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Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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
Fristho Franeker Rosewood Low Sideboard The Netherlands 1960
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful refined quality low sideboard manufactured by Fristho Franeker, The Netherlands 1960. This sideboard is made of nicely grained rosewood veneer with a black lacquered top su...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Pair of Loop Chairs by Willy Guhl for Eternit, 1990s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Stunning set of 2 fiber cement Loop chairs by Willy Guhl for Eternit, the 1990s. Iconic design.
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1990s European Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Cement

Charming Pendants in Decorated Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendants, frosted glass, brass, ceramic, Europe, 1970s. The craftsmanship of the creator is truly evident in the artistry of these beautiful pendants. The surface illustrates a lo...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Ignazio Gardella, Lounge Chair, Brass, Metal, Yellow Velvet, Gavina, Italy 1957
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early and adjustable "Digamma" lounge chair designed by Ignazio Gardella for Gavina, Italy 1957. The chair features a yellow velvet upholstery, metal, with brass feet.  
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Swedish Designer, Wall Light, Red-Lacquered Metal, Brass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable wall light in red-lacquered metal, brass, and fabric. Designed and produced in Sweden, 1940s-1950s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Groovy Lounge Chairs Boucle Off-White 1980's
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Very beautiful Groovy chairs from the 80's. New upholstery in a off-white boucle. You can place them together as a sofa or separate as lounge chairs. Beautiful design!
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1980s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Bouclé

Pair of Bergboms G-120m Brass Floor Lamps
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Pair of original Bergboms floor lamps model G-120M. Each floor lamp is made of a brass structure and an adjustable sconce. Original label below the feet.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Italian Designer, Table Mirror, Brass, Mirror Glass, Italy 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table mirror framed in detailed brass, produced in Italy, 1940s.
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Swedish Designer, Table Lamp, Stained Wood, Shell, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp in stained wood with an adjustable shell diffuser. Designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Shell, Wood

Isamu Noguchi Akari UF-3Q Light Sculpture
Located in Dronten, NL
Akari UF-3Q floor lamp designed by Isamu Noguchi, 1951. Manufactured by Ozeki & Co. in Japan. Bambu structure covered by washi paper supported by a coated metal base. Wired for U.S...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Napoleone Martinuzzi, Venini, Succulent Model 2469 Cactus Sculpture 1929 Signed
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Napoleone Martinuzzi, Venini, Succulent Model 2469 Cactus Sculpture 1929, Signed. Exceedingly rare example of a signed Venini succulent by Matinuzzi. Museum-worthy masterwork by Ma...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Four-Arm Brass Asymmetrical Chandelier, Ivory Gold Pivot Shades, Stilnovo Style
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
New design using a regular structure and playing with the arm combination to achieve asymmetry and an intriguing new approach for these stemmed chandeliers. Heads are pivoting thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Midcentury Swedish Mahogany Chest with Ebonized Finished and Original Hardware
Located in Troy, MI
Four-drawer mahogany bachelor’s chest by Swedish maker AB Svenska Mobelfabrikerna Bodafors has a newly applied ebonized finish and the original brass hardware, circa 1960s. Drawers h...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Gino Sarfatti Model #10 Sconce in Green for Arteluce
Located in Glendale, CA
Gino Sarfatti Model #10 sconce in green for Arteluce. Executed in original green painted aluminum and custom fabricated period styled brass backplates designed to mount over a standa...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum, Brass

New Handmade Counter Chair State with Black Powder-coated base, Blue Upholstery
Located in Lisbon, PT
Elegant and light Counter Chair State that is comfortable and versatile. Its upholstery here is seen in velvet (several color options) and powder coated metal structure in Black (mor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Retrofuturism 70s Style Pink Velvet & Polished Brass Base Accent Chair Manhattan
Located in Madrid, ES
Manhattan accent chair speaks about a wild party in lates 70s, a time of hyper-self-expression and experimentation. A symbol of hedonism. Explores the themes of tension between pa...
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Guillerme et Chambron Writing Desk in Solid Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron for Votre Maison, writing desk, oak, France, 1960s. This desk is designed by the renowned French duo Guillerme et Chambron. This item holds an utterly well-b...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Oak

Walter Knoll Pair of Lounge Chairs in Off-White Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Walter Knoll for Walter Knoll & GmbH, lounge chairs, model 369, fabric, metal, Germany, design 1956. Pair of iconic '369' lounge chairs designed by Walter Knoll in 1956. This pio...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Set of Six Scandinavian Midcentury Oak Chairs, circa 1950
Located in Brussels, BE
Elegant set of six scandinavian chairs, circa 1950. Oak, new upholstery off-white boucle fabric . Dimensions: 105cm H, 46 cm W, 48 cm D, seat height 48 cm. Good original condition...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wool, Wood

Organic Modern Soft and Comfortable Upholstery Armchair Malibu in COM
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
COM Upholstery, fabrics not included. Like a warm embrace, Malibu Round Sofa welcomes you to stay within and relax. An elevated homage to the golden age of midcentury design and or...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Bouclé, Velvet

Large 1950s Gilardi & Barzaghi Adjustable Floor Lamp
Located in Glendale, CA
Large 1950s Gilardi & Barzaghi adjustable floor lamp. A rare example executed in red enameled metal perforated shade with a sculptural brass bass. Both the shade and the legs are adj...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum, Brass

Unique Pierre Chapo Desk in Solid Elm, France 1960s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Unique Pierre Chapo desk in Solid Elm, France 1960s. The desk was made upon special request; the previous owners purchased different items by Chapo in the late 60s and asked for this...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Elm

French Vintage Side Tables
Located in Austin, TX
Pair of side tables from France made of steel and featuring brass cubic corners and brass feet. We love the smoked glass shelves and clean lines of this superb pair.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Steel

'Brasilia' Highboy Dresser by Broyhill Premiere, Refinished, 1960s, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible 'Brasilia' highboy dresser by Broyhill Premiere has been completely refinished and is signed with its original Brasilia label, and ready to grace your home or office....
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

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 Furniture

Materials

Brass

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" Lounge Chairs for Cassina, 1969, Set of 2
Located in Rovereta, SM
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" lounge chairs for Cassina, black leather and metal, 1969, set of two. Although technically designed in the 1960s, the "Soriana" model by the Italian duo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather

Pair of Sconces by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Sconces by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1940s. These sconces feature reeded glass with brass accents. Rewired for U.S. standards....
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

"Mailand" Pendant Ceiling Lamp by Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"Mailand" Pendant lamp by Stilnovo. Manufactured in Italy, circa 1950's. Gridded sheet metal. Wired for U.S. standards. Recommended lamping consists of four E27 Socket 60w Frosted Bu...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel, Sheet Metal

1950's Alf Svensson ''Teve'' Lounge Chairs in Beech and Sheepskin
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of swedish modern lounge chairs in beech and sheepskin by Alf Svensson for x, 1950´s. New shearling upholstery and restaured.
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Sheepskin, Beech

Mid-Century Modern Ceiling Lights with Four Pearl White Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
Large Midcentury ceiling brass chandeliers, flushmounts by designer and manufacturer Preciosa and produced in Czech Republic the early 1970s. Beautiful work with four pearl white gla...
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Late 20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Marius & Marius 3-Seater Sofa by Mario Marenco for Arflex, 1970s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Cognac leather 3-seater sofa produced by Arflex in the 70s. Designed by Mario Marenco. Wooden base. The seat, back, and armrests are made of padded cushions.
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather

Brown Italian Midcentury Coffee or Side Table by Aldo Tura in Goat Skin
Located in Berlin, DE
Brown Italian Midcentury Coffee or Side Table by Aldo Tura in Goat Skin Simple and classical coffee table or side table designed and produced by Aldo Tura (1909-1963). The oval table...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Sistema Solare, Luxury Ivory Onyx and Brass 8 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sistema Solare is the variation of the Sistema chandelier where the shade is made of a thin cut Ivory Onyx slab. Actually the whole project started for this incredible material. Ivor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Onyx, Brass

Swivel Armchair with Soft Velvet and Brass Detail Panorama
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
Swivel armchair with soft cotton velvet by Pierre Frey in Kiwi and Dijon color and satin brass detail. New and Made to Order. If you are planning on ordering an upholstery item wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 5 Rotating Balanced Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier. Shown with 5 rotating arms. April 2022. Added photos from beautiful home projected by Elad Cohen of Alex Meitlis studio. Great photography fro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass, Metal

Joe Pendant Lamp 640 by Wende Reid
Located in Paddington, NSW
Joe pendant lamp 640 This Classic, tailored, double pendant lamp, inspired by menswear is reminiscent of 1940s style and the early simplicity of Art Deco. Now also available as a fl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Australian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass, Copper

Josef Frank Table Lamp 'Tisch-Überall' Mod. 1092 by Kalmar, Brass Leather, 1950s
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A gorgeous and rare table lamp model 'Tisch-Überall' no. 1092 designed by Josef Frank in 1934 or earlier for Haus & Garten. The offered piece was manufactured by J.T. Kalmar, Vienna,...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Stunning 1960s Cloud Form Mirrored Screen in the Style of Guy de Rougemont
By Guy de Rougemont
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Stunning folding 1960s 'Cumulus' cloud form mirrorred screen in the style of French artist Guy De Rougement who produced several highly sought after and valuable pieces of design art...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 3 Rotating Balanced Arms, Stilnovo Style, Twin Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Orbitale 3 arms frame using the twin shade. Shown with 3 rotating arms. I designed this for being placed above a kitchen island where it's at the best of use, having task light and m...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Set of Six Zig Zag Chairs in Plexiglass, France, 1970’s
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Zig Zag chairs in plexiglass in beautiful pink color with transparency.Interesting minimaliste design.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Plexiglass

Reupholstered Lounge Chairs with Sculptural Ash Wooden Frame France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Set of two lounge chairs, in patinated solid ash and Reupholstered bleu velvet, France, 1960s. The grain of the wood is nicely visible, especially on the wide sculpted armrests. Thes...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Ash

Pair of Industrial Egg Chairs in Aluminum and Leather, France 1970's
Located in New York, NY
France, 1970's A sleek pair of modernist armchairs in welded aluminum with cloutage details and leather upholstery.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Pace Collection Brass and Glass Dining or Conference Table, circa 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This large 1970s rectangular dining table by Pace Collection features beautiful blue glass and gleaming brass, finished with incredible detail such as the large brass screw heads whi...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Original Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass RAR Rocking Chair in Navy Blue
Located in Washington, DC
Original vintage rocking chair by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Base is original and not a replica. Shock mounts are in good shape. The chair was acquired from Herman Miller...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Zinc

Compact Orbitale Brass Chandelier 3 Rotating Balanced Arms, Low Ceiling Featured
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier. The Orbitale collection is modular. Here a compact version using the short sections of the 5 arm to compact the height of the chandelier body...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Midcentury Chrome Jules Heumann for Metropolitan Pair Cantilever Lounge Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
Gorgeous pair midcentury cantilever lounge chairs by Jules Heumann for Metropolitan Furniture, circa 1970. Newly upholstered in a soft blue wool, with high polish chrome base. Meas...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

8 Sculptural Form 'Oro' Dining Chairs by Raoul Guys, 1951, Airborne, France
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Exquisite and extremely rare set of eight 'oro' dining chairs designed by sculptor and designer Raoul Guys in 1951 for 'Airborne' ,France. These chairs were commissioned by Air Franc...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

1950s French Modern Pendant, Ribbed Glass and Brass
Located in Vienna, AT
Modernist French pendant from the 1950s. A slightly conical ribbed glass diffuser is framed by a black lacquered structure with brass details. The glass diffuser has a white casing o...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass, Steel

Long Bench, Cantilever, Mid-Century Style, Custom, Danish Cord, Woven, Hardwood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Mid-century inspired, hardwood and woven Danish cord bench. Standard length for this bench is 63.25", it can be made any length from 48" - 70". The Danish cord has the perfect amou...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Cord, Hardwood, Walnut

Orbitale Grand Planetario Brass Chandelier 8 Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier that belongs to the Orbitale collection. I gave the Planetario name for the 8 planets and the sun representation. it's just one of the best chand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Pair of 'Elettra' Lounge Chairs by BBPR, Arflex, Italy 1953, Compasso D'Oro 1954
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Stunning and rare pair of original period 'Elettra' lounge chairs by the famous ground breaking architect studio partnership BBPR (Gianluigi Banfi (1910-1945), Lodovico Barbiano di B...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Articulated Sconce Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo Style Solid Brass Black and White
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This beautiful sconce has three moving joints. The middle one can be with key, for changing position every once in a while, or screw for fixed position. The one on the backplate can ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Fiberglass Floor Lamp, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Wonderful 1950s standard lamp with a large fiberglass shade, brass stem with black nylon cord grip and cast iron tripod base. Very Fine midcentury design combining Stark modernist el...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Poul Hundevad High Back Lounge Chair
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Poul Hundevad. Manufacturer: Uknown. Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Teak, Leather. Condition: This Poul Hundevad high back lounge chair is in excellent...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Teak

French Designer, Lounge Chairs or Arm Chairs Solid Oak, Shearling, France, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of solid oak and shearling / sheepskin upholstery lounge chairs / arm chairs designed and produced in France 1950s.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Sheepskin, Oak

Set of Six Italian Dining Chairs in Elm and Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Dining chairs, elm, saddle leather, Italy, 1960s. Elegant set of six Italian dining chairs. The design of these chairs shows organic lines beautifully expressed by the used mater...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Elm

Gianfranco Frattini for Bernini Pair of Rosewood Side or Bedside Tables, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Gianfranco Frattini for Bernini modernist pair of side or bedside tables model 554 in rosewood each with two drawers and central front and back legs. These chic architectural tables ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Rosewood

Lawrence Peabody Wingback Lounge Chairs for Richardson Nemschoff
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Lawrence Peabody. Manufacturer: Nemschoff. Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Elm, lThick Weave Fabric. Condition: These Lawrence Peabody Wingback lounge c...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Elm

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