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Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe 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.

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 American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Creative Playthings Seesaw
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Creative Playthings rocker made of a light, warm birch plywood. Designed in 1964 by Gloria Caranica, this rocking horse predecessor is a perfect synthesis of material, design, and fu...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood, Birch, Bentwood, Plywood

Rare Midcentury Italian Bedside Chest of Drawers / Table / Commode by Romeo Rega
Located in Vilnius, LT
Pair of very rare Italian bedside chests of drawers/tables/commodes by Romeo Rega from 1970's. Each includes one drawer with brass detail as a handle. The legs are in brass and chr...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Chrome, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Monumental Carved Wood Painted Sea Shell
Located in Stamford, CT
Large scale hand carved sea shell painted in white with an ocher wash. This impressive piece will make a unique decoration for the Hamptons home or beach house anywhere in the world....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Mid-Century Fiat G.55 WW2 Italian Fighter Aircraft Desk Model, ca 1940´s
By Fiat
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Mid-century fiat G.55 WW2 Italian fighter aircraft desk model. ca 1940´s Chrome plated metal desk airplane model. The airplane can be removed from the base or changed of positions....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Arnaldo Pomodoro Silver Plated Disk Art Object 1972
Located in Munich, DE
Sculpture volume book and Art Disk for the exhibition catalogue in Darmstadt, Germany 1972, “Großplastiken”. The disc is made in silver plated glass fibers and it comes with the b...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Fiberglass

Brass and Bronze Bed Frame, Model Greta, by Frigerio, Italy, 1970s
Located in London, GB
Brass and bronze bed frame, model "Greta", by Frigerio, Italy, 1970s. Bed frame comprising statement headboard of brass, with cast bronze panel, and corresponding foot and side ba...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bronze, Metal, Brass

Handwoven 'Ixelles' Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Indigo/Colbalt Blue
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Inspired by decorative stone and iron work, the Ixelles cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven on a dobby loom in our stud...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wool

Hand Block Printed Lumbar Pillow Case
Located in Istanbul, TR
Original old Anatolian blocks used to print these patterns on to hand woven vintage cotton fabric. It does not come with an insert but a bag made to the size to accommodate insert m...
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20th Century Turkish Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Cotton

A.R. Cordemeyer "Cleopatra" Daybed For Auping
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Narrow version of the 60's Cleopatra style day bed frame by A.R. Cordemeyer. Has teak wood ends with enameled dark metal frame and "Auping" printed on mesh springs. Comes with new "K...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Extremely Rare, Philippe Pradalie 'Berceau Fleur', for 'Atelier A, 'Paris ,1970
By Philippe Pradalie, Atelier A, Atelier A
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Delightful 'Berceau Fleur' (flower cradle) by French artist Philippe Pradalie ,produced by artist collective,' Atelier A', Paris 1970 Pradalie's 'Berceau Fleur' cradle is one of t...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Plastic, Plywood

'Uccle' Woven Block Geometric Merino Wool Throw, Indigo/Colbalt Blue/Greys
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle block throw takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Wov...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wool

Paul McCobb Planner Group Nightstands Taller Bed Sized
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of mid century medium walnut toned nightstands sized for today's higher pillow top matrasses with conical legs, each having one drawer with solid brass golf tee styled pulls ....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Rare Dewey Weber 10 Foot Vintage Circa 1960’s -1970’s Surfboard
By Dewey Weber
Located in Bernville, PA
Vintage Dewey Weber surfboard with an amazing black and red stripe pattern. Dewey Weber Brand tag is still intact. The board does have a fiberglass repair on the bottom side (see pho...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Fiberglass, Mahogany, Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Advertising Cabinet Leukoplast Beiersdorf, 1950s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful and rare Mid-Century Modern Vintage cabinet. Striking German design from the 1950s. Beech frame with original milk glass with decorative print and glass. Original metal ...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Custom Order Osvaldo Borsani Bed with nine Enameled Sculptures, 1959 with COA
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Beautiful and important brass bed with nine sculptural relief panels finihed in fired enamel . The bed was designed by Osvaldo Borsani in 1959 and and comes with a certificate of...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Enamel, Steel, Brass, Brass, Brass, Brass

Handwoven 'Uccle' Block Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Grey/Blue/Indigo
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wool

Hand Block Printed Lumbar Pillow Case
Located in Istanbul, TR
Original old Anatolian blocks used to print these patterns on to hand woven vintage cotton fabric. It does not come with an insert but a bag made to the size to accommodate insert m...
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20th Century Turkish Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Cotton

Blue Orange Vintage Moroccan Mini Rug
Located in New York, NY
Odd size one of a kind blue and orange vintage Moroccan mini size rug Measures: 2' x 3'4''.
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wool

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Night Stands by Vista of California
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern walnut night stands by Vista of California.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Mid Century French Bed US Queen UK King Size Painted by Artist One of a KInd
By Perez Petriarte
Located in FR
Midcentury French Bed hand painted original work by Contemporary Artist Perez Petriarte Ideal for a Midcentury House Interior or Loft or any interior where you're looking for a one ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Christian Dior Faux Bamboo Magazine Stand or Planter, Brass and Rattan
Located in Barcelona, ES
Outstanding Mid-Century Modern rectangular faux bamboo brass, Lucite and wicker floor planter. France, 1970s. Possibly supplied by Christian Dior Home. It is comprised of a jardini...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Dresser and Nightstands in the style of Samson Berman, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A stylish American Mid-Century Modern bedroom set which includes a long dresser and two nightstands featuring laminated wood drawers with classic white hourglass drawer pulls, a whit...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Handwoven 'Uccle' Block Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Pearl Grey
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Drawing inspiration from the color and pattern found in stain glass work, the Uccle cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wool

Black Post Modern Castiglioni Memphis Style Umbrella Stand, Italy, 1980s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful black umbrella stand from the 1980s in the style of Servopluvio by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni / Memphis. Very solid, made of metal and plastic, in very good condi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Danish Walnut Credenza Style Console Stereo Cabinet with Original Speakers
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Not only does this Danish Modern style walnut cabinet look handsome AF, but the original speakers sound amazing. We pulled out the clunky old components and left the original 12" woo...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Midcentury Bedside Nightstands by Sligh Cross Country Collection
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of satin bone white three drawer nightstands that are very well crafted in solid wood unlike furniture today. They work rather well with todays newer higher profile mattresses...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Hand Block Printed Lumbar Pillow Case
Located in Istanbul, TR
Original old Anatolian blocks used to print these patterns on to hand woven vintage cotton fabric. It does not come with an insert but a bag made to the size to accommodate insert m...
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20th Century Turkish Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Cotton

Handwoven 'Ixelles' Geometric Merino Wool Cushion Pillow, Graphite Grey
Located in Chelmsford, GB
Inspired by decorative stone and iron work, the Ixelles cushion takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Handwoven on a dobby loom in our stud...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wool

Milo Baughman Walnut Night Stands for Glenn of California
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Milo Baughman walnut night stands for Glenn of California.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood, Walnut

Two Enamel Embassy of India Shields, 1953
By Jack Sures
Located in Den Haag, NL
These oval shaped enamel shields are former embassy of India Denhaag Netherlands for over 65 years One hanging . from the balcony outside and one in the hallway . The one From the ou...
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1950s Indian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Enamel

Katie Larmour Vintage Celine Scarf Backed in Irish Linen Cushion Pillow Green
By Celine
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Title: Katie Larmour vintage Celine scarf backed in pure Irish Linen cushion pillow green gold Description: This gem is a one-of-a-kind custom made luxury cushion (pillow) from ...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Cotton, Linen

Richard Harvey Sculpta-Grille Model C-20 Freestanding Room Divider, 1959
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This freestanding model C-20 Sculpta-Grille room divider by Richard Harvey for Harvey Design Workshop, Inc was conceptualized and designed in the 1950s and finally released to the pu...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Richard Harvey Sculpta-Grille Model C-20 Freestanding Room Divider, 1959
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This freestanding model C-20 Sculpta-Grille room divider by Richard Harvey for Harvey Design Workshop, Inc was conceptualized and designed in the 1950s and finally released to the pu...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Vintage Bamboo and Rattan Magazine Holder
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage bamboo and rattan magazine holder or rack (Hong Kong) Size: 16”W X x 15” D x 16.5” H.    
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1970s Hong Kong Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bamboo, Rattan

Bertoli and Pajetta, Umbrella Stand "Noe," 1972
By Franco Bertoli and Max Pajetta
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Bertolli and Pajetta - Umbrella stand "Noe" - 1972 ABS Measures H 45 x L 30 cms Rare!   
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Plastic

Polished Aluminum Rare Spanish Galleon Ship Sculptures by Hoselton Signed
Located in San Diego, CA
Polished aluminum rare Spanish galleon ships sculpture by Hosleton signed, and numbered made in Canada circa 1970s.
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20th Century Canadian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Aluminum

Perpetual Maritime Date Calendar in Bronze, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A nautically themed date calendar in bronze. It features a ship in waves at the top, an anchor at the bottom and a sliding N/S/E/W disc that sets the date. It has a loop to its back ...
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1970s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bronze

Rare John Van Koert "Counter Point" Night Stands for Drexel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare John Van Koert "Counter Point" night stands for Drexel.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Bamboo Magazine Rack Midcentury
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
Bamboo magazine rack or botle rack.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bamboo

Mid-Century Modern Sculpted Walnut Twin Headboards Attributed to John Van Koert
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of sculpted walnut cat eye twin headboards Attributed to John Van Koert for Drexel USA, 1950s Measures: 40.25" W x 1.75" D x 39.5" H. Very good original v...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Mid Century Umbrella Stand Gilt Iron and Brass
Located in Miami, FL
Antique metal umbrella stand from the 60's. Perfect to put in our entrance hall. Made by hand, along the umbrella stand we can see the shape of leaves intertwined with each other. ...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Umbrella Stand Design Carl Auböck Metal Wickerwork Werkstätte Vienna, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Umbrella Stand design Carl Auböck Werkstätte Vienna 1950s made of blacked metal combined with wickerwork. A quite discreet but useful piece which fits to every room without being too...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Pair of Walnut Night Stands by Strata for Unagusta
Located in Brooklyn, NY
With unique sculpted fronts and rich walnut woodgrain, this set of night stands by Unagusta Furniture from their 'Strata' line is sure to make a statement. Please confirm item locati...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Vintage Brass Clam Shell Bookends, Pair
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1970s pair of brass clam shell bookends. The bookends are heavy and can hold thick books. Marked.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Pierre Chapo, "Louis" Bed, L02 in Solid Elm, 1960, Paris, France
Located in Munster, NRW
Pierre Chapo, extremely rare "Louis" bed M°L02 in solid elm, France, 1962 This bed is designed by Pierre Chapo in the 1960s. The bed features the handcrafted joints that the woodw...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Elm

Mid-Century Modern Brass and Wood Nightstands, 1950s, Set of 2
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Good vintage condition. Small sings of usage. Probably made in Italy.  
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Midcentury Bronze and Black Marble Italian Ashtray with Deer Sculpture, 1930s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury ashtray with black marble base with a fantastic bronze deer. This wonderful item was made in Italy during the 1930s. A relaxed deer figure is laying on a large ...
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1930s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Marble, Belgian Black Marble, Bronze

Patinated Iron Jax Bookend Sculptures
Located in New York, NY
Pair of patinated iron Jax bookend / sculptures, circa 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Iron

Ico Parisi Mid Century Italian Night Table Little Chest Brass Handles Published
Located in Firenze, IT
Iconic bedside table designed by Ico Parisi in 1960 and made by Brugnoli Cantù Milano. Made of fine wood, it features three drawers with cast brass handles. Published in the book d...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Carl Auböck Bookends # 3652
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in polished brass.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Carl Auböck Bookends #4630
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in a patina and polish brass mix.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Ceramic Free Form Bookends
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Ceramic free form blue bookends. Weighted bookends with a bluish glaze. Looks like a molten dropped liquid!
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Ceramic

Midcentury French Riviera Rattan and Bamboo Canes Italian Coat Rack, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing French Riviera midcentury rattan and bamboo coat hanger. This wonderful piece was made in Italy during the 1960s. This unique item features a structure in bamboo canes and...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bamboo, Rattan

Midcentury Paul McCobb #1587 Nightstands Gloss Black Lacquer Brass Knobs Tables
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful pair of Paul McCobb Planner Group #1587 maple low nightstands lamp end sofa tables single drawer Planner Group Brass knobs in original gloss black lacquer finish. Refinishe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Pair of Italian Midcentury Nightstands
Located in London, GB
A pair of Italian midcentury nightstands in walnut, with figuring. Each having two drawers and a cupboard, with the original glass tops and brass fittings.  
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Mid-Century Desk Model Airplane, USA, 1940's
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Mid-century desk model airplane - USA 1940´s Single engine fighter. Cast aluminium perior aviation model, mounted over a marble base. Excellent conditions.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Aluminum

Harvey Probber Teak and Mahogany Nightstand or Bachelor Chest, Newly Refinished
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern four-drawer nightstand or bachelor chest By Harvey Probber USA, 1960s Teak, with ebonized mahogany banding, original mahogany and brass har...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Bronze Box with Poem by Line Vautrin
Located in Atlanta, GA
A wonderful jewelry box in gilt cast bronze by Parisian art jeweler Line Vautrin (1913-1997). From a small special series the designer created circa 1945-55. on which poems were cast...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bronze