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MODERN STYLE

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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 principals 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 chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames 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 furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Style: Modern
Italian modern modular bookcase Samara by Derk Jan de Vries for Maisa, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern modular bookcase Samara by Derk Jan de Vries for Maisa, 1970s Wooden modular bookcase mod. Samara. The modules present are various: a rectangular chest of drawers in l...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Bespoke Tubular Steel Low Bookcase, Chrome, Lacquered Wood, Sliding Glass Panels
Located in Berlin, DE
Bauhaus tubular steel low bookcase with case in chrome plated metal, lacquered blockboard and sliding glass panels.
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2010s German Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Sky-Land Bookcase, 'Puntello Modulare' Modular and Adaptable Bookcase
Located in Milan, IT
Sky-floor bookcase 'PUNTELLO MODULARE' PUNTELLO MODULARE is a modular and adaptable sky-floor bookcase. Starting from our Prop, we have designed a modular system that allows you to ...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Brass, Iron

Contemporary Shakespeare Bookshelf in Aluminium by Altreforme
Located in Calolziocorte (Lecco) Italy, IT
Crossword-shaped bookcase to facilitate books searching. Tribute to Sylvia Beach and to her library. Pricing excludes VAT.
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Aluminum

Contemporary Cioccolata Bookshelf in Aluminium by Altreforme
By Aziz Sariyer
Located in Calolziocorte (Lecco) Italy, IT
Cioccolata is a bookcase whose taste is refined, sweet and incredibly unique. It envelopes in its symmetric folds the magic pages of a good book, the scent of the most beautiful flow...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Aluminum

Italian Modern Wooden Glass Bookcase Zibaldone by Carlo Scarpa for Bernini, 1974
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern Wooden and glass Bookcase mod. Zibaldone by Carlo Scarpa for Bernini, 1974 Bookcase mod. Zibaldone with structure in veneered wood and glass. This particular bookcase ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Solid Rustic Oak Dovetail Record Crate for 7"/45 Rpm Records, in Stock
Located in Nyack, NY
As avid record collectors we all have albums we want close at hand. Whether storing new finds or favorite titles that are in heavy rotation, our Dovetail Record Crate...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Contemporary Room Divider Shelving "30/30 S" in Oak by Casey Lurie Studio
Located in Chicago, IL
Part room divider, part bookcase, part screen, the "30/30" series is an extremely versatile shelving system. Named for the degrees of the alternately angled dividers which give the p...
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2010s North American Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Italian Swivel Bookcase Model "Centro" by Claudio Salocchi for "Sormani"
Located in Vicenza, VI
Swivel center bookcase lacquered in white with central metal support. This is the "CENTRO " model created by designer Claudio Salocchi, poroducted by the Italian company SORMANI b...
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1960s Italian Vintage Modern Bookcases

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Wood, Lacquer

Elegant Tall Brass and White Laquer Etagere with 2 Drawers
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A sleek stylish modern tall etagere bookcase having a sexy mix of brass, white lacquer and 4 smoky glass shelves. There are two roomy drawers on the botto...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Casey Lurie Studio Modern High "Primo" Shelving System in Walnut with Brass
Located in Chicago, IL
“Shelving can be the most mundane thing you own, or it can be the beautiful bones of a room as pleasing to see as anything it displays. Casey Lurie’s Primo system would be the latter.” William L. Hamilton, The wall street journal The Primo shelving system is composed of notched solid wood planks...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Stainless Steel, Brass

Solid Walnut Dovetail Record Crate
Located in Nyack, NY
As avid record collectors we all have albums we want close at hand. Whether storing new finds or favorite titles that are in heavy rotation, our dovetail record crate...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Cabinet Loom Tay di Dalmoto
Located in Como, IT
Loom is a wall cabinet that celebrates two excellences of the region: the skill of craftsmenship in the process of bending wood and the Como tradition of weaving. The composition of ...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Kartell Sound Rack Modular Bookcase in Nude by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Multi-shaped and multi-purpose shelving system, stackable and modular, offering the possibility of creating a variety of geometric and chromatic compositions. This accessory can play the dual role as both container and room divider. IT IS a go...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Resin

Kartell Sound Rack Modular Bookcase in Marine by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Multi-shaped and multi-purpose shelving system, stackable and modular, offering the possibility of creating a variety of geometric and chromatic compositions. This accessory can play the dual role as both container and room divider. IT IS a go...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Resin

White Turtle Bookcase, by Marcantonio, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 500 other unique products. (2.2) A multipurpose turtle: its carapace acts as a support for a series of accessories. Onc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Opinion Ciatti Ptolomeo Wall Small Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ptolomeo Wall is the wall version of the Original Ptolomeo and could be defined as the "column of knowledge”. A stack of levitating books or a ground-air column (floor-ceiling) for e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Opinion Ciatti Ptolomeo Wall Medium Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ptolomeo wall is the wall version of the Original Ptolomeo and could be defined as the "column of knowledge”. A stack of levitating books or a ground-air column (floor-ceiling) for e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Opinion Ciatti Original Ptolomeo Small Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original Ptolomeo is the freestanding bookcase that doesn’t require any further presentation: it is simple, revolutionary, innovative, as sudden as a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Opinion Ciatti Original Ptolomeo Large Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original Ptolomeo is the free-standing bookcase that doesn’t require any further presentation: it is simple, revolutionary, innovative, as sudden as ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Baleri Italia Mac Gee Bookshelf in Black Steel by Philippe Starck
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Mac Gee is the essence of a bookshelf. Philippe Starck cleaned and cleaned the structure to only keep the square root, the skeleton of a bookshelf. Therefore avoiding styles, the timeless Mac Gee has lived for decades, as if simply leaned against the wall, almost as an object trouvé that matches every interiors and transcends trends. Modular bookshelves in a steel sheet with epoxy finish in semi-glossy RAL 9010. A central upright structure supports five shelves of decreasing depths. Philippe Starck, world famous creator with multifaceted inventiveness, is always focused on the essential, his vision: that creation, whatever form it takes, must improve the lives of as many people as possible. By employing his prolific work across all domains, from everyday products (furniture, a citrus-squeezer, electric bikes, an individual wind turbine), to architecture (hotels, restaurants that aspire to be stimulating places) and naval and spatial engineering (mega yachts, space habitation module), he continually pushes the boundaries and requirements of design, becoming one of the most visionary and renowned creators of the international contemporary scene. In 1984 and 1985, Philippe Starck collaborated with Baleri to create five pieces of furniture: Café Chair, Francesca Spanish, Richard III, Président M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Pink Cerused Oak Modular Bookcase Room Divider by Lou Hodges, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This absolute show-stopper modular bookcase refinished in gorgeous pink cerused oak with contrasting white grain is by Lou Hodges, designed and produced in California in the 1970s an...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

California Modern Cerused Oak Modular Bookcase Room Divider by Lou Hodges, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 157.5 inch wide pink cerused oak modular wall bookcase, which is finished on the back so can also be used as a floating room divider, is by Lou Hodges and was designed and produ...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Emerald Green Cerused Oak Modular Bookcase Room Divider by Lou Hodges, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This absolute show-stopper modular bookcase refinished in gorgeous emerald green cerused oak is by Lou Hodges, designed and produced in California in the 1970s and 1980s. You can con...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

California Modern Cerused Oak Modular Bookcase Room Divider by Lou Hodges, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 80's light blue cerused oak modular wall bookcase, which is finished on the back so can also be used as a floating room divider, is by Lou Hodges and was designed and produced i...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Gold Cerused Oak Modular Bookcase Room Divider by Lou Hodges, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ready to be that statement piece you need in the room, this gold cerused oak modular wall bookcase, which is finished on the back so can also be used as a floating room divider, is b...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Ready to ship Alton Hutch by Crump and Kwash / Modern solid wood bookcase
Located in Baltimore City, MD
Alton Hutch / Bookcase by Crump and Kwash Featuring a solid walnut case / adjustable walnut shelves / oiled finish / leather wrapped drawer fronts / premium, full extension, soft c...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass, Cut Steel

Modern Hobart Bookcase, American Oak, Bronze, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Hobart Bookcase, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Hobart modern bookcase was born to mimic the natural ebb and flow of life. Through its ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Tropical Stone "Aedicula" Bookcase design by MMDesign for Officina della Scala
Located in Milano, IT
Designed to house books and objects, “AEDICULA” can stand on its own in order to divide spaces or it can lean against a wall; like ancient Roman libraries, it becomes an element of d...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Marble, Aluminum

Modern Black Lage Bookcase, Brass Walnut, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Lage Bookcase, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Lage modern bookcase was designed to be the focal point in a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Brass

Modern Lage Bookcase Set/2, Brass Oak Root, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Set of 2 Lage Bookcases, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Lage modern bookcase was designed to be the focal ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Brass

Blue Painted Paper Pulp Milkstool 'Goodnight Moon Edition'
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Milk Stool by Chiaozza 2021 Materials: Painted Paper Pulp Dimensions: H 9" x W 14" x D 5" Edition: Unique Created for the occasion of Fort Makers' Goodnight House, a recent group show inspired by the ever-popular children's book: Goodnight Moon...
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2010s North American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Paper

Modern Hobart Bookcase, American Oak, Bronze, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Hobart Bookcase, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Hobart modern bookcase was born to mimic the natural ebb...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

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Wood, Oak

Modern Hobart Bookcase, Walnut Veneer, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Hobart Bookcase, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Hobart modern bookcase was born to mimic the natural ebb...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Rare bibliothèque Jacques Adnet
Located in PARIS, FR
Rare bibliothèque composée d'un meuble bas à caisson cubique en chêne entièrement gainé de cuir noir à piqure sellier. Ils présentent des plateaux rectangulaires en bois mélaminé noi...
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1950s French Vintage Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Rome, unstructured Travertine bookshelf, Dainelli Studio for Somaschini, Italy
Located in Cabiate, IT
A column fitting shelves on top of each other in different directions deconstructs the classic image of a bookcase. A clear reference to historical architecture based on repeated, mi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Travertine

Cosettina bookshelf in Gold and glass shelves made in Italy by Enrico Girotti
Located in Verona, IT
The geometric pattern becomes substance in space through the metal wire; an off-scale plot that is revealed in the relationship between Cosettina and the observer according to his po...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Cosettina bookshelf in Gold and glass shelves made in Italy by Enrico Girotti
Located in Verona, IT
The geometric pattern becomes substance in space through the metal wire; an off-scale plot that is revealed in the relationship between Cosettina and the observer according to his po...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Steel

LateB Metal Contemporary Sculptural Bookcase Made in Italy by enrico girotti
Located in Verona, IT
Two arches enclose and enhance stacks of books gently suspended from a light and resistant structure. Designed by Enrico Girotti LateB is a sculptural bookcase available in a paint...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Modern Black Lage Bookcase, Brass Walnut, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Lage Bookcase, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Lage modern bookcase was designed to be the focal point in any living area or office. Its...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Brass

Italian modern dark wood wall bookcase with black plastic details, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern dark wood wall bookcase with black plastic details, 1980s Dark wood wall bookcase. The structure is made up of four uprights and six ro...
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern Bookcases

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Plastic, Wood

Contemporary Crafted Bookcase, shelves, shelf sideboard wood Medulum Cabinet
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 of the poles is coated with a blue protective paint. The system is completed by two storage compartments that feature sliding doors with integrated handle. The library is shipped semi assembled. Design by Accardi Buccheri for Medulum Libreria costituita da pali continui a sezione circolare in legno massello. Ripiani impiallacciati con bordatura in massello. Il tutto realizzato in noce Canaletto finito con vernice trasparente. La testa...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood, Walnut

Opinion Ciatti Portariviste Magazine Rack
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Portariviste, an object that identifies exactly its function and there is no need for a different name to define it. Portariviste is so similar in the concept but so distant in the e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Opinion Ciatti Ptolomeo Art Large Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ptolomeo Art is the last born in the Ptolomeo family and the extra large version of the famous bookcase, indeed thanks to its generous size can contain magazines, large format books,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Opinion Ciatti Ptolomeo Art Small Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ptolomeo Art is the last born in the Ptolomeo family and the extra large version of the famous bookcase, indeed thanks to its generous size can contain magazines, large format books,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Opinion Ciatti Original Ptolomeo Medium Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original Ptolomeo is the free-standing bookcase that doesn’t require any further presentation: it is simple, revolutionary, innovative, as sudden as ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Bookcase, partially closed cabinet, separator cabinet for environments, storage
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 of the poles is coated with a blue protective paint. The system is completed by two storage compartments that feature sliding doors with integrated handle. The library is shipped semi assembled. Libreria costituita da pali continui a sezione circolare in legno massello. Ripiani impiallacciati con bordatura in massello. Il tutto realizzato in noce canaletto finito con vernice trasparente. La testa...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Giraffe Bookstore, Paul Tilche, 1960
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Paolo Tilche's Giraffe Bookcase, designed in the 1960s, is a masterpiece of Italian modernist design. Made of teak wood, this bookcase is renowned for its sturdiness and quality mate...
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1960s Italian Vintage Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Cosettina Gold, repositionable glass shelves made in Italy by Enrico Girotti
Located in Verona, IT
The geometric pattern becomes substance in space through the metal wire; an off-scale plot that is revealed in the relationship between Cosettina and the observer according to his po...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Dutch modern wood wall bookcase by Derk Jan De Vries with rounded shelves, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Dutch modern wood wall bookcase by Derk Jan De Vries with rounded shelves, 1980s Rectangular wooden wall bookcase. The bookcase is made up of two rectangular panels that are joined t...
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1980s Dutch Vintage Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Fabio Novembre Driade "Venus" Bookcase in Natural Oak, Designed 2017
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The "Venus" bookcase designed by Fabio Novembre and manufactured by Driade. The structure is made of oak veneer while the statue consists of marble powder mixed with resin. Novembre draws his inspiration from the wooden crates used...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Marble

Modern Bookcase Cabinet in Brass and Black Lacquer
Located in North York, ON
Indulge in the epitome of modern sophistication with our exclusive black bookcase cabinet, a masterpiece handcrafted in Canada. This striking piece boasts an alluring blend of high-g...
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2010s Canadian Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Brass

Baleri Italia Segno Bookshelf in Black Aluminium by A+B, Dominoni and Quaquaro
Located in Milano, Lombardia
(a+b) are PhDs, architects, designers, experts in architecture and design for space and extreme environments. They design by crossing research and technological innovation with poetr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Aluminum

Majj Studio 24-Legged Bookcase
Located in Seyrantepe, 34
24-Legged Bookcase can be located at various places in interiors according to usage. The size of the bookcase can be extended by adding modules. Each module is 150 cm length. The bookcase, which composed of two modules, has 24 wooden round legs. It is made of walnut veneered, silk matte varnish on mdf and raw walnut wooden lathe legs.
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2010s Turkish Modern Bookcases

Materials

Walnut

Italian modern wooden bookcase Nuvola Rossa Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern wooden bookcase Nuvola Rossa Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1980s Bookcase mod. Nuvola Rossa entirely made of wood. The structure is composed of four diagonals with a s...
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Rare Gunmetal and Black Lacquer Etagere or Bookcase by Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Rare 1970’s ‘Cole Porter Etagere’ or bookcase by Karl Springer. Constructed of metal with a polish gunmetal finish and black lacquered shelfs. It...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Partner 2506 Shelf, Design by Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzatto for Kartell, 1998
Located in FERROL, ES
Partner 2506 shelf, design by Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzatto for Kartell, 1998. 5 shelves made of 2 sheets of extruded aluminum one on each side of the shelf connected with injec...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Aluminum

Modern White Lacquer Bookcase by Piero Lissoni for Cassina Italy
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
PRICED EACH! Modern White Lacquer Bookcase by Piero Lissoni for Cassina Italy. This listing is for one etagere but we actually have two availab...
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1990s Modern Bookcases

Materials

Lacquer

Modern bookcases for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Modern bookcases for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage bookcases created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include case pieces and storage cabinets, more furniture and collectibles, wall decorations and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, wood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Modern bookcases made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and Denmark pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original bookcases, popular names associated with this style include DeCastelli, Kartell, Souda, and Danese Milano. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for bookcases differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $120 and tops out at $96,530 while the average work can sell for $3,910.

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