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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
Italian Midcentury Armchairs reupholstered in Luxury Blue Grey Velvet, 1950s
Located in Clivio, Varese
Magnificent pair of original Italian armchairs with brass tips from the mid-century, 1950s. The armchairs are equipped with springs inside for a soft and springy comfortable sitting ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Italian Wall Lights, circa 1958, Brass and Satin Glass
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare large brass and satin glass wall lights attributed to Stilnovo, circa 1958. Excellent build quality pared with a dynamic modernist design. The large blown glass diffusers are ma...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Authentic Tribal Moroccan Beige, Black, Orange, Yellow Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Tribal Moroccan Beige, Black, Orange, Yellow Handmade Wool Rug Size: 5'8" × 9'10" (172 × 299 cm)      
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wool

Vintage French Black Ceramic Rooster Lamp in the Style of Georges Jouve
Located in Washington, DC
Unusual and large vintage black ceramic lamp base in the form of a rooster. Lamp is signed and in excellent condition.
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Ceramic, Pottery

Mid-Century Modern Bentwood Armchair and Ottoman
Located in Stamford, CT
A Mid-Century Modern lounge chair and ottoman featuring sweeping curves and bentwood framework, completely restored and reupholstered in heavy wool by Kravet. Ottoman dimensions: ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wool, Maple

Large Citrus-Yellow Pendant in Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendant, opaline glass, Italy, 1960s. This bright yellow oval pendant is executed in opaline glass. The pendant is large and boat shaped. The smooth yellow shades results in a warm ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Glass

Set of Planters by Romeo Rega
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Set composed by three large painted chrome and brass and purple plexiglass planters by Romeo Rega. The bigger one present double height and interior space for plants. H: 52 cm W: 1...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Iron

Mid-20th Century Glazed Terracotta Lantern
Located in Chicago, IL
A groovy mid-20th century American terracotta lantern with the best green and yellow splatter glaze, a cylindrical raw silk shade, and a chunky wood pull chain. Electrified for US. A...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Terracotta

Midcentury Danish Easy Lounge Chair in Mahogany Newly Upholstered in Boucle
Located in Ridgefield, CT
Super charming 1940-50s lounge chair with armrests and base in a nice Cuban Mahogany with great color and grain. Newly reupholstered and refurbished in a soft very comfortable boucle...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Mahogany

S. Nacci for Ceriotti 'Cuccagna' Lounge Chair in Chenille
Located in Waalwijk, NL
S. Nacci for Ceriotti, ‘Cuccagna’ lounge chair, chenille, metal, plastic, Italy, 1970s Stunning lounge chair by Italian designer S. Nacci for manufacturer Ceriotti. The 'Cuccugna...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Leather Wingback Club Chair in the Manner of Fritz Henningsen
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very comfortable early mid century wingback lounge chair, Upholstered in fine cognac colored leather. The loose seat Cushion has feather fill. The leather is in almost perfect ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Wood, Feathers

Exquisite Pair of Italian Lounge Chairs in Green and Yellow Velvet Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of lounge chairs, velvet fabric, stained beech, Italy, 1950s These elegant shaped pair of lounge chairs of Italian origin comes with a gentle khaki green colored frame combin...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Velvet, Beech

Adrian Pearsall Sculpted Walnut & Boucle Tweed Sofa for Craft Associates
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Adrian Pearsall sculpted walnut & boucle tweed sofa for Craft Associates.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Foam, Walnut

Large 1950s Glass and Metal Wall or Ceiling Lamp by Oscar Torlasco for Lumi
Located in Glendale, CA
Large 1950s glass and metal wall or ceiling lamp by Oscar Torlasco for Lumi. Executed in sculpturally curved opaline glass and black and white painted metal. A highly refined design ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Ben Seibel Bookends for Parke Techniques, Brass, Sunburst
Located in New York, NY
Ben Seibel brass plated bookends sunburst. Pair of small scale brass over white metal bookends, decorated with incised lines that create a sunburst effect. We've sold a pair previous...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

American Designer, Freeform Table Lamp, Wood, Brass, Rattan, America, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp. In finely carved wood. Designed and produced by unknown maker. Presents with beautiful original patina to wood and brass. Sold with an assorted vintage rattan lampsh...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Rattan, Wood

Kwok Hoi Chan Boxer Leather Lounge Chair for Steiner, circa 1971, France
Located in Brussels, BE
Rare Kwok Hoi Chan boxer lounge chair for Steiner, circa 1971, France. Cream padded leather and tubular chromed steel. Very comfortable seat, in good original condition. The perfect ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel

Wall Console and Mirror by Tredici of Pavia i 1950s, Designed by Dino Cavalli
By Dino Cavalli, Tredici
Located in Rovereta, SM
Wall console and mirror by Tredici of Pavia i 1950s, designed by Dino Cavalli.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Mahogany

Dieter Schulz Model No. 57/4 16 Floor Lamp for Wohnbedarf AG Schweiz, 1957
By Stilnovo, Dieter Schulz, Wohnbedarf
Located in Glendale, CA
Dieter Schulz Model No. 57/4 16 floor lamp for Wohnbedarf AG Schweiz, 1957. Executed in black enameled metal and brass. A quintessentially midcentury European design that is highly f...
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1950s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Lisa Johansson-Pape "Apila" Stool, Pine, Oy Stockmann Ab, Finland, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stool, design attributed to Finnish Lisa Johansson-Pape, produced by Kervo Snickerifabrik for Oy Stockmann Ab, 1970s. In stained pine. Other designers working in similar functio...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Pine

Wicker Lotus Light Fixture or Pendant From the Flores Collection
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chic wicker light fixture or pendant crafted with a sturdy metal frame ambitiously wrapped in reed in a four tiered lotus flower form, exclusively designed and offered by F. S. Henem...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wicker

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

Lawrence Hunter Studio Rocking Chair, USA, circa 1965
By Lawrence Hunter
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare early Lawrence B. Hunter rocking chair in original leather in outstanding patina. Provenance: Page 32, California Design 10, 1968.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Silvio Coppola for Bernini Set of Six Dining Chairs in Walnut and Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Silvio Coppola for Bernini, six dining chairs model 330, black leather, walnut, Italy, 1960s Wonderful set of six dining chairs by Italian designer Silvio Coppola. These aesthetic...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Chandelier, Black Ivory Pivoting Shades, Twin Bulb, Patina Brass, Stilnovo Style
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Lovely small chandelier for entries or corridors. Midcentury cluster three-arm chandelier with a Classic two-tone head. Made by a lab specialized in midcentury restoration. Owner is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Metal

Klaus Grabe Adjustable Chaise Longue Model C5 in Stained Red Wood
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Klaus Grabe, chaise longue model 'C5', stained red wood, plywood, United States, 1950s This beautiful well-designed chaise longue with an adjustable contour is designed by Bauhaus t...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wood, Plywood

Sistema, Brass 6 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier, for Oval dining Table
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Second SISTEMA chandelier with 3 sections and 6 arms. Ideal for an oval dining table. It works well also over an island or a counter, and still great on a rectangular table. With a r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Mid Century "Le Bambole" Lounge Chair by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, 1970's
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
A beautiful "Le Bambole" lounge chair, designed by Mario Bellini, 1970's. This lovely and comfortable chair is produced B&B Italia. It is newly upholstered in very soft Italian b...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Bouclé

XL Mid-Century Modern Holophane Paris Street Pendant Lights, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is a 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

Edward Wormley Free-Standing Queen Size Bed with Drawers
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, queen size bed with drawers, oak, United States, 1960s Rare queen-size bed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar designed in the 1960s. This exceptional bed featur...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Oak

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

1950s White Perforated Metal & Brass Sconce by Stilnovo
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s white perforated metal & brass sconce by Stilnovo. Executed in white perforated metal and patinated brass with the trademark Stilnovo circular 'knuckle' jointed brass arm for u...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Italian Brass Mirror and Console, 1940s
Located in Vienna, AT
Italian brass mirror and console from the 1940-1950s. Very intricate design with elaborate brass decorations on the rim of the mirror as well as on the console. The top of the consol...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

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

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Brass, Copper

Sistema Solare, Luxury Ivory Onyx and Brass 6 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sistema Solare is the luxury version of the Sistema chandelier, the shade is made of a thin cut precious ivory onyx slab. Ivory onyx comes from middle east quarries and has a unique...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Onyx, Brass

Pair of Brass Side Tables with Glass Top and Lower Shelf of Black Glass
Located in Troy, MI
Pair of two-tier side tables, circa 1970s. Reeded brass legs support tops of clear glass and silvered metal supports lower tier of black glass. Unknown maker, found in France. Sold a...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Swedish, Wall Lights / Sconces, Brass, Blue Lacquer Metal Rattan Sweden, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of wall lights, designed and produced in Sweden, 1970s. In brass, blue lacquered metal, assorted rattan lampshades. No stated max wattage on fixture, not UL-listed. Current...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Ceiling Lamp Model 1994-1996 Designed, Paavo Tynell for Taito Oy, Finland, 1953
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling lamp model 1994-1996 designed by Paavo Tynell for Taito Oy, Finland, 1953. Brass with fabric cord. Drop height variable. Measures: Shade diameter 15 cm/ 6".
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1950s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte Light Blue Rectangular Mirror Model 2273
Located in New York, NY
Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte rectangular long mirror model 2273 in light blue colored, curved and profiled crystal glass framing mirrored glass, Italy, circa 1956. This elegant mirro...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Glass, Mirror

Mirror Gold Leaf Wood, With Beveled and Worn Glass,Horizontal or Vertical 70s
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
Gold leaf mirror wood. Beveled glass. Geometric form. Weight 7'3kg. Dimensions 70cm x 90cm. with beveled and worn glass *If you prefer a new, smooth mirror, instead of the on...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Gold Leaf

Adjustable Three-Arm Chandelier Brass Patinated Sage Green New Staggered Design
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This chandelier repeats the arms construction of the other three arms chandeliers in line. The new feature is that the pivot points on the central stem are not on the same line but s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum, Brass

Gio Ponti F.A. 33 Medium Mirror in Brass
Located in Glendale, CA
Gio Ponti F.A. 33 medium mirror in brass. The F.A. 33 mirror was originally designed by Gio Ponti in 1933 for Fontana Arte, the period’s most prominent lamp, glass, and mirror manufa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Gio Ponti F.A. 33 Medium Mirror in Black Brass
Located in Glendale, CA
Gio Ponti F.A. 33 medium mirror in black brass. The F.A. 33 Mirror was originally designed by Gio Ponti in 1933 for Fontana Arte, the period’s most prominent lamp, glass, and mirror ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Blue Pair of Barrel Chairs, Original Fabric Vintage 1970's, France
Located in New York, NY
Amazing chairs with original 70's fabric. These are in original vintage condition. Blue Pair of Barrel Chairs, Original Fabric Vintage 1970's, France Incredible and rare to be so we...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Velvet

Pair of 1950s Diablo Sconces by Giuseppe Ostuni for O-Luce
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 1950s Diablo sconces by Giuseppe Ostuni for O-Luce Executed in black painted metal and brass. A sculptural and refined wall lamp reminiscent of a contemporary midcentury Stil...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Metal

Swedish, Adjustable Organic Floor Lamp, Brass, Fabric, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable floor lamp, designed and produced in Sweden, 1940s. brass. Brand new fabric lampshade. Organic adjustable arm and rod, height adjustable. Features ornamentation to t...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 3 Rotating Balanced Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier. Shown with 3 rotating arms. Arms are balanced with a heavy cast brass sphere and are rotating on the stem in an orbital movement. In order t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Metal

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

"Area Curvea" Ceiling Light by Mario Bellini & Giorgio Origlia for Artemide
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Area Curvea ceiling light by Mario Bellini & Giorgio Origlia for Artemide. Designed and manufactured in Italy, 1974. Steel, acrylic, with resin shade. Original cord, wired for U.S. s...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Steel

'Tomorrow' Floating Executive Credenza by M.F. Harty for Stow Davis, 1974 Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An incredibly rare and special executive credenza designed by M. F. Harty and produced by Stow Davis as part of the 'Tomorrow' collection in 1974; a series of designs that were futur...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

French Art Deco Oval Ebonized Side Table with Brass Trim
Located in Troy, MI
French two tier side table features an oval shaped table top with tapered legs, brass trim and brass supports with a smaller top tier and dark glass oval top, circa 1940s. Unknown ma...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Six Arms Brass Chandelier, Ivory Sage Pivot Shades, Stilnovo Style, Twelve Bulbs
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Bestseller for the perfect price and size combination. For eclectic or midcentury dining room and living rooms. Enchanting 54in-135cm diameter chandelier. The 12 bulbs are providing ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Gigi Radice, Minotti Pair White Italian Lounge Chairs Brass Feet, 1950's
Located in New York, NY
Gigi Radice, Minotti pair white Italian lounge chairs black lacquer brass feet, 1950's Beautiful and elegant pair of mid century Italian chairs. Newly upholstered and lovely condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Art Deco Style Valverde Floor Lamp Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary art deco style Valverde floor lamp polished brass clear glass handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Valverde floor lamp materials Round floor l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel, Brass

Tripod Floor Lamp, Italy, 1950
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Tripod floor lamp in brass, metal and fabric, Italy, 1950. The 3 quadrangular pieces, connected by a mat black metal part, are thinned at their top, the 3 cylindrical shades each rec...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

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

Art Deco Style Modern Velvet Bar Chair or Counter Height With Golden Details
Located in Porto, PT
Joanne Chair is a mid-century style bar chair. It will enhance any space, improving your next hospitality project. This piece materializes a new concept of bar chairs. Joanne is a mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Ward Bennet for Lehigh Leopold Tufted Swivel Club Chairs, 1960s, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of swiveling club chairs by Ward Bennet for Lehigh Leopold is for true collectors - for those who love everything all-original and with gorgeous light patina and light leat...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel

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