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Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Osvaldo Borsani Mid-Century Modern Italian Walnut and Maple Sideboard, 1950s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
This bar sideboard was produced by Arredamenti Borsani Varedo, in Italy in the 1950s. The sideboard is in walnut and maple, mirrors and glass. The particularity is the overlying glas...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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Glass, Mirror, Maple, Walnut

Spanish 1960s Space Age Blue and White Plexiglass Cocktails Bar with Table Lamp
Located in Barcelona, ES
Blue plexiglass bar with two doors: The interior can be illuminated. Two rotating shelves, the bottom one for bottles and the top one for glasses and cups. Spain, 1960s. The stoo...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Three-Tier Brass Bar Server
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Stylish brass bar cart or server having three glass tiers and handsome acorn finials, on casters.  
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Burl Cabinet
Located in Westwood, NJ
An unusual Mid-Century Modern style cabinet with a striking Olive Ash burl veneered fitted two-door cabinet raised on a squared brass base. Dimensions: 36" W x 19" D x 35" H.
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Bar Cabinet by Umberto Asnago
Located in Miami, FL
Bar cabinet by Umberto Asnago made of fine leather, beautiful wood, and metal legs.
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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Palisander

Art Deco Walnut Goatskin and Brass Italian Sideboard, 1940
Located in Rome, IT
Beautiful bar cabinet in characteristic Italian style of Paolo Buffa, Vittorio Dassi and Osvaldo Borsani. This bar has a very luxurious appearance, due the use of not common material...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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Brass

Laquered Dry Bar Cabinet Attributed to Saporiti
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Elegant lacquered wood dry bar attributed to Saporiti. Two doors that make a nice bar with iron swivel tray, Bottles and glasses holder inside the doors. Excellent condition.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Wood

Woven Rattan Wine Bar Rack
By Seven Seas Rattan Co.
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A woven rattan wine / bar rack with twenty spaces for wine or liquor bottles and topped with a dark butcher block serving area. Sized perfectly for a wall or corner area where space ...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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Rattan, Wood

Round Bar Trolley in Brass Curved Steel Italian Midcentury Design
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round bar trolley in brass curved steel Italian midcentury design, curved steel color gunmetal.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass, Steel

Mediterranean Iron Wine Shelf / Rack
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Very nice wine rack in Mediterranean style. The shelf has space for 41 wine / champagne bottles. The door and the drawer in the bottom is made of braided bast. The top of the shelf ...
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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Iron

Italian Dray Bar - Vitrine
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian dry bar - vitrine base is wood and the side is inline fruit wood. The bar interior is surrounded by mosaic glass.  
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Art Glass, Wood

Maison Baguès Style Brass and Glass 2-Tier Bar Cart Trolley Dry Bar on Casters
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Very stylish old late 1940s 2-tier round full brass serving trolley on 4 casters with two glass tops for bottles and glasses. The upper top with handles can be used as standalone tra...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Stylish Italian Slender 1940's Bar Cabinet
Located in London, GB
An Italian bar cabinet of slender and stylish proportions, beautifully veneered in figured walnut, with a lower cupboard and upper bar cabinet with led light. The inside in lemon woo...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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Walnut

Venetian Squared White Glass and Brass Italian Mid-Century Sideboard, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
This lovely Venetian sideboard is valuable in its workmanship and in the combination of the selected precious materials. One in a kind. The sideboard has a wooden structure, consist...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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Brass

Counter Dry Bar with Matching Stools in Cheetah Vinyl ca 1950/1960's Made in USA
Located in New York, NY
Way cool counter bar in cheetah vinyl and faux wood formica laminate, with 4 original matching stools. It doesn't get much funkier than this throw back set from back in the day. Stru...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Metal

Witco Hacienda Bar and Stool
Located in Hingham, MA
Original Witco Hacienda bar (model X265) and single stool (model K-55B) by William Westenhaver. Hand and chainsaw carved. No two are identical. Indulge in some cultural appropriation...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Wood

Colli Pier Luigi Ash Wood Italian Midcentury Sideboards, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Sideboard Pier Luigi Colli of the middle of the last century. Particular is its processing of the legs, the fronts of the drawers and the edge of the doors. Sideboards veneered in...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Umberto Mascagni Bar Cabinet for Harrods London, 1950s
Located in Voorburg, NL
Rare and highly collectible bar credenza designed in Italy by Umberto Mascagni from Bologna. Early 1950s three doors cabinet created with reverse painted glass door fronts, two doors...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Aluminum

José Zanine Caldas, Bar, 1950's
Located in PARIS, FR
A typical piece of its time, as much for its function as a bar in the living room as for its design with curved legs and its material, which was new at the time, the navy compensate,...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Formica, Plywood

Cabinet Cage Mirror Design Solid Brass, 1970 , Mirror , Bar, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Bar Cabinet cage 1970s mirror design very chic brass ,very reminiscent of the style of the great designer Gabriella Crespi.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

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 Dry Bars

Materials

Metal

Bar Cabinet, Anonymous, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Bar cabinet, anonymous, Sweden. 1960s. Rosewood and mirror glass. This elegant anonymous bar cabinet is an exquisite example of Scandinavian cabinetmaking. The pattern created b...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Wooden Bar, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Italian wooden bar, 1960s.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Wood

Italy 1950s Cesare Lacca Attributed Dry Bar Cart, Laquered Walnut & Burl Walnut
Located in Vigonza, Padua
A Brugnoli Mobili Cantù Dry Bar Cart, laquered walnut in mahogany color, brass thread & burl walnut veneered; cristal top . Lighted interior compartment with a washable plastic-coat...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Burl, Walnut

High Sideboard, Dry Bar in High Gloss Italian in Style of Paolo Buffa, 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful high quality of Italian design. Made entirely of precious lines in wood, the furniture is a masterpiece of imperious elegance. 1960's Dry-Bar in style of Paolo Buffa. High ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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Chrome, Silver

Frank Kyle Dry Bar
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
For your consideration, spectacular bar from the early 1950s by sculptor and designer Frank B. Kayle. For more detailed photographs of the piece, just request them, it will be a ple...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Bar Trolley Black Aluminium Gold and Red Inside
Located in Weiningen, CH
Mid-Century Modern bar trolley black aluminium gold and red inside.
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Aluminum

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern White Lacquered French Trolley, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Trolley designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot (France), circa 1950. Folded, perforated metal lacquered in white. In original condition, with minor w...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Metal

Vittorio Dassi Italian Rosewood Sideboard Liquor Cabinet, 1950s, Restored
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Add some Mid-Century Italian Modern elegance to your space with this fully restored Rosewood sideboard / liquor cabinet designed by Vittorio Dassi, originally completed in the 1950s ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

1970s Lucite Bar and 2 Matching Bar Stools
Located in Philadelphia, PA
1970's Bar and 2 matching Bar Stools. Tons of storage below! Lucite is very clean, Mirrors are in great shape. Mirrors have a slight smokey gray cast to them. Bar stools are covere...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Upholstery, Mirror, Lucite

Vintage Henry Link Natural Rattan Wicker Rolling Bar Cart Console Table
Located in West Hartford, CT
Vintage rattan wrapped bar/serving cart set on casters by Henry Link Furniture. Features double-tiered body and casters for added convenience. This vintage piece features the origina...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Wicker, Rattan, Glass

American Mid Century Modern Walnut Bookcase Desk Wall Unit
By Cado
Located in San Diego, CA
Versatile multiuse walnut bookcase, desk wall unit circa 1960's nice original condition we have cleaned and oiled this piece with one removable shelf drawers desk bar etc.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Walnut

Portuguese Bar/Drinks Cabinet in Mahogany, 1970s
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
A drinks/bar cabinet make in Portugal on the 1970s. An retro design style piece having two slide doors below, in this section there is a shelf. A useful higher shelf in black laminat...
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1970s Portuguese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Leather, Laminate, Mahogany

Italian 1970s Brass Bar Cart with Three Smoked Glass Shelves
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian brass bar cart with three smoked glass shelves from the 1970s. Half shelf on top accommodates large bottles on the second shelf.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

White Lacquer Mid-Century Modern Style Faux Fireplace Mantel Dry Bar
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice white lacquer finish faux fireplace. Elegant Molded plywood design with built in lights. And small storage compartment.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Bentwood

Modern White Lonely Dots Solid Oak Sideboard
Located in El Paso, TX
White lonely dots oak sideboard hand-crafted out of 100% solid oak wood.
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Oak

Bar Cart in Rosewood by Geraldo de Barros, 1960s
Located in Clifton, NJ
A 1960s two-tier bar cart by Geraldo de Barros, made in Brazilian rosewood (Jacaranda), top tray is removable. Trays in white Formica. Good vintage condition.
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Rosewood, Formica

Hollywood Regency Bar Cabinet and Bar Stools
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cocktail bar with bar stools, metal, mirror, fabric, Italy, 1970s Hollywood Regency cocktail bar in the style of Willy Rizzo. The set includes a counter element and cabinet, with ch...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Cesare Lacca Wood Italian Bar Cart with Glass Serving Tray, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury wood bar cart with glass serving tray. This fantastic item is attributed to Cesare Lacca and was designed and produced in Italy during the 1950s. This wonderful...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Beige Italian Midcentury Bar Cabinet by Aldo Tura in Lacquered Goat Skin
Located in Berlin, DE
Absolutely stunning 'Calice' (wine glass) bar cabinet designed and produced by Aldo Tura in Italy, probably in the 1950s. The bar comes complete with the original serving tray and ic...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Glass, Wood, Parchment Paper

Italian Mid-Century Three-Drawer Side Table Or Dry Bar With Lit Opaline Glasstop
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Italian Mid-Century Modern three-drawer side table or dry bar with multi-colored lit tabletop of opaline glass
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Chrome

MCM Drexel Declaration China Hutch Cabinet by Kipp Stewart & Stewart McDougall
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome vintage Mid-Century Modern Drexel Declaration 1-piece lighted walnut china hutch cabinet with upper sliding glass doors, 2 milk glass upper shelves, 3 lower drawers, white p...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Porcelain, Glass, Milk Glass, Walnut

Wonderful Rare Aldo Tura Bar Cabinet Cherrywood, 1940
Located in Munich, DE
A rare and early cocktail cabinet, designed by and manufactured by Aldo Tura. Italy, circa 1940, carved cherry, dark stained cherry, polished, decorated with bands of twisted rope, ...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern French Riviera Bamboo Bar with Stools, 1960s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern French Riviera bamboo bar with Formica top equipped with two bamboo and rattan pair of stools. Measures: Counter cm.145 x 100 x height 106 Stools diameter cm.36...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Bamboo, Wicker, Formica

Contemporary Bar Cabinet
Located in Westwood, NJ
A contemporary silver two-door bar cabinet with splayed legs in silver leaf with metal ferrules in lightly brushed chrome. The case has been given our silver fox finish and has a sil...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Metal

Hollywood Regency Bar Cabinet and Bar Stools in the Style of Willy Rizzo
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cocktail bar, bar stools, leatherette, steel, aluminium, plastic, Italy, 1970s Hollywood Regency cocktail bar in the style of Willy Rizzo. The set includes a counter element and c...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Aluminum, Metal

Midcentury Style Bar Cabinet
Located in Westwood, NJ
A midcentury style two-door bar cabinet with chinoiserie decorated etched brass doors, a fitted mirror back interior with a glass shelf, glass racks, storage shelves, and single draw...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Wood

Danish Modern Midcentury Atomic Teak Corner Bar Cabinet from the 1960's
Located in Lejre, DK
This fabulous, modern, contemporary midcentury teak corner bar will spice up any modern home. Beautifully sculpted with atomic styles, this piece offers a drop down door that opens t...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Teak, Glass

Aldo Tura Goatskin Mirror and Glass Illuminated Bar Cabinet
Located in Westport, CT
Also Tura goatskin bar, mirror and glass illuminated interior, with green marbleized and cream goatkin, polished brass Hinges and nailheads, green special color.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Style Glass Door Display Cabinet
Located in Westwood, NJ
A Mid-Century-style glass door display cabinet illuminates curated displays and collectibles. Finished in Greenway, a complex mix of dark brown, black, and olive tones, the case exte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Wood, Glass

1950s Paolo Buffa Attributed Dry Bar, Veneered Mahoghany , Faux Marble Formica
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Mid-Century Modern cabinet dry bar, Paolo Buffa attributable, in veneered mahogany external, internal formica faux marble and walnut , with internal working lighting. Handles in gold...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Floating Liquor Cabinet by Vladimir Kagan for Grosfeld House
Located in Stamford, CT
Extremely rare floating liquor cabinet designed by Vladimir Kagan for Grosfeld House, circa 1950s. Walnut fully restored. Original caning in mint condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Aldo Tura Goatskin/ Brass bar Cart, Italy
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A goatskin covered double tiered rolling bar cart with brass wheels, brass rails, handle and three ring bottle holder. The top part of the cart is held up by a brass tulip styled ped...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Goatskin

Willy Rizzo Red Glass Top Mid-Century Modern Steel Cocktail Table Dry Bar 1965
Located in Miami, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern Willy Rizzo expandable cocktail table in brushed Steel with 2 red glass tops. The table expands outward from each side from 47 inches to a maximum of 65 i...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Steel, Chrome

CoBrA Art Sculpture 'Oizal' by Serge Vandercam, 1974
Located in Antwerp, BE
Sculpture in ebonized wood by Serge Vandercam. Can be seen as a vanguard piece of the contemporary functional art scene. This is the most monumental and versatile sculpture of ...
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1970s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Wood

Antique English Pop Up Drinks Cabinet
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
A 1960s mahogany cocktail cabinet having a hinged flip top enclosing pop up top drink cabinet raised on castors. This elegant pop up bar is ready to be offered up with a presentation...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Mahogany

Mid Century Rosewood Dry Bar Sideboard Credenza
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage sideboard credenza in rosewood, circa 1970s. This piece offers plenty of storage including two drawers and open cabinet space with adjustable shelving. Features an additional...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Rosewood

Italian 1960s Art Deco Mid-Century Walnut Burl Turning Door Dry Bar Cabinet
Located in Carimate, Como
Very elegant Italian Mid-Century Modern drinks dry bar cabinet in beautiful veneer walnut wood and central turning door with brass key. When turned and opened we have two glass shelv...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass, Metal

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