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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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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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Hermanos Calavera Diablo in Oiled Mahogany by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda
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(...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Hardwood, Mahogany, Maple, Oak

Hermanos Calavera Conquistador in Oiled Mahogany by Miguel &Ilse Silva for Wooda
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(...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Hardwood, Mahogany

Hermanos Calavera Traicionera in Oiled Mahogany by Miguel & Ilse Silva for Wooda
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(...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Hardwood, Mahogany, Maple, Oak

Hermanos Calavera Traicionera in Oiled Walnut by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda
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(...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Hardwood, Maple, Oak, Walnut

Hermanos Calavera Jefe in Oiled Walnut by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda
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 ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Hardwood, Maple, Oak, Walnut

Hermanos Calavera Jefe in Oiled Mahogany by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda
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 ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Hardwood, Mahogany, Maple, Oak

Hermanos Calavera Diablo in Oiled Walnut by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda
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(...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Hardwood, Walnut

Vitra Eames Elephant in Deep Black by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945. Manufactured in plastic, the Eames Elephant ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Small Eames Elephant in Ice Grey by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles & Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, this piece never went into production...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Small Eames Elephant in Pale Rose by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, this piece never went into producti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Eames Elephant in Buttercup by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945. Manufactured in plastic, the Eames Elephant ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Small Eames Elephant in Poppy Red by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, this piece never went into producti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Eames Elephant in Poppy Red by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945. Manufactured in plastic, the Eames Elephant ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Eames Elephant in Ice Grey by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945. Manufactured in plastic, the Eames Elephant ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 1 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
Together with Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar American design. A key source of inspiration for his wide-ranging oeuv...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Fir, Wood

Vitra Eames Elephant in Pale Rose by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles & Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945. Manufactured in plastic, the Eames Elephant ca...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Small Eames Elephant in Buttercup by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, this piece never went into producti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 8 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
Together with Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar American design. A key source of inspiration for his wide-ranging oeuv...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Fir

Vitra Eames Elephant in Palm Green by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945. Manufactured in plastic, the Eames Elephant ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Livio & Piero Castiglioni Segavento Wooden Toy for 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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood

Vitra Small Eames Elephant in Palm Green by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, this piece never went into producti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Small Eames Elephant in Deep Black by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, this piece never went into producti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Small Eames Elephant in White by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles & Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, this piece never went into production...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 7 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar American design. A key source of inspiration for his wide-ranging oe...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 16 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Fir, Wood

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 17 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Fir, Wood

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 22 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 18 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll Large Cat by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 14 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Fir, Wood

Vitra Wooden Dog Small by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Little Wooden Devil by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of Postwar Am...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Little Devil Wooden Doll by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 15 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Fir, Wood

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 11 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 9 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll Small Dog by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Wooden Dolls Mother Fish and Child by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Am...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 21 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll Large Dog by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 20 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll Cat Small by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood, Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 19 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Fir, Wood

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 10 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Fir, Wood

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 13 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar Amer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Fir, Wood

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 5 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar American design. A key source of inspiration for his wide-ranging oe...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Fir

Vitra Wooden Doll No. 4 by Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
Together with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar American design. A key source of inspiration for his wide-ranging oe...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Fir, Wood

Vitra Eames Elephant in White by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945. Manufactured in plastic, the Eames Elephant ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Eames Elephant in Pale Rose by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945. Manufactured in plastic, the Eames elephant ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Vitra Eames Elephant in Plywood by Charles & Ray Eames
Located in New York, NY
These items are currently only available in the United States. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, this piece never went into producti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plywood

Pop Art Niki de Saint Phalle Inflatable Plastics Rhino Collectibles, France 1999
Located in Miami, FL
Pop Art Niki de Saint Phalle inflatable plastics Rhino collectibles, France, 1999. Toys for happiness.
Category

1990s French Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic

Rare Limited Edition Designer Toy Killjoy by Michael Lau
Located in Weesp, NL
Limited edition Designer toy Killjoy 0271/1000 designed in 2000 by Michael Lau for Crazysmiles. This rare piece comes with its original box in great condition, Killjoy's laptop, dog,...
Category

Early 2000s Hong Kong Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Plastic, Rubber

Toy Box in Wood with Silver Finish
Located in New York, NY
Silver Box is a luxurious kids’ toy box inspired by the Fine silver bar shape. Inspired by the adventures of Scrooge McDuck, the richest duck in the world, this toy box is a useful s...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood

Toy Box in Wood with Gold Finish
Located in New York, NY
Silver box is a luxurious kids’ toy box inspired by the fine silver bar shape. Inspired by the adventures of Scrooge McDuck, the richest duck in the world, this toy box is a useful s...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood

Toy Box in Wood with Copper Finish
Located in New York, NY
Copper Box is a luxurious kids’ toy box inspired by the fine copper bar shape. Inspired by the adventures of Scrooge McDuck, the richest duck in the world, this toy box is a useful s...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood

Kounoike Leather MCM, Collection of 10 Coin/Money Banks Animals
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Here is a collection of adorable leather coin banks made in japan in Mid-Century Modern period. All are in different grades of condition, lose seams, missing lock or key in some, als...
Category

1970s Japanese Vintage Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Leather

Blu Marble and Art Glass Chess Game Set, Italy, circa 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An Italian marble and art glass chess game set, circa 1960s, Italy. Marble game board has a beautiful rare blue marble colors that include: white, and a marble combo of white/blue/gr...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Marble

16 Animali Puzzle, Enzo Mari, 1997, Alessi Edition
Located in Villeurbanne, Rhone Alpes
Antique Enzo Mari Puzzle "la tavola di Babele, originally issued by Danese, 1957 in wood in single cut, this set is one of the limited series, reissued by Alessi in 1997. It is now ...
Category

1990s Italian Modern Toys and Dolls

Materials

Wood