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Mid-Century Modern Vanities

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by celebrated manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Guillerme & Chambron Oak Vanity Table with Stool
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, vanity table, oak, ceramics, mirror and fabric, France, 1960s. This dressing table is designed by the French designer duo Guillerme and Chambron. It features ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Ceramic, Fabric, Mirror, Oak

1950s Vanity or Writting desk by Ico & Luisa Parisi for La Permanente Mobili
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Fine 1950s Vanity or Writting desk by Ico & Luisa Parisi for La Permanente Mobili di Cantù ( labelled) in solid maple and top in teak veneer with geometr...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Maple

Paolo Buffa Chestnut vanity table with drawers and mirror by Valzania Italy 1938
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
Chestnut wood vanity table with drawers and mirror, Valzania manufacture from the 1938, design by Paolo Buffa for Casa A. in Cunardo (Va), It...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Mirror, Chestnut

Luigi Massoni ‘Dilly Dally’ Vanity Set in Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Luigi Massoni for Poltrona Frau, ‘Dilly Dally’ vanity set, leather, mirrored glass, plastic, brass, lacquered wood, metal, Italy, 1968 Outstandin...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Metal, Brass

Studio Kastilia Silvi, Italian Brown Vanity Table with Yellow Seat, 1970s
By Studio Kastilia 1
Located in Roma, IT
Fantastic fully original and in amazing conditions Kastilia vanity table in a gorgeous brown color with yellow velvet chair and mirror. This iconic obj...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Fabric, Velvet, Glass, Mirror, Plastic

1950s Mid Century Vanity by Heywood Wakefield
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid-century vanity designed and manufactured by Heywood Wakefield in the United States circa 1950s. This stunning vanity features a beautiful maple frame with three convenient pull-o...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Mirror, Maple

Midcentury Suitcase, circa 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
There are no keys Good condition Traces on the surface from use
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Metal

Paul McCobb Vanity Table for Calvin, Irwin Collection, Circa 1950s
Located in Peabody, MA
A mid-century modern vanity table in Honduran mahogany by Paul McCobb, for Calvin Furniture, Irwin Collection, circa late 1950s.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Mirror, Mahogany

Mid-Century African Mahogany Vanity or Desk by E. Gomme for G-Plan
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid-century modern vanity/desk designed by E. Gomme for G-Plan in United Kingdom, circa 1950s. This exquisite vanity is a true masterpiece and features four intricately crafted drawe...
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1950s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Brass

Dressing Table by Ico & Luisa Parisi, 1958
Located in Berlin, DE
Dressing table model 'Positano 1306' Veneered wood, black lacquered metal construction, adjustable mirror Dimension / D. 85.5 cm, T 45 cm, H 117 cm o mirror 38 cm Design / Ico & Luis...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Wood

Mid-Century French Vanity
Located in Austin, TX
Vanity, French, made of rosewood and ebonized mahogany. The table features vinyl sides and the original mirror. The mirror itself is 27.25” in height and 32” in length. The height to...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Mirror, Mahogany, Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern Italian Faux Bamboo Gilt Metal Console with Smoked Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Italian faux bamboo gilt metal console table or vanity with smoked glass. Measures: Total height: 32in Height to the middle low shelve: 25.78in
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Metal

Unique Italian Vanity Table with Mirror and Carved Elements in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Attributed to Paolo Buffa, dressing table, oak, mirrored glass, brass, Italy, 1950s Made in Italy, this vanity table is designed according to the Mid-Century design principles that ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Brass

Heywood Wakefield Sculptura Maple Vanity with Mirror
Located in Oakland, CA
Beautifully restored Midcentury Heywood Wakefield Sculptura vanity with mirror crafted of solid maple with three drawers and glass shelf, a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Cut Glass, Mirror, Maple

Teak Vanity Desk Dresser by Borge Mogensen for Soborg Denmark
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very well designed teak wood vanity dresser with a top drawer that has a pull out and flip up mirror. The front of the piece folds down revealing storage slots to the left and thre...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Teak

Vintage '80s Maple Writing Desk by Thomasville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fantastic blonde writing desk from the master craftsmen of North Carolina's Thomasville Furniture Company. Beautiful light wood grain along with chrome legs and accents allow this de...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Metal, Chrome

MidCentury Goatskin Italian Console Table, 1990
Located in Rome, IT
Refinement and style characterize this console table, a very charismatic design makes the console truly elegant. In true mid-century Italian style. The console table has a very part...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Goatskin, Wood

Eichholtz Chrome Glass Topped Trestle Three Drawer Luggage Style Desk / Table
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely Eichholtz mirrored chrome trestle desk with a smoked glass top and two large drawers designed in the...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Chrome

Heywood Wakefield Mid Century Tambour Door Vanity
Located in Countryside, IL
Heywood Wakefield mid century tambour door vanity This vanity measures: 49.75 wide x 20 deep x 58.5 inches high, with a chair clearance...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Mirror, Wood

Breathtaking Diamantina Vanity
Located in Munich, DE
we are very happy and proud to present this outstanding rare and wonderful - possibly unique - piece of furniture. purchase from an italien estate at lake como - full of wonderful pi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Brass

Midcentury Modern Desk in Hardwood & White Top by Jorge Zalszupin, 1970
Located in New York, NY
Available today, this Brazilian Modern desk in Light hardwood designed by Jorge Zalszupin for L’Atelier, is gorgeous! The desk is made of Caviuna hardwood and Formica finishes. It has 6 floating drawers and 2 more in the left side. The top of the desk is very spacious as well as the drawers. It has been refinished and besides the marks of age, the piece is in wonderful condition. The last images showcase the desk in L’Atelier’s product catalogue and spec sheet. This piece belonged to the Hotel...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Formica, Hardwood

Jacques Adnet, Sewing box in Lacquered Metal and Leather, France 1950
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Jacques Adnet (1900-1984), rare sewing box in topstitched fawn leather, structure in black lacquered metal and gilded brass, Compagnie des Arts Français, 1950. The work box is fixed ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Metal, Brass

Italian Vanity Desk with Mirror, 1950s
Located in Palermo, PA
Italian vanity desk with mirror from the 50s. Three drawers with a brass key. Nice colored glass top. Measurements: H: 139 cm ; D: 103 cm ;...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Brass

Midcentury Leather Suitcase, circa 1950s
Located in Praha, CZ
Made of leather in Germany. There are no keys Good condition Traces on the surface from use Made of leather and leatherette.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Leather, Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Rattan Vanity Set with Matching Stool in Art Deco Form
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A funky rattan set with a nod to the Art Deco period from the 1970s. It features bent rattan construction, with mirror and upholstered stool. Price includes set as shown.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Fabric, Rattan, Mirror

Decorative Metal Vanity and Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern metal vanity and chair with tufted vinyl seat cushion. This vanity features a frosted glass tabletop and an adjustable mirror. Elaborate, delicate scroll-work ador...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Metal

Mid-Century John Stuart Mirrored Vanity Desk with Bench
Located in Forney, TX
A rare Mid-Century Modern painted white mirrored vanity desk and bench by legendary American luxury designer John Stuart. Circa 1950 The sensational John Stuart designed demilune ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Leather, Wood

Vivai del Sud Rattan and Bamboo Desk / Vanity Table Italy, C.1970
Located in London, GB
A Vivai del Sud pedestal table Rome, Italy, C.1970. Constructed in in rattan, bamboo and cane. Ideal as a small desk or vanity. The Knee hole width measures 39cm. In excellent c...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan

Art Deco Modern Vanity Dressing Table Round Mirror Leather & Walnut Wood
Located in Porto, PT
Claire Dressing Table embraced an Art Deco style with curvy and opulent shapes. This eye-catchy modern dressing table owns the promise of enriching any master bedroom design project....
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Brass

MidCentury Squared Travertine and Brass Console Table, 2020
Located in Rome, IT
Console with a linear and stylish design, a beautiful sculpture also due to the union of two completely different materials such as travertine and brass. The console consists of a s...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Travertine, Brass

Midcentury Italian Rattan Desk or Vanity Table, circa 1960s
Located in London, GB
Midcentury Italian rattan desk or vanity table, (circa 1960s). An absolute charmer and stylish piece of the era. There are two horizontal surfaces ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Rattan

Mid-Century Danish Modern Pedersen & Hansen Palisander Console & Mirror Set
Located in Forney, TX
An outstanding and unique Danish modern mirrored console set by Pedersen and Hansen, circa 1960s, Denmark. Exquisitely finished in luxuriously r...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Copper

Art Deco Art Nouveau Psyche Full Length Mirror Dressing Table Red Marble Top
Located in Labrit, Landes
Dressing table with central psyche mirror Art Deco, circa 1930. Side tables either side with a drawer and a cupboard eachone. Beveled mirror with a small shelve shelf at its base. ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Mirror, Walnut

Midcentury Italian Arco Desk by BBPR for Olivetti Synthesis
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This impressive vintage modern desk boasts a floating top covered in faux textured leather. A stunning Italian Industrial Design that looks amazing in any setting. The metal frame ha...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Leather Suitcase, 1950s
Located in Praha, CZ
Made of leather in Germany. There are no keys Good condition Traces on the surface from use.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Leather, Fabric

Roger Landault Vanity
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful vanity in teak with two drawers and two cases on top, brass legs and handles Design Roger Landault in the 1950s.  
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Teak

1970s Vanity in Zebra Wood
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful vanity from the 1970s, zebra wood and jersey fabric with chrome handles.
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Zebra Wood

Midcentury Portoro Marble Brass and Glass Italian Console Table, 1980
Located in Rome, IT
Stylish and refined console, both for their design and for the particular pleasant marriage of three materials such as black marble "Portoro", brass and glass. All refinement and sty...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Marble, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Danish Teak Desk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This gorgeous vintage modern desk features a unique raised top along the back and sculpted feet. Sleek design with unusual recessed pulls and a wonderful vintage teak finish. This ca...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern Wooden Vanity
Located in Weesp, NL
Jatoba vanity Mid-Century Modern Very elegant 1970s dressing table made of beautiful coromandel/ebony wood fineer. Coromandel also called Macassar...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Italian Faux Bamboo Gilt Metal Console with Smoked Glass
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Italian faux bamboo gilt metal console table or vanity with smoked glass. Measures: Total height: 25.6in Height to the glass top: 24.80in Height to the middle glass shelve: 16.14in Height to the low shelves...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Pier Luigi Colli Mirrored Vanity, by Permanente Mobili Cantù
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Mid-Century Modern Italian Pier Luigi Colli mirrored console, vanity, in mahogany and gilt brass, by La Permanente Mobili Cantu. We can sell separately the mirror from the console. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Vanity Console by Cesare Lacca with Mirror in Burl Walnut
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Code: FH27 Majestic vanity dressing table console with mirror, 1950s by Cesare Lacca per La Permanente Mobili Cantù , in burl walnut folder. La...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Burl, Mirror, Walnut

Midcentury Walnut and Maple Italian Desks Writing Table, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Beautiful desk in characteristic Italian style of Paolo Buffa, Vittorio Dassi and Osvaldo Borsani. Very particular design. Right size will perfectly fill a corner of your home. Vene...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Brass

Midcentury Murano Glass Brass and Goatskin Console Table, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Very elegant console with a wonderful design for the style and the combination of very refined materials. Linear but rich in its kind. The console is made up of a wooden body lacque...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Brass

Burl Wood Art Deco Vanity
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Art Deco Mid-Century Modern vanity with large round mirror.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Desk and Dressing Table, with Mirror Style of Ulrich, circa 1936, Vanity Table
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Guglielmo Ulrich manner desk and dressing table; Desk in walnut, elm and elm burl. Feet in golden brass A wonderful and very useful desk repr...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Brass

Vanity by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A sculptural vanity by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller. Floating top with leatherette covered 'wings'. Angled base cabinets contain three drawers with original padded leatherette cov...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Faux Leather, Mahogany

French Parchment Lacquered Vanity And Leather Top Stool
Located in Westport, CT
Circa 1960's french parchment,Vanity with many compartments and draws .top part opens for thee angle Mirror with key and locks,and original matching Le...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Brass

Danish Vintage Dressing Table and Stool by Dyrlund
Located in London, GB
A beautiful Danish vintage dressing table and stool by Dyrlund. They were made in Denmark, and date from around the 1960-70’s. The quality is amazing, the table has a fantastic desi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Mirror, Wood

Ate van Apeldoorn Style Pine Vanity with Mirror and Drawers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Little pine vanity with beautiful grain, two drawers and adjustable mirror. In original condition with visible wear, consistent with its age and use. Shown with pine vanity stool, si...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Mirror, Pine

italian make-up dressing table with Dilly Dally armchair by L.Massoni for Poltrona Frau
Located in Milano, MI
Toilet model Dilly Dally designed by Luigi Massoni for Poltrona Frau in the 1960s. The dressing table has a round top with a lift-up mirror cover with a makeup or jewelry and genera...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Brass

Small dressing table with iconic round mirror, in glass and steel, 1970s
Located in Milano, IT
Small dressing table with iconic round mirror, in glass, wood and steel, 1970s Dressing table with drawer and round mirror, metal structure with black opal glass top and wooden dra...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Teak Vanity or Dressing Table, 1970s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning and elegant Mid-Century Modern vanity or dressing table. Striking Dutch design from the 1970s. Solid teak and original teak veneer base with original black lacquered knobs o...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Bakelite, Teak

Dilly Dally Mid Century Vanity Dressing Table by Luigi Massoni Poltrona Frau
Located in Rome, IT
Vanity Mod. Dilly Daily di Luigi Massoni per Poltrona Frau, 1968 ca. The dressing table is composed of two pieces, one round armchair (which alone measur...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Faux Leather

Mid-Century Teak Dressing Table from Butilux, 1960s
Located in South Shields, GB
A mid century teak dressing table from Butilux - a little known about high quality furniture makers, circa 1960's There are six drawers in total Height to the top of the mirror is ...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Teak

Mid-Century Dressing Table by I. Kofod-Larsen for G-Plan, 1960s
Located in GNIEZNO, 30
This elegant Scandinavian influenced dressing table designed by I. Kofod-Larsen for G-Plan. The dressing table has four drawers with "split" rosewood handles, which provide a beautif...
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1960s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Rosewood, Teak

Ebonized Walnut and Birch Vanity Table / Console with Mirror ascr. to Buffa
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Italy, 1950s. This console table / vanity table is made in ebonized walnut and birch. with brass handles. There is also the mirror, which is beveled. It's been recently res...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Vanities

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Brass

Mid-century Modern vanities for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Mid-Century Modern vanities for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage vanities created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include tables, case pieces and storage cabinets, mirrors and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, glass and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Mid-Century Modern vanities made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and North America pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original vanities, popular names associated with this style include G Plan Furniture, Heywood-Wakefield Co., Paul McCobb, and Herman Miller. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for vanities differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $340 and tops out at $36,000 while the average work can sell for $2,802.

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