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Modern Furniture Design

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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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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Modern Bookcase Cabinet The Peabody Collection
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Lawrence Peabody Manufacturer: Craft Associates Furniture Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern Specs: Black walnut, Claro walnut veneer This Lawrence Peabody modern boo...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Walnut

Lage Bookcase Matt Walnut Veneer Dark Oxidized Brass Metal Black Lacquered
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Metal structure bookcase lacquered in satin black. Shelves in walnut veneer with matt finish and main shelf in oxidized brass and dark oxidized brass, both with matt finish. Large...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Brass

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

Contemporary and crafted bookcase, shelves, shelf sideboard walnut or oak
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

Wood, Walnut

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

Vintage Paul Frankl Style Skyscraper Bookcase
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Superb vintage bookcase in the style of Paul Frankl's iconic 'Skyscraper Furniture' of the 1920s. Frankl was a pioneer in introducing ideas of modernism to the USA. This bookcase des...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Customizable Set of 3 Strut Shelves from Souda, Maple, Extra Long, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 3 116" shelves and 12 brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can a...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel, Metal

Customizable Set of 3 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Made to Order
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...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel, Metal

Set of 4 Strut Shelves from Souda, Modern White Wood Wall Shelf/Bookcase
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...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Steel

Set of 5 Strut Shelves from Souda, White, Modern Wood Wall Shelf or Bookcase
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...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel, Metal

Customizable Set of 2 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black and Maple, Made to Order
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...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Steel

Customizable Set of 5 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Extra long, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 5 116" shelves and 20 brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can a...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Steel

Customizable Set of 4 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Made to Order
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...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Steel

Customizable Set of 4 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 4 84" Shelves & 12 Brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adju...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Steel

Customizable Set of 6 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Modern, Made to Order
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

Steel, Metal

Customizable Set of 4 Strut Shelves from Souda, Maple, Extra long, Made to Order
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...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel, Metal

Tury Bookcase Tribeca Collection by Marco and Giulio Mantellassi
Located in Milan, IT
The Tury custom modular bookcase features a clean and linear design and an innovative veneer. The iron corten structure connects via satin brass spacers and the recurring feature wit...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Apollo Console, Bookshelf, Black Aluminium Frame, Oxidised Brass by Lara Bohinc
Located in London, GB
The Apollo console is a playful expression of loops and semi-circular arcs in galvanised steel metalwork, which combine to form a light and versatile structure of metal shelving, off...
Category

2010s Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Brass

Customizable Set of 2 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Made to Order
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...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel, Metal

Hobart Bookcase Slanted Shape Walnut Natural Finish Champagne Lacquered
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Bookcase with a tridimensional hexagon pattern in walnut veneer with matte finish. Base lacquered in high-gloss champagne-colored bronze powder. Hobart bookcase. WD075 walnut, ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Walnut

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

2010s Mexican Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

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

2010s Mexican Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

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

Connect Bookcase or Shelf Customizable in Blackened Steel and Polished Bronze
Located in Vancouver, BC
The Connect Bookcase is emblematic of the contemporary interweaving of mass manufacturing and traditional joinery technique. Construction and fastening details remain as evidence of ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Bronze, Bronze, Steel

JCP Universe Eret Console by Samer Alameen
Located in Cantu, IT
Measured out and bolted in is where you find your freedom from all that you want” Haiku by Alistair Gentry Over a hundred years since its inception, around the world there are thou...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Stainless Steel

Diapositive Bench with Black Cushion by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Collection comprising a bench, sofa, desks and small bookcase in transparent extralight, laminated and thermo-welded glass with elements of solid natural ash or dark brown oak at the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass

Deep Sea Bookcase in Light Blue Transparent Glass, by Nendo from Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Deep Sea bookcase is shown here in the light blue transaprent glass shelves. Collection of bookcase in laminated and thermo-welded transparent extralight glass. The shelves of the bo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass

JCP Universe Perflect Large Bookshelves-Cabinets by Sam Baron
Located in Cantu, IT
“They need new mirrors more than they need strange new worlds to find aliens” Haiku by Alistair Gentry Inspired from the middle age and Renaissance gravures about the optical illus...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

JCP Universe Set of Three Perflect Bookshelves-Cabinets by Sam Baron
Located in Cantu, IT
“They need new mirrors more than they need strange new worlds to find aliens” Haiku by Alistair Gentry Inspired from the middle age and Renaissance gravures about the optical illus...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

JCP Universe Perflect Small Bookshelves-Cabinets by Sam Baron
Located in Cantu, IT
“They need new mirrors more than they need strange new worlds to find aliens” Haiku by Alistair Gentry Inspired from the middle age and renaissance gravures about the optical illus...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Rossana Orlandi Rochester Bookshelf in Wenge by Francesco Messina for Cypraea
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 ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mauritian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Patinated Steel Étagère Shelving with Solid Walnut Drawn Faces and Concrete Base
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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Concrete, Steel

RS Barcelona By YouRShelf Bookshelf Standard Module in White by 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

Rossana Orlandi Odyssey V Anthracite Cabinet by Francesco Messina for 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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mauritian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

RS Barcelona By YouRShelf Bookshelf Module and Back in White by 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

Rossana Orlandi Volumi Sospesi L Bookcase in Wood and Glass by Matteo Casalegno
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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Reclaimed Wood, Glass

Etro Home Interiors Klee Bookcase in Wood and Polished Brass
By Etro
Located in Cantu, IT
A versatile and superb mix of elements in perfect Etro Home Interiors style: the structure in patinated bronzed metal with details in bordeaux finishing, the shelves in smoked eucaly...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

"Ercole e Afrodite Composition 8" Black or White Modular Box System by Driadelab
Located in New York, NY
"Ercole e Afrodite Composition 8" is a modular combinable box system on a base made of poplar chipboard, reinforced by an inserted tubular steel, with bleached oak or grey painted oa...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Stainless Steel

Baleri Italia Mac Gee Bookshelf in Black Steel by Philippe Starck
Located in Boltiere, BG
Modular bookshelves in steel sheet with epoxy finish in matte RAL 9005. A central upright structure supports five shelves of decreasing depth.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian 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

Baleri Italia Mac Gee Bookshelf in White Steel by Philippe Starck
Located in Boltiere, BG
Modular bookshelves in a steel sheet with epoxy finish in semi-glossy RAL 9010. A central upright structure supports five shelves of decreasing depths.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Baleri Italia Mac Gee Bookshelf in Metallic Silver Steel by Philippe Starck
Located in Boltiere, BG
Modular bookshelves in steel sheet with epoxy finish in semi-glossy metallic silver. A central upright structure supports five shelves of decreasing depths.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Nendo Medium Drop Bookcase Matte Mud Lacquered Metal Structure 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

Tegmark Open Front Cabinet with Hi Gloss Enamel Finish
Located in Cambridge, Ontario
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...
Category

2010s Canadian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Corner Cupboard, Shelf, Open Shelf Unit, Coffee Table
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

Corner cupboard, shelf, open shelf unit, coffe table height 138xØ46cm
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

Quantum Medium Bookshelf, by Piero Lissoni for Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Bookcases made of boxes of different sizes in transparent 10 mm extralight tempered glass, glued at 45° and deliberately overlapped in a misaligned and irregular way. Available with...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass

Contemporary Shelving Room Divider "Paso" in Walnut by Casey Lurie USA
Located in Chicago, IL
Minimalist and sophisticated, "Paso" is a versatile shelving unit designed for books or object collections. Alternating ladder-like shelves allow for books and objects of various siz...
Category

2010s North American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Contemporary Room Divider Shelving "30/30 M" 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

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 Modern Low "Primo" Shelving System in White Oak with Stainless Steel
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 latte...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

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

Modern Bookcase Room Divider - Minimal Steel Metal Shelving
By &New
Located in Leicester, GB
Modern freestanding shelves unit for books and plants. The shelves are designed to look delicate and airy but strong. The straight back design sits neatly against a wall or can be fr...
Category

2010s British Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel, Steel

Contemporary Stainless Steel And Mirror Polished Brass Bookshelf
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Vienna Bookshelf Contemporary and classically timeless designed bookshelf made by hand and designed by Troy Smith. This bookshelf is extremely well built and is virtually indestructi...
Category

2010s Canadian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

Montefeltro Bookcase by Michele De Lucchi
Located in Milan, IT
Montefeltro bookcase by Michele De Lucchi. Italy, 2008. Prototype. Limited Edition of 6 examples. Oak frame, walnut elements, linseed oil finishing. Signed: M. de Lucchi 2008. Measu...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Bookshelf Structure Plywood 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

Glass, Ebony, Plywood

Bookshelf Structure Plywood 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

Ebony, Glass, Plywood