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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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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.

Contemporary Abstract Black and White Sculptural Hall Tree Valet with Base Plate
Contemporary Abstract Black and White Sculptura...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Coat Racks and Stands
Steel
The contemporary hall tree and valet is essentials like jackets, scarves, and hats can be hung on the branches of the tree and the large base allows for a sleek space for items like ...
Sense of Sky 5-in-1 Acrylic and Wood Crib
Sense of Sky 5-in-1 Acrylic and Wood Crib
MISK Nursery
2010s Emirian Modern Children's Furniture
Acrylic, Wood
Flying in a cloud, dreaming of air and purity and fun flying on the wings of a majestic myth, a unicorn of pink mirror acrylic and clear skies ahead forecast good times in store for ...
You and Me Ping-Pong Table 180 in Black by RS Barcelona
You and Me Ping-Pong Table 180 in Black by RS B...
RS Barcelona
21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Games
Wood
It’s a ping-pong table. Small sized for enthusiasts with less space, with a surface, a design, and a structure that gives it full playability. But, it's also a large desk, Craft tabl...
Oxide, Handmade Nightstand or Contemporary Side Table - Blackened Steel and Wood
Oxide, Handmade Nightstand or Contemporary Side...
Laylo Studio
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Cabinets
Metal
Handmade in Chicago by Laylo Studio, this customizable nightstand or end table features a blackened steel case with soft close drawer runners and a solid wood interior, drawer front ...
"Lithe" Lucite & Brass Baby Crib by Amparo Calderon Tapia, Limited Edition of 12
"Lithe" Lucite & Brass Baby Crib by Amparo Cald...
Amparo Calderon Tapia
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Children's Furniture
Brass, Lucite
Stunning and beautiful baby crib designed and manufactured in Los Angeles California in 2016 by Amparo Calderon Tapia as part of the "Lithe" Line. The crib is made out of solid bras...
Brueton Chrome, Leather and Glass King Headboard in the Style of Baughman
Brueton Chrome, Leather and Glass King Headboar...
J. Wade Beam
Late 20th Century American Modern Beds and Bed Frames
A chrome king-size headboard with Barcelona styled black leather strap head rest and two attached floating glass framed nightstands. A very clean modern and elegant design for the be...
"Hasen" Baby Crib in Lucite & Brass by Cain for Cain Modern, Limited Edition
"Hasen" Baby Crib in Lucite & Brass by Cain for...
Cain Modern, Cain Limited
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Children's Furniture
Brass, Lucite
Beautiful and modern baby crib designed by Cain for Cain Modern and manufactured in Los Angeles in 2016. The crib is made out of solid brass and Lucite, the Lucite posts are 2 1/2" ...
Contemporary Bedside Table from "Black Pearl" Collection
Contemporary Bedside Table from "Black Pearl" C...
21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Night Stands
Metal
The bedside table is part of the "Black pearl" collection. It is handcrafted in special black mother-of-pearl resin and brass metal finishes in a collaboration with "Anka Metal Coati...
Piet Hein Eek Vintage Italian Silk Quilt Blanket
Piet Hein Eek Vintage Italian Silk Quilt Blanket
Piet Hein Eek
21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Pillows and Throws
Silk
This one of a kind silk quilted blanket is made from vintage silk fabrics repurposed from Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan, a former tie factory. Both Byborre and Piet Hein Eek share ...
Piet Hein Eek Vintage Italian Silk Quilt Blanket
Piet Hein Eek
21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Pillows and Throws
Silk
This one of a kind silk quilted blanket is made from vintage silk fabrics repurposed from Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan, a former tie factory. Both Byborre and Piet Hein Eek share ...
Snake Contemporary Sculptural Wood Bronze Patin...
Grain
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Screens and Room Dividers
Bronze, Ash
A large screen composed of solid wood posts with hand-cut hinges and bronze sheet. The form evokes prayer flags or a snaking river. The blue color of the bronze is achieved through a...
Amuneal’s Murphy Bed
Amuneal, Amuneal
2010s American Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Brass, Wood, Walnut
Designed to feel like a built-in piece of millwork Amuneal’s Murphy bed conceals a queen-sized mattress behind panels of silvered walnut with warm brass inlays. With the bed closed, ...
Ralph Lauren Leather and Gold-Plated Polo Watch...
Ralph Lauren
1990s American Modern Jewelry Boxes
Gold Plate, Leather
This great supple brown stitched eight leather box by Ralph Lauren has gold-plated hardware of the design of a polo match. It has a lock and two keys housed inside the leather pouch....
Inox Magazine Rack by Xavier Fell, France, 1970s
Xavier-Feal
Vintage 1970s French Modern Magazine Racks and Stands
Stainless Steel
Inox magazine stand featuring three horizontal compartments and a cut-out handle at the top.  
Single Mahogany Modern Nightstand by Tommi Parz...
Tommi Parzinger, Charak Modern
20th Century American Modern Night Stands
Mahogany
This drop down mahogany little cabinet or nightstand with solid brass hardware is a true charm. Designed by Tommi Parzinger for Charak in the 1950s.    
Polished Concrete and Welded Steel Night Stands...
Corinne Robbins
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Side Tables
Steel, Concrete
These "Stone Ridge" tables designed by Corinne Robbins are made with a block of polished gray concrete (15.5" square x 1.5" thick) and 1" welded steel angle painted linen white.  
Modern Matching Nightstands or Dressers Designe...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Modern Night Stands
Leather, Mahogany
These small white matching dressers or nightstands equipped with five drawers each are painted in a linen white and lacquered. The plinth is wrapped in leather and the rounded side e...
Magazine Side Table with Drawer in Mahogany by ...
John Keal, Brown Saltman
20th Century American Modern End Tables
Mahogany
This beautiful grained golden mahogany magazine side table is equipped with a glass shelf and a single drawer. It can be used as a nightstand or a side table.
Polished Concrete and Welded Steel Nightstands/...
Corinne Robbins
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Night Stands
Steel, Concrete
These "Stone Ridge" tables designed by Corinne Robbins are made of polished curry or gray concrete and painted black steel. Also available in gray concrete and linen white frames. Se...
Four-Panel Painted Screen after Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau
Vintage 1950s French Modern Screens and Room Dividers
Brass, Wood, Canvas
A striking surrealist hand-painted floor screen comprised of four canvas panels with profiles centering a "visage de faune" (faun's face), a frequent subject of Cocteau's art. The mo...
Omega Textured Gold Dress Watch
Omega
Vintage 1950s Swiss Modern Collectible Jewelry
An unusual Omega dress watch, 14-karat yellow gold, textured case. Very elegant with original box. Manual wind, case measuring approximate 27 x 30 MM.
Record Cabinet for Vinyl LPs by Atocha Design, ...
Atocha Design
2010s American Modern Cabinets
Brass, Hardwood
The Atocha Design Record cabinet is a handcrafted furniture piece that gives you quick access to your music collection—and elegant storage when it's not in use. The featured piece u...
Bill Curry Design Line Nut Bookends Steel Signe...
Bill Curry & Design Line
Vintage 1970s American Modern Bookends
Steel
Bill Curry design line nut bookends steel signed California, USA, 1970s. Two textures of finish to the metal. Polished nickel front and back contrasted with a smooth pebbled texture...
Milo Baughman Chrome and Glass Magazine Holder
Milo Baughman
20th Century American Modern Magazine Racks and Stands
Glass, Chrome
Modernist magazine holder composed of a chrome stand which holds two glass panels.
Nia Square Hand Embroidered Modern Geometric Th...
Leah Singh
2010s Indian Modern Pillows and Throws
Wool, Cotton
This pillow has been hand embroidered by artisans in Kashmir, India, using a traditional embroidery technique which is native to this region. The purchase of this handcrafted pill...
Nia Triangle Hand Embroidered Modern Geometric ...
Leah Singh
2010s Indian Modern Pillows and Throws
Wool, Cotton
This pillow has been hand embroidered by artisans in Kashmir, India, using a traditional embroidery technique which is native to this region. The purchase of this handcrafted pill...
Nia Rise Hand Embroidered Modern Geometric Thro...
Leah Singh
2010s Indian Modern Pillows and Throws
Wool, Cotton
This pillow has been hand embroidered by artisans in Kashmir, India, using a traditional embroidery technique which is native to this region. The purchase of this handcrafted pill...
Nia Semi Circle Hand Embroidered Modern Geometr...
Leah Singh
2010s Indian Modern Pillows and Throws
Wool, Cotton
This pillow has been hand embroidered by artisans in Kashmir, India, using a traditional embroidery technique which is native to this region. The purchase of this handcrafted pill...
Mary Forssberg Pair of Telephone Style Nightsta...
Mary Forssberg
2010s American Modern Night Stands
Linen, Lacquer
Pair of telephone style nightstands with one drawer under apron and lower shelf covered in two-tone lacquered linen. Drawer lined with moire fabric.
Contemporary Textile Bed, Pure Cashmere, Handma...
Chiara Mennini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Textile, Wood
"Cashmere Couture" is a contemporary textile bed. Handmade in Italy in pure cashmere and silk. Customizable. "Cashmere Couture" is our signature bed. A flame in the fire, heat and as...
Contemporary Leather Bed, Handmade in Italy, Cu...
Chiara Mennini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Leather, Wood
"Silk Flowers" is a contemporary leather bed. Handmade in Italy. Customizable. A hidden plot that reveals the elusive secrets of an oriental garden. An original embroidery, with a di...
Contemporary Leather Bed, Handmade in Italy, Cu...
Chiara Mennini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Leather, Wood
"Jungle Dreams" is a contemporary leather bed. handmade in Italy. Customizable. Large and small leaves interweave and make way, sprout and grow, repair and protect. The vegetation in...
Contemporary Textile Bed, Pure Cashmere, Handma...
Chiara Mennini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Textile
"Soft to the touch" is a contemporary textile bed. Handmade in Italy. Customizable. The rich and soft cushions are curled around the headboard and rest on a precious inlay in Canalet...
Contemporary Leather Bed, Handmade in Italy, Cu...
Chiara Mennini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Leather
"Beating of Wings" is a contemporary leather bed. Handmade in Italy. Customizable. The discreet embroidery of the leather headboard echoes the flowers of an imaginary garden. This is...
Seletti Set Duvet Cover Cotton Piece and Two Pi...
Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Bedroom Sets
Cotton, Satin
From its very first year in 1964, Seletti in Cicognara, Mantova, has followed its principle of professionality service and constant research to strive for betterness innovation and o...
Seletti Polyester Cushion by "Toiletpaper", Toad
Toiletpaper, Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Pillows and Throws
Polyester
Exceptional collection of tableware and objects born out of the collaboration between Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s magazine and the Italian design company Seletti. Black...
Seletti Set Duvet Cover Cotton Piece and Two Pi...
Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Bedroom Sets
Cotton, Satin
From its very first year in 1964, Seletti in Cicognara, Mantova, has followed its principle of professionality service and constant research to strive for betterness innovation and o...
Seletti Set Duvet Cover Cotton Piece and Two Pi...
Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Bedroom Sets
Cotton, Satin
From its very first year in 1964, Seletti in Cicognara, Mantova, has followed its principle of professionality service and constant research to strive for betterness innovation and o...
Seletti Polyester Cushion by 'Toiletpaper', Lip...
Toiletpaper, Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Pillows and Throws
Polyester
Exceptional collection of tableware and objects born out of the collaboration between Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s magazine and the Italian design company Seletti. Black...
Seletti Polyester Cushion by "Toiletpaper", Honey
Toiletpaper, Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Pillows and Throws
Polyester
Exceptional collection of tableware and objects born out of the collaboration between Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s magazine and the Italian design company Seletti. Black...
Seletti Polyester Cushion by "Toiletpaper", Globe
Toiletpaper, Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Pillows and Throws
Polyester
Exceptional collection of tableware and objects born out of the collaboration between Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s magazine and the Italian design company Seletti. Black...
Seletti Polyester Cushion by "Toiletpaper", Roses
Toiletpaper, Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Pillows and Throws
Polyester
Exceptional collection of tableware and objects born out of the collaboration between Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s magazine and the Italian design company Seletti. Black...
Seletti Polyester Cushion by "Toiletpaper", Two...
Toiletpaper, Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Pillows and Throws
Polyester
Exceptional collection of tableware and objects born out of the collaboration between Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s magazine and the Italian design company Seletti. Black...
Seletti Polyester Cushion by "Toiletpaper", Too...
Toiletpaper, Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Pillows and Throws
Polyester
Exceptional collection of tableware and objects born out of the collaboration between Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s magazine and the Italian design company Seletti. Black...
Seletti Polyester Cushion by "Toiletpaper", Snakes
Toiletpaper, Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Pillows and Throws
Polyester
Exceptional collection of tableware and objects born out of the collaboration between Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s magazine and the Italian design company Seletti. Black...
Seletti Polyester Cushion by "Toiletpaper", Eye...
Toiletpaper, Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Pillows and Throws
Polyester
Exceptional collection of tableware and objects born out of the collaboration between Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s magazine and the Italian design company Seletti. Black...
Seletti Polyester Cushion by "Toiletpaper", Rev...
Toiletpaper, Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Pillows and Throws
Polyester
Exceptional collection of tableware and objects born out of the collaboration between Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s magazine and the Italian design company Seletti. Black...
Baleri Italia Cartoons Screen in Havana Paper b...
Baleri Italia, Luigi Baroli
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Screens and Room Dividers
Paper
Screen with free-standing structure in corrugated paper-board extracted from pure cellulose. Completely recyclable and non-pollutive. Upper and lower edges in techno-polymer in matte...
Seletti Set of Duvet Cover Cotton Piece and Two...
Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Bedroom Sets
Cotton, Satin
From its very first year in 1964, Seletti in Cicognara, Mantova, has followed its principle of professionality service and constant research to strive for betterness innovation and o...
Panis Bed in Blend Leather by Emanuel Gargano &...
Amura, Emanuel Gargano & Anton Cristell
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Leather
The Panis collection takes its inspiration from the iconic image of a large loaf of bread, a veritable local cult, becomes thus the inspiration for a line of upholstery with generous...
Nola Bed, Customizable Wood, Metal and Resin, K...
Wüd Furniture Design
2010s American Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Metal
The striking and beautiful Nola bed is our take on the live-edge style. The headboard features a hand-picked solid slab of claro walnut and a zinc encased in epoxy resin edge that ha...
Henry End Table Customizable Metal, Resin, Wood...
Wüd Furniture Design
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern End Tables
Bronze, Steel, Leather, Epoxy Resin, Walnut
The elegant Henry end table has a darkened bronze encased in Epoxy Resin exterior with Claro walnut doors and interior and custom stingray leather pulls. The end table sits atop a bl...
Nola Bed, Customizable Wood, Metal and Resin, Q...
Wüd Furniture Design
2010s American Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Metal
The striking and beautiful Nola bed is our take on the live-edge style. The headboard features a hand-picked solid slab of claro walnut and a zinc encased in epoxy resin edge that ha...
Chessboard "Homaage á Marcel Duchamp" with the...
Arman
Vintage 1970s American Modern Prints
A shadow-box framed chessboard with the L.H.O.O.Q. mustache by Arman (1928-2005) entitled "Homaage á Marcel Duchamp". A screen-print on Skivertex leather chessboard. Framed behin...
The Truss, Modern Walnut and Powder Coated Stee...
Harkavy Furniture, Dylan Harkavy, Wesley Harkavy
2010s American Modern Side Tables
Steel, Walnut
The Truss, Modern Walnut and Powder Coated Steel Side Table. The truss side table is handcrafted from solid walnut and powder coated steel. A powder coated steel plate separates the...
Pair of Sculptural Skull Commodes
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Commodes and Chests of Dra...
Resin, Wood
Pair of exotic wood inlay "skull" three drawers with resin finish sculptural side chests.
Phillips Two-Drawer Nightstand and Side Table
Crump and Kwash
2010s American Modern Night Stands
Oak, Walnut
Solid wood case with continuous waterfall grain / blackened steel pulls and base / hand shaped walnut feet / natural oil finish.
Phillip Walnut Nightstand and Side Table
Crump and Kwash
2010s American Modern Night Stands
Steel, Walnut
Black walnut case with continuous waterfall grain / blackened steel pulls and base / hand shaped walnut feet / natural oil finish.
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