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Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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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Fornasetti Four Panel Screen Armadio Aperto Open Cabinet
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Iconic and rare Piero Fornasetti four panel screen made in Milano, Italy. Mid-century modern lithograph transfer print on painted wooden panels. Titled Armadio Aperto or open cabinet...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Italian Modernist Stools
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful pair of Italian 1950's beechwood stools. The angular shaped legs create a fantastical and elegant effect. The seats newly upholstered in creamy textured Kravet fabric. Pe...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Beech

Lorenzo Burchiellaro Rolling Bar Cart, Italy, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Lorenzo Burchiellaro ( 1933-2017 ) Beautifully cubed two tiered rolling cart with rounded cast and textured aluminium form and smoked glass. A perfect 1960's Pop Art bar cart. Ita...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum

Unique Sculptural Lorenzo Burchiellaro Handcrafted Headboard in Wood and Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lorenzo Burchiellaro, headboard, wood, metal, Italy, 1970s Stunning headboard by Lorenzo Burchiellaro made in the 1970s. Buchiellaro created a truly exquisite headboard with a des...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Pair of Maison Charles Orgue Lamps
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
A fine pair of Maison Charles stainless steel Orgue lamps designed by Jacques Charles, signed to the base, original wiring with dimmer switches France circa 2000s Provenance...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Lucite and Glass Dining Table
Located in Austin, TX
Tripod dining table with a base made of Lucite and marble. The glass circular top is round. We love the lines and quality of this vintage French piece.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble

Teak 'Rise & Fall' Chandelier, Germany, C. 1960
Located in London, GB
A five-arm rise ‘n’ fall chandelier in teak, most probably made in Germany, circa 1960. The centre of the light, from which the five arms extend, is a solid piece of teak carved in...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Teak

Art Deco Curved Sofa Sweden, 1930s
By OPE
Located in Langserud, SE
This sofa was made in the 1930s Sweden. The curves and structure on this furniture takes you back to the art deco period. It’s in its original fabric. Nails attached to the sofas bac...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric

Konkylie Metal Pendant in Gold and Orange by Louis Weisdorf for Lyfa, 1960s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Louis Weisdorf, the renowned Danish architect and designer, created this Konkylie in pendant in 1963. It was produced by lighting manufacturer Lyfa as from 1964. Konkylie consists...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum

Mid Century Grey and Chrome Frame Three-Seat Sofa in the Style of Milo Baughman
Located in London, GB
Designed in the style of Milo Baughman, this sleek three-seat sofa has been newly upholstered in a sumptuously soft and airy grey Linara fabric that compliments the chrome detailing ...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Extremely Rare, Philippe Pradalie 'Berceau Fleur', for 'Atelier A, 'Paris ,1970
By Atelier A, Philippe Pradalie, Atelier A
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Delightful 'Berceau Fleur' (flower cradle) by French artist Philippe Pradalie ,produced by artist collective,' Atelier A', Paris 1970 Pradalie's 'Berceau Fleur' cradle is one of t...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Plastic, Plywood

Nanna Ditzel for Kolds Savvaerk Round Pedestal Table
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Nanna Ditzel for Kolds Savvaerk, pedestal table, wood, Denmark, 1950s This elegant table has a slim base, well made with four tapered legs in solid wood. As the rest of the table ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Milo Baughman Dining Table for Thayer Coggin
Located in Chicago, IL
Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. Dining table with diamond patterned book-matched veneer and chrome-plated pedestal base. Table has one 22" leaf.  
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Charles Hollis Jones "Treillage" Brass & Lucite Coffee Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Charles Hollis Jones "Treillage" brass & lucite coffee table.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Deep Orange, Gold and Clear Fluted Vase, Signed
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Deep orange, gold and clear fluted vase, signed.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass

1940's Pair of Cabinets with Four Doors, "Grissinis" Decoration, Walnut, Italy
Located in Girona, ES
Pair of cabinets with four doors with "grissinis" decoration, stained solid walnut, french polish. Varnished natural walnut inside, spaces used as dry bar. Polished brass keys and ha...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Exceptional Amethyst Murano 'Mushroom' Lamp by, Barbini
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Exceptional Amethyst Murano Mushroom Lamp by, Barbini With a stylized square domed 'Mushroom' shade internally decorated, raised on a 6" square, base fiteed with three chrome socket...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Skoby Joe Textured Ceramic Vessel Wabi Sabi Mid-Century Modern Sculpture
Located in La Jolla, CA
Joseph Skoby is a Southern Californian whose work is inspired by the nature of his native state. His ceramics, created in his own lush garden, recall his intimate dance with the ocea...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Ceramic, Clay, Stoneware

Mid-Century Modern Brass and Chrome Nesting Tables, Side Tables
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage mid-century nesting tables. Modernist silver and brass tone frames with smoked glass tops.Dimensions:Small:32W x 34H x 32D cm Med: 42W x 38H x 32D cm Large: 52W x 42H x 32D cm.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Chrome

Murano White Glass Table Lamp, Italy 1970s
Located in New York, NY
A dynamic design in the manner of Vistosi and Mazzega. I haven't been able to identify the exact maker but the quality of the hardware would indicate one of better lighting designers...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass

Italian Glass Frame Mirror, Italy, 1950s
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Wall mirror, produced in Italy, c. 1950s. Cut mirror glass is framed in a geometric shape glass frame. The frame presents carvings and the glass is in the shade of light brown.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Glass, Mirror

Vase of the "barbarici" Series by Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1950
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Vase of the "barbarici" series in grey glass with the gilded surface corroded with the application of metal oxides under heat. The central hole and the applied foot are rimmed with b...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Glass, Murano Glass

Sonja Katzin, Table Lamp, Brass, Wood, for ASEA, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp / desk light. Designed by Swedish sculptor Sonja Katzin, (1919-2014). Produced by ASEA, Sweden, 1950s. Stamped. Stated dimensions exclude lampshades. Height includes ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Elegant Italian Three-Seat Sofa in Cream Velvet
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sofa, velvet upholstery, wood Italy, 1960s This sofa bears multiple dynamic features. The shape of the sofa is elegant due to the high backseat and graceful sides. The backseat is...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Luigi Caccia Dominioni LP15 'Tromba' Brass Wall Lamps for Azucena
Located in Milan, IT
Pair of Luigi Caccia Dominioni LP15 'Tromba' wall lamps for Azucena, Italy, 1964 With period wooden wall covers. One has a darker patina which can be easily polished.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Set of Two Italian Armchairs by Saporiti
Located in Dronten, NL
Saporiti club chairs in red fabric, Italy, 1960s. These chairs, equipped with a chromed steel frame, feature a very distinctive sloped back at the bottom. The frame forms a wonderful...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Tina Marie Aufiero for Venini Pair of White and Blue Glass Wall Lights
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Tina Marie Aufiero for Venini, pair of sconces, in glass, Italy 1985. Elegant pair of wall-lights in white and blue colored glass by the Italian manufacturer Venini. These lights ...
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1980s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Glass

Osvaldo Borsani Rare Pair of Side Tables in Brass and Blue Glass
Located in New York, NY
Rare pair of stunning round side tables with brass top and inset beveled blue glass on elegant brass tripod base, designed by Osvaldo Borsani and manufactured by Arredamenti Borsani ...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Murano Red Opalescent White Italian Art Glass Centrepiece Fish Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Large vintage Murano hand blown opalescent white and red striped Italian art glass flat fish sculpture. Attributed to the Cenedese Company. The piece has a wavy red stripe on the top...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Opaline Glass, Glass

Italian design Marble Coffee Table 1970
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
Beautiful grey, white and red marble table. The heavy eye-shaped top rests on two marble V blocks.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble

Lounge Chair or Armchair Wood Design Style Kagan Wickerwork Vienna Austria 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A very unique and highly comfortable armchair doubtlessly of Austrian provenience. The seat cushion has been newly upholstered with herringbone cloth, perfectly corresponding with th...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wicker, Wood

Italian Modernist Designer, Lounge Chairs ottoman, Beech, Rattan, Italy, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of lounge chairs / armchairs. Executed in finely carved European beech and rattan. Produced in Italy 1960s. Expresses a visual language similar to that of works by Paolo Buffa...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Rattan, Beech

Angelo Mangiarotti, Incas Table Console, Pietra Serena, circa 1970, Italy
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Angelo Mangiarotti for Skipper, Incas table console, Pietra Serena, circa 1970, Italy. Measures: Width 296 cm, depth 40 cm, height 72 cm. Angelo Mangiarotti (1921-2012) is...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Stone

Cocktail Table by Dubè for Fontana Arte
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A rare find. This table with original Brass and painted wood base, was produced by Fontana Arte around 1953 in Italy. The table features a free form glass top with a chipped edge. Th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Mid-Century French Copper Bar Cart Trolley
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
A copper mid century bar cart. The trolley has two levels of glass. The trolley have a copper cut-out raised edge. The copper swivel wheels have a little wear on the copper. It's mad...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Copper

Vintage Burl Wood and Brass Dresser by Founders
Located in Burbank, CA
Wonderful vintage burl wood and brass dresser manufactured by Founders in the United States, circa 1980s. This dresser is inspired by the iconic designs of the famous designer Milo B...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Italian Channel Tufted Curved Sofa in Cut Velvet with Brass Legs, 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This gorgeous Italian Mid-Century Modern loveseat features a channel tufted fluted cushioned back over a curve shaped seat in brown and black cut velvet upholstery rising on tapered ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Max Ingrand Mirror Fontana Arte Round Illuminated Flower, Italy, circa 1964
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare 23" Illuminating mirror with bevelled edges by Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte, circa 1964 Backlit round petal mirror by the glass artist Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte. As every piece...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Glass, Mirror

Mid-Century Modern "Stacatto" Geometric Night Stands by Lane Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern "Stacatto" geometric night stands by Lane Furniture.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Walnut

Mid-Century Set of 4 "Trieste" Chairs by Jacober & d'Aniello for Bazzani, 1960's
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice set of 4 "Trieste" folding chairs. These chairs are designed by Jacober & d'Aniello for Bazzani, 1966. They are made of solid wood and the seating is made of rattan. ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Rattan, Wood

Mid-Century Table Lamp Murano Glass & Gilt Brass by Tommaso Barbi, Bottega Gadda
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Mid Century modern Table Lamp in murano glass and gilt brass by Tommaso Barbi for Bottega Gadda, Milano Beautiful and elegant, without defects
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Dunbar Left Arm Sofa Model 5525 by Edward Wormley, New Charcoal Upholstery
Located in Kansas City, MO
Left arm sofa / chaise longues / lounge designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1950s. Expertly restored and upholstered in a charcoal fabric with ebonized mahogany frame.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Glazed Ceramic Melon Server Set, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Desserts serving set melon design. Italy, 1960s. One of a kind set of 6 Majolica ceramic melon slice shaped dishes and a large melon tureen, The melon shaped ceramic tureen with li...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Ceramic, Ceramic, Majolica, Pottery

Set of Twelve Italian Armchairs in Yellow Leatherette
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of twelve armchairs, leatherette, metal, Italy, 1970s A set of dining chairs with curved backrests that surround the seater, creating a comfortable and embracing feeling. The ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Stilux Table Light, circa 1950
Located in London, GB
Original Stilux table light. Italy, circa 1950. Has sometimes wrongly been attributed to Arredoluce. Painted aluminium, glass, brass and marble.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble, Aluminum, Brass

Pair of Dahlia Sconces by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, Italy, 1950s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Rare pair of wall lights lamps sconces model Dahlia by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Sunburst Eyelash Mirror in Gilt Wrought Iron
Located in Barcelona, ES
Eye-catching double layered eyelash gilt iron sunburst mirror, France, 1950s The frame is made by a double layer of curved beams in eyelash shape. It will be a nice midcentury addi...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Iron, Iron

1970s Italian Tutti Frutti Glass Pendant Light
Located in London, GB
Murano glass conical shade dramatically speckled in red, orange and yellow over a smooth white ground – contemporary brass fittings. Two available Re-wired and PAT tested. ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Japan Important 1950s Cast Bronze Life-Size "Male Nude” Sculptor Koga Tadao
Located in Shelburne, VT
Japan an important 84" Tall life-size sculpture of a male nude by midcentury master sculptor Koga Tadao (Meiji 36 (1903) to Showa 54 (1979). Classic male midcentury pose complete ...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Bronze

Shelving System in Teak
Located in London, GB
Adjustable shelving system in teak. Three sections. Teak, lacquered metal with brass details. All shelves can be adjusted to suit. The unit can actually be freestanding if requ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Teak Wood & Fabric Shade Counterweight Pendant Lamp by Domus, 1980s Italy
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Teak Wood & Fabric Shade Counterweight Pendant Lamp by Domus, 1980s Italy Minimalist and rare design. Lampshade is in good condition and clean. This lamp works with E27 ligh...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Teak

Italian Modern Midcentury Pair of Brass and Mercurised Sliver Glass Sconces
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
These sconces are very elegant with their brass frame and their large silver Murano glass globes . When light is off ,they are completely silver mirror color and when light is on,the...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Paul Frankl Cloud Coffee Tables in Natural Cork and Bleached Mahogany -Pair 1951
Located in Dallas, TX
A matched pair of Iconic, early cloud coffee tables model 5005 designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company in 1951. These tables are in very good condition with a natural w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wood, Cork

Horst Brüning for Alfred Kill Bar Cart
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bar cart by Horst Bruning for Kill International, Germany, c.1960s This rare piece is made of chromed steel and laminate and sits on top of casters. The top tier consists of two exte...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Set of Three Copper Pendants by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1960s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Pair of copper Roulet pendants with in the middle a copper Nova pendant designed by Jo Hammerborg in 1963. All three pieces are produced by Fog & Mørup in Denmark. The Roulet pend...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Copper

Set of Two Glass Blue and White Opalescent Sconces by Mazzega, Italy 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Pair of sconces by Venetian glass-blowing firm A.V. Mazzega. Textured glass has a strip of fused blue, opalescent glass applied down the center of each sconce. Each sconce has two so...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass

Large Italian Chandelier in Brass with Glass Drops
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Italian chandelier, brass, glass, Italy, 1960s Majestic Italian chandelier with a large amount of glass drops. This noble lamp creates a stunning light partition. The glass drops ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Joe Colombo Illuminated Rosewood Coffee Table, 1963, Original Bernini Label
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Rare and stunning illuminated rosewood and acrylic (plexiglass) coffee table by visionary Italian designer Joe Colombo. The table is signed to the underside of the base with the orig...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel, Aluminum

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