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Post-Modern Furniture

POSTMODERN STYLE

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

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Contemporary Sine Wave Coat Rack Medium in Black by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced hanging points to give the ...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Furniture

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Cement, Aluminum

Nova Table Lamp by William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Nova table lamp by William Guillon Dimensions: H 34 x D 24 cm Materials: Caste bronze, porcelain. William Guillon William Guillon’s main influences are strong artistic moveme...
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2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

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Bronze

Architectural Mario Bellini 'Il Colonnato' Dining Table in Black Marble
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mario Bellini for Cassina, dining table 'Il Colonnato', black marble, Italy, 1970s. This 'Il Colonnato' dining table was designed by Italian designer Mario Bellini. For this serie...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

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Marble

Ensemble of Three Floor Lamps, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Ensemble of three floor lamps - Sander Bottinga Light object - floor lamp - circle blue grey Handmade in brass, leather, wood and hand printed and painted linen. A dimmer is inlaid w...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Furniture

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Brass

Jonathan de Pas, Donato d'Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi Piumino Pair of Lounge Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
Jonathan de Pas, Donato d'Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi Piumino pair of lounge chairs for Dall'Oca. Quilted vinyl over foam, lacquered beech Fabric manufacturer's label to seam of each e...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

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Faux Leather

Circle Blue Grey, Wall Sconce, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Circle blue grey, wall sconce, Sander Bottinga Handmade in brass, leather, wood and hand printed and painted linen. A dimmer is inlaid with leather. Also possible without a dimmer Di...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Furniture

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Brass

Side Table 001 'Low' by Archive for Space
Located in London, GB
Side table 001 is a made to order design by Archive for Space, a multidisciplinary design practice founded in London in 2019. Side Table 001 was designed to celebrate raw steel throu...
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2010s European Post-Modern Furniture

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Steel

Calligraphic Sculpted Brass Bench by Misaya
Located in Geneve, CH
Calligraphic sculpted brass bench by Misaya Dimensions: W 158 x L 38 x H 40 cm Hand-sculpted brass table. Misaya emulates Chinese ink paintings through the process of lost-wax c...
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2010s Thai Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Italian Modern Design Plexiglass Picture Frame, Sharing Pink
Located in Sarezzo, IT
The picture frame sharing pink is a square italian pink plexiglass, edition of Art with Heart collection of photo frames recto verso by Laura G Italy. It is special because it is dec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Furniture

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Plexiglass

Contemporary 202A Chandelier in Alabaster by Orphan Work, 2021
Located in New City, NY
Orphan Work 202A Chandelier BLK, 2021 Shown in alabaster with blackened brass Available in brushed brass and blackened brass Measures: 15” H x 6 1/2” W Height and width to order* Can...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Furniture

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Alabaster, Brass

Glass Repeated Mirror II, by Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen
Located in Geneve, CH
Glass repeated mirror II, by Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen Dimensions: 112 x 152 x 5.5 cm Materials: rosé glass, nero assoluto marble, champagne metal spacers and bronze mirroring f...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Furniture

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Glass

Side Table 001 'Tall' by Archive for Space
Located in London, GB
Side table 001 is a made to order design by Archive for Space, a multidisciplinary design practice founded in London in 2019. Side table 001 was designed to celebrate raw steel throu...
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2010s British Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Colorful Crystal Pendant Lamps, Hand-Sculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Colorful crystal pendant lamps, hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Hand-sculpted in crystal Measures: Height 35 cm Width 5.8 cm Weight 1.3 kg Material: Fine handcut crystal and ...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Furniture

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Crystal

Flute Pencil Tray in Pale Blue
Located in London, GB
The flute pencil tray is made from cast pigmented and sanded Jesmonite and evolves from Tino Seubert's tubular motif developed in his monolithic font for wallpaper handmade, 2017. Th...
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2010s British Post-Modern Furniture

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Resin

Guzzini Postmodern Italian Cobra Table Lamp
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guzzini, table lamp, metal, plastic, Italy, 1970s. A Postmodern table lamp from Italy that features a dark foot and tilted metal base and a big shape on top. This shape of the lam...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

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Metal

Lagoas Accent Side Round Table 'Small' by Filipe Ramos
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
The Lagoas tables and lamp are inspired by the nature, it is an allusion to the mangrove trees and the way it deeps into the water. The legs design plays with the senses of the ob...
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2010s Brazilian Post-Modern Furniture

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Steel

Pair of Vintage Post Modern Nightstands in Black Chrome and Lucite, Circa 1980
By Raymond Lowey
Located in Framingham, MA
Remarkable pair of vintage Post Modern night stands, circa 1980. Subtle curves and right angles. Black lacquer cases rest on chrome plinth bases with lucite pulls on the drawer facad...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Rectangular Coffee Table in Travertine
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Coffee table, travertine, Italy, 1970s With a travertine angular tabletop and a strong cylindric travertine base this pedestal coffee table shows a minimalistic design. The bright...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

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Travertine

OBJ-01 Steel Table Lamp by Manu Bano
Located in Geneve, CH
OBJ-01 steel table lamp by Manu Bano Dimensions: H 38 x W 22 x D 7 cm Material: hand-polished steel that is sealed with beeswax All lamps are wired for the US, but voltage conve...
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2010s North American Post-Modern Furniture

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Steel

KT-Valaistus, Sizaeble Wall Light, Brass, Birch, Rattan, Finland, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sizeable wall light, designed and produced by KT-Valaistus, Finland, 1960s. Labeled. Assorted vintage rattan lampshade. Other designers of the period include Paavo Tynell, Josef...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

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Brass

Contemporary Large Coat Rack in Black by Erik Olovsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sine collection is a hanging system for clothes inspired by the regular Tempo of sine wave. Studio EO are launching this system that creates evenly spaced hanging points to give the ...
Category

2010s Finnish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Cement, Aluminum

Massimo Papiri for Mario Sabot ‘Harry’s Bar’ Cocktail Table with Dry Bar
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Massimo Papiri for Mario Sabot, coffee table with dry bar, brass, plexiglass, wood, Italy, 1970s This iconic cocktail table is designed by Massimo Papiri. His cocktail tables are...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

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Brass

Sputnik Chandelier with Ten Glass Globes and Matte Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sputnik chandelier, in metal and glass, Europe, 1970s. This double layered Sputnik has ten wonderful glass globes. The chandeliers consist of a matte metal fixture with ten arms,...
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1970s European Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Custom Blue and Grey Industrial Postmodern Cabinets / Display Cases
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of custom blue and silver grey industrial postmodern cabinets/ display cases. Each piece features four divided compartments in the center with three square pull out drawers on e...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Sculptural Ceramic Handmade by Tomonari Hashimoto
Located in Geneve, CH
Sculptural ceramic handmade by Tomonari Hashimoto Dimensions: W 29 x D 28 x H 28 cm Materials: Stoneware cray, oxide metal, glaze 1990 Born in Wakayama Pref. in Japan 2017 Ph...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Furniture

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Metal

Ensemble of Three Pendant Lamps, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Ensemble of three pendant lamps, sander Bottinga Light object, ceiling lamp, circle blue grey Handmade in brass, leather, wood and hand printed and painted linen. A dimmer is inlaid ...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Two Vintage Toucan / Pelican Lamps, New in Box, Taiwan, 1990s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Two classic vintage pelican (or sometimes referred to "toucan") lamps, designed by Huo-Tu Huang and fabricated by Huangslite, Taiwan, between 1998-2006. These two are of the earlier ...
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Late 20th Century Taiwanese Post-Modern Furniture

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Plastic

Circle Blue Grey Wall Sconce, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Circle blue grey wall sconce, Sander Bottinga Handmade in brass, leather, wood and hand printed and painted linen. A dimmer is inlaid with leather. Also possible without a dimmer ...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Geometric Postmodern Handmade Walnut Blue and Black Side or End Table
Located in Houston, TX
Custom post-modern geometric side table in blue, black, and natural. The one pictured are available for immediate sale, but custom made to order options are available.
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Architectural Italian Dining Table with Stone and Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Dining table, stone, glass, Italy, circa 1970.  This stone and glass centre table is exemplary for the postmodern Italian design. The base has a strong architectural expression. T...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

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Stone

Philippe Starck 'Wendy Wright' Chair for Disform 1986
Located in Portland, ME
Post-Modern Wendy 'Wright Chair' designed by French Superstar Designer Philippe Starck. Starck created the chair for Disform of Barcelona, Spain, in 1986. This rarely seen early ...
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1980s Spanish Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

'Bijou' Occasional Tables Prototype Set by Stewart MacDougall, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Be sure to see all the photos in this listing so you can see that this set comes with an extra surprise! This set of 8 full sized prototype 'Bijou' side tables from Stewart MacDougal...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Set of Six P08 Folding Chairs by Justus Kolberg for Tecno, Italy
By Tecno, Kolberg Justus
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Tecno P08 by Justus Kolberg in brushed stainless steel and black nylon Name: P08 folding chair designer: Justus Kolberg manufacturer: Tecno, Italy design year: 1991 seat and bac...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Memphis Style Table Lamp, circa 1980
Located in Vienna, AT
Desk light from wood and glass-fiber, Italy post-modernism Very good condition, the wood was lacquered in white, blue and black, the glass-fiber dome shows no damages. One bulb w...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Postmodern Studio Pottery Charger Plate
Located in New York, NY
Postmodern studio pottery charger plate with concentric circles, marked on the bottom.
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Furniture

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Ceramic

Ensemble of Three Table Lamps, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Ensemble of three table lamps, Sander Bottinga Handmade in brass, leather, wood, and hand printed and painted linen. A dimmer is inlaid with leather Dimensions: H 83 x W 27 x D 16 cm...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Trio of Bronze Chandeliers 'Ashes to Ashes', Signed William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Trio of bronze chandeliers 'Ashes to Ashes' - Signed William Guillon Signed William Guillon Limited edition of 99 Signed and numbered Solid burnt oak / Solid bronze Dimensions: ...
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2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Ash Candlestick Holder by Evelina Kudabaite Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Ash candlestick holder by Evelina Kudabaite Studio Handmade Materials: Ash, brass Dimensions: H 45 mm x D 105 mm Colour: Yellow/light brown Notes: For dry use Since 2015, pro...
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2010s Lithuanian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Ettore Sottsass Post-Modernism Colored Geometric Mirror for Glas Italia 2007
Located in New York, NY
A modern polychromatic Memphis-style mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass, of the post-modernism movement, part of the series Gli Specchi di Dioniso produced by the Italian Company Gla...
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Early 2000s Italian Post-Modern Furniture

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Art Glass, Cut Glass, Mirror, Wood

Postmodern 80's Waterfall Desk
Located in Austin, TX
This is what postmodern dreams are made of! The custom lacquer orange finish on this desk makes a big statement. Quality construction, very solid with side drawers. Fully finished on...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Massimo Vignelli for Knoll Intl 'Handkerchief' Stacking Chairs, Signed, 60 Avail
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This classic Post-Modern design by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Knoll International is called the 'Handkerchief' stacking chair, labelled underneath with early production (original...
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1990s American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Ensemble of Three Table Lamps, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Ensemble of three table lamps, Sander Bottinga Handmade in brass, leather, wood, hand printed and painted linen. A dimmer is inlaid with leather Dimensions: H 83 x W 27 x D 16 cm H 6...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Fortune Table/Desk by Michele de Lucchi for Memphis Milano '1982'
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Can't get much more Memphis than Michele de Lucchi's 1982 design for the Fortune table! Architectural design, primary shapes, unexpected lines, blue and gray laminate, and painted wo...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Contemporary Italian Travertine Marble Console Table after Artedi
Located in Southampton, NJ
A beautiful Italian marble glass top console table having staggered carved marble base with tempered beveled glass top, circa 1980.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Glass, Terrazzo

Reupholstered Torso Lounge Chair Designed by Paolo Deganello
Located in Berlin, DE
The Torso lounge chair was designed by Paolo Deganello in 1982 and was produced for Cassina. With its' asymmetric and sculptural backrest and two color scheme it is a true statement...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Postmodern Graphix Dessert Set by Saltera Himark, 1985
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A vintage postmodern dessert set in the Graphix pattern by Japanese ceramics company Saltera Himark from 1985. Decorated with geometric elements, including red and black triangles, b...
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Late 20th Century Japanese Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Gabriella Crespi, Very Large "Fungo" Table Lamp, Brass, Acrylic, Italy, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A very large "Fungo" table lamp. Designed and produced by Gabriella Crespi, Italy 1970s. In cast brass and acrylic. Features double signatures, one to lampshade and one to the bas...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Boomerang Chair, Black by Cardeoli
Located in Geneve, CH
Boomerang chair - Black by Cardeoli Dimensions: W54, D54, H76, Seat 46 Materials: Paint coated iron structure / gold / copper or chromed iron structure Plywood backrest and seat c...
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2010s Spanish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Iron

Hand-Sculpted Detroit Contemporary Crystal Table
Located in Geneve, CH
Hand-sculpted Setroit contemporary crystal table Crystal table Handcrafted decor made from crystal Measures: W 75 x H 44 x D 75 cm Hand-sculpted in crystal and glass The handc...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Crystal

Lyn Godley & Lloyd Schwan, Hand Formed Clear PVC Crinkle Lamp, MOMA Collection
Located in St. Louis, MO
Lyn Godley & Lloyd Schwan clear frosted PVC Crinkle lamp on round steel base, with early 1996 paper label. In fine condition, works, no damage. Bio/History The last piece des...
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1990s American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Contemporary 'Deux' One-way Mirror by Sabine Marcelis, Blue Resin
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Sculptural mirror and resin installation by Sabine Marcelis The one-way mirror (also called an interrogation room mirror) provides various uses for this mirror. Depending where the ...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Resin

Valentine Typewriter by Ettore Sottsass & Perry King with Olivetti Hang Tag
Located in San Diego, CA
Olivetti valentine typewriter by Ettore Sottsass & Perry King, designed in 1968 for Olivetti. Very clean condition in perfect working order with a new ribbon. Recently serviced. ...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Post-Modern Furniture

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Plastic

Original Program for Nantucket Stage Production Dracula, Signed by Edward Gorey
Located in Nantucket, MA
Original program for the Nantucket Stage Company Production of "Dracula", signed by Edward Gorey, 1973. The Nantucket Stage Company (which became the Straight Wharf Theatre, premiere...
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1970s American Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Paper

Contemporary 202A-1S Pendant in Alabaster by Orphan Work, 2021
Located in New City, NY
Orphan Work 202A-1S Pendant BLK, 2021 Shown in alabaster with blackened brass Available in brushed brass and blackened brass Measures: 15” H x 6 1/2” W Height and width to order* Ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Alabaster, Brass

Burnished Aluminum Task Table Lamp with Steel Base and Brass Arm
Located in Treadwell, NY
Collection I: Delta lamp A modern reinterpretation of the industrial work light, the delta lamp rotates 360° to focus subtle lighting where it is needed most. Dimensions: 16.5...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Barbera 'Lovelock' Cast Solid Bronze Coat Stand Hat Stand
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Designed by Daniel Barbera, the 'Lovelock' is made from a sandcast solid bronze base that is hand finished to a smooth mirror polish, with the option of a satin or blackened bronze. ...
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2010s Australian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze, Metal, Aluminum

7 Piece Glass Top Patio Dining Set after Shaver Howard
Located in New York, NY
Stylish large glass top dining table comes with six matching dining chairs each having an exaggerated basketweave metal work backrest. The set is in Forest Green powder coat finish, ...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Michael Graves Pair of Postmodern Lounge Chairs in Silk and Bird's-Eye Maple
Located in Toronto, Ontario
An amazing pair of Postmodern lounge chairs by iconic designer Michael Graves, circa 1980 These chairs were created with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. A rare ...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Silk, Birdseye Maple, Ebony