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Post-Modern Bookcases

POSTMODERN STYLE

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

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Style: Post-Modern
'Biblos' Bookcase in Marble by Renato Polidori
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Renato Polidori for Skipper, 'Biblos' bookcase, two types of marble, Italy, 1976. Postmodern cabinet in marble, designed by the Italian Renato Polidori in 1976. The bookcase consi...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

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Marble

Eta & Beta Bookcases by Achille Castiglioni for BBB, 1980s
Located in Renens, CH
Set of 3 bookcases designed by Achille Castigliono, for BBB (Italy) by the end of the 1970s. These bookcases (2x BETA, 1 x ETA) were originally purchased during the 1980s; they c...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Blash Small Pink Shelf by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Blash Small Pink Shelf by Pulpo Dimensions: D30 x W20 x H11 cm Materials: casted glass Also available in different colours. Like a hit of colour and transparency across your ...
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2010s German Post-Modern Bookcases

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Glass

Black DNA Rotating Bookcase by Kasadamo
Located in Geneve, CH
Black DNA rotating bookcase by Kasadamo Dimensions: D 60 x W 70 x H 235 cm (Fixation basis W 90 cm) Materials: steel, glass Also available with static shelves. Other colors and ma...
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2010s Swiss Post-Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Memphis Design 'Colonna Ollo' Cabinet by Alessandro Mendini, Italy 1980s
Located in Hellouw, NL
Memphis Design 'Colonna Ollo' Cabinet by Alessandro Mendini, Italy 1980s. This cabinet is impressive due to its shape, graphical design, and size. The cabinet consists of wood with a...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Reading Horse by Made by Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Reading horse, book stand by Made By Choice with Katrín Ólína Dimensions: 33 x 20, H34 cm Materials: Birch plywood Also available: natural oak / painted black or custom colors o...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Bookcases

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Plywood

Pivot Bookshelf Green by SEM
Located in Geneve, CH
Pivot bookshelf by SEM Dimensions: W216 x D38 x H203 cm Material: metallic tubolar structure, pivoting doors in surface in antique brass or patinas, Shelves in fossil elm or Canale...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Brass

Italian Post Modern Travertine, Wood and Polished Stainless Steel Bookcase
Located in Weesp, NL
Stylish and sleek Italian made post modern bookcase / etagere with oversized Lamp shades. This rare piece is in fantastic condition. It is made of a solid Travertine base and wooden...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

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Travertine, Stainless Steel

Blash Small Grey Shelf by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Blash Small Grey Shelf by Pulpo Dimensions: D30 x W20 x H11 cm Materials: casted glass Also available in different colours. Please contact us. Like a hit of colour and transparency...
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2010s German Post-Modern Bookcases

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Glass

Italian Shelving Unit in Walnut, Bespoke Vintage Architect Piece
Located in Antwerp, BE
Tall architectural library, walnut, Postmodern, Italy, 1980s Superb piece in beautifully grained italian walnut. The height of this piece makes it stand out from any other bookca...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Bookcases

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Walnut

Hug Bookcase by Rejo Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Hug Bookcase by Rejo Studio Dimensions: D 165 x W 35 x H 180 cm Materials: Olivewood burl with Silver Metal This bookcase was designed to resemble, to some extent, what stormed ...
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2010s Saudi Arabian Post-Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Italian Bookcase in Blue Lacquered Bamboo, Rattan and Brass
Located in Milano, IT
Elegant 80's Italian post modern bamboo bookcase. The bookcase is excellently made with a bamboo structure painted or lacquered in teal or blue. In the lower part we find two door d...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Leather Tall Magazine Rack by Charlotte Besson-Oberlin
Located in Geneve, CH
Leather tall magazine rack by Charlotte Besson-Oberlin Dimensions: 55 x 12 x H 104cm Materials: Structure in black patinated brass and leather Hand made in France Four long...
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2010s French Post-Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Brut Parsol Grey Shelves by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Brut Parsol Grey Shelves by Pulpo Dimensions: D80 x W35 x H100 cm Materials: glass and marble Also available in different finishes. Art Brut: Ferréol Babin’s working method i...
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2010s German Post-Modern Bookcases

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Marble

Postmodern Metal and Glass Bookshelves from Tonin Casa, Italy, 1980s
Located in Zagreb, HR
Italian postmodern bookshelves produced in the 1980s and 1990s by Tonin Casa, Italy The stunning postmodern sculptural form of the bookshelves features a minimalist metal structu...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Blash Medium Grey Shelf by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Blash medium grey shelf by Pulpo Dimensions: D50 x W20 x H11 cm Materials: casted glass Also available in different colours. Like a hit of colour and transparency across you...
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2010s German Post-Modern Bookcases

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Glass

Bo Concepts Copenhagen Wall System Freestanding Bookcase Cupboard
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning Bo Concepts Copenhagen wall unit bookcase RRP £7000 A very well made piece that offers huge amounts of storage, this unit has 14 s...
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20th Century Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Luigi Saccardo ´Topline´ Wall Unit in Laminated Wood
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Luigi Saccardo, 'Topline' wall unit, laminated wood, metal, Italy, circa 1976. This eccentric wall unit is designed by the Italian designer Luigi Saccardo as part of the ´Topline´ ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Bookcase Freestanding Teak Ebonized Charlotte Perriand after H 6ft 10.5" L 3ft1"
Located in Eversholt, Bedfordshire
After Charlotte Perriand, freestanding teak and ebonized bookcase on a plinth base. Measures: L 3t 1" H 6ft 10.5. Deeply inspired by Japanese architecture when she lived in Tokyo in...
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1970s French Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

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Teak, Ebony

Pivot Bookshelf Blue by SEM
Located in Geneve, CH
Pivot bookshelf by SEM Dimensions: W156 x D38 x H203 cm Material:Metallic tubolar structure, Pivoting doors in surface in antique brass or patinas, Shelves in fossil elm or Canalet...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Brass

Portici Bookcase, Calacatta Gold by Sissy Daniele
Located in Geneve, CH
Portici bookcase, Calacatta gold by Sissy Daniele Dimensions: W 170 x D 30 x H 215 cm Materials: Calacatta gold, bronze Also available: Marquinia and Fumigated wooden case packi...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Bookcases

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Marble, Bronze

Memphis 'Cappello' Library by Susana Solano
Located in Antwerp, BE
Metal shelving piece, by artist Susana Solano, Meta Memphis, Italy, 1989 This was a limited edition of 25 pieces for Memphis Milano. The book case shelving is adjustable in heigh...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

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Iron

Object 009 Shelves by NG Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Object 009 shelves by NG Design Dimensions: D160 x W40 x H190 cm Materials: Powder coated steel. Also Available: All of objects available in different materials and colors on de...
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2010s Polish Post-Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Library or Book Shelve Postmodern, Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Postmodern bookcase, Italy 1980s, style Enzo Mari The piece is free standing and could also serve as a room divider.       
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

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Upholstery, Wood

Pierre Sala Pencil Shelf, circa 1980s
By Pierre Sala
Located in Hastings, GB
Fantastic Postmodern shelving unit in the design of oversized pencils Attributed to Pierre Sala, France, 1980s (Model Claire Fontaine) Great strong primary colors There are some a...
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Late 20th Century French Post-Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Portici Bookcase, Marquinia with F. Wooden Case by Sissy Daniele
Located in Geneve, CH
Portici Bookcase, Marquinia with F. Wooden Case by Sissy Daniele Dimensions: W170 x D30 x H215 cm Materials: Marquinia, Bronze Also Available: Calacatta Gold and Fumigated Woode...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Transversal Shelves by FOAM
By FOAM
Located in Geneve, CH
Transversal shelves by FOAM Dimensions: D 125 x W 45 x H 200 cm Materials: maple wood. Available in other woods. Bookshelf made of maple, walnut or tzalam wood. Foam is a de...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Bookcases

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Maple

Spectator Shelf by Freia Achenbach
Located in Geneve, CH
Spectator shelf by Freia Achenbach Limited Edition of 50 Dimensions: D 110 x W 33 cm x H 200 cm Materials: resin, sand, foam If a sensory stimulus is offered to our perception,...
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2010s German Post-Modern Bookcases

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Resin, Foam

Original "Carlton" Cabinet/ Sculpture, designed by Ettore Sottsass
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Original "Carlton" bookcase/ room divider/ sculpture, designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1981, Italy. Wood construction with a coloured laminate surface, handmade in Italy. The cabinet ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

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Laminate

Marianne Bookshelf by Mingardo
Located in Geneve, CH
Marianne bookshelf by Mingardo Dimensions: D62 x W30 x H240 cm Materials: Matte nickel structure, tempered glass shelves. Natural brass details with spheres. Weight: 60 kg Also ...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Bookcases

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Brass, Nickel

Post-Modern Italian Shelve System Orezero
Located in Antwerp, BE
Memphis, industrial, post-modern shelving unit, by Orezero, Italy, 1980s Orezero is a palindrome.  
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Blash Small Amber Shelf by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Blash Amber shelf by Pulpo. Dimensions: D30 x W20 x H11 cm. Materials: casted glass. Also available in different colours. Like a hit of colour and transparency across your w...
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2010s German Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass

'Carlton' Room Divider and Bookcase by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano, Italy
Located in London, GB
Probably the most iconic of all Ettore Sottsass' designs, the colourful Carlton is half room divider, half bookcase and full size sculptural marvel. Designed in 1981, the Carlton for...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Bookcases

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Laminate, Wood

1973 Brazil Post Modern Wooden Bookcase by Edival Ramosa Blue Lacquered
Located in Brescia, IT
A dark Blue is the color of the lacquered modular bookcase designed by Edival Ramosa (brazilian artist born 1940). He was young when Ramosa met Arnaldo Pomodoro in Brazil: Pomodoro s...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Plywood

Blash Medium Transparent Shelf by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Blash medium transparent shelf by Pulpo Dimensions: D 50 x W 20 x H 11 cm Materials: casted glass Also available in different colours. Like a hit of colour and transparency a...
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2010s German Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass

Cotta Shelves by Decio Studio made at alfa.brussels for Everyday Gallery
Located in Antwerp, BE
Cotta Shelves book case by Decio Studio made at alfa.brussels for Everyday Gallery, unique piece, 2019??The piece belongs to categories: collectible design, functional art & art furn...
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2010s Belgian Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Clay

Portici Bookcase, Calacatta Gold with F. Wooden Case by Sissy Daniele
Located in Geneve, CH
Portici bookcase, Calacatta Gold with F. Wooden Case by Sissy Daniele Dimensions: W 170 x D 30 x H 215 cm Materials: Calacatta Gold, Bronze Also available: Marquinia and Fumigat...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Marble, Bronze

1980s, Vintage Hollywood Regency Gold Etagere with Glass Shelves
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Incredible Hollywood regency Etagere. Features a gold finish with glass shelves.  
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Pearl Screw Shelf Bookcase by Soft Baroque
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Pearl screw shelf by Soft Baroque is a series constructed using unusual hardware items. Walnut and engineering plastic are cut and arranged graphically, situated between a 2D world a...
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2010s British Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Mother-of-Pearl, Walnut

Wood Zuel Bookcase by Un’common
Located in Geneve, CH
Wood Zuel bookcase by Un’common Dimensions: W 42 x D 38 x H 170 cm Materials: Oak Also Available: Smoky Oak and Dark Oak materials also available. Edge Collection In the new p...
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2010s Polish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Oak

Innocent Bookshelf Four Modules by Mingardo
Located in Geneve, CH
Innocent Bookshelf Four Modules by Mingardo Dimensions: D166 x W39 x H76cm Materials: RAL 9005 black varnished iron structure, shelf in black stained oak Weight: 85 kg Also Av...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Iron

Parade 3 Shelves Oxide Red by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Parade 3 shelves Oxide Red by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D100 x W30 x H104 cm Material: Powder coated steel Weight: 12 kg Also available in different colours and dimensions. Ele...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Parade 3 Shelves Green Olive by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Parade 3 shelves Green Olive by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D100 x W30 x H104 cm Material: Powder coated steel Weight: 12 kg Also available in different colours and dimensions. E...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Set of 2 Parade Shelf Extentions Warm White by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Parade shelf extentions Warm White by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D30 x W2 x H39cm Material: Powder coated steel Weight: 0.7 kg Also available in different colors and dimens...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Set of 2 Parade Shelf Extentions Green Olive by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Parade shelf extentions green olive by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D 30 x W 2 x H 39cm Material: Powder coated steel Weight: 0.7 kg Also available in different colours and d...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Parade 1 Shelf Top Warm White by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Parade 1 shelf Top Warm White by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D100 x W30 x H19cm Material: Powder coated steel Weight: 4 kg Also available in different colors and dimensions. Eleg...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Repeat Shelf Rusty Red Right by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Repeat Shelf Rusty Red Right by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D60 x W23 x H26cm Material: Powder coated aluminium Weight: 5 kg Also available in different colours. Please contact us. Flex...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Parade 1 Shelf Extention Oxide Red by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Parade 1 shelf extention oxide red by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D 100 x W 30 x H 39cm Material: Powder coated steel Weight: 4 kg Also available in different colours and dimensions....
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Parade 3 Shelves Warm White by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Parade 3 shelves warm white by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D 100 x W 30 x H 104 cm Material: Powder coated steel Weight: 12 kg Also available in different colours and dimensions. ...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Parade 1 Shelf Extention Green Olive by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Parade 1 shelf extention green Olive by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D100 x W30 x H39cm Material: Powder coated steel Weight: 4 kg Also available in different colors and dimensions. ...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Repeat Shelf Warm White Right by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Repeat shelf warm white right by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D60 x W23 x H26cm Material: Powder coated aluminum Weight: 5 kg Also available in different colors. Flexible shelf un...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Repeat Shelf Black Noir Right by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Repeat Shelf Black Noir Right by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D60 x W23 x H26cm Material: Powder coated aluminium Weight: 5 kg Also available in different colours. Please contact us. Fle...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Repeat Shelf Warm White Left by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Repeat Shelf Warm White Left by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D60 x W23 x H26cm Material: Powder coated aluminium Weight: 5 kg Also available in different colours. Please contact us. Flex...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Parade 1 Shelf Extention Warm White by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Parade 1 shelf extention warm white by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D 100 x W 30 x H 39cm Material: Powder coated steel Weight: 4 kg Also available in different colours and dimensions...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Parade 1 Shelf Top Green Olive by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Parade 1 shelf Top Green Olive by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D100 x W30 x H19cm Material: Powder coated steel Weight: 4 kg Also available in different colors and dimensions. Ele...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Repeat Shelf Green Olive Left by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Repeat shelf green olive left by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D 60 x W 23 x H 26cm Material: Powder coated aluminium Weight: 5 kg Also available in different colours. Flexible shel...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Parade 1 Shelf Top Oxide Red by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Parade 1 shelf Top Oxide Red by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D100 x W30 x H19cm Material: Powder coated steel Weight: 4 kg Also available in different colors and dimensions. Elega...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Set of 2 Parade Shelf Extentions Oxide Red by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Parade Shelf Extentions Oxide Red by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D30 x W2 x H39cm Material: Powder coated steel Weight: 0.7 kg Also available in different colours and dimensions...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

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