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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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Tommi Parzinger Rare 4 Door Hand-Tooled Leather Credenza, 1940s
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully crafted 4 door commode model TP-18 covered in hand-tooled emerald green leather with solid bronze handles on a dark mahogany base by Tommi Parzinger for Charak Modern Ame...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Bronze

Venini Rare Hand-Blown Glass Floor Lamp, ca 1960
Located in New York, NY
Floor lamp in hand-blown glass with stacked alternating yellow and gray glass pieces by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini, Murano Italy, ca 1960. This color combination is extremely rare. A...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass

Belgium Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table with Tiles by Denisco, 1970s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Elegant and rare Mid-Century Modern coffee table. Design by Denisco. Striking Belgium design from the 1960s. Chrome-plated base with original top with tiles in Egyptian style. Ma...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Murano Green Italian Art Glass Forato Vase
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mid-Century Modern green and white Murano Art glass Forato vase with pulled details. Italy, 1950s. Monumental Mid-Century Modern organic shaped green Murano glass Forato ( hole) lar...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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

Mid-Century Modern Reverse Eglomise Painted Mirror with Stylized Flora and Fauna
Located in New York, NY
This whimsical and sophisticated Mid-Century Modern mirror was realized in the United States circa 1950. It features a giltwood border with reverse eglomise painted panels depicting ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Mirror, Paint

'Barrel Sofa' in Grey Mohair by Vladimir Kagan, Signed and Registered with COA
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible 'Barrel Sofa' (Model 100S) by Vladimir Kagan has just been authenticated by Kagan Design Group and includes a signed registration tag and Certificate of Authenticity....
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wood, Mohair

Alessandro Becchi for Giovanetti ‘Anfibio’ Sofa in Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Alessandro Becchi for Giovanetti, sofa ‘Anfibio’, cognac leather, metal, Italy, 1970s This versatile ‘Anfibio’ sofa by Italian designer Alessandro Becchi for Giovanetti can be unf...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

"Eros", Gilded Bronze Trinket Bowl, Line Vautrin 'France'
Located in Brussels, BE
In Greek mythology, Eros is the God of Love. This trinket bowl presents a rebus saying “Vous vous devez de traiter Eros comme un Dieu hâtez-vous”, which means “Hurry, you have to t...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Bronze

Paul Evans Argente Cube Coffee Table, Evans Studio for Directional
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Evans Argente cube coffee table, Evans Studio for Directional Rare, only form like this ever produced. Welded steel, patinated aluminum with slate top [Welded Signed PE 68]....
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Slate, Aluminum

Italian Chandelier from the '30s
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Stunning chandelier in solid brass. Six thick chiseled arms, with engraved brass light bulbs. Excellent conditions.
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Pulcino Glass Bird, Alessandro Pianon, Vetreria Vistosi Murano, 'Italy'
Located in Brussels, BE
Glass bird standing on copper feet, designed by Alessandro Pianon for Vistosi Murano in 1962. Its body is made of green glass, embellished by blue and red murrines. Its eyes are ma...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass

Pair of Italian Gio Ponti Style Mid-Century Modern Brass Star Shaped Mirrors
Located in Houston, TX
Unusual pair of Italian modern Gio Ponti style star shaped brass mirrors. The depth of these Hollywood Regency Italian brass mirrors give it a 3 dimensional effect. These unique bras...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Pair Gigi Radice Italian Lounge Chairs in Mohair
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Italian mid century lounge chairs by Gigi Radice, circa 1950s. Striking angular frames with subtle curved front seats and exaggerated rolled arms. Newly upholstered in a soph...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Metal

Rare 1960s Fish Pesci Appetizer or Hors D'oeuvre Tray by Piero Fornasetti
Located in London, London
Appetizer tray consisting of four ceramic dishes Gold metal tray Printed section of fish on each dish Fornasetti mark underneath Slightly faded print Reference: Fornas...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Ceramic

Amazing Mid-Century Modern Pendant Lamp or Hanging Light by Archi Design Italy
Located in Munich, DE
A real and rare piece from Flower Power era: highly decorative Mid-Century Modern pendant lamp or hanging light. The light fall can be adjusted. Manufactured by Archi Design, Italy, ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum

Vintage Armchairs in the Style of Carlo di Carli
Located in Austin, TX
Pair of vintage armchairs or “bergeres” in the style of Carlo di Carli. They have been newly upholstered in a blue wool blend mix. We are drawn to the solid gilt brass legs and stron...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Contemporary Round Dining Room Table in Solid Wood
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Yuli dining table, inspired in the heart and conceived in the mind. Simplicity and complexity unite in a perfect balance, having as a result a breathtaking and unique design. Yuli ...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wood

Curved Sculpted Sofa Settee in the Style of Zanuso
Located in North York, ON
Curved sculpted sofa settee in the style of Zanuso. Zanuso styled sofa with metal and brass legs, upholstered in a blush velvet. Price includes complimentary scheduled curb side d...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Desk by Giuseppe Pagano in Brass and Wood, Restored 1940s
Located in Milano, IT
Imposing desk by Giuseppe Pagano, 1940. Scrivania designed for the Bocconi University in Milan Wood. Execution Maggioni, Varedo, ca. 1940. We notice two types of essences for its rea...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Italian Brass and Opaline Glass Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian three-light brass and opaline glass globe wall sconces. The three sconce arms extending from a wall-mounted circular brass plaque. Beautiful and organic design. (Re-w...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Prototype Salvador Dali 'Salivasofa' from 1974 with Certificate of Authenticity
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Amazing and super rare Salvador Dali lips 'Salivasofa' prototype dating from 1974. Five or six such prototypes were slowly developed in stages during the period 1972-4 by Dali in col...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Foam

Mid-Century Modern Conical Candy Stripe Handblown Murano Pink Pendant by Vetri
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern pendant was handblown in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production- circa 1960 by...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Italian Wall Unit by Leonardo Fiori for ISA Bergamo
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-Century Modern shelves, brass, beech, teak, ISA Bergamo, Italy, 1960, Leonardo Fiori Would fit well in a zen contemporary rustic modern interior, inspired by Wabi Sabi , Axel ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Marble Brass & Glass Side Table by Artedi
Located in North York, ON
Mid-Century Modern marble brass & glass side table by Artedi. Black marble with white veining, glass and brass end table in original condition. Featuring new glass top. Price incl...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble, Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Handblown Murano Table Lamps with Brass Fittings
Located in New York, NY
This stunning pair of Mid-Century Modern table lamps were realized in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production- c...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Osvaldo Borsani T95 Executive Desk with Matching Desk Chair
Located in Dronten, NL
Fantastic desk designed by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, Italy. Beautiful gold colored Italian walnut. The floating top sits on tripod aluminium bases with articulating right side stor...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel

Vanity Mirror by Luigi Fontana for Fontana Arte, 1940
Located in Milano, IT
Wonderful vanity mirror designed by Luigi Fontana for Fontana Arte in the 1940s. The vanity mirror by Luigi Fontana has a sweet shaped and emulated form, it was made with mirrored g...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Iron

Mid-Century Italian Console Table, Style of Ico Parisi, Milan, circa 1950
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Italian Mid-Century Modern console table in the style of Ico Parisi, Milan, with three legs terminating in bronze sabots, circa 1950. This outstanding Italian Mid-Century Mo...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wood

Heavenly Mid-Century Italian Design Pair of Small Armchairs Gio Ponti Style
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Heavenly mid-century Italian design pair of small armchairs Gio Ponti style, conical and curved feet in chestnut wood, these armchairs are very reminiscent of the style of a pair of ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Velvet

Rare Paolo Buffa White Cherrywood Armchair 118/F, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant rare armchair, model n. 118/F, designed by Arch. Paolo Buffa and produced by Eredi Marellli Cantù, 1950 cherrywood and fabric reupholstery in white velvet cotton Measures: ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Velvet, Cherry

Stilnovo 'Saturno' Chandelier, Signed
Located in Hingham, MA
Stilnovo Saturno constellation suspension chandelier from heaven Central red lacquered sphere around which are deployed two semi-synchronous orbital brass hoops with eight articulat...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum, Brass

Clessidra Hourglass, Paolo Venini, Venini Murano 'Italy'
Located in Brussels, BE
The hourglasses designed by Paolo Venini in 1957 were exhibited at the Triennale di Milano the same year. This piece is a large and rare model. The two parts have a conical shape a...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass

Large Banana Form Curved Sofa in Pink Velvet Denmark, 1940s
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful and very elegant 1940-50s large size curved three-seat sofa in pink mohair fabric. The sofa has springs in the seat and the backrest and the cushions are nice and firm and ...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wool, Beech

Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce Floor Lamp in Brass and Marble
Located in Milano, IT
Elegant floor lamp by Angelo Lelii for the Arrodoluce manufactory in the 1950s. The lamp is made entirely of gilded brass and painted aluminum, composed of three "leaves" reversed an...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble, Aluminum, Brass

Pair of Highback Armchairs by Guglielmo Pecorini
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of highback wooden armchairs with burgundy leather seat and back. Brass rivets hold the leather in place. Designed for the VII Triennale di Monza in 1937. Measures: Arm heigh...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Marguerite Dubuisson Pair of Armchairs in Oak and Elm, France, 1947
Located in The Hague, NL
These striking armchairs were designed by Marguerite Dubuisson in 1947. Dubuisson was a French artist mostly working in textile design. However, in the late 1940s she designed a few ...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Upholstery, Velvet, Wood, Elm, Oak

Frank Gehry High-Back High Sticking Chairs for Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Frank Gehry high back high sticking chairs for Knoll, bentwood furniture inspired by the simple bushel basket. Gehry quotes:"These come out of my own work, the shapes of my buildi...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Maple, Maple

1950s Bamboo Rocking Chair, Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Very nice comfortable Rocking chair for your interior or Patio look great with a sheepskin decorated. It’s well made and in great vintage condition. Made in Italy, 1950s. Dimensio...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Bamboo

William Billy Haines Swivel Base Lounge Chairs, 1960's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These custom pieces came from an estate in Tarzana California. original unaltered condition to show its' historical integrity and aesthetic value minor wear and patina sturdy and st...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Giltwood and Handblown Murano Venetian Scalloped Mirror
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern mirror was realized in Italy circa 1960. It features a scalloped Silhouette consisting of a sculptural channeled handblown Murano border adorned with ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Mirror, Murano Glass, Giltwood

Rare Italian Ceiling Lights, 1950s, Brass and Acrylic
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare Italian ceiling lights from the 1950s. Probably a custom design and production, these have large octagonal acrylic shades which are supported by a sputnik structure made of bras...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Bamboo Bar-Cart, Serving Trolley, 1950s, Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
A very nice and decorative bamboo bar cart, serving trolley designed in the 50s Italy, storage for 3 bottles. In original good condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Bamboo

Angelo Mangiarotti Blown Glass Table Lamp, circa 1967
Located in New York, NY
Angelo Mangiarotti ( 1921-2012) for Artemide Free-form table lamp in contrasting clear and white blown glass, Italy, circa 1967 Stamped: Design A. Mangiarotti Spa Artemide. Modello L...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass

Style of Max Ingrand Mid-Century Rectangular Glass and Brass Chandelier, 1960
Located in Rome, IT
Three "S" are not enough to indicate the immense Italian style of Max Ingrand of this Murano glass chandelier. Polished brass rectangular structure. All around are placed some Mur...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Marble Architectural Display Columns in Calacatta Pink Quarried in Italy
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of marble architectural display columns in Calacatta pink quarried in Italy. Measures: Height: 31.5" Diameter: 8.25".
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble

Footed Bowl Gold Leaf & Grapes, Ercole Barovier for Barovier, Toso & Co 1949
Located in London, GB
Classically shaped oval bowl is a master class of technique and elegance, designed by Ercole Barovier (1889-1974) circa 1948 for Barovier, Toso & Co. It has an edging of white on the...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Customizable French Lounge Chairs with Tubular Frames
Located in Waalwijk, NL
French club chairs, fabric, metal, France, 1970s A comfortable easy chair that features a curved, chromed tubular frame. The frame appears to be an ongoing curved line, moving upw...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Rugiadoso Centerpiece by Ercole Barovier for Barovier, Toso & Co. 1940
Located in London, GB
Rugiadoso biomorphic bowl of a shells resting on a pedestal of sea urchins designed circa 1940 by Ercole Barovier (1889-1974) and is produced one of the oldest family businesses in t...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Handblown Murano Pink Striated Swirl Flush Mount Signed Vetri
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated Mid-Century Modern flush mount chandelier was realized in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass produc...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Enamel

Vittorio Introini for Saporiti Rare Sculptural Desk in Fiberglass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vittorio Introini for Saporiti, restored white free-standing desk with drawers, fiberglass, Italy, 1969 This admirable free-standing corner desk was designed by the Italian design...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fiberglass

Afra & Tobia Scarpa 'Artona' Double Bed with Nightstands
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa, 'Artona' bed with nightstands, walnut, metal, Italy, 1975. The Artona line by the Scarpa duo was in fact the first line ever produced by Maxalto, the speciali...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Taichiro Nakai Cabinet in Maple and Mahogany
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Taichiro Nakai, cabinet, metal, glass, brass, maple, mahogany, Italy, 1953. This cabinet by Nakai consists of five compartments, supported by a metal frame that has a zig-zag stru...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Metal

Console Table or Desk In Formica Stainless Steel, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Unique black formica bespoke writing desk with heavy steel feet and drawer, Italy, circa 1970-1980. Perfectly sized desk or console table with a large drawer (21" x 21"). It works...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Cobalt Blue Murano Glass & Brass Floor Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunningly beautiful floor lamp made in blue cobalt Murano Glass with Brass fittings. The lamp is very tall and the glass is in very good condition. This is a very old lamp probabl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Silvio Coppola for Bernini Set of 12 Dining Chairs in Red and Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Silvio Coppola for Bernini, 12 dining chairs model 330, red and black leather, stained beech, Italy, 1960s Wonderful set of 12 dining chairs by Italian designer Silvio Coppola. Th...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Beech

Luigi Saccardo Dining Table in Metal and Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Luigi Saccardo for Armet, round dining table, glass and metal, Italy, 1970s. Round pedestal dining table in brushed aluminum. A circular clear glass top, with a dark center. The b...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Angelo Lelii ‘Leaf’ Wall Lamps in Hammered Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Angelo Lelii, ‘leaf’ wall lights, brass, Italy, circa 1951 These one-of-a-kind wall lights by Angelo Lelii strongly remind of his chandelier model 12369, which we currently have in ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

De Sede DS-600 Sofa in Brown Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
De Sede ‘Snake’ DS-600 sofas, brown leather, plastic, Switzerland, design 1972 De Sede 'Snake' sofa in smooth brown leather with patina. A design by Ueli Bergere, Elenora Peduzzi-...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Suede

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