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Mid-Century Modern Benches

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
Kazuhide Takahama "Suzanne" Sofa for Knoll
Located in San Diego, CA
Knoll Suzanne sofa designed in 1965 by Kazuhide Takahama for Gavina Italy : Knoll. This sofa is the rare 8 ft long version which is unavailable from Knoll. Kuramatas Suzanne sofa is ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Sofa Daybed 's'
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage Barcelona Couch by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from prominent Houston estate. Pristine vintage condition. Daybed is upholstered using a single Spinneybeck cowhide and support...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Stainless Steel

Pierre Chapo Curved Benches, Set of 2
Located in Renens, CH
Set of two elmwood benches by Pierre Chapo. These benches are intended to fit around a 110 cm - 140cm round table. Dimensions: Width: 140 cm Height: 44 cm Depth: 31 cm...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Elm

Mid-Century Ico Parisi Teak Bench, Italy 1950s
Located in Palermo, IT
Very rare bench attibuted to Ico Parisi in 1950s. The low seat is made of teak with burnished brass details Restored, sanded and oil finished. Wear consistent with age and use.    
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wood

Bench, Anonymous, Swedish, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Bench, anonymous, Swedish. 1950s. Teak. Measures: H: 40 cm / 15 3/4" W: 80 cm /2' 7 1/2" D: 34 cm / 13 1/4".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Teak

Pair of Mid-Century Rolling Lucite Benches
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Lucite vanity stools featuring a spiral bottom sitting on four rolling wheels in a bronze finish. The top also has a square vinyl pad. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ.).
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Lucite

John Vesey Aluminum and Walnut Folding Directoire Bench, circa 1958
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Such an incredible rare example of precision design of the 1950s, by John Vesey Inc, this aluminum Classic Folding Bench in the Directoire style is in high-demand and sought after by...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Aluminum

Black Lacquered Wood, Brass & Cane Seating Bench Mid-Century Modern Asian Style
Located in Miami, FL
Chinoiserie inspired Mid-Century Modern rectangular seating bench in Black Lacquer. The Bench features a wooden frame with woven cane backrest. The legs have brass covers. Complet...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Custom Cerused Oak Bench/ Cocktail Table on Sabre Legs
Located in New York, NY
Custom cerused oak bench/cocktail table on sabre legs. Please note that this item is customizable. It can be crafted in a variety of woods and finishes.
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Oak

Horse Hide Bench by Theodore Alexander
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Horse Hide Bench by Theodore Alexander Striking bench or footstool with a concave cushion upholstered in horse hide and bordered with brass tacks over horse form metal legs with a b...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Hide

Pine Rectangular XL Coffee Table, Bench, Mid-Century Modern, France, 1960's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Pine Rectangular XL coffee table, bench, Mid-Century Modern, France, 1960's Mid-Century Modern six-legged rectangular coffee table or bench in solid pine wood. The remarkable woo...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Pine

Vintage Walnut Ottoman After Vladimir Kagan
Located in Hingham, MA
A low square ottoman; sculpted solid walnut splayed leg base, square top with two up-curved sides, freshly upholstered in ivory woven cotton/rayon with matching loose square pillow c...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Walnut

44" Ash and Natural Rush Bench by Smilow Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Originally designed in 1956 by Mel Smilow, this RLB 44" ash and rush bench was re-issued by his daughter, Judy Smilow, and launched by reGeneration in 2013. Available in other sizes ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Rush, Ash

Midcentury Style Upholstered Armed Bench
Located in New York, NY
Two arm custom made midcentury style bench with brass legs, buttons and seaming. This piece is showroom sample and available for immediate purchase. Can also be custom ordered in any...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Sexy Bench by Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful and sexy bench design by the iconic Charles Hollis Jones, made of solid brass.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Petite Brass Hairpin Ottomans in Oyster Velvet by Montage
Located in Wilton, CT
The perfect addition to any space! Wonderfully proportioned pair of ottomans upholstered in a supple Oyster Velvet of the highest quality; 100% cotton. These work in a multitude of s...
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2010s Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Curvilinear Wood Benches with Upholstered Seats
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Curvilinear wood benches with upholstered seats.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Brass Faux Bamboo Bench
Located in North Miami, FL
A beautifully designed bench having a faux bamboo brass base. Modernized and complimented with a tufted leather upholstery Elegant and modern in design.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

60" Woven Leather Bench in Walnut and Black Leather by Mel Smilow
Located in New York, NY
Originally designed by Mel Smilow in 1956 and officially reintroduced in 2016, the Woven Leather Collection is classically midcentury. The simplistic beauty, fine craftsmanship, and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Walnut, Leather

Gio "Piano" Bench by Stamford Modern
Located in Stamford, CT
Elevate your space with airy innovation. The Gio Bench is inspired by Gio Ponti – a visionary leader in Italian design. This floating cushion perches on top of solid brass pillars an...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Nicos Zographos Museum Bench with Bronze Base
Located in St. Louis, MO
Leather tufted museum bench by Nicos Zographos with bronze base, circa 1965. Leather shows wear but no holes, bronze has patina. Label. Midcentury, Florence Knoll style.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Bronze

1950 Italian Design Midcentury Wood Bench
Located in Brescia, IT
Wood and red fabric Excellent condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wood

Pair of Vintage Vogue Rattan Olive Green Bamboo and Rattan Benches or Stools
By Vogue Rattan
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of vintage olive green bamboo and rattan stools or benches made by Vogue Rattan. Original stripped Linen Fabric. Makers Mark underneath, Vogue Rattan.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Bamboo, Rattan

Tommaso Barbi Coffee Table Bench
Located in Chicago, IL
Coffee table / bench covered in original Skai PU leather with chrome trim by Tommaso Barbi, 1970. Marked "Made in Italy". Matching side tables shown in last photo available separatel...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Chrome

Walnut Linear Bench by Stamford Modern
Located in Stamford, CT
Draw clean lines with contemporary furniture inspired by the Mid-Century Modern Legend, Edward Wormley (1907-1995), a leading American designer. Echoing the brass bar below, this moh...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

20th Century Swedish Dux Three Seater Teakwood Sofa, Settee by Folke Ohlsson
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A dark-brown, vintage Mid-Century Modern Swedish three seater sofa with two pillows made of hand carved polished Teakwood, designed by Folke Ohlsson and produced by DUX, in good cond...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Fabric, Cotton, Upholstery, Teak

Set of "Gio" Stools in Grey by Stamford Modern
Located in Stamford, CT
Elevate your space with airy innovation. The Gio Bench is inspired by Gio Ponti – a visionary leader in Italian design. This floating cushion perches on top of solid nickel pillars a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Nickel

Mario Bellini Italian "Amanta" Black Leather Poufs for B&B, 1970s
Located in Modena, IT
Couple of Italian poufs model Amanta designed by Mario Bellini and produced by B&B Italia with black original leather cushions and upholstery, label and relief print, circa 1970s ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Metal

Custom Lucite Vanity Bench or Stool with Thick Lucite Legs and Upholstered Seat
Located in Miami, FL
Custom Lucite Vanity Bench or Stool with Thick Lucite Legs and Upholstered Seat Offered for sale is a new Lucite vanity bench from our own workshops. This very clean lined bench has...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Fabric, Lucite

Lucite and Mongolian fur Bench
Located in Ballard, CA
An eye catching bench made with an upholstered seat floating on a Lucite base, affixed with custom engineered hardware. Custom sizes and finishes available.
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Metal

Beastly Sheepskin Fur Bench
Located in Houston, TX
1960s Italian kidney bench with brass sabots newly upholstered in creamy beige, brown and black shaggy Icelandic sheepskin fur.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Pair of Gilt Carved Wood X-Bases Benches with Lion Head Finials
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Hollywood Regency carved gold gilt lion heads finials X-base benches.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Hardwood

Two French Parchment Benches in the Style of Marc du Plantier
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of midcentury style stools / benches with wrought iron frame and parchment seats exhibiting the influences of French Art Deco, modernism and a sober neoclassical spirit....
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wrought Iron

1950s Walnut Long John Bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Classic 'Long John Bench' in walnut with drawer and laminated solid wood hairpin legs.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Walnut

Stamford Modern's Architectural Brass Bench in Royal Alpaca
Located in Stamford, CT
The Architectural Bench is light and angular with impeccable lines. The extra-long cushion upholstered in Royal Alpaca is uplifted with an antiqued brass frame. Paul McCobb’s design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Custom Square Brass Pointe Leg Bench or Stool
Located in New York, NY
Custom Pointe' leg bench or stool, shown in 18” square velvet with tapered brass legs ending in a ball foot with buttons and seaming. Available in any size or shape custom made to or...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Pair French Modern Neoclassical Gilt Iron Benches, Style of Jean-Michel Frank
Located in New York, NY
Elegant Pair of French Mid-Century Modern neoclassical benches / stools in the style of Jean Michel Frank. The pieces are in a classic curile form in gilt wrought iron with the seats...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wrought Iron

French Stained Ash Curved Wooden Benches, Set of Two
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Primitive stained ash wooden benches, France 1970's. The set is constructed out of solid dark stained Ash wood with nice warm tones. Every single element is carved by hand, this caus...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Ash

Canaletto Walnut Bench with Carved Top by Miduny, Made in Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Named a 2018 Best of Year Awards Honoree by Interior Design Magazine. KG bench merges mannerism with engineering. Carved out of the finest solid Noce Canaletto (Black Walnut) the sin...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Walnut

Restored French Mid-Century Stained Pine, Brass & Corduroy Long Bench, 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This beautiful French 1950's long bench featuring stained pine, brass, and corduroy was just restored and is ready for immediate use. The soft and beautiful corduroy fabric features ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Bench, Teak, 1970s
Located in Palermo, PA
Mid-Century Modern Italian bench, teak, 1970s. Dimensions: H=43 cm; W=133 cm; D=45 cm.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Teak

Architectural Pair Of Benches In Chrome with Stitched Leather Seats 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Pair of clean line benches in polished chrome with stitched brown leather seats, American 1970's. These benches are very high quality and stylish.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Chrome

Bench by Harvey Probber in Ketchup / Mustard in Oak, USA 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Bench by Harvey Probber in red and yellow with oak base. Excellent original condition.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Foam, Latex, Rubber, Wood

Sophisticated Chrome and Glass Two-Tier Console Table with Matching Benches
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A sleek two tier 1/2" thick glass and chrome console with two matching chrome and neutral oatmeal raffia upholstered benches that tuck neatly underneath. Measures: Benches 19 x 19...
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1970s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Chrome

Custom 1960s Italian Style Velvet Sofa or Bench with Brass Base by Adesso Import
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Custom 1960s Italian style sofa or bench with brass base, upholstered in light pink velvet by Adesso Imports. Can be done in different colors, fabrics and finishes.
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Bench Attributed to Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern bench attributed to Edward Wormley for Dunbar in rectangular form upholstered with a green fabric. Features wooden frame with a darkened stain. The piece is in gre...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Mid Century Carved Oak Bench by Baker Furniture Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Carved oak bench by Baker Furniture Company. Perfect for the end of a bed. Wood is detailed beautifully and in strong and sturdy condition but upholstery fabric is original and in ro...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Charlotte Perriand Les Arcs Two-Person Bench, Mid-Century Modern, 1960's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Charlotte Perriand, Les Arcs, bench, pine, Mid-Century Modern; Modernism; Pine two-person bench designed by Charlotte Perriand for Les Arcs. We have two of these two-person benche...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Pine

Solid Oiled Slat Wood Bench
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Established lines midcentury Danish modern decor oiled walnut finish solid acacia slat bench or coffee table.
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Walnut

Vilhelm Lauritzen Bench, Denmark. 1937
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Vilhelm Lauritzen, Scandinavian Modern A very rare bench by Vilhelm Lauritzen made for Gladsaxe Town Hall, Söborg, Denmark, 1936-1937. This model was also used for the Danish Embass...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Chrome "Mushroom" Poufs in Navy Velvet
Located in Wilton, CT
The most versatile piece in any living space; "poufs" are elegant additions and very much objects of sculpture in their own right. The Montage Workroom was quite inspired by vintage ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Mel Smilow Elongated Walnut Slat Bench End/Coffee Table
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-century Danish modern walnut slat bench end/coffee table Offered is a vintage Mid-Century Modern walnut slat bench table by Mel Smilow. Has been refinished and is in good condit...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Walnut

MCM Coffee Table Bench Combo Italian Carrera Marble Top & Black Hopsacking Seat
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome mid-century modern coffee table and bench combo half Italian Carrera marble & half black hopsacking fabric top with wood frame, tapered turned straight legs, & antiqued bras...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Marble, Metal

Minimalist Midcentury Modern Metal Bench Upholstered in Textile
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
A minimalist organic look, perfect in the entryway or as a perch at the end of the bed in the master suite. It's metal legs strike an openwork silhouette for a modern look with a das...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Metal

Slatted Walnut Bench by Mel Smilow
Located in New York, NY
Originally designed by Mel Smilow in 1956 and officially reintroduced by his daughter Judy Smilow in 2016, the 44" slatted bench is a prime example of handcrafted wooden furniture. T...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Walnut

French Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Brass Faux Bamboo Bench by Maison Baguès
Located in New York, NY
An elegant and timeless French Mid-Century Modern neoclassical bench or stool by Maison Baguès in solid brass. The piece has pure lines with a classical X-frame or Curile form base s...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Upholstery Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary modern bench crafted out of wood professionally restored by our team of in-house craftsmen, this mid-century sleek bench features cube design an elegant black color ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Fabric, Upholstery, Foam, Polyester, Wood, Lacquer, Paint, Velvet, Oak

Pair of Maison Jansen Neoclassic Style Steel and Brass Ottoman or Benches
Located in Hollywood, FL
Pair of neoclassical steel and brass benches by Maison Jansen. Ram's head and cloven hoof feet.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass, Steel

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