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International Style Furniture

INTERNATIONAL STYLE

The International Style, a modernist movement within architecture and furniture design that was given its name by American architect Philip Johnson and historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock, was born during the 1920s and ’30s. It gained steam initially in Europe and then in the United States as a response to the first World War. Building projects associated with the movement, as well as vintage International Style chairs, tables and other furnishings, are minimal and pared back. 

Pioneers of the International Style — architect Walter Gropius and his Bauhaus colleagues Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, De Stijl advocate and Dutch architect J.J.P. Oud and visionary designer Le Corbusier — stripped away decorative elements and placed considerable value on functionality and clean lines, integrating the use of industrial materials like steel, concrete and large sheets of glass in their work. Quite aptly, this mode of design and architectural style coincided with an era now known as the Machine Age and became a global symbol of modernism. The primary motive of its practitioners was to address the changing needs of a rapidly industrializing society, especially the demand for office complexes and apartments in large cities, through economical, technologically advanced, yet aesthetically pleasing designs for furniture and buildings. 

“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep,” said Le Corbusier of the philosophy behind his practical modernist architecture

The International Style’s designers and architects were inspired by the advantages afforded them by the era’s new technology and industrial machinery as well as state-of-the-art materials. Le Corbusier was fond of framing his buildings in steel but reinforced concrete made far more economic sense. He is probably most admired for the iconic private homes and commercial buildings that he designed or codesigned with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, which are spread across the world, from New York City to Paris to Chandigarh, India. Today, Breuer’s Wassily Lounge chair; the elegant LC series created by Le Corbusier, Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand; and Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, crafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich, are emblems of progressive modernist design and all make prominent use of tubular steel. Vintage originals are the prized cornerstone of collections.

“The International Style is probably the first fundamentally original and widely distributed style since the Gothic,” posited Johnson in the book that accompanied “Modern Architecture: International Exhibition,” an architectural show he cocurated with Hitchcock that featured the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra and others. While the term “International Style” had previously been circulating in Europe, when the show opened at the Museum of Modern Art in 1932, it yielded a much broader application of this important style of design. 

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Style: International Style
Beautiful Wall Assembled Figure of King David playing the Harp by Emaus workshop
Located in Mexico, DF
Very well-designed stylized decorative piece depicting King David playing the harp with the walls and buildings of Jerusalem suggested in the elements in the background. The work com...
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1960s Mexican Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Sheet Metal

Handwoven Malawi Cane Chaise Lounge in Classic Weave with White Linen Cushion
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This chaise ever so artfully combines handwoven cane, luxuriously curved arms and a backrest with a plush linen and down-filled cushion, bringing long-lasting comfort to nearly any i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Malawian International Style Furniture

Materials

Wood, Linen, Cane, Rattan

Limoges French Porcelain Sea Shell Dish W/ Hand Painted Lily-of-The-Valley Motif
Located in New York, NY
Limoges white porcelain sea shell dish with hand painted lily-of-the-valley and butterfly design, c. mid 20th century, France. Signed Limoges France on ...
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Mid-20th Century European International Style Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Circular place mat C066 cast Brass (gold colour) and Aluminium ( silver colour)
Located in Benahavis, AN
The decorative Place Mat was created by David Marshall , the item is made in Sand Cast solid brass and aluminium . Handmade mounted and finished in our foundry and workshop in Spain ...
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2010s Spanish International Style Furniture

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Arco Lamp, Silver, by RAIN, Contemporary Table Lamp, Stainless Steel
By RAIN
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The Arco Lamps are made from a prolonged section of circle that stand out by the discontinuity of its shape. The collection consists of lamps that seem to penetrate the surfaces they...
Category

2010s Brazilian International Style Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Sterling Silver Highball or Iced Tea Heart Bowl Stirring Straws, Set of 12
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A set of twelve Sterling Silver highball or iced tea hollow sipping and stirring straws with heart or leaf shaped bowls. Circa 1920 -1925. Silver balls are soldered in place to th...
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Early 20th Century American International Style Furniture

Materials

Sterling Silver

Alta Lamp, by Rain, Contemporary Floor Lamp, Solid Ebonized Wood
By RAIN
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Alta is a floor lamp whose upward light creates a diffused illumination that hangs over the piece. The design seeks inspiration in the characteristic monumentality of the Brazilian M...
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2010s Brazilian International Style Furniture

Materials

Wood

Swimming Pool Table, Medium, by RAIN, Contemporary Side Table, Metal and Glass
By RAIN
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The contemporary swimming pool table. The inspiration for this collection comes from dreamlike images of leisure and good times that swimming pools...
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2010s Brazilian International Style Furniture

Materials

Metal

Horizon Bench by RAIN, Contemporary Bench, Solid Wood and Plywood, Limited
By RAIN
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
This contemporary bench shows that perspective is a visual illusion that gives the notion of depth to an image. The Horizon bench has its shape drawn fro...
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2010s Brazilian International Style Furniture

Materials

Wood, Plywood

Three-Light Meander Flexible Arm Ceiling Mounted Light Fixture
Located in Pound Ridge, NY
Ceiling mounted Meander light featuring three flexible metal arms which allow you to adjust and pose the light fixture; shown here with metal arms in standard black finish, and solid brushed brass fittings; 27 inch arms, 6 inch diameter ceiling mount. Overall measurements depend on how it is posed. Custom finishes, leather wrapping and custom configurations are available, please visit us at Avantgarden in Pound Ridge...
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2010s North American International Style Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

French Cast Iron Figural Flatback Rust Patina Garden Panel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A cast iron flatback panel originally from a balcony rail in France. Dating to the mid-late 19th century, these decorative objects were used as building or garden elements. Heavy, weighing about 25 pounds, and aged with a beautiful patina, the panel shows a robed figure within an ornate scrolled frame. Imagine it as a piece of outdoor sculpture, used as a fireback, turned into a table base, or framed in a garden gate. Measures: 26.5 inches H x 15.5 inches W x 1.25 inches deep. In very good antique condition with the desired rusted patina.
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1850s French Antique International Style Furniture

Materials

Iron

Single Minimalistic Heavy Polished Aluminum Table or Desk Base
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Single minimalistic heavy polished aluminum table or desk base. Add your own wood or stone top to specification. The base dimensions are lis...
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1970s American Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Large Fossil Stone Ammonite
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
O/6416 - Large fossil stone shell - Ammonites were predatory Prehistorie cephalopod mollusks which existed between 400 and 66 million years ago before dying out during the exinction ...
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15th Century and Earlier Malagasy Antique International Style Furniture

Materials

Stone

Carlos Artois Castillo port on the beach sign , 1950s
Located in DÉNIA, ES
Carlos Aitor Castillo considered that the artist must know how to reconcile the universal with the national to achieve transcendental realizations. In fact, his painting has gone thr...
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1950s Argentine Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Canvas

Leather in Natural Color
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
nr. 1325 - Leather in natural color: the edges have no waviness and adhere perfectly to the floor. Now with an interesting price because I'm closing my activities.
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2010s Brazilian International Style Furniture

Materials

Leather

Black Leather Carpet
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
nr. 1409 - Black leather with edges without waviness, so it adhere perfectly to the floor. Naturally elegant, it fits everywhere. Now with an interesting price because I'm closing m...
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2010s Brazilian International Style Furniture

Materials

Leather

Italian Armchair With ottoman Crocodile Leather Brown
Located in Long Island, NY
Italian Armchair , With Ottoman in Brown Leather Crocodile Made in Italy , The Finest Furniture. Beautiful And Rare Armchair and Ottoman .
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Early 2000s Italian International Style Furniture

Materials

Leather

White Leather in Natural Colors
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
nr. 1410 - White leather in natural colors and special processing , so the edges have no waviness and adhere perfectly to the floor. Now with an interesting price because I'm closing...
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2010s Brazilian International Style Furniture

Materials

Leather

Leather in Natural Brown Color
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
nr. 1284 - Leather in natural brown color: the edges have no waviness and adhere perfectly to the floor. Now with an interesting price because I'm closing my activities.
Category

2010s Brazilian International Style Furniture

Materials

Leather

People, Passions, Pastimes, and Pleasures: Staffordshire Figures, 1810-1835
Located in Philadelphia, PA
People, Passions, Pastimes, and Pleasures: Staffordshire Figures 1810-1835 – by Myrna Schkolne. First Edition 2006, limited to a run of 1000. The first comprehensive collectors’ r...
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Early 2000s American International Style Furniture

Materials

Paper

Early 20th century bronze sculpture of a bowl
Located in Allentown, PA
This is an early 20th century bronze sculpture of a bull. This antique sculpture has a dark bronze Amber patina to the surface. The dynam...
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1920s Spanish Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Bronze

1960s Original Abstract Painting By Swedish Artist Kulo Green (1913-1972)
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
Original abstract oil on board by Swedish artist Gustaf Holger Fritiof (1913-1972) who painted under the name Kulo Green. The son of a master painter he studied at the Technical Eve...
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1960s Swedish Vintage International Style Furniture

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Acrylic

African Ndaka Hardwood Carved Busts, Pair
Located in New York, NY
Pair of African, Ndaaka people of Democratic Republic of Congo, hardwood carved bust sculpture of two figures wearing necklaces and earrings, each with incised "NDAKA / 6723" marks t...
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20th Century Unknown International Style Furniture

Materials

Wood

Articulating EB 27 Angle Poise Desk Lamp Designed by Buquet, C. 1990's
Located in New York, NY
Iconic articulating desk, table lamps, originally designed in the 1920's by Edouard Wilfred Buquet, this example is circa 1990's. The lamp features two arms, which are fully jointed,...
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Late 20th Century German International Style Furniture

Materials

Metal

Pair of Italian Loung Chairs Unique
Located in Long Island, NY
A pair of Italian Lounge Chairs , woven wood at the back and sides , suede seat in Tan Color. Unique Pieces made in Italy .
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Early 2000s Italian International Style Furniture

Materials

Oak

Ancient engraving, map of the earth with circling zodiac
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Ancient engraving, map of the earth with circling zodiac "Situs Terrae Circulis Coelestibus Circumnate"
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18th Century European Antique International Style Furniture

Materials

Paper

K&M Sheffield English EPNS Beaded Flatware Boxed Set – 76 Pieces
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A 76 Piece Boxed set of EPNS, silver plated flatware in the Bead pattern, Kirk & Matz, Sheffield, England – circa 1960s. Kirk & Matz Ltd. was an American cutlery importer with Sheff...
Category

1960s English Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Silver Plate

Italian Sofa Red Velvet
By ALI Alabastri Lavorati Italiani
Located in Long Island, NY
Hand Made Italian Sofa Beautiful Red Velvet With Gold Accents.
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Early 2000s European International Style Furniture

Materials

Velvet

Pr Post Modern International Bauhaus Style Chrome and Glass End Chrome Tables
Located in New York, NY
Pair of chic architectural Bauhaus, International, Post Modern style endear side tales. The tables feature bright chrome bases of squared metal, which support nice thick ( .75 in. ) ...
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Mid-20th Century American International Style Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Val Saint Lambert Table Lamp with Pucci Lamp Shade
Located in Hamburg, DE
Unique Table Light: Val Saint Lambert crystal lamp base, Size crystal base 19 cm Hx 10cm W Total height table lamp: base with lamp shade 35 cm, Lamp shade in printed twill silk, colors: wine red, ginger, pink, white and blue signed Pucci , made from vintage Pucci silk...
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1960s French Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Crystal

19th Century green tray with flowers in hand-painted metal. France 1960's
Located in Barcelona, Cataluna
An antique French oval-shaped tray, made of metal and painted with flowers on its surface, with a green background. This particular tray is of French origin and dates back to 1960.
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1860s French Antique International Style Furniture

Materials

Metal

Italian Poltrona Armchair Hand Made Emerald Green Velvet
Located in Long Island, NY
Beautiful Armchair Poltrona In Emerald Velvet and Gold Fabric All Hand Made In Italy .
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian International Style Furniture

Materials

Oak

Japanese Brass-Mounted Yew Wood Cabinets, 2
Located in New York, NY
Japanese brass mounted Yew wood cabinets, a pair, with engraved bass mounts and hinges to the three short drawer over two door cabinet above a single drawer on bracket feet. Dealer...
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20th Century Japanese International Style Furniture

Materials

Brass

Japanese Hand-Painted Ceramic Noh Mask
Located in New York, NY
Japanese Hand-Painted Ceramic Noh Mask on Metal Stand, Likely Meiji Period, Signed two character mark to reverse. Provenance: From a 140 East 56th Street estate. Dealer: S138XX
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Early 19th Century Japanese Antique International Style Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Early 21st Century Vietri Hand-Crafted Italian Porcelain Leaf Set- 3 Pieces
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Each leaf encapsulates the essence of Italian artistry, offering a timeless blend of elegance and nature. The exquisite hand-crafted pieces will grace your gatherings adding a touch ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian International Style Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Three Syrian Walnut and Bone Inlaid Chests
Located in New York, NY
Three Syrian Carved Walnut Chests with bone inlay. Provenance: From a Manhattan Collection. Dealer: S138XX
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Late 19th Century Syrian Antique International Style Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Luxury Handmade Pull Handle, Various Leather Colors Finishes Belt Shape
Located in Alcoy, Alicante
Door & drawer pull handle belt shape Artisanal architectural elements that privilege the sense of touch. Made bovine leather from European cattle and sub-products from food industry. Leather pieces vegetable tanned using quebracho and mimosa in a traditional Spanish tannery, chrome free tanning process. Our hides pass by a tumbled process that adds a natural grain to the leather and additional soft touch. All our leather parts are manufactured by handbags and leather goods artisans, so yo will finds that reminds to footwear or fashion rather than homewares. With more detailed eye on small subtleties, as the hand painted edges or hand machine stitched...
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2010s Spanish International Style Furniture

Materials

Brass

Reika Iwami, Contemporary Japanese woodblock print
By Reika Iwami
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Contemporary Japanese woodblock print (Sosaku hanga) by the female artist Reika Iwami (b. 1927, Tokyo) titled “Water Fantasy A”of a setting full moon on th...
Category

1980s Japanese Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Paper

Fontana Arte by Pietro Chiesa chandelier in engraved glass and metal circa 1970
Located in Rio De Janeiro, RJ
Incredible Fontana Arte by Pietro Chiesa in engraved glass, metal and wood circa 1970
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1970s Italian Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Metal

Brazilian Chandelier in Jacaranda, glass and metal Joaquim Tenreiro 1970.
Located in Rio De Janeiro, RJ
Incredible and rare chandelier attributed to Joaquim Tenreiro in Jacaranda, glass and metal circa 1970.
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1970s Brazilian Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Metal

Pair of Italian Brass Sconces
Located in Chicago, IL
A pair of 1960’s brass wall sconces by Tobias Fraum. Created through the marriage of laquered metal base and brass folded sheet, it follows a tipical mid-century metal processing technique: calendering, a metal bending technique often used to create a “shade” for lamps. It was used in many furniture designs of the 50s and 60s in Europe, such as the famous Foglia sconces...
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1960s European Vintage International Style Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Karel Klinkenberg 19th Century Dutch Signed Painting
By Johannes Christiaan Karel Klinkenberg
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful and important painting by the great Dutch artist Karel Klinkenberg who lived at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. It depicts a canal in Utrecht depicted with his usual precision attentive to every detail. Another characteristic of our painter, is the evocative power of the romantic and gentle atmosphere he always manages to convey. Signed at lower left and signed and inscribed on the reverse. Johannes Christiaan Karel Klinkenberg (1852, The Hague – 1924, The Hague), was a 19th-century Dutch painter specialized in views of the town especially Amsterdam and Utrecht as our painting. Biography According to the RKD he was a pupil of Christoffel Bisschop (1828-1904) and Louis Meijer, and became a member of the Pulchri studio who later won many prizes. A street is named after him in the neighborhood of streets named after 19th and 20th century Dutch painters in Overtoomse Veld-Noord, Amsterdam. This painting, never before on the market, comes from a private collection Every item of our Gallery, upon request, is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Sabrina Egidi official Expert in Italian furniture for the Chamber of Commerce of Rome and for the Rome Civil Courts. This artwork is shipped from Rome. Under existing legislation, any artwork in Italy created over 70 years ago by an artist who has died can requires a license for export regardless of the work’s market price...
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Late 19th Century Dutch Antique International Style Furniture

Materials

Canvas

Large Vintage Natural Real Sea Coral Reef Specimen Beach Decor
By Oceanic Arts
Located in Warrenton, OR
Large Vintage Natural Real Sea Coral Reef Specimen Beach Decor A stunning piece of nature for the home or office of an ocean lover or beach dweller. Note: This is a vintage coral reef...
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Early 20th Century American International Style Furniture

Materials

Coral

Archimede Seguso Murano glass "Cartoccio oro" circa 1950 vase.
Located in Rio De Janeiro, RJ
Incredible Archimede Seguso Murano glass "Cartoccio oro" vase circa 1950.
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1950s Italian Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Murano Glass

Tangka Painting of Manifestations of Padmasambhava Tibet, 20th Century
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
A TANGKA PAINTING OF MANIFESTATIONS OF PADMASAMBHAVA TIBET, 20TH CENTURY He appears as the Dorje Drolo. He rides a fierce tigress, and brandishes a vajra in his right hand and a rit...
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Early 20th Century Tibetan International Style Furniture

Materials

Cotton

Large Tina Aufiero for Venini circa 1983 "Alboino" Murano glass green vase
By Tina Aufiero
Located in Rio De Janeiro, RJ
Incredible and large Tina Aufiero for VENINI circa 1983 "Alboino" green vase. Labeled.
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1980s Italian Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Murano Glass

Large Dino Martens Murano glass green "pulegoso" vase circa 1950 model 2298.
Located in Rio De Janeiro, RJ
Incredible Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso Murano glass green "pulegoso" vase circa 1950 model 2298 (Dino Martens Marc Heiremans.)
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1950s Italian Vintage International Style Furniture

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Murano Glass

lampadaires italiens des années 70 abat jour en plexiglass ambré pied marbre
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Rare set de 3 lampadaires italiens des années 70 en plexiglass et laiton piétement marbre en très bon état Quelques traces d'usure
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1970s Italian Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Marble, Brass

Archimede Seguso Murano glass bicolor with applications and gold 1950 vase.
Located in Rio De Janeiro, RJ
Incredible Archimede Seguso Murano glass bicolor with applications circa 1950 vase.
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1950s Italian Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Murano Glass

Serving Bar Car from Aldo Tura, Italy, 1960s
Located in Kiel, SH
A two tiered serving table by Aldo Tura, in blue lacquered goatskin and gilt brass.
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1960s Italian Vintage International Style Furniture

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Brass

Emanoel Araujo brazilian sculpture in fiberglass and wood polychrome circa 1980
By Emanoel Araújo 1
Located in Rio De Janeiro, RJ
Incredible EMANOEL ARAUJO abstract sculpture in fiberglass and wood signed and polychrome circa 1980.
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1980s Brazilian Vintage International Style Furniture

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Fiberglass, Wood

Contemporary Minimalist Brass and Glass Solitary Vase V3
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
V3 vase - Monstera by Paulo Goldstein, Brazilian contemporary design is part of a series of vases inspired in the observation of the natural lines of the flowers and leaves held in t...
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2010s Brazilian International Style Furniture

Materials

Brass, Steel

Italian inkwell in bronze and marble circa 1850.
Located in Rio De Janeiro, RJ
Incredible and big inkwell in italian old bronze with marble base circa 1850.
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique International Style Furniture

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Remo Bernucci 1970 set of 9 totens in plaster and wood polychrome sculpture.
Located in Rio De Janeiro, RJ
Incredible RENO BERNUCCI group of sculptures in plaster, wood polychrome with 9 pieces.
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1970s Brazilian Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Plaster, Wood

Moroccan Gilt Brass Six Light Oil Lamp Pendant
Located in New York, NY
Moroccan gilt brass reticulated six-light hanging oil pendant lamp on openwork chains. Dealer: S138XX
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20th Century International Style Furniture

Materials

Brass

Etching with Acquatint 'Le Quadife' by Paul de Chabot. (1932-)
Located in London, GB
Etching with aquatint in a silk surround with dark blue wooden frame and glass to the front. It is edition 47/100 entitled 'Le Quadife.' Paul de Chabot ...
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1980s French Vintage International Style Furniture

Materials

Paper

Narciso italian pompeian reproduction bronze circa 1900.
Located in Rio De Janeiro, RJ
Incredible old bronze reproduction by Narciso found in Pompei 1862.
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1860s Italian Antique International Style Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Antique Walnut Gründerzeit Armoire or Wardrobe, 1890s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning and rare Gründerzeit armoire or wardrobe. Striking Dutch design from the 1890s. Solid walnut and original walnut veneer base with original beveled mirror. Four original draw...
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1890s Dutch Antique International Style Furniture

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Brass

International Style furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique International Style furniture for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage furniture created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include tables, seating, decorative objects and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, glass and other materials. If you’re shopping for used International Style furniture made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and North America pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original furniture, popular names associated with this style include Bontempi Casa, SoShiro, Archimede Seguso, and Matias Sagaría. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for furniture differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $40 and tops out at $70,000 while the average work can sell for $2,272.

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