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Modern Furniture Design
Modern Furniture Design

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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames 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 furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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The Buccellati Big Bird-Italian Sterling Silver Swan Centerpiece Bowl
Located in New York, NY
Majestic sterling silver swan bowl. Hollow body, scrolled neck, pointed bill, intent glass eyes, and paddling webbed feet. Realistic plumage from scaly to fluffy. A big bird centerpi...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Sterling Silver

Buccellati Dramatic Sterling Silver Octopus Seafood Shell Bowl
Located in New York, NY
Dramatic sterling silver seafood serving bowl. Made by Buccellati in Italy. Two joined scallop-shells bowls on scallop-shell supports. A traditional form enlivened by the figure of a...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Sterling Silver

Contemporary Porcelain Centerpiece Black Coral Ceramic Handmade Italy Fos
Located in Faenza, IT
An underwater garden, populated by animals and plants from the Deep, is the main source of inspiration for this total black porcelain centerpiece. A sculpture, where shape triumphs o...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Centrepiece in Blue Sodalite Marble, by Ivan Colominas, Italy
Located in Milan, IT
Sculptural, well-defined and multi-fold. Colominas has created a table service inspired by Angelo Mangiarotti’s soft lines, exalting the shape and structure of objects that character...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Centrepiece in White Arabescato Marble by Ivan Colominas, Italy
Located in Milan, IT
Sculptural, bright white, well-defined and multi-fold. Colominas has created a table service inspired by Angelo Mangiarotti’s soft lines, exalting the shape and structure of objects ...
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2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Centrepiece in Black Portoro Marble by Ivan Colominas, Italy
Located in Milan, IT
Sculptural, bright white, well-defined and multi-fold. Colominas has created a table service inspired by Angelo Mangiarotti’s soft lines, exalting the shape and structure of objects ...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Centerpiece in White Michelangelo Marble by Ivan Colominas, Italy in Stock
Located in Milan, IT
Sculptural, bright white, well-defined and multi-fold. Colominas has created a table service inspired by Angelo Mangiarotti’s soft lines, exalting the shape and structure of objects ...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Modern Daniele Papuli for Dilmos Vase Vinyl Red Sculpture Handcrafted
Located in Milan, IT
Red vase designed by Daniele Papuli for Dilmos Edizioni. The sculptural vase is in lamellar structure made of flexible vinyl sheet in red color. Each red stripe is carefully cut by...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Acrylic

Jaime Hayon Contemporary Handmade Terracotta Vase Decorative Object Waterproof
Located in Milan, IT
Jaime Hayon designed the Gardenia vases in terracotta as a complement to his outdoor armchair selection for BD Barcelona. They are unique, having emerging forms and Hayon’s unmistaka...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Terracotta

Jaime Hayon Contemporary Handmade Terracotta Vase Decorative Object Waterproof
Located in Milan, IT
Jaime Hayon designed the gardenia vases in terracotta as a complement to his outdoor armchair selection for BD Barcelona. They are unique, having emerging forms and Hayon’s unmistaka...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Terracotta

Jaime Hayon Contemporary Handmade Terracotta Vase Decorative Object Waterproof
Located in Milan, IT
Jaime Hayon designed the Gardenia vases in terracotta as a complement to his outdoor armchair selection for BD Barcelona. They are unique, having emerging forms and Hayon’s unmistaka...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Terracotta

Kreten Candelabra from Souda, Red, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Bold and distinctive, the Kreten candelabra captures the liquidity of concrete in its fluid branching form. Designed with three holes atop each branch for candlesticks, the Kreten ca...
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2010s American Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Concrete, Cement

21st Century Karim Rashid Centerpiece Container Murano Glass Various Colors
Located in Brembate di Sopra (BG), IT
21st century Karim Rashid centerpiece container Murano glass various colors. Designed by Karim Rashid, Kountess is a stately, sculptural jar with a lid. Just like its twin model, Ko...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

21st Century Alessandro Mendini Large Tray Murano Glass Various Colors
Located in Brembate di Sopra (BG), IT
21st century Alessandro Mendini Stella large tray Murano glass various colors. Designed in 2014, the year in which the collaboration between Alessandro Mendini and Purho began, Stel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Murano Glass

Kreten Candelabra from Souda, Mustard Yellow, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Bold and distinctive, the Kreten candelabra captures the liquidity of concrete in its fluid branching form. Designed with three holes atop each branch for candlesticks, the Kreten ca...
Category

2010s American Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Cement, Concrete

Contemporary Minimal Decorative Dark St. Steel Serving Tray Centerpiece
Located in Chicago, IL
With strong minimal architectural forms emphasizing the tension between positive and negative space, the contemporary Maison collection is comprised of a serving tray, medium bowl, a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stainless Steel

Contemporary Handcrafted Italian Marble Serving Tray Board Center Piece In Stock
Located in Chicago, IL
The handcrafted contemporary double sided Italian Carrara and Nero Marquine Marble Doppio by Felicia Ferrone was conceived of as a center piece or serving board, Doppio is elegant wh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Belgian Black Marble, Carrara Marble

Contemporary Decorative Dark St. Steel Tall Bowl Vessel Centerpiece, In Stock
Located in Chicago, IL
With strong minimal architectural forms emphasizing the tension between positive and negative space, the sculptural Maison Tall Vessel Bowl. Perfect as centerpiece or as home accesso...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stainless Steel

Sculptural Darkened Minimal Steel Centerpiece Tray with Two Vessels USA In Stock
Located in Chicago, IL
With strong minimal architectural forms emphasizing the tension between positive and negative space, the sculptural Maison Collection is comprised of a serving tray, medium bowl, and...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stainless Steel

Contemporary Decorative Dark St. Steel Medium Bowl Vessel Centerpiece, In Stock
Located in Chicago, IL
With strong contemporary architectural forms emphasizing the tension between positive and negative space, the minimal Maison collection is comprised of a serving tray, medium bowl, a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stainless Steel

Fruit Bowl Vase in White Calacatta Marble Contemporary Design by Pieruga Marble
Located in Ancona, Marche
Bowl sculpted by hand from a solid block of Calacatta marble. Velvet finishing. Dimensions: Medium L 45, W 22, H 10 cm. Also available: Big L 56, W 27, H 12 cm, small L 35, W 17, H ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Fruit Bowl Vase Marble White Calacatta Oval Italian Contemporary Design
Located in Ancona, Marche
Bowl sculpted by hand from a solid block of Calacatta marble. Velvet finishing. Dimensions: Big L 56, W 27, H 12 cm. Also available: Medium L 45, W 22, H 10 cm, small L 35, W 17, H ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Leila, a unique dark purple / blackberry coloured glass vase by Paul Stopler
Located in London, GB
Leila is a cast glass artwork in a beautiful soft dark purple / blackberry colour by the British artist Paul Stopler. With a ridged exterior and smooth interior, the form is first tu...
Category

2010s British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

Corymb, a Unique Aqua/Turquoise Glass Art Work and Centrepiece by Paul Stopler
Located in London, GB
Corymb is a cast glass artwork in a beautiful soft aqua / turquoise blue by the British artist Paul Stopler. With a smooth exterior, the interior is stepped into sections by ridged p...
Category

2010s British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

Pin Bowl in Aqua, a & centrepiece in Slumped Glass by Tavs Jørgensen
Located in London, GB
Pin Bowl in Aqua is a slumped glass centrepiece by the Danish designer Tavs Jørgensen. For many years these bowls remained an elusive conceptual project for Jørgensen. Having finally...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Centrepiece in Marble by Arthur Arbesser, Made in Italy
Located in Milan, IT
Centerpiece in Nero Marquinia, Rosso Levanto, Bianco Michelangelo, Arabescato Vagli Filo Rosso, Verde Guatemala and Blu Sodalite marbles. Size: 36 x 12 cm 14.2 x 4.7 in, smooth fini...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Lacuna Shape by Kristina Dam Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Lacuna shape by Kristina Dam Studio Materials: Light grey sandstone. Dimensions: 25 x 25 x 9 H cm The Lacuna shape is a unique sculptural centerpiece made of sandstone. Add char...
Category

2010s Danish Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Sandstone

Brown Opal Bowl, S by Kristina Dam Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Opal bowl - S by Kristina Dam Studio Materials: Mouth-blown glass. Brown Topaz. Also available in other sizes and colors. Dimensions: 25 x 25 x H 13cm A glass bowl with a soft ...
Category

2010s Danish Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Precious Vase in Aqua, a unique vase with silver leaf by Cathryn Shilling
Located in London, GB
The Precious Vase in Aqua is a unique handblown amber glass vase incorporating trapped silver leaf, created by the British artist Cathryn Shilling. The silver leaf incorporated in th...
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2010s British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Silver Leaf

JCP Universe Agment Centerpiece with Raw Amethyst Stone Elements by CTRLZAK
Located in Cantu, IT
A fragment from distant planets segmented in two parts. A separated entity that intersects an archetypal plane conveying a cosmic sense of belonging through transformation. A single...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal

JCP Universe Agment Centerpiece with Lapislazzuli Stone Elements by CTRLZAK
Located in Cantu, IT
A fragment from distant planets segmented in two parts. A separated entity that intersects an archetypal plane conveying a cosmic sense of belonging through transformation. A singl...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal

Tabarro Centerpiece in Murano Glass by Alberto Lago
Located in Venezia, IT
The “Tabarro” collection draws its inspiration from the typical turned collar cape of the Venetian tradition. A tailor-made cut that translates into a series of four artistic accesso...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

JCP Universe Agment Centerpiece with Obsidian stone elements by CTRLZAK
Located in Cantu, IT
A fragment from distant planets segmented in two parts. A separated entity that intersects an archetypal plane conveying a cosmic sense of belonging through transformation. A singl...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal

JCP Universe Glacoja Centerpiece by Analogia Project
Located in Cantu, IT
"Best lenses online Beware the Jabberwock, my son Yume no ato” Haiku by Alistair Gentry Excavated from the heart of a glacier, formed through the imagination of an artificer near...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Acrylic

Centerpiece, Serving Plate in Marquina Marble Made in Italy by Pieruga Marble
Located in Ancona, Marche
Centerpiece / Serving plate in white Marquina marble with polished brass inlay. Dimensions: Medium L 45, W 12, H 1.5 cm Also available: Big L 45, W 20.5, H 1.5 cm or small L 26, W 11...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble, Brass

Modern Ceramic Oversized Vase with Open Top in White, Big Vase 1
Located in London, GB
Big vase 1, 1882 Ltd. with Max lamb. You can never have too many flowers. The question is how big can the vase be? Big vase starts life as a solid block of plaster that is hand carve...
Category

2010s English Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Contemporary Cylindrical Ceramic Positive Vase with Engraved Detail in White
Located in London, GB
Positive – 1882 Ltd. with Snarkitecture. The idea for the collaboration with 1882 Ltd. was to reveal an otherwise unseen aspect of the process behind creating a bone china piece. Pos...
Category

2010s English Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Modern Ceramic Oversized Vase with Closed Top in White, Big Vase 2
Located in London, GB
Big vase 2, 1882 Ltd. with Max Lamb. You can never have too many flowers. The question is how big can the vase be? Big vase starts life as a solid block of plaster that is hand carve...
Category

2010s English Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Contemporary Tryst Ceramic Vase with Hand-Painted Motif in Blue and White
Located in London, GB
Tryst – 1882 Ltd. with Amy J Hughes. Industry meets the studio maker head-on in this collaborative project between ceramicist Amy Jayne Hughes, the V&A and 1882 Ltd. Aiming to restor...
Category

2010s English Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Ceramic

Nail Varnish, a black & red glass sculpture with platinum by Asa Jungnelius
Located in London, GB
'Nail Varnish' is an oversized sculptural version of its functional counterpart by the Swedish artist Asa Jungnelius for Kosta Boda. Monumental in scale, this hand-blown artwork in b...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Platinum

Constellation, a clear & black glass sculpture with gold leaf by Louis Thompson
Located in London, GB
Constellation is a unique glass sculpture created from clear and black glass with gold leaf detail. Handcrafted in blown and sculpted glass by the British artist Louis Thompson. Acc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Gold Leaf

Unique Alessia Holder Signed by Faye Tsakalides
Located in Geneve, CH
Alessia holder by Faye Tsakalides Unique Dimensions: 4 W x 15 L x 11 H cm Materials: White dionyssus marble. Technique: Crafted from a single piece of marble. Hand-crafted, Po...
Category

2010s Greek Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble, Marble

Set of 2 Niis Zig-Zag Tray by Faye Tsakalides
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Niis zig-zag tray by Faye Tsakalides. Dimensions: 18.5 W x 27 L x 3 H cm (each) Materials: White Volakas marble. Technique: Crafted from a single piece of marble. Hand-...
Category

2010s British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble, Marble

Dareios Rectangular Tray by Faye Tsakalides
Located in Geneve, CH
Dareios rectangular tray by Faye Tsakalides. Dimensions: 25.5 W x 54.5 L x 4.5 H cm Materials: Special Gray Lais marble. Technique: Crafted from a single piece of marble. Hand-c...
Category

2010s Greek Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble, Marble

Echinus in Aurora Gelblich, a gold & amber Glass centrepiece by Katherine Huskie
Located in London, GB
Echinus in Aurora Gelblich is a unique sculpture and centrepiece by the British artist Katherine Huskie. The free-blown central round glass form is covered in trails of glass in Auro...
Category

2010s British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass

Korean Glass 25, a unique porcelain and glass sculpture by Choi Keeryong
Located in London, GB
Korean Glass 25, is a unique sculpture in clear glass and porcelain that is handblown, painted and cut by the South Korean artist, Choi Keeryong. The interior detail of the piece is ...
Category

2010s British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Porcelain

Common Ray in Aqua Light, a turquoise & blue Glass Centrepiece by Sabine Lintzen
Located in London, GB
Common Ray in Aqua Light is a unique handblown and crafted vase & artwork / bowl / centrepiece by the German artist, Sabine Lintzen. The initial inner form is free-blown and adorned ...
Category

2010s Dutch Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass

Landscape Study Blue Over Red bowl, art glass centrepiece by Kate Jones
Located in London, GB
Landscape Study Blue Over Red bowl, is a unique centerpiece / bowl by Kate Jones of Gilles Jones. Hand blown and engraved art glass, all handmade in the UK. Gillies Jones establish...
Category

2010s British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass

Dorchester Cameo Vase, a glass artwork in alabaster & gold by Sarah Wiberley
Located in London, GB
Dorchester Cameo Vase, is a unique amber with white overlay vase by the British artist Sarah Wiberly. This collection is inspired by the traditions of English 19th century cameo glas...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass

Trending to Red, a unique glass sculpture by Philip Baldwin & Monica Guggisberg
Located in London, GB
Trending to Red, is a unique sculptural boat centerpiece / sculpture created by Philip Baldwin (American) and Monica Guggisberg (Swiss) The artwork features smaller handblown and han...
Category

2010s British Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Copper

Centrepiece in Black Marquina Marble by Ivan Colominas, Italy in Stock
Located in Milan, IT
Sculptural, bright white, well-defined and multi-fold. Colominas has created a table service inspired by Angelo Mangiarotti’s soft lines, exalting the shape and structure of objects ...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble

Small Tabarro Centerpiece in Murano Glass by Alberto Lago
Located in Venezia, IT
The “Tabarro” collection draws its inspiration from the typical turned collar cape of the Venetian tradition. A tailor-made cut that translates into a series of four artistic accesso...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Large Tabarro Centerpiece in Murano Glass by Alberto Lago
Located in Venezia, IT
The “Tabarro” collection draws its inspiration from the typical turned collar cape of the Venetian tradition. A tailor-made cut that translates into a series of four artistic accesso...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Helios Murano Glass Centerpiece by Luciano Gaspari
Located in Venezia, IT
The vase consists of two pieces, one larger and one smaller, joined together. Each of these pieces has a hole in the upper part to contain the flower. The two elements are bonded tog...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Medium Tabarro Centerpiece in Murano Glass by Alberto Lago
Located in Venezia, IT
The “Tabarro” collection draws its inspiration from the typical turned collar cape of the Venetian tradition. A tailor-made cut that translates into a series of four artistic accesso...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Bubble Centerpiece in Hand Blown Murano Glass by Luca Nichetto & Gianpietro Gai
Located in Venezia, IT
Cased blown and hand-formed glass elements. Limited edition: 101 pieces.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Glass

Georg Jensen Frequency Centerpiece by Kelly Wearstler
Located in New York, NY
Adding a sense of drama to any tabletop, this spectacular centrepiece perfectly combines the hardness of shiny steel with a sense of fluidity and lightness. The shallow silver platte...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Stainless Steel

Decorative Bowl Sculpture Brown Emperador Marble Italian Design Pieruga Marble
Located in Ancona, Marche
"Elegant and light, it seems to drift through the placid waters of the lagoon". Gondola, big elegant bowl, hand-sculpted from a solid block of Brown Emperador Marble. Bowl dimensions...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Marble