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Modern Furniture Design

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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames 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 furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Capiz Shell Pendant, France, circa 1960
Located in Culver City, CA
Capiz shell pendant, France, circa 1960 Black capiz shells with tin armature, forming a series of flowers. Measures: 24.5” diameter x 27” height $ 7,200.  
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1960s French Vintage Modern Furniture

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Tin

Set of 16 Kartell Jellies Flutes in Pink by Patricia Urquiola
Located in New York, NY
The Jellies family tableware line has been expanded to include new items designed especially for the Christmas holidays and for ringing in the new year, the Jellies champagne flute. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Plastic

21st Century Modern Turim Console Handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern Turim console handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple Turim Console Materials Top in polished green Onyx backlit with LED light. Round floor bas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Furniture

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Onyx, Stainless Steel

High Coffee Table Brandt CS1 made of stainless steel by NOOM
Located in Kyiv, UA
New NOOM furniture collection is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus School in Germany. Ideas of functionalism and conciseness, the combination of craft...
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2010s Ukrainian Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Basic Bench by HWE
Located in Geneve, CH
Basic bench by HWE Limited Edition Materials: Waste SLS 3D nylon powder, Sand from sustainable sources Dimensions: H 48 x W 120 x D 34 cm Colours: black, white, cream, terracott...
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2010s British Modern Furniture

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Nylon

Medium Snifter Stout Gentleman Rosalin, 18.6 oz
Located in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Medium snifters may be ordered in both clear and color variations as a gift series of miniatures. Slim lady, long fellow, long face, moon face, stout gentleman and big bertha are wel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Czech Modern Furniture

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Glass

Navagero Murano Glass Mirror
Located in Milan, IT
Bold yet feminine, this exceptional mirror handcrafted by Venetian master glassmakers will be a splendid focal point in classic or eclectic decors. The indented frame in golden cryst...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass

Demille, Indoor/Outdoor Powder-Coated Stainless Steel Sofa by Laun
By Laun
Located in San Marino, CA
DeMille is ready for her close up! Inspired by the streamline moderne architecture found on the east side of Los Angeles, the DeMille sofa hearkens back to LA’s Hollywood Regency era...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel

Casanova Wine Decanter Lead-Free Crystal Clear with Gold Decor, 1 qt.
Located in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
This collection, named after the Venetian adventurer, writer and famous womaniser, is not looking back toward history. With its clear crystal optics, it is if anything on the lookout...
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Early 2000s Czech Modern Furniture

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Glass

Pair of Side Tables in Gunmetal Grey Colored Silver Leaf & Resin by Jake Phipps
Located in Richmond, North Yorkshire
The MIDAS side table is comprised of carefully shredded colored silver-leaf, all left to randomly float in the table’s crystal clear acrylic frame. Light bounces and reflects off the...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Furniture

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Silver Leaf

Una 'Articolo Indeterminativo' Wood Chaise Longue
Located in Roma, IT
The chaise longue is the third piece of the collection Una (Articolo Indeterminativo) by Stefano Marolla. The name of the collection comes from the Italian grammar where the indeterm...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Wood

Ghidini 1961 Butterfly Coatrack in Brass by Richard Hutten
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Coatrack in brass Coats flit from coat hanger to coat hanger like butterfly goes from one flower to another. Butterflies have been a source of inspiration through Art History. From ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Brass

Italian Modernist Murano Glass Flush Mount in Mottled Sherbert Glass
Located in New York, NY
This refined modernist flush mount was realized in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production- during the 20th cent...
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20th Century Italian Modern Furniture

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Brass

Brace Wall Light Large by Bert Frank
Located in Geneve, CH
Brace wall light large by Bert Frank Dimensions: 91 x 33 x 29 cm Materials: Brass Available in: Nickel All our lamps can be wired according to each country. If sold to the U...
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2010s British Modern Furniture

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Alabaster, Brass

12 Amaltea Vase, by Ettore Sottsass from Memphis Milano
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
The Amaltea Vase was designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1986. The vase is part of the “Amaltea Glass” collection. Made in Murano. Signed “E.Sottsass per Memphis”. Signed on the base. Et...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Glass

In Stock in Los Angeles, White Turtle Carry Planter / Champagne Cooler
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. (2.2) In stock in Los Angeles For greenery to flourish or your champagne bottles to be fresh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Plastic

Ultrafragola Mirror/Lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Italy
Located in Milan, Italy
This is Ultrafragola a nice mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova in the 1970. It is a translucent white plastic frame of undulating outline, concealing pink internal fl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Glass, Plastic

In Stock in Los Angeles, Trinity, Outdoor Aluminum Rocking Chair & Chrome Finish
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 500 other unique products. (2.5) In Stock in Los Angeles Shiny and bright outdoor rocking chair, ready to be sun kissed...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Aluminum

Dia Contemporary LED Chandelier, Config. 3, Solid Brass, Handmade/finished, Art
Located in Torslanda, SE
Dia is a sculptural chandelier inspired by the heterophony of natural sound. Each frame (or melody) is hand-rolled with all joints cleverly concealed within the circular light source...
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2010s Scandinavian Modern Furniture

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Brass

Viccarbe Last Minute High Stool by Patricia Urquiola, White
Located in Miami, FL
stool by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola for Viccarbe. A rotomoulded polyethylene seat with a lacquered steel frame and stainless steel footrest. Its structural design has ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel

HOLLY HUNT Fjord Hanging Small LED Light in Aged Nickel
Located in Chicago, IL
Holly Hunt Fjord hanging small LED light in aged nickel Additional Information: Materials: Nickel Frame finish: Aged nickel Diffuser: Acrylic Illumination: Integrated LED, 120, 2700...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Furniture

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Nickel

Hand Blown Glass Bonsai Sculpture 2019 #01
Located in Camisano Vicentino, IT
Hand blown glass sculpture representing a bonsai tree. Artist: Simone Crestani Material: borosilicate glass Technique: flameworking Unique piece Year: 2019 Measures: Height 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass

DeMille, Indoor/Outdoor Copper-Plated Stainless Steel Dining Chair by Laun
By Laun
Located in San Marino, CA
DeMille is ready for her close up! Inspired by the streamline moderne architecture found on the east side of the city, the DeMille chair hearkens back to LA’s Hollywood Regency era. ...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel

Modern Floor Mirror, "Loveself" by Ivan Voitovych
Located in Kyiv, UA
Floor mirror Designer: Ivan Voitovych Model: Loveself 01 Dimensions: H170 x 70 x 4 Materials: MDF(Hungary), ecological water paint Colors: blue, black, white, grey Each mirror is a ...
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2010s Ukrainian Modern Furniture

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Wood

EATER, modern steel black dining Chair 'without Cushion' by oitoproducts
Located in Kyiv, UA
We've always wanted to create a chair with two legs. After long experiments with different sizes, angles, the cross-section of the pipes, we found the golden mean. It's hard to surp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ukrainian Modern Furniture

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Steel

Quadro Celeste B Rug by Studiopepe for CC-Tapis
Located in New York, NY
Hand knotted in the cc-tapis atelier in Kathmandu, Nepal. The rug is made with a cotton weave and a Himalayan wool coming from the areas surrounding the atelier. 125.000 individual k...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Furniture

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Cotton

McTavish Chandelier from the Pisces Collection by Andrea Claire
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The McTavish is a chandelier featuring smooth, floating brass and undulating sea-colored fiberglass. It’s a horizontal chandelier ideal for dining rooms, living rooms and can be in...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Brass

HOLLY HUNT Artemis Left Facing Sconce in Medium Bronze by Stefan Gulassa
Located in Chicago, IL
Holly Hunt Artemis left facing sconce in medium bronze by Stefan Gulassa Additional Information: Materials: Cast bronze, glass Frame finish: Medium Bronze Frame: Left facing ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Furniture

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Bronze

Off White Sofa with Walnut Legs by Nuevo, Almost New
Located in Kansas City, MO
Six and a half foot off white / cream color sofa made by Neuvo. This was original purchased to stage a home for sale and is virtually unused. No signs of wear to the fabric. There ma...
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2010s Vietnamese Modern Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Venini Fragments Small Wall Light in Blue and Green by Fernando & Humberto Campa
Located in New York, NY
Fragments applique giant wall sconce, designed by Fernando & Humberto Campana and manufactured by Venini, is made of scraps and pieces of Venini glass. Every lamp is a unique art pie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Glass

Vega Quattro Flush Mount in Cast Glass by Matthew Fairbank
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vega is a geometric, modular, contemporary lighting fixture. The body is made from extruded aluminum with brass accents. The diffusers are available in cast glass. No external driver...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Aluminum

Romeo Rega Brass Console Table with Custom Top
Located in Stamford, CT
A custom made textured reverse painted glass top (Later) on a period brass console table designed by Romeo Rega. Please note blue appears slightly darker that it is in reality.
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Furniture

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Brass

Torcello Murano Glass Console
Located in Milan, IT
A sublime showcase of craftsmanship by expert artisans of the Venetian glassmaking tradition, this exceptional console will make a uniquely lavish accent in a refined entryway. Disti...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass

Timeless Side Table I by Maria Osminina, Limited Edition
Located in Geneve, CH
Timeless side table I by Maria Osminina Limited Edition of 12 Dimensions: 37 ? 37 ? 24 cm Materials: Travertino Romano Timeless is a series of pieces of stone furniture in whic...
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2010s Russian Modern Furniture

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Travertine

Modern Three Drawer Night Stand
Located in New York, NY
Modern night stand or cabinet with three wood veneered drawers. Measures: 22” H x 24” W x 16.5” D.
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Late 20th Century Modern Furniture

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Metal

Modern Walnut End Table Chest
Located in North York, ON
Modern walnut end table chest featuring sleek designed double drawers with a black lacquer accented top. Priced individually and available in pairs. Price includes complimentary s...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Metal

Beige Cream Brown Contemporary Handmade Turkish Flatweave Kilim Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A contemporary Turkish flatweave Kilim small room size carpet handmade during the 21st century in shades of beige, cream, and brown. This patchwork style rug consists of hand-weaving...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Furniture

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Hemp

Karl Springer "Tray Top Side Table" in Embossed Lizard Leather 1980s 'Signed'
Located in New York, NY
2-tier "Tray Top Side Table" covered in embossed lizard leather with drawer by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed on drawer with metal label which reads "Karl Springer"). This ta...
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1980s American Vintage Modern Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Avocado Modern Ceramic Table Desk Lamp Marble and Gold Detail, Pop Art Lighting
Located in Porto, PT
The avocado table lamp is a standing light designed to impress. Inspired by the most popular fruit in the world. The Avocado desk lamp summarises the Pop Art concept, distilling the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Furniture

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Ceramic

Boscolo Table with Lazy Susan by Bosco Fair
Located in Milan, IT
The sculptural flair of this imposing round table will elevate any indoor setting. The round top in prized Breccia Medicea marble equipped with a refined lazy susan in mirrored glass...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Wood

Red Fish - Animalistic Contemporary Hand Knotted Wool Silk Rug
Located in Milano, IT
Watercolor painting that has become a reality and a new trend Refinement of color rendering “Koi Pond” capsule collection includes two rugs, “Red Fish” and “Gold Fish”, which hav...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Furniture

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Wool, Silk

In Stock in Los Angeles, 8.6 Feet Pop Art White Indoor Giraffe with Chandelier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. (2.2) In Stock in Los Angeles "Giraffe in Love" is the new product born from artist/designer...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Fiberglass

Pair of Modernist Handblown Murano Smoked Pendants w/ Oil Rubbed Bronze Fittings
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of modernist pendants were handblown in Murano, Italy- the island off the coast of Venice renowned for centuries for its superlative glass production. The fixtures ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Bronze

Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Furniture

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Hardwood

Contemporary Dining Chair Featuring Natural Rattan Backrest
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modern style dining chairs in ebony finished frame. Ebony finished wood frame. Backrest in natural woven cane. Seat in chocolate brown leather. Dimensions: W 47 ...
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2010s European Modern Furniture

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Leather, Rattan, Wood

Coquillage Chandelier by Ludovic Clément d'Armont
Located in Geneve, CH
Coquillage chandelier by Ludovic Clément d'Armont Materials: Brass, blown glass Dimensions: diameter 120 x height 40 Every creation of Ludovic Clément d’Armont can be made to o...
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2010s French Modern Furniture

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Brass

Chile Modern Side Chair
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
This Chile modern side chair is beautifully constructed from solid wood in Ohio, USA. The lounge chair's silhouette is simple, modern, and sleek with comfortable back and seat cushio...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Hardwood

Veronese Murano Glass Mirror
Located in Milan, IT
An array of leaves and frond details in antique-finished crystal embellish the sinuous frame of this sublime, one-off mirror handcrafted by Venetian master glassmakers. The three-dim...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass

Handmade Hammered White Bronze Bench, Stephanie Odegard
Located in Tulsa, OK
Handmade hammered white bronze Alison spear bench by Stephanie Odegard This handmade hammered bench is part of the Stephanie Odegard collection. The surface design is mostly hamme...
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2010s Nepalese Modern Furniture

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Copper

Niemeyer II Armchair and Stool, Fur, InsidherLand by Joana Santos Barbosa
Located in Porto, Rio Tinto
Both the Niemeyer II fur armchair and stool are named after the Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer whose Architecture was spread like sculptural poetry in the History of humankind. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Furniture

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Oak, Fur

Modern Sculptural Table by Sebastiano Bottos, Italia
Located in Pordenone, IT
"Dorian" table by Sebastiano Bottos is a complex Corian made shape deriving from a simple design: an elliptical surface supported by a bent base that delicately skirts its vertices. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Acrylic

Table B Anodized Aluminum Top Dining or Conference Table by BD Barcelona Design
Located in Chicago, IL
Konstantin Grcic opens the Extrusions collection which he has designed for BD Barcelona design with this table, baptised as Table B. Its name is as simple and technical as the design...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Furniture

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Aluminum

Kilombo Home 21st Century Handtufted Wool Rug Made in Spain White Gold Purple
Located in Madrid, ES
This rug is handmade in Spain using the handtufted technique. We use only the finest natural yarns, 100% pure virgin wool with a thickness of 15mm. This design has been outlined to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Furniture

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Wool

Bronzed Branch Door Created by Atelier Boucquet
Located in Roeselare, BE
Pair of doors made of wood branches which have been bronzed.
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2010s Belgian Modern Furniture

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Bronze

“Revolve” No.3 Blue, Contemporary Handmade Sculptural Side Table 'no.01/03'
Located in Holte, DK
“Revolve”, No. 3 in Blue (no. 01/03) This is made in a limited edition of only 3 pieces + 1 AP The three sculptural furniture pieces are made in three different colors, making t...
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2010s Danish Modern Furniture

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Cast Stone

San Marco Murano Glass Wall Mirror
Located in Milan, IT
This rectangular mirror is a showcase of unrivaled craftsmanship achieved by Murano master glassmakers according to traditional 14th-century techniques. The frame is adorned with ele...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass

"Golden Tiger" Scuipture by Jiang Tiefeng, 1993, Bronze w/ 23-Carat Gold Leaf
Located in Kansas City, MO
Stunning cast bronze "Golden Tiger" by Jiang Tie-feng, 1993. Hand-finished 23-carat gold leaf. Mint condition.
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1990s Modern Furniture

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

21st Century Jack Russell Dog Lamp Light by Marcantonio, White Painted Bronze
Located in Cesena, IT
"5 minutes alone" Jack Russell dog lamp, by Marcantonio. White painted bronze. Never leave a Jack Russell alone for 5 minutes because he disassembles your furniture! I wanted to add...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Brass, Bronze

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