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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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Style: Post-Modern
Lacquer Swivel Side/End Table, 1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Lacquer Swivel side/end table, 1970.
Category

1970s American Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

Italian Modern X3 Chair by MarCo Maran, Max Design
Located in Zagreb, HR
“X3” chair with slide base and a seat in neon green color, Italy 2000s. Designer: Marco Maran Marked The single-piece transparent seat with a regular square mesh structure is o...
Category

Early 2000s Italian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Le Bambole 2-Seater Sofa in Turquoise Leather, Mario Bellini for B&B Italia 70s
Located in Zagreb, HR
Genuine vintage Le Bambole sofa upholstered in rare turquoise leather. Designed by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia in 1972, Le Bambole sofa soon became an icon and true star of 1970s...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather

'Circle of Life' Dining or Center Table by Design Institute America, 1980's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The "Circle of Life" table is unique Post-Modern design by Design Institute America (DIA) designed and produced in the 1980s. Ideal as a dining table, cafe or breakfast table, games ...
Category

1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Cini Boeri & Laura Griziotti for Estel Transformable Case Piece
By Cini Boeri, Estel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cini Boeri and Laura Griziotti for Estel, case piece, lacquered wood, Italy, design 1982 Luxurious lacquered case piece designed by Cini Boeri and Laura Griziotti in 1982. The col...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Monumental 80" Vintage Swatch 'Maxi' Watch Wall Clock / Art, circa 1986, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This oversized Swatch 'Maxi' Watch is actually a wall clock and clever Post-Modern collectible art. Designed and produced in the 1980s, this example is circa 1986. MEASUREMENTS: ...
Category

1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Plastic, Rubber

Free Form Pendant by Elsa Foulon
Located in Geneve, CH
Free form pendant by Elsa Foulon. Dimensions: wide 55/60 x height is customizable. Materials: ceramic, brass. Unique piece. Also available in different options: bowl or cup (lowe...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Moor Ceiling Lamp by Lisa Allegra
Located in Geneve, CH
Moor ceiling lamp by Lisa Allegra Dimensions: ø 24 x 25.5 cm. Materials: Clay. All our lamps can be wired according to each country. If sold to the USA it will be wired for the ...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Clay

Untitled 27 by Laura Pasquino
Located in Geneve, CH
Untitled 26 by Laura Pasquino Exclusive to Galerie Philia One of a kind Dimensions: D 34 cm x H 34 cm Material: Stoneware Finishing: Glazed stoneware Laura Pasquino Incorporating r...
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Stoneware

Papillonne Salmon Pink Armchair by Lagu
Located in Geneve, CH
Papillonne Salmon Pink Armchair by Lagu Designed by Ufuk Ceylan Dimensions: W 80 x D 72 x H 73 cm Materials: Brass, Fabric, Foam, Hardwood, Metal, Upholstery. The Papillonne Salmon ...
Category

2010s Turkish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Offcut Bench by Contemporary Ecowood
Located in Geneve, CH
Offcut bench by Contemporary Ecowood Dimensions: W 153 x D 30 x H 39 cm. Materials: Kiln Dried Turkish Walnut. Contemporary Ecowood’s story began in a craft workshop in 2009. Ou...
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2010s Turkish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

3 Coloured Bubble Pendants Ensemble, Signed Alex de Witte
Located in Geneve, CH
3 Coloured Bubble Pendants Ensemble, Signed Alex de Witte Signed Each pendant is unique Dimensions: 1 large 80-100 cm 1 medium 60-80 cm 1 small 45-60 cm Materials: Mouth Blown Glass...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Blown Glass

David Mazel Tov LifeGuard Chair, Handcrafted Maple Coastal Inspiration Seating
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This chair is named in honor of the famous lifeguard. David Mazel Tov is a design focused on perspectives and it allows two people to co-exist in a space with different points of vie...
Category

2010s Canadian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Rattan, Maple

Hobnail Tile Wall Piece by Gentner Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Hobnail tile wall piece by Gentner Design Dimensions: D 30 x H 40 cm Materials: steel Hand-formed from a sheet of steel, emphasizing the material’s pliable characteristics expressed...
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2010s American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Amazonas Chair by Ayres
Located in Geneve, CH
Amazonas Chair by Ayres Dimensions: Ø W 55 x H 110 cm . Materials: Marble. Inspired by the ancient culture of the Amazons, this design embraces their legendary spirit, seeking, thro...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Marble

Free Form B Pendant by Elsa Foulon
Located in Geneve, CH
Free form B pendant by Elsa Foulon. Standard size. Dimensions: D 55-60 cm. Materials: ceramic, brass. Unique Piece Also available in different options: bowl or cup (lower part)....
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of Postmodern Martini Lamps by David Krys
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A rare 1993 postmodern martini lamp designed by David Krys. Metal wire forms the glass' shape with a skewered green olive stuffed with a red light bulb disguised as a pimento. Great ...
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Pina High Aqua Blue Brass Side Table by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Pina high aqua blue brass side table by Pulpo Dimensions: D34 x H52 cm Materials: glass; brass and steel Also available in different colours. Sebastian Herkner’s distinctive...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass, Steel

Contemporary Art Big Black Moon Black Velvet Sofa by Carla Tolomeo
Located in Pistoia, IT
Unique piece hand made by the artist. The silk velvet fabrics and velvet embroidery were made expressly for the artist, Carla Tolomeo.
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Silk

Contemporary Art The Perfect Big Half-Moon Silk Velvet Sofa by Carla Tolomeo
Located in Pistoia, IT
Sculpture. Unique piece hand made by the artist. The silk velvet fabric and the embroideries are made expressly for the artist, Carla Tolomeo.
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Silk

1980s Vintage Postmodern Cipollini Ondulato Marble Dining Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Simply stunning, dramatic, and gorgeous. Cipollini Ondulato marble was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Quarried in the Greek islands and exported to Rome, this stone became im...
Category

1980s Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Marble

Peter Shire Exp Signed Post Modern Ceramic California Pottery Splatter Cup 1979
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderful work by famed Los Angeles (Echo Park), California-based artist Peter Shire who was a founding member (along with Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and others) of The Memph...
Category

1970s American Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Spinny Unit by Studio Joe Colombo
Located in London, GB
An extremely versatile drawer unit featuring a series of 12 drawers which rotate up to 180°. Designed by Studio Joe Colombo using the same spinning drawers featured on his famous Bob...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

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 ...
Category

2010s Finnish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Cement, Aluminum

Josef Hoffmann Black Fruit Bowl Centerpiece for Bieffeplast
Located in Chicago, IL
Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) black fruit bowl / centerpiece / catchall for Bieffeplast, Italy circa 1980s. Modern Wiener Werkstätte design by Josef Hoffmann with perforated grid struc...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Small Red Neon Light by Gian N. Gigante for Zerbetto, 1980s
Located in Ixelles, BE
Green Neon lamp by Gian N. Gigante for Zerbetto, 1980s 2 pieces available - Price is per piece Designer - Gian N. Gigante Producer - Zerbetto Design Period - Eighties Measuremen...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Haumea Amorph Silver Smoke L Pendant by Eloa
Located in Geneve, CH
Haumea Amorph silver smoke L pendant by ELOA. Material: Glass, steel, silver, LED Bulb. Dimensions: D 27 x W 39 x H 30 cm. Also available in different colours and dimensions. A...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Glass

Set of Six Modular Octagonal Chairs in Grey Fabric Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of six side chairs, fabric, wood, Europe, 1980s Incredible side chairs in unusual shape. Their octagonal shape contributes to the strikingly rare appearance. The backrest follow...
Category

1980s European Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Postmodern Lacquer and Brass Base Nightstands, 1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair Brass Base nightstand/End/Side Table, 1970.
Category

1970s American Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Large Black Pidestall Planter by Emilie Stahl Carlsen
Located in Geneve, CH
Large Black Pidestall planter by Emilie Stahl Carlsen Materials: Metal. Dimensions: D 40 x H 55 cm Available in grey, red, taupe or black and in 3 sizes: D15 x H15, D40 x H35, D40...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Postmodern Beveled Mirror Pedestal
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Excellent postmodern rectangle pedestal. Each side is split into 3 beveled mirrored panels. Additional information: Material: Mirror Color: Transparent Style: Postmodern Time ...
Category

20th Century American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Mirror

Set of 4 Beak Birds Sculptures by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 beak birds sculptures by Warm Nordic Dimensions: Tall: D19 x W5,5 x H36 cm Low: D20,5 x W5 x H19 cm Awake: D18,5 x W5,5 x H13 cm Lazy: D14 x W7,5 x H15,5 cm Material:...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Teak

Alsy Beige, Gray, Speckled Red, Blue & Yellow Table Lamp, 1980s
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Fantastic Vintage decorative table lamp, Featuring a matte beige glazed texture with grey speckles and a chaotic red yellow and blue ribbon hugging the body. Alsy sticker on back by ...
Category

20th Century American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Vladimir Kagan Sectional Sofa by Preview, circa 1990s
Located in Saint Paul, MN
Beautiful vintage serpentine sectional sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Preview, custom made in the Post-Modern era. This cloud-like sofa features beautifully sloped arms and rollback curv...
Category

1990s North American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Upholstery

Navy Blue Mini Vase with Flared Gold Rim by Jordan’s
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Depicts sailboats at sea with pelicans and clouds on the horizon. Additional information: Material: Porcelain Color: Blue Style: Mid-Century, Vintage Brand: Jordan’s Time Period: 1...
Category

20th Century Japanese Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Chash 1 Vase by Zieta
Located in Geneve, CH
Chash 1 vase by Zieta Dimensions: D20 x W13.5 x H30 cm Materials: stainless steel Zietas main goal is to deliver uniqueness and customization in design and constructions while k...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Pair of Mario Bellini CAB Stools for Cassina in Black Leather
Located in London, GB
Mario Bellini CAB bar stools in black leather. Includes original labels and embossed logo on the base. Made with a lengthy thinning process of the leather, the cut parts are stitc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

"Xitle" Chair
Located in Mexico City, MX
The "Xitle" chair is part of ADN Studio´s Volcan collection. This collection seeks to go back to basics. It is a subtle and refined interpretation of the archytypical modern furnitur...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Hardwood

Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno T334C Dining Table in Wood and Aluminium
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, conference or dining table T334-C, aluminum, black lacquered wood, Italy, 1975-1978 Round dining table with a round top in black lacquered wood. The bas...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Alky Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli Made in Italy, C 1970's
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Alkay lounge chair, designed by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli made in Italy circa 1970's. This example is structurally sound and sturdy, but will need reupholstery as...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Ash #11 Wall Light by Margaux Leycuras
Located in Geneve, CH
Ash #11 wall light by Margaux Leycuras One of a Kind, Signed and numbered Dimensions: Ø44 x H48 cm. Material: Ceramic, black stoneware with burnished gold glaze. The piece is sig...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Vintage Post-Modern Italian Acrylic and Glass Bookcase or Display Unit
Located in Birmingham, AL
A vintage Italian Post-Modern bookcase or glass display unit having a refined sculptural form in the shape of double canoes featuring a minimalist acrylic and aluminum structure supp...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Silk #12 Wall Light by Margaux Leycuras
Located in Geneve, CH
Silk #12 wall light by Margaux Leycuras One of a Kind, Signed and numbered. Dimensions: Ø51, H58 cm. Material: Ceramic, sandy stoneware platters with a porcelain slip finish. The...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain, Stoneware

Fantastic Mirror M by Project 213A
Located in Geneve, CH
Fantastic mirror M by Project 213A Dimensions: D 20 x W 95 x H 196 cm Materials: Mirror, travertine stone, wood. The Mirror has an organic shape cut in mirror glass backed with wood...
Category

2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Travertine

Contemporary Coat Rack Small in White 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

Clam Pink Onyx Side Table by Casa Alfarera
Located in Geneve, CH
Clam Pink Onyx Auxiliary table by Casa Alfarera Dimensions: D40.6 x H55.9 cm Materials: Petalite saturated, iridescent and irregular glaze The Clam Auxiliary table is our latest cr...
Category

2010s Dominican Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Onyx

Postmodern Bronze Decorative Pyramid in the Style of Arnaldo Pomodoro, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Italy, 1970s. This bronze pyramid can be used as a paperweight or as an elegant decorative item. It might show slight traces of use since it's vintage, but it can be consid...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Postmodern Gray Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Incredible postmodern ceramic table lamp. Features a sculpted body with a gray gloss finish. Additional information: Material: Ceramic Color: Gray Style: Postmodern Time Perio...
Category

20th Century Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Italian Custom-Made Bed by Bazzani with Gianni Moscatelli Nightstands
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Bazzani, bed, black upholstery, aluminum, Italy, circa 1975. Unique custom-made bed in black upholstery with aluminum detailing on the headrest. This bed has been manufactured by Ba...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Cubic FM60 Chairs & Table by Radboud van Beekum for Pastoe
Located in Izegem, VWV
Characteristic set of two FM62 Cubic chairs designed by Radboud van Beekum for Pastoe the Netherlands in the 1980s. The Chairs come with a dark grey lacquered square metal frame ...
Category

Late 20th Century Dutch Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Lyn Small Green Black Cabinet by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Lyn small green black cabinet by Pulpo Dimensions: D60 x W45 x H110 cm Materials: glass; powder coated steel Also available in different colours. Studio Visser & Meijwaard d...
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2010s German Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Modder Broke, Not Broken Ceramic Sculpture by Françoise Jeffrey
Located in Geneve, CH
Modder broke, Not Broken ceramic sculpture by Françoise Jeffrey Unique piece Dimensions: 20cm (H) x 10cm (W) / 10cm (H) x 10cm (W) Materials: clay Weight: 1,5 kg. Description:...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Clay

Set of 2 Mush Lamps by Kilzi
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 mush lamps by Kilzi Dimensions: tall: Top shade: D 35 x W 29 x H 28 cm, Lower shade: D 29 x W 21 x H 31 cm (total height 55 cm). Chub: Top shade: D 55 x W 26 x H 22 cm, ...
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2010s Spanish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Mario Botta for Alias Pair of 'Obliqua' Sofa's in Zebra Print Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mario Botta for Alias, pair of sofas, model ´Obliqua´, fabric, black lacquered wood, Italy, circa 1983. Bold pair of 'Obliqua' sofa's designed by Mario Botta for Alias. Upholstered...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Tub 60 Alabaster Wall Light by Contain
Located in Geneve, CH
Tub 60 Alabaster wall light by Contain. Dimensions: D 4 x W 4 x H 60 cm Materials: Alabaster Also available in different dimensions. All our lamps can be wired according to eac...
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2010s Spanish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Alabaster

1980s Ettore Sottsass Attributed Round Carrara Marble Dining Table, Italy
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
White Carrara marble top and base Ettore Sottsass attributed pedestal dining table. Beautiful and whimsical, this piece exemplifies the Memphis Milano esthetic created by Ettore Sott...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Carrara Marble, Steel

Philippe Starck Rare Miss Wirt Chairs 1982 Post Modern
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare Post Modern Pair of Miss Wirt Chairs by Philippe Starck for Disform in original black linen. Miss Wirt tripod, three legged chairs produced in Spain 1982/198 by Disform. Black c...
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20th Century Spanish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Caper 3 Seater Terracotta by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Caper 3 seater terracotta by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D206 x W84 x H 63 cm Material: Textile upholstery, Wooden frame, Powder coated black steel legs. Weight: 55.5 kg Also availab...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Gaetano Pesce furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture by Gaetano Pesce are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of resin and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of furniture from Gaetano Pesce, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 23 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Gaetano Pesce were created in Europe during the 20th century in modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by and . Prices for Gaetano Pesce furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $353 and tops out at $28,850, while pieces like these can sell for $5,775.

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