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Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Teak Wood Wardrobes, 3 and 5 Door, by Dassi, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Stunning pair of Italian Armoires, 3 and 5-door, well designed by Vittorio Dassi in the 1950s. Both structures are made of a gorgeous lacquered teakwood, supported by black metal ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Paul Evans Rare and Large Argente Studio Cabinet
Located in Houston, TX
Paul Evans Argente cabinet Paul Evans Studio USA Welded aluminum, lacquered wood, felt, leather, welded steel Measures: 80 H × 36.5 W × 21.5 D in The cabinet features t...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Aluminum

Italian Mid-Century Teak Wood Wardrobe 5-Door by Vittorio Dassi, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Stunning Italian Armoire 5-door well designed by Vittorio Dassi in the 1950s. The cabinet is made of a beautiful lacquered teakwood, supported by black metal legs finished with ad...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Brass Coat Wall Double Hooks by Hertha Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful Austrian brass hooks manufactured by Hertha Baller in Austria in the 1950s. Price per hook. Up to 4 available.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Two Pair of 1950s Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Door or Cabinet Handles
Located in New York, NY
Available are two pair of Italian 1950s ceramic door or cabinet handles. Each handle set is comprised of a front piece glazed in chocolate brown with cafe' au lait accent for the geo...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Teak Wood Wardrobe 3-Door by Vittorio Dassi, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Stunning Italian Armoire 3-door and 6 drawers, well designed by Vittorio Dassi in the 1950s. The cabinet is made of a beautiful lacquered teakwood, supported by black metal legs fin...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Coat Wall Hooks by Hertha Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hooks manufactured by Hertha Baller in Austria in the 1950s. 2 available.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Aluminum

Ebonized Brass Asymmetric Coat Wall Double Hooks by Hertha Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful Austrian brass hooks manufactured by Hertha Baller in Austria in the 1950s. Up to 12 available.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Mid-Century Shoe Stand Made in 50s, Czechia, Original, Non Restored Beech
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Shoe stand made out of beech in Czechia, 1950s. With wild colours that are sure to stand out in any context.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Beech, Wood

Coat Wall Hooks by Hertha Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hooks manufactured by Hertha Baller in Austria in the 1950s. Up to 6 available.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

1940s Wardrobe, Two Doors, Walnut and Walnut Burl, Lacquer, Brass, France
Located in Girona, ES
Nice wardrobe, two doors with walnut and walnut burl veneers, French polish. Black lacquered top, strut and base. Four shelves inside, chrome-plated brass hinges and handles. Fran...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Massive Brass Coat Wall Hook Attributed to Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook manufactured in Austria in the 1950s and attributed to Carl Auböck.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Cat Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "cat" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very good vintage condition.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Two Impressive Mahogany and Oregon Pine Wall Mounted Cabinets Denmark, C. 1960
Located in London, GB
A pair of large wall mounted cabinets of unusual proportions and excellent construction, made in Denmark circa 1960. Both the top and bottom halves of each cabinet are fitted with ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Westnofa Mid Century Teak Plinth Base Highboy
Located in Countryside, IL
Westnofa Mid Century Teak Plinth Base Highboy Highboy measures: 48.5 wide x 18.5 deep x 46 high This price includes getting this piece in what we call Restored Vintage Conditi...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood, Teak

Broyhill Brasilia Style Kroehler Brutalist MCM Walnut Armoire Highboy Dresser
Located in Countryside, IL
Broyhill Brasilia style Kroehler Brutalist mid century walnut armoire highboy dresser The dresser measures: 42.75 wide x 18.75 deep x 60 inches high All pieces of furniture can be ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Mid-Century Display Cabinet Made in Czechia, '50s, Restored Oak
Located in Horomerice, CZ
20th century mid-century display cabinet Material: oak.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood, Oak

2 Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes or Chests of Drawers, Circle of Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
2 Italian Mid-Century Modern chests of drawers / dressers or commodes from the circle of Gio Ponti. Priced and sold individually. The pieces are a mixture of exquisite form and su...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Guillerme et Chambron Cabinet with Graphical Doors in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, cabinet, oak, France, 1960s The doors of this cabinet catches the eye. Long ornaments with angular ends structure the front in a unique manner. Also the decor...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

Italian Wood Wardrobe Attributed to Paolo Buffa, Italy, 1950
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Two door wardrobe attributed to Paolo Buffa. This armoire, made in walnut wood present a geometrical grid decoration with twelve section. The interiors differ from each side, the l...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Clothes Valet Golden Nugget
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant lucite clothes valet from the Golden Nugget Casino. A place for all your days clothes, including shoes jewelry etc. This item can be parcel posted. In excellent vi...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Lucite

Christophe Gevers for De Coene Wardrobe in Teak and Cane
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Christophe Gevers for De Coene, wardrobe, model 'Saphir', teak, cane, Belgium, circa 1962. Rare wardrobe designed by Belgian designer Christophe Gevers (1928-2007) in 1962 and man...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Cane, Teak

Mid Century Modern Italian Cabinet by Osvaldo Borsani
Located in London, GB
Large cabinet with carved doors by Osvaldo Borsani, with carving by Voltan. The interior is currently fitted for coat hanging but this could be easily converted into a bookcase if re...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Fruitwood

Dillingham Mid Century Book Matched Walnut Armoire Gentlemans Chest
Located in Countryside, IL
Dillingham mid century book matched walnut armoire gentlemans chest This piece measures: 38 wide x 19 deep x 69.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we c...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Westnofa Mid Century Teak Gentlemans Chest
Located in Countryside, IL
Westnofa Mid Century teak gentlemans chest The chest measures: 48 wide x 18 deep x 45.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage conditio...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Teak

United Furniture Mid Century Diamond Highboy Dresser
Located in Countryside, IL
United Furniture mid century diamond highboy dresser This dresser measures: 44.25 wide x 20 deep x 49.75 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Original 1960s Italian Coat Stand Design in Walnut and Beech with Umbrella Stand
Located in Buggiano, IT
Original 1960s coat stand in walnut and beech with umbrella stand Finishes in light wood Very elegant Special design. Comes from an old country house in the Pisa area of Tuscany. The...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Beech, Walnut

Guillerme et Chambron Wardrobe in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, armoire, oak, France, 1960s This grandiose wardrobe is a good example of excellent woodworking by virtue of the well-designed construction based on innovati...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

Broyhill Brasilia Mid Century Highboy Dresser Gentlemans Chest
Located in Countryside, IL
Broyhill Brasilia mid-century highboy dresser gentlemans chest. This dresser measures: 44 wide x 19 deep x 49.75 inches high. All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Century Furniture Mid Century Brass and Burlwood Armoire Gentlemans Chest
Located in Countryside, IL
Century Furniture mid century brass and burlwood armoire gentlemans chest The armoire measures: 24 wide x 18 deep x 82 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

André Sornay Cabinets in Mahogany
Located in Waalwijk, NL
André Sornay for Atelier Sornay, cabinet, honduras mahogany, wood, metal, France, 1960s Iconic midcentury cabinet by French designer André Sornay. With its geometric design and the ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Metal

Danish Modern Teak Gentlemans Chest by Ølholm
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Ølholm Møbelfabrik Era: 1960s Materials: Teak Measurements: 31.5” wide x 17.75? deep x 25.5? tall Condition: In excellent origin...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Teak

Dieter Waeckerlin High Board in Teak with Seagrass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Dieter Waeckerlin, Behr Möbel, High board, teak, seagrass, Germany, 1950s This rare wardrobe by Dieter Waeckerlin for Behr Möbel (Germany) features a body made of teak with slidin...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Seagrass, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Italian Teak Wardrobe designed Silvio Cavatorta, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Stylish Italian mid-century modern teak wardrobe designed by Silvio Cavatorta in the 1950s. The cabinet is made of gloss lacquered teak veneer with five doors finished with brass det...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass, Steel

Founders Mid Century Walnut and Chrome Gentlemans Chest Highboy Dresser
Located in Countryside, IL
Founders mid century walnut and chrome gentlemans chest highboy dresser The dresser measures: 48 wide x 19 deep x 47 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Chrome

Midcentury Wardrobe Cabinet from Czechoslovakia, 1950s, Original Condition
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Mid century wardrobe. Completely original condition Material: Ash We guarantee safe a the cheapest air transport from Europe to the whole world within 7 days. The price is the ...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood, Ash

1970s Austrian Coat Hanger
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A stainless steel sculptural clothes hanger.
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Stainless Steel

Guillerme et Chambron Wardrobe in Oak with Carved Doors
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, armoire, oak, France, 1960s This grandiose wardrobe is a good example of excellent woodworking by virtue of the graphical designed door panels illustrating ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

Midcentury Modern Charles Rennie Mackintosh Black Lacquered Ash Sideboard, 1980s
Located in Roma, IT
Sideboard in open-pore black lacquered ash with incredible stunning inserts and decoration with leaded glass panel. This fantastic piece was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh dur...
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1980s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Glass, Wood

Wardrobe for Sanders by Lind + Almond in Cognac, Brass and Leather
Located in Washington, GB
A wardrobe in European oak, brass and leather, developed especially for Sanders, Copenhagen's premier luxury boutique hotel. Available in two timber tones. Handcrafted to order in D...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Arne Wahl Iversen Danish Modern Tall Narrow Lingerie Chest Dresser
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful mid century Arne Wahl Iversen Danish Modern tall narrow lingerie chest dresser. 8 drawers total (4) Thin upper drawers for lingerie with (4) deep lower drawers - (1) Drawer...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern Wall Beech Vintage Wardrobe with Brass Hooks by Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
This presented wall-mounted wardrobe by Carl Auböck, Vienna circa 1950, was made of beechwood slats, which were lacquered black and colorless. Also the wardrobe features five pieces...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Wardrobe in Stained Beech, circa 1950 in the Style of Gérard Guermonprez
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Wardrobe in stained beech, circa 1950 in the style of Gérard Guermonprez.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Beech

Giovanni Battista Bassi Wardrobe in Walnut
By Giovanni Battista
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Giovanni Battista Bassi, wardrobe, walnut, metal, 1970s Giovanni Battista Bassi (1926-2013), one of the founders of the Italian furniture manufacturing company Potronova, designed ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Metal

André Sornay Wardrobe in Mahogany and Ash
Located in Waalwijk, NL
André Sornay for Atelier Sornay, wardrobe or armoire, ash, mahogany, France, 1950s Iconic midcentury wardrobe by French designer André Sornay. With its geometric design and the c...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Mahogany, Ash

Guillerme & Chambron Wardrobe in Solid Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron, wardrobe, oak, France, 1960s This grand wardrobe in blond oak wood has versatile (hidden) storage facilities. Two doors are inlayed with a geomtric pattern o...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

Century Furniture MCM Brass and Burlwood Armoire Gentlemans Chest - A Pair
Located in Countryside, IL
Century Furniture Mid Century Brass and Burlwood Armoire Gentlemans Chest - A Pair Each armoire measures: 24 wide x 18 deep x 82 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Bambu and Rattan Magazine Holder, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Mid-Century Modern bambu and rattan magazine holder, circa 1960 Traditionally manufactured in Spain. By unknown designer. In original condition with minor wear consistent of age...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Bamboo, Rattan

Large Coatrack Wardrobe Carl Auböck Brass Hooks, 1950s
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A large wooden coat check with patinated brass hooks manufactured in midcentury, circa 1950. It consists of a frame made of wood and six polished solid brass hooks with lovely patin...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Austrian Coat Check Wardrobe
Located in Vienna, AT
Walnut base with brass parts, good original condition. Made in Austria in the late 1960s. Will be delivered dismanteled.  
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Large Italian Galleria Mobili D'Arte Cantù Rosewood Wardrobe
Located in Porto, PT
Large Italian Galleria Mobili D'Arte Cantù rosewood six door wardrobe, fully restored.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Set of 7 Brass Coat Wall Hooks
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hooks manufactured in Austria in the 1970s.  
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

1970´S Modular Wardrobe "Arán" by Jordi Vilanova, Whiten Pitch Pine, Barcelona
Located in Girona, ES
Modular wardrobe "Arán" in whiten pitch pine, one base block with two drawers (could be on top) and the main block with two doors, shelf and rod inside. Design: Jordi Vilanova, Spa...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine

1950s Italian Wardrobe in Teak Iron and Brass
Located in Rome, IT
Italian Wardrobe, teak, green fabric, iron and brass, 1950s This incredible cabinet of mid-century modern Italian design boasts ultra modern lines along with technical details of ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass, Iron

Guillerme et Chambron Wardrobes with Ceramic Handles
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, armoire, oak, ceramic, France, 1960s. This pair of cabinets is designed by Guillerme and Chambron and features geometric oak inlays, which is characteristic ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Ceramic, Oak

Italian Wardrobe in Mahogany and Alabaster
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Large Italian wardrobe, curly mahogany, maple, glass, brass, alabaster, Italy, 1960s With its six doors this wardrobe has an impressive size. Two doors on the side hold a mirrored s...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Alabaster, Brass

Louis Vuitton trunk, LV, Made in France, 1930s
Located in Pambio Noranco, CH
1930s Louis Vuitton trunk, restored in 2018 Restored in Italy by a specialist in Louis Vuitton trunks.
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1930s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Wood

Edition Somop, Important Wardrobe, France, circa 1970
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Edition Somop, important wardrobe in yellow molded plastic, France, circa 1970. Measures: Height 214 cm, width 165 cm, depth 40 cm.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Plastic

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