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Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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
Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno White Wall Unit
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, wall-mounted wall unit, metal, white laminated wood, Italy, 1950s  This wall-mounted shelf is three compartments large. This shelving system was develop...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Metal

1950s Brown Wooden Desk with Matching Container by Franco Albini
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Office Set, Desk & container, wood, brass details, Franco Ablini for Poggi, Italy, 1956. This amazing set of a Desk and a container by Italian designer Franco Albini comes in lavi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Swedish Hallway Shelf and Mirror in Teak by Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Karlstad, SE
Rare and early hallway set by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Markaryd, Sweden. At the beginning of his career, Jakobsson experimented with furniture aside from the lamps that he is most fam...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Mirror, Teak

Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' Shelf for GUBI in American Walnut
Located in Glendale, CA
Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' Shelf for GUBI in American Walnut. The Démon Shelf, or the Biblio-Démon in Matégot’s original 1954 sketches, was part of a “plan d’execution de la biblioth...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Metal

Midcentury Free Standing Cado Wall Unit
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this a lovely one bay while unit in teak wood by Poul Cadovius. Featuring three shelves that are (2) 8 inches deep and 9 inches deep. The unit itself is 33 ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Metal

Maple and Masonite Bookcases, a Pair
Located in Garnerville, NY
A pair of solid maple with green masonite back bookcases. Great scale and can go anywhere. Circa 1950. Good overall condition and structurally sound and sturdy. Wear commensurate wit...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Maple, Masonite

Achille Castiglioni and Giancarlo Pozzi 'Trio' Corner Furniture by Karakter
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Corner Furniture designed by Achille Castiglioni and Giancarlo Pozzi in 1988. Castiglioni is said to ponder a lot on lost space. Empty inches and square meters that could be fill...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Lighted Étagères or Shelves Rosewood Chrome and Glass, a Pair
Located in Stamford, CT
Pace collection Mid-Century Modern lighted étagères or shelves rosewood chrome and glass. A pair of stunning triangular, almost corner cabinet form, open shelving, vitrine or étagère...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Chrome

Tomado Metal Wall Rack, Holland, 1958
Located in Den Haag, NL
Dutch metal wall rack. Three metal shelves. In primary colors. Red yellow and Grey. This is the pocket range. The size is perfect for the pocket books from the 50s and 60s. signed.
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Metal

Large 1960s Milo Baughman Style Seven Tiered Brass Smoked Glass Swivel Étagère
Located in Haarlem, NL
Beautiful vintage midcentury Hollywood Regency round brass and smoked glass seven tiered swivel étagère by or in the style of Milo Baughman. Features seven circular 'shelf' surfaces....
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1960s Central American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

English Midcentury Leather Magazine Rack with Four Shelves and Brass Nailheads
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English leather magazine rack from the mid 20h century, with four shelves and brass nailhead trim. Created in England during the midcentury period, this leather magazine rack feat...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Pair of Tall and Narrow Chrome & Glass Etageres
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of very nice mid century modern narrow and tall etageres.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome

1960 Retro Pilastro Tomado shelving Grey Metal Desk Unit with Drawer and Shelf
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
1960 retro Pilastro Tomado shelving grey metal desk unit with drawer and shelf designed by Tjerk Reijenga for Tomado, Holland. The wall unit is in very good vintage condition. Mea...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Swiss Design Classic Fächermann by S. & U. Berger for Röthlisberger, 1980s
Located in Renens, CH
The Fächermann, or Compartment Man, was designed in 1977 by Susi and Ueli Berger for the Röthlisberger woodworking shop in Switzerland. It consists of 34 compartments in different...
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1980s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Plywood

Milo Baughman Style Mid Century Chrome and Glass Shelf
Located in Countryside, IL
Milo Baughman style Mid Century chrome and glass shelf Shelf measures: 36 wide x 14 deep x 78 high This price includes getting this set in what we call restored vintage condition. U...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Chrome

Midcentury Design Newspaper Stand, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of brass, iron - Good, original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal, Brass

Midcentury Faux Horn Tall Étagère
Located in Westwood, NJ
Mid-Century Modern style hand painted faux horn five-tier tall étagère with stainless steel edged corners and tempered glass inset shelves. Dimensions: 32" W x 15" D x 80" H.
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

Small Console or Shelf De Baggis Manufacturing 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Small console or shelf De Baggis manufacturing 1950s.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Italian Mid Century Wall Shelf in Teak and Black Lacquered Metal, around 1950
Located in Berlin, DE
This beautiful and very rare Italian mid century wall shelf was made around 1950. It is made out of teak and black lacquered metal. A unique piece which is a great eye-catcher for ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Metal

Wall Shelve Model No. P700 by Vittorio Introini, Italy, 1969
Located in Brussels, BE
Wall Shelve Model No. P700 by Vittorio Introini, Italy, 1969
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Desk/Bookshelf by Raffaella Crespi, Mobilia
Located in Brussels , BE
Mid-Century Modern desk/bookshelf by Raffaella Crespi, Mobilia.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Wood

Midcentury Bamboo and Rattan Étagère, Italy, circa 1960
Located in Roma, IT
A Mid Century bamboo and rattan three-tier Italian étagère (shelves) dating from the 1960s. In excellent condition commensurate of age. Incredible mid-century wicker and bamboo thr...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Wicker, Rattan, Bamboo

Chrome & Glass Shelf in the Manner of Milo Baughman
Located in Spokane Valley, WA
Nice mid century chrome and glass shelf in the manner or Milo Baughman. Great shape piece. Chrome and glass in great shape. (missing the very bottom section of glass that rests upon ...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome

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 Shelves

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Iron

Franklin Solid Wood Corner Shelf, Cherry
Located in Cincinnati, US
The award nominated Franklin Shelf is a 90 degree corner shelf. This unique design allows for maximum storage space, while occupying a very small area. The smooth wooden finish of th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood, Cherry, Maple, Walnut

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Mahogany Stacking Etagere or Wall Unit, 1950s
Located in South Bend, IN
A very rare and exceptional carved mahogany "Taliesin" stacking etagere, bookcase, or wall unit By Frank Lloyd Wright for Heritage Henredon USA, 1950s Measures: 86.25" W x 1...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Mahogany

Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 3-Shelf System for GUBI in Oak
Located in Glendale, CA
Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 3-shelf system for GUBI in Oak. The Démon Shelf, or the Biblio-Démon in Matégot’s original 1954 sketches, was part of a “plan d’execution de la bibliothèqu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Set of Three Shelves by Constant Nieuwenhuys for Asmeta, Netherlands, 1950s
Located in Steenwijk, NL
Very rare set of three metal wall shelves by Dutch artist and designer Constant Nieuwenhuys. These shelves were designed for the exhibition "Ons Huis - Ons Thuis" for which Rietveld ...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Sheet Metal

Mid-Century Modern "LB2" Bookcase by Ignazio Gardella, Italy, 1950s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern "LB2" bookcase by Ignazio Gardella, lacquered wood and metal, Italy, 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Wall Shelf by Krásná Jizba, Czechoslovakia, 1960´s
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Vintage Wall shelf, made in the former Czechoslovakia in the 1960´s. It was produced by Krásná Jizba company. It’s made of beech wood and an intertwined upper part. In very good Vint...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Wood, Beech

Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 4-Shelf System for GUBI in American Walnut
Located in Glendale, CA
Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 4-Shelf System for GUBI in American Walnut. The Démon Shelf, or the Biblio-Démon in Matégot’s original 1954 sketches, was part of a “plan d’execution de la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Pair of DIA Chrome and Glass Étagères
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful together, banking a fireplace, and entry or use as a room divider. A pair of high style chrome and glass étagère by DIA.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome

Rare James Mont Shelving, Custom Bookcase, Cabinet, Asian Modernist
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rare James Mont shelving, cusstoms bookcase, cabinet, Asian Modernist design. Wonderful color, surface, patina. Hand delivery avail to New York City or anywhere en route from Buffalo...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Wall Unit by Carlo Jensen for Hundevad & Co.
Located in San Antonio, TX
Beautiful Danish Mid-Century Modern teak wall unit by Carlo Jensen for Hundevad & Co., Denmark, circa 1960s. The wall unit consists of three separate sections featuring beautiful gra...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Teak

Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce Illuminated Wall-Mounted Display Console
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce, display console, metal, glass, brass, Italy, 1970s Two vertical wall mounts in black metal hold a glass shelf. At the end of the fixtures two adjustabl...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal, Brass

Charlotte Perriand Nuage À Plots, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Shelving Unit designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1952-56. Relaunched by Cassina in 2012. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Nuage à Plots by Charlotte Perriand belongs to a select ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Mid-Century Milo Baughman Style Chrome Ètagerès
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique matching pair of vintage chrome and glass ètagerè shelves make the perfect display pieces for home or office. With five shelves a piece, this Mid-Century set of shop disp...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome

Italian Midcentury Bamboo Shelf in Organic Style, 1970s
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Beautiful handcrafted midcentury shelf or bar shelf made of bamboo in organic style during the 1960s-1970s, Italy. The shelf has two tiers made of natural bamboo. It is in very goo...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Bamboo

French Etagere by Pierre Vandel Paris Made in the 1960s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
French Etagere by Pierre vandel Paris made in the 1960s This is a beautiful Hollywood Regency etagère or wall unit. Nice to use in the living room to set up your most beautif...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Glass, Plexiglass

Paul Evans "Cityscape" Display Shelf in Chrome and Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The "Cityscape" style of Paul Evans makes this elegant three-shelf unit a beautiful storage or display piece in any setting. Freestanding Mid-Century chrome and glass design allows f...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome

Romeo Rega Brass and Chrome Etagere, Italy, 1970s
Located in Naples, IT
This brass etegere was designed and manufactured in Italy by Romeo Rega in 1976. It is embellished with an important detail: the structure is made of original smoked glass shelves in...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Polished Aluminum and Glass Orba Wall Unit Janet Schweitzer for Pace
Located in Ferndale, MI
Janet Schweitzer for pace orba system Burl wood cabinets: 36" wide x 18" deep x 18" tall.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Sebastian Etagere 4S by VOLK
Located in Brooklyn, NY
As Shown: Solid white oak with cerused finish Oil and wax finish Dimensions: 48”L x 13”D x 56”H Custom sizing is available Offered in a variety of hardwoods and finishes.  
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Oak

Paul McCobb Iron / Wood Bookcase Planner Group
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A two piece satin black iron framed bookcase with medium dark solid maple wood shelves . The unit sits on the matching bottom platform giving the piece a open simple , lighter look t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Iron

Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 4-Shelf System for GUBI in Black Ash
Located in Glendale, CA
Mathieu Matégot 'Démon' 4-Shelf system for GUBI in black ash. The Démon Shelf, or the Biblio-Démon in Matégot’s original 1954 sketches, was part of a “plan d’execution de la bibli...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Étagère, Mid-Century Chrome Shelving Unit, by Tricom, Italia, Chrome, C 1960
Located in New York, NY
A stunning chrome, Mid-Century Modern étagère from the 1960s Italy. This tall shelving unit has beautiful curves. It includes four glass shelves. Designed and manufactured by Tricom...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome

Solid Mahogany Bookcase Etagere, circa 1960s
Located in Germantown, MD
Mid-Century Modern solid mahogany Bookcase / Etagere. May not hold very large books or items, but would make a great decorative piece of furniture in any room in your home or office....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Mahogany

Italian Mid-Century Brass Bookcase with Glass Shelves and X-Form Patterns
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian vintage brass bookshelf from the mid 20th century, with glass shelves and X-Form motifs. Created in Italy during the midcentury period, this narrow bookcase features a lin...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Brass

Pair Uno & Östen Kristiansson Shelve Unit Floating Nightstands Oak Luxus Sweden
Located in Basel, BS
Rare pair of wall units designed by Swedish designer duo Uno & Östen Kristiansson, hand-crafted by Luxus in Vittsjö, Sweden in the 1960s. Perfect as a wall mounted night Stand or ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Oak

Pair of Midcentury Paul McCobb Single Bookshelves #1516 Maple Walnut Finish
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of vintage midcentury Paul McCobb single high bookcases bookshelves #1516 original walnut finish over solid maple with solid maple 4 leg base. Beautiful bookcase set by Paul McC...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Maple, Walnut

Brass Bar Profile Glass Top Long Rectangle Console Sofa Table on Wheels
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Brass bar profile glass top long rectangle console sofa table on wheelsbar profile glass top long rectangle console sofa table on wheels.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Decorative Gold Gilt Wrought Iron Glass Shelves Étagère
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern decorative glass shelves étagère.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Iron

Original String Design Shelving System, Designed by Nils Strinning, 1950s Sweden
Located in Neuss, NW
Original String shelf designed in 1949 by Nils Strinning in ash veneer. The system consists of six metal ladders in white with three shelves, two containers with sliding doors, one c...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Ash

Mid-Century Elm Bookcase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This extraordinary 1960s mid-century cabinet is in great condition hand-crafted out of ash wood and has been professionally restored and refinished by our expert craftsmen team. This...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Glass, Wood, Elm, Mirror, Lacquer, Paint

Pair Display Shelves in Red Tubular Enameled Steel Frames with 3/8 Inch Glass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Two display / storage shelves with 3/8 inch polished edge glass and red enameled tubular frames. Very good condition. Price is for each. These would work well in any mid century, pos...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Modern Bookshelf by Eugenio Gerli for Tecno Milano, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern bookshelf by Eugenio Gerli for Tecno Milano, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

Console of Palisander Wood from the Italian, 1950s
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Console of palisander wood from the Italian, 1950s. The console in straight lined shapes owns two black lacquered drawers with brass handle and a black inserted glass plate.   
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass, Palisander

Kovaks Enameled Steel Floor Lamp Shelving & Display Etagere Mid-Century Minimal
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Minimal G. Kovaks Enameled Steel Tri-Level Floor Lamp Shelving & Display Etagere. Vintage 1970's mid-century modern space age George Kovaks 2-tier floor lamp with florescent under l...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel, Chrome

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