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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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

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Contemporary Shelving Room Divider "Paso" in Walnut by Casey Lurie USA
Located in Chicago, IL
Minimalist and sophisticated, "Paso" is a versatile shelving unit designed for books or object collections. Alternating ladder-like shelves allow for books and objects of various siz...
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2010s North American Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Casey Lurie Studio Modern Low "Primo" Shelving System in Walnut with Brass
Located in Chicago, IL
“Shelving can be the most mundane thing you own, or it can be the beautiful bones of a room as pleasing to see as anything it displays. Casey Lurie’s Primo system would be the latter...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

RS-Barcelona By Yourshelf Bookshelf Module and Back in White by Stone Designs
Located in Edison, NJ
By Yourshelf is a bookshelf which is entirely customizable to any room. Includes individual modules allowing for shape and structure construction and customization unique to every pu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Set of 5 Strut Shelves from Souda, White, Modern Wood Wall Shelf or Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price includes 5 84" long white shelves with 15 white brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adjust...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Steel, Metal

Tegmark Open Front Cabinet with Hi Gloss Enamel Finish
Located in Cambridge, Ontario
The Tegmark cabinet features an open front cabinet sitting on an asymmetrical base. The cabinet is constructed using oak finished with a hi gloss enamel paint in two tones. The paint...
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2010s Canadian Modern Bookcases

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Oak

Parametrica Bookcase
Located in Milan, IT
This visually striking, geometric bookshelf is defined by its extremely dynamic appearance, adding a touch of energy and movement to any environment. It is perfect for a home, hospit...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Lovely Vintage Mahogany Revolving Swivel Bookcase Green Leather Gold Tooled Top
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning vintage mahogany revolving bookcase with gold leaf tooled green leather top The mahogany is nicely cut, the green leather top is a...
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20th Century English Modern Bookcases

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Leather, Mahogany

Stunning Flamed Mahogany Dwarf Open Bookcase with Twin Drawers Adjustable Shelf
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely Bradley Furniture flamed mahogany dwarf open bookcase with twin drawers and height adjustable shelf A good looking well made and dec...
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20th Century English Modern Bookcases

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Mahogany

Customizable Set of 6 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Modern, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 6 84" shelves and 18 brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can ad...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Steel

Customizable Set of 3 Strut Shelves from Souda, Maple, Extra Long, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 3 116" shelves and 12 brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can a...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Steel, Metal

Customizable Set of 2 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black and Maple, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 2 84" shelves and 6 brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adj...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Steel

Amorph Luxor Bookcase with Solid Walnut and Gold Finish
Located in Gardena, CA
Modern bookcase with walnut shelves and gold finish structure.  
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Wood, Paint

Tubular Bookshelf by Another Human, Small, Modern Sculptural Bookshelf
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The tubular bookshelf by Another Human is an extension of the Tubular family of products that was introduced in 2017 with the Tubular magazine rack. Drawing inspiration from Bauhaus ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Customizable Set of 4 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 4 52" Shelves & 8 Brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adjus...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Steel

Customizable Set of 2 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 2 52" Shelves & 4 Brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adjus...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Steel, Metal

Customizable Set of 3 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 3 84" shelves and 9 brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adj...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Steel

Customizable Set of 4 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 4 84" Shelves & 12 Brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adju...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel, Metal

Customizable Set of 4 Strut Shelves from Souda, Maple, Extra long, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 4 116" shelves and 16 brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can a...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Steel, Metal

Set of 4 Strut Shelves from Souda, Modern White Wood Wall Shelf/Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price includes 4 84" long shelves with 12 white brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can adjust the l...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Steel

Contemporary Shelving Room Divider "101 Tall" in Oak by Casey Lurie USA
Located in Chicago, IL
Part room divider, part screen, part bookcase, "EDS 101" is an extremely versatile shelving system. Alternately angled dividers solve the problem of racking without any extra unsight...
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2010s North American Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Casey Lurie Studio Modern High "Primo" Shelving System in Walnut with Brass
Located in Chicago, IL
“Shelving can be the most mundane thing you own, or it can be the beautiful bones of a room as pleasing to see as anything it displays. Casey Lurie’s Primo system would be the latter...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

Contemporary Shelving Room Divider "101 Low" in Oak by Casey Lurie USA
Located in Chicago, IL
Part room divider, part screen, part bookcase, "EDS 101" is an extremely versatile shelving system. Alternately angled dividers solve the problem of racking without any extra unsight...
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2010s North American Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Casey Lurie Modern Low "Primo" Shelving System in White Oak with Stainless Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
“Shelving can be the most mundane thing you own, or it can be the beautiful bones of a room, as pleasing to see as anything it displays. Casey Lurie’s Primo system would be the latte...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

Contemporary Shelving Room Divider "101 Medium" in Oak by Casey Lurie USA
Located in Chicago, IL
Part room divider, part screen, part bookcase, "EDS 101" is an extremely versatile shelving system. Alternately angled dividers solve the problem of racking without any extra unsight...
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2010s North American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Customizable Set of 5 Strut Shelves from Souda, Black, Extra long, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price on this configuration includes 5 116" shelves and 20 brackets. This shelving system is really easy to customize: we offer multiple wood finishes, bracket finishes, and we can a...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel, Metal

Customizable Étagère with Solid Shelves and Two Drawers by Munson Furniture
Located in Oakland, CA
One of the largest pieces in the Radius collection by Munson Furniture, this customizable shelving unit has a modern esthetic that fits beautifully with both traditional and contempo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Brass

Filing Tree Mobile Storage Unit, Designed by Laurie Beckerman in 2007
Located in New York, NY
This is a unique and highly functional mobile storage unit. It's an ideal place for files and papers that need to be easily accessed from work areas. Designed in 2007. Made-to-ord...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Aluminum

Contemporary Stainless Steel And Mirror Polished Brass Bookshelf
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Vienna Bookshelf Contemporary and classically timeless designed bookshelf made by hand and designed by Troy Smith. This bookshelf is extremely well built and is virtually indestructi...
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2010s Canadian Modern Bookcases

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Stainless Steel, Brass

Gold Contemporary Modular Bookshelf of, 24-Karat Gold-Plated
Located in Milan, IT
SEM Gold collection, modular bookshelf of interlocking steel elements plated in 24-karat polished yellow gold. Elements measurement: (35/30/25/18 cm).The Gold collection has a range ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Gold, Steel

Contemporary Bookcase C, Etched Brass, Pivoting Doors and Stone Elm Shelves
Located in Milan, IT
Sem Pivot collection, bookcase C, simple and sculptural. The supporting structure is a rigid system of metal tubes to which are added shelves in beautiful stone elm wood combined wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Metal, Brass

Contemporary Bookcase B, Etched Brass, Pivoting Doors and Stone Elm Shelves
Located in Milan, IT
SEM Pivot Contemporary collection, Bookcase B, simple and sculptural. The supporting structure is a rigid system of metal tubes to which are added shelves in beautiful stone elm wood...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass, Metal

Contemporary Bookcase A, Etched Brass, Pivoting Doors and Stone Elm Shelves
Located in Milan, IT
Sem Pivot collection, Bookcase A, simple and sculptural. The supporting structure is a rigid system of metal tubes to which are added shelves in beautiful stone elm wood combined wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass, Metal

Cheba 138 Table by Mauro Accardi and Silvia Buccheri for Medulum
Located in Meolo, Venezia
Tables on one or more levels, furnish ironically without remaining unnoticed. Ideal companions for public and private environments and contexts. The structure is a curved metal roun...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Contemporary and crafted bookcase, shelves, shelf sideboard walnut or oak
Located in Meolo, Venezia
Bookcase made of a series of solid wood poles with circular section, veneered shelves with solid wood edging, all made of Canaletto walnut finished with transparent paint. The head o...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Bookshelf Structure Plywood Ebony Veneered Back in Vetrite with Strip Led
Located in London, GB
Sicis is delighted to welcome you at ‘Home’. The classically inspired extent in contemporary plays an eclectic style, elegant and refined. Interiors express personality. A constant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Glass, Ebony, Plywood

Bookshelf Structure Plywood Ebony Veneered Back in Vetrite with Strip Led
Located in London, GB
Sicis is delighted to welcome you at ‘Home’. The classically inspired extent in contemporary plays an eclectic style, elegant and refined. Interiors express personality. A constant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass, Ebony, Plywood

Tamara Brass and Lacquered Wood Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Dramatic brass and matte lacquered wood bookcase. Slotted wood and metal components fit together to form a shelving unit of striking contrast. Custom sizes, materials, and finishes a...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Modern Hollywood Bookcase Cabinet by Ralph Lauren
Located in North York, ON
Modern Hollywood bookcase cabinet by Ralph Lauren. This modern bookcase cabinet has two doors on the left with two shelves and one-drawer inside and a right side with three open shel...
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2010s American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Osvaldo Borsani 'E22' Freestanding Modular Bookcase in Rosewood Tecno Production
Located in montecatini terme, IT
20th century Osvaldo Borsani 'E22' modular bookcase in rosewood and metal tracks, with ten (10) shelves and three (3) storage units: one with drawers and two with doors. Production T...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Flusso Bookcase
Located in Milan, IT
This stylish, unique bookcase can be used to divide open spaces in homes, bars, cafés, restaurants, offices and hotels. Featuring enameled iron shelves, the black finish of its Tanga...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Iron

Modern Bookcase in Pvc Foam and Extruded Aluminum, X.me 4x4 #02
Located in Palermo, IT
X.me is a modern bookcase, designed by Salvator-John A. Liotta (LAPS Architecture) and manufactured by MYOP, with PVC foam shelves connected by a single extruded aluminium connector....
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Aluminum

Modern Bookcase in PVC Foam and Extruded Aluminum. X.me
Located in Palermo, IT
X.me is a modern bookcase, designed by Salvator-John A. Liotta (LAPS Architecture) and manufactured by MYOP, with PVC foam shelves connected by a single extruded aluminum connector. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Aluminum

Modern Oblique Bookcase in Geometric Design
Located in Palermo, IT
X.me is a modern oblique bookcase, designed by Salvator-John A. Liotta (LAPS Architecture) and manufactured by MYOP, with PVC foam shelves connected by a single extruded aluminum con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum

Wave Shelve by Hamilton Holmes
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Wave Shelve by Hamilton Holmes Oxalino Collection 2020 Dimensions: H 203.2, W 101.6, D 35.6 cm Materials: White oak and brass screw This is a freestanding shelving system mad...
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2010s Canadian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Isabella Costantini, Italy, Duilio Low Bookcase with Two Doors
Located in Ascoli Piceno, IT
Designed by IC and beautifully crafted by Italian artisans, the Duilio bookcase features an open compartment with two large shelves embraced by ribbed doors on the sides. The brass, ...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Mastercraft Amboyna Wood and Brass Breakfront/Bookcase
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mastercraft amboyna wood and brass breakfront/bookcase, with upper section with two 50" x 18" side doors, and a lower case with two 23" x 18" side doors, fitted with glass shelves.
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20th Century American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Blue and Green Translucent Hand Dyed Acrylic Tone Shelf by Sohyun Yun
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The tone shelf is inspired by the traditional colors of Korea, especially "Hanbok," which is a traditional Korean dress for formal occasions. Here, those traditional colors are made ...
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2010s Korean Modern Bookcases

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Acrylic

Five-Tier Leaning Shelf in Earl Gray-Finished White Ashwood by Soft-Geometry
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A simple geometry of flat boards, the five-tier leaning shelf offers a series of changing, unconventional views as your eyes move around the piece. The unusual play of planes are owe...
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2010s Chinese Modern Bookcases

Materials

Ash

Contemporary Sculptural Black Steel Etagere Bookcase Storage Shelf Pair, USA
Located in Chicago, IL
This set includes two modern Etagere bookcases Storage Shelves which are contemporary and sculptural. The functional modern yet minimal sculptural Ahn Etagere is a study in positive...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Contemporary Sculptural Black Steel Etagere Bookcase Storage Shelf USA
Located in Chicago, IL
The contemporary modern Black Steel Ahn etagere is a study in positive and negative space. With its five different asymmetrical and organic surfaces, Ahn is a minimal sculpture in it...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Contemporary Modern Minimal Black Zigzag Modular Bookcase Room Divider, USA
Located in Chicago, IL
Conceived as a minimal and contemporary bookcase to breakup the plane of the wall, this modular system, is versatile as a modern room divider as well as a backdrop in any space, be i...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Bookcases

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Steel

Jumbo Collection Pleasure 2 Door Display Cabinet in Maple and Brass
Located in Cantu, IT
Pleasure 2-doors showcase. Structure in erable with brass inlays and gold decorated details. Dimensions: W. 128 x D. 59 x H. 242 cm.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Molteni&C D.357.1 Bookcase in Hand Painted White by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Moleni&C Heritage collection the D.357.1 bookcase by Gio Ponti is a remake of part of the furniture of Gio Ponti's private house ni Via Dezza in Milan. This re-edition is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Molteni&C D.357.2 Suspended Bookcase in Hand Painted White by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Moleni&C Heritage Collection the D.357.2 suspended bookcase by Gio Ponti is a remake of part of the furniture of Gio Ponti's private house ni Via Dezza in Milan. This re-...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Molteni&C D.355.1 Large Suspended Bookcase Shelf in White by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection is a re-make of the D.355.1 suspended bookshelved by iconic designer Gio Ponti. The D.355.1 hanging bookcase, is an interior complement that...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Wood

Molteni&C MHC.2 Bookcase with 3 Shelves in American Walnut by Yasuhito Itoh
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, MHC.2 is a re-edition of the bookcase prototype designed in 1959 by Yasuhiko Itoh. Made in curved wood, a complex process for that time per...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

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Walnut

Molteni&C D.355.2 Small Suspended Bookcase Shelf in White by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection is a re-make of the D.355.1 suspended bookshelved by iconic designer Gio Ponti. The D.355.1 hanging bookcase, is an interior complement that...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Molteni&C MHC.2 Bookcase with 4 Shelves in American Walnut by Yasuhito Itoh
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, MHC.2 is a re-edition of the bookcase prototype designed in 1959 by Yasuhiko Itoh. Made in curved wood, a complex process for that time per...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Walnut

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