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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
Vintage Italian Monolithic Green Marble Coffee Table, 1970s
Located in View Park, CA
A vintage Italian monolithic marble coffee table, circa 1970s. In the style of Angelo Mangiarotti. Shades of juniper and pine with subtle moments of oxblood. Minor signs of age but n...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Marble

Barbara Brenner Porcelain Vase for Rosenthal
Located in Miami, FL
Large organic postmodern porcelain vase by Barbara Brenner for Rosenthal, 1980s.
Category

Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Edifice #39 Stoneware Lamp by Elisa Uberti
Located in Geneve, CH
Edifice #39 stoneware lamp by Elisa Uberti Unique Piece Dimensions: H 55 cm Materials: white stoneware This product is handmade, dimensions may vary. After fifteen years in f...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Stoneware

Yeti Sofa by Vladimir Naumov
Located in Geneve, CH
Yeti Sofa by Vladimir Naumov Dimensions: Width 202 - Depth 110 - Height 82 - Seat 44 cm Materials: Pine wood structure, plywood and tablex. Foam CMHR (high resilience and flame re...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Foam, Pine, Plywood

Stunning Custom Contemporary Modern Sideboard with Henry David Potwin Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning custom contemporary modern sideboard with colorful abstract figurative painting. This handmade sideboard was custom made in Houston, Texas in collaboration with surrealist p...
Category

2010s American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Stellar Grape Pendant Big Aubergine Acetato Champagner by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Stellar grape pendant big Aubergine Acetato Champagner by Pulpo Dimensions: D61 x H158 cm Materials: handblown glass coloured ,powder coated steel. Also available in different f...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Black Acid Bronze Vase by Lupo Horiōkami
Located in Geneve, CH
Black acid bronze vase by Lupo Horio¯kami Dimensions: diameter 20 x height 13 cm Materials: Bronze medium acid “The artwork [...] arises when the mind is willing to accept reali...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Chouchou Marble White Stool by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Chouchou Marble White Stool by Pulpo Dimensions: D35 x W30 x H43 cm Materials: ceramic Also available in different Colours. Please contact us. Whether stool or storage table, piece...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Chouchou Round Sand Coffee Table by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Chouchou Round Sand Coffee Table by Pulpo Dimensions: D55 x H45 cm Materials: ceramic Also available in different Colours. Chouchou bears the contours of an antique column – ...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Alwa Two Blue Black Side Table by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Alwa Two Blue Black Side Table by Pulpo Dimensions: D38 x H44 cm Materials: casted glass; powder coated steel Also available in different finishes. Please contact us. Normally, gl...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Aegean Iris Mirror by Tom Palmer
Located in Geneve, CH
Aegean Iris Mirror by Tom Palmer Dimensions: D 120 x H 5 cm Mterials: Glass, Resin Also Available: Other sizes and variations available, please contact us. The Iris mirrors are hand...
Category

2010s British Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Glass, Resin

Ceiling Lamp Spider 5 Still Arms by Serge Mouille
Located in Geneve, CH
Ceiling Lamp Spider 5 Still Arms by Serge Mouille Dimensions: D195 x H70 cm Materials: Brass, Steel, Aluminium One of a King. Numbered. Also available in different colour. Please con...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Ginkgo Chandelier by Veronica Mar
Located in Geneve, CH
Ginkgo chandelier by Veronica Mar Dimensions: D66 x H50 cm. Materials: Brass, One of a King Also available in different dimensions. The Ginkgo biloba is regarded as a sacred...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Gold Plate, Brass

TRN D1 Pendant Lamp I by Pani Jurek
Located in Geneve, CH
TRN D1 pendant lamp I by Pani Jurek Dimensions: D 5 x W 35 x H 37.5 cm Material: Hand glazed ceramic. Available in other colors. A fascination with Jan Tarasin paintings and graphi...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Cleopatra Dressing Unit by Esvee Atelier
Located in Geneve, CH
Cleopatra dressing unit by Esvee Atelier Dimensions: D 40 x W 90 x H 180 cm Mirror dimensions: L 40 x H 155 cm Materials: Solid teak wood, solid brass, mirrored glass. Cleopatr...
Category

2010s Indian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

XVII Sherman Lounge Chair by Arturo Verástegui
Located in Geneve, CH
XVII Sherman lounge chair by Arturo Verástegui. Dimensions: D 82 x W 109 x H 81 cm. Materials: oak wood, leather. Lounge chair made of white oak or burnt finish white oak option...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather, Oak

Rougier 3300 Wall System
Located in Hingham, MA
This incredibly rare and sculptural post-modern (Memphis vibe) wall unit/entertainment center was designed and produced by Roger Rougier of Canada. See original brochure. It is in e...
Category

1980s Canadian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood, Glass, Lacquer

Anemone Pendant Lamp by Mirei Monticelli
Located in Geneve, CH
Anemone pendant lamp by Mirei Monticelli Dimensions: D 35 cm Materials: Banaca fabric Available in other colors. The simple elegance of the Anemone Pendant Lamp provides an eye...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric

Silverwave Octane by Arthur Vallin
Located in Geneve, CH
Silverwave octane by Arthur Vallin. Limited edition. Dimensions: W 55 x D 55 x H 45 cm. Materials: silverwave marble. Finishing: Matte Un-honed. French Artist, Designer, and C...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Marble

Object 049 Pearl Pouf by NG Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Object 049 Pearl Pouf by NG Design Dimensions: D64 x W51 x H41 cm Materials: Boucle upholstery, Solid Oak Also Available: All of objects available in different materials and col...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

80s Postmodern Sottsass Style Memphis Rosewood Walnut Steel Accent Side Table
Located in Elloree, SC
A one-of-a-kind Memphis style accent side table in the manner of Ettore Sottsass. This is a piece—of rosewood, walnut, and steel—so well made that when looked upon it immediately cal...
Category

1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Steel

Pair of Pearl Necklace Pendant Lights, Ludovic Clément d’Armont
Located in Geneve, CH
Pair of pearl necklace pendant lights - Ludovic Clément d’Armont Every creation of Ludovic Clément d’Armont can be made to order in any requested dimensions. Please contact us for cu...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Object 048 Armchair by NG Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Object 048 armchair by NG Design Dimensions: D 100 x W 100 x H 78 cm Materials: Boucle upholstery, solid oak Also available: All of objects available in different materials and ...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Temple Dining Table by Emre Yunus Uzun
Located in Geneve, CH
Temple dining table by Emre Yunus Uzun Dimensions: D 210 x W 90 x H 72 cm Materials: Brushed oak wood. Custom sizes and finishes available. Temple Collection consists of three compl...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Liquid Ocean Wall Light by Atlier 001
Located in Geneve, CH
Liquid ocean wall light by Atlier 001 Dimensions: D40 x H8 cm Materials: Hand-blown glass, Aged Brass. Also Available: In different finishes. All our lamps can be wired accord...
Category

2010s English Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Tazón Alto Galeana Bowl by Jorge Diego Etienne
Located in Geneve, CH
Tazón Alto Galeana bowl by Jorge Diego Etienne Limited Edition of 10 + 1 AP Dimensions: D 25 x W 25 x H 12.5 cm Material: alabaster Galeana is a collection of 6 objects designe...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Alabaster

Cataract Chair II by Raka Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Cataract chair II by Raka Studio Dimensions: D 66 x W 89 x H 101.5 cm Material: ash wood, velvet A side/filler chair made in solid Ashwood by bending wood. Three of the legs hav...
Category

2010s Pakistani Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Velvet, Ash

Stunning Custom Contemporary Abstract Modern Sideboard with Nathan Sing Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning custom contemporary modern sideboard with a two-toned abstract Southern desert landscape by Texas artist, Nathan Sing. This handmade sideboard was custom made in Houston, Te...
Category

2010s American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

101 Coffee Table by Raka Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
101 coffee table by Raka Studio Dimensions: D 91.5 x W 122 x H 40.6 cm Material: ash wood, glass Raka is three brothers and their self-taught skill to design and to existence at...
Category

2010s Pakistani Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Glass, Ash

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

Caterpillar, Floor Lamp Sculpture, Vincent Darré and Ludovic Clément d’Armont
Located in Geneve, CH
Caterpillar, floor lamp sculpture, Vincent Darré and Ludovic Clément d’Armont Blown glass, textile, brass. Dimensions: 22 x 105 x 30 cm. Created in cooperation with designer Vin...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Sweet Thing I, Unique Bronze Sculptural Lamp, Signed by William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique bronze sculpted table lamp - signed by William Guillon Sweet Thing I Dimensions: 39 x 17 x 17 cm Weight: 2.5 kg. Bronze Unique Lamp Edition 1/1, signed Bulb E27, 540 lum...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Grey Hand-Painted Brass Screen, Jan Garncarek
Located in Geneve, CH
Hand-painted cloth in a full brass frame. It is delicate and beautiful solution to divide the space. Each screen is different and unusual because of the painting created by the artis...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Blue Hand Painted Screen, Jan Garncarek
Located in Geneve, CH
Hand painted cloth in a full brass frame. It is delicate and beautiful solution to divide the space. Each screen is different and unusual because of the painting created by the artis...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Triangular Memphis Style Inspired Lacquered 'Boca Desk' by Leon Rosen for Pace
Located in PAU, FR
Triangular, almost sail-shaped desk in high gloss lacquered walnut with three drawers. The desk is mounted on cylindrical black lacquered legs, with one prominent tapered black lacqu...
Category

1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Hand Painted Screen, Jan Garncarek and Ewelina Makosa
Located in Geneve, CH
Hand painted cloth in a full brass frame. It is delicate and beautiful solution to divide the space. Each screen is different and unusual because of the painting created by the artis...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

KRS III, Table Lamp, Signed William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
KRS III, table lamp, signed William Guillon Limited edition of 12 Signed and numbered Solid aluminium, smoke nickel / copper finish. Sand-blasted / Polished Dimensions: 64 x 19 ...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

KRS II Table Lamp, Signed William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
KRS II table lamp, signed William Guillon Limited edition of 12 Signed and numbered. Solid aluminium, smoke nickel / copper finish. Sand-blasted / Polished Dimensions: 64 x 19 ...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

KRS I, Table Lamp, Signed William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
KRS I - table lamp - signed William Guillon Limited edition of 12 Signed and numbered Solid aluminium, smoke nickel / copper finish. Sand-blasted / Polished Dimensions: 89 x 23 x 23 ...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Ashes to Ashes B6, Bronze Chandelier Signed by William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Bronze ashes to ashes candleholder Signed William Guillon Limited edition of 99 Signed and numbered Solid burnt oak / solid bronze Dimensions: 44 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm (height with can...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Unique Cast Bronze Chandelier Hand-sculpted by William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Unique Cast Bronze Chandelier Sculpted by William Guillon LV-426 Dimensions: H 135 x 55 x 55 cm Materials: Cast bronze, Porcelain Dimensions can be customized, please contact u...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Stunning Custom Abstract Postmodern LOVE Sideboard with Resin Pill Foot
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning custom abstract postmodern sideboard with the letters L-O-V-E spelled on the door fronts. This handmade sideboard was custom made in Houston, Texas in collaboration with con...
Category

2010s American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Abet Laminati magnetic cubes
Located in Bexleyheath, GB
Following on from the success of my copper cubes of recent years I am pleased to start a new collaboration with Abet Laminati on this set of 20 magnetic coloured cubes. Influenced b...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Magnets

6 Cognac Leather Ed Archer Chairs by Philippe Starck for Driade / Aleph
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
The Ed Archer dining chair was designed by Philippe Starck in 1986 for Driade / Aleph. The cognac leather “full dress”, that reaches the floor, strongly opposes to the only polished ...
Category

1990s Italian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Kaluva Coffee Table by Esvee Atelier
Located in Geneve, CH
Kaluva coffee table by Esvee Atelier Dimensions: D 90 x W 156 x H 50 cm Materials: Solid teak wood, solid brass. Kaluva is a coffee table design inspired by the floating state o...
Category

2010s Indian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Start Trek TNG Ten Forward Suspension Chairs Set by Paul Boulva for Artopex
Located in Chattanooga, TN
We can neither confirm nor deny that these Paul Boulva suspension chairs have seen screen time on Start Trek: The Next Generation, but the teal color resemblance to the Ten Forward c...
Category

1980s Canadian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Faux Leather

Vintage Postmodern Dakota Jackson Vik, Ter 1 Orange Dining Chairs Set of 8
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome vintage Postmodern Dakota Jackson Vik–Ter 1 dining chairs comprised of black iron frames, orange molded plywood seat and backs, and maple veneer. Beautiful condition, keeping...
Category

Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Iron

Contemporary Kilim Rapallo Designed by Piotr Niklas / Hand-Woven
Located in WARSZAWA, 14
The RAPALLO kilim opens a series inspired by the Memphis Milano aesthetic, which defined the colorful design style of the 1980s and 90s. The designer. Piotr Niklas, in his own unique...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Wool

Octagonal Tessellated Mactan Stone Fossil Mirror, Attributed to Maitland Smith
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Octagonal Tessellated Mactan Stone Fossil Mirror, Attributed to Maitland Smith Mactan stone is a fossilized stone quarried off the islands of the Philippines. It is quarried, cut, p...
Category

Late 20th Century Philippine Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Stone, Brass

Post Modern Italian Dining Chairs, Set of 6
Located in Raleigh, NC
A minimal Postmodern design to these dining chairs. Made in Italy circa 1970s. All in good condition with minimal loss to the chrome in places. These offer a clean look with a wonder...
Category

Mid-20th Century European Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Unidentified Walnut Dining Table
Located in El Paso, TX
Solid walnut circular dining table with piramid circular pedestal. Natural walnut finish with a coat of clear lacquer for protection.
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Tavolino2 Smoky Grey Side Table by Pulpo
Located in Geneve, CH
Tavolino2 Smoky Grey Side Table by Pulpo Dimensions: D135.5 x W59.5 x H40 cm Materials: Glass, aluminium All color combinations available on request. Please contact us. Clear lines...
Category

2010s German Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Stunning Custom Contemporary Modern Sideboard with David Hardaker Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning custom contemporary modern sideboard with colorful abstract figurative painting. This handmade sideboard was custom made in Houston, Texas in collaboration with artist David...
Category

2010s American Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Postmodern Vintage Shogun Black White Table Lamp Mario Botta Artemide 1986 Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Postmodern authentic vintage table lamp from metal in black white bicolor color by Mario Botta for Artemide 1986, Italy. An iconic and timeless table lamp with personality in black ...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Eberhard Bank Carving, Sculpture of Two Dolomite Seals, on Black Obsidian Base
By Eberhard Bank
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This an amazing carving by the German certified artist Eberhard Bank. This sculpture is of two seals in white dolomite on snowflake black obsidian , seals are marked with monogram EB...
Category

20th Century German Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Stone

Cream Morandi Vase by Adèle Clèves
Located in Geneve, CH
Cream Morandi vase by Adèle Clèves Dimensions: D 17 x W 17 x H 31 cm Materials: Ceramic. Adèle Clèves was born in Paris in 1989, after studying in the Beaux Arts and Archeology ...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Minimalist Outdoor Chair in Stainless Steel "Yuu" by Samuel Lamas
Located in Brasilia, DF
This award winning timeless outdoor seating in stainless steel and colored nautical ropes is designed with in architectonic and geometric reasoning. Framed in a square mesh, the sha...
Category

2010s Brazilian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Minimalist Outdoor Chair in Stainless Steel "Haruka" by Samuel Lamas
Located in Brasilia, DF
This award-winning timeless outdoor seating in stainless steel is designed with in architectonic and geometric reasoning. Framed in a square mesh, the shape and continuity of structu...
Category

2010s Brazilian Post-Modern Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

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