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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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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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1992 Vade Retro French Edition of Madonna Sex Book Photographed by Steven Meisel
1992 French edition of "Madonna Sex" book photographed by Steven Meisel. Original spiral pierced aluminum binding number 0655346, stamped with die cut covers, both front and back and...
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1990s French Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

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Aluminum

Hermanos Calavera Traicionera in Oiled Mahogany by Miguel & Ilse Silva for Wooda
By Wooda, Miguel Silva, Ilse Silva
Located in Omro, WI
These handsome but quirky brothers designed by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda are the result of an engaging mix of personality, love, fun and mischievousness. Los Hermanos Calavera(...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Hardwood, Mahogany, Maple, Oak

Hermanos Calavera Traicionera in Oiled Walnut by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda
By Wooda, Miguel Silva, Ilse Silva
Located in Omro, WI
These handsome but quirky brothers designed by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda are the result of an engaging mix of personality, love, fun and mischievousness. Los Hermanos Calavera(...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Hardwood, Maple, Oak, Walnut

Hermanos Calavera Diablo in Oiled Walnut by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda
By Wooda, Miguel Silva, Ilse Silva
Located in Omro, WI
These handsome but quirky brothers designed by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda are the result of an engaging mix of personality, love, fun and mischievousness. Los Hermanos Calavera(...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood, Hardwood, Walnut

Hermanos Calavera Conquistador in Oiled Mahogany by Miguel &Ilse Silva for Wooda
By Wooda, Miguel Silva, Ilse Silva
Located in Omro, WI
These handsome but quirky brothers designed by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda are the result of an engaging mix of personality, love, fun and mischievousness. Los Hermanos Calavera(...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood, Hardwood, Mahogany

Hermanos Calavera Jefe in Oiled Walnut by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda
By Wooda, Miguel Silva, Ilse Silva
Located in Omro, WI
These handsome but quirky brothers designed by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda are the result of an engaging mix of personality, love, fun and mischievousness. Los Hermanos Calavera ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Hardwood, Maple, Oak, Walnut

Hermanos Calavera Jefe in Oiled Mahogany by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda
By Wooda, Miguel Silva, Ilse Silva
Located in Omro, WI
These handsome but quirky brothers designed by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda are the result of an engaging mix of personality, love, fun and mischievousness. Los Hermanos Calavera ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Hardwood, Mahogany, Maple, Oak

Hermanos Calavera Diablo in Oiled Mahogany by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda
By Wooda, Miguel Silva, Ilse Silva
Located in Omro, WI
These handsome but quirky brothers designed by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda are the result of an engaging mix of personality, love, fun and mischievousness. Los Hermanos Calavera(...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Hardwood, Mahogany, Maple, Oak

Tuttuno Leather Edition Backgammon Game Table by Impatia
By IMPATIA
Located in Milan, IT
The Tuttuno leather edition backgammon game table is designed to accommodate two players with a built-in backgammon playing surface. The minimalistic design gives off the unique impr...
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2010s Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

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Chrome

NOS Bynamics Leather Desk Director Phone System Six Hundred, 1985
Never used, fully functioning, (NOS). No status seeking, 1980s Wall Street executive should be without this leather bound desk apprentice. More than just a novelty item, this is a ra...
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1980s Canadian Vintage Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

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Leather

Lungolinea Black Chrome Edition Glass Ping Pong Table by Impatia
By IMPATIA, Adriano Design
Located in Milan, IT
The Lungolinea glass ping pong table is a vision, a desire to ambitiously reinterpret the classics. It demonstrates the sophistication and ingenuity of Italian design and craftsmansh...
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2010s Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

Lungolinea Premium Gold Edition Glass Ping Pong Table by Impatia
By IMPATIA, Adriano Design
Located in Milan, IT
The Lungolinea premium gold edition is a vision, a desire to ambitiously reinterpret the classics. It demonstrates the sophistication and ingenuity of Italian design and craftsmanshi...
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2010s Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

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Gold Plate

Lungolinea Chrome Edition Glass Ping Pong Table by Impatia
By IMPATIA, Adriano Design
Located in Milan, IT
The Lungolinea glass ping pong table is a vision, a desire to ambitiously reinterpret the classics. It demonstrates the sophistication and ingenuity of Italian design and craftsmansh...
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2010s Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

Filotto Contemporary Glass Pool Table by Impatia
By IMPATIA, Adriano Design
Located in Milan, IT
Filotto is the first product created for Impatia’s collection, which gives new life, new characteristics and new values to a Classic product. The design, construction, and workmanshi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Slate, Metal, Chrome

Lungolinea Wood Edition Ping Pong Table by Impatia
By IMPATIA, Adriano Design
Located in Milan, IT
The Lungolinea wood edition ping pong table is a vision, a desire to ambitiously reinterpret the classics. It demonstrates the sophistication and ingenuity of Italian design and craf...
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2010s Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

Livio & Piero Castiglioni Segavento Wooden Toy for Bottega Ghianda
By Livio Castiglioni, Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
A Dada-inspired “useless object”. With a propeller to be operated mechanically, with a dual rotation, clockwise and counter-clockwise. A perfect example of the playful creativity tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

You & Me Wooden Top 180 Ping Pong Table in Walnut and Black by RS Barcelona
By RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
It’s a piece of fine furniture and a ping-pong table. Small sized for those with less space, with a wood veneer surface and solid wood legs, a design, and a structure that gives it f...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Walnut

You & Me Wooden Top Standard Ping Pong Table in Oak and White by RS Barcelona
By RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
It’s a piece of fine furniture and a ping-pong table. Standard sized, with a wood veneer surface and solid wood legs, a design, and a structure that gives it full playability. When n...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Oak

You and Me Wooden Top Standard Ping-Pong Table in Oak and Black by RS Barcelona
By RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
It’s a piece of Fine furniture and a ping-pong table. Standard sized, with a wood veneer surface and solid wood legs, a design, and a structure that gives it full playability. When n...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Oak

You and Me Ping-Pong Table 180 in Black by RS Barcelona
By RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
It’s a ping-pong table. Small sized for enthusiasts with less space, with a surface, a design, and a structure that gives it full playability. But, it's also a large desk, Craft tabl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

Nube Italia Softwood Armchair in Taupe Leather by Marco Corti
By Marco Corti, Nube Italia
Located in New York, NY
Frame in solid wood. Arms in hide. Padding in shape retaining polyurethane with a differentiated density. Cover available in leather or fabric. Marco Corti was born in Milano in 196...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Stainless Steel

You & Me Wooden Top 220 Ping Pong Table in Oak and Black by RS Barcelona
By RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
It’s a piece of fine furniture and a ping-pong table. Medium sized for those with less space, with a wood veneer surface and solid wood legs, a design, and a structure that gives it ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Oak

Manikhin Playing Cards by Roma Manikhin for Normann x Brask Art Collection
By Normann Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
In response to the notion that the world is too serious and short on humor, Roma Manikhin gives us a dose of satire with his saucy deck of playing cards and provocative candlesticks ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Plastic, Paper

You & Me Wooden Top 180 Ping Pong Table in Walnut and White by RS Barcelona
By RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
It’s a piece of fine furniture and a ping-pong table. Small sized for those with less space, with a wood veneer surface and solid wood legs, a design, and a structure that gives it f...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Walnut

You & Me Wooden Top 220 Ping Pong Table in Walnut and Black by RS Barcelona
By RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
It’s a piece of fine furniture and a ping-pong table. Medium sized for those with less space, with a wood veneer surface and solid wood legs, a design, and a structure that gives it ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Walnut

You & Me Wooden Top 180 Ping Pong Table in Oak and White by RS Barcelona
By RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
It’s a piece of fine furniture and a ping-pong table. Small sized for those with less space, with a wood veneer surface and solid wood legs, a design, and a structure that gives it f...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Oak

You & Me Wooden Top 180 Ping Pong Table in Oak and Black by RS Barcelona
By RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
It’s a piece of fine furniture and a ping-pong table. Small sized for those with less space, with a wood veneer surface and solid wood legs, a design, and a structure that gives it f...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Oak

You & Me Wooden Top Standard Ping Pong Table in Walnut and Black by RS Barcelona
By RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
It’s a piece of fine furniture and a ping-pong table. Standard sized, with a wood veneer surface and solid wood legs, a design, and a structure that gives it full playability. When n...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Walnut

You & Me Wooden Top Standard Ping Pong Table in Walnut and White by RS Barcelona
By RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
It’s a piece of fine furniture and a ping-pong table. Standard sized, with a wood veneer surface and solid wood legs, a design, and a structure that gives it full playability. When n...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Walnut

Lladro The Guest Figurine Small Model by Ricardo Cavolo
By Ricardo Cavolo, Lladro
Located in New York, NY
This piece is the contribution by the prestigious designer Ricardo Cavolo to The Guest, the creative project inviting cutting-edge artists from around the world to customize this fas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Porcelain

Maharam Bear by PIN-UP
By PIN-UP Magazine, Maharam
Located in New York, NY
Maharam bear by PIN-UP 006 Flagstone Initially created for PIN–UP’s Fall/Winter 2016/2017 issue, the Bear is handmade by a small-scale Canadian producer from Loam, a high-quality...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Leather

Lladro Winged Beauty Woman Sculpture by Francisco Polope
By Francisco Polope, Lladro
Located in New York, NY
Limited edition, gloss finish porcelain sculpture of a woman with beautiful white wings, embellished with blue and white enamel. Half woman, half goddess, the protagonist of this pie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Porcelain

Maharam Bear by Pin-Up
By PIN-UP Magazine, Maharam
Located in New York, NY
Maharam bear by Pin-Up 004 Ivy Initially created for Pin-Up’s Fall/Winter 2016-2017 issue, the Bear is handmade by a small-scale Canadian producer from Loam, a high-quality Italian ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Leather

Lladro The Guest Figurine Large Model by Ricardo Cavolo
By Ricardo Cavolo, Raul Rubio, Lladro
Located in New York, NY
This piece is the contribution by the prestigious designer Ricardo Cavolo to The Guest, the creative project inviting cutting-edge artists from around the world to customize this fas...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Porcelain

Lladro Beautiful Catrina Figurine by Raul Rubio
By Raul Rubio, Lladro
Located in New York, NY
Limited edition Mexican Bella Catrina figurine in black gloss finish porcelain, adorned with three handmade flowers. The people of Mexico have a special relationship with death, to t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Porcelain

Lladro Parrot Vanity Mirror
By Lladro
Located in New York, NY
Toilet mirror with parakeet perched on an original black branch for home decoration. Mirror from the Parrot Party collection, based on the contrast between the refined geometric desi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Porcelain

Lladro Polo Player Figurine in White by Ernest Massuet
By Ernest Massuet, Lladro
Located in New York, NY
White matte porcelain figurine of a limited series polo player with methacrylate support attached to the base. Polo Player, is a piece full of energy in which we see the horse litera...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Porcelain, Acrylic

Lladro the Guest Figurine Large Model by Gary Baseman
By Gary Baseman, Raul Rubio, Lladro
Located in New York, NY
A glossy porcelain figurine with a black satin finish on his hands and feet created by Gary Baseman for the collection The Guest by Lladró Atelier with a white base attached to the p...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Porcelain

Lladro Canvas Vase Flowers Tapestry Vase by Bodo Sperlein
By Bodo Sperlein, Lladro
Located in New York, NY
White glossy porcelain vase with accumulation of one by one handmade flowers for home decoration. Contemporary but Classic this sculptural vase is an impressive design statement comb...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Porcelain

GUFRAMINI Pratone by Ceretti, Derossi & Rosso - 1stdibs New York
The mini Pratone® plays with the juxtaposition of a "large-small" proportion by reducing to 7/8 the giant Pratone that was designed in 1972 by Ceretti, Derossi, and Rosso, and exhibi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Other

GUFRAMINI Little Bocca Miniature by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in Barolo, IT
The little Bocca, drawing from the exact proportions of the original version, maintains the sinuous feel and sensuality of a woman’s lips, exactly as intended by Studio65 which desig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

GUFRAMINI Pratone by Ceretti, Derossi & Rosso
The mini Pratone® plays with the juxtaposition of a "large-small" proportion by reducing to 7/8 the giant Pratone that was designed in 1972 by Ceretti, Derossi, and Rosso, and exhibi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

GUFRAMINI Miniature Cactus by Drocco & Mello
The miniature Cactus, one of the radical design symbols par excellence. Gufram offers its fans a version identical to the original designed by Drocco and Mello in 1972. The mini mold...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Guframini Little Bocca Miniature by Studio 65, 1stdibs New York
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in Barolo, IT
The little Bocca, drawing from the exact proportions of the original version, maintains the sinuous feel and sensuality of a woman’s lips, exactly as intended by Studio65 which desig...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Other

DS-2878 Boxing Handstitched Leather Punching Bag by De Sede
By De Sede
Located in New York, NY
Leather punching bag DS-2878/60 by De Sede. Matching to the re-edition of the DS-2878, De Sede boxing fans can get their hands on a very special accessory: a punching bag made of lea...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Leather

American Silver Torah Crown by Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert
By Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert
Located in New York, NY
Composed of arches alternating with twelve shaped shields featuring the symbol of each of the Tribes of Israel. The lower band pierced with Hebrew lettering from Deut. 4:44 “Vezoth ...
Category

20th Century American Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Silver

Limitied Edition "South Pole" The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910
By Assouline Publishing
Located in San Francisco, CA
About Limited edition #502 of 725 published. Assouline published this book in three unique formats: a trade edition in hardcover; an oversized special edition hardcover with ja...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Paper

Vintage Lucite Tic Tac Toe Set Desk Accessory
By Unknown
Located in North Miami, FL
This delightful vintage Lucite tic tac toe set is from the 1970s. It has all been polished and is a great game and desk accessory. The colors of the Lucite change with the different ...
Category

1970s American Vintage Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Lucite

Ettore Sottsass Twenty-Seven Woods for a Chinese Artificial Flower Vase E
By Ettore Sottsass, Design Gallery Milano
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Twenty-seven woods for a Chinese artificial flower vase E by Ettore Sottsass, edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 signed and numered pieces, number 4 / 1...
Category

1990s European Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Glass, Wood

Twenty-Seven Woods for a Chinese Artificial Flowers, Vase F by Ettore Sottsass
By Ettore Sottsass, Design Gallery Milano
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
F vase made for the collection of twenty-seven woods for Chinese Artificial flowers vase by Ettore Sottsass, Edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 numbered...
Category

1990s Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass

Ettore Sottsass N Limited Edition Vase in Wood and Murano Glass for Flowers
By Design Gallery Milano, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Vase N designed by Ettore Sottsass, from the collection 'Twenty-seven Woods for a Chinese Artificial Flowers', Edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 number...
Category

1990s Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass, Aluminum

Ettore Sottsass Twenty-Seven Woods for a Chinese Artificial Flower Vase T
By Ettore Sottsass, Design Gallery Milano
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Twenty-seven woods for a Chinese artificial flower vase T by Ettore Sottsass, edited by Design Gallery Milano, 1995. Limited edition of 12 signed and numbered pieces, number 4 / ...
Category

1990s European Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass

Interactive Gerard Bignolais Plages 115 Art Box/Art Basel, 2007
By Gerard Bignolais
Located in North Miami, FL
Gerard Bignolais was a French sculptor and artist, 1937-2007. He mostly worked on sculptures of human bodies illustrating life at it's raw form. In this 2007 limited edition are base...
Category

Early 2000s French Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass

English Leather Cigarette Holder Case
A beautiful vintage English brown/tan leather and brass cigarette holder case, circa mid-20th century, England. Marked "Made in England" in image #7. Piece measures: 3.88" x 4.25". ...
Category

Mid-20th Century English Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass

Ebb Louise Earrings, Limited Edition Sculptural White Oak and Brass Jewelry
By YMSF
Located in Oakland, CA
Overlapped layers of white oak and brass limbs fall in fan-like, face framing fronds. Their scale is bold and elegant with sculptural and unique form made lightweight through the use...
Category

2010s American Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Gold, Brass

Unootto Leather Poker Game Set Box by Impatia
By IMPATIA
Located in Milan, IT
With each collection, Impatia aims to explore design through different perspectives. Among a strong focus on developing one of kind game tables, it is just as equally important to fo...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

Filotto Billiard Game Set Box by Impatia
By IMPATIA
Located in Milan, IT
With each collection, Impatia aims to explore design through different perspectives. Among a strong focus on developing one of kind game tables, it is just as equally important to fo...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

Modern Leather Backgammon Chip Game Set Box by Impatia
By IMPATIA
Located in Milan, IT
With each collection, Impatia aims to explore design through different perspectives. Among a strong focus on developing one of kind game tables, it is just as equally important to fo...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

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