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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 vintage 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other 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
Contemporary Ridge Wall Light with Geometric Aluminium Body and Opal Globe Bulbs
Located in London, GB
Contemporary Ridge wall light is cast in aluminium with a raw brushed finish. The geometric cast form echo's early 20th century sculptors such as Brancusi and Noguchi. The ridged tex...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Swivel Lounge Chair, Fully Restored
Located in Decatur, GA
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid-Century Modern swivel lounge chair in walnut and oatmeal tone tweed. Model 1808-C chair on a 2174-C base. Chair swivels 360 degrees and recli...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Swedish Designer, Table Lamp, Pine, Fabric, Sweden, c. 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pine table lamp designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1950s. Sold with fabric lampshade. Dimensions of lamp (inches) : 12.75 x 5 x 5 (height x width x depth). Dimensions of sh...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Pine

Italian Designer, Sconces, Brass, Glass, Italy, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brass and glass sconce designed and produced by an Italian designer, Italy, 1940s. Dimensions of back plate (inches) : 6.75 x 1.18 x 0.58 (Height x Width x Depth).
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Rare Carrera Lounge Chairs by Decursu De Pas D’urbino Lomazzi for BBB Bonancina
Located in Buggenhout, Oost-Vlaanderen
Exceptional rare ‘Carrera’ loungeset. Designed by Gionathan de Pas, Donato D’Urbino & Paolo Lomazzi and produced by BBB Bonancina, Italy 1969 Stunning shaped low sofa’s. Still in...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather

Pair of Blu Velvet Gio Ponti Bergere Wingback Armchairs by ISA, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of blu velvet GIO PONTI bergere armchair, manufactured by ISA Arredamenti Bergamo, circa 1950. This model designed by Gio Ponti in the late 40s was manufactured by Cassina with...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Paolo Venini, Table Lamp, Brown Blown Glass, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brown blown glass table lamp designed and produced by Paolo Venini, Italy, 1950s. Model lampshade can be included upon request. Dimensions of Lamp (inches) : 13.43 x 4.22 x...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass

Set of Twelve Dining Chairs by Maurice Pré, France, 1950's
Located in New York, NY
An exceptional set of twelve dining chairs by Maurice Pré, made of Ash with their original upholstery. A very unusual design for a French designer, they bear some Italian cues. The s...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Faux Leather, Ash

Set of Six White Lacquer Bamboo Dining Chairs 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 dining chairs in white lacquered bamboo with intricate woven criss cross backs and upholstered seats and backs by Henry Olko for Willow & Reed, American 1950's. Henry Olko ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Upholstery, Bamboo, Lacquer

Pamio, Massari & Toso ‘Lara’ Sectional Sofa in Off-White Bouclé
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Roberto Pamio, Noti Massari and Renato Toso for Stilwood, modular sofa 'Lara,' in off-white Dedar bouclé Karakorum 001, Italy, 1958. This sectional sofa is designed by Roberto Pam...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Bouclé

Set of Eight Midcentury Brass Floral Chandeliers in the Style of Emil Stejnar
Located in Almelo, NL
Set of eight midcentury brass floral chandeliers in the style of Emil Stejnar. Made of brass with stylish floral glass disc glass light diffuses. The lamp is covered with art gla...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Spanish Pair of Rustic Armchairs in Stained Elm and Straw
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of armchairs, stained elm, straw, Spain, 1950s. These beautifully constructed armchairs conceal an evolved rustic character with great quality of elegance. The wooden frame f...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Straw, Elm

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. This iconic design by Willy Guhl was first designed in 1954 for Eternit. The fine lines and open structure make...
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Early 2000s European Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Cement

French Table Lamps in Brass and Smoked Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Table lamps, brass and glass, France, 1970s These table lamps are composed of a spherical shade executed in smoked glass which enriches the radiation of the light in a fine manner. ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Jens Risom Lounge Chair - Early and Rare in Maple - Model U430 Low Arm Chair
Located in Decatur, GA
Jens Risom lounge chair, Model U-430. Rare solid maple version from early production runs in the early 1950's. Original recessed chrome sabots on the legs. All original finish. The f...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Upholstery, Maple

Guillerme & Chambron Extendable Dining Table in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron for Votre Maison, dining table, oak, France, 1965. Extendable dining table in solid oak by French designers Guillerme and Chambron. This elegant table shows in...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Oak

Wood and Leather Director's Style Armchair, France, 1970's
Located in Austin, TX
Black lacquered wood frame with new camel colored leather sling seat and back. Folds like a director's chair but very sturdy, heavy and comfortable. France, 1970's.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Art Deco Modern Vanity Dressing Table Round Mirror Leather & Walnut Wood
Located in Porto, PT
Claire Dressing Table embraced an Art Deco style with curvy and opulent shapes. This eye-catchy modern dressing table owns the promise of enriching any master bedroom design project....
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Fire Screen in the Style of Rene Drouet Made to Order in Any Size
Located in Chicago, IL
Custom handmade scrolling curlique fire screen. May be custom ordered any size or finish. Our metal artisan can make anything in metal you desire, just give us a call. The depth bel...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Franco Albini Veleiro Bookcase, Wood by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Bookcase designed by Franco Albini in 1940. Relaunched in 2011-19. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Defying the laws of physics, going beyond what we normally understand by the ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Antonia Lamp by Danny Kaplan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Antonia lamp is handmade studio pottery by ceramic artist by Danny Kaplan. Shade included. Please note dimensions may vary up to an inch. Born in New York City and raised in A...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Ceramic, Linen

Italian Mid-Century Modern Silvio Cavatorta Sideboard, Dresser, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Stylish Italian sideboard-vanity dresser designed by Silvio Cavatorta in 1955. The cabinet is in teak wood, equipped with six drawers and finished with brass details, surmounted by a...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Italian Wall Lamps with Black Shades and Brass Mounts
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Italian wall lamps, metal, brass, Italy, 1950s. These lovely Italian wall lamps feature a perfectly shaped shade. The organic form consists of a semicircular bottom shade and a cy...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Denver Chaise Longue by Hessentia Upholstered with Off-White Fabric
Located in Carate, Brianza (MB)
Inspired by the legendary 1970s, Denver has a shape whose design is clearly visible from the side. The chaise longue is composed of two elements: the main body with a full shape t...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Italian 1950's Brass Scrolled Mirror
Located in New York, NY
An Italian 1950's oval shaped brass mirror with exuberant and whimsical scroll motif. Italy, circa 1950 Size: 39" high x 25" wide x 1/2" deep.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Blue Murano Glass Mid-Century Modern Sconces, a Pair
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Murano glass Mid-Century Modern wall sconces, Italy 1980s. Attributed to Cenedese. The sconces are made of a single piece of Murano glass, from Medium Blue to Light Baby Blu...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Gold Plate

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Style Orange Wingback Wave Chaise Lounge
Located in Media, PA
This mid-century wave lounge is rare, even among its scarce product category. Many vintage chaises feature walnut legs and a comfortable, curvaceous shape, but this design with its f...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Walnut

Handmade Colorful Tiles Table top Side Table Caldas Square with Portuguese Tiles
Located in Lisbon, PT
Well-known for its ceramics tradition, Portuguese tiles production dates back to 16th century. Inheriting this rich crafts knowledge, the table tops of Caldas tables are made with ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Set of Three French Lanterns, circa 1960, Iron and Amber Glass
Located in Vienna, AT
Charming set of three French iron lanterns from the 1950-1960s. Floral iron hardware with frilled edges and amber-colored blown glass diffusers. Nice original condition with some lig...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Iron

Stilnovo, Wall Light, Black Lacquered Metal, Brass, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brass and black lacquered metal wall light designed and produced by Stilnovo, Italy, 1950s. Dimensions of back plate (inches) : 10.62 x 4.18 x 0.75 (H x W x D).
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Rare Giuseppe Rivadossi Set of Eight Hand Carved Armchairs in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Giuseppe Rivadossi for Officina Rivadossi, armchair, walnut, Italy, 1980s An exceptional chair by the Italian sculptor and designer Giuseppe Rivadossi, featuring a high level of c...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Walnut

Ligne Roset Brigantin Loveseat with Ottoman by Michel Ducaroy, 1970's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lignet Roset Brigatin Navy blue leather loveseat and ottoman by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset, 1970's. Eye catching distinct curvature defines the piece's timeless appeal and makes ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather

Organic Modern Coral Pouf Malibu in Blue Cotton Velvet
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
Like a warm embrace, Malibu Lounge armchair welcomes you to stay within and relax. An elevated homage to the golden age of midcentury design and organic architecture, it radiates thr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Silk, Velvet

Italian Designer, Wall Mirror, Woven Rattan, Mirror Glass, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wall mirror, produced in Italy, 1950s. Cut mirror glass is framed in bamboo and rattan Other designers of the period include Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand, Franco Albini,...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Cane, Rattan, Mirror

Robert Salleroli American Abstract Wood Construction Monumental Cabinet
By Robert Salleroli
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
One of a kind monumental cabinet, purchased directly from the client Mr Salleroli (1933-) custom made it for. Made from thousands of pieces of wood found objects and dowels, some ant...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wood, Birch

1960s, Gino Sarfatti, Archimede Seguso 7 Bubble Glass Pendant, Italy
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Exceptionally rare 7 bubble glass pendant from Gino Sarfatti and Archimede Seguso for Arteluce. Made in the 60s, these fixtures where quite ahead of their time. The the thick and he...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

American Important Bronze Sensual Beauty Midcentury Sculptor Stuart Benson
Located in South Burlington, VT
SEE THIS AND OUR "TREASURES FROM ASIA" GARDEN ART EXHIBITION IN NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND UNTIL OCTOBER 10, 2022 An important large scale hand cast bronze sculpture of a sensual nude wo...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Italian Murano Glass and Brass 1950's Ten Arm Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
An Italian Murano 1950's hand blown glass ten arm chandelier; the bulb shaped center shaft supports the upturned ten arms which culminate with their lights surrounded by delicate gla...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century John Stuart Nightstands, Newly Painted
Located in Doylestown, PA
Fabulous pair of mid-century nightstands by John Stuart. The stands have been refinished in high gloss, vibrant Dynamo and a poly top coat for extra sheen and protection. They fea...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Mahogany, Oak

Minimalist Mid-Century Modern Dresser
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Crafted in wood veneer and a colorful facade, this modern dresser showcases an organic yet stylish silhouette flaunting straight clean lines. Six drawers open to reveal generous stor...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Hardwood, Paint

Flush Mount Brass and Glass Chandelier 8 Arms, Stilnovo Style, Low Ceiling Best
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This chandelier belongs to the Orbitale collection. Designed to give a design option for a low ceiling it has a height of 32 cm a bit less than 13 inches. Arms and shade holders a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Leather Sconce Light in Emerald Green, Noma, Talabartero Saddle Lamp Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The lamps in this collection are inspired by Colombia’s equestrian heritage, layered with a jewel-toned color palette that takes inspiration from the works of Colombian artist Ferna...
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21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Karl Wittmann Pair of ‘Independence’ Benches in Camel Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Karl Wittmann for Wittmann Möbelwerkstätten, pair of benches, leather, teak, Austria, designed in 1968. This rare pair of benches is designed by the creative and talented designer ...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Teak

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

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

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Brass, Metal

Franco Albini Rocking Chaise Model PS16 with Kalgan Lamb and Leather Cushions
Located in New York, NY
Franco Albini for Poggi rocking chair model PS16 with walnut frame and newly upholstered luxurious white Kalgan lambskin cushions with saddle leather details on canvas seating tied w...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Fabric, Canvas, Rope, Walnut

Lounge Armchair with Soft Mustard Yellow Cotton Velvet and Silk Fringes La Folie
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
With voluptuous curves and perfect poise, La Folie exalts passion and fantasy as if you were in a burlesque show at Moulin Rouge. Let yourself be drawn by this flirtatious feeling of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Silk, Velvet

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

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

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 '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

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Steel

Angelo Mangiarotti Large Italian Marble Dining Table Model Castore, 1975
Located in Berlin, DE
Very rare model "Castore" dining table with glass top and a marble base designed by Angelo Mangiarotti in 1975 for Sorgente dei Mobili. The round glass top rests on a heavy marble pi...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Marble

Leather Pendant Light in Berry, Capa, Talabartero Saddle Lamp Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The lamps in this collection are inspired by Colombia’s equestrian heritage, layered with a jewel-toned color palette that takes inspiration from the works of Colombian artist Fernan...
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21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Pair of 2 Antonio Lupi Mid-Century Italian Sun Shaped Mirrors, 1960s
Located in London, GB
Antonio Lupi was born in Vinci in 1932 and at 18 years of age begun a production of glass for furnishings. Soon glass gave way to mirrors marketed under the name Cristal Lupi Luxor c...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Glass

Flush Mount Ceiling Light by Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Flush mount ceiling lights by Stilnovo. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa the 1960s. Simple, cubic milk glass shades offering ambient light diffusion; mounted to the ceiling ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Mid Century Style Extension Dining Table
Located in Westwood, NJ
Mid-Century Modern style round extension dining table. The self-storing extension table with a dark oak stained polished top, with antique stainless steel bands to the apron and the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Medium Jacques Adnet 'Rectangulaire' Wall Mirror in Black Leather for GUBI
Located in Glendale, CA
Medium Jacques Adnet 'Rectangulaire' wall mirror in black leather for GUBI. Originally designed by Jacques Adnet in the 1950s, this incredibly refined mirror is executed in high qual...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

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

Materials

Steel

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