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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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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.

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19th Century Salesman Sample of a French School Desk
Located in New York, NY
A rare and beautiful salesman sample from Paris. Amazingly crafted out of wood, and iron. The detail is incredible! Make sure to look at the hand carved pencil tray on the top of the...
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Late 19th Century Antique Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Iron

W. Beaupre Gold Chain Android Bust
Located in New York, NY
Stunning futuristic android bust by W. Beaupre. Bust is embellished with intricate gold chain, pearls and vintage jewelry findings. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is quite...
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20th Century American Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Other

Terry Turrell Painting of Dogs Accordian
Located in New York, NY
Painting on wood panel of a pack of dogs. Terry Turrell lives as a recluse with his dogs. In his dog walks they get to know the other neighbourhood dogs. They often become the subjec...
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2010s American Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Wood

Tatra Truck Model from 1980s
Located in Vienna, Austria
Tatra truck model, large dimensioned in steel. The truck is made by a person, who worked his adult life for the company Tatra. In his retirement he build of all the Tatra trucks a...
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1980s Slovakian Vintage Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Metal

Drew 'Hen & Cockerel' Mixed-Media, 2019
Located in Hastings, GB
'Hen & Cockerel' by Drew Drew is an outsider artist from Romney marsh, you can find a full bio on drew in our 'art' section of the website The base material is recycled wooden door...
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2010s British Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Metal

Drew 'Nest Egg' Mixed Media, 2019
Located in Hastings, GB
'Nest Egg' Drew 2019 The base material is a re-purposed canvas Measures: 101 cm width, 76 cm height, 1.5 cm depth Signed & dated by The Artist About the artist: Drew is a Brit...
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2010s British Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Canvas

Drew 'Cats 'n' feather' Mixed-Media, 2019
Located in Hastings, GB
'Cats 'n' Feather' Drew 2019 The base material is recycled metal sheet panelling, mixed paint qualities applied to the surface some small rust spots can be seen appearing through t...
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2010s British Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Metal

Drew 'Visitors' Mixed-Media, 2019
Located in Hastings, GB
'Visitors' Drew 2019 The base material is recycled wooden panelling, mixed paint qualities applied to the surface Measures: 116cm width, 45cm height, 2cm depth Signed and dated by...
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2010s British Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Wood

Drew '2 Cats 'n' Birds' Mixed-Media, 2019
Located in Hastings, GB
'2 Cats 'n' Birds' Drew 2019 The base material is recycled metal sheet panelling, mixed paint qualities applied to the surface some small rust spots can be seen appearing through t...
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2010s British Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Metal

Drew '3 Birds and Cat' Mixed-Media, 2019
Located in Hastings, GB
'3 Birds and Cat' drew, 2019 The base material is recycled metal sheet paneling, mixed paint qualities applied to the surface Some small rust spots can be seen appearing through th...
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2010s British Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Metal

Drew 'Marsh' Mixed-Media, 2019
Located in Hastings, GB
'Marsh' Drew 2019 The base material is recycled metal sheet panelling, mixed paint qualities applied to the surface Some small rust spots can be seen appearing through the paint in...
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2010s British Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Metal

Drew 'Blue Birds' Mixed-Media, 2019
Located in Hastings, GB
'Blue Birds' Drew 2019 The base material is recycled metal sheet panelling, mixed paint qualities applied to the surface Some small rust spots can be seen appearing through the pai...
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2010s British Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Metal

Drew 'Imaginary Bird' Mixed-Media, 2019
Located in Hastings, GB
'Imaginary Bird' by Drew Drew is an outsider artist from Romney Marsh, you can find a full bio on drew in our 'Art' section of the website The base material is re purposed, framed ...
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2010s British Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Metal

Pop Art Painting by Matthew Johnson
Located in Laguna Hills, CA
Bizarre pop art painting on canvas signed Matthew Johnson, 2002.
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Canvas, Paint

W. Beaupre Chain Mail Bust
Located in New York, NY
Futuristic android bust with hand applied chain mail and vintage jewelry findings and tiara from New York artist W. Beaupre. Signed.
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20th Century American Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Metal

Sam Gant Ghost Space American Primitive Gallery
Located in New York, NY
Paint on paper by Samuel Gant (1955-2000) a California self taught artist who overcame his disabilities to make compelling paintings in California. Images of spaceships became a pers...
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1990s American Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Paper

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