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Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern 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.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s 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 pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using 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 influencer 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. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture 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, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern credenzas, chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere 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
Set iconico in legno completo di Luigi Sormani 1970
Located in Palermo, IT
Luigi Sormani. Cassettiera con base leggermente a tulipano in plastica ABS con struttura rettangolare con due ante e due cassetti in impiallacciatura di noce e plastica bianca. Set di credenza con specchiera e appendiabiti anni 60-70 di produzione Luigi Sormani in legno di noce con elementi laccati e in plastica. Appendiabiti chiudibile sul retro con porta appendini, alla base presenta 2 vani in metallo per gli ombrelli. Credenza misure H83x114x34. Specchio misure 70x70. Attaccapanni misure H182x92x25. Ottimo stato, i fori porta ombrelli...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Wood, Bentwood

1950s Italian Art Deco Mid-Century Modern Wood Glass Brass Credenza Sideboard
Located in Carimate, Como
Beautiful Italian 1950s sideboard, credenza, buffet with very elegant shapes and classic wood worked according its natural light graining. This great piece has 6 frontal drawers and ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Danish Teak Credenza Cabinet Sideboard Poul Hundevad 1970
Located in Portland, OR
Mid Century Modern Danish teak credenza, sideboard, cabinet, designed by Poul Hundevad (1917-2011) , circa 1970. Poul Hundevad (1917-2011) was a Danish furniture designer known for ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern Early Knoll Walnut 2-Door Credenza
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Diminutive credenza from the early 1950s. Walnut top is new veneer replacing worn Formica. Leather pulls a signature Florence Knoll design mark. Two sliding doors open to reveal two ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Steel

Vintage Restored Solid Maple Heywood Wakefield M-1542 Wheat Tambour Credenza
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Versatility abounds with this Heywood Wakefield Model M-1542 Tambour Door Credenza. Buffet, media cabinet, or entryway console are just a few ideas. As a dry bar, the adjustable / r...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Maple

Console in flamed walnut and gray formica, Italy 1955
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Console-desk in walnut and formica, Ventimiglia 1955. Perched on a portico base, this large console is trapezoidal in shape. On the left, a housing with a tilting door is veneered wi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Formica, Walnut

Mid Century Modern Teak Danish Modern Younger Sideboard Finished Back
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern teakwood credenza. Made by Younger Furniture Co, Ltd. Two cabinets: 1 with capabilities to hold records, 1 with built-in shelf. Three dovetailed drawers; top dr...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Teak

Giuseppe Rivadossi for Officina Rivadossi Sideboard in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Giuseppe Rivadossi for Officina Rivadossi, sideboard, walnut, Italy, 1980s Giuseppe Rivadossi once again proves his great eye for materialization and technicality that this design i...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut

Harvey Probber Dresser, Credenza or Sideboard, c 1960, Refinished, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This classy and sophisticated dresser, which would also work great as a sideboard or credenza, was crafted by Harvey Probber, circa 1960, just completed restoration, and is signed wi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Wood

Mid Century Modern Atomic Sideboard by Elliotts of Newbury
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern mahogany credenza by Elliotts of Newbury, UK. Floating legs with little brass accents. Symmetrical sideboard with two sets of double cabinets and adjustable shelve...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Mahogany

Mid century Modern Rosewood and chrome credenza by Roger Sprunger Dunbar
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Handsome Mid Century credenza designed in the 1970s by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar #1060. Composed of exquisite rosewood veneer and chrome inset pulls and square tube legs. Plenty of s...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Steel, Chrome

Michael Taylor for Baker - Credenza Cabinet - Far East Collection - Coral Red
Located in Decatur, GA
Exquisite credenza sideboard by Michael Taylor for Baker Furniture, circa early 1950s. Part of his iconic "Far East" Collection and finished in a custom ordered deep coral tone lacqu...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Lacquer, Wood

Jens Quistgaard for Peter Løvig Nielsen Tambour Door Teak Credenza 1973 'Signed'
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This is one stunning tambour door teak Danish Mid-Century Modern credenza with glass door hutch by Jens Quistgaard for Peter Løvig Nielsen...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Glass, Teak

Mid-century Walnut Credenza by Jens Risom
Located in Dorchester, MA
Jens Risom designed this credenza as part of an executive office suite. The handsome walnut case sets a shallow divided drawer above a deep drawer on either side of two shelves conce...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Metal

Italian Cabinet in Polished Walnut, Itso Pierre Chapo, Italy 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Italy, 1970's A beautifully crafted Italian sideboard in polished walnut in the manner of woodworker Pierre Chapo, with an elongated overhang and three doors concealing capacious storage and shelving...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut

1970s Directional Milo Baughman Burl Credenza with Carrara Marble Top
Located in Bensalem, PA
Rare burl credenza buffet cabinet by Directional for Milo Baughman very high quality comes with original customized marble top from the manufacturer
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Carrara Marble

5FT Herman Miller Credenza
Located in Pasadena, TX
5ft Herman Miller credenza by Geoff Hollington Vintage 5 ft Geoff Hollington credenza for Herman Miller. Credenza features 8 small drawers on the sides, and 2 large flat file drawers...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Wood

Mid Century Modern Fresco by GPlan Long Teak Sideboard
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern teakwood credenza. "Fresco" sideboard by Victor Wilkins for G-Plan, 1960s. Symmetrical sideboard with two sets of double cabinets and removable shelves. Four dovet...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Teak

Umberto Mascagni for Harrods London Mid-Century Italian Sideboard Bar, 1950s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Rare and highly collectable sideboard designed in Italy by Umberto Mascagni of Bologna. Cabinet sideboard with four doors and four drawers from the 1950s was realized with back-stain...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Credenza/Media Console
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern Paul McCobb Credenza/Media Console Offered is a vintage credenza designed by Paul McCobb for Planner Group. Features sliding doors and adjustable shelving inside....
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Maple

Walnut Dual Storage Credenza
Located in Los Angeles, CA
W54.25 D18.25 H32.25 Fully restored credenza with both open storage behind sliding doors, and closed storage above in drawers. Item shows well with no major areas of wear and has or...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut

Baker 4 Door Credenza With Ornate Design
Located in Pasadena, CA
Baker Furniture 4 door credenza with ornate design. The exterior has a malachite colored theme. The black top adds a great look to the entire piece. The interior of the credenza has ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Gorgeous Mid-Century Leather Wrapped Credenza by Thomas Hayes
By Thomas Hayes Studio, Milo Baughman, Thomas Hayes
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The cabinet has been designed by Thomas Hayes and upholstered by hand in gorgeous red leather. This salvaged oak credenza has a premium satin finish and also features black frame ste...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Leather, Oak

Antoine Philippon & Jacqueline Lecoq Sideboard by Behr, 1962 Pointe De Diamant
Located in Oldenburg, NI
Beautiful highboard with diamond shaped doors (Pointe de Diamant) designed by Antoine Philippon and Jacqueline Lecoq, model 1307 series. Manufactured by Behr, Germany in the sixties.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Nickel

Sideboard by Osvaldo Borsani, 1950s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Mid century modern italian sideboard by Osvaldo Borsani featuring made from rosewood, maple wood and mirror. The maple wooden case features 4 drawes with brass details and handles. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Mirror, Maple, Rosewood

Burled Olive Wood Chrome Floating Credenza Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome burled olivewood and ebonized lacquer floating credenza. There is a nice custom glass piece on the top and a beveled recessed hanging bar on the back to make installing easy...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Chrome

Mid Century Walnut Wood High Cabinet Credenza or Sideboard
Located in Detroit, MI
This vintage mid century credenza modern tall cabinet credenza or sideboard cabinet attributed to Frits Henningsen was made in Denmark circa 1960. This cabinetmaker style credenza or...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Vintage Walnut founders credenza
Located in Philadelphia, PA
walnut credenza with speckled finish. doors open to reveal 1 drawer in each section. shelf can be added. holes in back for a/v equipment.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut

Bamboo Venturini Chest of Drawers, Hollywood Regency, 1970s
By Venturini
Located in Antwerp, BE
Tropical modern bamboo chest of drawers designed by Italian architect Venturini from Florence. The high-quality piece is made out of 3 larger drawers and finished with Bamboo. Would ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Bamboo

Edmond Spence Mid Century Credenza Sideboard with Inlay.
By Stiehl Furniture, Edmond J. Spence
Located in New York, NY
Edmond Spence Walnut Credenza Sideboard. Mid century credenza designed by Edmond J. Spence in walnut with aluminum pattern inlay to the door, aluminum track handles and raised edge ...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Aluminum

Mid Century Modern G Plan Danish Range Long Teak Credenza IB Kofod Larsen 1965
Located in Portland, OR
A very good original Mid Century Modern teak Credenza designed by IB Kofod Larsen, for G Plan's Danish range in 1965. The credenza is the longer of two designs this one having three ...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Teak

Mid-Century Danish Modern Teak Long Low 9 Drawer Dresser Credenza
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Very clean mid-century Danish modern long and low teak 9 drawer credenza or dresser. All drawers slide smooth. Beautiful teak grain. Very clean inside and out. Dovetail joints on dra...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Teak

Mid-Century Danish Teak Console
Located in Raleigh, NC
The perfect petite Danish teak sliding glass front console. A great media case for under a TV, or for book storage and small decor items. Measurin...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Glass, Wood, Teak

Ello Post Modern Mid century layered Glass Mirror 5 door Credenza C. 1980s
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Ello Post Modern Mid century layered Glass Mirror 5 door Credenza or sideboard C. 1980s. Long low Glass staggered Mirror door Credenza with 5 cabinet doors. Has white laminate insid...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Chrome

Kai Kristiansen for Faarup Møbelfabrik Mid Century Danish Teak Tambour Credenza
Located in Countryside, IL
Kai Kristiansen for Faarup Møbelfabrik Mid Century Danish Teak Tambour Credenza and Hutch The credenza measures: 79.75 wide x 19 deep x 31.25 inches high The hutch measures: 59 wide...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Teak

Vintage Mid Century Modern Walnut Zenith Stereo Console
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a beautiful and sought after stereo console Model MN2670 manufactured by Zenith in the US in the 1960's. This exquisite audiophile piece features a stunning restored cabinet ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut

Vintage Mid Century Modern Paul McCobb Planner Group Sliding Door Credenza
Located in Seattle, WA
Each side of the cabinet has adjustable shelving. Tapered Legs. Unique handles to the sliding doors, a circular hole with metal ( brass toned ) lining. Circa 1950s. By Paul McCobb fo...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Wood

French School of Arbus Credenza in Light Wood with Adam & Eve Medallion
Located in Stamford, CT
French School of Arbus 6 drawer credenza in veneered light wood with 2 center doors and Adam & Eve Medallion. Circa 1940's.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Wood

A Paolo Buffa Blond Credenza with Rose Mirror Top
Located in Stamford, CT
A Paolo Buffa 6 drawer blond credenza with "wave" pulls and rose mirror top. Circa 1950. Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Wood

1950s beechwood sideboard cabinet
Located in Milano, IT
Elegant sideboard with hinged doors, solid stained beech wood for the legs, walnut veneer for the frame, doors with grissinized panels, onyx handles, brass profiling all around the f...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Onyx, Brass

'Tower Suite' Sideboard by Lane
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This long mid-century modern unit has dresser drawers and cabinets storage. Walnut grain wood with accenting rosewood slats and top inlay. Please confirm location NY or NJ
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Rosewood, Walnut

Mid-Century Walnut 9 Drawer Credenza Dresser Laminate Top
Located in Baltimore, MD
A classic Mid Century Modern walnut dresser or sideboard by Lane Furniture Company. This vintage walnut dresser features a beautiful laminate top, six dovetailed drawers, adorned wit...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Laminate, Walnut

Mid Century four-drawer sideboard with decorated glass top
Located in Premariacco, IT
Italian-made 1950s Mid Century sideboard, fully upholstered and with four large, sturdy drawers. Original handles, as well as the finely crafted stained glass top. Note the black l...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

1950s sideboard manufactured by Palazzi dell'Arte Cantù, Italy
Located in SAN PIETRO MOSEZZO, NO
1950s sideboard with mahogany wood frame and parchment-covered doors with central panes of mirrored glass. In addition to the 3 doors, there are 3 drawers at the base and mirrored i...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Stone Gray Fluted Sideboard
Located in Westwood, NJ
The stone gray painted finish on reclaimed pine evokes a sense of calm and natural grace, making this sideboard a versatile fit for a range of interiors, from a beach house to a cont...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Wood

Antique White Fluted Sideboard
Located in Westwood, NJ
The antique white painted finish on reclaimed pine evokes a sense of calm and natural grace, making this sideboard a versatile fit for a range of interiors, from a beach house to a c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Wood

Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Sliding Door Credenza
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul McCobb for Planner Group Mid Century Sliding Door Credenza This credenza measures: 60 wide x 18.25 deep x 25.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call r...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Wood

Mid Century Modern Walnut Credenza for Restoration
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A classic Mid Century cabinet with great lines. The long case with carved raised edge and double doors with complimentary wood grain and recessed handles. With three interior compart...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut

Mid Century Modern Scottish Teak McIntosh Credenza
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern teakwood sideboard. Unique design by McIntosh, Scotland, 1960s. Six dovetailed drawers with oak handles. Double cabinet doors with stationary shelving inside. Beau...
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1960s Scottish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Teak

Torbecchia Sideboard by Giovanni Michelucci for Poltronova, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Rare mid century sideboard designed by Giovanni Michelucci for Poltronova model 'torbecchia'. this walnut sideboard has two unique folding tops, 2 regular doors and 2 central drawe...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut

Leon Rosen for Pace Style Mid Century Brass and Burlwood Credenza
Located in Countryside, IL
Leon Rosen for Pace Style Mid Century Brass and Burlwood Credenza This credenza measures: 71.75 wide x 19.75 deep x 39.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we c...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Walnut Surfboard Profile Open Storage Credenza/Bookshelf
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid Century Modern Walnut Surfboard Profile Open Storage Credenza/Bookshelf Mid Century Modern Walnut Surfboard Profile Open Storage Credenza/Bookshelf, a versatile and stylish add...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut

Restored Broyhill Brasilia Credenza: 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chic
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rediscover the 1960s elegance with our exquisitely restored Broyhill Brasilia credenza, a testament to the enduring allure of mid-century modern design. Our skilled artisans have met...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Alma Castilian Mid Century Walnut Credenza
Located in Countryside, IL
Alma Castilian Mid Century Walnut Credenza This credenza measures: 77.5 wide x 21 deep x 28.75 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condi...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut

Late 20th Century Vintage Boho Lane Lacquered Credenza
Located in west palm beach, FL
Embrace eclectic sophistication with this Vintage Boho Lane Lacquered Credenza. Infused with quintessential American style, its sleek lacquered f...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Wood, Paint

Danish Modern Sliding Door Cupboard In Teak
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Unknown Era: 1960s Materials: Teak Measurements: 33.5" wide x 17.5" deep x 42" tall Condition: In excellent original condition with t...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Teak

Jack Cartwright "Patterns 9" Walnut + Cane Credenza
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: USA Designer: Jack Cartwright Manufacturer: Founders Era: 1960s Materials: Walnut Measurements: 78.25" wide x 19" deep x 32.5" tall Condition: In excellent original conditio...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut

Mid Century Modern Extra Long Nathan Sideboard
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern teakwood credenza. Teak sideboard by Nathan Furniture, UK, 1960s. Symmetrical sideboard with two sets of double cabinets and shelves. Three dovetailed drawers; to...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Teak

Shop Vintage Mid-Century Modern Credenzas and Other Credenzas on 1stDibs

Antique and vintage credenzas can add an understated touch of grace to your home. These long and sophisticated cabinet-style pieces of furniture can serve a variety of purposes, and they look great too.

In Italy, the credenza was originally a small side table used in religious services. Appropriately, credere in Italian means “to believe.” Credenzas were a place to not only set the food ready for meals, they were also a place to test and taste prepared food for poison before a dish was served to a member of the ruling class. Later, credenza was used to describe a type of versatile narrow side table, typically used for serving food in the home. In form, a credenza has much in common with a sideboard — in fact, the terms credenza and sideboard are used almost interchangeably today.

Credenzas usually have short legs or no legs at all, and can feature drawers and cabinets. And all kinds of iterations of the credenza have seen the light of day over the years, from ornately carved walnut credenzas originating in 16th-century Tuscany to the wealth of Art Deco credenzas — with their polished surfaces and geometric patterns — to the array of innovative modernist interpretations that American furniture maker Milo Baughman created for Directional and Thayer Coggin.

The credenza’s blend of style and functionality led to its widespread use in the 20th century. Mid-century modern credenzas are particularly popular — take a look at Danish furniture designer Arne Vodder’s classic Model 29, for instance, with its reversible sliding doors and elegant drawer pulls. Hans Wegner, another Danish modernist, produced strikingly minimalist credenzas in the 1950s and ’60s, as did influential designer Florence Knoll. Designers continue to explore new and exciting ways to update this long-loved furnishing.

Owing to its versatility and familiar low-profile form, the credenza remains popular in contemporary homes. Unlike many larger case pieces, credenzas can be placed under windows and in irregularly shaped rooms, such as foyers and entryways. This renders it a useful storage solution. In living rooms, for example, a credenza can be a sleek media console topped with plants and the rare art monographs you’ve been planning to show off. In homes with open floor plans, a credenza can help define multiple living spaces, making it ideal for loft apartments.

Browse a variety of antique, new and vintage credenzas on 1stDibs to find the perfect fit for your home today.

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