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Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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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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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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Plastic

La Permanente Mobili Cantù Italian Mid Century Wardrobe
Located in bari, IT
Elegant and functional cabinet overcoat for entrance opening accordion doors produced by La Permanente Mobili Cantù 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Pierre Cardin White and Chrome three-section Cabinet, Chest of Drawers, Armoire
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pierre Cardin white and chrome three-section cabinet, chest of drawers, Armoire. Rare three-door setup with hanging rod and drawers, a few adjustable shelves. Measures: Width 46.5...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Stainless Steel

United Furniture Mid Century Diamond Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
United Furniture mid century diamond highboy dresser This dresser measures: 44 wide x 20 deep x 50 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Century Furniture Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie Burl Wood Gentleman's Chest
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie gentleman's chest or armoire dresser By Raymond Sobota for Century Furniture USA, 1970s Burl wood, with eboni...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Mid-Century Danish Rosewood Chest of Drawers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A remarkable Danish modern bachelor chest of drawers is hand-crafted out of rosewood and is in great condition. It has been newly finished. The dresser comes with seven interior draw...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Metal

Large Italian Wardrobe in Walnut with Mirrored Doors
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Large Italian wardrobe, walnut, wood, glass, brass, Italy, 1950s This large Italian wardrobe has three double doors. The middle ones are mirrored while the doors at the side are v...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Paul McCobb for Calvin Mid Century Brass "X" Base Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
Paul McCobb for Calvin mid century brass "X" base highboy dresser Dresser measures: 36 wide x 19.5 deep x 53 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restor...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Directional Mid Century Walnut and Chrome Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
Directional Mid Century walnut and chrome highboy dresser This dresser measures: 36 wide x 18 deep x 46.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Chrome

Carl Auböck Wardrobe Coat Rack Beechwood Patinated Brass Bronze Hooks, 1950s
Located in Graz, AT
A wardrobe by Carl Auböck, Vienna, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1950. It is made of a beech wood frame in an aged and very warm tone. There are six patinated brass hook...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Wardrobe Cherry Veneer, Italy, 1940s-1950s
Located in Milano, IT
Wardrobe with hinged doors, cherry veneer.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Cherry

Elegant Vintage Wardrobe from Novy Domov, 1970´s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Prague 8, CZ
This elegant vintage wardrobe was made by Nový Domov company in the former Czechoslovakia in the 1970´s. Inside is one rod for the clothes and storage space. In good Vintage conditio...
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Late 20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Ash, Mahogany, Wood

Elegant Vintage Wardrobe from Novy Domov, 1970's, Czechoslovakia
Located in Prague 8, CZ
This elegant vintage wardrobe was made by Nový Domov company in the former Czechoslovakia in the 1970´s. Inside is one rod for the clothes. In good vintage condition, showing slight ...
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Late 20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood, Ash, Mahogany

Directional Mid Century Walnut and Chrome Armoire Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
Directional mid century walnut and chrome armoire dresser This dresser measures: 27 wide x 18 deep x 70.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Chrome

Rare Walnut and Rosewood Mid Century Armoire Dresser by Lane
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Super rare and early midcentury, armoire by Lane. This piece is absolutely beautiful. It's a stunning combination of walnut and rosewood with brass pulls that too are inlaid with ros...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Rosewood, Walnut

Mid Century Canadian Brutalist Walnut Armoire Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
Mid Century Canadian Brutalist walnut armoire highboy dresser Dresser measures: 39 wide x 20 deep x 66.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored v...
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1970s Canadian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Metal

Franklin Shockey Mid Century 6 Drawer Highboy
Located in La Grange, IL
Franklin Shockey mid century 6 drawer highboy Highboy dresser measures: 34.5 wide x 19.5 deep x 43 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage con...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Lane Harlequin Mid Century Inlaid Walnut Gentleman's Chest Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
Lane Harlequin mid century inlaid walnut gentleman's chest highboy dresser. Dresser measures: 42 wide x 18 deep x 46.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we c...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Nickel

Danish Modern Rosewood Armoire / Dresser
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Danish modern solid rosewood armoire / dresser with 9 drawers and shelving storage.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Burl

Italian Wardrobe in Mahogany and Alabaster
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Large Italian wardrobe, curly mahogany, maple, glass, brass, alabaster, Italy, 1960s With its six doors this wardrobe has an impressive size. Two doors on the side hold a mirrored...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Alabaster, Brass

Danish Modern Gentlemans Chest in Rosewood by Lyby
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Lyby Møbler Era: 1960s Materials: Rosewood Measurements: 35.5? wide x 17? deep x 27.5? tall Condition: In excellent original con...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Rosewood

Danish Modern Teak Flip Top Vanity
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Mogens Kold Era: 1960s Materials: Teak Measurements: 29? wide x 15.75? deep x 35? tall Condition: In excellent original conditio...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Teak

Danish Modern Teak Gentlemans Chest by Ølholm
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Ølholm Møbelfabrik Era: 1960s Materials: Teak Measurements: 31.5” wide x 17.75? deep x 25.5? tall Condition: In excellent origin...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Teak

Jean Prouvé with Guy Rey-Millet, Ski Rack Locker, France, circa 1967
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Jean Prouvé with Guy Rey-Millet, Ski rack locker, Refuge de la Vanoise, CAF, Les Arcs, France, circa 1967. Similar model: Atelier d'architecture en Montagne (AAM) par Jean Prouv...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Highboy Dresser
Located in Miami, FL
Both gorgeous and functional, this Scandinavian Modern bachelor's chest of drawers dates from the 1970s. With a total of 6 drawers and three shelves, it provides a ton of storage spa...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Teak

Exceptional Shagreen Cabinet by Larry Laslo
Located in New York, NY
TV cabinet in mahogany with retracting doors covered in shagreen with chrome hardware by Larry Laslo for Widdicomb Furniture, American, 1980s (signed.) This can be refitted to be a w...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Shagreen, Mahogany

Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville Mid Century Louvered Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville mid century louvered highboy dresser chest. This highboy measures 38 wide x 18.75 deep x 44 inches high All pieces of furniture can be...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Milo Baughman for Directional Mid Century Walnut 5 Drawer Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
Milo Baughman for Directional mid century walnut 5 drawer highboy dresser Dresser measures: 40 wide x 18 deep x 46.75 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we c...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Teak Wardrobe designed Silvio Cavatorta, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Stylish Italian mid-century modern teak wardrobe designed by Silvio Cavatorta in the 1950s. The cabinet is made of gloss lacquered teak veneer with five doors finished with brass det...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass, Steel

Heywood Wakefield Sculptra Mid Century Blonde Wheat 5 Drawer Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
Heywood Wakefield sculptra mid century blonde wheat 5 drawer highboy dresser Dresser measures: 38 wide x 19.5 deep x 47.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what w...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Thomasville Brutalist Mid Century Walnut Armoire Gentleman's Chest Highboy Dress
Located in La Grange, IL
Thomasville Brutalist mid century walnut armoire gentleman's chest highboy dresser. Dresser measures: 43 wide x 20 deep x 54 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in wha...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Westnofa Style Teak Mid Century Gentleman's Chest
Located in La Grange, IL
Westnofa style teak mid century gentleman's chest Chest measures: 48.25 wide x 20 deep x 45 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. Th...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Teak

French Elm Armoire Full Length Mirror, circa 1940
Located in FR
French elm armoire with mirror, mid-century On the mirror there are patterns of leaves, Good condition. Shipping: 2 packs: Pack 1: 24/52/129 cm 27.6kg. Pack 2: 33/63/160 48....
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Early 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wrought Iron

Guillerme et Chambron Cubic Wardrobe in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, amoire, solid oak, France, 1960s French designer duo Guillerme et Chambron once again proof their great craftsmanship. This cubic wardrobe with two doors an...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

Large Italian Wardrobe with Mirrored Doors
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Large Italian wardrobe, walnut burl, glass, brass, wood, Italy, 1950s With its six doors this wardrobe has an impressive size. Four doors hold a mirrored surface lined with a deco...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Brass Coat Wall Hooks by Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hooks manufactured by Carl Auböck in Austria in the 1950s.   
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Hand Carved Wardrobe Cabinet by Studio Craftsman Sam Forrest, 1960s
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Large and unique hand carved wooden wardrobe cabinet by noted Virginian master craftsman Sam Forrest. Intricately and deeply carved, the surface is textured with a bold geometric pat...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Set of 7 Mid Century Brass Faux Bamboo Clothes or Coat Hangers
Located in London, GB
A set of 7 unusual mid century brass faux bamboo coat or clothes hangers. 2 sets of 7 available. Beautiful wear and patina, untouched, unpolished.
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Mid Century Walnut and Rosewood Armoire by Lane
Located in Burbank, CA
Wonderful mid century walnut and rosewood armoire manufactured by Lane Furniture in United States, circa 1970s. Features an innovative design where the blind-shaped doors stand out, ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Chrome

1950s Vintage Walnut Wardrobe
Located in London, GB
A stunning vintage wardrobe in walnut and contrasting beech, this was made by Vesper furniture in England during the 1950s-1960s. It is of amazing quality, with lots of nice features...
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1950s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Beech, Walnut

Oceanic Sculpted Walnut Highboy Dresser by Pulaski Furniture Co., circa 1969
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fantastic lacquered sculpted walnut 'Oceanic' highboy dresser cabinet by Pulaski Furniture Corporation, circa 1969 which perfectly encapsulates the California surf mentality of ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Formica, Walnut

Bassett Mid Century Trim Line Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
Bassett mid century trim line highboy dresser Dresser measures: 40 wide x 19 deep x 41.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Chrome

Italian 1950s Armoire in the Manner of Paolo Buffa
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Fantastic armoire with multiple storage and use. It has a wardrobe on the left-hand side with sliding hangers. In the middle double vitrines, three drawers and an open bookshelf. To ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Beech, Rosewood

Drexel Viewpoint 70 Gentlemen’s Chest \ Dresser
Located in Laguna Hills, CA
Drexel Viewpoint 70 Gentlemen’s chest \ dresser. Tons of drawers for maximum storage. The left side drawers make a perfect jewelry storage space. Refinished in a walnut color with ch...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Chrome

Lane MCM Walnut and Cane Plinth Base Armoire Gentleman's Chest Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
Lane mid century walnut and cane plinth base armoire gentleman's chest highboy dresser Dresser measures: 39.25 wide x 18 deep x 56.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be ha...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

United Style Mid Century 5 Drawer Walnut Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
United style mid century 5 drawer walnut highboy dresser Dresser measures: 40 wide x 18.5 deep x 42 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintag...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Midcentury Rectangular Brown Metallic Italian Modular Shelving, 1950
Located in Madrid, ES
Modular shelving unit with solid wood structure. Modules with wardrobe and shelves. Metallic legs finished in brass pellets.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Coat Hooks in Brass, France, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Pair of modernist coat hooks, made of cast and machined brass with original patina.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Large Italian Wardrobe in Walnut Burl and Mahogany
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Large Italian wardrobe, mahogany, walnut burl, glass, brass, Italy, 1950s With its seven doors this wardrobe has an impressive size. Five doors hold a mirrored surface, the two ou...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Gun Cabinet with Brass Sabots
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome Mid-Century Modern gun cabinet comprised of walnut with brass sabots and locking mechanism. Gorgeous vintage condition, one of the lower skirts on the base has some rippling...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Midcentury Wardrobe Designed by Jiří Jiroutek, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of walnut - High gloss - Good, original condition. - Cleaned.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Mainline by Hooker 8 Drawer Mid Century Walnut Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
Mainline by Hooker 8 drawer mid century walnut highboy dresser 40 wide x 19 deep x 46 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. That mea...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Kent Coffey Continental Mid Century 5 Drawer Highboy Dresser
Located in La Grange, IL
Kent Coffey Continental mid century 5 drawer highboy dresser. Dresser measures: 40 wide x 21 deep x 47.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Henredon Scene 2 Armoire
Located in Pasadena, TX
Henredon scene 2 armoire Vintage Henredon scene two olive burl with dove-tailed drawers. Two shelves and four drawers. Ebonized plinth base. Measures: 26" wide x 18" deep x...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

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Olive