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Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American 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.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s 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, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence 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.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century 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, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture 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
Ron Fritts Pop Art Wall Shadow Box Sculpture Signed Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This eye-catching and rare Ron Fritts Pop Art shadow box wall sculpture has suspended resin or lucite balls floating in four different window vignettes that change. The background is...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Ceramic Wall Relief by California Artist Adele Martin, 'New Alphabet-Dialog'
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Ceramic Wall Relief by California Artist Adele Martin, 'New Alphabet-Dialog' Original one of a kind ceramic wall relief sculpture by California artist Adele Martin, each tile is hand...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

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Ceramic

Ceramic Wall Relief by California Artist Adele Martin, 'Manzanita Tree-Day'
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Ceramic wall relief by California Artist Adele Martin, 'Manzanita Tree-Day' Original one of a kind ceramic wall relief sculpture by California artist Adele Martin, each tile is handc...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

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Ceramic

Ceramic Wall Relief by California Artist Adele Martin, 'Manzanita Tree-Night'
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Ceramic Wall Relief by California Artist Adele Martin, 'Manzanita Tree-Night' Original one of a kind ceramic wall relief sculpture by California artist Adele Martin, each tile is han...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Greg Copeland 1973 Shadow Box Print 39/500
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Greg Copeland shadow box print on Plexiglass. Signed and numbered 39/500. Unique Dimensional Quality gives this Piece a lively feel. All Original and in Good Shape.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

Materials

Plexiglass

Antique Butterfly Collection Glass Shadow Box Wall Decoration, Spain, 1970
Located in Madrid, ES
Shadow box made in wood and glass containing a butterfly collection.
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

Materials

Glass, Wood

Set of Four Framed F. Leger Porcelain Plates
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish and chic set of four porcelain plates date to the 1970s and have been professionaly framed as of March 2021 in custom lucite shadow boxes and mounted on a white woven fa...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

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Porcelain, Fabric, Lucite

Sculptural Vintage Painted Metal Cut-Outs, Mounted and Framed
Located in East Hampton, NY
This intricately cutout vintage painted Metal Art piece with original paint and patina, showing losses and age appropriate. Very much reminiscent of Calder or Noguchi era. Stunningly...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

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Metal

Handcut Marbleized Paper Butterfly Box
Located in Houston, TX
Handcut marbleized butterfly box from vintage hand painted Marbalia wallpaper samples (circa 1957) handcut into butterfly shapes. Each mounted on brushed gold foil. Marbalia wallpape...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

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Foil

Sculptural Vintage Painted Metal Cut-Outs, Mounted and Framed
Located in East Hampton, NY
This intricately cutout vintage painted Metal Art piece with original paint and patina, showing losses and age appropriate. Very much reminiscent of Calder or Noguchi era. Stunningly...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Walnut and Mirrored Shadow Box
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning Mid-Century Modern shadow box features a vintage walnut finish and six shelves to place items for display. Beautiful wall decoration with mirror back adds style to any item ...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

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Mirror, Walnut

Vintage Metal Letter F Lighted Sign
Located in San Diego, CA
Cool vintage metal rusted letter F, new rewired lighted cord and bulbs switch off/on in perfect working condition nice rusted patina.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

Materials

Metal

Large Octagonal Wood and Glass Shadow Box or Collectible Box with Latch
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A wonderful mid-century wood octagonal shadow box perfect for display on a coffee table, or for hanging on a wall. The inside features 9 shelves for storing collectibles. A glass lid...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shadow Boxes

Materials

Glass, Wood

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Stainless Steel Jim Martin Suspended Wall Sculpture Limited Edition Signed
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Molten Bronze and Green Marble Signed Gerber Abstract Sculpture Vintage
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By Pietro Consagra
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By Curtis Jere
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Framed Fornasetti "Tema E Variazione" Plate
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Greg Copeland 1970s 3-D Geometric Op Art
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A Vintage Letterpress Printing Block Wall Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
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Handcut Paper Butterfly Box
Located in Houston, TX
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Pair of Midcentury Lucite Butterfly Display Boxes
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Located in Essex, MA
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