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MODERN STYLE

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany.

Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principals Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Room Collection Shelf, Pine Wood Storage Blocks by Erik Olovsson & Kyuhyung Cho
Located in Stockholm, SE
ROOM COLLECTION is a shelving system, various geometric voids inspired by architecture and the objects they can hold. When all the elements of ROOM are combined it forms either a lon...
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2010s Swedish Modern Shelves

Materials

Pine

Vitra, Planophore, Bookshelf + Roomdivider Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, 2014
Located in Munster, NRW
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have designed Planophore 2014 for Vitra as a dual-purpose - room divider and bookshelf. Its open sides create a horizontal emphasis underscored by the s...
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2010s German Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Shelve Cabinet by Dutch Modernist H. Wouda, 1924
Located in Antwerp, BE
Modernist yellow, black and red shelve unit, Hendrik Wouda, H. Pander & Zonen, Netherlands 1924 Painted pine The Interbellum, the period between the two World Wars, was a time when...
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1920s Dutch Vintage Modern Shelves

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Belgian Black Marble

Modern Rustic Oak Etagere - Dark
Located in Westwood, NJ
A modern rustic-style dark oak etagere with five oak-crafted display shelves firmly supported by a crossed "X" stretcher at its back. It is secured with a modern plinth base. Dimen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

Tapparelle Hanging Unit, Azure by Colé Italia
Located in Geneve, CH
Tapparelle Hanging Unit, Lacquered in Azure by Colé Italia with Emmanuel Gallina Dimensions: H.60, D.60, W.22 cm Materials: Container with “tapparella” sliding shutter in solid oak. ...
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2010s Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Oak

Waxed Aluminum Study Unit
Located in New York, NY
The Foundation Study unit is made from brake-formed 1/4" aluminum plate. The unit comes standard in waxed aluminum but can be finished in any RAL powder coat. Because it is a modular...
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2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Contemporary Shelf in 3D printed Silica Sand, Amorphous Solids, by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Amorphous Solids is shapeless and without order. The project is an exploration of the physical and digital and between production and craft. Amorphous Solids are direct translations...
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2010s Swedish Modern Shelves

Materials

Other

Joelle Ferlande, Zig-Zag, A pair steel shelves, Kappa, 1970s
Located in Paris, FR
Joelle Ferlande Zig-Zag A pair of S-shaped stainless steel shelves. Each made of a folded steel leaf. Different combinations possible. Edited by Kappa, Paris. Circa 1970. Literatu...
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1970s French Vintage Modern Shelves

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Stainless Steel

Architectural Italian Wall-Mounted Shelving System
Located in East Hampton, NY
Rare Industrial Italian wall-mounted library or shelving system that is completely customize-able to your design needs. A long shelving unit fitted with seven powder coated metal pos...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal, Brass

Small Bordeaux Steel Contemporary Shelf
Located in Geneve, CH
Small Bordeaux Steel Contemporary shelf Dimensions: L 39 x W 23 x H 23 cm Materials: Steel with Powder Coating. Available in colors: Black, Bordeaux, Forest, and Rose. Also avai...
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2010s Danish Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Small Forest Steel Contemporary Shelf
Located in Geneve, CH
Small forest steel contemporary shelf Dimensions: L 39 x W 23 x H 23 cm Materials: Steel with powder coating. Available in colors: Black, bordeaux, forest, and rose. Also availab...
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2010s Danish Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Modern Herringbone Oak Bookcase - Dark
Located in Westwood, NJ
A Modern herringbone parquetry bookcase in our dark oak Dusk finish with three veneered shelves and a herringbone parquetry design on the bottom drawer. It sits on tapered legs with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Shelves

Materials

Oak

Contemporary Display Shelving "Primo" in White Oak and Brass by Casey Lurie
Located in Chicago, IL
“Shelving can be the most mundane thing you own, or it can be the beautiful bones of a room, as pleasing to see as anything it displays. Casey Lurie’s Primo system would be the latte...
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2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Casey Lurie Studio Modern Low "Primo" Shelving System in Walnut with Brass
Located in Chicago, IL
“Shelving can be the most mundane thing you own, or it can be the beautiful bones of a room as pleasing to see as anything it displays. Casey Lurie’s Primo system would be the latter...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

Polished Brass Floating Shelves Signed by Chanel Kapitanj, Medium
Located in Geneve, CH
Polished brass floating shelves signed by Chanel Kapitanj A Minimalist shelving system. Like floating objects on the wall. These thin and aesthetic shelves made of two shapes, a pla...
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2010s Belgian Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Wall Mounted Console w/ Doors, Ivory Wood & Bronze Ribbon Hardware by Debra Folz
Located in Pawtucket, RI
An interest in the translation of textile languages and soft surfaces through furniture forms has led to the development of a unique hardware and storage collection. Inspired by ribb...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves

Materials

Bronze

Aluminum Rational Jigsaw Shelf by Studio Julien Manaira
Located in Geneve, CH
Aluminum rational jigsaw shelf by Studio Julien Manaira Dimensions: 72.5 x 25 x 140 cm Materials: Brushed and waxed aluminum The intention behind this project is to highlight ...
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2010s Dutch Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

French 1970s Lucite Console with Glass Shelves
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
A very useful, yet unobtrusive console shelving unit. The frame is Lucite with brass plated corners, and the six shelves are glass. The entire piece rolls on brass rolling ball beari...
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1970s French Vintage Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Tapparelle Sideboard, Black by Colé Italia
Located in Geneve, CH
Tapparelle sideboard, Black by Colé Italia with Emmanuel Gallina Dimensions: H.75 D.50 W.160 cm Materials: Container with legs and “tapparella” sliding shutter in solid oak. Matt l...
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2010s Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Oak

Column '3 lev' Contemporary Shelf in Porcelain and Corten Steel
Located in London, GB
Porcelain cylinders and corten steel plates form the basic elements of this series, with which it is possible to create shelving, side tables, low tables and stools. The porcelain pa...
Category

2010s Chinese Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Corner cupboard, shelf, open shelf unit, coffe table height 68xØ46cm
Located in Meolo, Venezia
Tables on one or more levels, furnish ironically without remaining unnoticed. Ideal companions for public and private environments and contexts. The structure is a curved metal roun...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Genie Contemporary Hand Carved, Floating Shelf in Ash Wood by David Tragen
Located in Manchester, GB
If you’re looking to conjure up something special for displaying your favourite ornament, Genie will be more than happy to grant you this wish. As if from nowhere a smoke-like wisp a...
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2010s British Modern Shelves

Materials

Ash

Round Shelf with Blue Matte Finish, Colored Glass, by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Round shelf with matte Nextel coating. A centered lacquered glass shelf with a brown hand blown glass piece thats included in the shelf. The core is made in styrofoam, jesmonite that...
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2010s Swedish Modern Shelves

Materials

Cement

Black Oak Modern Ladder, Tall Skinny
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Our black bloak ladders are made of solid white oak finished with ink to blacken them while still letting the natural beauty of the wood grain come through. We use them to display bl...
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2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Oak

Sushi Kart by Colé Italia
Located in Geneve, CH
Sushi Kart by Colé Italia with Lorenza Bozzoli Dimensions: H.89, D.72, W.50 cm Materials: Food trolley with matt lacquered wood structure; glass colored shelves or in natural oak ...
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2010s Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass, Oak

Moooi Oblique Big Cupboard/Wall Shelf in Cinnamon Stained Oak
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oblique is a cupboard slash a wall shelf. Make this the mood board of your lifestyle. Display all your favorite publications, company magazines, booklets, guides or photos in the chi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Shelves

Materials

Oak

Kartell Sound Rack Modular Bookcase in Blue by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Multi-shaped and multi-purpose shelving system, stackable and modular, offering the possibility of creating a variety of geometric and chromatic compositions. This accessory can play...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Resin

Kartell Sound Rack Modular Bookcase in Crystal by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Multi-shaped and multi-purpose shelving system, stackable and modular, offering the possibility of creating a variety of geometric and chromatic compositions. This accessory can play...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Resin

Casey Lurie Studio Modern High "Primo" Shelving System in Walnut with Brass
Located in Chicago, IL
“Shelving can be the most mundane thing you own, or it can be the beautiful bones of a room as pleasing to see as anything it displays. Casey Lurie’s Primo system would be the latter...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

Contemporary Room Divider Shelving "30/30 M" in Oak by Casey Lurie Studio
Located in Chicago, IL
Part room divider, part bookcase, part screen, the "30/30" series is an extremely versatile shelving system. Named for the degrees of the alternately angled dividers which give the p...
Category

2010s North American Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

Casey Lurie Studio Modern Low "Pylon" Shelving System in Ash
Located in Chicago, IL
The “Pylon” profile comprises overhanging, interleaved shelves grounded by stacked, conical spacers. These solid elements add visual weight and totemic structure to the shelf system’...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

Shape N.5 by The Whole Elements
Located in Geneve, CH
Shape N.5 by The Whole Elements Open edition, each piece is unique Dimensions: H 55 x W 40 x D 40 cm Materials: Hand carved, sycamore wood Launched by Anna Bera in 2014, The W...
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2010s Polish Modern Shelves

Materials

Sycamore

Contemporary Room Divider Shelving "30/30 S" in Oak by Casey Lurie Studio
Located in Chicago, IL
Part room divider, part bookcase, part screen, the "30/30" series is an extremely versatile shelving system. Named for the degrees of the alternately angled dividers which give the p...
Category

2010s North American Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

21st Century Matteo Zorzenoni Bookcase Wood Bones Scapin Collezioni
Located in Tezze sul Brenta, IT
Bones bookcase, Colorama Collection Design by Matteo Zorzenoni for Scapin Collezioni Soft lines and visual lightness are the key traits that distinguish the Bones bookcase. Thank...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood, Ash

Kartell Sound Rack Modular Bookcase in Nude by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Multi-shaped and multi-purpose shelving system, stackable and modular, offering the possibility of creating a variety of geometric and chromatic compositions. This accessory can play...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Resin

Opinion Ciatti Henry II Triangular Corner Wall Shelf
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Well defined with contemporary lines, a geometric design and unusual shapes in order to surprise and astonish. Henri is the collection of shelves designed by Bruno Rainaldi, characte...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Stainless Steel

Silver Office Open Shelving Unit
Located in New York, NY
The Office module can function as a standalone unit, or be combined to suit larger applications. Made with .090" brake-formed steel shelving and .065" wall steel tube with standard 1...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Moooi Oblique Small Cupboard/Wall Shelf in Grass Green Lacquered Beech
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oblique is a cupboard slash a wall shelf. Make this the mood board of your lifestyle. Display all your favorite publications, company magazines, booklets, guides or photos in the chi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Shelves

Materials

Beech

Contemporary Room Divider Shelving "30/30 L" in Oak by Casey Lurie Studio
Located in Chicago, IL
Part room divider, part bookcase, part screen, the "30/30" series is an extremely versatile shelving system. Named for the degrees of the alternately angled dividers which give the p...
Category

2010s North American Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

Waxed Aluminum Entry Bench
Located in New York, NY
The Foundation Entry bench is made from brake-formed 1/4" aluminum plate and comes standard in waxed aluminum with one lower shelf. Additional shelves can be added upon request. As w...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Bisagra Shelve in Steel
Located in London, GB
Bisagra is an polymorphic device for domestic and work environments, a galvanized steel structure composed by 5 frames of 50x190x10cm. Thought as an alternative to partitions wal...
Category

2010s Portuguese Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Handmade Low Commode by Jiří Krejčiřík
Located in Geneve, CH
Handmade Low Commode by Jirí Krejcirík Dimensions: 130 x 50 x 53 cm Material: Birch Wood Also available in other materials and dimensions. The furniture is inspired by Czech Ar...
Category

2010s Czech Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood, Birch

Mirrored Pair Contemporary Shelving "Paso" in Walnut by Casey Lurie
Located in Chicago, IL
Paso shelving was designed to embody simplicity and harmony through the use of rhythmical geometries and warm natural materials. Alternating ladder-like shelves create discrete secti...
Category

2010s North American Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

TRANSFIX Storage Unit in Glass, by Marc Krusin, Kensaku Oshiro from Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Transfix storage unit is shown here in the transparent extralight glass. Display and storage unit and element dividing and screening the spaces, obtained by gluing slabs of laminated...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass

Contemporary Wooden Two Eyes Bookcase by Rejo Studio
Located in Riyadh, SA
This Artistic bookcase has unique two windows for your books, inspired by the Architecture of Ancient Oriental Houses. Dimension. W 50 x D 40 x H 160 cm Material. Oak wood Year...
Category

2010s Saudi Arabian Modern Shelves

Materials

Oak

BOXINBOX BIB08 Low Table, by Philippe Starck for Glass Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
A series of low tables and closed and open storage furniture, designed like a box within a box, in laminated 5+5 mm thermo-welded extra light glass. These are placed on a base of ref...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass

Black Oak Modern Ladder, XL
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Our Black Bloak Ladders are made of solid white oak finished with ink to blacken them while still letting the natural beauty of the wood grain come through. We use them to display bl...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Oak

Consolle in metal and wood - by Mauro Accardi & Silvia Buccheri for Medulum
Located in Meolo, Venezia
Vodo is a line of furniture redefining internal landscapes. Objects made of bent sheets of metal, recalling voids like windows opened towards inhabited spaces, sculptures that beco...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Sheet Metal

Porthole Shelving System, Handcrafted Modern Solid Wood Shelving System
Located in Stevenson, WA
Summer some years ago, we were asked to design a shelving system for an avid vinyl collector. If you collect vinyl records, you know it’s nice to have partitions to organize your aud...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves

Materials

Hardwood

BOXINBOX BIB01 Storage Unit, by Philippe Starck from Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
A series of low tables and closed and open storage furniture, designed like a box within a box, in laminated 5+5 mm thermo-welded extralight glass. These are placed on a base of refl...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass

Lacquered Sideboard in the Style of Aldo Tura with Étagére in Brass
Located in Paris, FR
Sideboard lacquered in the style of Aldo Tura with plates(patches) and bandage golden brass, on the tray is put an étagére in golden brass of pyramidal shape style Japan Patch be...
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1970s French Vintage Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

Bench in metal and wood - by Mauro Accardi & Silvia Buccheri for Medulum
Located in Meolo, Venezia
Vodo is a line of furniture redefining internal landscapes. Objects made of bent sheets of metal, recalling voids like windows opened towards inhabited spaces, sculptures that beco...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Sheet Metal

Contemporary Crafted Bookcase, shelves, shelf sideboard wood Medulum Cabinet
Located in Meolo, Venezia
Bookcase made of a series of solid wood poles with circular section, veneered shelves with solid wood edging, all made of Canaletto walnut finished with transparent paint. The head o...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Glass Shelves #1 '1976', by Shiro Kuramata for Glas Italia
Located in Macherio, IT
Glass Shelves #1 (1976) Shelves is shown here in the transparent glass. Bookcase characterised by the extraordinary formal cleanness and the golden proportions, entirely realized in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass

Signed Lucite and Chrome Étagère by Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A glamorous clear acrylic and polish chrome with glass shelves étagère design in 1973 by renowned American design Charles Hollis Jones for Paul Laszlo. The étagère is in original con...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome

Tall 'Horizontale' Black Steel and Oak Shelving Unit by Design Frères
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Tall 'Horizontale' black steel and oak shelving unit / bookcase by Design Frères. Polished and sealed white oak shelves interspaced with black steel elements. Sculptural and funct...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Kartell Sound Rack Modular Bookcase in Amber by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Multi-shaped and multi-purpose shelving system, stackable and modular, offering the possibility of creating a variety of geometric and chromatic compositions. This accessory can play...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Resin

Silver Study Open Shelving Unit
Located in New York, NY
Perfect for large format items, the generous open shelves can accommodate anything. Made with .090" brake-formed steel shelving and .065" wall steel tube with 1-1/2" leveling feet. S...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

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