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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
Paavo Tynell 10 Arms Brass Chandelier for Lightolier , 1950 , USA
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Paavo Tynell collaborated for a short period of time with Lightolier in the 50s. There is obvious influence of his style in this chandelier . There is 14 light bulbs on this lamp . ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Modernist Travertine and Metal Display Pedestal
Located in New York, NY
A modernist architectural V shaped display pedestal; the square top surface in travertine. An aesthetically interesting piece to have on its own or display plants or sculpture; perfe...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Travertine, Metal

Pair of Mid Century Modern Turquoise Glass Wall Lights by I Tre, Italy
Located in Miami, FL
Turquoise hand blown glass wall lights Designed by I Tre, Italy 1980 Brass-plated cone shape mounting Gives off warm beams of light Wired to the American standard Located in our stor...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Murano Pink and Green Glass Mid-Century Wall Light, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Murano piece due to its pink color with green trim. Particular and original applique from the manufacture of Murano glassworks. The applique is composed of an underlying w...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass

Italian King Size Bed Frame by Verardo
By Verardo
Located in Denton, TX
Deep maroon lacquer with chrome trim and Micro Fiber upholstery. Each nightstand has a built in mood light and one stand has a built in radio with fm, short wave and long wave frequ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Limited Edition Tramonto A New York Sofa by Gaetano Pesce
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Tramonto A New York sofa by Gaetano Pesce Manufactured by Cassina in Italy Limited Edition of 50 pieces Cassina revisits a 20th century design icon, symbol of the vitality, inno...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric

Mid-Century American Desk
Located in Houston, TX
Desk is made out of palisander wood. Table top is reupholstered with brown cowhide. There is wide drawer for files on the left side and smaller drawer on the right. Desk is elevated ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Large Hanging Pendant with Birch Dowels by Mel Smilow
Located in New York, NY
The large hanging pendant is part of the re-issued Smilow Lighting Collection, originally designed by Mel Smilow in 1956 and officially reintroduced by his daughter Judy Smilow in 20...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Floral Pink Velvet Midcentury Lounge Arm Chair, After TH Robsjohn Gibbings
Located in Decatur, GA
Stunning Mid-Century Modern petite lounge chair after T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings. Featuring sculpted maple frame and trim detail and new deep pink floral velvet upholstery. Gorgeous mode...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Velvet, Maple

Swedish Midcentury Armchair Reupholstered in Thurstan Mohair
Located in London, Greater London
Incredibly comfortable Swedish midcentury armchair reupholstered in Thurstan Mohair.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Mohair, Beech

Set of Serpentine Sofas by Vladimir Kagan for Directional, 1970s
Located in Stamford, CT
A stunning and rare set of vintage "Serpentine" sofas designed by architect and furniture designer Vladimir Kagan for Directional. The sofas feature a distinctive curved frame that g...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wool

Murano Glass Ceiling Pendants
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Murano glass ceiling pendants Made for us exclusively in Italy Hand blown glass, custom finished metal Available in brass or patinated brass Italy 2021 Rewired for US Overall drop is...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Vladimir Kagan Early Rare High Back Barrel Lounge Chair and Ottoman, USA, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Vladimir Kagan early rare high back barrel lounge chair and matching ottoman with angled splayed maple legs, USA, 1950s. This Kagan high back lounge chair model is large in scale wit...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wood, Upholstery, Maple

Vintage Swedish Flat Woven Rug by Mary Sanberg 'MS' at Doris Leslie Blau
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Swedish flat woven rug by Mary Sanberg (MS) at Doris Leslie Blau Size: 5'5" × 8'3" (165 × 251 cm) This lovely vintage Swedish flat-weave vintage rug was created by the Mary S...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wool

One of Nine Mid-Century Modern Patinated Copper Pendant Lights, 1960
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
One of nine pendants with wonderful warm natural aged patina made of massive copper. Manufactured in Italy in Mid-Century, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). The price is per ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Copper

Industrial Modern Cast Iron Jax Base Solid Teak Marquetry Danish Coffee Table
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Purchased in Denmark for 5705 Kroner and delivered to Miami Florida in 1973, this colossal coffee table has been with the original owners for nearly 50 years. We acquired it this sum...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Iron

John Woodard Set of Four White 'Sculptura' Patio Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
John Woodard, 'Sculptura' patio chairs, wrought iron with white lacquer, United States, 1950s. These 'Sculptura' patio chairs, which can be used as dining chairs as well, are exec...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Iron

Mid-20th Century Swedish Flat Weave Rug by Ingegerd Silow at Doris Leslie Blau
Located in New York, NY
Mid-20th century Swedish flat weave rug by Ingegerd Silow at Doris Leslie Blau Size: 5'6" × 7'6" (167 × 228 cm). A vintage Swedish flat-weave wool rug designed by Ingegerd Silow, sig...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wool

Kalmar Flush Mount Light Fixture 'Pagoda', Glass Nickel, 1970, One of Four
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
One of four large flush mount chandeliers 'Pagoda' or 'Pagode' by Kalmar, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). Each chandelier takes twelve E14 candel...
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Nickel

Bamboo Wicker Woven Rattan Pair of Wood Chairs White Cushion, France, 1970's
Located in New York, NY
Bamboo woven rattan pair of wood chair white cushion, France 1970's Stylish and lovely pair of comfortable chairs. New cushions and upholstery. Imported from France.
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wicker, Wood

Single Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” Chair in New Velvet, Artifort, 1970s
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A single Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” chair newly upholstered in Designers Guild linen colored cotton velvet. Manufactured by Artifort in the 1970s. The organic shape offers a minimal...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Pair of Italien Armchairs 1950s, Free Form, Ecru Bouclé
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of armchairs, wooden structure, free form Prod. Italy, 1950. Fully reupholstered in off-white bouclé. The wooden structure is original with slight traces of use.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Bouclé, Wood

Robert Mallet-Stevens Dining Chairs in Colourful Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Robert Mallet-Stevens for Stevens designs, dining chairs model 222, lacquered metal, leatherette, France, design 1928, production later Large set of newly lacquered tubular chairs ...
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1930s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Paolo Buffa Wardrobe in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paolo Buffa, wardrobe or armoire, oak, Italy, 1940s This rare wardrobe has a subtle decorative character and is created by the talented Italian designer and architect Paolo Buffa ...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Oak

Upholstered Bronze Bench in the Manner of Tommi Parzinger
Located in Providence, RI
Upholstered Bronze bench, in the manner of Tommi Parzinger, circa 1960. This bench is being offer in "as found" condition, needing to be re-upholstered. Many would consider the uphol...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Bas Van Pelt Tubular Armchair in Original Grey Sisal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Bas Van Pelt for EMS/My Home, armchair, tubular metal and sisal armchair, the Netherlands, 1920s. This classic armchair is designed by Bas Van Pelt and is executed with a sisal ba...
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1920s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

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

Adrian Pearsall Mohair Sofa for Craft Associates Inc.
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Adrian Pearsall. Manufacturer: Craft Associates Inc. Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Walnut, Mohair. Condition: This Adrian Pearsall mohair sofa for Cra...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Mohair, Walnut

Vintage Wooden Armchairs in Purple and Green Velvet
Located in Milano, IT
Gorgeous set of two large velvet armchairs of fine Italian manufacture from the 1950s. The set is made of fabric reupholstered in purple and acid green velvet, very beautiful and ec...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Velvet, Wood

Pierre Gautier-Delaye French Set of Table with Benches
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pierre Gautier-Delaye, table, solid beech, France, 1950s Simplistic table and benches by French designer Pierre Gautier-Delaye. The sleek design shows a beautiful line, which is emp...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Beech

Art Deco Scandinavian Lounge Chairs in Honey Sheepskin Shearling, 1940s
Located in Langserud, SE
These two wonderfully rounded crafted chairs were made in Norway 1940s and design by Peter Iversen Langlo. The chairs made with stained birch legs and honey colored sheepskin-shearli...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Sheepskin, Birch

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Brass Accent Lounge Chair for Widdicomb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings brass accent lounge chair for Widdicomb.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Organic Branched Wall Lamps in Painted Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Wall lamps, painted metal, Italy, 1970s Highly decorative, organic wall lamp that resembles branches of a plant. The branches feature leaves in the colors of light green and yellow....
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

"Robert" Fireside Chair by Pierre Guariche Upholstered in Pierre Frey
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A "Robert" Fireside chair designed by Pierre Guariche and produced in the 1960s by Meurop. Formed of tubular metal and reupholstered in decorative waves of fake fur that is a perf...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Eero Saarinen Executive Arm Chair for Knoll Associates
Located in Denver, CO
A handsome Executive arm chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll Associates in excellent vintage condition.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Faux Leather, Plywood

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

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Fagerlund Stacked Crystal Table Lamp for Orrefors
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Gorgeous pair of table lamps with stacked glass crystal and brass accents. No scratches or dings to the glass in near flawless condition. Each crystal cube has a concave inset patter...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Style Tambour-Door Credenza by Danish Modern LA
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Introducing our first-ever modern credenza designed and crafted by Danish Modern L.A.'s artisans' house in Los Angeles, CA. Our skillfully crafted credenza showcases a solid American...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Smoked Glass Chandelier by RAAK, 1970s
By RAAK
Located in Vienna, AT
1970s cascading chandelier by RAAK, Netherlands, with three large smoked glass globe pendants in different sizes that can be adjusted individually. Very good original condition with ...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

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

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

Rare Otto Zapf 'Softline' Wall-Mounted Cabinets in Red and Black for Zapfdesign
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Otto Zapf for Zapfdesign 'Softline' red and black cabinets, plastic, Germany, 1969 Set of three detachable 'Softline' wall cabinets in red and black designed by the German designe...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern, Haussmann Armchair, 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

Midcentury Pair of Easy Chairs DUX in Sheepskin shearling, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderful armchairs / easy chairs in beech produced for the famous DUX company in Sweden. Wonderful, detailed, and curved stained beech wood and all new upholstery in quality sheeps...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Sheepskin, Beech

Guillerme et Chambron Sideboard in Solid Oak with Ceramic Tiles
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, sideboard, oak, ceramic, France, 1960s Characteristic sideboard in solid oak with ceramic tiles. This credenza holds the characteristics of the French design...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Ceramic, Oak

Unique Sculptural Lorenzo Burchiellaro Handcrafted Headboard in Wood and Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lorenzo Burchiellaro, headboard, wood, metal, Italy, 1970s Stunning headboard by Lorenzo Burchiellaro made in the 1970s. Buchiellaro created a truly exquisite headboard with a desig...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

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

Materials

Metal, Brass

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 3 Rotating Balanced Arms, Ivory Black Twin Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Orbitale 3 arms frame using the twin shade. Thanks to a customer who had the articulated sconces and wanted this version with black and ivory shades. It's a beautiful combination of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Aluminum, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Dinning Chair Alma Deep Orange Cotton Velvet, Walnut, Brass
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
In a piece that combines classic and modern aesthetics we can find a certain harmonic gracefulness paired with an intimate voluptuousness that can embrace you and surprisingly break ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Velvet, Rattan, Walnut

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

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Metal, Brass

Geometrical Floor Lamp in Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Floor lamp, brass, Europe, 1970s Exquisite floor lamp with a solid appearance achieved using solely geometrical shapes. The cylindrical L-shaped stem is connected to a dimensional...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Artistic Hand-Crafted Room Divider in Bronze
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hand-crafted room divider, bronze, metal, Italy, 1960s. An Italian Postwar room screen that finds itself at the intersection of art and design. This highly sculptural piece consis...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Bronze

Murano Pendant with Stained Yellow Glass and Chrome
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendant, murano, chrome, Italy, 1960s. Beautiful pendant with six Murano glass leaves in "Mazzega" style. The six leaves which are held up by a chrome pole, form an umbrella-shaped...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Midcentury Teak Side Table
Located in New York, NY
American midcentury teak side table.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Teak

George Nelson for Herman Miller Miniature Jewelry Chest, 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
Unusual chest of drawers by George Nelson for Herman Miller, mid century Elegant chest designed by George Nelson and in very good original vintage condition. It's a rare piece, la...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum

Pair of Two Wall Lights in Brass and Structured Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of wall lights, in brass, glass and metal, Europe, 1970s.  Elegant pair of wall lights in brass. The brass fixture holds an arch on which the bowl shaped lights are mounted. Ea...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Duchessa Chandelier by Fabio Ltd
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Italian modern chandelier shown in gold, frosted, pink and amethyst textured Murano glass tiles with frosted granulated glass diffuser mounted on brass structure, designed by Fabio B...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

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