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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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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
Lage Bookcase Matt Walnut Veneer Dark Oxidized Brass Metal Black Lacquered
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Lage Bookcase Matt Walnut Veneer Dark Oxidized Brass Metal Black Lacquered Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. An asymmetrical design th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Brass

Modern Steel Etagere Bookcase, Meridian Modular Credenza by Force/Collide
Located in Seattle, WA
The most versatile piece of furniture in Force/Collide's portfolio, the Meridian Modular Credenza is an all-steel construction consisting of double-sided paneling with no exposed fas...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Hobart Bookcase Slanted Shape American Oak Black Gold Bronze Champagne Lacquered
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Hobart Bookcase Slanted Shape American Oak Black Gold Bronze Champagne Lacquered Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The world changes w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Oak

Ben King Colorful Stand Designed by Thomas Dariel
Located in Geneve, CH
Ben King colorful stand designed by Thomas Dariel, Maison Dada. Measures: W 38 x D 36.6 x H 55 cm Structure in MDF with painted ash veneer Metal base plated with Champagne color f...
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2010s French Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Silver Tower Open Shelving Unit
Located in New York, NY
Add a strong vertical element to any environment, then put your things on it. Perfect as a standalone piece or nested in a corner, the Tower is a great solution for adding storage in...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Danese Milano Archivio Vivo Medium Book Stand in Silver Aluminum by James Irvine
Located in Hicksville, NY
Archivio vivo is a bookstand that is available in two versions. The first version is freestanding and can be placed on a table or desk whereas the second can be fixed to the wall. Th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Lucite / Bamboo / Glass Etagere in the Style of Karl Springer
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very well crafted Etagere with clear Lucite posts straddled by hardened bamboo pieces woven to each corner making for nice detailed construction . Five glass shelves that include t...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Modern Bookcases

Materials

Bamboo, Glass, Lucite

Monkey Doodling Collection Design Roberto Giacomucci Year 2016
Located in ancona, IT
The “Doodling” collection is made of white Carrara marble, the most precious marble in the world, always sought after for its purity. They are entirely made with a 5-axis numerical ...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Carrara Marble

Lou Hodges California Modern Modular Bookcase / Room Divider in Walnut, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This modular bookcase is by Lou Hodges, designed and produced in California in the 1970s through early 1980s. You can configure this modular set in so many ways, each of the two unit...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Bookcases

Materials

Walnut

Juno Book Shelves in Walnut Structure with Glass Door by E-GGS
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Juno is a container of stories. It is the attempt to reawaken the romantic side of the house, lost in the contemporary frenzy. It is the will to revive the concept of the glass cabin...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Copacabana Bookcase in Natural Oak, Travertino
Located in Leça da Palmeira, PT
The Copacabana bookcase is one of the pieces from the Copacabana collection that was influenced by the sidewalks of Rio de Janeiro, most recognized for their mosaic artistry. Its flu...
Category

2010s Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Travertine, Brass

Praga Bookshelf, Contemporary Portuguese Design
Located in Porto, PT
Praga bookshelf is a work of art, a decorative object and a piece of furniture. This practical and architectural element can be placed against a wall or it can be used as a room sepa...
Category

2010s Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Stainless Steel

Pyrite Bookshelf by Luca Nichetto
Located in Geneve, CH
Pyrite Vertical bookshelf by Luca Nichetto Materials: Drawers: Noce Canaletto solid wood, Leather Structure: Dark green NCS 8010 B70G/Coral NCS 2570 Y70R/Nero Ferro/ Light grey NC...
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2010s French Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Contemporary Sculptural Black Steel Etagere Bookcase Storage Shelf USA
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

Materials

Steel

Danese Milano Archivio Vivo Small Book Stand in Blue Aluminum by James Irvine
Located in Hicksville, NY
Archivio vivo is a bookstand that is available in two versions. The first version is freestanding and can be placed on a table or desk whereas the second can be fixed to the wall. Th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Maarten van Severen for Vitra Pink, Green, Yellow Kast Three-High Storage Unit
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Maarten van Severen for Vitra pink, green, yellow kast three-high storage unit. A key theme in the oeuvre of Maarten van Severen is storage furniture, be it shelves, cupboards or...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Gianfranco Ferré Home Psyco Bookcase in Black Chrome with Leather Upholstery
Located in Cantù, Lombardia
A new chrome-plated London smoke grey for the Psycho bookcase, presented for the first time at the Salone del mobile, 2018. The original oriental inspiration that can be found in the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Chrome

Modern Walnut Nightstand
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
This Modern walnut nightstand is made in the heart of Ohio with locally sourced wood. Each piece is hand-made with solid walnut and finished with a beautiful matte commercial grade f...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Walnut

Kartell Bookworm in Aluminum
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Bookworm, the flexible bookcase, is the result of the encounter between the creativity of an artist such as Ron Arad, combined with Kartell's technology, giving life to a revolutiona...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Plastic

Silver Office Open Shelving Unit
Located in New York, NY
The Office module can function as a standalone unit, or be combined to suit larger applications. Made with .090" brake-formed steel shelving and .065" wall steel tube with standard 1...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Black Sculptural "Rocky" Credenza, Charles Kalpakian
Located in Geneve, CH
Black sculptural "Rocky" credenza - Charles Kalpakian Dimensions: W 140 x D 36 x H 95 cm Materials: Steel Different colors are available Rocky is a sculptural piece. It can b...
Category

2010s French Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Nendo Large Drop Bookcases in Anthracite Matte Lacquered Metal for Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
An ingenious challenge against the force of gravity, the Drop, by Nendo, is a two-sided column bookshelf offered in 3 different heights. The Drop bookshelves are made of matte lacque...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Maré Boockcase in Aluminum and Natural Teak Wood Beige
Located in Bento Gonclaves Rio Grande do Sul, BR
Inspired by the movement of the sea waves coming and going from the waves, the Maré bookcase brings in its design the lightness and elegance of the tubes and perforated aluminum shee...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Bookshelf Structure Wood Ebony Veneered Back in Vetrite with Strip Led
Located in London, GB
Sicis is delighted to welcome you at ‘Home’. The classically inspired extent in contemporary plays an eclectic style, elegant and refined. Interiors express personality. A constant...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Ebony, Glass

Amorph Luxor Bookcase with Solid Walnut and Gold Finish
Located in Gardena, CA
Modern bookcase with walnut shelves and gold finish structure.  
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Paint

Invisible Contemporary Bookshelf by Hyukjoon Choi
Located in London, GB
Invisible began with a concept of ‘what if a furniture is invisible?’. To make the furniture be considered as if it doesn’t exist though it actually exists, a space has been made wi...
Category

2010s Korean Modern Bookcases

Materials

Stainless Steel

Italian Modern Glass Exhibitor Bookcase on Wheels by Gallotti & Radice, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern glass exhibitor bookcase on wheels by Gallotti & Radice, 1970s Exhibitor with mobile structure on wheels with glass shelves and details and corner fittings in chromed...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Tower Bookcase
Located in New York, NY
Part of the attraction and romance of great books is the ability to transport us to other dimensions and different epochs. They hid treasures and mysterious stories that subtly trans...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Smoked Glass, Wood

LateB Metal Contemporary Sculptural Bookcase Made in Italy by LapiegaWD
Located in Verona, IT
Two arches enclose and enhance stacks of books gently suspended from a light and resistant structure. Designed by Enrico Girotti for lapiegaWD LateB is a sculptural bookcase availab...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

USM Haller Shelving Cabinet
Located in Great Barrington, MA
With two drop down doors and 4 open shelves. This cabinet is slightly used in the movie, The Upside. Designed by Swiss architect Fritz Haller and Paul Schaerer in 1963. Made from pow...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Black Primitive Bookshelf by Studio Nucleo, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
The Primitive bookshelf was one of the strongest and most iconic products designed by Studio Nucleo. Initially made as a limited-edition product, this bookshelf is now industrialized...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Plastic

Samedan Bookcase by Act_Romegialli by Fioroni
Located in Milan, IT
A striking and versatile complement to a modern home, this bookcase by Act_Romegialli is made of iron and wood, each marking a different tension, with six vertical white-lacquered ir...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Iron

Rossana Orlandi Aqua Shelf B in Mirrored Silver by Francesco Messina for 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

Orizaba Two Sided Bookcase Module A, Wood and Aluminium, Contemporary Design
Located in Mexico City, MX
This two siede bookshelf stands out for its sleek design. It was conceived as a compound of modular pieces that can be assembled in different variations depending on the client’s nee...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Ben King Colorful Stand Designed by Thomas Dariel
Located in Geneve, CH
Ben King colorful stand designed by Thomas Dariel, Maison Dada Measures: W 38 x D 36.6 x H 55 cm Structure in MDF with painted ash veneer Metal base plated with Champagne color finis...
Category

2010s French Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

"ZigZag" Bronze Painted Steel and Oak Veneered High Bookcase by K. Grcic, Driade
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"ZigZag" is a high bookcase, designed by Konstantin Grcic and manufactured by Driade, featuring structure in bronze painted steel and oak veneered shelves. Bookends in sheet metal st...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

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...
Category

2010s North American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Casey Lurie Studio Modern Low "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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Brass, Stainless 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 o...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Walnut

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 o...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Pink Velvet Bubble Gum Juke Bookcase by Circu Magical Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Is there a way we can make a bookcase look even cooler? With Circu, it's always possible. The Bubble Gum Juke Bookshelf was inspired by the famous jukebox that puts everyone dancing ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Velvet, Lacquer

Fragmented Minimalist Bookshelf in Stainless Steel by Objects with Narrative
By Objects With Narratives
Located in London, GB
A window is historically understood as a condition to observe the world. Today computers and smartphones are our new windows to perceive society. These screens try to idealize everyt...
Category

2010s Belgian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Stainless Steel

Contemporary Room Divider Shelving "30/30 L" 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...
Category

2010s North American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Modern Modular Shelf, Bookcase, Mod. NL38 Nathan Lindberg, Solid Oak Wall Unit
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Amazing designer shelf, made in solid oak, this piece is made of solid oakwood in 4cm (1,57 in.) Beautiful piece, super heavy weight about 100kg (approx. 220 lbs) It's a contemporary...
Category

2010s German Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Kartell Sound Rack Modular Bookcase in Crystal 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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Resin

LateB Metal Contemporary Sculptural Bookcase Made in Italy by LapiegaWD
Located in Verona, IT
Two arches enclose and enhance stacks of books gently suspended from a light and resistant structure. Designed by Enrico Girotti for lapiegaWD LateB is a sculptural bookcase availa...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Silver Study Open Shelving Unit
Located in New York, NY
Perfect for large format items, the generous open shelves can accommodate anything. Made with .090" brake-formed steel shelving and .065" wall steel tube with 1-1/2" leveling feet. S...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Corner Cupboard Shelf Coffee Table Storage Cabinet Bookcase Medulum
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...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Sky Bookcase in Dark Gray Wood with Yellow Interior
Located in New York, NY
The Sky bookcase is a kids’ bookcase inspired by the Disney movie “Planes” and it is the perfect storage item for your aviation inspired bedroom decoration. With a creative and playf...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Rossana Orlandi Aqua Shelf A in Mirrored Silver by Francesco Messina for 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

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 an intuition and as surprising as...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Contemporary Bookcase Onyx Top Floor to Ceiling Storage Unit Brass Bookshelf
Located in Milan, IT
Bookcase 01 Floor to ceiling bookcase featuring 3 back-painted glass doors colored in red tones, onyx or marble top, lacquered wooden interior and brass shelving. Each of the three ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Onyx, Brass

Jacques Lucite and Brass Étagère
Located in New York, NY
Clearly cool. Our Jacques collection is the perfect blend of simplicity and glamour, modern and traditional. Shown in crystal clear Lucite with brushed brass. Also available in moody...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Casey Lurie Studio Modern Low "Pylon" Shelving System in Ash
Located in Chicago, IL
The “Pylon” profile comprises overhanging, interleaved shelves grounded by stacked, conical spacers. These solid elements add visual weight and totemic structure to the shelf system’...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

Solo Shelves by Imperfettolab
Located in Geneve, CH
Solo Shelves by Imperfettolab Dimensions: 300 x 51 x H 350 cm Materials: Fiberglass Imperfetto Lab Who we are ? We are a family. Verter Turroni, Emanuela Ravelli and our child...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Mondrian Mid-Century Modern Bookcase, Unique Piece
Located in Miami, FL
Mondrian Mid-Century Modern bookcase, unique piece. In the taste of Mondrian, 1940.
Category

Mid-20th Century European Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Set of Three Burl Wood and Smoked Plexiglass Bookcases
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Set of three vintage bookcases. Burl wood shelves and smoked plexiglass vertical supports with brass fittings, American, 1970s.
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Plexiglass, Burl

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