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Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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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Rare Vintage Hermès French Silk Scarf and Irish Linen Cushions Pillows Green
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Title: Pair of vintage Hermes tiger silk scarf and Irish linen cushions pillows green The ‘crème de la crème’ of scarves, this beautiful set is a pair of one-of-a-kind custom mad...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen, Silk

Schumacher Coquina 22" Pillow in Blue
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Coquina Performance with a self welt finish. A small-scale geometric with a soft side. Coquina’s woven hexagons have an appealing tonal irregularity thanks to sp...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen, Polyester

Schumacher Coquina 22" Pillow in Natural
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Coquina Performance with a self welt finish. A small-scale geometric with a soft side. Coquina’s woven hexagons have an appealing tonal irregularity thanks to sp...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen, Polyester

Schumacher Coquina 22" Pillow in Pink
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Coquina Performance with a self welt finish. A small-scale geometric with a soft side. Coquina’s woven hexagons have an appealing tonal irregularity thanks to sp...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen, Polyester

Schumacher Cirque Velvet 20" Pillow in Green
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Cirque Velvet with a knife edge finish. A medley of yarns and a complicated weave structure create the striated effect of this sophisticated dot pattern. Pillow ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Polyester, Cotton

Schumacher Coquina 18" Pillow in Blue
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Coquina Performance with a self welt finish. A small-scale geometric with a soft side. Coquina’s woven hexagons have an appealing tonal irregularity thanks to sp...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen, Polyester

Schumacher Coquina 18" Pillow in Natural
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Coquina Performance with a self welt finish. A small-scale geometric with a soft side. Coquina’s woven hexagons have an appealing tonal irregularity thanks to sp...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen, Polyester

Schumacher Coquina 20" Pillow in Blue
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Coquina Performance with a self welt finish. A small-scale geometric with a soft side. Coquina’s woven hexagons have an appealing tonal irregularity thanks to sp...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen, Polyester

Schumacher Coquina 18" Pillow in Pink
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Coquina Performance with a self welt finish. A small-scale geometric with a soft side. Coquina’s woven hexagons have an appealing tonal irregularity thanks to sp...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen, Polyester

Schumacher Cirque Velvet 22" Pillow in Green
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Cirque Velvet with a knife edge finish. A medley of yarns and a complicated weave structure create the striated effect of this sophisticated dot pattern. Pillow ...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Polyester

Schumacher Coquina 20" Pillow in Natural
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Coquina Performance with a self welt finish. A small-scale geometric with a soft side. Coquina’s woven hexagons have an appealing tonal irregularity thanks to sp...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen, Polyester

Schumacher Coquina 20" Pillow in Pink
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Coquina Performance with a self welt finish. A small-scale geometric with a soft side. Coquina’s woven hexagons have an appealing tonal irregularity thanks to sp...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen, Polyester

Katie Larmour Vintage Liberty of London Scarf Backed in Irish Linen Cushion
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Title: Katie Larmour vintage Liberty of London scarf backed in pure Irish Linen cushion pillow navy black white Description: A one-of-a-kind custom made luxury cushion (pillow) ...
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Late 20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Silk, Linen

Rare Vintage Jean Paul Gaultier French Scarf and Irish Linen Cushion Pillow Blue
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Title: Rare Vintage Jean Paul Gaultier French Scarf and Irish Linen Cushion Pillow Blue This gem is a one-of-a-kind custom made luxury cushion (pillow) from an exquisite vintage ...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen

Katie Larmour Vintage Christian Dior Scarf Backed in Pure Irish Linen Cushion
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Title: Katie Larmour vintage Christian Dior scarf backed in pure Irish Linen cushion pillow pink gold This gem is a one-of-a-kind custom made luxury cushion (pillow) from an exqu...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen

Katie Larmour Vintage Celine Scarf Backed in Irish Linen Cushion Pillow Green
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Title: Katie Larmour vintage Celine scarf backed in pure Irish Linen cushion pillow green gold Description: This gem is a one-of-a-kind custom made luxury cushion (pillow) from ...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton, Linen

Gray and Black Dior Logo Silk Scarf and New Black Cotton Back Decorative Pillow
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern signed retro black and gray beehive pattern logo silk scarf with backing in black cotton percale and poly fill insert decorative pillow. The word "Dio...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton, Silk, Polyester

Blue, Purple, White and Black Vintage Jean Patou Silk Scarf Decorative Pillow
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern vintage retro signed Jean Patou silk scarf that has been sewn to a 100% black cotton percale backing with pillow insert for a lovely unique decorative...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton, Silk

Pierre Cardin Black Blue and Ivory Silk Scarf with Cotton Back Decorative Pillow
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern retro signed Pierre Cardin silk scarf with black cotton percale backing and poly fill pillow insert decorative pillow. The scarf reflects a modern dep...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton, Silk, Polyester

After Andy Warhol, Inflatable Brillo Pillow, Red, White, Blue, Signed
Located in New York, NY
After Warhol Inflatable Brillo pillow, red, white, blue, signed. Large promotional inflatable pillow produced by the Purex Corporation for their brand, Brillo Pads. The printed infor...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Plastic

'Uccle' Woven Block Geometric Merino Wool Throw, Indigo/Colbalt Blue/Greys
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle block throw takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Wov...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Handwoven 'Ixelles' Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Graphite Grey
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Inspired by decorative stone and iron work, the Ixelles cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven on a dobby loom in our stud...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Handwoven 'Uccle' Block Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Indigo/Blue/Grey
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Handwoven 'Ixelles' Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Indigo/Colbalt Blue
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Inspired by decorative stone and iron work, the Ixelles cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven on a dobby loom in our stud...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Handwoven 'Uccle' Block Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Grey/Blue/Indigo
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Oscar De La Renta Silk Scarf in Red, Gold, White & Black and Upholstered Pillow
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern signed Oscar De La Renta red, white, gold and black silk scarf upholstered in a black cotton percale with a 28 x 28 filler decorative pillow. The scar...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton, Silk, Polyester

Pair of Pillows Italian Embroidered Silk and Velvet Back
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Refined pair of embroidered silk cushions, brown silk velvet back, and upholstered. They were made in 1982 by an old Mastercraftsman from Prato (Italy) who handmade the two pillows w...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Silk, Velvet

Pair of Pillows Italian Embroidered Silk and Velvet Back
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Refined pair of embroidered silk cushions, brown silk velvet back, and padded. They were made in 1984 by an old master craftsman from Prato (Italy) who handmade the two pillows with ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Silk, Velvet

Schumacher Mark D. Sikes Santa Monica Neutral Ikat Lumbar Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Santa Monica Ikat Fabric (Item# 176500) by Mark D. Sikes for Schumacher with a Knife Edge finish. This artisanally crafted pattern puts a fresh spin on an archiv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen

Schumacher Queen of Spain Mid-Century Black & White 22" Lumbar Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Queen of Spain Fabric (Item# 175200) with a Knife Edge finish. Introduced in 1963 and still fresh today, this pattern has a lively, painterly quality- and is a w...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Schumacher Queen of Spain Mid-Century Black & White 20" Lumbar Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Queen of Spain Fabric (Item# 175200) with a Knife Edge finish. Introduced in 1963 and still fresh today, this pattern has a lively, painterly quality- and is a w...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Schumacher Khan's Park Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Khan's Park Fabric (Item# 2603275) with a self welt finish. A veritable bestiary of stylized animals, this linen and cotton blend recalls a medieval tapestry wit...
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2010s North American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen

Mid-Century Modern Italian Vintage Silk Scarf Throw Pillow, 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian vintage silk scarf throw pillow, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Silk, Cotton

Handwoven 'Altitude Cent I' Bauhaus Merino Wool Large Cushion Pillow
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Handwoven on a dobby loom in our studio using a complex double cloth weaving technique and a combination of weave structures, this unique cushion draws inspiration from the Art Deco ...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Handwoven 'Saint Gilles' Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Red/Pink/Greys
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Saint Gilles cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Ha...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

'Uccle' Woven Block Geometric Merino Wool Throw, Papaya /Pink/Burgundy/Greys
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle block throw takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Wov...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Handwoven 'Altitude Cent II' Bauhaus Merino Wool Large Cushion Pillow
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Handwoven on a dobby loom in our studio using a complex double cloth weaving technique and a combination of weave structures, this unique cushion draws inspiration from the Art Deco ...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Pablo Picasso, Carolyn Winters, Café Picasso Modern Textile, England, UK, 1970s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pablo Picasso, Carolyn Winters, Café Picasso Modern Textile, England, UK, 1970s  
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Textile, Cotton

Pair of Cushions in Josef Frank Hawaii Pattern Textile
Located in New York, NY
A pair of cushions featuring vintage fabric by Austrian designer Josef Frank. Each cushion displays a design motif from Josef Frank's "Hawaii" pattern. 50 down/50 feather insert. New...
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2010s Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Fabric, Down, Feathers

Pair of Turkish Blue Nuvole Patterned Fortuny Pillows
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of custom Fortuny Nuvole patterned pillows in Turkish blues. Nuvole Is the Italian word for clouds. The cotton Fortuny was printed in Italy as well. The backs are a coordinating...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Linen

Schumacher Chevron Velvet 18" Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Chevron Velvet (item# 72842, CHEVRON VELVET FABRIC) with a knife edge finish. A fabulous combination of plush ombré and delicate accent stripes, this luxe chevro...
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2010s North American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Schumacher Chevron Velvet 20" Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Chevron Velvet (item# 72842, CHEVRON VELVET FABRIC) with a knife edge finish. A fabulous combination of plush ombré and delicate accent stripes, this luxe chevr...
Category

2010s North American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Schumacher Chevron Velvet 22" Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Chevron Velvet (item# 72842, CHEVRON VELVET FABRIC) with a knife edge finish. A fabulous combination of plush ombré and delicate accent stripes, this luxe chevro...
Category

2010s North American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

'Uccle' Block Geometric Woven Merino Wool Throw, Piccalilli Yellow/Greys
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle block throw takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Wov...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Handwoven 'Uccle' Geometric Large Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Piccalilli/Greys
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Schumacher Zella Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Zella Tape with a knife edge finish. Appliqued grosgrain linen in a trellis pattern embellishes an otherwise simple, wide band of linen for an understated access...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen

Handwoven 'Uccle' Geometric Large Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Papaya/Grey
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Handwoven 'Ixelles' Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Papaya/Burgundy/Grey
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Inspired by decorative stone and iron work, the Ixelles cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven on a dobby loom in our stud...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Handwoven 'Uccle' Block Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Pearl Grey
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool

Schumacher Moorea Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Moorea by Mary McDonald for Schumacher with a knife edge finish. A statement-making print with embroidered details. Pillow includes a feather/down fill insert an...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Jute, Cotton, Polyester

Schumacher Modern Toile 20" Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Modern Toile by Johnson Hartig/Libertine for Schumacher with a box edge finish. This layered, mystically-inflected toile based on Renaissance drawings feels of-t...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton

Large Vintage Liberty of London Silk Scarf Cushion Pillow with Irish Linen Pink
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Katie Larmour Studio is the original vintage scarf pillow maker. Gaining notability for her unique idea and creations back in 2013 - featured in the likes of the Financial Times, and...
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen, Silk

Handwoven 'Uccle' Block Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Piccalilli / Grey
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Handwoven 'Saint Gilles' Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Piccalilli Yellow/Greys
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Saint Gilles cushion takes its name from an area of brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Ha...
Category

2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Handwoven 'Ixelles' Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Piccalilli /Greys
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Inspired by decorative stone and iron work, the Ixelles cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven on a dobby loom in our stud...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Wool

Schumacher Ziz Embroidery 18" Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Ziz Embroidery with a knife edge finish. With an intentionally irregular strie ground and a fanciful updated trellis pattern, Ziz Embroidery is truly unique, per...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Cotton, Polyester

Schumacher Don’t Fret 18” Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Don't Fret by Mary McDonald for Schumacher with a self-welt finish. This embroidered linen stripe was inspired by traditional chinoiserie fretwork and subtle var...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Linen

Schumacher Modern Classic Woodperry Woven Pink Two-Sided Linen Pillow
Located in New York, NY
Classic yet modern, in collaboration with Veere Grenney, Woodperry is an updated take on a botanical stripe. Woven in England, the natural linen ground gives this leafy hand-blocked ...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Linen