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MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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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Cabinet Deco Burl Veneer Metal Glass Italy 1920s-1930s
Located in Milano, IT
Buffet cabinet with hinged doors and drawers, burl veneered wood, with metal profile at the base and clear glass resting on the top.
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1920s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Metal

Modern Herringbone Cabinet
Located in Port Chester, NY
Modern two door herringbone parquetry and mesquite finish mahogany cabinet. Each door covered with hair on hide and with cast brass handles and a twin section interior with adjustabl...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Leather, Wood

Square Buffet Italian Midcentury Design Solid Teak Black Laminate Brown Cabinet
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Square buffet Italian midcentury design solid teak black laminate brown, with internal and external drawers inside, excellent execution quality. Unfortunately there is a burn spot on...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Laminate, Teak

Mount Airy Mid Century Sideboard Buffet Credenza
Located in La Grange, IL
Mount Airy Mid Century sideboard buffet credenza The base cabinet without hutch measures 66.5 long x 20 deep x 31 inches high The hutch measures 33 wide x 12 deep x 49 inches high ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Wood

Italian Wood Glass Midcentury Modern Display Cabinet, 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Amazing and fabulous Italian display cabinet or buffets or room separator with sliding glass doors with brass circular section adjustable uprights fixed to the floor and ceiling, the...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Brass

French Modernist Rosewood Buffet
Located in Austin, TX
Buffet from France made of rosewood with parquetry and ebonized rosewood tapered legs with gilt brass feet. The four doors are working with locks and keys and open up to a lavish int...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Brass

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld Elling Buffet by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Buffet designed by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld in 1919. Relaunched in 2019. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Represents, with the red and blue, the essence of the new spatial concept...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Wood

Extra Large Danish Midcentury Gunni Omann Teak Sideboard by ACO Møbler, 1960s
By Gunni Omann, Axel Christiansen Odder
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
Stunning midcentury designed by Gunni Omann teak sideboard by ACO Møbler, 1960s, lovely top and sliding doors, fully lined (four) drawers and stands on nice solid teak legs (this is ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Teak

Mid Century Modern Buffet
Located in Port Chester, NY
A Mid Century Modern style Hyedua veneered buffet, the rectangular top above four silver Argento doors with relief bamboo decoration, the interior in Sycamore with two adjustable she...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Wood

A Single French 1970s Modernist Walnut Cabinet by Gilles Bouchez
Located in New York, NY
GILLES BOUCHEZ A single handsome walnut cabinet with sculptural chromed steel mounts. Finished interior with two shelves. Finished back, can be used floating. France, 1970s ONE AVAI...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Steel, Chrome

Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville Urban Suburban Blonde Buffet & Hutch
Located in La Grange, IL
Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville Urban Suburban Mid Century Blonde buffet and Hutch China cabinet measures: 41 wide x 12.5 deep x 60 high All pieces of furniture can be ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Glass, Wood

Mid Century Buffet
Located in Port Chester, NY
A mid century style buffet with an unlaid parquetry design. The sideboard cabinet is constricted of American walnut solids and veneers finished in a transparent lacquer. The hardware...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Metal

"Sylvie" Sideboard by Jean René Caillette Vintage 60's Edited by Georges Charron
By Charron, Jean Rene Cailette
Located in Lyon, FR
Magnificent 60's enfilade by French designer Jean René Caillette, "Sylvie" model edited by Georges Charron. Structure in solid rosewood and veneer, legs and handles in brushed brass....
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Brass

Maison Regain High Sideboard in Solid Elm, France, 1970s
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
This impressive high sideboard was produced by Maison Regain in France in the late 1970s. The sideboard is made in solid elmwood and has a double door on the left with two beautifull...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Elm

Stunning Italian Bar Cabinet
Located in Antwerp, BE
The buffet is mobile and can be driven in the wall unit. The bar has a beautiful copper countertop installed. The cabinets of the wall unit is equipped with lights and the refrigerat...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Copper, Brass

Stellar Bamboo Buffet or Credenza in the Style of Milo Baughman
Located in Atlanta, GA
This magnificent chest is shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Completely installation ready. A fabulous meticulously restored four-door ca...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Bamboo, Hardwood

Vintage Mahogany Breakfront Four Shelves
By RWAY
Located in Pasadena, TX
A 5ft multi-use vintage RWAY breakfront cabinet. Two large shelves on top can hold anything from books to memorabilia to non-refrigerated drinks; two sliding doors below reveal anoth...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Mahogany

French 1940s Art Deco Bookmatched Walnut Sideboard with Nickeled Bronze Details
Located in New York, NY
This elegant sideboard was realized in France, circa 1940. It features a serpentine front, as well as a skyscraper style top with nickeled bronze banding and a black vitrolite inset....
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Nickel

Midcentury Buffet Bar Cabinet Franco Albini Attributed, Fornasetti's Decoration
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1960s buffet bar cabinet attributed to Franco Albini. Black painted steel structure and externally red teak veneered cabinet and yellow teack inside. Closing doors yellow plastic dec...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Steel

Mastercraft Custom Finished. Malachite Green Burl Credenza
Located in New York, NY
Mastercraft Aniline Dyed, satin finished burl credenza with satin brass corner plates and rivets. One section housing 4 drawers, the other an adjustable shelf.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Brass

American Buffet Midcentury
Located in Bridgewater, CT
American buffet midcentury Silvered wood and antiquated mirror.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Mirror, Wood

Mid Century Walnut Credenza Sideboard Buffet Credenza Dresser with Tambour Doors
Located in West Hartford, CT
This versatile walnut mid-century credenza can be used as a sideboard, buffet, dresser or entertainment console. It has plenty of storage and features two tambour doors that open to ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Wood, Teak, Walnut

"Monaco" Sideboard by Gerard Guermonprez for Magnani, Paris, 1957
Located in Grenoble, FR
"Monaco" sideboard by Gerard Guermonprez for Magnani, Paris, 1957 French design, without handles, the doors open by pushing a button one on each side (pictures) releasing an intern...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Birch

Paul Frankl Combed Wood Buffet or Credenza for Brown Saltman
Located in Van Nuys, CA
This Mid-Century Modern buffet or credenza by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Company features his trademark combed wood sides with black lacquer top. It is branded beneath "Brown-S...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Brass

Elegant Glam Pierre Cardin Burled Olive Credenza Case Piece with Brass Detail
Located in Hudson, NY
Amazing Pierre Cardin burled olivewood credenza. Stunning and elegant 1970s design.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Glass and Brass Italian Sideboard, 1980
Located in Rome, IT
Truly loving sideboard, covered with glass of a delicate cream color, the bar cabinet is indisputably original in its kind of design. Elegant and well finished also internally always...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Glass

Rex Mobili Italian Credenza
By Rex Mobili
Located in Houston, TX
A midcentury Italian credenza by Rex Mobili, circa 1960.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Wood

1945s Commode in Sycamore and Eglomised Mirror by R. Prou
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Commode in sycamore and églomisé mirror consisting of a trunk of slightly trapezoidal shape opening in front by two doors with églomisé mirror and sycamore frames. It rests on a syc...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Broyhill Brasilia Brutalist MCM Walnut Sideboard Credenza Buffet Hutch
Located in La Grange, IL
Broyhill Brasilia Brutalist midcentury walnut sideboard credenza buffet and hutch Buffet and hutch measures: 54 wide x 19 deep x 65 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Brass

1960s - 1970s Design Burl Walnut Wooden Important Sideboard
Located in Tourcoing, FR
1960s - 1970s design burl walnut wooden important sideboard.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Burl, Walnut

Italian Midcentury Credenza 60's
Located in bari, IT
Servant designed with five irregular doors, Italian style from the 1960s Turin school.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Wood

Guillerme & Chambron Cabinet 'Thierry' in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron, cabinet, model 'Thierry', oak, France, 1960s This model 'Thierry' case piece is designed by Guillerme & Chambron. It features geometric engravings in the doo...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Ceramic, Oak

Mid-Century Modern Italian Mahogany Sideboard with Mirror by Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian mahogany sideboard with onyx top and mirror by Osvaldo Borsani for "Mobilificio Fratelli Turri", 1950s The mirror measures cm. 232 x 5 x H 102 This sideb...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Onyx, Brass

Broyhill Brasilia Mid-Century Modern Sculpted Walnut Rolling Bar Buffet Server
Located in West Hartford, CT
Ultra rare Broyhill Brasilia sculpted walnut rolling server with expandable top that opens up and out at both left and right to go from 38" to 59.5" when open. All Broyhill hallmarks...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Walnut

Officina, moden Tv Unit in Mimetica Veneered
Located in Barlassina, Monza-Brianza
Officina, Tv Unit in Mimetica Veneered. Meaning Officina is the Italian name of the auto-repair store. The details are coming from the mechanic environment: metal clamps as handles a...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Oval Bar Cabinet
Located in Port Chester, NY
A Mid-Century Modern-Style oval bar cabinet with a striking sandstone top. The elegant top is trimmed with crisscrossing gold finish handles. This beautiful piece is finished all aro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Marble, Metal

Remarkable Chest or Buffet by American of Martinsville in Cream Lacquer
Located in Atlanta, GA
An absolutely jaw-dropping chest/buffet from a rare series by American of Martinsville, circa 1960. Beautiful, stout hardwood case construction, with brass and leather accents. Fabul...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Brass

Sideboard with Mirror by Silvio Cavatorta, 1950, Italy
Located in L'Isle sur la Sorgue, FR
Sideboard with mirror by Silvio Cavatorta, 1950, Italy Perfect condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Brass

Norwegian Rose Marble Top on Pistachio Green Lime Washed Buffet Cabinet
Located in Hingham, MA
A modern custom built white oak sideboard buffet with magnificent Norwegian Rose marble top showing colors of pink, grey and white. Carved giltwood edge under top. Monticello curve t...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Marble

Minimalist Mid-Century Modern Media Storage in Solid Wood
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Design + Storage + Minimalism = Pelt Credenza. Craft in solid wood, the pelt credenza showcase an organic yet stylish silhouette with straight clean lines. Two doors open to reveal g...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Metal

Scandinavian Teak Showcase from the 60's by HW Klein Edited by Bramin
Located in Lyon, FR
Very nice Scandinavian vitrine from the 60's attributed to designer Henry Walt Klein, edited by Bramin. Structure in solid teak and veneer. It is composed of two sliding glass doors ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Glass, Teak

Vintage Buffet in Mirror
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Vintage wooden buffet with 3 doors, entirely restored and customized with tainted mirrors and brass inlays. Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Brass

Studio Athelia, Modernist Sideboard in Walnut, France, 1935
By Athelia by Robert Bloch
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Athelia, Studio des Trois Quartiers, modernist two-door walnut sideboard attributed to Robert Block, Paris, 1935. Director of Studio Athelia founded in 1928, Robert Block creates fur...
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1930s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Walnut

Monumental Ebonized Four-Door Credenza Buffet by Jamie Herzlinger
Located in Hollywood, FL
The rectangular top above four doors with pyramidal lozenges overall on the doors, the finish in cerused ebonized matte Custom designed by renowned designer Jamie Herzlinger Design...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Wood

Minimal Italian Mid-Century Geometric Cabinet Bar Mahogany Dassi Milano
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Minimal Italian mid-century geometric cabinet bar mahogany Dassi Milano. In the center a large door with a bar compartment for spirits and glasses with a green laminate top, under...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Laminate, Mahogany

Mid-20th Century Mahogany Italian Sideboard and Drop-Down Flap, 1960
Located in Roma, IT
Sideboard/buffet in mahogany wood, Italian-made from the 1950s On the upper left part, there are two sliding woven rattan doors edged by a dark brown lacquered frame. Also on the u...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Brass

1950s, Slim Midcentury Mahogany Dry Bar or Cabinet by Forenades Mobler, Sweden
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful dry bar or cabinet in mahogany made in Sweden, by Forenades Mobler of Linkoping, 1950s. Equipped with two doors with behind two drawers and two adjustable shelves. Standi...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Brass

Guillerme et Chambron Cabinet 'Thierry' in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme and Chambron, cabinet, model 'Thierry', oak, France, 1960s This model 'Thierry' case piece is designed by Guillerme and Chambron. It features geometric engravings in the...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Ceramic, Oak

Contemporary Hexagonal Credenza in Solid Wood with Outline Metal Detail
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Gorgeous yet functional, bee hexagonal credenza feature durable and solid materials, made from solid beechwood and powder-coated steel. A metal accent detail outline its minimal desi...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Metal

Roland Haeusler, Maison Regain Brutalist Sideboard Elm
Located in Grenoble, FR
Roland Haeusler, Maison Regain Brutalist sideboard elm Maison regain was a manufacturer of furniture in France during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, mostly involved in the production o...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Elm

Midcentury Scandinavian Two-Tone Rosewood Buffet Credenza with Nickel Hardware
Located in Troy, MI
Scandinavian buffet or credenza in dark and lighter contrasting rosewood with polished nickel hardware, circa 1970s. Four sliding doors with outer two compartments having single inte...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Nickel

DU03 Japanese Series Teak Sideboard by Cees Braakman for Pastoe, the Netherlands
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This iconic sideboard, model DU03, is a beautiful piece of design from the Japanese series by Cees Braakman for Pastoe. The cabinet is made of teak veneer and has the iconic black in...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Metal

Italian Modern Faux Slate and Polished Chrome Console, Attributed to Willy Rizzo
Located in Hollywood, FL
The rectangular top with irregular edges to simulate slate (composition), over a polished chrome base with rounded edges.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Slate

Modern Dark Ember Low Cabinet
Located in Port Chester, NY
Modern dark ember low cabinet a modern swirl veneer two-door low cabinet. The modern cabinet with cerejeira swirl veneers in a dark ember finish with canted corners having beaded mol...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Wood

Italy 1950s Cesare Lacca Attributed Dry Bar Cart, Laquered Walnut & Burl Walnut
Located in Vigonza, Padua
A Brugnoli Mobili Cantù Dry Bar Cart, laquered walnut in mahogany color, brass thread & burl walnut veneered; cristal top . Lighted interior compartment with a washable plastic-coat...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Burl, Walnut

Minimalist Mid-Century Modern Style Credenza in Metal and Solid Wood
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Storage and Minimalism = Cite Credenza. Craft in solid wood with colorful metal façade, the cite credenza showcase an organic yet stylish silhouette with straight clean lines. Two d...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Metal

1950s Midcentury Scandinavian Large Black Tall Bow Fronted Sideboard Credenza
Located in London, GB
1950s midcentury Scandinavian bow-fronted sideboard or credenza. A very well-made piece of furniture presented on carved tapered legs. The curved side doors open to reveal two shelve...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Wood

Pair of Nightstands Brass and Mirror by Renato Zevi, Italy, 1970s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Pair of nightstands, side end tables or small buffets by the designer Renato Zevi. Black lacquered wood, brass and pink goldish smoke mirror faces. Famous design like Willy Rizzo, Ma...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Brass