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Modern Furniture Design
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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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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Lelapa Hand Carved and Cast Solid Brass Decorative TOTEM Sculpture Set
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
All our TOTEM sculptures are hand carved in Southern Africa from sustainable alien timber by a group of Zimbabwean artists who set their own prices, thus making them fair trade. We t...
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2010s African Modern Obelisks

Materials

Brass, Brass, Steel

Modern Table Lamp 'Obelisk' in Stainless Steel and Tortoise Shell Effect
Located in San Pietro di Morubio, Verona
The silver satin effect is achieved by fine brushed steel, rendering an everyday object monumental - it is not merely an ambient table lamp but echoes the form of an Egyptian monolit...
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2010s Italian Modern Obelisks

Materials

Metal

Modern Table Lamp 'Obelisk' in Stainless Steel and Tortoise Shell Effect
Located in San Pietro di Morubio, Verona
The silver satin effect is achieved by fine brushed steel, rendering an everyday object monumental - it is not merely an ambient table lamp but echoes the form of an Egyptian monolit...
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2010s Italian Modern Obelisks

Materials

Metal

22-Karat Gold Gilt Crystals, Set of Three by Christopher Kreiling Studio
Located in Pasadena, CA
These 22-karat gold-plated crystal sculptures have a life of their own radiating and bouncing light onto themselves throughout the day and night. Place them on the dining table near...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Obelisks

Materials

Gold

Rock Crystal Points Modern Hi-Polished Quartz Singles Price Each
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hi-grade quartz crystal points from Brazil. Used for decorations or some believe in good luck and good health. Measures: Various sizes from 4"-7" height. Sold each.
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1990s South American Modern Obelisks

Materials

Crystal

Large Selenite Sphere on Custom Iron Stand
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a very large 5" diameter polished selenite sphere from Morocco. The sphere is mounted on a custom MJH Design Arts iron stand.
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Early 2000s American Modern Obelisks

Materials

Crystal, Iron

Pair of White Lucite and Glass Obelisks Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
These opaque white pair of vintage Lucite obelisks have glass bottoms. They are wonderful! Two different sizes, sold as a pair. The smaller size is 18.5" H x 4.75" D x 4.75" W. The ...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Obelisks

Materials

Glass

Blessing Hand Carved Black Tall Decorative TOTEM Sculpture Set
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
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2010s African Modern Obelisks

Materials

Wood

Khada Hand Carved Decorative Totem Sculpture Set
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
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2010s African Modern Obelisks

Materials

Wood

Set of Two Parquetry Wood Obelisks
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This sylish set of two artisan parquetry obelisk date to 1991 and were acquired from a Palm Beach estate. The piece are very much in the style of piece created by the Italian firm Og...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Obelisks

Materials

Wood

Carved Gray and White Marbled Obelisks
Located in Cookeville, TN
Striations of gray and white accent this pair of marble obelisks. Smooth lines are dotted with natural cracks and veining. Measurement in the listing is for the tallest piece. Smal...
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Late 20th Century Indian Modern Obelisks

Materials

Marble, Marble

Wooden Obelisk by Barbara Cosgrove
Located in Wichita, KS
This obelisk is very unique in that it was built by Barbara Cosgrove as a template for her iconic lamps. It is signed 'sample' and dated when it was made. It is quirky and fun and wo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Obelisks

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Obelisk Cammei Hand Painted Silver/Red/Sponged Green Vintage Taste
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, it is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This obelisk is silk-screened by hand, hand-finished and covered with a smooth lacquer. This...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Obelisks

Materials

Wood

Green Malachite Pyramid
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful and striking green malachite stone pyramid decorative object. Pyramid is green malachite with a 'tiled' or 'tessellated' polished malachite veneer. Piece measures: 3...
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20th Century Modern Obelisks

Materials

Malachite

Pair of Italian Modern Black and White Marble Obelisks
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful pair/set of '70s Modern Italian black and white marble stone obelisk sculptures, circa 1970s, Italy. Label in images #19 and 20 reads: "Florence, Italy", "Modern". Measu...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Obelisks

Materials

Marble

Pair of Large Faceted Clear Murano Obelisks
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large faceted clear Murano obelisks.
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Obelisks

Materials

Murano Glass

Modern Onyx Marble Obelisk Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful modern onyx marble stone obelisk sculpture piece in neutral colors. Obelisk measures: 6" H. Other single obelisk shown in image #7 and #8 available; search 1stdibs ID#: ...
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20th Century Modern Obelisks

Materials

Alabaster, Marble, Stone, Onyx

Purple Amethyst Stone Obelisk Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Modern style purple amethyst stone obelisk sculpture piece decorative object. Obelisk is hand-carved and polished smooth. A great decorative object or desk accessory.  
Category

20th Century Modern Obelisks

Materials

Stone, Amethyst, Amethyst

Modern Marble and Crystal Obelisk Sculptures
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful Modern obelisk sculptures, ca. 1970s Modern. All of the vintage Modern obelisk sculptures featured here are offered as 'per item'. Buy just one, or two, three, or buy as m...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Modern Obelisks

Materials

Stone, Crystal, Rock Crystal, Travertine, Marble

1950s, Venini Glass Spiraling Obelisk
Located in Roma, IT
Spiraling clear-glass obelisk with red flame-like intrusions made by Venini. One of the most celebrated models of Venini. This type of glass is called "Vetro Sommerso", model 4256 fr...
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1950s Italian Vintage Modern Obelisks

Materials

Glass

Jaru Lucite and 24-Karat Gold Leaf Sculpture
By Jaru
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A two-piece Jaru cast Lucite sculpture with embedded 24-karat gold leaf flakes this ball placed on a pedestal sparkles and shimmers playing off any light source giving it a element o...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Obelisks

Materials

Gold Leaf

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Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and substantial pair of Modern Italian black, blue, and white marble obelisks. Measurements: 2.75 in. square base x 12.5 in. H Pair available here online. By request, ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Obelisks

Materials

Marble

  • Pair Modern Blue and White Marble Obelisks
  • Pair Modern Blue and White Marble Obelisks
  • Pair Modern Blue and White Marble Obelisks
  • Pair Modern Blue and White Marble Obelisks
H 12.5 in. W 2.75 in. D 2.75 in.
Pair of Large Mirrored Glass Obelisks
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A stunning pair of Venetian-style mirror-glass obelisks on faux marbeled wooden base. Glass has simple flower decorations etched in Murano style on each foliated glass pane. D...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Obelisks

Materials

Mirror

  • Pair of Large Mirrored Glass Obelisks
  • Pair of Large Mirrored Glass Obelisks
  • Pair of Large Mirrored Glass Obelisks
  • Pair of Large Mirrored Glass Obelisks
H 78 in. W 18.25 in. D 18.25 in.
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Located in New York, NY
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Obelisks

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Onyx, Marble

  • Tall Modern Blue and White Onyx Obelisk
  • Tall Modern Blue and White Onyx Obelisk
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  • Tall Modern Blue and White Onyx Obelisk
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Located in New York, NY
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Obelisks

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  • Modern Black and White Marble Obelisk, 1970s
  • Modern Black and White Marble Obelisk, 1970s
  • Modern Black and White Marble Obelisk, 1970s
  • Modern Black and White Marble Obelisk, 1970s
H 8.25 in. W 3.25 in. D 3.25 in.
A Pair of Faux Malachite Enameled Obelisk with Brass Fittings
Located in Dallas, TX
A Pair of Faux Malachite Enameled Obelisk with Brass Fittings
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Obelisk
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful ceramic obelisk in a 'stone' hue/color measuring 11.5 inches high, from Fritz & Floyd. Excellent condition. Measurements: 2.63 inches square x 11.5 in. H.  
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Late 20th Century Japanese Modern Obelisks

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Ceramic

  • Obelisk
  • Obelisk
  • Obelisk
  • Obelisk
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Located in San Leandro, CA
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  • Set of Three Lucite Obelisks
  • Set of Three Lucite Obelisks
  • Set of Three Lucite Obelisks
  • Set of Three Lucite Obelisks
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Located in San Francisco, CA
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern Obelisks

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Located in New York, NY
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1970s American Vintage Modern Obelisks

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Crystal

  • Modern Crystal Obelisk
  • Modern Crystal Obelisk
  • Modern Crystal Obelisk
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Color Theory. Explore the trippy optical majesty of Lucite. Our pared down obelisks are crafted from two tones of Lucite that visually meld to look different from every angle. Fab on...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Obelisks

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Acrylic

  • Medium Neo Geo Lucite Obelisk
  • Medium Neo Geo Lucite Obelisk
  • Medium Neo Geo Lucite Obelisk
  • Medium Neo Geo Lucite Obelisk
H 13.5 in. W 5 in. L 13.5 in.
Vintage Silver Metal Round Finial
Located in Wichita, KS
This vintage large silver metal finial is in great shape and adds shine to any decor.
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20th Century American Modern Obelisks

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Metal