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Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

POSTMODERN STYLE

Postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of vintage postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects and decor for the home included loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions, vibrant colors and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

ORIGINS OF POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Emerges during the 1960s; popularity explodes during the ’80s
  • A reaction to prevailing conventions of modernism by mainly American architects
  • Architect Robert Venturi critiques modern architecture in his Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966)
  • Theorist Charles Jencks, who championed architecture filled with allusions and cultural references, writes The Language of Post-Modern Architecture (1977)
  • Italian design collective the Memphis Group, also known as Memphis Milano, meets for the first time (1980) 
  • Memphis collective debuts more than 50 objects and furnishings at Salone del Milano (1981)
  • Interest in style declines, minimalism gains steam

CHARACTERISTICS OF POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Dizzying graphic patterns and an emphasis on loud, off-the-wall colors
  • Use of plastic and laminates, glass, metal and marble; lacquered and painted wood 
  • Unconventional proportions and abundant ornamentation
  • Playful nods to Art Deco and Pop art

POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

VINTAGE POSTMODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. Decades later, the fact that postmodernism still has the power to provoke thoughts, along with other reactions, proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodern design began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. Later, in Milan, a cohort of creators led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendinia onetime mentor to Sottsass and a key figure in the Italian Radical movement — brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass, an industrial designer, philosopher and provocateur, gathered a core group of young designers into a collective in 1980 they called Memphis. Members of the Memphis Group,  which would come to include Martine Bedin, Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata, Michele de Lucchi and Matteo Thun, saw design as a means of communication, and they wanted it to shout. That it did: The first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 in Milan and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power-cord leash. Even though it preceded the Memphis Group’s formal launch, Sottsass’s iconic Ultrafragola mirror — in its conspicuously curved plastic shell with radical pops of pink neon — proves striking in any space and embodies many of the collective’s postmodern ideals. 

After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, the postmodern movement within furniture and interior design quickly took off in America. (Memphis fell out of fashion when the Reagan era gave way to cool 1990’s minimalism.) The architect Robert Venturi had by then already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc., with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the vintage postmodern furniture collection includes chairs, coffee tables, sofas, decorative objects, table lamps and more.

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Style: Post-Modern
Post Modern L'albero Dei Cappelli Coat Rack by Ugo Nespolo for Origlia Pragma
Located in Philadelphia, PA
"L'albero dei cappelli" the "hat tree" is a sculpture more than a simple home object, in fact since the early seventies Ugo Nespolo has been working with the concept of "bringing art...
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Late 20th Century European Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

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Iron

Brass Seven Coat Rack by OxDenmarq
Located in Geneve, CH
Brass seven coat rack by OxDenmarq Dimensions: D 19 x W 18 x H 25.5 cm Materials: Brass OX DENMARQ is a Danish design brand aspiring to make beautiful handmade furniture, access...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Contemporary Coat Rack Small in Black by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular Tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced ha...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Cement, Aluminum

Brass Seven Coat Rack by OxDenmarq
Located in Geneve, CH
Brass Seven Coat Rack by OxDenmarq Dimensions: D 19 x W 18 x H 25.5 cm Materials: Brass OX DENMARQ is a Danish design brand aspiring to make beautiful handmade furniture, access...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Gren Coat Stand by OxDenmarq
Located in Geneve, CH
Gren coat stand by OxDenmarq Dimensions: H 172 cm Materials: Steel, leather, teak wood OX DENMARQ is a Danish design brand aspiring to make beautiful handmade furniture, accesso...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

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Steel

Brass Brick Coat Rack by OxDenmarq
Located in Geneve, CH
Brass Brick Coat Rack by OxDenmarq Dimensions: D 8 x W 49.5 x H 13 cm Materials: Brass OX DENMARQ is a Danish design brand aspiring to make beautiful handmade furniture, accesso...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Contemporary Sine Wave Hanging Coat Rack Medium in Raw Aluminum by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine Hanging Clothes Rack Elevate your wardrobe organization with the Sine Hanging Clothes Rack, a perfect blend of functionality and modern design. Crafted from raw brushed aluminu...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Aluminum

Barbera 'Lovelock' Cast Solid Bronze Coat Stand Hat Stand, in Stock to Ship
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
The 'Lovelock' coat stand is a stunning piece of art that combines elegance and utility. It was created by Daniel Barbera, a renowned designer who specializes in sandcasting techniqu...
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2010s Australian Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Metal, Bronze

Contemporary Coat Rack Small in White by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular Tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced ha...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Cement, Aluminum

Contemporary Coat Rack Small in Pink by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular Tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced ...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Cement, Aluminum

Contemporary Large Coat Rack in Black by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular Tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced ha...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Cement, Aluminum

Contemporary Sine Wave Coat Rack Medium in Black by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced hanging points to give the ...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Cement, Aluminum

Contemporary Coat/Clothes Rack Small in Blue by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular Tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced ha...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Cement, Aluminum

Barbera 'Lovelock' Cast Solid Bronze Coat Stand Hat Stand
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Designed by Daniel Barbera, the 'Lovelock' is made from a sandcast solid bronze base that is hand finished to a smooth mirror polish, with the option of a satin or blackened bronze. ...
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2010s Australian Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Metal, Bronze

Contemporary Coat Rack Medium in Pink/peach by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced ha...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Cement, Aluminum

Contemporary Coat Rack in Brown by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular Tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced ...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Cement, Aluminum

Contemporary Sine Wave Large Coat Rack in Pink by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular Tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced ha...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Cement, Aluminum

Contemporary Sine Wave Hanging Coat Rack Medium in Blue by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced ...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Aluminum

Salvino Marsura Functional Sculpture 'Praying Mantis'
Located in Antwerp, BE
Man-size work of art that is also a striking functional object. The piece was handmade of steel finished with powder pigments. Salvino Marsura is an Italian artist born in Trevis...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Steel

37″ Zerodisegno Wall Mounted Coat Rack
Located in Pasadena, TX
Zerodisegno Zerodisegno was formed in the 1980s in Italy by Carlo Poggio. The company produces unique and limited edition pieces of design and furniture. Zerodisegno uses a collabora...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Chrome

Track Coat Rack 60 by Applicata
Located in Geneve, CH
Track Coat Rack 60 by Applicata Dimensions: D 5 x W 60 x H 3.7 cm Materials: Oak. Available in 60 or 90 cm. Track is designed by Anders Nørgaard, with a fascination for the simple ...
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2010s Swedish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

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Oak

Track Coat Rack 90 by Applicata
Located in Geneve, CH
Track Coat Rack 90 by Applicata Dimensions: D 5 x W 90 x H 3.7 cm Materials: Oak. Available in 60 or 90 cm. Track is designed by Anders Nørgaard, with a fascination for the simple ...
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2010s Swedish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

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Oak

Ikea Vintage Pop Frän Black Metal Coat Hanger Retro With Shelf 1980s Postmodern
By IKEA
Located in London, GB
A 1980s postmodern coat and hat hanger with very graphic black linear look making it almost a cartoon looking piece. It would be great for lots of hal...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Metal

Brass Seven Coat Rack by OxDenmarq
Located in Geneve, CH
Brass Seven Coat Rack by OxDenmarq Dimensions: D 19 x W 18 x H 25.5 cm Materials: Brass OX DENMARQ is a Danish design brand aspiring to make beautiful handmade furniture, accessorie...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Postmodern Black Varnished Metal and Plastic Valet Stand, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Italy, 1980s. It features a black varnished metal, plastic and rubber frame. It is definitely in the 80s style. This valet stand is a vintage piece, therefore it might show...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Metal

vintage coat hat rack stand post modern mid century metal and wood
Located in Boise, ID
very cool artistic 1980s hat / coat rack post modern or mid century modern design great vintage condition wear from age and use
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1980s Vintage Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

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Metal

Set of 2 Towel Hooks by Henry Wilson
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Towel Hooks by Henry Wilson Dimensions: W 2 x D 5 x H 9 cm Materials: Brass, Aluminium The Towel Hook is sand cast and hand finished. They are man...
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2010s Australian Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Set of 2 Aluminum Towel Hooks by Henry Wilson
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Aluminum Towel Hooks by Henry Wilson Dimensions: W 2 x D 5 x H 9 cm Materials: Aluminum The Towel Hook is sand cast and hand finished. They are manufactured in small batche...
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2010s Australian Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Aluminum

Trasiego Coat Rack by Sebastián Ángeles
Located in Geneve, CH
Trasiego coat rack by Arturo Verástegui Dimensions: D 30 x W 30 x H 110 cm Materials: oak wood. Natural White oak coat rack. Sebastián Angeles is an Industrial Designer origi...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Oak

Trasiego Coat Rack II by Sebastián Ángeles
Located in Geneve, CH
Trasiego coat rack II by Arturo Verástegui Dimensions: D 60 x W 27 x H 148 cm Materials: oak wood. Coat rack made of burnt and tainted oak wood. Sebastián Angeles is an Indus...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Oak

Trasiego Coat Rack by Sebastián Ángeles
Located in Geneve, CH
Trasiego coat rack by Arturo Verástegui Dimensions: D 30 x W 30 x H 110 cm Materials: oak wood. Natural White oak coat rack. Sebastián Angeles is an Industrial Designer origi...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Oak

Ralph Hanger by Domkapa
Located in Geneve, CH
Ralph hanger by Domkapa Dimensions: W 37.5 x D 34 x H 150 cm. Materials: Black texturized steel, natural leather (Albany Terra). Also available in different materials. Distinguished by its three tall vertical tubes, Ralph is a minimalistic hanger with an industrial touch. These three tall tubes are connected by a T-shape metallic pipe on the top and bottom of the piece for incredible stability. The spotlight of this stunning design is the vintage style tray...
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2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Steel

Contemporary Sine Wave Coat Rack Medium in Blue by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced hanging points to give the ...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Cement, Aluminum

New Gotica Personality Rack by Alina Rotzinger
Located in Geneve, CH
New Gotica Personality Rack by Alina Rotzinger Materials: Tropical wood and heat painted bronze bar. Dimensions: H 180 x W 140 x D 40 cm. Composed by Alina Rotzinger as design d...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Bronze

Lonna Coat Rack, Small by Made By Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Lonna coat rack, small by Made By Choice Dimensions: 20 x 170 cm Materials: Oak Also available: Custom color, medium & large Lonna furniture series was originally introduced ...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Ash

Lonna Coat Rack, Medium by Made by Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Lonna coat rack, medium by Made by Choice Dimensions: 75 x 41 x 170 cm Materials: Oak Also Available: Custom Color, Small & Large Lonna furniture series was originally introd...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Oak

Lonna Coat Rack, Large by Made by Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Lonna coat rack, large by Made By Choice Dimensions: 100 x 39 x 170 cm ( rack length 85 cm, shoe shelf) Materials: oak Also available: custom color, small & medium. Lonna fur...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Oak

Obelisk 01 Clothing Stand by Sing Chan
Located in Geneve, CH
Obelisk 01 clothing stand by Sing Chan Dimensions: D 36 x H 190 cm Materials: Stainless steel, electroplating. Greek civilization and art were greatly influenced by ancient Egyptia...
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2010s Chinese Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Stainless Steel

Italian Modern Natural and Green Wood Coat Stand with Umbrella Container, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian post modern natural and green wood coat stand with umbrella container, 1980s. Coat stand with umbrella stand with self-supporting structure, with double umbrella container on both sides. Entirely in solid wood with a natural finish, equipped with three arms of different lengths, with containers in the lower part with aluminum trays inside...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Wood

Clothes Airer by MOB
Located in Geneve, CH
Clothes Airer by MOB Limited editions of 5 + 1 prototype Designer: Martines-Barat Lafore Architectes (France) Dimensions: H 98 x W 120 cm Material: ...
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2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Steel

Set of 2 Oak Hoop Racks by Jeanette Holdgaard
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 oak hoop rack by Jeanette Holdgaard Materials: Oak, metal. Dimensions: D 5.5 x W 60 x H 11.5 cm Available in oak and black oak. Jeanette Holdgaard is a talented Danish...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Metal

Contemporary Oil Rubbed Bronze Standing Coat Rack
Located in New York, NY
American mid-century Brutalist (1974) 'Tortured' ribbon steel coffee table with a rectangular clear glass table top. (signed, SILAS SEANDEL, '74)
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20th Century American Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Bronze, Metal

Flower Rack by Jean-Baptiste Van den Heede
Located in Geneve, CH
Flower Rack by Jean-Baptiste Van den Heede Dimensions: W 69 x D 9 x H 12 cm Materials: Cherry, Maple, Aluminum. Also available: Other sizes can be made ...
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2010s Spanish Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Aluminum

Grey Plastic and White Metal 4788 Clothes-Stand by Ferrieri for Kartell, 1980s
Located in Varese, Lombardia
This coat-stand is made up by 3 main parts: a dark grey plastic base, one plastic ballast to be filled with sand or water and one white metal grid. Some plastic hooks...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Hat Racks and Stands

Materials

Metal

Post-modern hat racks and stands for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Post-Modern hat racks and stands for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage hat racks and stands created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include more furniture and collectibles, decorative objects and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, aluminum and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Post-Modern hat racks and stands made in a specific country, there are Europe, Finland, and Italy pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original hat racks and stands, popular names associated with this style include Erik Olovsson and Kyuhyung Cho, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Daniel Barbera, and Erik Olovsson . It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for hat racks and stands differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $183 and tops out at $7,922 while the average work can sell for $863.

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