Modern Shelves

Modern Furniture Design

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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 principles 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 chair, and the Eames’s 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 designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

Important Wall Unit, Large Curved Sofa and Mahogany Shelfs by Dassi, 1940
Important Wall Unit, Large Curved Sofa and Maho...
Ico Parisi, Mobilificio Dassi
Vintage 1940s Italian Modern Sofas
Brass, Cotton, Mahogany, Maple
Important wall unit, a large curved "conversation" sofa by Dassi executed in 1940 attributed to Ico Parisi. Part of a unique living room designed to commission, L-shaped. Mahogany,...
Tolix Mono Cylinder in Steel by Frederic Gaunet
Tolix Mono Cylinder in Steel by Frederic Gaunet
Tolix, Frederic Gaunet
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Shelves
Steel
"Created by designer Frédéric Gaunet, the Mono cylinder throws light on all of TOLIX®’s experience and expertise in assembling, stamping, folding and welding aluminum and steel (for ...
Amuneal's Collector's 2 Bay Unit
Amuneal's Collector's 2 Bay Unit
Amuneal
2010s American Modern Shelves
Brass, Oak
This two bay version of Amuneal’s collector’s shelving unit features solid machined brass fittings and posts in a warm brass finish. The unit mounts to the floor and to the wall to s...
Tubular Bookshelf by Another Human, Small, Modern Sculptural Bookshelf
Tubular Bookshelf by Another Human, Small, Mode...
Another Human
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases
Steel
The tubular bookshelf by Another Human is an extension of the Tubular family of products that was introduced in 2017 with the Tubular magazine rack. Drawing inspiration from Bauhaus ...
 Amuneal's 2 Bay Collector's Brass Shelving Unit+Oxidized Oak Adjustable Shelves
Amuneal's 2 Bay Collector's Brass Shelving Uni...
Amuneal, Amuneal
2010s American Modern Bookcases
Brass, Oak
This two-bay version of Amuneal’s collector’s shelving unit features solid machined brass fittings and posts in a warm brass finish. The unit mounts to the floor and to the wall to s...
Large Dassi Mahogany Wall Unit Bookcase, Part of Unique Living Room, 1940
Large Dassi Mahogany Wall Unit Bookcase, Part o...
Ico Parisi, Mobilificio Dassi
Vintage 1940s Italian Modern Bookcases
Brass, Mahogany, Maple
Important wall unit bookcase and bar, cabinet, 1940. Executed by Dassi and attributed to Ico Parisi Unique living room Stunning details "grissinato mahogany wood" Part of unique ...
Amuneal's Collector's 1 Bay Shelving Unit
Amuneal's Collector's 1 Bay Shelving Unit
Amuneal, Amuneal
2010s American Modern Bookcases
Brass, Oak
This single bay version of Amuneal’s Collector’s shelving unit features solid machined brass fittings and posts in a warm brass finish. The unit mounts to the floor and to the wall t...
Amuneal's Loft 2 Post with Formed Returns
Amuneal's Loft 2 Post with Formed Returns
Amuneal
2010s American Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Brass, Steel, Oak
This single bay of our Loft Shelving is wall-mounted to support five shelves, using custom machined brass fittings on bent steel posts. Amuneal’s proprietary machined hardware clamps...
Black Metal  Shelf Object COM:POS:ITION 2.C Contemporary Handcrafted Design
Black Metal Shelf Object COM:POS:ITION 2.C Con...
Martin Mestmacher
2010s German Modern Shelves
Metal
COM:POS:ITION 2.C The constructivism design vocabulary shaped these extraordinary shelf and vitrine. Itself an art object, it constituted the perfect frame to showcase other art obje...
Sline, Sliding Shelves by Astrid Louchart / Le ...
Le point D, Astrid Louchart
2010s French Modern Shelves
Wood
Sline is the long-awaited child of a mural shelf and a bookend. Thanks to its simple and sliding lines, this is the new 2 in 1 your living room absolutely needs. Just appropriate S...
No Waste, Console and Shelves by Céline Lhuilli...
Le point D, Céline Lhuillier
2010s French Modern Console Tables
Aluminum
With an optimization of materials the planet will be grateful! We made the shelves with the cutting part of the console. great idea, no ? Three complementary items to add a pract...
Pop Up, Wall Shelve by Laurène Bourgeron / Le P...
Le point D, Laurène Bourgeron
2010s French Modern Shelves
Metal
Pop Up for the impression of little window opened automatically on an Internet page. 100% made in France, Pop Up is the meeting between craftsmen and a young designer. The designer...
Basilio Cantilevered Shelf Unit, Aluminium, Bro...
KGBL
2010s American Modern Shelves
Aluminum, Bronze, Lacquer
The aluminium body of this floating unit has a polychrome lacquer face and patinated bronze shelves with burnished edges. Shown in Violet and Black lacquer. Available in a selection ...
Tubular Bookshelf by Another Human, Large, Mode...
Another Human
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases
Steel
The tubular bookshelf by Another Human is an extension of the Tubular family of products that was introduced in 2017 with the tubular magazine rack. Drawing inspiration from Bauhaus ...
Modern Birdseye Maple and Glass Bookcase
Vintage 1980s American Modern Shelves
Birdseye Maple
A post modern Memphis style highly sculptural bookshelves. The unit has four glass shelves and is illuminated from the base. A versatile display piece or a freestanding room divider....
21st Century Custom Handmade Contemporary Solid...
Troy Smith
2010s Canadian Modern Bookcases
Brass, Stainless Steel
21st Century Custom Handmade Contemporary Solid Brass Stainless Steel Bookshelf Vienna Bookshelf Contemporary and classically timeless designed bookshelf made by hand and designed b...
Room for Ritual, Meditation Shrine with Shelves...
Sergio Mannino Studio
2010s American Modern Vitrines
Wool, Plexiglass, Wood
Room for Ritual (or Cento Storie #67) is a meditation altar designed by Sergio Mannino for his Cento Storie solo exhibition at the Memphis Postdesign Gallery in Milan in 2002, curate...
Contemporary Beige and Aqua Lacquer Bookshelf, ...
Sergio Mannino Studio
Early 2000s Italian Modern Bookcases
Wood
For sale is a brand new credenza from Sergio Mannino's Memphis Postdesign show Cento Storie that took place in 2002. Wanted by Ettore Sottsass who was the art director of the galle...
Nube Italia Link Double Shelves in Natural Taup...
Nube Italia, Kemistry of Style
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Cabinets
Metal
"Modular system for shelves and cabinets. Metal frame available in bright or brushed chromium-plated, burnished or painted. Wooden parts in veneered wood or polished or mat lacquered...
Nube Italia Link Double Shelves in Dark Brown W...
Nube Italia, Kemistry of Style
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Cabinets
Metal
"Modular system for shelves and cabinets. Metal frame available in bright or brushed chromium-plated, burnished or painted. Wooden parts in veneered wood or polished or mat lacquered...
Filing Tree Mobile Storage Unit, Designed by La...
Laurie Beckerman
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves
Aluminum
This is a unique and highly functional mobile storage unit. It's an ideal place for files and papers that need to be easily accessed from work areas. Designed in 2007. Made-to-ord...
Amuneal’s Loft Mirror and Bleached Oak Console ...
Amuneal, Amuneal
2010s American Modern Shelves
Brass, Oak
Amuneal’s loft system uses a series of custom fittings, machined from solid brass, that allow each component to be easily reconfigured around a single post. The metal components on t...
Amuneal’s Collector's Hanging 2 Bay Unit
Amuneal
2010s American Modern Shelves
Brass, Glass
This two bay hanging shelving unit is part of Amuneal’s Collector’s Shelving System and features our precision machined brass fittings and tubes in a hand applied warm brass finish. ...
Amuneal's Collector's 1 Bay with Credenza
Amuneal
2010s American Modern Bookcases
Brass, Oak
This single bay version of Amuneal’s collector’s shelving unit features solid machined brass fittings and posts in a warm brass finish. The unit mounts to the floor and to the wall t...
Amuneal’s Collector’s 4 Bay Office Unit
Amuneal, Amuneal
2010s American Modern Desks
Brass, Oak
Four bays of our collector’s shelving system are used to create this modular office configuration with desk, adjustable display shelving, drawers and lateral files. All of the wood o...
Amuneal’s Loft 3 Post Back Bar Unit
Amuneal, Amuneal
2010s American Modern Dry Bars
Brass, Bronze, Steel, Glass, Oak
This beautiful bar cabinet with burnt oak adjustable shelves is part of our loft shelving collection. Our loft posts in blackened gunmetal and fully machined brass fittings in our bu...
Amuneal’s Collector’s Wine Unit with Bar Cabinet
Amuneal, Amuneal
2010s American Modern Cabinets
Brass, Oak
This single bay collector’s shelving unit highlights our carved oak wine shelves as a perfect way to store and display your favorite bottles. Our precision machined brass fittings ma...
Seletti Library Modular Wooden “Renaissance-Arc...
Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves
Plywood
From its very first year in 1964, Seletti in Cicognara, Mantova, has followed its principle of professionality service and constant research to strive for betterness innovation and o...
The Index, Modern Walnut and Powder Coated Stee...
Harkavy Furniture, Dylan Harkavy, Wesley Harkavy
2010s American Modern Bookcases
Steel, Walnut
The Index, Modern Walnut and Powder Coated Steel Bookshelf. The Walnut bookshelf provides the perfect place to display everything from book collections, prized photos, to a turntabl...
Contemporary Shelving Units Customisable Oak an...
Made In Ratio
2010s British Modern Shelves
Oak, Walnut
The contemporary Tetra shelving system is made from solid European white oak or solid European walnut. The modular trapezoid cell can be used as a single unit or can be built up to c...
Salvatori Adda Modular Drawers in Crema d'Orcia...
Salvatori, David Lopez Quincoces
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Cabinets
Stone
With a nod to the wooden decor of the 1950s and 1960s, designer David Lopez Quincoces has created a retro-contemporary collection that plays with the inherent properties of each mate...
Salvatori Adda Modular Drawers in Silk Georgett...
Salvatori, David Lopez Quincoces
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Cabinets
Stone
With a nod to the wooden decor of the 1950s and 1960s, designer David Lopez Quincoces has created a retro-contemporary collection that plays with the inherent properties of each mate...
Wall-Mounted Tidal Shelf in Black Powder-Coated...
Jonathan Nesci
Early 2000s American Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Aluminum
The wall-mounted, tidal shelf is formed out of 1/4 inch thick, powder-coated aluminum. Each shelf has a welded U-channel to the reverse of the shelf and easily mounts on included cus...
Wall-Mounted Tidal Shelf in Powder-Coated Alumi...
Jonathan Nesci
Early 2000s American Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Aluminum
The wall-mounted, tidal shelf is formed out of 1/4 inch thick, powder-coated aluminum. Each shelf has a welded U-channel to the reverse of the shelf and easily mounts on included cus...
Jacques Lucite and Brass Étagère
Jonathan Adler
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases
Brass, Glass, Acrylic
Clearly cool. Our Jacques collection is the perfect blend of simplicity and glamour, modern and traditional. Shown in crystal clear Lucite with brushed brass. Also available in moody...
Contemporary Minimal Sculptural Metal Copper Co...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves
Copper
This contemporary sculptural single copper metal minimal corner shelf is perfect for any space be it a living room, office, or bathroom. In stock: These Minimalist copper shelves,...
Contemporary Minimal Sculptural Metal Black Cor...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves
Steel
This contemporary sculptural single metal minimal corner shelf is perfect for any space be it a living room, office, or bathroom. In stock: These Minimalist shelves, whether insta...
Contemporary Minimal Sculptural Metal Black and...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves
Copper, Steel
This contemporary sculptural set of four metal minimal corner shelves are perfect for any space be it a living room, office, or bathroom. In stock: These Minimalist shelves, whethe...
Contemporary Sculptural Black Steel Etagere Boo...
Felica Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves
Steel
The contemporary modern Black Steel Ahn etagere is a study in positive and negative space. With its five different asymmetrical and organic surfaces, Ahn is a minimal sculpture in it...
Contemporary Sculptural Black Steel Etagere Boo...
Felica Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves
Steel
This set includes two modern Etagere bookcases Storage Shelves which are contemporary and sculptural. The functional modern yet minimal sculptural Ahn Etagere is a study in positive...
Seletti Library Modular Wooden "Renaissance-Arc...
Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves
From its very first year in 1964, Seletti in Cicognara, Mantova, has followed its principle of professionality service and constant research to strive for betterness innovation and o...
Orum Mobler Chrome and Ash Bookcase Height Adju...
Ørum Møbler
20th Century Danish Modern Shelves
Chrome, Ash
We are delighted to offer for auction this original Orum Mobler Ash and chrome freestanding bookcase with large base drawer Please note the delivery fee listed is just a guide, it...
Watanabe Shelf Unit for TV Mount, Dark White Oa...
KGBL
2010s American Modern Shelves
Bronze, Oak
The wood body of this floating unit has patinated bronze shelves with burnished edges. Version with a mirror is also available. Shown in dark fumed white oak. Available in nickel and...
Palladio Shelves by Claesson Koivisto Rune
Artifort
2010s Dutch Modern Shelves
Lacquer
The open Palladio Shelves cabinet is designed by the Swedish architects Claesson, Koivisto and Rune. The legs connecting the shelves follow the same technique as the Palladio table p...
Foulard Mod. C Shelf by Studio Klass for Fiam
FIAM, Studio Klass
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves
Glass
"Shelf in curved 10 mm thick transparent glass. Chromed metal bracket. Brackets not included. Marco Maturo and Alessio Roscini founded Studio Klass in 2009, which mainly operates ...
Aura Shelf in Glass by Patrick Jouin for Fiam
FIAM, Patrick Jouin
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves
Glass
"Showcase made from 6 mm curved glass wih three 8 mm fixed glass shelves. The glass shelf supports are welded to the showcase. Top is made of 10 mm glass and based in matte black lac...
Modern Etagere or Display Shelf
Late 20th Century American Modern Shelves
Stainless Steel, Glass
The stylish modern design of this piece showcases uniquely offset angled frame with five oval shelves. Spacious modern display for home or shop, please confirm item location (NY or N...
Pacini & Cappellini Binario Shelf in Bronze Woo...
Pacini & Cappellini, Fabio Rebosio
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves
Bronze
Shelf in veneered ash or fiberboard. Shelf in tempered clear or transparent bronze glass (8 mm thick). Fabio Rebosio started to take his first steps into the world of architecture...
Golden Gate Bridge Alder Wood Shelf, Unique Sin...
Late 20th Century German Modern Shelves
Stainless Steel, Hardwood
Wonderful standing shelf modeled after the Golden Gate Bridge. Designed by an artist from Muenster / Germany as an absolute unique single piece - there is no second one in the world...
Seletti Library Modular Wooden "Renaissance-Arc...
Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves
From its very first year in 1964, Seletti in Cicognara, Mantova, has followed its principle of professionality service and constant research to strive for betterness innovation and o...
Seletti Laquered Modules in Wooden "Assemblage"...
Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves
From its very first year in 1964, Seletti in Cicognara, Mantova, has followed its principle of professionality service and constant research to strive for betterness innovation and o...
Salvatori Adda Modular Drawers in Crema d'Orcia...
Salvatori, David Lopez Quincoces
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Cabinets
Stone
With a nod to the wooden décor of the 1950s and 1960s, designer David Lopez Quincoces has created a retro-contemporary collection that plays with the inherent properties of each mate...
"Il Pezzo 5 Cabinets and Shelves" solid walnut ...
Il Pezzo Mancante
2010s Italian Modern Shelves
Brass, Ash, Walnut
The delicate pattern of carvings, the precious grain of the solid walnut and the brightness of the brass castings give rhythm to wall the pieces are on, creating sophisticated soluti...
Cross Shelving : cherry , handmade original des...
Sam Keene Studio
2010s American Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Cherry
Measurements of pictured version: 42 x 11 x 28 inches (L x D x H). These solid cherry shelves are made by hand with traditional wood joinery. The version pictured has 48 wood joint...
Modern Baker Milling Road Italian Etagere
Baker Furniture Company
Early 2000s Italian Modern Shelves
Ebony
Baker Milling Road etagere 2000s An obelisk-shaped etagere with rich expresso tones and nickel feet. Six shelves. Made in Italy. Measures: 6ft.
Unison Vinyl Record Storage Stand Natural Ash
Blake Tovin, Matt Richmond, Andrew Forseth
2010s American Modern Cabinets
Ash
The Unison vinyl storage cabinet is a perfect companion to any Unison Record Rack allowing additional storage for your expanding record collection. Convenient “flip” style record bin...
Wall Hanging Shelves, Modular Shelving System
&New
2010s British Modern Shelves
Steel
The slimline steel wall hanging shelving unit made in powder coated steel is available in eleven powder coated colors. Each element is 100 cm high x 70 cm wide, with four steel shelv...
Tolix Bi-Cylinder in Steel by Frederic Gaunet
Tolix, Frederic Gaunet
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Shelves
Steel
"Created by designer Frédéric Gaunet, the Bi-Cylinder throws light on all of Tolix’s experience and expertise in assembling, stamping, folding and welding aluminium and steel (for th...
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