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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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 chair, and the Eames’s 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 designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Modern Steel Trestle Legs in 13 Colors - Trestle Table Legs by &New
By Jo Wilton and Mirka Grohn
Located in Leicester, GB
A pair of modern trestle legs suitable for a stone, glass or wooden table top. The Zigzag trestle legs are made in a solid steel square bar, making them both elegant and strong. The ...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Steel

Contemporary Trestle Table "Work" in Solid White Oak by Casey Lurie USA
By Casey Lurie
Located in Chicago, IL
Work table is an adjustable height table consisting of two ratcheting trestles and a solid oak tabletop. By means of a gravity activated ratchet, work table is raised by simply lifti...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Wood, Oak

Midcentury Style Iron Table
This beautiful iron table is a perfect addition to any modern or transitional design scape. Detailed clean lines and geometric pattern on the leg's, this table is signed with the art...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Iron

Contemporary Porro White Metal Square Work Tables
By Porro
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary large white Porro square work tables with white metal legs.
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20th Century Italian Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Metal

Contemporary Modern Office Cubical Desk by Richard Holbrook, Herman Miller
By Unknown
Located in Pasadena, CA
Award winning designer Richard Hollbrook designer for Herman Miller Modern shelved desk with well thought out placement for the busy worker. Measures: Table height is 29.5.
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Late 20th Century American Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Metal

Aluminum Extra Large Sliding Double Shelf in by Sebastian Bergne and Tolix
By Tolix, Sebastian Bergne Ltd
Located in Autun, FR
The sliding shelf designed by Sebastian Bergne is very clever. Designed from 2 aluminum trays that slide in one another, the shelf could be expanded by a simple slip while remaining ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Steel

Modern Glass and Iron Table
Subtle design of iron base accentuates the look of glass top a good size. Straight Angular lines.
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Glass

Flex Office Folding Table Søren Nielsen & Thore Lassen Für Randers Danish Modern
By Randers Møbelfabrik
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Danish table by Søren Nielsen & Thore Lassen for Randers and Radius. Danish office Classic piece. White formica surface. Side edge in beechwood. Chromed metal frame and steel tube. ...
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1990s Danish Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Hamilton Modern Desk, by Ambrozia, Tinted Glass, Black Steel, Solid Black Walnut
By AMBROZIA
Located in Drummondville, Quebec
The Hamilton modern working desk is handcrafted from a light weight 2” x 1” steel frame. Featuring a nice 10mm tinted tempered glass which let you see the solid wood storage box unde...
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2010s Canadian Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Steel

Rectangular Iron Cube Table with Embedded Wood Top, Dinner Table, Desk Table
Rectangular iron cube table with embedded wood top, dinner table, desk table Frame material: Extruded and hand-welded iron rods Frame finish: Black Iron rods dimensions: 3.93 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Iron

Italian 40s Adjustable Industrial Table
Industrial vintage design Adjustable table : Just crank it up or down; easy as 1-2-3!!!
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1940s Italian Vintage Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Iron

Rectangular Iron Cube Table with Embedded Wood Top, Dinner or Desk Table
Rectangular iron cube table with embedded wood top. Dinner table. Desk table Frame material: Extruded and hand-welded iron rods Frame finish: Black Iron rods dimensions: 3.93i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Iron

Unique Signed Lucite and White Lacquer Desk or Table
A beautiful Lucite and white lacquer table. Ideal for a work table, entry table or display table. Can also be used as a desk or dining table but check height. This table was likely a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Industrial and Work Tables

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Lucite, Lacquer

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