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MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Pair of Decorative Italian Cabinets in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of cabinets, oak, Italy, 1970s These Art Deco inspired have a very rare and unique look. The cabinets consist out of two layers that each form a different part. The upper pie...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Oak

Guillerme & Chambron Cabinet in Stained Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron, cabinet, oak, France, 1960s This sculptural cabinet is made by the designer duo Guillerme & Chambron. The piece is executed in solid, stained oak and feature...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Oak

Broyhill Saga Mid Century Walnut Credenza Buffet with Hutch
Located in Countryside, IL
Broyhill Saga mid century walnut credenza buffet with hutch This buffet measures: 38.75 wide x 17.25 deep x 65 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Glass, Walnut

Raymond Loewy for Mengel Buffet/ Desk/ Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Raymond Loewy versatile buffet/ desk/ dining table! Buffet that does everything! Nice Display area with lower storage. Leaf Pulls up to work as a Desk, but then pulls out more to wor...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Iron

Modern Herringbone Cabinet
Located in Port Chester, NY
Modern two door herringbone parquetry and mesquite finish mahogany cabinet. Each door covered with hair on hide and with cast brass handles and a twin section interior with adjustabl...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Leather, Wood

Mount Airy Mid Century Sideboard Buffet Credenza
Located in Countryside, IL
Mount Airy Mid Century sideboard buffet credenza The base cabinet without hutch measures 66.5 long x 20 deep x 31 inches high The hutch measures 33 wide x 12 deep x 49 inches high ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Wood

Stellar Bamboo Buffet or Credenza in the Style of Milo Baughman
Located in Atlanta, GA
This magnificent chest is shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Completely installation ready. A fabulous meticulously restored four-door ca...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Bamboo, Hardwood

Cabinet Deco Burl Veneer Metal Glass Italy 1920s-1930s
Located in Milano, IT
Buffet cabinet with hinged doors and drawers, burl veneered wood, with metal profile at the base and clear glass resting on the top.
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1920s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Metal

Square Buffet Italian Midcentury Design Solid Teak Black Laminate Brown Cabinet
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Square buffet Italian midcentury design solid teak black laminate brown, with internal and external drawers inside, excellent execution quality. Unfortunately there is a burn spot on...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Laminate, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Teak Wood Bar Cabinet by Erik Buch for Dyrlund, Denmark 1960s
Located in Regensburg, DE
Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern teak wood bar cabinet by Erik Buch for Dyrlund, from Denmark, 1960s. Wood: teak wood veneered, oiled and polished. Design: Erik Buch for Dyrlund-S...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Metal

Set of Four Guillerme & Chambron Cabinets in Stained Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron, cabinet, oak, France, 1960s This sculptural cabinet is made by the designer duo Guillerme & Chambron. The pieces are executed in solid, stained oak and featu...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Oak

Vintage Mahogany Breakfront Four Shelves
By RWAY
Located in Pasadena, TX
A 5ft multi-use vintage RWAY breakfront cabinet. Two large shelves on top can hold anything from books to memorabilia to non-refrigerated drinks; two sliding doors below reveal anoth...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Mahogany

Guillerme & Chambron Cabinet in Stained Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron, cabinet, oak, France, 1960s This sculptural cabinet is made by the designer duo Guillerme & Chambron. The piece is executed in solid, stained oak and feature...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Oak

Modern Emerald Hand Polished Sideboard Buffet
Located in North York, ON
Modern emerald hand polished sideboard buffet. Featuring stunning hand polished emerald lacquer finish with brass finished hinges for a beautiful contrasting look. Interior features ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Metal

Pair of Guillerme & Chambron Buffets in Stained Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of Guillerme & Chambron, buffets, oak, France, 1960s These sculptural cabinets are made by the designer duo Guillerme & Chambron. The piece is executed in solid, stained oak ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Oak

Extra Large Danish Midcentury Gunni Omann Teak Sideboard by ACO Møbler, 1960s
By Gunni Omann, Axel Christiansen Odder
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
Stunning midcentury designed by Gunni Omann teak sideboard by ACO Møbler, 1960s, lovely top and sliding doors, fully lined (four) drawers and stands on nice solid teak legs (this is ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Teak

Franco Albini MB15 Sideboard Buffet for Poggi, Italy, 1957
Located in IT
Sideboard designed by Franco Albini for Poggi in 1957. Albini was a very important Italian designer, while Poggi was an important manufacturer company. This credenza is the model MB1...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Wood

French 1940s Art Deco Bookmatched Walnut Sideboard with Nickeled Bronze Details
Located in New York, NY
This elegant sideboard was realized in France, circa 1940. It features a serpentine front, as well as a skyscraper style top with nickeled bronze banding and a black vitrolite inset....
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Nickel

"Monaco" Sideboard by Gerard Guermonprez for Magnani, Paris, 1957
Located in Grenoble, FR
"Monaco" sideboard by Gerard Guermonprez for Magnani, Paris, 1957 French design, without handles, the doors open by pushing a button one on each side (pictures) releasing an intern...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Birch

A Single French 1970s Modernist Walnut Cabinet by Gilles Bouchez
Located in New York, NY
GILLES BOUCHEZ A single handsome walnut cabinet with sculptural chromed steel mounts. Finished interior with two shelves. Finished back, can be used floating. France, 1970s ONE AVAI...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Steel, Chrome

Paul Frankl Combed Wood Buffet or Credenza for Brown Saltman
Located in Van Nuys, CA
This Mid-Century Modern buffet or credenza by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Company features his trademark combed wood sides with black lacquer top. It is branded beneath "Brown-S...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Brass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Credenza/ Buffet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Paul McCobb Planner Group Credenza or Buffet. Pull out drawers behind 2 Sliding Doors. Extremely functional and beautiful design! Looks like someone painted doors yellow a long time ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Maple

Mid Century Buffet
Located in Port Chester, NY
A mid century style buffet with an unlaid parquetry design. The sideboard cabinet is constricted of American walnut solids and veneers finished in a transparent lacquer. The hardware...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Metal

Stunning Italian Bar Cabinet
Located in Antwerp, BE
The buffet is mobile and can be driven in the wall unit. The bar has a beautiful copper countertop installed. The cabinets of the wall unit is equipped with lights and the refrigerat...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Copper, Brass

Minimal Italian Mid-Century Geometric Cabinet Bar Mahogany Dassi Milano
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Minimal Italian mid-century geometric cabinet bar mahogany Dassi Milano. In the center a large door with a bar compartment for spirits and glasses with a green laminate top, under...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Laminate, Mahogany

Scandinavian Teak Showcase from the 60's by HW Klein Edited by Bramin
Located in Lyon, FR
Very nice Scandinavian vitrine from the 60's attributed to designer Henry Walt Klein, edited by Bramin. Structure in solid teak and veneer. It is composed of two sliding glass doors ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Glass, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Credenza
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A sleek mid-century credenza is handcrafted out of mahogany wood stained in an elegant ebonized color with gilt molding details and a newly lacquered finish by our team of in house c...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Felt, Wood, Giltwood, Mahogany, Lacquer

"Sylvie" Sideboard by Jean René Caillette Vintage 60's Edited by Georges Charron
By Charron, Jean Rene Cailette
Located in Lyon, FR
Magnificent 60's enfilade by French designer Jean René Caillette, "Sylvie" model edited by Georges Charron. Structure in solid rosewood and veneer, legs and handles in brushed brass....
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Brass

Rare Heywood Wakefield Buffet / Server on Tall Legs C3709
Located in Crockett, CA
Hard to find Heywood Wakefield server on tall legs. The doors are at a slight angle and the two drawers are slightly recessed. The deep drawers provide ample storage space. This serv...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Birch

50's Italian Sideboard Design Marquetry & Floral Decoration Gio Ponti F248
Located in Lyon, FR
Very nice 50's Italian tripod sideboard / chest of drawers. Solid oak rounded piece of furniture with two swing doors and inside a shelf on each side. Note the superb handmade marque...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Wood, Oak

Rex Mobili Italian Credenza
By Rex Mobili
Located in Houston, TX
A midcentury Italian credenza by Rex Mobili, circa 1960.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Wood

Ronnie Brahms for H. Sacks Wall Mounted Console Server
Located in Hingham, MA
Gracious and at once both neoclassical and modern, this wall-mounted buffet console was designed by the late Ronnie Brahms and produced by the family owned furniture workshop of H. S...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Walnut

Pair of Nightstands Brass and Mirror by Renato Zevi, Italy, 1970s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Pair of nightstands, side end tables or small buffets by the designer Renato Zevi. Black lacquered wood, brass and pink goldish smoke mirror faces. Famous design like Willy Rizzo, Ma...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Brass

Maison Regain High Sideboard in Solid Elm, France, 1970s
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
This impressive high sideboard was produced by Maison Regain in France in the late 1970s. The sideboard is made in solid elmwood and has a double door on the left with two beautifull...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Elm

Mid-Century Glass and Brass Italian Sideboard, 1980
Located in Rome, IT
Truly loving sideboard, covered with glass of a delicate cream color, the bar cabinet is indisputably original in its kind of design. Elegant and well finished also internally always...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Glass

Cocobolo Midcentury Sideboard, 1960s
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
Midcentury sideboard from the 1960s. It is a shining example of the form and function synonymous with furniture of this era. It has is all, well-built, great design and heaviness. Fo...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Cocobolo

American Buffet Midcentury
Located in Bridgewater, CT
American buffet midcentury Silvered wood and antiquated mirror.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Mirror, Wood

Italian Modern Faux Slate and Polished Chrome Console, Attributed to Willy Rizzo
Located in Hollywood, FL
The rectangular top with irregular edges to simulate slate (composition), over a polished chrome base with rounded edges.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Slate

Remarkable Chest or Buffet by American of Martinsville in Cream Lacquer
Located in Atlanta, GA
An absolutely jaw-dropping chest/buffet from a rare series by American of Martinsville, circa 1960. Beautiful, stout hardwood case construction, with brass and leather accents. Fabul...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Scandinavian Two-Tone Rosewood Buffet Credenza with Nickel Hardware
Located in Troy, MI
Scandinavian buffet or credenza in dark and lighter contrasting rosewood with polished nickel hardware, circa 1970s. Four sliding doors with outer two compartments having single inte...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Nickel

1960s - 1970s Design Burl Walnut Wooden Important Sideboard
Located in Tourcoing, FR
1960s - 1970s design burl walnut wooden important sideboard.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Burl, Walnut

Minimalist Mid-Century Modern Media Storage in Solid Wood
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Design + Storage + Minimalism = Pelt Credenza. Craft in solid wood, the pelt credenza showcase an organic yet stylish silhouette with straight clean lines. Two doors open to reveal g...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Walnut Credenza Sideboard Buffet Credenza Dresser with Tambour Doors
Located in West Hartford, CT
This versatile walnut mid-century credenza can be used as a sideboard, buffet, dresser or entertainment console. It has plenty of storage and features two tambour doors that open to ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Wood, Teak, Walnut

Johannes Andersen Teak Highboard-Buffet for HC MØBLER 1960's
Located in Budapest, HU
A very rare buffet-high board made of teak wood from the Danish master. The previous owner painted the doors white and blue. It took a lot of time, expertise and work to take off the...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Teak

Peter Hvidt Orla Molgaard Nielsen Soborg Mobelfabrik MCM Teak Tambour Buffet
Located in Countryside, IL
Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard Nielsen for Soborg Mobelfabrik Mid Century teak tambour door credenza buffet and hutch This credenza measures: 65 wide x 19 deep x 34 inches high; th...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Teak

Norwegian Rose Marble Top on Pistachio Green Lime Washed Buffet Cabinet
Located in Hingham, MA
A modern custom built white oak sideboard buffet with magnificent Norwegian Rose marble top showing colors of pink, grey and white. Carved giltwood edge under top. Monticello curve t...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Marble

Guillerme & Chambron Cabinet 'Thierry' in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron, cabinet, model 'Thierry', oak, France, 1960s This model 'Thierry' case piece is designed by Guillerme & Chambron. It features geometric engravings in the doo...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Ceramic, Oak

John Van Koert for Drexel Profile Mid Century Walnut China Cabinet
Located in Countryside, IL
John Van Koert for Drexel profile mid century walnut china cabinet The china cabinet measures: 48 wide x 16 deep x 70.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Brass

Monumental Ebonized Four-Door Credenza Buffet by Jamie Herzlinger
Located in Hollywood, FL
The rectangular top above four doors with pyramidal lozenges overall on the doors, the finish in cerused ebonized matte Custom designed by renowned designer Jamie Herzlinger Design...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Wood

1950s Midcentury Scandinavian Large Black Tall Bow Fronted Sideboard Credenza
Located in London, GB
1950s midcentury Scandinavian bow-fronted sideboard or credenza. A very well-made piece of furniture presented on carved tapered legs. The curved side doors open to reveal two shelve...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Wood

Officina, moden Tv Unit in Mimetica Veneered
Located in Barlassina, Monza-Brianza
Officina, Tv Unit in Mimetica Veneered. Meaning Officina is the Italian name of the auto-repair store. The details are coming from the mechanic environment: metal clamps as handles a...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Teak Credenza Highboard by Johannes Andersen for J.Skaaning, 1960
Located in Budapest, HU
Very rare, beautifully restored Danish Classic. Solid teak with very nice veining. Top features two sliding tambour doors in the center that reveal adjustable shelving on the left an...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Teak

Florence Knoll for Knoll Model 541 Walnut Credenza with White Lacquer Doors
Located in Ferndale, MI
Florence Knoll design for Knoll. Walnut cabinet with four across lacquered doors on square dove tailed legs. Fitted interior of blonde maple includes four adjustable shelves and two ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Walnut

Mid Century Modern Buffet
Located in Port Chester, NY
A Mid Century Modern style Hyedua veneered buffet, the rectangular top above four silver Argento doors with relief bamboo decoration, the interior in Sycamore with two adjustable she...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Wood

Buffet, Design Attribuito a Romeo Rega, Italy, 1970
Located in Napoli, IT
Buffet, design attributed to Romeo Rega, Italy, 1970. Lacquered wood and brass.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Brass

1945s Commode in Sycamore and Eglomised Mirror by R. Prou
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Commode in sycamore and églomisé mirror consisting of a trunk of slightly trapezoidal shape opening in front by two doors with églomisé mirror and sycamore frames. It rests on a syc...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Paul McCobb Side Board
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul McCobb side board for Calvin-The Irwin collection walnut case, finished on back, walnut body and travertine marble top, accordion folding doors open concealing two pull-out draw...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Travertine

Large Danish Midcentury Teak Highboard, 1960s
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
Stunning midcentury teak highboard, 1960s, lovely top and sliding doors, fully lined (four) drawers and stands on nice solid teak legs and sculptural handles, which makes the whole m...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Teak