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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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

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Piuma Wooden 3-Door Cabinet, by Antionio Citterio from Flexform
By Flexform, Antonio Citterio
Located in Vancouver, BC
The Piuma collection of cabinets is a delightful marriage of understated elegance-of-form and the dramatic expressiveness of wood. In contrast to the deliberate simplicity of the des...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Customizable Étagère with Solid Shelves and Two Drawers by Munson Furniture
By Paul Munson
Located in Oakland, CA
One of the largest pieces in the Radius collection by Munson Furniture, this customizable shelving unit has a modern esthetic that fits beautifully with both traditional and contempo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Tamara Brass and Lacquered Wood Bookcase
By James Devlin
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Dramatic brass and matte lacquered wood bookcase. Slotted wood and metal components fit together to form a shelving unit of striking contrast. Custom sizes, materials, and finishes a...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Beloved One Bookcase
By Midsummer Milano
Located in Milano, IT
A small bookcase, precious as a treasure chest, to contain the most beloved books, the memories and the objects of our life. A frame in Canaletto walnut, crystal shelves and a leathe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Crystal

Orchestra, Contemporary Leather and Wood Modular Shelving System
By Matì
Located in Tradate, IT
Orchestra is a sectional bookcase but, nevertheless, immune from the formal rigidity of a repetitively geometrical modularity. Made up of three elements in different sizes and depths...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Leather, Walnut

Twist, Swivel Storage with Leather Modules, Wood Inlays and Metallic Accents
By Matì
Located in Tradate, IT
In Twist the modules are stacked one on top of each other to form a column and act as a swivel storage-totem. Enhanced on the back by an element based on the shape of a square, the t...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Quartet, Leather and Canaletto Walnut Sideboard with Cubic Storage Modules
By Matì
Located in Tradate, IT
Quartet uses a single L-shaped support to bear the three cubic leather modules, forming the back and base sections, both of which reveal the longitudinally arranged long wood grain o...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Brass, Copper

Miscredenza Bookcase Vertical, design Patricia Urquiola & Federico Pepe
Prototype. Miscredenza is a series of architectural furniture designed by Patricia Urquiola enhanced by colored glass printed with Federico Pepe's patterns. The collection comprises...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Glass, Cut Glass

Geometric Fractal Bookshelf made of Solid Teakwood
By John Brevard
Located in Coral Gables, FL
A keen proponent of sustainability, John Brevard’s handcrafted sculptural furniture aims to celebrate materials natural to our earth. Made from sustainably harvested teak wood from t...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Teak

Customizable Set of 3 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Made to Order
By Souda, Luft Tanaka, Shaun Kasperbauer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 3 84" shelves and 9 brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adj...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Steel

Apollo Console, Bookshelf, Black Aluminium Frame, Oxidised Brass by Lara Bohinc
By Lara Bohinc
Located in London, GB
The distinctive Saturn chair is a return to the split sphere concepts Bohinc originally created for her jewellery collections such as Sun and Moon (2007) and Solaris (2012). This for...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Brass

Contemporary Sculptural Black Steel Etagere Bookcase Storage Shelf Pair, USA
By Felica Ferrone
Located in Chicago, IL
This set includes two modern Etagere bookcases Storage Shelves which are contemporary and sculptural. The functional modern yet minimal sculptural Ahn Etagere is a study in positive...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Contemporary Sculptural Black Steel Etagere Bookcase Storage Shelf USA
By Felica Ferrone
Located in Chicago, IL
The contemporary modern Black Steel Ahn etagere is a study in positive and negative space. With its five different asymmetrical and organic surfaces, Ahn is a minimal sculpture in it...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Contemporary Modern Minimal Black Zigzag Modular Bookcase Room Divider, USA
By Felicia Ferrone
Located in Chicago, IL
Conceived as a minimal and contemporary bookcase to breakup the plane of the wall, this modular system, is versatile as a modern room divider as well as a backdrop in any space, be i...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Customizable Set of 4 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Made to Order
By Luft Tanaka, Shaun Kasperbauer, Souda
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 4 52" Shelves & 8 Brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adjus...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Steel

Set of 5 Strut Shelves from Souda, White, Modern Wood Wall Shelf or Bookcase
By Luft Tanaka, Shaun Kasperbauer, Souda
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price includes 5 84" long white shelves with 15 white brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adjust...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Steel, Metal

Set of 4 Strut Shelves from Souda, Modern White Wood Wall Shelf/Bookcase
By Luft Tanaka, Shaun Kasperbauer, Souda
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price includes 4 84" long shelves with 12 white brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adjust the l...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Steel

Isabella Costantini, Italy, Duilio Low Bookcase with Two Doors
By Isabella Costantini
Located in Ascoli Piceno, IT
Designed by IC and beautifully crafted by Italian artisans, the Duilio bookcase features an open compartment with two large shelves embraced by ribbed doors on the sides. The brass, ...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Customizable Set of 2 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black and Maple, Made to Order
By Souda, Shaun Kasperbauer, Luft Tanaka
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 2 84" shelves and 6 brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adj...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Steel

Customizable Set of 2 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Made to Order
By Shaun Kasperbauer, Luft Tanaka, Souda
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 2 52" Shelves & 4 Brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adjus...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Steel, Metal

Customizable Set of 4 Strut Shelves from Souda, Maple, Extra long, Made to Order
By Souda, Luft Tanaka, Shaun Kasperbauer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 4 116" shelves and 16 brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can a...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel, Metal

Tubular Bookshelf by Another Human, Small, Modern Sculptural Bookshelf
By Another Human
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The tubular bookshelf by Another Human is an extension of the Tubular family of products that was introduced in 2017 with the Tubular magazine rack. Drawing inspiration from Bauhaus ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Cini Boeri Large Libreria Girevole Wooden Rotating Bookcase for Bottega Ghianda
By Cini Boeri, Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
A cube-shaped desktop bookcase, rotating on a wooden disc. The two bases are linked by oval-section wooden baguettes. Dimensions: 35 W x 35 D x 35 H cm.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Gae Aulenti Leggio d'Orsay Collapsable Wooden Book Stand by Bottega Ghianda
By Gae Aulenti, Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
A triple wooden frame with adjustable height and tilt thanks to indentations carved into the inside. It is a masterpiece whose 45° dovetail joints make it extremely sturdy. While ope...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Cini Boeri Small Libreria Girevole Wooden Rotating Bookcase for Bottega Ghianda
By Cini Boeri, Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
A cube-shaped desktop bookcase, rotating on a wooden disc. The two bases are linked by oval-section wooden baguettes. Dimensions: 25 W x 25 D x 25 H cm.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Mario Bellini Étagère Wooden Bookcase for Bottega Ghianda
By Mario Bellini, Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
A bookcase designed for the centre of a room, made of a lining of solid-wood baguettes that are rounded off and joined to countertops through invisible joints. The result has impress...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Beech

Molteni&C D.357.1 Bookcase in Hand Painted White by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Moleni&C Heritage collection the D.357.1 bookcase by Gio Ponti is a remake of part of the furniture of Gio Ponti's private house ni Via Dezza in Milan. This re-edition is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Molteni&C MHC.2 Bookcase with 4 Shelves in American Walnut by Yasuhito Itoh
By Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, MHC.2 is a re-edition of the bookcase prototype designed in 1959 by Yasuhiko Itoh. Made in curved wood, a complex process for that time per...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Walnut

Leggio Pieghevole Folding Wooden Music Stand by Bottega Ghianda
By Bottega Ghianda
Located in Valmadrera, IT
This folding music stand was first made by the Bottega Ghianda atelier before World War I for a Viennese piano factory. Regular production started in the thirties and still goes on, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Molteni&C D.355.2 Small Suspended Bookcase Shelf in White by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection is a re-make of the D.355.1 suspended bookshelved by iconic designer Gio Ponti. The D.355.1 hanging bookcase, is an interior complement that...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Rossana Orlandi Aqua Shelf A in Mirrored Silver by Francesco Messina for Cypraea
By Cypraea, Rossana Orlandi
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Francesco Maria Messina The collection is characterized by the use of two materials and two textures that are brought together to create a dialogue, mirroring the rela...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mauritian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Rossana Orlandi Rochester Bookshelf in Wenge by Francesco Messina for Cypraea
By Cypraea, Rossana Orlandi
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Francesco Maria Messina The design of the items in this collection is complex and elegant. The Rochester collection features a sideboard, a cabinet, a shelf and a set ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mauritian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

RS-Barcelona By Yourshelf Bookshelf Standard Module in White by Stone Designs
By RS Barcelona, Stone Designs
Located in Edison, NJ
By Yourshelf is a bookshelf which is entirely customizable to any room. Includes individual modules allowing for shape and structure construction and customization unique to every pu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Rossana Orlandi Aqua Shelf B in Mirrored Gold by Francesco Messina for Cypraea
By Cypraea, Rossana Orlandi
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Francesco Maria Messina The collection is characterized by the use of two materials and two textures that are brought together to create a dialogue, mirroring the rela...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mauritian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Patinated Steel Étagère Shelving with Solid Walnut Drawn Faces and Concrete Base
By Stefan Rurak Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The E-1 is a dynamic étagère constructed from Walnut wood with a flame treated and patinated steel exterior. Three compartments, two doors and one drawer, feature Walnut wood faces w...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Concrete, Steel

Normann Copenhagen Jam 8 Pole Bookcase by Rudolph Schelling Webermann
By Normann Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Composed of just three different elements, the Jam bookcase is a cleverly and elegantly executed design. The defining element is a wedge, which allows the bookcase to be assembled wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Rossana Orlandi Odyssey 360 Bookshelf in Silver by Francesco Messina for Cypraea
By Cypraea, Rossana Orlandi
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Francesco Maria Messina Turnable bookshelf made of silver mirrored acrylic and aluminum lining and supported by a natural coral stone. Internal part in a genuine turqu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Rossana Orlandi Aqua Shelf C in Mirrored Gold by Francesco Messina for Cypraea
By Rossana Orlandi, Cypraea
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Francesco Maria Messina The collection is characterized by the use of two materials and two textures that are brought together to create a dialogue, mirroring the rela...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mauritian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Rossana Orlandi Aqua Shelf B in Mirrored Silver by Francesco Messina for Cypraea
By Cypraea, Rossana Orlandi
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Francesco Maria Messina The collection is characterized by the use of two materials and two textures that are brought together to create a dialogue, mirroring the rela...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mauritian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

RS-Barcelona By Yourshelf Bookshelf Module and Back in White by Stone Designs
By RS Barcelona, Stone Designs
Located in Edison, NJ
By Yourshelf is a bookshelf which is entirely customizable to any room. Includes individual modules allowing for shape and structure construction and customization unique to every pu...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Normann Copenhagen Jam 6 Pole Bookcase by Rudolph Schelling Webermann
By Normann Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Composed of just three different elements, the Jam bookcase is a cleverly and elegantly executed design. The defining element is a wedge, which allows the bookcase to be assembled wi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Rossana Orlandi Odyssey V Anthracite Cabinet by Francesco Messina for Cypraea
By Rossana Orlandi, Cypraea
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Francesco Maria Messina Odyssey collection aims to surprise and to astound through the contrast between the Natural elements and man-made materials that merge into one...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mauritian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Rossana Orlandi Aqua Shelf A in Mirrored Gold by Francesco Messina for Cypraea
By Rossana Orlandi, Cypraea
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Francesco Maria Messina The collection is characterized by the use of two materials and two textures that are brought together to create a dialogue, mirroring the rela...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mauritian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Rossana Orlandi Aqua Shelf C in Mirrored Silver by Francesco Messina for Cypraea
By Rossana Orlandi, Cypraea
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Francesco Maria Messina The collection is characterized by the use of two materials and two textures that are brought together to create a dialogue, mirroring the rela...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mauritian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Rossana Orlandi Volumi Sospesi L Bookcase in Wood and Glass by Matteo Casalegno
By Rossana Orlandi
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Matteo Casalegno “Volumi Sospesi” is a beautiful bookcase made in antique wood and glass. It has pure and minimal, geometrical forms and can be used in 2 dimensions: i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Reclaimed Wood, Glass

Kast 3 High Storage Unit, by Vitra
By Vitra
Located in Vancouver, BC
A key theme in the oeuvre of Maarten Van Severen is storage furniture, be it shelves, cupboards or sideboards. The design for Kast, which Van Severen worked on during the last few mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Ghidini 1961 Frame Book Case in Bolivar Wood by Stefano Giovannoni
By Stefano Giovannoni, Ghidini 1961
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Stefano Giovannoni designs frame for Ghidini1961, a new collection composed of sofas, armchairs, dining and coffee tables, bookshelves and cabinets. Everything starts from a simple e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Ghidini 1961 Legs Bookshelf in Wood by Paolo Rizzatto
By Paolo Rizzatto, Ghidini 1961
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
The designer imagines a turning point in the use of such a precious finishes such as polished brass: from the idea of almost a unique object in its perfect craftsmanship, to the syst...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Amura Parere Bookcase in Metal by Emanuel Gargano & Anton Cristell
Parere Design: Emanuel Gargano & Anton Cristell ""Parere is the freedom to express one’s own vision of space"" A library leaving great space to imagination, and to the possibility...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Tegmark Open Front Cabinet with Hi Gloss Enamel Finish
The Tegmark cabinet features an open front cabinet sitting on an asymmetrical base. The cabinet is constructed using oak finished with a hi gloss enamel paint in two tones. The paint...
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2010s Canadian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Cheba 138 Table by Mauro Accardi and Silvia Buccheri for Medulum
By Mauro Accardi & Silvia Buccheri
Located in Meolo, Venezia
Tables on one or more levels, furnish ironically without remaining unnoticed. Ideal companions for public and private environments and contexts. The structure is a curved metal roun...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Pontile, Bookcase by Accardi Buccheri
By Mauro Accardi & Silvia Buccheri
Located in Meolo, Venezia
Bookcase made of a series of solid wood poles with circular section, veneered shelves with solid wood edging, all made of Canaletto walnut finished with transparent paint. The head o...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Walnut, Wood

Red Steel and Glass 'A' Room Divider, Minimal Steel Metal Shelving
By &New
Located in Leicester, GB
Modern freestanding shelf unit for books, objects and plants. The shelves are designed to look delicate and airy but strong. The straight back design sits neatly against a wall or ca...
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2010s British Modern Bookcases

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Steel, Steel

'A' Room Divider, Minimal Steel Metal Shelving
By &New
Located in Leicester, GB
Modern freestanding shelves unit for books, objects and plants. The shelves are designed to look delicate and airy but strong. The straight back design sits neatly against a wall or ...
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2010s British Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel, Steel

Amorph Luxor Bookcase with Solid Walnut and Gold Finish
By Amorph Inc.
Located in Gardena, CA
Modern bookcase with walnut shelves and gold finish structure.  
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Paint

Batea Ash Wood Bookcase with White Oak Veneer Shelves
Bookcase with shelves in white oak veneer on ash wood structure.
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2010s Mexican Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Wood

Nodo Steel and White Oak Veneer Bookcase
Bookcase with drawers and shelves in white oak veneer on steel structure in black color electrostatic paint.
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2010s Mexican Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Customizable Set of 6 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Modern, Made to Order
By Shaun Kasperbauer, Luft Tanaka, Souda
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 6 84" shelves and 18 brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can ad...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Steel

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