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Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Lane First Edition Mid Century Gentlemans Chest Armoire, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning Gentlemans chest,,Lane first edition Mid-Century Modern gentlemans chest / armoire,,, Retains original finish, patina, signs of wear (door pull) from use,, Overall nice cond...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Italian Mid-Century Chest
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century wood chest with brass hardware and a blue glass top. Condition: Excellent vintage condition, minor wear consistent with age and use Measures: Width: 29.25” ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Rosewood and Brass Highboy Dresser
Located in Morgan, UT
Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin rosewood and brass five drawer highboy Thayer Coggin, USA 1970s Measures: 36 Wide x 18 Deep x 43.25 High Mid-Century Modern rosewood five dra...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

United Style Young Manufacturing Mcm Walnut and Brass 12-Drawer Lowboy Dresser
Located in Countryside, IL
United style young manufacturing midcentury walnut and brass 12-drawer lowboy dresser. Dresser measures: 78 wide x 20 deep x 30.5 inches high. All pieces of furniture can be ha...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Split Reed Bamboo Rattan Small Chest or Nightstand, 1970s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Spanish modern rattan bamboo three-drawer end table stand or small chest, 1970s. Beautiful bamboo small chest, end table or nightstand for a summer house or any decoration with natu...
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20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bamboo, Rattan, Reed

Mid Century Teak Lingerie Drawer Chest Dresser Arne Wahl Iversen for Vinde
Located in Baltimore, MD
Rare, attractive Danish modern, sleek, teak, eight drawer lingerie chest of drawers. Designed by Arne Wahl Iversen for Vinde Mobelfabrik, Denmark, circa 1970's. This is a very simple...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

George Nelson for Herman Miller Mid Century Chest with Hairpin Legs
Located in Countryside, IL
George Nelson for Herman Miller mid century chest with hairpin legs This chest measures: 34 wide x 18.5 deep x 31 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal

Edmondo Palutari Dassi Rosewood Sideboard, Italy 1960s
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Edmondo Palutari Dassi highboard This sideboard has been crafted with Rosewood and brass detailing. The drop-leaf door on the right hand side allows the sideboard to also function a...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Stamford Modern's Stacked Bedside Tables in Silver Ceruse
Located in Stamford, CT
These rustic modern tables are inspired by designer Paul Frankl. Oversized drawer frames and subtly curved fronts feel playfully unbalanced. The sides are also notched to create empt...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Pair of Mahogany Dresser
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar pair of mahogany dresser, five drawer cases inset pulls with fluted sliding doors concealing adjustable shelves, leather wrapped plinths. Dunbar tags on bo...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Leather, Mahogany

1960´s Cubist Chest with Eight Drawers by Jordi Vilanova, Spain, Barcelona
Located in Girona, ES
Cubist chest with eight drawers, solid walnut with walnut veneer and solid walnut base, wax finishing. Blackened steel handles. Design: Jordi Vilanova. Spain, Barcelona end of th...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Steel

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Teak Chests with Marble Tops
Located in New York, NY
Pair of structural Mid-Century Modern chest of drawers/nightstands with ebonized frame and grey/black variegated marble top. Tapered trapezoidal base. Good condition. Some markings t...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Arne Vodder Danish Modern Teak Chest
Located in Atlanta, GA
Danish modern teak chest or dresser, designed by Arne Vodder for Sibast, Danish, circa 1960s. Signed inside drawer. Beautiful graining to the teak. It offers a voluminous amount of s...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Teak

Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Patterned Birch Chest of Drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Late Art Deco design chest of drawers, circa 1940. 3 drawer Swedish chest of drawers, with brass ringlet handles and working locks and key. Diamond patterned arranged veneers t...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Birch

Mid-Century Modern High Dresser
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning Mid-Century Modern highboy dresser. Six spacious dovetail-jointed drawers line the center of the case and are flanked by leather front cabinet doors with adjustable shelving...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Leather, Wood

Late 20th Century Mint Green Mirror w/ Bronze & Brass Details Chest of Drawers
Located in Firenze, Tuscany
All the fish is made of cast bronze. The wave insert is made of brass.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass, Bronze

Vintage Adam and Eve Chest of Drawers Engraving Image by Albrecht Durer
Located in Brussels, BE
Vintage Adam and eve chest of drawers engraving image by Albrecht Durer.
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Vintage MCM Burl Wood Bachelors Chest
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic vintage bachelors chest. Beautiful Burl wood grain detail and a chic simple design. Brass plinth. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate.
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Michael Taylor for Baker Furniture Far East Collection Cherry Highboy Dresser
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency highboy dresser or chest of drawers By Michael Taylor for Baker Furniture, "Far East Collection" USA, Circa 1960s Gorgeou...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

1940s Vintage Wood Chest of Drawers in Industrial Style
Located in Ceglie Messapica, IT
A charmy chest of drawers from the 1940s. By hand produced in Italy, the item is maybe solid wood extractable drawers. The item has received a preservative renovation in order to sav...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Scandinavian Modern Teak Chest of Drawers
Located in Madrid, ES
Scandinavian style teak sideboard with nine drawers from the 1960's. Tapered legs and built-in pulls on the drawers.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

EBONIZED Birch Cabinet/Commode
Located in Hawthorne, CA
Painted and ebonized ribbed birch 4-drawer commode/case piece, or cabinetry on tapered, round legs, circa 1930. Although the artist is unknown, this piece was purchased from one of t...
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1930s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Birch, Wood

Stacked Box Chest by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The stacked box chest is a larger modified version of the stacked box nightstand. The piece features three drawers and an inset detail that can be finished with brass plating. Availa...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

Studio Craft Solid Rosewood Tambour-Door Bachelor's Chest of Drawers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Studio craft solid rosewood tambour-door bachelor's chest of drawers.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mirror, Wood, Rosewood

Pair of English Traditional Style Mahogany Nightstand Chests
Located in North York, ON
Pair of English Traditional Style Mahogany Nightstand Chests. Newly made in the USA, featuring classic traditional English styling. Rich mahogany with beautiful wood grain highlighti...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Silvio Cavatorta Sideboard, Dresser, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Stylish Italian sideboard-vanity dresser designed by Silvio Cavatorta in 1955. The cabinet is in teak wood, equipped with six drawers and finished with brass details, surmounted by a...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass, Steel

Spanish Three-Drawer Chest, End Table or nightstand in Rattan and Bamboo, 1970s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Lovely rattan and bamboo small chest, end table or nightstand, Spain, 1970s. This small chest of drawers has a wood and bamboo construction. The top, sides and the front part of the ...
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20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Rattan, Bamboo, Wicker

Chest of Drawers Lacquered by Carlo de Carli for Sormani, Italy, 1964
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Dresser, chest of drawers or commode model D154, black lacquered, brass garniture elements by the designer Carlo de Carli for the editor Sormani 1964s. Very interesting feet characte...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Art Deco Walnut and Goat Skin Italian School Chest of Drawers, 1930
Located in Rome, IT
Italian Art Deco dresser of the first half of the last century. One can recognize his Italian style, Paolo Buffa, Vittorio Dassi, Osvaldo Borsani. Precious materials that have been u...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut, Goatskin

Spanish Dresser in Powder Pink and Wood, 1960sSpanish Dresser in Powder Pink and
Located in Barcelona, Cataluna
Spanish dresser painted in powder pink color and wood. It consists of five drawers. From the 60's.
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Danish Modern Brazilian Rosewood Chest of Drawers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A remarkable Danish modern bachelor chest of drawers is hand-crafted out of rosewood, has been newly stained with a lacquered finish, and is fully restored by our team of craftsmen. ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal

MCM Jack Cartwright for Founders Furniture Patterns 10 Walnut Chest of Drawers
Located in Topeka, KS
Vintage MCM or Mid-Century Modern Jack Cartwright for Founders Furniture Patterns 10 walnut chest of drawers or high-boy dresser comprised of 6 drawers with black pulls and a burnt u...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern 40-Drawer Oak Library Card Catalog by Gaylord Bros.
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional Mid-Century Modern 40-drawer library card catalog By Gaylord Bros. USA, Circa 1950s Quarter sawn oak, with brass hardware. Measures: 33"W x 17"D x ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Designer Vintage Retro 1950s John & Sylvia Reid Oak Chest of Drawers
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
Designer John & Sylvia Reid chest of drawers. Measures: Height 75cm, depth 46cm, width 76cm.
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

1960s Danish Teak Chest of Drawers
Located in Praha, CZ
- 3 drawers - Made in Denmark - The item was carefully refurbished.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Teak

Vintage Danish Oak Cabinet with Tambour Front, 1950s
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Danish stained oak cabinet with tambour front, 1960s Danish modern filing cabinet with vertical sliding tambour door in teak. 10 wide drawers, most with room dividers which ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

Original Pair of Nightstands Inlaid and Carved with Granite
Located in Buggiano, IT
Pair of original 1960 Italian night stands in walnut and with granite marble top. All the carvings on the solid walnut parts were done manually. They have a nice design and are ve...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Granite

Pierre Chapo Bureau with Four Drawers in Solid Elm, France, 1970
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Handsome bureau by Pierre Chapo with his signature dovetail joinery and elegant details in solid elm.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Elm

1960s English Unique & Unusual Star Shaped Walnut Chest of Drawers
Located in London, GB
A very unusual and elegant star-shaped Walnut chest of drawers featuring three small drawers of different sizes in its centre. This exceptional piece was certainly commissioned speci...
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1960s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Mid Century Black Lacquer and Wood Chest of Drawers
Located in Troy, MI
Found in US, this circa 1960s six drawer chest features a black lacquered frame, open work drawer pulls, base, legs and feet while the drawers are in a contrasting wood - probably wa...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Anerio Bedside Table, Made of Canaletto Walnut Wood
Located in Salizzole, IT
Joyce bedside table, designed by Libero Rutilo, is a contemporary beautiful piece of furniture made of ash wood. Enriched by brass tips on legs. Available in many different finises...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Ash

Mid-Century Modern Style Murano Glass and Brass Pair of Italian Commodes
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Pair of commodes designed by L.A. Studio. Original structure from 1950s made of solid wood and covered with Murano colored glass. Handles and legs made of brass. Manufactured in Ital...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Henredon Mid-Century Modern Campaign Oak and Cane Bookcase on Chest
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Campaign bookcase on chest By Henredon, "Artefacts" Collection USA, Circa 1970s Oak, with caned panel and original brass hardware. Measures: 26"W x ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Danish Manufacture, Danish Vintage 60's Chest of Drawers in Wood
Located in Milan, IT
Vintage 1960s Danish chest of drawers. The chest of drawers / dresser has a rectangular wooden structure, with four container drawers. Useful height of container: 9.5 cm Good con...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chest of Drawers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of vintage mid-century modern chest of drawers handcrafted out of mahogany wood and has been professionally restored by our team of expert craftsmen. The dressers are stained ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Mahogany, Plywood, Lacquer

1960 Nightstands Italian Ebony and Beech, Marble
Located in Buggiano, IT
Pair of nightstands from 1960, Italian, veneered in ebony and beech, with drawer and top in white marble with pink veins. The marble top is very beautiful and is removable, leaning....
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Beech, Ebony

Brass Clad Decorative Three Drawers Chest
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Decorative high quality brass-clad 3 three drawers chest on black lacquer base. Heavy solid brass hardware. High sheen polished finish.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Contemporary Solid Wood and Glass Italian Pair of Bedside Tables by L.A. Studio
Located in Madrid, ES
An elegant pair of bedside tables designed and produced by L.A Studio Interiorismo. Structure made of solid wood claded in white and gold glass with brass details. Composed of two dr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Beech Cabinet with Drawers 1970s, Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique tall beech cabinet on wheels with 8 drawers. Could be used in a shop or as a kitchen island. Dimensions: 107 W x 99 H x 51 D cm.
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1970s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Beech

Dunbar 4-Drawer Chest
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dunbar 4-drawer chest. Dimensions: 34 W x 21 D x 29.5 H.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Mid 20th Century Burr Birch Scandinavian Chest of Drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 20th century burr birch scandinavian chest of drawers circa 1950. 3 drawers fitted with burr shaped handles, top drawer fitted with partitions and fitted turned bowl for jewel...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Birch

Niguel Dresser by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Niguel dresser features 3 drawers, brass cap feet, and brass inlaid details. The Lawson-Fenning Collection is designed and handmade in Los Angeles, California.         
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Danish Mid-Century Petite Chest of Drawers by Thorald Madsen
Located in Norwalk, CT
Danish mid-century petite three drawer chest by Thorald Madsen for Thorald Madsen Snedkeri, c. 1960's. With interesting tight grain to veneer. With label inside drawer; dovetailed dr...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Milo Baughman Style American of Martinsville Mid Century Blonde Highboy Dresser
Located in Countryside, IL
Milo Baughman style American of Martinsville mid century blonde highboy dresser Dresser measures: 36 wide x 20.5 deep x 44 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Chrome

1960s Belgian Oak Chest of Drawers
Located in London, London
Chest of three drawers Oak Probably Belgian mid to late 20th Century.
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

Midcentury Pear Wood and Black Glass Italian Commodes, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Superb patina for this pear wood dresser emphasizes the grain of the pear wood; refinement and style as it is in the style of Vistosi, one-of-a-kind pieces and pieces that always rem...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Chest of Drawers
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Fabulous Fornasetti style Italian Mid-Century chest of drawers. Dating to the 1970s this chest has been recently recovered with a Fornasetti pattern. Featuring four larger drawers ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Italian Mid-Century Chest of Drawers with Mirror Gio Ponti Style, 1950's
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Stylish Italian vanity dresser with mirror of the 1950s, Gio Ponti style. Its maple structure has an original sculptural shape design sourmounted by a vertical wall mirror, and is ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

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