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Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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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Pace Burl Wood and Chrome Dresser, Italy, 1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Burlwood and chrome sideboard dresser by Pace Collection. There are 6 drawers behind the 4 burl wood drawers. Designed by Leon Rosen. Italy 1970’s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Aluminum

Tommi Parzinger White Lacquered Etagere With Brass Pulls, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Etagere in white lacquer with shelves at top and cabinet with brass pulls below by Tommi Parzinger for Willow & Reed, American 1950's.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Marble Top Credenza Designed by Florence Knoll
Located in Providence, RI
Small ebonized credenza with Calcutta Golden Vein marble top, designed by Florence Knoll, circa 1958. Credenza measures 37 1/4" long x 18" deep x 25 1/2" tall. Case has been professi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Marble, Steel

Elegant Mid-Century Italian Cabinet Bookcase, 1950s
Located in Rome, IT
A fine Italian bookcase cabinet with brass finishes in excellent vintage condition.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Mahogany

Original Alvar Aalto Shoe Rack Designed for the Stora Enso Building Finland
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this shoe rack with shelf designed by Alvar Aalto circa 1960 featuring solid birch wood slats. Custom designed by Alvar Aalto and completed in the early 60'...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood, Birch

Italian Mid-Century Wall Mounted Bookcase by Feal, 1960s
By Feal
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Beautiful, functional as well as very rare is this Italian wall mounted Bookcase manufactured by FEAL (Fonderie Elettriche Alluminio e Leghe) in the 1950s and/or 1960s. It's compose...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass, Aluminum

Charlotte Perriand “Les Arc” Closet, circa 1960, France
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Charlotte Perriand “Les Arcs” Closet. Wardrobe set with desk. Made with pine. Suspended 4 door wardrobe and desk Provenance: Charlotte Perriand’s French Ski Resort, “Les Arc”, Ci...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Danish Modern Tambour-Door Teak Corner Cabinet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Danish modern tambour-door teak corner cabinet.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood, Birch, Teak

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Sideboard Model 'Artona' in Walnut and Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa, sideboard model 'Artona', walnut, leather, Italy, circa 1975 This sideboard with leather front is designed as part of the Artona line by The Artona line by th...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Leather, Walnut

Oak Maker’s Console by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Maker's console is made of American walnut or white oak and rests on a blackened steel base. Features two shelves and a perforated steel detail on the back. Shown here in oiled o...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Steel

Midcentury Harvey Probber Brazilian Rosewood and Mahogany Credenza
Located in Southampton, NJ
An elegant case designed by Harvey Probber having Brazilian rosewood doors, pulls and Cerused mahogany case. Beautiful condition. Signed with original metal label.   
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Frank Guille 50s Danish Sideboard Teak
Located in Valladolid, ES
Amazing Danish design sideboard made in the 50s by Frank Guille (renowned Danish midcentury designer), it is a timeless piece, of perfect size to place in any space. The entire struc...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Danish Modern Teak Wardrobe, Gentleman's Chest by Nils Jonsson
Located in Raleigh, NC
Incredible oiled teak chest by Nils Jonsson with six drawers and a door concealing six smaller birch drawers. Wonderful minimalist design with a plethora of storage.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Teak

Stunning Live Edge Walnut Slab Dining Table the Style of Nakashima
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful live edge walnut slab dining table the style of Nakashima. 3" thick slab with live edges on both sides and butterfly joints and an organic hole that was part of the tree. T...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Rosewood & Stainless Steel Desk by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large-scale Mid-Century Modern executive desk designed by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar. Gorgeous rosewood with stainless steel double pedestal base. Four drawers including one file,...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Stainless Steel

High Walnut and Olive Burl Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Located in Boston, MA
Edward Wormley designed this elegant display cabinet, model #6027, for Dunbar. The olive burl doors of the lower case enclose shelving and a segmented drawer. The ebonized walnut fra...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Rare Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Kneehole Desk
Located in Hudson, NY
C. 1940s, American, the mahogany eight- drawer desk encased in cork veneer on four sides, with book storage-well on the reverse. Bakelite and brass pulls. For Johnson Furniture Co.
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Mahogany, Cork

Elongated Six Drawer Dresser by Edmond Spence
Located in Hudson, NY
The classic design by Edmond Spence. Long characteristic wooden drawer pulls. Ample storage. Elegant line.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

MCM Console Dresser or Chest of Drawers by Warren Church for Lane Perception
Located in Topeka, KS
Wonderful Mid-Century Modern Lane Furniture console or dresser or chest of drawers designed by Warren Church for Lane’s Perception line collection. Comprised of walnut with brass and...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Original Midcentury Alvar Aalto Coat Rack / Shelf Stora Enso Building, Finland
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this original coat rack with shelf designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek circa 1960 featuring birch wood, metal coat hooks and early nickel plated steel hanger ...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller Dresser
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dresser by George Nelson for Herman Miller, c.1950s. This five-drawer dresser features a walnut frame with sculpted aluminum pulls and sits atop a black plinth with four short black ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal, Aluminum

Set of 7 Brass Coat Wall Hooks
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hooks manufactured in Austria in the 1970s.  
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Rare Sideboard or Cabinet in Walnut, Rattan and Brass
Located in New York, NY
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb rare 1950s sideboard or cabinet in rich deep walnut including central drawers with original circular woven rattan handles and brass end caps, cab...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Marble Top Credenza Designed by Florence Knoll
Located in Providence, RI
Small ebonized credenza with Calcutta Golden Vein marble top, designed by Florence Knoll, circa 1958. Credenza measures 37 1/4" long x 18" deep x 25 1/2" tall. Case has been professi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Marble, Steel

Rosewood & Stainless Credenza by Roger Sprunger/Dunbar
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Roger Sprunger for Dunbar rosewood and stainless steel executive credenza dating from the early 1970s. The credenza has generous storage having 2 file cabinets and 3 center drawe...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Stainless Steel

Albert Parvin Diamond Front Walnut Dresser
Located in Miami, FL
A superb midcentury modern walnut credenza by Albert Parvin. Freshly restored and ready for your home or office, the sculptural dresser provides ample storage space. The drawer front...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Original Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini Rolling Bar Cart Barcart Service
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning early Mid-Century Modern Salterini carved hand painted white metal rolling bar cart with original black rubber wheels and smoked black glass inset at top and bottom for two-...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Midcentury Milo Baughman Desk Vanity Perspective for Drexel
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this rare Mid-Century Modern floating top desk from the Perspective collection by Milo Baughman for Drexel in 1951. Crafted from exotic Mindoro wood importe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Mirror, Wood

Rotating Mid-Century Bookcase
Located in Austin, TX
Rotating bookcase from France made of solid walnut on casters with three levels.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walnut Ash Desk Bureau Secretary, 1950s, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage secretary desk bureau Ico Parisi style from walnut and ash veneers designed and manufactured 1950s Italy. The beautiful desk features three spacious draw...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Ash, Walnut

Midcentury Milo Baughman Chest of Drawers - Perspective for Drexel
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this Mid-Century Modern dresser from the Perspective collection by Milo Baughman for Drexel in 1951. Crafted from exotic Mindoro wood that shimmers in the l...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Poul Cadovius Free-Standing Shelf Model 'Abstracta' in Steel and Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Cadovius for Royal System, modular shelving unit or room divider, glass, chrome-plated steel, Denmark, 1960s. This Minimalist shelving unit was designed by Poul Cadovius (191...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Steel

Maison Jansen, Sideboard in the Style of Louis XV, France, circa 1950
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Maison Jansen, Sideboard in the style of Louis XV Red lacquered decorated with chinoiseries, Curved base with two drawers, decorated with fishing scenes, Chiselled and gilt handles, ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Bronze

Guillerme et Chambron Wardrobe in Oak with Ceramic Handles
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, armoire, oak, ceramic, France, 1960s. This case piece is designed by Guillerme and Chambron and features geometric oak inlays, which is characteristic for t...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Ceramic, Oak

Large Italian Wardrobe in Walnut and Brass Handles
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Large Italian wardrobe, walnut, brass, glass, Italy, 1950s With three double doors this wardrobe offers plenty of storage. The walnut veneer is geometrically arranged and the grai...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Textured Red Cabinet with Lacquered Surface
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cabinet, red lacquer, wood, brass, Europe, 1960s This elegant red cabinet show traits of a chinoiserie. The base design is simple yet the finish is structured. Another beautiful d...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Vladimir Kagan Credenza with Tambour Doors, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Credenza in walnut with signature splayed legs, tambour doors and black laminate top by Vladimir Kagan for Grosfeld House, American, 1950's. A beautiful Kagan design.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Laminate, Walnut

MCM Chrome & Walnut Veneer Display Cabinet or Room Divider 3 Piece Unit by Lane
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous MCM (a.k.a. mid-century modern) chrome and walnut veneer entertainment display cabinet or room divider 3-piece unit by Lane Furniture Style #1480 69. Comprised of two tall, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Chrome

Maison Jansen, Sideboard, France, circa 1970
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Maison Jansen, Sideboard, lacquered wood decorated with Chinoiseries, Three drawers and two doors, inside lacquered in red, France, circa 1970. Measures: Width 136 cm, depth 4...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Tall Bureau by Edmond Spence
Located in Hudson, NY
A Classic Edmond J Spence design. Characteristic long drawer pulls in birch six drawer capacity. Constructed out of walnut and birch useful and handsome bureau.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Italian Three-Door Credenza, circa 1940s
Located in Stamford, CT
Dual tone credenza original from Italy, 1940-1949. Case has been expertly restored, each door opens up to reveal a set of large drawers providing ample storage space. Additional draw...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Gio Ponti, Rare Dresser, Walnut, for Singer & Sons, America, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An iconic and rare double dresser / cabinet. Designed by Gio Ponti in his signature style where the grips of the drawers form a highly modernist ornamentation. Production of studio-l...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Incredible Midcentury Wall Unit by Dean Santner
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
This amazing wall unit is handcrafted in staved birch. Included are three dressers and a gorgeous secretary. Also included are 17 shelves and one display shelf. Adjustable by raising...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Gio Ponti, Rare Double Dresser, Walnut, for Singer & Sons, America, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An iconic and rare double dresser / cabinet. Designed by Gio Ponti in his signature style where the grips of the drawers form a highly modernist ornamentation. Production of studio-l...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Studio BBPR Desk
Located in Chicago, IL
Writing desk, Studio BBPR, formed by the initials of four Italian architects-designers. Gian Luigi Banfi, Ludovico Belgioso, Enrico Peressuti and Ernesto Nathan Rogers. Period of man...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Mid-Century Danish Modern Wall Unit
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary Mid-Century Danish modern bookcase hand-crafted out of walnut, fully restored and newly refinished in a dark walnut color with an ebonized finish and a lacquer finis...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood, Walnut, Plywood, Lacquer

Mid-Century Modern Curved-Front Walnut Dresser by United Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern curved-front walnut dresser by United Furniture.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood, Walnut

Edition Somop, Important Wardrobe, France, circa 1970
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Edition Somop, important wardrobe in yellow molded plastic, France, circa 1970. Measures: Height 214 cm, width 165 cm, depth 40 cm.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Plastic

Antoine Philippon & Jacqueline Lecoq Sideboard by Behr, 1962 Pointe De Diamant
Located in Munster, NRW
Sideboard with diamond shaped doors (pointe de diamant) designed by Antoine Philippon and Jacqueline Lecoq. In nice condition. Manufactured by Behr, Germany, 1962. (Behr Stamp on ...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Mahogany

Exceptional Midcentury Cabinet
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this beautiful New Hope School credenza made of black Walnut featuring 4 drawers and one door reveiling one shelf. Handcrafted cabinet with applied sculpted...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Large Mid-Century Modern Free Standing Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Magnificent and extra large Mid-Century Modern teak modular wall unit. Design by Poul Cadovius for Cado. Striking Danish design from the 1960s. This free standing wall unit consis...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Pace Burl Wood and Chrome Armoire Cabinet, Italy, 1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Burlwood and chrome armoire dresser by Pace Collection. Designed by Leon Rosen. Italy 1970’s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Aluminum

Grand Guillerme et Chambron Sideboard in Oak with Ceramic Tiles
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, sideboard, solid oak, ceramic tiles, France, 1950s This cabinet holds the characteristics of the French designer duo Guillerme & Chambron. The base has typi...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Ceramic, Oak

Tommi Parzinger Weathered Oak, Mahogany Credenza
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern classically styled credenza, buffet featuring a custom weathered oak/driftwood finish with aged bronzed brass hardware. Credenza has 3 sections with adjustable she...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Mahogany, Oak

Split Bamboo Credenza, circa 1975
Located in San Diego, CA
An extraordinary split bamboo credenza, cabinet, circa 1975. This piece is stunning, fully wrapped including back and plinth base, split reed bamboo over mahogany case construction w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Bamboo, Rattan, Reed

Neoclassical Style Mid-Century Pedestal Column Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Neoclassical style pedestal stand cabinet in carved wood with round marble top and swing door.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Marble

Danish Modern Teak Flip-Top Partners Desk by Peter Løvig Nielsen, circa 1970
Located in Framingham, MA
Midcentury Danish modern flip top partner's desk by Jens Quistgaard for Peter Lovig Nielsen. Teak with brass fittings. Retains original trays for the upper level cubbies. The top she...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Stamford Modern's Stacked Bedside Tables in Silver Ceruse
Located in Stamford, CT
These rustic modern tables are inspired by designer Paul Frankl. Oversized drawer frames and subtly curved fronts feel playfully unbalanced. The sides are also notched to create empt...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass