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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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Pair of Midcentury Pendants, in Glass and Brass Europe, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Wonderful pair of pendants, in glass and brass frame, Europe, 1960s the brass fixture beautifully combines with the clear glass. Due their materials and size, these lights will creat...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Warren Platner Wire Series Easy Chair in Knoll Fabric by Knoll
Located in Utrecht, NL
Sculptural and graceful iconic lounge chair model 1705 by Warren Platner designed in 1962 for Knoll International. Nickel-plated steel wire frame executed from steel rods and extensi...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel, Nickel

Jens Risom Lounge and Ottoman
Located in Chicago, IL
Jens Risom lounge and ottoman, rare chair and ottoman, solid cherrywood in 3original wood tones, reupholstered with Great Plains cotton-poly. Ottoman dimensions H 15.75" W 23" D 21"
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Cherry

Set of Two Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort in Bouclé Fabric
Located in Hellouw, NL
Very stylish set of two Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort in Bouclé Fabric. These chairs have an aluminum frame with a chrome foot. The shape is organic and minimal. Comp...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Aluminum, Chrome

Nils Jonsson Walnut Dining Table for Troeds Bjarnum Sweden
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A walnut dining table with two folding leaves that can be stored under the top in a special built in holder, when used without the leaves it a round 43.13" diameter. And when both le...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Walnut

COR Trio Sofa by Team Form AG for COR Furniture, Germany, 1970s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Very beautiful sofa landscape designed by the Swiss Designers Group named Form AG and produced in the 1970s by COR, Germany. Many different kinds of variants are possible because of ...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric

Austrian Brass Ceiling Light, 1940s, J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare Austrian brass lantern from the 1940s, attributed to J.T. Kalmar. The pleated shade diffuser is held by five ornamental brass elements. One original brass and ceramic E27 socket...
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1940s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Enzo Mari Gambadilegno Sofas Driade, Italy, 1974
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Playful and cosy Gambadilegno sofa's designed by Enzo Mari and manufactured by Driade, Italy 1974. These sofa's were made in very small production only and makes these very difficult...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Pine

Contemporary Mirror Sea Green Murano Glass Framed, In Stock
Located in Miami, FL
Murano Sea Green Glass Framed Mirror, in stock Rectangular mirror plate surrounded with undulating glass tiles in sea green color held by brass cabochons. Handcrafted by a team of a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Italian, Adjustable Wall Light, Brass, Black Lacquered Metal, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sizable wall light / task light. Designed and produced in Italy, 1950s. Other designers of the period include Paavo Tynell, Jean Royère, Hans Bergström, Hans-Agne Jakobsson, and...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Sculptural Brass Wall Mirror by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, 1950s
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This beautiful brass loop wall mirror was designed in Sweden by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn in the 1950s. The brass frame with nice warm vintage patina.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Swedish Designer, Organic Stool, Wood, Sheepskin, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic stool in stained wood, overstuffed seat reupholstered in brand new sheepskin upholstery. Produced in Sweden, 1950s. Other designers of the period include Finn Juhl, Han...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Sheepskin, Wood

T-Chairs by Katavolos, Littell and Kelley for ICF Padova, 1960s
Located in amstelveen, NL
T-chairs in chrome-plated and enameled steel with original black leather sling, designed by William Katavolos, Ross Littell, and Douglas Kelley. A cornerstone of the acclaimed Lavern...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Large Stilnovo Glass Suspension Chandelier, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare Stilnovo suspension chandelier from the 1950s. Two large (13") satin glass diffusers are suspended from a brass 'bracket' which keeps the glasses at a fixed distance. Original b...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Swedish Designer, Organic Stool, Stained Wood, Sheepskin, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stool in stained wood, overstuffed seat reupholstered in brand new sheepskin upholstery. Produced in Sweden, 1940s. Other designers of the period include Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner,...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Sheepskin, Wood

Swedish Designer, Organic Stool, Stained Wood, Sheepskin, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stool in stained wood, overstuffed seat reupholstered in brand new sheepskin upholstery. Produced in Sweden, 1940s. Other designers of the period include Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner,...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Sheepskin, Wood

Mid-Century Modernist Brass Table Lamps with Structure Glass, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
European midcentury table lamps in brass and structure glass globes. The structure glass globes density that create a wonderful light effect. These table lamp will contribute to a lu...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Bergboms, Adjustable Wall Lights / Sconces, Brass, Fabric, Sweden, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of adjustable wall lights / wall sconces. Designed and produced by Bergboms, Sweden, c. 1970s. Labeled. Measurements include brand new lampshades illustrated. Other desi...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Velvet

Terje Ekström Lounge Chair "Ekstrem" in Yellow Mustard New Reupholstery, 1970's
Located in The Hague, NL
Iconic armchair- lounge chair designed by Terje Ekström and manufactured by Stokke in 1970's period, Norway. The chairs are both modern and yet very functional. The design dates f...
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Set of 8 Dining Chairs by Sapporo for Mobil Girgi, Italy, 1970s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Set of 8 sculptural Italian dining chairs with saddle-stitched leather seats, black colored. Very comfortable even for larger sitters despite the slim profile. The color of the Itali...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Pair of Yellow Wall Lamps by Claus Bolby for Cebo Industri, 1960s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
A pair of yellow handmade acrylic wall lamps. The sconces were designed by Claus Bolby and manufactured by his own company, Cebo industry. By experimenting, Bolby discovered a techni...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

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

Great 18 Palmette Shallow Flush Ceiling Mount, Murano
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Here the larger version of the successful 12 leaves compact palmette ceiling fixture. This group of shallow ceiling mount Murano chandelier was first designed for a luxury yacht lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Paul McCobb Lounge Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
McCobb for Planer Group, pair of rare lounge chairs. Birchwood spayed legs, reupholstered with great plains wool blend, back pillows are down filled.
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1950s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wood

Linear Daybed by Stamford Modern
Located in Stamford, CT
Draw clean lines with contemporary furniture inspired by the Mid-Century Modern Legend, Edward Wormley (1907-1995), a leading American designer. Echoing the brass bar below, this wo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Restored Four-Strand Rattan Six-Seat Corner Sectional Sofa
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Four-strand square pretzel corner rattan sectional sofa designed in the manner of Paul Frankl. This sofa features a bent rattan base with four-strand square pretzel arms and is divid...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Rattan

Taccia Table Lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos
Located in Vienna, AT
Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos. Table lamp model Taccia, loose adjustable glass screen, aluminum base. Designed 1962. Manufactured by Flos with label from ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel, Aluminum

Josef Frank, Two-Armed Wall Light, Brass, Fabric, Svenskt Tenn, Sweden
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wall light / sconce. Designed by Josef Frank, produced by Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm, Sweden. Designed in the 1920s, example produced c. 1970s. Lampshade pattern designed by Josef Fra...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Large French Brass Wall Lights by Arlus, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Pair of rare French wall lights from the 1950s, attributed to Arlus. Three organically curved arms each with original black lacquer. Brass and ceramic E14 sockets with new wiring and...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Carl Gustaf Hiort Af Ornäs, Lounge Chair, Wood, Sheepskin, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A lounge chair, design attributed to Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs, for reference study model "Mikki" for Puunveisto Oy - Träsnideri Ab, Finland. Stained wood, brand new authentic sh...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Sheepskin, Wood

American Designer, Stools, Ottomans, Walnut, White Bouclé, USA, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of stools or ottomans, walnut, white bouclé, USA, 1960s. Reupholstered in brand new high-end fabric. Other designers of the period include Paul Frankl, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbin...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Bouclé, Walnut

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

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

Pair of Frederick Cooper Chrome Atomic Table Lamps with Original Shades
Located in Stamford, CT
Stunning pair of ultra modern Frederick Cooper "Atomic" table lamps. The polished steel Space Age bodies with discs on the top and bottom giving these lamps an atomic energy all thei...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Tetrix Ceiling Light by form A
Located in New York, NY
The Tetrix ceiling light features a composition of variable sized murano glass shades on a brass machined frame highlighting perpendicular and intersecting lines. Shown as a flush mo...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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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

Rare Unused Kalmar Glass Pendants, circa 1970
Located in Vienna, AT
Exceptional Kalmar pendants from the 1960-1970s. Each pendant consists of six heavily textured Brutalist glass 'blocks' that are mounted around an E27 socket (60W). The glass is clea...
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Grete Jalk Teak Lounge Chairs for France & Sons / John Stuart
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of finely crafted solid teak wood lounge chairs with fitted upholstered cushions in a tight Danish styled weave. Large sculptural arm rests integrate with the back legs giving...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Teak

Swedish Designer, Wall Lights / Sconces, Brass, White Acrylic, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of wall lights / Sconces. Designed and produced in Sweden, 1950s-1960s. Other designers of the period include Paavo Tynell, Jean Royère, Hans Bergström, Hans-Agne Jakobsson...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Lacquered Goat Skin Coffee Table by Ron Seff
Located in Stamford, CT
This coffee table featuring cream colored lacquered goat skin with brass sabot feet displays Seff’s masterful application of exotic natural materials to his graceful designs. The pie...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Goatskin

Thomas Hellström, Table Lamps, Ceramic, Rattan, Brass Nittsjö, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of table lamps designed by Thomas Hellström, produced by Nittsjö, Sweden, c. 1960s. Features subtle incised decor and a sculptural detail as well as original cane wrapping....
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Impressive Fontana Arte Style Mushroom Brass and Glass Lamp, Max Ingrand, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
An outstanding Italian midcentury desk or side lamp from the 1960s. In the style of Max Ingrand / Fontana Arte. This beautiful lamp is made of polished brass and has an inclined neck...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Reino Ruokolainen, "Stugo" Lounge Chairs, Stained Oak, Fabric, Sweden, 1959
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of modernist lounge chairs. Designed by finnish designer Reino Ruokolainen in 1959, produced by Futura Möbler AB, Tibro. In solid oak, with revealed joinery. Reupholstered in ...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Bouclé, Pine

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

Pair of Austrian Glass Table Lamps, 1960s, Raffia Shades
Located in Vienna, AT
Pair of Austrian table lamps from the 1960s. Blown glass base with a white inner casing and satin finish on the outside and a large raffia shade with brass details. Two original bras...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel, Brass

French Designer, Coffee / Cocktail Table, Gilt Steel, Travertine, France, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A freeform coffee table / cocktail table. Designed and produced in France, 1950s. Features gilt steel, and it's original travertine top. Other designers of the period include Jean...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Travertine, Steel

Pair of Italian Circular Wood and Glass Tables Attributed to Ico Parisi
Located in New York, NY
A pair of sculptural Italian mid-century dark brown circular side tables attributed to Ico Parisi with black painted glass inset tops resting on a solid wood frame with four legs wit...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Wood

1970s Pair of Ercol Windsor Armchairs, New Cushions Purple Pink Pistoia Velvet
Located in Antwerp, BE
1970s set of 2 Ercol Windsor range armchairs. These vintage armchairs with round stick backs are made of dark solid elm. Both still have their label under the seat, and are dated ...
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Late 20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Velvet, Elm

Large Brass Wall Light, 1940s, Striped Glass
Located in Vienna, AT
Dramatic brass and glass wall light from the 1940s. Large curved brass backplate with a yellow and frosted striped glass diffuser. One original brass E27 socket with new wiring.
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1940s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Armchairs and Sofà, Carlo de Carli for Cassina Style, Milano
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Mid-century Modern Armchairs and Sofà Carlo de Carli for Cassina style , Milano Structure in high quality blond walnut wood and patina, wax polished, with spring-loaded seat and new...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Walnut, Velvet

Bond Burled Wood Dining Table
Located in New York, NY
Timelessly chic. From our chic burled wood collection, a Minimalist dining table that feels organic, worldly, and wonderfully warm. Naturally honey-hued, pieced mappa wood is treated...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass, Nickel

Rito Valla, Lounge Chair, Metal, Brass Yellow Velvet, I.P.E Bologna, Italy 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A lounge chair, produced by I.P.E Bologna, Italy 1950s. Design is attributed to Rito Valla. Executed in brown-lacquered metal, brass, and yellow velvet.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Stewart Ross James Bronze Table Lamps for Hansen, USA, 1960s
Located in Stamford, CT
The elegant double pyramidal design of these patinated bronze table lamps give them a classical yet modern feel. The design of these lamps is timeless. Newly re-wired. By Stewart Ro...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Bronze

Marvin Credenza, Walnut and Brass, Four-Door, Customizable
Located in Louisville, KY
The Marvin credenza is built in our Louisville, KY studio using premium hardwoods and thoughtfully selected wood veneers. The cabinet showcases wide, featured American walnut, with b...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

8 Sculptural Form 'Oro' Dining Chairs by Raoul Guys, 1951, Airborne, France
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Exquisite and extremely rare set of eight 'oro' dining chairs designed by sculptor and designer Raoul Guys in 1951 for 'Airborne' ,France. These chairs were commissioned by Air Franc...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Steel

'Poly-Z' Sideboard by A.A. Patijn for Zijlstra Joure, The Netherlands 1950's
By Abraham A. Patijn, Zijlstra
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This design, from the Poly-Z series, is very typical for A.A. Patijn. The round shapes and sides are often seen in his designs. It has a somewhat darker finish as similar models we h...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Brass

Borsani Italian Walnut Dining Chair, Art deco, Brutalism 1950's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Osvaldo Borsani style dining chairs from 1950, Italy; Italian design; Art Deco; Brutalism; Scarpa influenced by the more expressive and curvaceous wing of Art Deco and Brutalist d...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Velvet, Walnut

American Designer, Organic Coffee Table, Rattan, Lacquered Metal, America, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic / biomorphic / free form coffee / cocktail table. In woven rattan, original black-lacquered metal legs, with brass caps. Other designers of the period include Paul Fran...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

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