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Modern Furniture Design

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Molteni&C 45 Tavolino Coffee Table Design Ron Gilad Crystal Top
Located in New York, NY
Ron Gilad’s new collection of furnishings, Grado°, underlines the designer’s interest in basic geometric shapes. Series of small tables with extra-light transparent crystal top, a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Glass

Anzolo Fuga Vase with Multicolor Rods ca 1955
Located in New York, NY
Hand-blown vase with multicolor rods by Anzolo Fuga for AVEM (Arte Vetraria Muranese), Murano Italy, ca 1955. This is one of Fuga’s most recognized designs. As the master stained gla...
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1950s Italian Vintage Modern Furniture

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Glass

Karl Springer Pair of Floor Lamps in Green Emu Leather 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional pair of floor lamps with square channeled columns covered in forest green embossed emu leather with polished brass bases and hardware by Karl Springer, American 1970's. ...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Furniture

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Brass

Unique Plyn Set of Vases by Faina
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique Plyn Set of Vases by Faina Dimensions: Narrow: W 17 x D 17 x H 29 cm Wide: W 21 x D 13 x H 26 cm Shallow: W 20 x D 15 x H 17 cm Materials: Glass PLYN series of vas...
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2010s Ukrainian Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass

Contemporary Black Chair, Additive Manufacturing in Biopolymers, Italy
Located in Biassono, IT
SoHo Chair High-tech Manufacturing With A Human Touch The Soho chair symbolically represents all the values of Elli brand. Clean lines, aesthetic references to the historicity ...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Plastic

Lucite Side Table by David Lange
Located in Austin, TX
Side table made of Lucite on casters. This French piece is by David Lange.
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1980s French Vintage Modern Furniture

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Lucite

Set of 4 Ovni, Benches by Cultivado Em Casa
Located in Geneve, CH
A set of 4 ovni - Benches by Cultivado Em Casa Dimensions: 38 x 38 x 45 cm Materials: MDF, carbon steel, resin, painting in duco paint Also available: tricolor, purple, green ...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Furniture

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Steel

Pair of French Garden Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
A chic and sculptural pair of early 20th century French garden chairs with bent tubular frames and wide wire mesh backs and seats. Chairs are perfectly comfortable as they are, but t...
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1940s French Vintage Modern Furniture

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Steel

Unique UFO Mirror by Ia Kutateladze
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique UFO Mirror by Ia Kutateladze Dimensions: W 33 x H 26 cm Materials: Clay UFO 02 is a hand built ceramic mirror. Playful and bold functional decorative object, for various ...
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2010s German Modern Furniture

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Clay

Large Beveled, Couch by Marc Dibeh
Located in Geneve, CH
Large Beveled - Couch by Marc Dibeh 2021 Materials: Fabric Dimensions: W 300 x H 63 x D 80 cm Also Available: Large Beirut based designer Marc Dibeh narrates his cultural e...
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2010s Lebanese Modern Furniture

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Fabric

Chuck Clothes, Red Modular Coat Rack Storage System
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A pixelated storage system that provides a geometric backdrop for life’s more chaotic elements. Chuck Clothes is a T-slot grid that allows pegs to loosen, slide, and tighten anywhere...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Laminate

Green Ten Vintage Wood Metal Foldable Garden Patio Dining Chairs, 1980s
Located in Vienna, AT
Modern ten green foldable vintage garden chairs 1980s, which were made of dark green lacquered metal frame and light green lacquered ash wooden slats. Easy to handle, the garden cha...
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1980s Vintage Modern Furniture

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Metal

Banano Occasional Table M, Natural Walnut Frame, Designed by Nigel Coates
Located in London, GB
These gems for the sitting room cleverly combine, walnut, glass and a brass frame. Their two heights mean than when used together, they can form a cluster that compliments the arran...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Furniture

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Walnut

'UMBO' Modular Shelving System by Kay Leroy Ruggles for Directional, 1972
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This rare shelving system is the 'UMBO' system designed in the early 1970s by Kay Leroy Ruggles for Directional, and was first published in New York magazine on September 25, 1972. T...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Furniture

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Plastic

Red + Blue Hand Embroidered Geometric Modern Tapestry Wall Hanging
Located in Westfield, NJ
This modern, geometric tapestry has been ethically hand embroidered by artisans in Kashmir, India, using a traditional embroidery technique which is native to this region. The pur...
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2010s Indian Modern Furniture

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Wool

Padun Sofa by FAINA
Located in Geneve, CH
Padun sofa Set 1 by Faina Design: Victoriya Yakusha Materials: : textile, Foam rubber, Sintepon, Wood Dimensions: 240 x 115 x H 90 cm In search of new-old design messages, Vic...
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2010s Ukrainian Modern Furniture

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Textile, Foam, Wood

Unique Veld Candelabra by Jan Ernst
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique veld candelabra by Jan Ernst Dimensions: W 40 D 18.5 H 35 cm Materials: Terracotta, stoneware, black clay Glazed to client specification. Other dimensions available. ...
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2010s South African Modern Furniture

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Clay, Stoneware, Terracotta

Mini Paw Stool by Hakmin Lee
Located in Geneve, CH
Mini paw stool by Hakmin Lee Materials: FRP Dimensions: 41 x 26 x H 26 cm 4 kg Available in FRP yellow/ blue/ green/ pink/ white/ orange. Studio HAK is Seoul based studio ...
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2010s South Korean Modern Furniture

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Aluminum

The Pearl Line by Ludovic Clément d'Armont
Located in Geneve, CH
The Pearl Line by Ludovic Clément d'Armont Materials: Blown glass, Brass joints, LEDs Dimensions: 133 x 37 x 12 cm The Pearl line is a simple architectural element that helps st...
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2010s French Modern Furniture

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Brass

Takashi Murakami "Lotus Flower Pink"
Located in Stamford, CT
An offset lithograph by Takashi Murakami, titled "Lotus Flower Pink". Signed and numbered 214/300, circa 2010.  
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2010s Japanese Modern Furniture

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Paper

Porcelain Vase Handsculpted by Monika Patuszyńska
Located in Geneve, CH
Porcelain vase handsculpted by Monika Patuszynska Genealogy (2019)/ on adjusting Dimensions: H. 52 cm Materials: Porcelain Born: 1973, Warsaw, Poland 1993- 1994 Den Danske...
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2010s Polish Modern Furniture

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Porcelain

Handsculped Alcazar Table Lamp by Ia Kutateladze
Located in Geneve, CH
Handsculped Alcazar table lamp by Ia Kutateladze Dimensions: W 32 x H 26 cm Materials: Raw white clay Alcazar lamp combines hand-built organic structure, with soft geometric ele...
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2010s German Modern Furniture

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Clay

Rangnan Dining Table Medium, Solid Wood, Glass Topped, Designed by Nigel Coates
Located in London, GB
So here’s the story - a table with a true sense of the sculptural, a glass topped table that demonstrates the best of working in solid wood. Available in two lengths to suit dining f...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Furniture

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Walnut

Gothic by Paolo Marcolongo
Located in Geneve, CH
Gothic by Paolo Marcolongo Dimensions: 24.3 x 13.3 x H 10.8 cm Materials: Murano glass and iron. Paolo Marcolongo was born in Padua in 1956, he attended the Art High School...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Iron

Sofa “Throwaway” Designed by Willie Landels for Zanotta, Italy, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sofa “Throwaway” designed by Willie Landels for Zanotta, Italy, 1960s. Vinyl covered foam. Measures: H 75 cm/ 29 1/2'' L 180 cm/ 5' 11'' D 105 cm/ 41 1/2'' SH 38 cm/ 15".     ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Modern Furniture

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Faux Leather, Foam

Vittorio Ferro Vase with Unique Multicolor Murrine ca 1994
Located in New York, NY
Hand-blown glass vase with unique ochre, black and chartreuse murrine by Vittorio Ferro, Murano Italy, ca 1994. Born in 1932, Vittorio Ferro was a first rate glass master who spent m...
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1990s Italian Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass, Murrine

Modernist Stylized Floral Motif in Black Enamel and Frosted Glass in Relief
Located in New York, NY
This stunning modernist bowl was realize in France, in the manner of Lalique. It features a conical form with a wealth of depressions with black dot detailing in glass at the center ...
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20th Century French Modern Furniture

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Glass

Sculptural 2 Legs Dining Table 240 by Urban Creative
Located in Geneve, CH
Sculptural 2 legs dining table 240 by Urban Creative Dimensions: 120 cm x 240 cm Materials: Natural CO2 friendly plasters The tables are available in every shape, size and color. ...
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2010s Dutch Modern Furniture

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Plaster

Transmission Bronze Sculpture by David Tragen
By David Tragen
Located in Geneve, CH
Transmission bronze sculpture by David Tragen Dimensions: W 42.5 x D 42.5 x H 8 cm Materials: Cold cast bronze  Transmission is an illuminated wall mounted sculpture which crea...
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2010s British Modern Furniture

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Bronze

This Is Not a Chair Too by Max Jungblut Artwork for Interior Environment
Located in Maastricht, NL
Within his long-term research project searching chairs, artist and designer Max Jungblut (Maastricht, 1966) explores the boundaries between artistic autonomy and economic, capitalist...
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2010s European Modern Furniture

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Reclaimed Wood

Eurytmia Vase by Paolo Marcolongo
Located in Geneve, CH
Eurytmia vase by Paolo Marcolongo Dimensions: 15.7 x 16.2 x H 42 cm Materials: Murano glass and iron. Paolo Marcolongo was born in Padua in 1956, he attended the Art High Sc...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Iron

Set of 2 Prix Hand-Sculpted Mirrors, Laurene Guarneri
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Prix hand-sculpted mirrors, Laurene Guarneri Limited edition Handmade Materials: mirror Sizes: ø 10 x 70 cm, ø 13 x 100 cm (Could be made to order in other dimensions) ...
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2010s European Modern Furniture

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Mirror

Unique GB102 Walnut Chair Sculpted by Gregory Besson
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique GB102 walnut chair sculpted by Gregory Besson Unique Dimensions: L 18" x W 16" x H 32" Materials: Walnut, polyurethane finish Available in domestic hardwoods. Custom...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Walnut

Ignazio Gardella 'Digamma' Armchair in Beige Raf Simons Kvadrat Bouclé Fabric
Located in The Hague, NL
Designed by Ignazio Gardella in 1957, the Digamma lounge chair is a comfortable chair with roots in the late Italian modernist tradition. Its rational construction features two geom...
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2010s Spanish Modern Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Chromed Reggiani Floor Lamp with Four Spotlights, circa 1970
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Chromed floor lamp by Goffredo Reggiani with four spotlights that can be moved independently. The shades that are made of chromed metal are coated white on the inside. The lamps has ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Furniture

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Iron, Metal

Gioia-Meller-Marcovicz, The Monolith, a Dining Table and Chairs
Located in Paris, FR
Gioia Meller Marcovicz The Monolith A stainless steel dining ensemble composed of a folding x-shaped profiled table and ten folding chairs. When nested under the rectangular ...
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2010s German Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Vittorio Ferro Vase with Unique Multicolor Murrine 1990s
Located in New York, NY
Hand-blown glass vase with unique red, metallic gray and black murrine by Vittorio Ferro, Murano Italy, 1990’s. Born in 1932, Vittorio Ferro was a first rate glass master who spent m...
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1990s Italian Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass, Murrine

Vertigo N03 Console by Edizione Limitata
Located in Geneve, CH
Vertigo N03 Console by Edizione Limitata Limited Edition of 15 + 3 Designers: Simone Fanciullacci Dimensions: H 77 × W 45 × L 117 cm Materials: Aluminium Edizione Limitata, t...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Aluminum

Maniglia Desk Lamp by Stilnovo
Located in Dronten, NL
Maniglia table lamp designed by De Pas, Lomazzi and D'Urbino for Stilnovo. Marked.
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Cartier Modern Sterling Silver Square Picture Frame
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver picture frame. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Square window with curved corners in flat and ribbed surround; corners same. With glass, silk lining, and velve...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Judd-Nelson Modern Chair in Ebonized Ash Wood
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The chair’s framework conjures the minimalist simplicity of Donald Judd’s Library Chairs. Available in either natural or ebonized Eastern Ash with black on black checkerboard backres...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Ash

Italian Glass Vase by Sottsass Associati for Egizia
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful glass vase designed by Dafne Koz, manufactured by Sottsass Associati for Egizia. Made in 1998. The vase decoration is done in hand silkscreen printing with 980/1000 s...
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1990s Italian Modern Furniture

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Glass

3 Piece Andy Sectional by Paolo Piva for B&B Italia
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Andy sofa was Paolo Piva's last design. This landscape sofa with adjustable seat depth and chaise longue is generously proportioned. The back can change its inclination from a ho...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Metal

Set of 3 Time of Action by Chaeyoung Lee
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 3 Time of Action by Chaeyoung Lee Materials: Ebonized and Carved Wood Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 50 cm Time of Action is a minimal and carefully crafted furniture collection...
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2010s Korean Modern Furniture

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Wood

Bongó Bar Cabinet Champagne Patagonia Granite Sahara Noir Marble Oxidized Brass
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Wooden bar cabinet with round structure lacquered in high-gloss champagne-colored bronze powder. Semicircular sliding doors in polished Sahara Noir marble, automatically activated by...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Furniture

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Granite, Marble, Brass

Mid-20th Century Handmade Turkish Flat-Weave Kilim Room Size Carpet in White
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Turkish flat-weave Kilim room size carpet handmade during the mid-20th century with a salt and pepper pattern in white-beige. Measures: 10' 2" x 13' 3" Flat-weave rug...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Modern Furniture

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Wool

Original Production John Dickinson Galvanized Steel Drape End Table, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This exceptionally rare and high-sought after collectors item is the John Dickinson model #107 drape end table with trompe-l'œil fabric motif in galvanized steel and brass binding. T...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Innovative English Sterling Silver Snuffbox-Cum-Portable Ashtray
Located in New York, NY
Elizabeth II sterling silver snuffbox. Made by Joseph Gloster Ltd in Birmingham in 1962. Rectangular with plain sides. Cover and bottom have engine-turned wave ornament and scrolled ...
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1960s English Vintage Modern Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Sea Shells on an Artist's Palette, Original Oil Painting by Helen Oh
Located in Chicago, IL
An arrangement of four shells lie on a reflective artist's palette. The large conch shell in the center of the painting dominates the space in subtle hues of cream and pink. The rich...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Paint

Brass Valet
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Brass valet.
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Furniture

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Brass

Jean Dining Chair
Located in Westport, CT
Dining chair with dark wenge stained beech legs and fully upholstered seat and back. Can be customized to your specifications or COM. Wood, stain, finish, fabric and custom dimensio...
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2010s European Modern Furniture

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Wood, Fabric

David Rowland 40/4 Side Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Side chair by David Rowland for GF Furniture Systems, c.1990. Th 1963-designed simple and stackable modern 40/4 stacking dining chair. These feature heavy chrome plated steel bases, ...
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1990s American Modern Furniture

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Chrome, Steel

Entrelacs Wall Lamp by Mydriaz
Located in Geneve, CH
Entrelacs wall lamp by Mydriaz Dimensions: D 9 x W 46.5 x H 40 cm Materials: Brass and glass Finishes: Golden-plated polished brass All our lamps can be wired according to each...
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2010s French Modern Furniture

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Brass

Suelo Modern Platform Sofa
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
This Suelo Modern platform sofa is beautifully constructed from solid wood in Ohio, USA. The sofa's silhouette is simple, modern, and sleek with comfortable back and seat cushions. T...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Hardwood

Doris Leslie Blau Collection Hand-knotted Jardin Rug
Located in New York, NY
Doris Leslie Blau collection hand-knotted Jardin Rug Size: 12'0" × 12'0" (365 × 365 cm) Just one look at this mesmerizing contemporary area rug is enough to steal one’s heart. Hand-e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Furniture

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Wool

70's Pierre Cardin Pedestal Dining Table
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A large rich chocolate brown dining table with one 18" leaf and polished aluminum banding around the edge and also around the base of the legs. The iconic designer Cardin was known f...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Furniture

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Wood

21st Century Modern Armona Dining Table Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Modern Armona 10-Seat Dining Table Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Armona 10-Seat Dining Table Materials Bean-shaped table top with two...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Furniture

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Brass

Nazmiyal Collection Cream Geometric Modern Distressed Rug. 9 ft 6 in x 12 ft 3in
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful Cream Brown Geometric Modern Distressed Rug, Country of Origin: Afghanistan, Circa Date: Modern. Size: 9 ft 6 in x 12 ft 3 in (2.9 m x 3.73 m)
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Modern Furniture

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Wool

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