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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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Lounge Chair MAA, Charles Pollock/George Nelson Associates, Herman Miller, 1958
Located in Munster, NRW
The MAA is the lounge chair version of the Swag leg chair series. Designed by Charles Pollock for George Nelsons Associates in 1954, this chair was only produced from 1958-1964. It i...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Luigi Massoni ‘Dilly Dally’ Vanity Set with Table and Chair in Red Leatherette
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Luigi Massoni for Poltrona Frau, ‘Dilly Dally’ vanity set, steel, mirror, leatherette, fiberglass, Italy, design 1968 Outstanding Italian dressing table executed by Luigi Massoni ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel

Pair of Wall Lights by Astra, Norway, 1960s
Located in Oslo, NO
Sculptural and organically shaped pair of two-armed wall lamps in brass. The lamps are designed and made in Norway by Astra from circa 1960s second half. Both lamps are fully working...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Mid Century, Haussmann Armchair, Golden, by Robert & Trix Haussmann, Design 1964
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
The Haussmann chair is a vibrant timeless piece of comfort and elegance. This unique three-leg chair premiered at the "Haussmann Expo 64" and was designed by Robert & Trix Haussma...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum

Guillerme & Chambron Rare Sideboard with Dry Bar in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron, sideboard with dry bar, oak, ceramic, France, 1960s This charming sideboard is made by the designer duo Guillerme & Chambron. This item is a good example of ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Ceramic, Oak

Pierre Gautier-Delaye Dining Chairs, Mid-Century Modern, Beech, French Organic
Located in Antwerp, BE
Pierre Gautier-Delaye; Mid-Century Modern; French design; French furniture design; Beechwood; French organic; 1965; Mid-Century Modern set of eight "coffee bean" chairs by French ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Beech

Pair of Martinelli Luce Wall Lamps in Hot Orange
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare pair of glass Martinelli Luce wall lamps in hot orange. Both signed! 1 x E27 / Model A bulb. The lamp can hang upwards and downwards. To be on the safe side, the lamp should be ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Triennale Lounge Chair by Franco Albini, 1933
Located in Dronten, NL
Tubular lounge chair designed by Franco Albini for the Triennale in Milan in 1933. The original black enameled frame emphasizes the graphic qualities of this design. The natural le...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel

Paul McCobb "Planner Group" Side Table for Winchendon Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb "Planner Group" side table for Winchendon Furniture.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Victor Wilkins Quadrille Nesting Tables G Plan United Kindgom 1960
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful shaped set of three nesting tables model Quadrille designed by Victor Wilkins for G Plan, United Kingdom 1960. This set of nesting tables is made of very nice warm teak. Hi...
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1960s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Teak

Koch & Lowy Articulating Wall Sconce in Chrome
Located in Denver, CO
A sophisticated and iconic articulating wall sconce in chrome by Koch & Lowy. USA, 1970s. Bulb shade articulates in all directions and the swing arm allows it to fold against the...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Wilhelm Wagenfeld "Turmalin" Vases, 1950
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant 'Turmalin' series by Wilhelm Wagenfeld for WMF, blown and cold cut-glass vases, marked.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass

Extreme Large Midcentury Chandeliers in Structured Glass and Brass from Europe
Located in Almelo, NL
Five extreme 48" large chandelier, in glass and brass, Europe, 1960s. Wonderful and very heavy quality chandelier made in Europe, manufactured circa 1960s. The chandelier has nin...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Tito Agnoli, Woven Cane Easy Chair, Model P3, Italy, 1960s
By Ikea
Located in DE
Tito Agnoli, easy chair, model P3, Italy 1960s. Tubular lacquered steel frame, woven cane. Very good vintage condition, no defects to the cane.   
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel

21st Century Modern Armchair Bouclé, Leather Upholstered & Nero Marquina Marble
Located in Porto, PT
21st century modern armchair bouclé, leather upholstered & nero marquina marble Alice armchair Alice armchair is a luxury armchair composed by exquisite materials. This eclectic arm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble

Paul McCobb Sectional Corner Sofa Custom Craft/ Planner Group Newly Upholstered
Located in Berlin, DE
Sectional corner sofa by Paul McCobb for Custom craft or Planner Group, US. Newly upholstered with fabric by Chase Erwin.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Double Seguso Blue Murano Glass Handles, Venice 1951
By Archimede Seguso, Giuseppe Santomaso
Located in Milano, IT
Rare pair of Archimede Seguso manufature blue handles, designed by Giuseppe Santomaso ( 1906-1990) in Venice in 1951. Blue submerged murano glass with brass fittings. The organic ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Exquisite Pair of Italian Lounge Chairs in Green Velvet Upholstery and Mahogany
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of lounge chairs, velvet fabric, mahogany, Italy, 1950s This beautifully shaped pair of lounge chairs of Italian origin comes with an expressive forest green colored upholste...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Mahogany

Campo & Graffi 'Attributed', Wall Mirror, Teak, Mirror Glass, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wall mirror, design attributed to Franco Campo and Carlo Graffi, presumably manufactured by Home, Italy, 1950s-1960s. In teak plywood and original cristal glass.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Mirror, Teak

Midcentury Wishbone Side Tables in Walnut
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful wishbone circular table designed by Dean Santner featuring black walnut construction. This amazing design looks simple yet complex at the same time. Wonderful proportions...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Walnut

Pierre Cardin '1922-2020', Pair of Sconces, France, circa 1970
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Pierre Cardin (1922-2020), Pair of Sconces, Plexiglass, gilt brass, chrome, France, circa 1970. Measures: Width 53 cm, height 40 cm, depth 34 cm.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Chrome

Ten French Armchairs in the Style of Charles Dudouyt, France 1940
Located in Almelo, NL
Rare set of ten French dining armchairs in the style of Charles Dudouyt. Gorgeous patina'd wood frames with signature sculptural ball shapes. Woven rushed seats. Unique set of ten ch...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wicker, Hardwood

Cees Braakman Japanese Series Du-01 Teak Sideboard for Pastoe, Netherlands, 1955
Located in Munster, NRW
Minimalist sideboard designed by Cees Braakman for Pastoe, the Netherlands, 1958. This highly collectable DU-01 sideboard is regarded as a true icon of Dutch midcentury design. ...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Teak

Sculptural Pendant, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare and very unique midcentury pendant with a slender satin glass diffuser surrounded by a red lacquered cage with brass details. Fine original condition with patina on the brass an...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Pair of New Upholstered Lounge Chairs, Germany, 1950s
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of new upholstered lounge chairs, Germany 1950s in tobacco Kvadrat fabric. Excellent condition.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Wood

Targetti Sankey Chandelier in Glass and Chromed Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Targetti Sankey, chandelier, chromed metal, Murano glass, Italy, 1970s. This stunning chandelier is designed by Targetti Sankey in the 1970s. It has beautiful Murano glass globes of...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Set of 4 Green Rey Chairs by Dietiker, a Swiss Icon since 1971
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
Referred to as "the most successful piece of Swiss Furniture of all time" by the Swiss Museum of Design in Zurich, the Rey chair is a Swiss design icon since 1971. Designed by Br...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum

Chandelier by Vico Magistretti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Thirteen globe chandelier by Vico Magistretti designed in Italy, circa 1960s. Chrome-plated brass and aluminium. Custom backplate, original canopy. Handblown Murano glass globes. Wir...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Large Impressive Sideboard, Italy, 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-Century Modern beautiful large sideboard characterizes the Italian atmosphere by its clear and strict modernist design language. The sideboard has a length of 225 cm in style of ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Contemporary Pleated Wall Light with Linen Shade off-white Handmade
Located in London, GB
Limited edition handmade pleated wall light, simple geometric pleats formed into a semi-circular sconce. The pleated shade is made from off-white linen with a metal wall plate that f...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Stainless Steel

Mid Century Modern - Rey Black Chair - by Bruno Rey - Design 1971
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
Referred to as "the most successful piece of Swiss Furniture of all time" by the Swiss Museum of Design in Zurich, the Rey chair is a Swiss design icon since 1971. Designed by Brun...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum

Italian Modernist Chandelier, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Very unique modernist Italian chandelier from the 1950s. Three brass arms each with a satin glass 'triplex opal' diffuser encased in Sputnik like structure with black lacquered shade...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum, Steel, Brass

Wooden Studio Coffee Table in the Shape of a Surfboard, US, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Wooden studio coffee table in the shape of a surfboard.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wood

Eight-Arm Brass Chandelier, Ivory or Black Heads, Gold Inside in Stilnovo Style
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Best size for dining room use. Enchanting 54in - 135cm diameter chandelier. Midcentury eight-arm spider chandelier with ivory or black shades and natural patinated brass. Pivotting...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Vamo Sonderborg Teak Daybed, Denmark, 1960
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful shaped Danish daybed manufactured by Vamo Sonderborg and possibly designed by Arne Wahl Iversen, Denmark 1960. This very nice daybed is made of solid teak and the mattress ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Teak

21th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchair in White Velvet & Golden Details
Located in Porto, PT
21th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchair in White Velvet & Golden Details Kongo Armchair Kongo armchair is a Mid-Century Modern armchair. It’s an accent armchair, designed to add e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel

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. Compact version, a great chandelier for low ceilings. Chandelier has a minimal height of 70 cm/ 28 inches and wil...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Metal

XXL Hotel Chandelier with Brass Fixture and Hand-Blowed Frosted Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
XXL hotel chandelier with brass fixture and hand-blowed frosted glass globes by Preciosa, Czechia. Extremely large diameter 7.2 Ft / 86 Inch hotel chandelier with brass fixture pr...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Sculptural Form Wing Back Lounge Chairs Attributed to Paolo Buffa, 1940s, Italy
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Lovely pair of 1940s sculptural form, wing back chairs attributed to the italian architect and designer Paolo Buffa who learned his trade in Gio Ponti's studio in the late 1920s. The...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel

Massive Pair of 20th C. French Smokey Rock Crystal and Gilt Wood Base Lamps
Located in New York, NY
A massive pair of French Natural smokey rock crystal rectangular form lamps with gilt rectangular wood bases. These are truly a gorgeous pair of lamps, with hand-carved and hand-poli...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Rock Crystal

Up to 9 Austrian Modernist Brass Wall Coat Hooks by Hertha Baller, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Up to 9 beautiful Austrian modernist brass wall hooks, executed in the 1950s by Baller Austria. Gently polished by hand, in good condition with nice patina. 9 hooks available, sold s...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Midcentury Armchair with New Boucle Cushions by Franz Schuster, Austria, 1950s
Located in Almelo, NL
This Austrian armchair is executed with beechwood and re-upholstered boucle fabric seat designed by Franz Schuster and created in the 1950s, Austria. The typical Franz Schuster chara...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Bouclé, Beech

Large Mid-Century Modern Holophane Paris Street Pendant Light, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is an large original late 1960s Paris globe Holophane street light from Paris, France now turned into a pendant light. The hallmark of Holophane luminaries, or lighting fixtures...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Glass

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

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Metal, Brass

Extra Large Midcentury Chandelier Doria Leuchten, Germany, 1950s
Located in Almelo, NL
(Extra large size) Gorgeous, 1950s midcentury chandelier was designed by Doria Leuchten, Germany. It features multi-tiered layers of textured ice glass tubes connected to a circular ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

XXL Mid-Century Modernist Chandelier with Hand Blown Opaline Glass Globes, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Mid-Century Modernist extreme large chandelier with hand blown opaline glass globes. A warm and diffuse light will create a stunning light partition. This chandelier will contribute ...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel

Modern Dining Chair Pink & White Leather and Gold Stainless Steel
Located in Porto, PT
Mid-Century Modern Style Dining Chair Pink & White Leather and Gold Stainless Steel Joanne Dining Chair Joanne chair is a mid-century style dining chair. It will enhance any space, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Modern Holophane Paris Street Pendant Lights, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is an original late 1960s Paris globe Holophane street light from Paris, France now turned into a pendant light. The hallmark of Holophane luminaries, or lighting fixtures, is t...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Glass

21st Century Modern White Armchair Bouclé Lacquered in Gloss
Located in Porto, PT
21st century modern white armchair bouclé lacquered in gloss Alice armchair Alice armchair is a luxury armchair composed by exquisite materials. This eclectic armchair is perfect fo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble

Set of Two Blue Reupholstered Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs by Lenzi
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of model 530 lounge chairs by Lenzi produced in Italy in the 1950s. The base and the four legs are made of a black metal. The chairs have been reupholstered in a beautiful blue ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

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

'Uccle' Woven Block Geometric Merino Wool Throw, Papaya /Pink/Burgundy/Greys
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle block throw takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Wov...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wool

Olivier Mourgue for Desderot Adjustable Floor Lamp Model '2093'
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Olivier Mourgue for Desderot, floor lamp model '2093', chromed metal, aluminum, France, 1967 A floor lamp that features a stem with two flower shaped shades, that are adjustable in ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Round Center Table Set Negro Marquina & Carrara Marble
Located in Porto, PT
Mid-Century Modern round center table set negro marquina & carrara marble aracadia center table Arcadia center table is a midcentury influences blend. A four-layer center table with...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble, Carrara Marble

Art Deco Style Modern Velvet Bar Chair or Counter Hight and Golden Details
Located in Porto, PT
Art Deco Style Modern Pattern Velvet Bar Chair or Counter Hight and Golden Details Joanne Bar Chair Joanne chair is a mid-century-style bar chair. It will enhance any space, improvi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” Chairs in New Velvet, Artifort, 1970s
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A pair of Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” chairs newly upholstered in Designers Guild linen colored velvet. Manufactured by Artifort in the 1970s. The organic shape offers a minimal appe...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel

Laska Credenza, Figured Walnut and Brass, Three Doors, Customizable
Located in Louisville, KY
The Laska credenza is built in our Louisville studio using premium hardwoods and thoughtfully selected wood veneers. This piece features custom veneered panels framed flush with soli...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Scandinavian Functionalist Ceiling Light, Norway, 1950s
Located in Oslo, NO
Wonderful and decorative ceiling light in painted metal with two shades in opaline glass. Designed and made in Norway from the first half of the 1950s. The lamp is fully working and ...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

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