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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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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.

Tatra Truck Model from 1980s
By Unknown
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Vintage 1980s Slovakian Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Metal

Movin' on Up Blanket, Contemporary Quilt
By Another Human
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Tapestries

Materials

Fabric

Seuss, Contemporary Stacked Spalted Maple Sculpture by Richard Haining, In Stock
By Richard Haining
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2010s American Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery, Wood, Hardwood, Maple, Softwood, Spruce, Reclaimed Woo...

Jumbo Group/JCP Universe Small Undism Mirror by Gumdesign
By Gumdesign
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Jumbo Group/JCP Universe Large Undism Mirror by Gumdesign
By Gumdesign
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Wave Hand-Tufted Rug in Yellow by Verner Panton
By Verner Panton, Verpan
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Rugs

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Wool

Wave Hand-Tufted Rug in Orange by Verner Panton
By Verner Panton, Verpan
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Rugs

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Wool

Luna Hand-Tufted Rug in Dark Yellow by Verner Panton
By Verner Panton, Verpan
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Rugs

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Wool

Luna Hand-Tufted Rug in Dark Green by Verner Panton
By Verner Panton, Verpan
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Rugs

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Wool

Luna Hand-Tufted Rug in Dark Gray by Verner Panton
By Verner Panton, Verpan
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Rugs

Materials

Wool

Don't Open Mirror by Fabio Bortolani & Mogg
By Fabio Bortolani, Mogg
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Don't Open Large Mirror by Fabio Bortolani & Mogg
By Fabio Bortolani, Mogg
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Bust Ercole, Small Table, Sculpture, in Ceramic, Gold 24-Karat, Italy
By Marco Segantin
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Bust Ercole "Don't Hear", Small Table, Sculpture, in Matte White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend, Marco Segantin
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Bust Ercole "Don't Speak", Small Table, Sculpture, in Matte White Ceramic, Italy
By Marco Segantin
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Vase Horse Small, Gold 24-Karat, in Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend, Marco Segantin
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Vase Horse Big, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend, Marco Segantin
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Vase Obice Horse Relief, Gold 24-Karat, in Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend, Marco Segantin
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Vase Obice Horse Relief, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend, Marco Segantin
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Vase Horse Small, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend, Marco Segantin
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Bowl Horse, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Vase Obice Horse with 5 Heads, Gold 24-Karat finish, in Ceramic, Italy
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Vase Obice Horse with 5 Heads, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Bowl Horse, Gold 24-Karat Finish, in Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Ceramic

Vase Horse Big, Gold 24-Karat, in Ceramic, Italy
By Marco Segantin
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Ceramic

Modern Large Square Acrylic Painting on Canvas by P. Delhom, French Artist 1990s
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1990s French Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic, Paint

Judith Gilmour Signed Large Ceramic Pottery Vessel Sculpture
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20th Century Scottish Modern Ceramics

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Stoneware

Vase Hands, White and Gold Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Potiche Palladio, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Vase Juno's Nose, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Vase Hands, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Vase 'David by Michelangelo' Nose Small, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Vase 'David by Michelangelo' Eye Big, White and Gold Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Vase 'David by Michelangelo' Ear, White and Gold Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Vase 'David by Michelangelo' Nose, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Potiche Borromeo Camellias, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Ceramic

Vase 'David by Michelangelo' Mouth, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Potiche Palladio with Top, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Ceramic

Vase 'David by Michelangelo' Mouth, White and Gold Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
Category

2010s Italian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Vase 'David by Michelangelo' Eye Small, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Vases

Materials

Ceramic

Bowl Palladio, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Ceramic

Vase 'David by Michelangelo' Eye Big, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Vase 'David by Michelangelo' Ear, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Vase Psiche di Capua in Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Vases

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Ceramic

Vase Obice Big in Ceramic, Shiny White, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Ceramic

Vase Obice Small in Ceramic, Shiny White, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Ceramic

Bowl Coco Camellias, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
By VG-VGnewtrend
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Bowls

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Ceramic

Metamorphosis Convex Mirror in Polished Brass
By Boca Do Lobo
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Wall Mirrors

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Brass, Glass

Root Mirror
By Boca Do Lobo
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Wall Mirrors

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Smoked Glass, Gold Leaf, Wood

Filigree Mirror in Gold Plated Brass
By Boca Do Lobo
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Wall Mirrors

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Gold Plate, Gold, Brass

Ring Rectangular Mirror
By Boca Do Lobo
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Gold Leaf, Wood

Ring Round Mirror
By Boca Do Lobo
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Wall Mirrors

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Mirror, Gold Leaf, Wood

Lladro Guest Little Figurine by Lladró Atelier
By Lladro, Raul Rubio, Lladró Atelier
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Lladro The Guest Figurine Large Model by Jaime Hayon
By Lladro, Jaime Hayon, Raul Rubio
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Steel with Found Objects Brutal Wall Sculpture by Bruce Gray
By Bruce Gray
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20th Century American Modern Decorative Art

Materials

Metal

Oval Stoneware Dishes by Hamada Shoji, Natural Earthy Color, 20th Century, Japan
By Hamada Shoji
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Late 20th Century Japanese Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Glazed Stoneware Vase by Hamada Shoji, Natural Earthy Color, 20th Century Japan
By Hamada Shoji
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Modern Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Vase Obice Medium in Ceramic, Shiny White, Italy
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2010s Italian Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic