a ball of fire...
Saint-Louis Royal Alep Dark Blue Crystal Table ...
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Centerpieces
Crystal
Saint-Louis is the oldest crystal manufacturer in Europe, originating in Lorraine, France and founded in 1586. Unrivaled, dense, clear, sonorous and luminous, born of a ball of fire ...
Saint-Louis Tommy Crystal Table Centerpiece in ...
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Centerpieces
Crystal
Saint-Louis is the oldest crystal manufacturer in Europe, originating in Lorraine, France and founded in 1586. Designed in 1928, the Tommy service made an impression in 1938 during a...
Saint-Louis Tommy Red Crystal Table Centrepiece...
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Centerpieces
Crystal
Saint-Louis is the oldest crystal manufacturer in Europe, originating in Lorraine, France and founded in 1586. Designed in 1928, the Tommy service made an impression in 1938 during a...
Dino Centrepiece in Enameled Ceramic Designed b...
Aldo Cibic
2010s Italian Modern Decorative Bowls
Ceramic
Dino is an enameled-ceramic centrepiece or fruit bowl: Paola C. promises that it won't bite! It's a wild animal domesticated to bring joy. An object filled with irony, bold and refin...
Contemporary Large Vase and Bowl Ceramic glazed...
Satyendra Pakhalé
21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Centerpieces
Ceramic
This large contemporary decorative object ‘Kalpa’ is a vase that can be also used as a fruit bowl by turning it upside down. An early homage to Pakhalé’s adopted country The Netherla...
Contemporary Centerpiece Bent Glass Akasma Tray...
Satyendra Pakhalé
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces
Glass
Akasma Tray is a contemporary centerpiece in aquamarine blue glass with a distinct image representing in certain way the essence of making things. The vertical space opening between ...
Contemporary Centerpiece Bent Glass Akasma Bask...
Satyendra Pakhalé
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces
Glass
Akasma Basket Tall is an object made in bent glass designed by Satyendra Pakhalé. It is a contemporary centerpiece with a distinct image representing in certain way the essence of ma...
Centerpiece Bent Glass 'Akasma Basket' Contempo...
Satyendra Pakhalé
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces
Glass
Akasma Basket is an object made in bent glass designed by Satyendra Pakhalé. It is a contemporary centerpiece with a distinct image representing in certain way the essence of makin...
Nunki Carlo Moretti Contemporary Mouth Blown Mu...
Carlo Moretti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Murano Glass
Carlo Moretti Nunki contemporary mouth blown Murano glass vase in clear glass with red stripe overlay. Part of the I Piccoli collection, small in size but gives a considerable amoun...
Rover Carlo Moretti Contemporary Murano Mouth B...
Carlo Moretti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Murano Glass
Carlo Moretti Rover contemporary Murano mouth blown glass vase in clear glass with multi-color glass stripes. Part of the I Piccoli collection, originating from the idea of offering...
Atria Carlo Moretti Contemporary Mouth Blown Mu...
Carlo Moretti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Murano Glass
Carlo Moretti Atria contemporary mouth blown Murano glass vase in clear with light green and blue. Part of the I Piccoli collection, the objects are small in size but give considera...
Enson Carlo Moretti Contemporary Mouth Blown Mu...
Carlo Moretti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Murano Glass
Carlo Moretti Enson contemporary mouth blown Murano glass vase in white glass, purple glass and red stripe. Part of the I Piccoli collection, the objects are small in size but give ...
Aster Carlo Moretti Contemporary Mouth Blown Mu...
Carlo Moretti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Murano Glass
Carlo Moretti Aster contemporary mouth blown Murano glass vase in clear, orange and yellow. Part of the I Piccoli collection, the objects are small in size but give considerable cau...
Bosco Carlo Moretti Contemporary Mouth Blown Vase
Carlo Moretti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Murano Glass
Carlo Moretti Bosco contemporary mouth blown Murano glass vase in orange. Bosco can be combined with other Bosco vases, sizes and colors, harmoniously. ...
Kappa Carlo Moretti Contemporary Mouth Blown Mu...
Carlo Moretti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Murano Glass
Carlo Moretti Kappa contemporary mouth blown Murano glass vase in light clear blue with shades of blue detail. Part of the I Piccoli collection, the objects are small in size but gi...
Neroeter Carlo Moretti Contemporary Mouth Blown...
Carlo Moretti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Murano Glass
Carlo Moretti Neroeter contemporary mouth blown Murano glass vase in clear and blood red. Part of the I Piccoli collection, the objects are small in size but give considerable cause...
Celia Carlo Moretti Contemporary Mouth Blown Mu...
Carlo Moretti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases
Murano Glass
Carlo Moretti Celia contemporary mouth blown Murano glass vase in clear, orange and blood red. Part of the I Piccoli collection, the objects are small in size but give considerable ...
Honeycomb Decorative Serving Tray in Maple with...
Noble Goods
2010s American American Modern More Dining and Entertaining
Epoxy Resin, Maple
Solid maple serving tray with translucent smoke-colored inlaid resin in our honeycomb design. Inspired by repeated forms and patterns found in nature, and breakfast in bed. Carved ...
Honeycomb Decorative Serving Tray in Walnut wit...
Noble Goods
2010s American American Modern More Dining and Entertaining
Epoxy Resin, Walnut
Solid walnut serving tray with translucent white inlaid resin in our honeycomb design. Inspired by repeated forms and patterns found in nature, and breakfast in bed. Carved grooves...
Honeycomb Decorative Tray in Maple with Inlaid ...
Noble Goods
2010s American American Modern Centerpieces
Epoxy Resin, Maple
Solid maple serving tray with translucent pink inlaid resin in our honeycomb design. Inspired by repeated forms and patterns found in nature, and breakfast in bed. Carved grooves f...
Salviati Helios Glass Vase in Caramel by Lucian...
Salviati, Luciano Gaspari
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces
Glass
The vase is constructed in two pieces, one larger and one smaller. Each of these pieces has a hole in the upper part to leave room for the flower. The two elements are bonded togethe...
Salviati Helios Glass Centrepiece in Caramel by...
Salviati, Luciano Gaspari
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces
Glass
The vase is constructed in two pieces, one larger and one smaller. Each of these pieces has a hole in the upper part to leave room for the flower. The two elements are bonded togethe...
Salviati Helios Glass Vase in Amethyst by Lucia...
Salviati, Luciano Gaspari
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces
Glass
The vase is constructed in two pieces, one larger and one smaller. Each of these pieces has a hole in the upper part to leave room for the flower. The two elements are bonded togethe...
Salviati Helios Glass Centerpiece in Amethyst b...
Salviati, Luciano Gaspari
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces
Glass
The vase is constructed in two pieces, one larger and one smaller. Each of these pieces has a hole in the upper part to leave room for the flower. The two elements are bonded togethe...
Paper Boat Silver-Plated Centerpiece or Fruit B...
Aldo Cibic
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Metal
Paper Boat is a centerpiece formed by thin silver-plated metal layers, masterly folded in a way that reproduces the shape of a paper boat origami. This object, designed by Aldo Cibic...
Modernist Italian Centerpiece signed by Enrico ...
Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Sheffield and Silverplate
Silver Plate, Smoked Glass
A particular silver plated and smoked glass centerpiece designed by the Sicilian architect Enrico Baldaro for Angelo Schiavon
Large Charcoal Resin Pedestal Bowl
21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Centerpieces
Acrylic
Large charcoal resin centrepiece bowl with pedestal bottom.
Contemporary Handcrafted Italian Marble Serving...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces
Belgian Black Marble, Carrara Marble
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...
Contemporary Decorative Dark St. Steel Tall Bow...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Decorative Bowls
Stainless Steel
With strong minimal architectural forms emphasizing the tension between positive and negative space, the sculptural Maison Tall Vessel Bowl. Perfect as centerpiece or as home accesso...
Titled, Top Victory Glass and Brass Dome
Emmanuel Babled
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Brass, Blown Glass
The Titled collection by Emmanuel Babled is a 2013 collection of nine domes each with a self-explaining title. The Top Victory series is one of the three part of the series. Handmade...
Titled Happy Ending He+He Glass and Brass Dome
Emmanuel Babled
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Brass, Blown Glass
The Titled collection by Emmanuel Babled is a collection of nine domes each with a self-explaining title. The Happy Ending series is one of the three part of the series. Handmade b...
Titled Happy Ending She+She Glass and Brass Dome
Emmanuel Babled
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Brass, Blown Glass
The Titled collection by Emmanuel Babled is a collection of 9 domes each with a self-explaining title. The Happy Ending series is one of the three part of the series. Handmade by a...
Titled, Happy Ending He and She Glass and Brass...
Emmanuel Babled
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Brass, Blown Glass
The Titled collection by Emmanuel Babled is a collection of nine domes each with a self-explaining title. The Happy Ending series is one of the three part of the series. Handmade b...
Italian Cast Aluminum and Brass Fish Centerpiec...
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Aluminum, Brass
Whimsical cast aluminum and brass centerpiece or platter of impressive size and detail; excellent vintage condition.
Italian Carrara Marble Lazy Susan
Late 20th Century Italian Modern More Dining and Entertaining
Marble, Carrara Marble
An Italian modern, Postmodern or Minimalist style black and white Carrara marble Lazy-Susan, circa late 20th century, Italy. A chic piece for a kitchen, entertaining, or other. Piece...
Centrepiece in Black Marquina Marble by Ivan Co...
Ivan Colominas
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Marble
Black marble centrepiece, inspired by Caravaggio's basket of fruit, it shows off marble in an extremely realistic dimension. Size: 36.5*10 cm, smooth finishing. Commercial name: Amal...
Centrepiece in White Michelangelo Marble by Iva...
Ivan Colominas
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Marble
White marble centrepiece, inspired by Caravaggio's basket of fruit, it shows off marble in an extremely realistic dimension. Size: 36.5 x 10 cm, smooth finishing. Commercial name: Am...
Italian White and Black Marble Compote or Cente...
Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Centerpieces
Marble
A beautiful Mid-20th century Italian black and white marble tazza compote or centerpiece bowl. Piece is predominantly white with black veining. The three marble eggs (black/brown, bl...
Puiforcat Magnificat Centrepiece by Paloma & Ju...
Puiforcat
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Centerpieces
Nickel
This contemporary line features truly monumental decorative objects signed by two designers and silversmiths: Juan and Paloma Garrido. Composed of seven exceptional pieces, this new,...
Puiforcat Cercle d'Orfevre Porcelain and Sterli...
Puiforcat
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Centerpieces
Sterling Silver
Created by Jean Puiforcat in 1928, this sterling silver cutlery features no other embellishment than the five fluted rings on their handles. This collection is renowned for the perfe...
Pin Tray or Plate Multi-color and Sculptural (L...
Stromboli Associates , Gwladys Alonzo
2010s Mexican Modern Platters and Serveware
Foam
"Crater" by Gwladys Alonzo Pin tray or plate Crater by artist Gwladys Alonzo is an interpretation of a sculpture series she made in 2017. It consists in a colored concrete series of...
Sculptural Plate Volcanic Stone Green Marble (L...
Clemence Seilles, Stromboli Associates
2010s Mexican Modern Serving Pieces
Limestone, Marble
"Green Bodina" by Clemence Seilles A volcanic stone 'baguette' supports a mineral plate, illustrates into an object the Valley of Mexico. It comes in four versions: Small, green or...
Contemporary Tryst Ceramic Vase with Hand-Paint...
Amy Hughes
2010s English Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
Tryst – 1882 Ltd. with Amy J Hughes. Industry meets the studio maker head-on in this collaborative project between ceramicist Amy Jayne Hughes, the V&A and 1882 Ltd. Aiming to restor...
Contemporary Cylindrical Ceramic Positive Vase ...
Snarkitecture
2010s English Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
Positive – 1882 Ltd. with Snarkitecture. The idea for the collaboration with 1882 Ltd. was to reveal an otherwise unseen aspect of the process behind creating a bone china piece. Pos...
Modern Ceramic Oversized Vase with Closed Top i...
Max Lamb
2010s English Modern Centerpieces
Ceramic
Big Vase 2 – 1882 Ltd. with Max Lamb. You can never have too many flowers. The question is how big can the vase be? Big Vase starts life as a solid block of plaster that is hand-carv...
Modern Ceramic Oversized Vase with Open Top in ...
Max Lamb
2010s English Modern Centerpieces
Ceramic
Big Vase 1 – 1882 Ltd. with Max Lamb. You can never have too many flowers. The question is how big can the vase be? Big Vase starts life as a solid block of plaster that is hand-carv...
Titled, Last Meal Glass and Brass Dome
Emmanuel Babled
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Brass, Blown Glass
The titled collection by Emmanuel Babled is a 2013 collection of nine domes each with a self-explaining title. The top victory series is one of the three part of the series. Handmade...
Titled, Top Good Glass and Brass Dome
Emmanuel Babled
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Brass, Blown Glass
The titled collection by Emmanuel Babled is a 2013 collection of nine domes each with a self-explaining title. The top victory series is one of the three part of the series. Handmade...
Titled, Top Ok Glass and Brass Dome
Emmanuel Babled
2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Brass, Blown Glass
The titled collection by Emmanuel Babled is a 2013 collection of nine domes each with a self-explaining title. The top victory series is one of the three part of the series. Handmade...
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