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Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Stunning 1960s Cloud Form Mirrored Screen in the Style of Guy de Rougemont
By Guy de Rougemont
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Stunning folding 1960s 'Cumulus' cloud form mirrorred screen in the style of French artist Guy De Rougement who produced several highly sought after and valuable pieces of design art...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Richard Harvey Sculpta-Grille Model C-20 Freestanding Room Divider, 1959
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This freestanding model C-20 Sculpta-Grille room divider by Richard Harvey for Harvey Design Workshop, Inc was conceptualized and designed in the 1950s and finally released to the pu...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Copper Globe Cigarette Holder c1960
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original Mid-Century Modern copper cigarette holder. The lid slides open on the globe's axis to reveal a metal interior designed to hold cigarettes. This piece has...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Metal, Copper

Pair of Vintage Brass Rams Head Bookends
Located in San Diego, CA
A pair of vintage brass rams head bookends circa 1970s. The bookends are in very good condition and measure 9"W x 4"D x 7"H. The are substantial in weight and have a great patina and...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Pair of Vintage Brass and Green Marble Small Bookends
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Pair of Vintage brass and green marble small bookends. Sailing boats mounted on marble. Size: 4.5"W x 4"D x 6"H.
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1970s Taiwanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Marble, Brass

Colorful Italian Room Divider in Plexiglass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Room divider, plexiglass, beech, Italy, 1970s Fun and funky looking room divider in beech and colored plexiglass. This sturdy but very playful item would add a lively ambiance to...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Plexiglass, Beech

Don S. Shoemaker Sculpted Rosewood Bookends for Señal Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Don S. Shoemaker sculpted rosewood bookends for Señal Furniture.
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Rosewood, Cocobolo

Vintage Silver Jack Bookend Modern Pop Art George Nelson 1960s Design Line CA
Located in National City, CA
Bookend Vintage single silver Jack bookend accessory Modern Pop Art Style George Nelson 1960s No label, attributed to George Nelson Design Line California Measures: 4.5 tall x 5 ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Metal

Carl Auböck Model #3653 Brass Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3653 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Produced by Carl...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3652 Brass Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3652 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Produced by Car...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Italian Leather Hatbox with Steel Inserts and Period Stickers, 1930s
Located in Milano, IT
Elegant and well finished Italian leather hatbox from circa 1930. The hatbox is in very good condition. On the sides we can see some stickers of the time where you can see the travel...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Danish Bookends 1960s Set of 2
Located in Asaa, DK
Mid-Century Modern Danish book ends 1960s set of 2. Pair of solid hardwood book holders with metal feet. Stamped with golden Wejra logo. Cleaned and polished. Ready to support.   
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Hardwood

Fontana Arte Bookends C1960
Located in London, GB
Beautiful pair of 1960s Fontana Arte bookends.  
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Noymer Marble Mushroom Bookends, 1960s
Located in View Park, CA
A pair of Mid-Century Modern vintage Italian marble alabaster mushroom bookends by Noymer. Hand-carved in Italy, circa early 1960s. Please note the sticker still intact on base of bo...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Alabaster

Carl Auböck Model #3848 Brass Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3848 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass. Price is for the pair. One ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Sculptural Chrome Jack / Jax Bookend / Paperweight in the Style of Bill Curry
Located in San Diego, CA
Solid chrome sculptural chrome jack / jax bookend, door stop or paperweight the style of Bill Curry for Design Line, circa 1970s. The piece is in good vintage condition and measures ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Chrome

Carl Auböck Model #1928 'Hands' Brass Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #1928 'Hands' brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated brass. Price is for the p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Italian Carved Walnut Wood and Leather Foldable 3-Step Library Ladder
Located in Carimate, Como
Beautiful Italian carved walnut wood foldable step ladder with three stairs with great twisted turned legs. Each step is upholstered with the original red leather decorated with gold...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Wood, Leather

1 of 2 Mid-Century Modern Tall Solid Bamboo Wood Room Divider, Screen, Partition
Located in Miami, FL
One of two Mid-Century Modern tall three wall-panel solid bamboo wood room divider, screen or partition in brown finish. Boho chic very well crafted with wicker cross bindings and b...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Metal

Bookends by Carl Auböck III
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare pair of bookends by Carl Auböck III. Nickel plated steel. 1970s.  
Category

1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Steel

Bill Curry Nut Bookends, Nickel Chrome, Cast Iron, Signed Design Line
Located in New York, NY
Bill Curry nut bookends, nickel chrome cast iron, signed, Design Line. Strong heavy 8 sided nut form bookends with real threads in nickeled chrome over iron. The polished nickel fron...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Iron

Pair of Patinated Brass Obelisks on Sphere Feet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wonderfully simple and elegant pair of Obelisks. Patinated Brass with spherical feet. The pair would be a nice compliment to any shelf, console table and books, or desk. A lovely a...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Vintage Large Handmade Iron Jack by Bill Curry
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large vintage handmade cast iron Jack, Jax, designed by Bill Curry of Design Line, 1967. This bookend is made of cast iron and is in original condition. Great addition to any decor...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Iron

Louis Vuitton, Ave Marceau, 78bis, Paris, 1950's Suitcase
Located in Montreal, QC
Rigid suitcase in monogram canvas, lozinated edges, corners and closure in brass. Bought from Saks Fifth Ave New-York.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Leather

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #4575-1
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
Category

2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #3530-3
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Pair of Ship Lantern Bookends
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 20th-century brass and green and red glass bookends fashioned from ship lanterns (priced as pair).
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #3653
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
Category

2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #3530-2
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
Category

2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Bill Curry Lg. Brass Jacks Sculptures / Bookends / Paperweight for Design Line
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of large scaled cast solid brass Jacks typical for what children used back in the day. A nice accessory for home or office as bookends, paperweights or as sculpture designed b...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3651 Brass Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3651 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price is per pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Josué Folding Screen in Rosewood and Leather by Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
We work with artisans who masterfully restore typical pieces from each period of our history, valuing their different preservation techniques. Teamwork has built this pioneering comp...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Rosewood

Carl Auböck Bookends #3653
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in a patina and polish brass mix.  
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Bookends #4100 in a Patina and Polish Brass Mix
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in a patina and polish brass mix.
Category

1940s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Richard Harvey Sculpta-Grille Model C-20 Freestanding Room Divider, 1959
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This freestanding model C-20 Sculpta-Grille room divider by Richard Harvey for Harvey Design Workshop, Inc was conceptualized and designed in the 1950s and finally released to the pu...
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Metal

Pair of Golf Ball Bookends Lucite and Chrome Vintage German
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Super cool and nice design sculptural golf ball bookends. Nice golfball atop a nickel base. Nice addition to every room. Chrome with patina and one of the lucite stands with scratche...
Category

1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Vintage Hand-Painted Room Divider
Located in Brooklyn, NY
With a hand-painted flower design and rich colors, this vintage room divider is a great way to add a unique personal touch to any room. Please confirm item location with seller (NY/NJ).
Category

Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Paint

Silas Seandel Sculptural Screens or Room Dividers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of unique sculptural screens or room dividers, hand made by Silas Seandel, American, circa 1960s. They retain their warm original patina. These came from a Long Island, NY home ...
Category

1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Metal

Don Shoemaker for Señal Bookends in Solid Cocobolo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of solid wood bookends by Mexican-American designer Don Shoemaker for his company, Señal. Rendered in highly figured cocobolo wood, a species of local tropical wood similar to...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Cocobolo

Dino Gavina for Studio Simon, Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup Can Stool, Italy, 1971
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Dino Gavina for Studio Simon, Homage to Andy Warhol: Campbell’s soup can stool, Italy, 1971. Rare stool designed by Dino Gavina as a tribute to Andy Warhol in 1971 and produced b...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Metal

Fratelli Mannelli Travertine Bookends
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Fratelli Mannelli Travertine Bookends. Very nice Condition, partial labels still attached as seen in photos. Nice Scale and minimalist Design to these functional pieces of art!.
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Travertine

Pair of Midcentury Ben Seibel Sculptural Brass Bookends
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Sculptural brass Ben Seibel for Jenfred bookends, circa 1950s. A freeform, organic design in brass finish with applied patina that has deepened over time giving them an even more ric...
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Ben Seibel Jenfred Ware Copper Finish "Stirrup" Bookends
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of bookends was designed by Ben Seibel for Jenfred Ware in the 1950s (New York) and exported by Raymor. Sculptural "stirrup" form with a nicely aged, patinated copper finis...
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Metal, Copper

Brass Plated Horse Bookends, c.1950-1970
Located in San Francisco, CA
About An original pair of brass plated horse bookends with original felt. Both pieces have retained their original brass finish and are in good condition. Creator: Unknown. Da...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Impressive Bamboo Four-Panel Screen, Vivai del Sud, circa 1970, Italy
Located in Brussels, BE
Spectacular and rare vintage decorative bamboo four-panel screen, Vivai del Sud, circa 1970, Italy. Dimensions: 210 cm H, 4 cm D, 220 cm W open, each panel: 55 cm wide. Piece in good...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Bamboo

Charlotte Perriand Modernist Luggage Rack, Tubular Steel, Les Arcs, France, 1950
Located in Labrit, Landes
Luggage rack made by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1968 for the ski resort Les Arcs. Support formed by wooden slats, resting on a chromed metal structure. Lot 2 Shipping: 64/51/41 ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Chrome

Waste Bin in Patinated Leather and Brass. Made for Illums Bolighus, 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Waste bin in beautifully patinated leather and brass. Made for Illums Bolighus in the 1950s. Great original condition. Made in Denmark.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Walnut Folding Bookcase or Room Divider by Evans Clark for Glenn of California
Located in Palm Springs, CA
1950’s Walnut folding bookcase or room divider, designed by Evans Clark for Glenn of California. Constructed of walnut vernier and black lacquered sliding panels. It can be used op...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Walnut

Carl Auböck Model #3530 'Flatiron' Patinated Brass and Cane Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3530 'Flatiron' patinated brass and cane bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated brass a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3847 Brass Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #3847 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished and patinated brass. Price is for ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Brass Marble Bird Bookends or Paperweight, France
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass and red marble bird bookends, France, circa 1940 Good condition.
Category

1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Marble, Brass

Eames for Herman Miller Privacy Screen FSW-6 in Golden Ash
Located in Seattle, WA
A second gen vintage Eames FSW-6 Privacy Screen in Golden Ash, excellent graining showing throughout. This version is no longer being produced. Designed and released to the market...
Category

1990s North American Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Ash, Rosewood, Plywood

Carl Auböck Model #4637 Brass Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #4637 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price is for th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Globe on Smoked Lucite Stand
By National Geographic
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 Home Accents

Materials

Lucite

Ceramic Free Form Bookends
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Ceramic free form blue bookends. Weighted bookends with a bluish glaze. Looks like a molten dropped liquid!
Category

1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Ceramic

Brass Doberman Bookends with Marble Base
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of patinated guard dogs for your books. Marble base steadies the books, so dogs appear to be jumping, rather than pressing against the books. A compliment to any bookshelf.  
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Marble, Brass

Carl Auböck Bookends # 3652
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in polished brass.
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3530 'Flatiron' Brass and Cane Bookends
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3530 'Flatiron' brass and cane bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass and handwove...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Home Accents

Materials

Brass

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