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Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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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Style:Mid-Century Modern
Mid-Century Modern Translucent Lucite Magazine Stand by Dorothy Thorpe
Located in New York, NY
This stunning magazine stand was realized by the illustrious Dorothy Thorpe in the United States circa 1970. It features concentric amorphic forms realized in translucent Lucite with...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Lucite

Bamboo & Rattan French Riviera Coffee Table with Magazine Rack, Italy 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
Mid-Century Modern coffee table or stool with magazine rack, perfect in any entry hallway as well as next to a sofa or in any bathroom. Beauty of the woven materials is timeless and ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Rattan, Bamboo, Wicker, Cane

Black Stained Bentwood Magazine Stand or Rack Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This fabulous and very uncommon Mid-Century Modern bentwood magazine stand or rack is from the 1950s. It is stained black from how it was acquired. The cutout holes are so very moder...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Bentwood

Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff Solid Walnut Magazine Rack
Located in San Diego, CA
Solid walnut magazine rack, designed by Arthur Umanoff circa 1960s California design, nice condition. Freshly refinished.  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Walnut

Midcentury French Riviera Bamboo and Rattan Italian Magazine Rack, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
Mid-Century Modern French Riviera magazine rack in bamboo structure and curved rattan detailing produced in Italy in the 1960s.  
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Bamboo, Cane, Rattan

Mid-Century Modern Black Metal Side Table, Magazine Rack with Glass Top
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Black metal side table with glass top, Mid-Century Modern. This is a fun and functional table and magazine rack. The solid metal table has the glass top with second tier that holds ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Bamboo Magazine Holder French Rivera, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Mid-Century Modern bamboo magazine holder, circa 1960 Traditionally manufactured in France. By unknown designer. In original condition with minor wear consistent of age and use,...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Bamboo, Rattan

Oak Mid-Century Modern Magazine Holder
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oak Mid-Century Modern magazine rack. Sold and sturdy with great patina and elegant lines. Handsome wood grain and even color. Cleaned and oiled.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Oak

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Faux Bois Brass Magazine Rack
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Vintage two section faux bois brass magazine rack.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Magazine Rack in Solid Beechwood
Located in Wien, AT
Magazine rack in solid beechwood Cees Braakman for Pastoe, Netherlands, 1950s. Original condition.
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Wood, Beech

News Paper Stand Magazine Rack Mid-Century Modern, Vienna, circa 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Beautiful magazine rack from mid-1950s made in Austria. This design is often attributed to Mathieu Matégot. The rack is in a very good constructional condition. The white color has g...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass, Metal

Midcentury Iron and Cane Magazine Rack
Located in San Diego, CA
Iron and rattan folding magazine holder. Vintage hunter green paint, 1950s.
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1950s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Iron

Midcentury Bamboo, Rattan and Leather Magazine Rack, 1970s in the Style of Adnet
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury bamboo, rattan and leather magazine rack. This unique piece was produced during 1970s in the style of Jacques Adnet. A luxury accessory for any modern environme...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Leather, Bamboo, Rattan

Mathieu Matégot Black Metal Two-Tier Magazine Rack
Located in Stamford, CT
A French Matégot metal magazine rack which is both modern and whimsical from the 1950, perforated metal, metal, and brass.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Aqua Green Magazine Rack with Brass Detail, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern aqua green magazine rack with brass detail, 1980s Aqua green magazine rack with flat surface in teal painted metal in original color, with irregular shape...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Marble, Metal, Brass

Mathieu Matégot White Magazine Holder, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Magazine holder, designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot (France), circa 1950. Folded, perforated metal. In good condition, with minor wear consistent with...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Metal

Piero Fornasetti Magazine Rack
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
Piero Fornasetti magazine rack with wooden frame and Hand colored silk-screened decoration. Fornasetti label to the base. Atelier Fornasetti, Italy, circa 1950.    
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass, Steel

Guillerme et Chambron Magazine Rack with Ceramic Ashtray
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Guillerme et Chambron magazine rack with Boleslaw Danikowski ceramic ashtray, circa 1950.
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Ceramic, Oak

Fontana Arte Brass and Smoked Glass Magazine Rack Stand, 1960s, Italy
Located in Rome, IT
A chic magazine holder comprising a curved smoked glass shelf held within a brass frame with an integral handle. By Fontana Arte, Italy, circa 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Solid Oak Tall Free Standing Wine Rack 9 Bottle Capacity
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and unique free standing solid oak handcrafted wine rack circa 1970s, we belive it was designed by Lou Hodges California design.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Oak

Brass Magazine Holder, Germany, 1950s
Located in Den Haag, NL
Very nice magazine holder. Brass frame, comes with wooden handgrip. and a faux leather Dark green basket. Good condition. Germany 1950s.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Italian Burled Wood Magazine Stand
Located in Austin, TX
Magazine stand made of burled walnut and gilt brass in the manner of Willy Rizzo. This piece is in the shape of a hand bag with two brass handles.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Walnut

1950´S Folding Magazine Rack, Stained Wood and Brass, Italy
Located in Girona, ES
Folding magazine rack, dark stained and varnished wood. Design: Cesare Lacca Italy c. 1950.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Mathieu Matégot Java Magazine Holder 1950s
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
Portes-revues "Java" - Magazine holder by Mathieu Matégot folded steel Original white paint, Edition Les Ateliers Matégot circa 1955 Ex-collection Pierre Bergé Like a coutur...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Steel

Franco Campo and Carlo Graffi Magazine Basket Italy 1950
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Beautiful shaped magazine basket designed by Franco Campo and Carlo Graffi, Italy 1950. The basket has a solid steel structure which is black painted. And its beautifully woven with ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Metal

Mid-Century Slat Bench, Plant Stand, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
Beautiful vintage slat banch, that was used as a plant stand. Cleaned and treated with a special oil.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Wood

Midcentury Magazine Stand
Located in London, GB
A white enameled 'rigitule' perforated iron magazine holder, in the manner of Mathieu Matégot France, circa 1955.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Iron

Midcentury Wood and Glass Italian Magazine Rack with Brass Feet, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Handmade and wood magazine rack with brass feet, beautifully made in Italy of the 1950s. It consists of two sheets of glass in order to find your favourite magazines or books wit...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Jacques Adnet Green Leather Iron Magazines Rack, 1940s
Located in London, GB
Jacques Adnet green leather and iron magazines rack.  
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Magazine Rack Teak Chrome, 60's
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Sleek magazine rack made of teak (veneer) and chrome-plated metal from the 1960s. The chrome has some small spots, the teak veneer is in a very nice condition considering its age.
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Chrome

Italian Gio Ponti Inspired Brass and Walnut Magazine Holder
Located in Houston, TX
Unusual Italian midcentury Gio Ponti inspired bronze and walnut geometric magazine rack or stand. This fabulous quality Italian magazine rack has an interesting geometric cutout desi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Mathieu Mategot Style Perforated Magazine Rack
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Red Enameled Mategot style Perforated magazine rack with wire frame and little red ball feet. In original condition with visible wear and patina consistent with its age and use.
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Metal, Wire

Midcentury French Riviera Bamboo and Rattan Italian Magazine Rack, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Midcentury French Riviera bamboo and rattan magazine rack. This item was produced in Italy during the 1960s. An astonishing piece that will enrich a midcentury-style living roo...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Bamboo, Rattan

Sculptural X Table by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural X Table, designed by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, circa 1950s. This table is currently being refinished and can be completed in your choice of color. Th...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Wood, Walnut

Newspaper Stand Vienna, 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Newspaper stand Vienna, 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass, Metal

French Bamboo Magazine Stand
Located in Austin, TX
Magazine stand from France made of bamboo.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Bamboo

Italian Brass and Smoked Glass Magazine Holder by Maison Baguès
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A glamorous 1960s Italian brass and smoked glass magazine holder by Maison Baguès. The label by Maison Baguès is underneath (see detail photos) Dimensions: 22" high, 10.5" deep, 19...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Side Table Design by Tjerk Reijenga for Pilastro, 1950s
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Dutch design of the 1950s, work for Pilastro by Tjerk Reijenga (designer and Dutch avant-garde architect since he only wants renewable materials for these creations! World famous, he...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Metal

Midcentury Italian Cast Brass and Smoked Glass Magazine Rack or Newspaper Stand
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Brass and dark smoked toned glass magazine / newspaper / book rack, holder or stand, often attributed to Maison Jansen and Maison Baguès but, we have seen enough examples with labels...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

John Keal / Brown Saltman Side, Magazine Table with Drawer
Located in Buffalo, NY
side/ end magazine table designed by John Keal for Brown Saltman. Stunning ribbon mahogany, Seldom seen version with drawer, Classic modernist design.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Glass, Mahogany

French Rope Magazine Rack Audoux Minet, circa 1960
Located in The Hills, TX
French rope magazine rack Audoux Minet, circa 1960. Measures: Height 15.3 inches, length 14.7" on 12.5 inches.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Rope

1950s Maison Baguès Midcentury French Design Bamboo Brass Magazine Rack
Located in Brescia, IT
Bamboo brass magazine rack Excellent condition.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Teak Wood Coffee Table Magazine Rack, Italy, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
Coffee table and magazine rack in teak made in Italy in the 1970s. The magazine rack part features interlocking wooden slats connected by a brass pin.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Wood, Teak

Mathieu Matégot Style Mid-Century Modern Yellow Pink Flower Stand, 1950s, France
Located in Vienna, AT
Mathieu Matégot style vintage Mid-Century Modern flower stand 1950s France, which shows pastel shades in pink and yellow and gold. The frame was made of brass-plated metal with two p...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Metal, Sheet Metal

Mid-Century Modern Solid Brass Magazine Rack
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very cute solid brass tube unusual design Mid-Century Modern magazine rack.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

Carl Auböck Model #4488 Cognac Leather and Brass Magazine Rack
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #4488 brown leather and brass table designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural magazine rack is executed in beautifully grained brown cowhide lea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Rare Interlace Collection Pair by Tony Paul for Woodlin-Hall in Brass and Walnut
Located in Berlin, DE
Great pair of Interlace pieces by Tony Paul for Woodlin-Hall in brass and walnut.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Mid-Century Walnut Magazine Rack by Arthur Umanoff
Located in Vallejo, CA
A mid-century walnut magazine rack designed by Arthur Umanoff for Washington Woodcraft. Elegantly designed with a spindle back frame and 2 ledges for holding magazines or books on ei...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Walnut

Selection of Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of Mid-Century Modern magazine racks, circa 1960s. They are: 1) Danish modern suede and chrome magazine rack, in the manner of Poul Kjaerholm, seen at the top left. It mea...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Metal

Verner Panton for Fritz Hansen "Bachelor" Magazine Rack in Canvas and Steel 1960
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Verner Panton magazine rack from the "Bachelor" series, designed circa 1955 and produced in Denmark by Fritz Hansen, circa 1950s-1970s. Made of canvas and chrome plated steel. This...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Steel, Chrome

Style of Raymond Loewy Mid-Century Modern Iron and Wood Magazine Rack
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Rare, modernist form in the style of Raymond Loewy to hold reading material. Iron base in the shape of grasshopper legs. Cerused Oak panels. Very cool piece. In original vintage con...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Birch Plywood and Chromed Steel Wire Magazine Rack
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
A very unusual design but beautiful magazine rack made of thin birch laminated plywood and chromed steel wire base Most likely produced in The Netherlands but we can't find any in...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Steel, Chrome

Modernist Black Metal and Brass Log Holder / Magazine Rack
Located in Chicago, IL
Modernist / mid century log holder with riveted brass edge trim, in the style of Donald Deskey, circa 1960s. Consider using as a magazine rack. Blackened steel and brass with splayed...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Metal, Brass, Steel

Italian Magazine Stand Table after Ponti, Di Carli, Cesare Lacca
Located in New York, NY
Stylish midcentury end table, magazine stand in the style of Carlo DiCarli, Cesare Lacca, and Gio Ponti. The stand has a solid wood frame, glass table surface, and brass rod dividers...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Cubic Violet Lucite and Brass Italian Magazine Rack in Rizzo Style, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Elegant magazine rack made in Lucite with top and bottom finishes in brass. The item was produced in Italy and has a classic and popular look from the 1970s. Its design clearly ec...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Brass

Italian "Servomuto" Valet Trouser Press by Fratelli Reguitti in Walnut
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Italian "Servomuto" valet trouser press by Fratelli Reguitti in walnut Measures cm: H 102, W 50, D 35.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Leather Magazine Rack by Jorge Zalszupin, Brazil, 1960s
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern leather magazine rack or stand by Jorge Zalszupin, Brazil 1960s. This magazine rack is a 1960s creation by the Brazilian designer Jorge Zalszupin. Consisting of...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Bamboo and Brass French Magazine Rack, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern bamboo and brass magazine rack. This wonderful item was made in France during the 1960s. A fantastic umbrella stand made of bamboo with a gilded brass s...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

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Metal, Brass