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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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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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Contemporary Handmade Brass Bookend "Hippos" in Ancient Greek Forms by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handcrafted bookend, model "Hippos" in oxidized brass. This bookend is part of the "Althaea Series", a collection of four bookends in brass Inspired by ancient Greek sy...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Bookends

Materials

Brass, Brass

Contemporary Handcrafted Bookend "Hybris" in Oxidized Brass by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handcrafted bookend model "Hybris" in oxidized brass with a curved contour. This bookend is part of the "Proetus Series", a collection of six bookends in brass. Variati...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Bookends

Materials

Brass, Brass

Contemporary Handcrafted Bookend "Keres" in Oxidized Brass by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handcrafted bookend model "Keres" in oxidized brass with a curved contour. This bookend is part of the "Proetus Series", a collection of six bookends in brass. Variatio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Bookends

Materials

Brass, Brass

Contemporary Handcrafted Bookend "Aether" in Oxidized Brass by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handcrafted bookend model "Aether" in oxidized brass with a curved contour. This bookend is part of the "Proetus Series", a collection of six bookends in brass. Variati...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Bookends

Materials

Brass, Brass

Contemporary Handcrafted Geometric Bookend "Tropi 2" in Solid Marble by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary handcrafted geometric bookend "Tropi 2" in solid marble. Each bookend is composed of two geometric pieces of solid marble fused together. Variations are available in c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Bookends

Materials

Marble

Contemporary Handcrafted Geometric Bookend "Tropi 1" in Solid Marble by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary handcrafted geometric bookend "Tropi 1" in solid marble. Each bookend is composed of two geometric pieces of solid marble fused together. Variations are available in c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Bookends

Materials

Marble

REmix vol. 5 Bookend Slightly
Located in Barcelona, ES
A new edition to the REmix project (Vol.5) created by BD Barcelona Design with the aim of REcovering, REcycling and REusing obsolete material that accumulates in warehouses, giving i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Bookends

Materials

Wood

Remix Vol. 5 Bookend Curly
Located in Barcelona, ES
A new edition to the REmix project (Vol.5) created by BD Barcelona Design with the aim of REcovering, REcycling and REusing obsolete material that accumulates in warehouses, giving i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Bookends

Materials

Wood

REmix vol. 5 Bookend Tiger Lily
Located in Barcelona, ES
A new edition to the REmix project (Vol.5) created by BD Barcelona Design with the aim of REcovering, REcycling and REusing obsolete material that accumulates in warehouses, giving i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Bookends

Materials

Wood

REmix vol. 5 Bookend Tootles
Located in Barcelona, ES
A new edition to the REmix project (Vol.5) created by BD Barcelona Design with the aim of REcovering, REcycling and REusing obsolete material that accumulates in warehouses, giving i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Bookends

Materials

Wood

Jonathan Adler Happy Chic Dachshund White Resin Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Great Dachshund white resin bookends by Johathan Adler. Let this adorable Dachshund do all of the work when it comes to keeping your favorite books organized. Add a touch of whim...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Bookends

Materials

Resin

Otos Bookend by Faye Tsakalides
Located in Geneve, CH
Otos bookend by Faye Tsakalides. Dimensions: 21 W x 28 L x 6 H cm Materials: White Volakas marble. Technique: Crafted from a single piece of marble. Hand-crafted, Polished. Mat ...
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2010s Greek Modern Bookends

Materials

Marble, Marble

Salvatori Pietra L8 Bookstends in Nero Marquinia by Piero Lissoni
Located in Querceta, IT
Piero Lissoni has taken every day items for the home and reinterpreted them in novel ways, using natural stone as the starting point. Umbrella stands, door stops, trays and other ite...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Marble

Felice Antonio Botta Italy Signed Lucite Geometric Bookends
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning geometric Lucite bookends designed by Felice Antonio Botta, Firenze, Italy. Elegant 1970s modernist shape with incredible "hollow circle in a square" carved design. Crystal ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Bookends

Materials

Lucite, Plexiglass, Acrylic

Modern Italian Alabaster Marble Bookends, Pair
Located in New York, NY
A substantial pair of '70s Modern Italian brown alabaster marble bookends, circa 1970s, Italy. Dimensions: 6.88" height.
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Bookends

Materials

Marble, Alabaster

Pair of Stitched Leather and Brass Bookends by ILG Belgium
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
Stunning stitched leather and brass bookends signed ILG Belgium circa 1995. The quality reminds me of the work of Jacques Adnet.
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1990s Belgian Modern Bookends

Materials

Leather

Bookend
Located in Brussels, BE
Bookend is Presented by Il lacions A sculptural interpretation of a bookend that recalls old billboards supported by a metallic structure made of brass. The body of the object is st...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Bookends

Materials

Stone

Materials Matter Set by Theodora Alfredsdottir
Located in Geneve, CH
Materials matter set by Theodora Alfredsdottir Unique set Materials: Granite Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 18 cm Theodora Alfredsdottir is a product design studio based in London. The...
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2010s English Modern Bookends

Materials

Granite, Marble

Fornasetti Bookends Serratura on Red Metal
Located in MILANO, IT
There can be wit and unpredictability in the order: this was Fornasetti idea when he designed his first bookends. The mix of images with their functional design make these accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Bookends Strumenti Musicali Gold on Red Metal
Located in MILANO, IT
There can be wit and unpredictability in the order: this was Fornasetti idea when he designed his first bookends. The mix of images with their functional design make these accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Bookends Gift Tema E Variazioni N. 171 Black/White/Red Metal
Located in MILANO, IT
There can be wit and unpredictability in the order: this was Fornasetti idea when he designed his first bookends. The mix of images with their functional design make these accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Metal

Bookend Sculpture by Kristina Dam Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Bookend sculpture by Kristina Dam Studio. Materials: Tigerskin and Black Marble Dimensions: 17 x 9 (each) x h 20cm. The Bookend Sculpture is more than an ordinary bookend. The beaut...
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2010s Danish Modern Bookends

Materials

Marble

Set of 2 Large Bronze Bookends by Henry Wilson
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 large bronze bookends by Henry Wilson Fin bookends come in two sizes. Each are made, finished and polished in Sydney, Australia using sand-casted gunmetal bronze. Their w...
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2010s Australian Modern Bookends

Materials

Bronze

Bronze Bookends by Henry Wilson
Located in Geneve, CH
Fin bookends come in two sizes. Each are made, finished and polished in Sydney, Australia using sand-casted gunmetal bronze. Their weight and size can support the heftiest of edition...
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2010s Australian Modern Bookends

Materials

Bronze

Bookends in Maple and Brass
Located in Ridgewood, NY
Hand-turned bookstops in selectively ebonized walnut with brass detailing. These beautiful and functional book ends come in a hand rubbed oil finish and are also available in maple a...
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2010s American Modern Bookends

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Blenko Glass Bookends
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of glass bookends by Blenko each feature a chunky half semi circle form that simulates the look of a block of ice. [Blenko Handmade] sticker on side of each bookend. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Bookends

Materials

Glass

Bookends in Walnut and Brass
Located in Ridgewood, NY
Hand-turned bookstops in selectively ebonized walnut with brass detailing. These beautiful and functional book ends come in a hand rubbed oil finish and are also available in maple a...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookends

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Lucite Bookends
Located in Cathedral City, CA
Pair of vintage Lucite bookends made with recycle acrylic bank window protection.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookends

Materials

Plastic, Acrylic, Lucite

Modern Italian Murano Blue Art Glass Pear Fruit Bookends, Pair
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and substantial set of Modern Italian Murano Alfredo Barbini style pear fruit and egg decorative art glass bookends with a controlled bubble design, mid-late 20th century...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

In Stock in Los Angeles, Yellow Rabbit Door Stopper / Bookends, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 500 other unique products. (2.2) In Stock in Los Angeles Yellow rabbit as a door stopper / bookends. Made in Italy: Ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Plastic

In Stock in Los Angeles, Fuchsia Rabbit Door Stopper / Bookends, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 500 other unique products. (2.2) In Stock in Los Angeles Fuchsia rabbit as a door stopper / bookends. Made in Italy: M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Plastic

In Stock in Los Angeles, Velvet Turquoise / Blue Rabbit Door Stopper / Bookends
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 500 other unique products. (2.2) In Stock in Los Angeles Velvet Turquoise / Blue rabbit as a door stopper / bookends. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Velvet

In Stock in Los Angeles, Velvet Fuchsia Rabbit Door Stopper / Bookends
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 500 other unique products. (2.2) In Stock in Los Angeles Velvet Fuchsia rabbit as a door stopper / bookends. Made in I...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Velvet

Orange Rabbit Door Stopper / Bookends, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 500 other unique products. (2.2) Orange rabbit as a door stopper / bookends. Made in Italy: Made in Italy furniture me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

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Plastic

French Modernist Bookends Black Granite and Etched Glass Slab
Located in Atlanta, GA
Architecturally designed pair of bookends. Modernist shape builds with large round disk glass slab with clouds and dot etching. Base in black granite and large chromed metal wave. De...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Bookends

Materials

Granite, Metal, Chrome

Black and White Plaster Abstract Sculptures or Bookends on Marble Bases, Pair
Located in New York, NY
A substantial and relatively tall pair of black and white abstract sculptures decorative objects or bookends; pair are white plaster on black marble or granite bases. Demonstrated as...
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Late 20th Century Modern Bookends

Materials

Granite, Marble

Opinion Ciatti Ombres de Chats #5 Bookend
Located in New York, NY
Ombres de Chats by Angelo Barcella are poetic objects, delicate table sculptures. Shadows of curious, busy, sore, angry or bored cats, instants which are made eternal when transforme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Steel

Opinion Ciatti Ombres de Chats #6 Bookend
Located in New York, NY
Ombres de Chats by Angelo Barcella are poetic objects, delicate table sculptures. Shadows of curious, busy, sore, angry or bored cats, instants which are made eternal when transforme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Steel

Opinion Ciatti Ombres de Chats #4 Bookend
Located in New York, NY
Ombres de Chats by Angelo Barcella are poetic objects, delicate table sculptures. Shadows of curious, busy, sore, angry or bored cats, instants which are made eternal when transforme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Steel

Opinion Ciatti Ombres de Chats #2 Bookend
Located in New York, NY
Ombres de Chats by Angelo Barcella are poetic objects, delicate table sculptures. Shadows of curious, busy, sore, angry or bored cats, instants which are made eternal when transforme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Steel

Set of Polished Brass and Chrome Tennis Racket Bookends
Located in New York, NY
Set of brass and chrome tennis racket bookends. Has thin foam on bottom to prevent scratching furniture. New old stock, never used.
Category

Late 20th Century Modern Bookends

Materials

Brass, Chrome

In Stock in Los Angeles, Light Blue Rabbit Bookends / Door Stopper
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. (2.2) In Stock in Los Angeles Light Blue Rabbit as a door stopper / bookends. Made in Ital...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookends

Materials

Plastic

Vintage Modern Acrylic Bookends
Located in New York, NY
A great pair of mid-20th century, 1940s-1960s, clear acrylic bookends with Modern edge and jewel-like design. Each measure: 6" H.
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Bookends

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite

Tanya Ragir "Bookends" Sculpture in Cast Stone
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A stunning sculptural pair of bookends designed and produced by artist, Tanya Ragir. They are fabricated in white cast stone in a limited edition of 25 but are also available in colo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookends

Materials

Cast Stone

Tanya Ragir "Bookends" Sculpture in Aqua Lucite
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A stunning sculptural pair of bookends designed and produced by artist, Tanya Ragir. They are fabricated in transparent aqua Lucite in a limited edition of 25 but are also available ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookends

Materials

Lucite

Andree Putman A Designer Apart Library or Coffee Table Book, 1990s
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful and timeless library or coffee table book about designer Andree Putman. 'Andree Putman, A Designer Apart', 1990, New York. "Andree Putman is a designer with her ...
Category

1990s Spanish Modern Bookends

Materials

Paper

Pair of circa 1920 Austrian Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Bookends Hound & Foxes
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning pair of original circa 1920 Austrian Vienna cold painted bronze bookends depicting a hound going into a warren and fox and two cups c...
Category

1920s Austrian Vintage Modern Bookends

Materials

Bronze

Sarreid Spanish Modern Brass Duck Bookends
Located in New York, NY
Spanish modern pair of heavy brass bookends shaped as duck heads. The pair has labels on the bottom marked by Sarreid Ltd. and a stamp marked 'Made in Spain' as well as a smaller ill...
Category

1970s Spanish Vintage Modern Bookends

Materials

Brass

Wrought Iron Walking Man and Shadow Bookends
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Wrought iron walking man and shadow bookends, each one with fine hand forged detail. The books in the listing are for display only and are not included.
Category

20th Century European Modern Bookends

Materials

Wrought Iron

Pair of Faux Marble Pop Art "Ear" Bookends
Located in San Diego, CA
Pair of large faux marble surrealist pop art "ear" bookends, circa 1970s. They are in good vintage condition and each bookend measures: 3.125" W x 8.875" H x 6.5" D. Super fun editio...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Bookends

Materials

Resin

Pair of Faux Marble Pop Art "Nose" Bookends
Located in San Diego, CA
Pair of large faux marble surrealist pop art "nose" bookends, circa 1970s. They are in good vintage condition and each bookend measures: 4" W x 8.75" H x 6.5" D. Super fun edition to...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Bookends

Materials

Resin

Fallon Marble Bookends
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The (wh)ORE HAüS STUDIOS small goods collection was made for those that wanted to experience the (wh)ORE HAüS brand without committing to our larger pieces. Our Fallon Marble Bookend...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookends

Materials

Marble

Red Burgundy Onyx Marble Bookends, a Pair, circa 1970s
Located in New York, NY
A substantial and beautiful pair of red burgundy onyx marble bookends or decorative objects, circa 1970s Modern. Colors include: shades of white, red burgundy, and a touch of gold. D...
Category

1970s Vintage Modern Bookends

Materials

Agate, Marble, Onyx

Pair of Geometric Bookends in Lucite by Amparo Calderon Tapia for Cain Modern
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning and beautiful pair of geometric bookends in polished Lucite designed by Amparo Calderon Tapia for Cain modern, the pieces have wonderful shapes and look beautiful against th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookends

Materials

Lucite

Pair of Bookends in Light Oak, circa 1960, Midcentury, Vintage Design
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
A pair of bookends in light oak, circa 1960, midcentury, vintage design.
Category

1960s French Vintage Modern Bookends

Materials

Wood

Pair of Dog Bookends
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of dog bookends. A handsome and charming representation of a Dog. in the manner of John Dickson by use of a Gesso look. Great for any shelf or desk and especially suited for the...
Category

20th Century Modern Bookends

Materials

Gesso

Aurora Pink Portal Glass Bookends, ANDREW HUGHES
Located in New York, NY
The Portal design is a simple exercise in optics and color. The Aurora color and reflective light are diffused by a surface etching on the top third of the interior of each bookend. ...
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2010s American Modern Bookends

Materials

Blown Glass

Portal Clear Glass Bookends, ANDREW HUGHES
Located in New York, NY
The Portal design is a simple exercise in optics and color. The clear color and reflective light are diffused by a surface etching on the top third of the interior of each bookend. A...
Category

2010s American Modern Bookends

Materials

Blown Glass