Modern Bookends

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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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

Bookends in Walnut and Brass

Bookends in Walnut and Brass

By Birnam Wood Studio
Bookends in Walnut and Brass
Birnam Wood Studio
2010s American Modern Bookends
Walnut
Hand-turned bookstops in selectively ebonized walnut with brass detailing. These beautiful and functional book ends come in a hand rubbed oil finish and are also available in maple a...
Pair of Vintage Onyx Bookends
Pair of Vintage Onyx Bookends
Vintage 1970s Modern Natural Specimens
Agate, Marble, Onyx
A substantial and beautiful pair of onyx bookends or decorative objects, circa 1970s Modern or late 20th century. Colors include: shades of white and burgundy red/ox blood with a tou...
Modernist Italian Black Marble Bookends
Modernist Italian Black Marble Bookends
Angelo Mangiarotti
20th Century Italian Modern Bookends
Marble
Modernist Italian black marble bookends, circa 1975.
Pair of Bookends in Light Oak, circa 1960
Pair of Bookends in Light Oak, circa 1960
Vintage 1960s French Modern Bookends
Wood
A pair of bookends in light oak, circa 1960.
1970s Italian Modern Green and Black Marble Bookends, Pair
1970s Italian Modern Green and Black Marble Boo...
20th Century Italian Modern Abstract Sculptures
Marble
Listed is an exquisite, pair of 1970s Italian polished-marble bookends. Dark green, black, and white coloring all-over.
Early 20th Century Pair of Painted and Gilded Chalkware Autumn Fruit Bookends
Early 20th Century Pair of Painted and Gilded C...
Unknown
Early 20th Century American American Modern Bookends
Plaster
A pair of heavy vintage painted Chalkware bookends, Autumn fruits and leaves on classical gilded bases. Chalkware is a mainly American term for figures made of moulded plaster of...
Pair Modern Black and White Marble Bookends, ca. 1970s
Pair Modern Black and White Marble Bookends, ca...
Vintage 1970s Modern More Desk Accessories
Marble
A substantial pair of Modern black and white marble bookends. Each measure: 6 in. H x 6 in. x 2.25 in. thick. Pair available here online. By request, pair can be made available by ...
Puiforcat Bureau D'architecte Metallic Bookends by Joseph Dirand
Puiforcat Bureau D'architecte Metallic Bookends...
Puiforcat
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Bookends
Silver Plate
At the crossroads of art and design, Bureau d’architecte stays the course initially set by Jean Puiforcat at the height of the Art Deco era, when he settled on a fresh blend of refin...
Pair of Emerald Green and White Onyx Bookends
Pair of Emerald Green and White Onyx Bookends
2010s Modern More Desk Accessories
Agate, Onyx
A beautiful and substantial pair of emerald green and white onyx bookends or decorative objects. Measurements: 6.38 in. H x 4.75 in. W.  
Pacini & Cappellini Trolley Bookends in Walnut ...
Pacini & Cappellini, Fabio Rebosio
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends
Walnut
Revolving bookends element with structure, base and shelves in veneered Canaletto walnut. On request, open pore matte lacquered shelves. Available finishings: WG wengé, NK Canaletto ...
Onyx Bookends or Decorative Objects
Vintage 1970s European Modern Bookends
Onyx, Marble, Agate
A beautiful and substantial pair of vintage onyx round bookends or decorative objects, circa 1970s Modern. Pieces are designed with a flat bottom for stability (no rolling.) Colors i...
Kyuzo Bookends in Blue Cast Iron by Visibility
Visibility Studio
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookends
Iron
Named after a character from Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic “Seven Samurai,” the Kyuzo collection is comprised of four desk and home accessories. Driven by material-ity, these objects pr...
Kyuzo Bookends in Blackened Cast Iron by Visibi...
Visibility Studio
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookends
Iron
Named after a character from Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic “Seven Samurai,” the Kyuzo collection is comprised of four desk and home accessories. Driven by material-ity, these objects pr...
Bill Curry Design Line Nut Bookends Steel Signe...
Bill Curry & Design Line
Vintage 1970s American Modern Bookends
Steel
Bill Curry design line nut bookends steel signed California, USA, 1970s. Two textures of finish to the metal. Polished nickel front and back contrasted with a smooth pebbled texture...
Pacini & Cappellini Trolley Large Bookends in W...
Pacini & Cappellini, Fabio Rebosio
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends
Walnut
Revolving bookends element with structure, base and shelves in veneered Canaletto walnut. On request, open pore matte lacquered shelves. Available finishing’s: WG wengé, NK Canaletto...

Flow Suede Bookend

By Stephane Parmentier
Flow Suede Bookend
Stephane Parmentier, Giobagnara
2010s Italian Modern Bookends
Leather
This magnificent bookend has a sturdy wooden structure completely covered in suede. The patten Flow mixes graphic curves with the velvety softness of suede in a line of bold contrast...
Pair of Lucite and Chrome Bookends by Charles H...
Charles Hollis Jones
2010s American Modern Bookends
Chrome, Lucite
A glamorous pair of clear Lucite and polish chrome bookends by renowned American designer Charles Hollis Jones. This are part of the “Ball Line” originally design in the 1970s The c...
Natural Specimen Geode Bookends in Blue Agate
20th Century Modern Bookends
Agate
Pair of natural specimen geode bookends in natural blue agate. The pair is in great condition.
Pair of Marble Bookends
2010s Modern Bookends
Marble
A pair of substantial marble bookends. Colors include: dark and light brown with traces of white. Each measure: 4 in. x 2 in. x 6 in. H      
Steel Airplane Gear Bookends
20th Century American Modern Bookends
Stainless Steel
Modernist pair of bookends made from heavy stainless steel airplane parts or gears. A streamlined look give these a modern edge.
Tanya Ragir "Bookends" Sculpture in Cast Stone
Tanya Ragir
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Figurative Sculptures
Cast Stone
A stunning sculptural pair of bookends designed and produced by artist, Tanya Ragir. They are fabricated in white cast stone in a limited edition of 25 but are also available in colo...
Tanya Ragir "Bookends" Sculpture in Aqua Lucite
Tanya Ragir
21st Century and Contemporary American American Modern Figurative Sculpt...
Lucite
A stunning sculptural pair of bookends designed and produced by artist, Tanya Ragir. They are fabricated in transparent aqua Lucite in a limited edition of 25 but are also available ...
Pair of Modernist Art Deco Black Marble Birds B...
Jacques Adnet
Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Bookends
Alabaster
Alabaster pair of black birds perched on a pillar bookends. This sleek little birds will add a very natural organic note to any modern or classic interior. Great hand carved birds ...
1960 Signature Adele Simpson Silk Scarf, Lush B...
Adele Simpson
Vintage 1960s French Modern Bookends
Silk
1960s bold lush signature Adele Simpson silk scarf- like new-never worn- in today’s bold artful tones of purple pink, gold, orange, black Expressionist design-- with label- made in F...
1970s Italian Marble Bookends with Brass Tennis...
20th Century Italian Modern Bookends
Brass, Marble
Listed is a stunning and substantial, pair of 1970s Italian marble bookends. The pair has brass tennis racket sculptures on each, perfect for any tennis enthusiast or sports den! Heavy.
Lucite Bookends by Astrolite
Astrolite
Late 20th Century American Modern Bookends
A pair of modern Lucite bookends by esteemed California decorative arts company Astrolite. Circa late 1970's, the pair are in very good condition having had light use. Couple of age ...
French Modernist Pair of Bookends Black Granite...
Late 20th Century French Modern Bookends
Glass, Chrome, Granite
Architectural designed pair of bookends. Modernist shape build with large round disk glass slab with clouds and dot etching. Base in black granite and large chromed metal wave. Decor...
Pair Modern Italian Dark Green and White Marble...
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern More Desk Accessories
Marble
A pair of '70s Italian Modern dark green and white marble bookends. Carved and polished, circa 1970s, Italy. Each measure 5 in. H Pair available here online. By request, pair can ...
Polished Brass Bull and Bear Bookends
Roberto Minotti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Animal Sculptures
Brass, Leather
Great on any desk the polished brass bull and bear on stitched leather stands bookends or paperweights. Great decorative brass book ends.
1970s Brass Ram's Head Sculpture Bookends, Pair
20th Century Modern Animal Sculptures
Brass
Offered is a pair of 1970s brass ram's head sculpture bookends. Heavy, 6 pounds each.
1970s Bill Curry for Design Line Chrome Handle ...
Design Line, Bill Curry
20th Century American Modern Bookends
Chrome
Offered is an immaculate, pair of 1970s Billy Curry Design Line chrome handle bookends. They are smaller-scaled, but have a strong design with right angles and a two-tone texture. Po...
1970s Pair of W. Macowski Modern Sculptural Boo...
William Macowski
20th Century American Modern Bookends
Metal
Offered is a gorgeous, pair of 1970s W. Macowski modern sculptural bookends mounted on onyx platforms. Marked on backside, 1971.
Pair of Large Burgundy Acrylic Dice by Charles ...
Charles Hollis Jones
Vintage 1970s American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Acrylic, Lucite
A pair of large-scale sculptural burgundy acrylic dice by renowned acrylic designer Mr. Acrylic Charles Hollis Jones. This can be used as bookends or as sculptures. This are from the...
1970s Lucite with Gold and Silver Fleck Bookends
Unknown
Vintage 1970s American Modern Bookends
These bookends are very 1970s glam. A rare pair from a vintage palm Springs residence. Left piece has silver metallic flecks and right piece has gold flecks. Thick 3.50" Lucite blocks.
Polished Brass Horse Heads Bookends
Late 20th Century American Modern Bookends
Brass
Pair of polished brass horse head bookends. Great brass decorative art objects. Will make a great gift.
Pair of Large Acrylic Dice by Charles Hollis Jones
Charles Hollis Jones
Vintage 1970s American Modern Bookends
Lucite
Early edition pair of large Acrylic dice designed by Charles Hollis Jones in the 1970s. They can be used as bookends or a sculpture. Dimensions: 3.75" square each.
Pair of Rosewood and Inlaid Nickel "High Roller...
Unknown
Late 20th Century American Modern Bookends
Nickel, Rosewood
Super cool and large 21st century design sculptural carved rosewood and inlaid nickel wood "High Roller" dice bookends atop a nickel bases.  
Studio Book Holder in Burl Wood and Walnut
Michael Elkan
Vintage 1980s Unknown Modern Bookends
Walnut, Burl
For your consideration an studio custom-made bookend with burl wood and walnut wood. Railing system constructed with dove tails joint. Signed on bottom.
Pair of Organic Amethyst Bookends
Early 20th Century Modern Natural Specimens
Amethyst
Beautiful Unique Bookends from the 1900s. Made from Amethyst rock, multicolored. They are in amazing condition.     
Early Michael Aram Signed Bookends
Michael Aram
Late 20th Century American Modern Bookends
Aluminum
An early pair of heavy cast aluminum swirl bookends signed "Aram" and dated '94.
Charles Hollis Jones Signed Ball Series Bookends
Charles Hollis Jones
20th Century American Modern Bookends
A nice set of bookends out of the ball series by Charles Hollis Jones. Based on a group of pieces he did for Lucille Ball. These are etched with his signature on one. Please take a ...
Bull and Bear Brass and Marble Bookends
Late 20th Century Italian Modern Bookends
Brass, Marble
No Master of the Universe should be without these
Eco Bookends
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends
Carrara Marble
Eco bookends in white Carrara marble, matte polished finish. Custom options also available as well as additional pieces in the collection. Offered in two marble options: Nero Marquin...
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