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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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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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Style: Modern
Bench Sitting AccardiBuccheri Medulum Oak Sheet Metal
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 become a bench, a bookcase, a bedside table or a consolle. Elementary forms inspired by architectural shapes...
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2010s Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Sheet Metal

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

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

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.” William L. Hamilton, The wall street journal The Primo shelving system is composed of notched solid wood planks...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

Modern Hobart Bookcase, American Oak, Bronze, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Hobart Bookcase, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Hobart modern bookcase was born to mimic the natural ebb and flow of life. Through its ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

AS6 wall unit 24" wide shelves in solid walnut and powder coated steel
Located in Newburgh, NY
More than just a shelving system, the AS6 wall unit is a design tool for creating wall mounted furniture distilled to the essentials of line, plane and form. We encourage the unconst...
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2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Contemporary Shelving Room Divider "30/30 L" in Walnut 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 ...
Category

2010s North American Modern Shelves

Materials

Walnut, Wood

AS6 wall unit 48" wide shelves & cabinet in solid walnut and powder coated steel
Located in Newburgh, NY
More than just a shelving system, the AS6 wall unit is a design tool for creating wall mounted furniture distilled to the essentials of line, plane and form. We encourage the unconst...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Modern Hobart Bookcase, Beige Gold Bronze, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Hobart Bookcase, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. The Hobart modern bookcase was born to mimic the natural ebb...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood, Oak

Porthole Shelving System, Handcrafted Modern Solid Wood Shelving System
Located in Stevenson, WA
The Porthole Shelving System was originally designed for an audio lover's records, but it’s not just for vinyl records: it fits art books and whatever ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves

Materials

Hardwood

Moooi Oblique Small Cupboard/Wall Shelf in Traffic Yellow 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

AS6 wall unit 24" wide shelves in white lacquer and powder coated steel
Located in Newburgh, NY
More than just a shelving system, the AS6 wall unit is a design tool for creating wall mounted furniture distilled to the essentials of line, plane and form. We encourage the unconst...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

AS6 wall unit 24" wide shelves & drawer cabinet in white lacquer
Located in Newburgh, NY
More than just a shelving system, the AS6 wall unit is a design tool for creating wall mounted furniture distilled to the essentials of line, plane and form. We encourage the unconst...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel, Bronze

AS6 wall unit 48" wide shelves in solid walnut and powder coated steel
Located in Newburgh, NY
More than just a shelving system, the AS6 wall unit is a design tool for creating wall mounted furniture distilled to the essentials of line, plane and form. We encourage the unconst...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

AS6 wall unit 24" wide shelves & drawer cabinet in solid walnut
Located in Newburgh, NY
More than just a shelving system, the AS6 wall unit is a design tool for creating wall mounted furniture distilled to the essentials of line, plane and form. We encourage the unconst...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Kartell Sound Rack Modular Bookcase in Marine 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 the dual role as both container and room divider. IT IS a go...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Resin

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 the dual role as both container and room divider. IT IS a go...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Resin

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass

USM Haller Media O2 Storage System
Located in New York, NY
Offered by M2L. With two drop down doors and one cable cut out. Designed by Swiss architect Fritz Haller and Paul Schaerer in 1963. Made from powder coated steel and chrome-plated...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome, Steel

Wen Xue Shelf by objective OBJECT Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Wen Xue Shelf by objective OBJECT Studio Dimensions: D 47 x W 81.5 x H 198 cm Materials: Concrete, brass. objective OBJECT an embodiment of our architectural ethos. We represent a...
Category

2010s Chinese Modern Shelves

Materials

Concrete, Brass

Cave Sideboard by Karstudio
Located in Geneve, CH
Cave sideboard by Karstudio. Dimensions: W 40 x D 38 x H 50 cm. Materials: FRP. Available in black. Kar, is the root of Sanskrit Karma, meaning karmic repetition. We seek the cause ...
Category

2010s Chinese Modern Shelves

Materials

Fiberglass

French modern smoked glass metal lacquered wood bookcase by Alain Delon, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
French modern smoked glass, metal and lacquered wood Bookcase by Alain Delon, 1980s Self-supporting floor bookcase with a rectangular base in cream yellow lacquered wood and brass de...
Category

1980s French Vintage Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

Obelisk Form Etagere, C 1970s
Located in Norwalk, CT
Sculptural and functional wrought iron etagere with three glass shelves in a charming obelisk form. Made of quality wrought iron with a metal ball finial topped with a brass fastener...
Category

1970s American Vintage Modern Shelves

Materials

Wrought Iron

Kontra Shelves by SNICKERIET
Located in Geneve, CH
Kontra Shelves by SNICKERIET Dimensions: D 41,2 x W 100 x H 243 cm. Materials: Linoleum. Adjustments can be discussed as long as the furniture archetype is maintained. Please conta...
Category

2010s Swedish Modern Shelves

Materials

Other

Kontra Shelves by SNICKERIET
Located in Geneve, CH
Kontra Shelves by SNICKERIET Dimensions: D 41,2 x W 300 x H 243 cm. Materials: Linoleum. Adjustments can be discussed as long as the furniture archetype is maintained. Please conta...
Category

2010s Swedish Modern Shelves

Materials

Other

Librero Duna 1 by Eliana Portilla
Located in Geneve, CH
Librero Duna 1 by Eliana Portilla Dimensions: D 35 x W 70 x H 175 cm. Materials: Steel with brass coat. This shelf is made of nine modular pieces. Please contact us. I’m inspired b...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass, Steel

Librero Duna 3 by Eliana Portilla
Located in Geneve, CH
Librero Duna 3 by Eliana Portilla Dimensions: D 35 x W 35 x H 105 cm. Materials: Steel with brass coat. This shelf is made of three modular pieces. Please contact us. I’m inspired ...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass, Steel

Librero Duna 2 by Eliana Portilla
Located in Geneve, CH
Librero Duna 2 by Eliana Portilla Dimensions: D 35 x W 140 x H 105 cm. Materials: Steel with brass coat. This shelf is made of eight modular pieces. Please contact us. Eliana Porti...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass, Steel

Graffiti Project Shelves by Wonwoo Koo
Located in Geneve, CH
Graffiti Project Shelves by Wonwoo Koo Dimensions: D 35 x W 78,7 x H 45 cm. Materials: Oak wood veneer. Different color options are available: black, beige, white gray, blue or oran...
Category

2010s South Korean Modern Shelves

Materials

Oak

Division Shelving by Phase Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Division Shelving by Phase Design Dimensions: D 38,1 x W 91,4 x H 112,4 cm. Materials: Powder-coated solid steel. Solid steel sheet available in a flat black or white powder coat f...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Clouds Drawer Designed by Thomas Dariel
Located in Geneve, CH
Clouds drawer designed by Thomas Dariel, Maison Dada Measures: W 120 x D 40 x H 147cm Structure in MDF with color-painted ash veneer Fronts and back in matte or glossy paint finis...
Category

2010s French Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood

Baker and Co. Three Shelf Display Cases, Pair
Located in Pasadena, CA
Three shelf brass and glass baker and company display case. beautiful edges on all corners. The brass does show some signs of use with minor scratching to the surface. The glass is ...
Category

1970s American Vintage Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Bronze and Walnut Interval Bookshelf by Ahser Israelow
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT Asher Israelow designs work for the urban explorer. All the materials are ethically and locally sourced, building upon the importance of origins. Each piece narrates the story...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Shelves

Materials

Bronze

AS6 wall unit 24" wide shelves & drawer cabinet in Hague blue lacquer
Located in Newburgh, NY
More than just a shelving system, the AS6 wall unit is a design tool for creating wall mounted furniture distilled to the essentials of line, plane and form. We encourage the unconst...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Bronze, Steel

Curve Shelf System, Smoked Glass Shelves, Brass Frame
By LAGU
Located in İSTANBUL, TR
The CURVE SHELF SYSTEM, emphasizing the subtle elegance of brass with its elegant curve details on its corners, impresses in your space... Width: 90 cm / 35.4 inch Depth: 40 cm / 15...
Category

2010s Turkish Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Vintage French Brass Bistro with Glass Shelves
Located in Chicago, IL
A vintage French Bistro Shelf sourced in the South of France. The unlacquered brass frame has adjustable shelves, curved brass shelf supports and l...
Category

20th Century French Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

AS6 wall unit 24" wide shelves in Hague blue lacquer and powder coated steel
Located in Newburgh, NY
More than just a shelving system, the AS6 wall unit is a design tool for creating wall mounted furniture distilled to the essentials of line, plane and form. We encourage the unconst...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Elemen Shelving Solid Walnut Shelving System, Custom Arrangements Possible
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Elemen shelving system features solid walnut shelving with a gem cut edge, joined with single vertical members to produce a striking and dynamic visual statement. The concealed w...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Walnut

Handmade June Shelving System, 180cmL - Ebonized Oak - by BACD studio
Located in Værløse, DK
Create a refined space to showcase books and decor with a modern free standing shelving system. Beautiful from all sides, this piece can ...
Category

2010s Danish Modern Shelves

Materials

Hardwood, Elm, Maple, Oak, Walnut

Italian modern travertine and smoked glass consolle, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern travertine and smoked glass consolle, 1970s Console with lateral structures in travertine, with any grooves present on all sides, with two shelves of different depths ...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Modern Shelves

Materials

Travertine

Modern Glass Cube Display Case
Located in New York, NY
Modern Glass Cube Display Case with 12 shelves and chrome connectors, apparently unmarked. Provenance: Eva Bouzard-Hui artist estate.
Category

20th Century Unknown Modern Shelves

Materials

Glass

Mid-century Elm Blond Shelf by Roland Haeusler, Maison Regain
Located in Brussels , BE
Modern Elm Blond Shelf, by Roland Haeusler, Maison Regain in elm 1980s
Category

1980s French Vintage Modern Shelves

Materials

Elm

Floral Shelf with Three Plates by Chanel Kapitanj
Located in Geneve, CH
Floral Shelf with Three Plates by Chanel Kapitanj Dimensions: D 62 x W 40 x H 100 cm Materials: Metal Unique Piece This collection aims to offer completely unique pieces. Each is di...
Category

2010s Belgian Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal

BIJOU, modern sculptural shelf, object of art, collectible quiet luxury
Located in Hoboken, NJ
BIJOU- "an object, especially of a residence, small and elegant." Sculptural shelf with organic curves. Showcase a favorite object, create an accent in a space. As functional as it i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Shelves

Materials

Sapele Wood

Modern Black Oak Ladder, Medium
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 blankets, towels or scarves. Great at the beach house for bathing suits and towels, as a drying rack for lavender or herb or in a guest room...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Oak

SW-1 Stainless Wall Shelf
Located in Princeton Junction, NJ
NAME : SW-1 Stainless Wallshelf DESIGNER : GUVS DATE OF MANUFACTURE : 2023 MATERIAL : stainless steel CONDITION : NEW SIZE : 140cm(W) ​​x 8cm(D) x 30cm(H) Made of stainless steel a...
Category

2010s South Korean Modern Shelves

Materials

Stainless Steel

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 of the poles is coated with a blue protective paint. The system is completed by two storage compartments that feature sliding doors with integrated handle. The library is shipped semi assembled. Design by Accardi Buccheri for Medulum Libreria costituita da pali continui a sezione circolare in legno massello. Ripiani impiallacciati con bordatura in massello. Il tutto realizzato in noce Canaletto finito con vernice trasparente. La testa...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood, Walnut

USM Haller Media O3 Storage System
Located in New York, NY
Offered by M2L. With two drop down doors elevated. Designed by Swiss architect Fritz Haller and Paul Schaerer in 1963. Made from powder coated steel and chrome plated steel tubes...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome, Steel

USM Haller Side Table O118
Located in New York, NY
Offered by M2L. With one drop down door. Designed by Swiss architect Fritz Haller and Paul Schaerer in 1963. Made from powder coated steel and chrome-plated steel tubes, the USM H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Shelves

Materials

Chrome, Steel

Opinion Ciatti Henry III Triangular Wall Shelf Right
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

Opinion Ciatti Henry III Triangular Wall Shelf Left
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

Bookcase, partially closed cabinet, separator cabinet for environments, storage
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 of the poles is coated with a blue protective paint. The system is completed by two storage compartments that feature sliding doors with integrated handle. The library is shipped semi assembled. Libreria costituita da pali continui a sezione circolare in legno massello. Ripiani impiallacciati con bordatura in massello. Il tutto realizzato in noce canaletto finito con vernice trasparente. La testa...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Italian Designer, Small Wall Shelves, Brass, Italy, 1940s
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of small brass wall consoles designed and produced in Italy, 1940s.
Category

1940s Italian Vintage Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

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 solid shelves with rounded bottom edges, which are reminiscent of aircraft wings and appear to float on the vertical panels. This also explains the name of the shelf: the original Planophore made its debut in 1871 as the first stable model aeroplane...
Category

2010s German Modern Shelves

Materials

Aluminum

Mirth Shelves/Divider
Located in Portland, OR
The extraordinary Mirth Shelving/Room Divider is a harmonious blend of functionality and artistic expression. Crafted from concrete, finished to an impeccably high smooth polish, its...
Category

2010s American Modern Shelves

Materials

Cement

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 posts...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Metal, Brass

Tall Brass & Glass Lighted Display Cabinet. Beautiful Condition.
Located in Kansas City, MO
Vertical Display / Storage cabinet in brass with four adjustable glass shelves and mirrored inside back (this making it difficult to photograph!). It is even better in person. Supe...
Category

1970s American Vintage Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

Jean Nouvel "Less Library Shelf" for Unifor Sp.A., Italy, 1994
By Jean Nouvel, Unifor
Located in Skokie, IL
Jean Nouvel "Less Library Shelf" for Unifor Sp.A., Italy, 1994. Minimal pultruded and welded steel. Designed to represent the archetypal shelf, the Less Library is an exercise in pur...
Category

1990s Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Steel

Modern shelves for sale on 1stDibs.

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