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Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

POSTMODERN STYLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Style: Post-Modern
Maria Grazia Rosin Glass Sculpture
By Maria Grazia Rosin
Located in Dronten, NL
Hand blown glass sculpture by Maria Grazia Rosin in green glass and clear glass with silver foil inclusions. Signed with monogram, E.A. artist proof.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Murano Glass

Modernist Ceramic Polar Bear
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Modernist ceramic polar bear, circa 1980s.
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Gae Aulenti, "Pulegoso" Venini Glass Vase, 1995
Located in Paris, FR
Gae Aulenti, "Pulegoso" Venini glass vase, 1995 Cased glass, clear and green air bubbles. Marked: Venini 2001 / Signed Gae Aulenti (engraved). Picture 6 Measure: H : 29cm (11,4") O...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Small White Flower Vase by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Small white flower vase by Toru Hatta Unique Piece Dimensions: Diameter 8 x H 14 cm Material: Handmade Ceramic. Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa in 1977. His love of antiques...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Unglazed Flower Vase by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Unglazed flower vase by Toru Hatta Unique Piece Dimensions: Diameter 11 x Height 13 cm Material: Handmade Ceramic. Unglazed. Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa in 1977. His love...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Squash Limited Color Edition Yellow Ashtray Maria Sanchez for Memphis-Milano
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Limited color edition Squash yellow by Maria Sanchez for Memphis-Milano. Brand new item.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

White and Clear "Mezza Filigrana" Murano Glass Plate by Barovier & Toso, 1980s
Located in Varese, Lombardia
Murano glass centerpiece /decorative plate handmade in "mezza filigrana" technique. Perfect condition.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Murano Glass

Cup & Saucer Designed by Michael Graves for Swid Powell Cityline Corinth
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful set of single coffee cup and saucer designed by Michael Graves for Swid Powell, very rare set designed in 1987 in porcelain finish. The saucer is 6" in diameter.
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20th Century American Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Peter Shire Post Modernist Memphis Design Ceramic Teapot
Located in Pasadena, CA
Spouted teapot created by Los Angeles artist and designer of the Memphis Group, Peter Shire. Teapot measures: 10" high by 12.5" wide and 5.5" deep. It is signed EXP, 1999. In very go...
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1990s American Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Milky Rose, Cream and Blueberry Ice Cream Bon Bon Sugar Bowl by Helle Mardahl
Located in Geneve, CH
Milky rose, cream and blueberry ice cream Bon Bon sugar bowl by Helle Mardahl Dimensions: D 13 x H 16 cm Materials: glass Also Available: other color conbination available Insp...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Gianni Versace for Rosenthal, Two "Ivy Leaves Passion" Cups with Saucers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gianni Versace for Rosenthal. Two "Ivy Leaves Passion" cups with saucers, late 20th century. In perfect condition. The cup measures: 12.5 x 8 cm. The saucer measures: 19.5 cm. St...
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Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Ceramic Lamp by Olivia Cognet
Located in Geneve, CH
Ceramic Lamp by Olivia Cognet Materials: Ceramic Dimensions: H around 60-70 cm tall Each of Olivia’s handmade creations is a unique work of art, the snapshot of a precious moment c...
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2010s French Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Long Black and Clear Murano Glass Centrepiece by Aureliano Toso, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Murano glass. It might show slight traces of use since it's vintage, but it can be considered as in excellent original condition and ready to become a piece in a home. ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Murano Glass

Golden Edition, Unique Bronze Lighter by Rick Owens
Located in Geneve, CH
Golden Edition - unique bronze lighter by Rick Owens Dimensions: L 11.5 x W 5.5 x H 3 cm Materials: Bronze The gold edition is an exclusivity of Galerie Philia Available in Black...
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2010s French Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Bronze

Squash Limited Color Edition Violet Ashtray Maria Sanchez for Memphis-Milano
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Limited color edition Squash violet by Maria Sanchez for Memphis-Milano. Brand new item.
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Black Gray French Limoges 4-Piece Porcelain Dinner Setting, Plates and Bowl
Located in New York, NY
This black and gray 4-piece Limoges porcelain dinner setting is rendered from artwork created by Brooklyn NYC female Abstract Artist Amy Feldman exclusively for M.Legere and is dishw...
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2010s French Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Art Glass Turquoise Blue V Lite Lamps, Signed 1989
Located in Hingham, MA
Large-scale handblown conical form art glass lamps on round black stepped marble bases made by Glass Light Studio, signed 1989. The V-lite has one socket for a standard dimmable bulb...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Marble

Cohiki Vetus Vase I by Studio Cúze
Located in Geneve, CH
Cohiki Vetus vase I by Studio Cúze Dimensions: W 23 x H 26 cm Materials: ceramic With its handles and rustic appearance, this vase exudes an antique flair. Pottery and high-qual...
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2010s German Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Blueberry, Coconut, Almond Bon Bon Cocktail with a Twist Glass by Helle Mardahl
Located in Geneve, CH
Blueberry Ice Cream, Coconut and Almond Bon Bon Cocktail with a Twist glass by Helle Mardahl Dimensions: D 9 x W 14 cm Materials: glass Also Available: other color conbinations av...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

White Tea Pot by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
White Tea Pot by Toru Hatta Unique Piece Dimensions: Diameter 11 x H 12.5 cm Material: Handmade Ceramic. Holds up to 600ml. Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa in 1977. Hi...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Set of 4 Small White Bowl by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 small white bowl by Toru Hatta Limited Edition of 8 Dimensions: diameter 8.5 x height 8 cm Material: handmade ceramic Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa in 1977. His love o...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Kroli Mirror + Ashtray by Lola Mayeras
Located in Geneve, CH
Kroli mirror + ashtray by Lola Mayeras Dimensions: D 25 x W 16 x W 36 cm Materials: Earthenware, mirror Mirror with detachable ashtray in white earthenware, glazed blue. This p...
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2010s French Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Earthenware, Mirror

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

Materials

Brass

Vintage Murano Martini Glasses Set of 6 Colorful Barware
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Post Modern Murano Martini Glasses Set of 6 Colorful Barware The glasses are hand blown with colorful different design, each one is unique. Measures: 4.75" Diameter x 7.25" H...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Porcelain Centerpiece Alessi Tendentse Design Nathalie du Pasquier & G. Sowden
Located in Munster, NRW
Porcelain centerpiece decorated with birds, design Nathalie du Pasquier & George Sowden 1990, executed by Alessi Tendentse, Italy.
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Nefertiti Teapot Matteo Thun for Memphis-Milano Original, 1980s
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Vintage original 1980s Nefertiti tea pot. Red is vintage color which is no longer production now. There is signature on bottom. Designed by Matteo Thun for Memphis Milano.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Set of 2 Carafes Pink by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 carafes Pink by Pulpo Dimensions: D8.5 x H30 cm Materials: handmade glass Pick them, pour them, roll them, and hold them; a kaleidoscope of colour, form and texture awa...
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2010s German Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Postmodern Flatware Set
Located in Richmond, VA
Rare, stainless steel sculptural flatware set by Kam Yamazaki. Crafted in Japan, ca. 1993. Dimensions: Knife: 9.5" L Dinner spoon: 7.25" L Dinner fork: 8" L Salad fork: 7" L ...
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1990s Japanese Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Stainless Steel

Bubblegum and Plum Bon Bon Espresso glass by Helle Mardahl
Located in Geneve, CH
Bubblegum and Plum Bon Bon Espresso glass by Helle Mardahl Dimensions: D 3 x H 7 cm Materials: glass Also Available: other color conbinations available, The cute Bon Bon Espres...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Large Vintage Murano Glass Centerpiece Bowl or Vide-Poche by Zanetti, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Italy, 1980s This catchall is made in Murano glass, and is signed by the glass-blower on the bottom and labelled by the company Zanetti Murano. It is vintage, therefore it might ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Murano Glass

Large Cream and Beige Elongated Onyx Bowl
Located in New York, NY
A hand carved elongated onyx bowl or centerpiece of an impressive size with a alternating bands of porous and opaque bands of cream, beige and tan Utilitarian and stunning, this cent...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Onyx

Unglazed Tea Pot by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Unglazed tea pot by Toru Hatta Limited Edition of 2 Dimensions: Diameter 11 x Height 12.5 cm Material: Handmade Ceramic. Unglazed. Holds up to 600ml. Toru Hatta was bo...
Category

2010s Japanese Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

"Isolated N.17" Stoneware Vase by Raquel Vidal and Pedro Paz
Located in Geneve, CH
"Isolated n.17" stoneware vase by Raquel Vidal and Pedro Paz Dimensions: 31 x 23 cm Materials: hand-sculpted, glazed pottery The pieces are hand built white stoneware with grog,...
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2010s Spanish Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pottery

Gianni Versace for Rosenthal, "Barocco" Porcelain Bowl with Gold Decoration
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gianni Versace for Rosenthal. "Barocco" porcelain bowl with gold decoration, 20th century. In perfect condition. Measures: 7 x 2 cm. Stamped. Original box included.
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Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

20th Century Ceramic Ice Cream Cone Glasses
Located in Miami, FL
20th century Ceramic ice cream cone glasses in a beautiful baby blue glazed coat and light tan bottom. Ridged sides with a flute opening. Set of 4 Measures: 3.25" diameter x 4.5"...
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Late 20th Century Unknown Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Unique Birch Vessel by Vlad Droz
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique Birch Vessel by Vlad Droz Unique handmade piece signed by Vlad Droz Dimensions: 14 cm Materials: Spalted Masur Birch Live edge Vlad Droz "An incredible variety of form...
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2010s Russian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Birch

Calypso Flute Glasses / Blue + Pink
Located in Milano, MI
Calypso collection investigates new ways of conviviality: fed by imaginary worlds, this tableware pieces make possible to dream of exotic and uncontaminated landscapes. Calypso synth...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Post Modern / Memphis "Carnival" Platter by Kato Kogei for Fujimori
Located in San Diego, CA
Post modern / Memphis "Carnival" platter / serving dish by Kato Kogei for Fujimori, circa 1980s. Wonderful colorful Memphis style! #1817.
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Late 20th Century Japanese Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Black Flower Vase by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Black flower vase by Toru Hatta Unique Piece Dimensions: Diameter 8.5 x Height 26 cm Material: Handmade Ceramic. Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa in 1977. His love of antique...
Category

2010s Japanese Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Calypso Wine Set Amber
Located in Milano, MI
Calypso collection investigates new ways of conviviality: fed by imaginary worlds, this tableware pieces make possible to dream of exotic and uncontaminated landscapes. Calypso synth...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Murano Sommerso Orb Blue Art Glass Vintage Ashtray Italy
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Gorgeous vintage Murano Venetian handblown art glass bowl or ashtray. Italian Murano Sommerso orb blue and clear art glass ashtray Extremely hard to find a heavyweight glass ashtr...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

Laundry Pink Carafe by Lola Mayeras
Located in Geneve, CH
Laundry Pink Carafe by Lola Mayeras Dimensions: D13 x W7.5 x H30 cm Materials: Earthenware. Other colours and combinations are available. Carafe in white earthenware, glazed in...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Earthenware

Large Hand Carved Shaped Onyx Bowl or Centerpiece in Taupe, Creme and Brown
Located in New York, NY
A large hand carved undulating shaped onyx bowl or centerpiece with scalloped edges banded in shades of taupe, creme and brown. Impressive in size and certain to make a statement on ...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Stone

Unique Bowl 6 by Matthew Fisher
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique bowl 6 by Matthew Fisher Unique piece Dimensions: 39.7 D x 8.3 H cm Materials: Marron Travertine A Modern likeness to the ancient kylix, a broad shallow body is raised o...
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2010s American Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Travertine

Postmodern White and Green Ashtray / Catchall "Wave" by Carlo Moretti, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Ashtray or catchall "Wave" by Carlo Moretti, Italy, 1970s. Made in glass with green and white weaving, creating a pattern that looks like a malachite. It is a vintage piece therefo...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Giant Candy Tray by Helle Mardahl
Located in Geneve, CH
Giant Candy Tray by Helle Mardahl Dimensions: D 60 x W 40 cm Materials: glass The Giant Candy Tray by Helle Mardahl is, with its soft wavy – almost flowing – shape, a candylicio...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Squash Limited Color Edition Light Blue Ashtray Maria Sanchez for Memphis-Milano
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Limited color edition Squash light blue by Maria Sanchez for Memphis-Milano. Brand new item.
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Tapio Wirkkala, Rare "Piatto di tiapo", 1970
Located in Paris, FR
Tapio Wirkkala Very rare 'Piatto di tiapo' Plate, c. 1970 Venini, glass, cream and blue. Unique Exemplar. Signed : Venini and Wirkkala Measure: D : 49.5 cm (19.27") Overall very...
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1970s Finnish Vintage Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Unique Maple Burl Vessel by Vlad Droz
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique maple burl vessel by Vlad Droz Unique handmade piece signed by Vlad Droz Dimensions: D 10.5 x H 7 cm Materials: maple burl Live edge Vlad Droz "An incredible variety...
Category

2010s Russian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Burl, Maple

George J. Sowden, Bitossi Ceramiche Handmade Limited Edition Clay Triangle Vase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
George J. Sowden, Bitossi Ceramiche Handmade Limited Edition Clay Triangle Vase. Numbered 057/299. George J. Sowden is a designer with experience in various fields of Industrial Desi...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Cream, Almond and Pink Bon Bon Sugar Bowl by Helle Mardahl
Located in Geneve, CH
Cream, almond and pink bon bon sugar bowl by Helle Mardahl Dimensions: D 13 x H 17 cm Materials: glass Also available: other color convination available. Inspired by the retro ...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

David Tisdale Postmodern Salt & Pepper Shakers for Elika 1988
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
David Tisdale postmodern pair of anodized aluminum salt & pepper shakers for Elika 1988.
Category

20th Century American Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Aluminum

1980s Vivarini Italian Large Vintage Pink Rostrato Spike Murano Glass Ovoid Vase
Located in New York, NY
Venetian modernist vase by Vivarini, with an interesting elongated modern shape, in a sophisticated unusual pink rose color, in blown Murano glass worked with the Barovier style rost...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Calypso Flute Glasses / Amber + Smoke Grey
Located in Milano, MI
Calypso collection investigates new ways of conviviality: fed by imaginary worlds, this tableware pieces make possible to dream of exotic and uncontaminated landscapes. Calypso synth...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Modder You're Worth It Ceramic by Françoise Jeffrey
Located in Geneve, CH
Modder You're worth it ceramic by Franc¸ oise Jeffrey One of a kind. Dimensions: 36 H x 16 W cm Materials: white clay. Weight: 3,2 kg. Abstract sculptural object, wabi sabi...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Clay

Alessandro Mendini Recinto Jazz Alessi Bisazza Tray
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Alessandro Mendini Recinto Jazz tray collaborated with Bisazza glass mosaic. Limited numbered edition published in 2000.
Category

Early 2000s Italian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Stainless Steel

Gianni Versace for Rosenthal, Barocco Porcelain Plate with Gold Decoration
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gianni Versace for Rosenthal. Barocco porcelain plate with gold decoration, 20th century. In perfect condition. Measures: 18 cm. Stamped.
Category

20th Century German Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Italy Post Modern Silverplated and Silver Bowl Following Gabriella Crespi Style
Located in Brescia, IT
This contemporary vase in silver plate, with details in signed solid silver (the four feet and decorative freizes on the two opposite sides) is a table accessories designed by DD Dim...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Silver, Silver Plate

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