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Mid-Century Modern Globes

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Set of Two Midcentury Columbus Duo Earth Globes or Side Table Lamps, 1960s
Located in Munich, DE
Set of two Mid-Century Modern duo earth globes or side table lamps. Manufactured by Columbus Verlag, Berlin and Stuttgart, 1960s, Germany. The globes are illuminated, and can be used...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Lighted Globe with Stand
Located in New York, NY
Vintage mid-century world globe mounted on a 4-legged wooden stand with interior light (Heirloom Globe by Replogle).
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Plastic, Wood

Vintage Brass Desktop Repogle Globe Stand
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage desk or tabletop Repogle globe with stand in brass. This piece rotates on a full swing meridian and displays plenty of vintage charm. The perfect accessory piece for any home...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Illuminated Replogle Globe on Teak Stand
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage globe turns on its axis as mounted on a vintage teak stand. Complete with casters and interior illumination this vintage Replogle comprehensive globe features ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Globes

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Teak

American Mid-Century Brass Armillary
Located in New York, NY
American mid-century small brass armillary globe. (no stand).
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Lighted Globe with Stand
Located in New York, NY
Vintage mid-century world globe mounted on a 4-legged wooden stand with interior light (HEIRLOOM GLOBE BY REPLOGLE).  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Plastic, Wood

Pair of Vintage Bookends
Located in Antwerp, BE
Two vintage bookends. Measures: Height 28 cm. Width 14 cm. Depth 15 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal, Brass

Serge Roche Style Plaster Globe of the Earth
Located in Stamford, CT
Very cool gray painted plaster topographical globe on stand of the planet earth, showing prominently the various mountain ranges, Andes, Rockies, Himalayas etc. Unusual piece, style ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Plaster

Vintage Mid-Century World Map Globe Lamp Light by JRO Verlag Munich circa 1970s
By JRO-Verlag 1
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Wonderful vintage Mid-Century fun world map globe table lamp or desk light by JRO-Verlag München. Made in Germany circa 1970, this whimsical lamp would make a great child's bedside t...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

1960s Replogle Illuminated Glass Globe on Mahogany Stand
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1960s Replogle (Chicago, IL) globe on stand composed of paper gores over glass with a cast metal meridian. Base is mahogany with brass feet and features a full 360 degree swivel acti...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Brass

MCM Repogle World Horizon Series Lighted World Globe on Custom Pine Stand
Located in Topeka, KS
Wonderful Repogle World Horizon Series lighted 12” diameter plastic world globe, metal axle, and a custom pine Stand. Beautiful condition with wear as you would expect with a vintage...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

1950s Replogle Glass Illuminated Precision Globe
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This 10" 'Precision' Globe was manufactured in the early 1950s by Replogle (Chicago, IL) and edited by cartographer, Gustav Brueckmann. Composed of paper gores over glass with a...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Lighted Glass Globe on Wood Stand by Replogle Globe
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-Century lighted glass globe on oak wood tand by Replogle Globes of Chicago, circa 1950s. This a very cool piece with removable and colorful 10" D globe on 7.5" D round oak stand....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Glass, Oak

Vintage Walnut and Brass Repogle Globe Stand
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage 16" Repogle globe stand in walnut. This piece rotates with a full swing meridian supported by a sturdy walnut sculpted base and brass accents. Perfect for any mid century or ...
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Brass

Mini Globe Columbus on Wooden Base, 1950s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Mini Globe Columbus on wooden base, 1950s Nice vintage mini globe from Germany made by Columbus design by Paul Oestergaard. The sphere is made of paper with a metal measuring ar...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

Petite Illuminated Glass Globe by George F. Cram Co.
By Cram's
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Diminutive 7" diameter globe. Rare example scarcely found in this size, circa late 1952 / early 1953 (Korea and Ethiopia are both present). Charming desk / bedside decorative item, g...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

1960s Replogle 'Comprehensive' Illuminated Globe on Walnut Base
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1960s Replogle 'Comprehensive' globe composed of paper gores over plastic with a cast aluminum half-meridian all mounted to a walnut base equipped with two upright dividers for paper...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Aluminum

Ed Wormley of Dunbar Mid-Century Modern Illuminated Globe Light Fixture
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Walnut and brass tripod or tri-leg base stand Mid-Century Modern illuminated globe by Ed Wormley.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Brass

Marc NTR-6G Radio Globe
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
This globe themed transistor radio features silver and gold topography. At the North Pole, a rotating switch turns the unit on and adjusts volume levers. Its frequency range is limit...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

1960s Replogle Glass Illuminated Library Globe
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This 12" library globe was manufactured in the 1960s by Replogle (Chicago, IL) and edited by cartographer, Gustav Brueckmann. Composed of paper gores over glass with a cast brass hal...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Brass, Metal

Large-Scale Vintage Military Globe / Activity Globe by A.J. Nystrom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Machine Age-style A.J. Nystrom of Chicago Military or Activity Globe composed of a spun metal blue orb with green slated land masses outlined in yellow. These globes were used by the...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Atomic Wood Sculpture
Located in North Miami, FL
This amazing vintage French atomic wood sculpture is one the largest one seen. It is Mid-Century Modern. It would be great on a pedestal or large cabinet and or console. It is quite ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Wood

20th Century Terrestre Columbus World Globe Oestergaard Berlin Tripod Base
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Vintage nice 20th century globe. Made by German manufacturer Oestergaard, Berlin, Germany. It's made of lithographed paper globe with a solid metal base, aluminum knob, mounted on a ...
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1930s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

American Victorian Globe
Located in New York, NY
American Victorian style globe of the world with a relief supported on a pedestal base stand with 3 legs.   
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Wood

Midcentury Mahogany Floor Globe by Replogle
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Midcentury era floor globe featuring a steel globe suspended by a mahogany stand. The globe rotates 360 degrees on two point axis comprised of metal ball bearings. Manufactured by...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Steel

Vintage 1950s Mexico Mercury Glass Globes Gazing Ball Spheres- set of 3
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Mid Century Modern Vintage Hand Blown Glass Globes Gazing Ball Spheres in Mercury - Set of Three. Circa 1950s made in Mexico. Dimensions: 1- 8 1/2" in diamet...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Mercury Glass

Mid-Century Denoyer-Geppert Globe on Wooden Stand by C.1960
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original cartocraft physical/political 16 inch globe published by Denoyer-Geppert Company. The globe freely rest on a teak wooden base. The base interior is cover...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Paper, Felt, Teak

Sculptural Belgian Globe Floor Stand
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Globe floor stand, metal, resin, Belgium, 1950s. Beautiful globe on a floor stand. The reserved, almost monochromatic color scheme in black and dark green gives the item a sculptura...
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1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

World Globe in the Style of Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
World globe by Replogle in the style of Paul McCobb, USA, circa 1970. Signed. Beige globe supported by swivel stand in antiqued brass. Featuring square tube design made popular by...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal, Brass

World Globe by Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
The ultimate world globe designed by Edward Wormley for Rand McNally, USA, circa 1950. Features a rotating globe mounted on a walnut base with brass capped legs. Marked "Rand McNally...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Paul McCobb Style Standing Glowing Globe on Modernist Frame by Replogle
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful glow or glowing globe by Replogle. Elegant lines on strudel wooden frame with sculptural tapered legs. The globe ball stands upright but is also adjustable to 23.5 degrees ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Wood

Sculptural Relief World Globe by Nystrom
Located in Buffalo, NY
Sculptural relief world globe by Nystrom, wonderful design, aluminum stand, raised graphics, nice color and patina. Measures: 16".
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Composition, Aluminum

1950s Replogle Mid-Century Modern Illuminated Glass Globe on Walnut Stand
Located in Miami, FL
Restored 1960s Replogle Illuminated glass globe on a dark brown walnut stand. Globe features a Parchment paper map over glass and has a full 360 degree turning function. Is in perf...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Glass, Walnut, Parchment Paper

Telescoping Adjustable World Globe by Rand McNally, Chicago
Located in Buffalo, NY
16 inch diameter telescoping adjustable world globe by Rand McNally, Chicago, wonderful color and proportion, adjustable from 52 inches to 76 inches, retains original metal baseball ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

Replogle Terrestrial Floor Globe
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
This floor globe by Replogle floats within a ring of walnut, supported by four 'turned' chrome stiles, which connect to a base of walnut. The globe rotates, spins and lights from wit...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Rare 1940s Hand Painted World Globe
Located in Van Nuys, CA
This large Aviation University classroom globe features a brushed steel base and hand painted surface. Stamped, "Graphics Project Globe A.J. Nystrom & Co. Chicago."
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Steel

Vintage World Globe by AJ Nystrom
Located in New York, NY
A vintage large school globe by A.J. Nystom Co. USA, circa 1950. Features delineated brown continents, along with oceans, latitude and longitude numbers against a blue ocean, but...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

C.S. Hammond & Co. 1950s Inflatable Globe on Tripod Stand
By C.S. Hammond & Co.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hammond's International Globe (circa 1955) composed of an inflatable globe on painted metal tripod base. Images and font are large in scale and very legible. As durable as a beach ba...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

Globe by Denoyer Geppert Company
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A graphic and finely fabricated spun steel teaching globe mounted on a weighted stand.
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Steel

Midcentury Globe on Smoked Lucite Stand
Located in San Diego, CA
Large midcentury globe on smoked Lucite stand by National Geographic, circa 1970s. This a very cool piece with removable and super colorful 16" D globe on 17" high four sided Lucite ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Lucite

National Geographic Midcentury Globe on Stand
Located in New York, NY
A National Geographic globe, made in 1966 in the United States. The piece is in good condition with some loss to the paper finish.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Plastic, Paper

World Relief Globe by Nystrom
Located in New York, NY
World Relief globe with three-dimensional geographic surface by Nystrom. USA, circa 1960. Features gray metal base for tabletop or wall mount.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

Chicago Midcentury Papier-Mâché Globe Brass Metal Black Made in USA, 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Chicago midcentury Papier-Mâché globe brass metal black made in USA 1950s, variable height, traces of wear and original Patina.
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1950s Virgin Islands Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal, Brass

Illuminated Globe Lamp attributed to Edward Wormley Dunbar
Located in Chicago, IL
Globe Lamp attributed to Edward Wormley for Dunbar. These are wired and illuminate.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Wood

Vintage School Globe by Nystrom
By Lennart Nyström
Located in New York, NY
Vintage school globe by Nystrom. USA, circa 1950. Features bold green continents on blue ocean, mounted on a metal base with swivel mechanism.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Brass Globe Cigarette Holder, circa 1960
Located in San Francisco, CA
About  This is an original midcentury brass cigarette holder. The lid slides open on the globe's axis to reveal a metal interior designed to hold cigarettes. This globe is unique ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Metal, Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lucite Light Up Globe by Hammond Scan-Globe, 1970
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lucite Light Up Globe by Hammond Scan-Globe, 1970 This impressive globe lights up from the inside and becomes not just a globe but a luminous round aq...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Globes

Materials

Plexiglass