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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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Ingo Maurer Bird Chandelier with Feather Wings and Red Cable
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Birdie chandelier features red curly branch-like electrical wires and 12-pcs of low-voltage lighting bulbs, each equipped with goose-feather wings. This large contemporary chandelier...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Furniture

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Metal

Jonathan Trayte Floor Lamp 'Pink Hot Solar Buzzer Number 1' Custom Contemporary
Located in Dallas, TX
Massive custom light sculpture by contemporary Avant-Garde British artist Jonathan Trayte. Extraordinarily well crafted. We have two separate fixtures available in different sizes. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Furniture

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Brass

SACHA CHAIR - Modern Chic Velvet Chair
Located in Laguna Niguel, CA
The Sacha chair features sculptured channeled velvet to create a chic and sophisticated silhouette. Fully custom and made to order in California. As shown in luxury velvet/charcoal $...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Upholstery

A-Typical Round Table, Signed by Arno Declercq
Located in Geneve, CH
A-typical round table - signed by Arno Declercq Measures: Top: L 160 cm x W 140 cm x H 1.2 cm L 63" x W 55" x H 0.5" Base: L 94 cm x W 80 cm x H 73 cm L 37 "x W 31.5 “ x H 28...
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2010s Belgian Modern Furniture

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Wood, Glass

Dudes Plastic Chair Appropriation by Bert Loeschner
Located in Vienna, AT
One of a kind interpretation of the plastic chair that has been most frequently sold worldwide. It's an iconic success-story that here undergoes a radical transformation, adding an e...
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2010s Austrian Modern Furniture

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Plastic

Riquadi Vase Clear and Opaque Orange, Barovier Et Toso
Located in Brussels, BE
Large “Riquadri” vase designed and manufactured by the Barovier and Toso studio in 1999. This vase takes its inspiration from a historical model of the "a tessere" technique of the ...
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1990s Italian Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass

Aldo Tura Brown Parchment Brass Hardware Two Doors Lit from Within Dry Bar 1950s
Located in Milano, IT
Aldo Tura dry bar. Brown parchment, brass hardware, two drawers, two doors lit from within from 1950s period. Internally this dry bar is arranged with glass shelves and there are lig...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Furniture

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Brass

Townhouse, Handtufted, Wool and Viscose, Kiki van Eijk
Located in Milan, Lombardy
By Nodus 2013 collection. Townhouse by Kiki van Eijk is handtufted in wool and viscose, 200 x 300 cm, representing a typical house you can find in the Netherlands, the designer st...
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2010s Indian Modern Furniture

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Other

Maniglia Desk Lamp by Stilnovo
Located in Dronten, NL
Maniglia table lamp designed by De Pas, Lomazzi and D'Urbino for Stilnovo. Marked.
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Smoked Wood, Handtufted, Wool, Laureline Galliot
Located in Milan, Lombardy
By Nodus 2018 collection. Smoked wood by Laureline Galliot is a handtufted carpet in wool, 200 x 300 cm. The designer was inspired by wood while burning in the modern style of Bol...
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2010s Indian Modern Furniture

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Wool

Mario Bellini Post-Modern Highback Desk Chair for Vitra, Signed and Dated 1993
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A spectacular example of a Mario Bellini signed highback executive desk chair for the Vitra, dated 1993 production. This Post Modern executive task chair features soft and supple bla...
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1990s Swiss Modern Furniture

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Leather, Plastic

De Sede DS-35 Distressed Leather Executive Office Chair, Signed and Dated 1969
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful distressed leather on this vintage De Sede DS35 highback executive desk chair on casters. This incredible office chair features an extremely comfortable form, burnt orange ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Millefiori Table Lamp, Italy, 20th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Table lamp standing on a round black metal base with a large bell-shaped glass shade in blue, made in Millefiori technique.  
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20th Century Italian Modern Furniture

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Glass

Gaetano Pesce Sofa "La Michetta" for Meritalia, Italy, 2005
Located in Greding, DE
Sofa designed by Gaetano Pesce (*1939) for Meritalia, designed in 2005. This sofa consists of five modules in pink and purple. The shape of "La Michetta" is reminiscent of the Milane...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Furniture

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Fabric

In Stock in Los Angeles, Kong Gorilla Pink Floor Lamp by Stefano Giovannoni
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. Giovannoni's Kong is, surprisingly, technological and almost human. It shines in front of it...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Plastic

21st Century Aire Coffee Table XL Bardiglio Marble Oxidized Brass
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Coffee table top in matt Bardiglio marble with a split face effect on the edge and an inlay metal detail in oxidized brass with a high-gloss finish. Metal structure base lacquered in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Furniture

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Marble, Brass

21st Century Ferreirinha 8-Seat Round Dining Table Lazy Susan Calacatta Bianco
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Dining tabletop and base in polished Calacatta Bianco marble. tabletop with Lazy Susan. Tubular metal legs in brushed brass with a high-gloss finish. Ferreirinha 8-seat dining tab...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Furniture

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Marble, Brass

In Stock in Los Angeles, Black and Brass Outdoor Cactus Chair by Marcantonio
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Type COLLECTIONI in the search bar to view 300 unique products like this one. This black and brass armchair features a brass finish mid century legs. The prickly pear is an iconic p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Brass

Sculpted Sun Wall Lamp in Glazed Ceramic Large Size by Laura Gonzalez
Located in Paris, FR
Wall lamp in geometric relief made by the Jean Roger workshop in Paris. Available in green, yellow, blue and matt white colors and in two sizes.
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2010s French Modern Furniture

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Ceramic

Riquadri Vase Azur Yellow, Barovier e Toso
Located in Brussels, BE
Large “Riquardi” vase designed and manufactured by the Barovier and Toso studio in 1999. This vase takes its inspiration from a historical model of the "a tessere" technique of the ...
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1990s European Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass

African Retro Rug. Size: 6 ft x 9 ft
Located in New York, NY
Sophisticated Wool and Viscose African Retro Rug Type / Country of Origin: India Circa Date: Modern / New - Size: 6 ft x 9 ft (1.83 m x 2.74 m). The traditional designs of African Ku...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Furniture

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Wool

In Stock in Los Angeles, Upholstered Blue Velvet Lounge Sofa, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. An alternation of rounded shapes and geometrical lines, a composite, multi-ethnic plan in wh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Brass

Contemporary Handmade Pomegranate Khotan Room Size Carpet in Yellow and Purple
Located in New York, NY
A modern pomegranate design Khotan room size carpet handmade during the 21st century in shades of light straw yellow and light purple. Measures: 9' 10" x 13' 4".
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Modern Furniture

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Wool

Red Egg, Multi Drawer Mini Chest, Hand Carved Wood Sculpture by Steve Turner
Located in Chicago, IL
White ash is a hardwood native to North America with light color and even grain, this ovalular sculpture is created from laminating layers of wood and hand carving and shaping the su...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Wood, Ash

"Tara Sofa" by Rene Holten for Artifort
Located in Chicago, IL
Rarely seen "Tara Sofa" by Rene Holten for Artifort. Produced in France, circa 1990s.
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1990s French Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Lisbon Brass and Enamel Sconce
Located in New York, NY
Magic mood. Large and in charge, our Lisbon sconce is a glamorous gesture that's just as elegant in a studio apartment as it is in an Italian palazzo. A polished brass stem supports ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Furniture

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Enamel, Brass

21st Century Bongó Cabinet Patagonia Granite Sahara Noir Marble Oxidized Brass
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Wooden bar cabinet with round structure lacquered in high-gloss champagne-colored bronze powder. Semicircular sliding doors in polished Sahara Noir marble, automatically activated by...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Furniture

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Granite, Marble, Brass

Lawrence Peabody Walnut Side Table for Craft Associates Furniture
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Lawrence Peabody Manufacturer: Craft Associates Furniture Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern Specs: Walnut This Lawrence Peabody walnut side table for Craft Associate...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Walnut

Modern Dining Room Table Solid Oak, Contemporary Nathan Lindberg Pedestal D
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Beautiful contemporary Nathan Lindberg table, heavyweight. This piece can be used as a dining table for 6-12 persons (depends on the size) or as a conference table, or even a large f...
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2010s German Modern Furniture

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Wood, Oak

Oxblood Glazed Stoneware Lamp by Axel Salto
Located in Stamford, CT
A quadruple gourd form Stoneware lamp designed by Axel Salto in 1944 and produced by between 1969 and 1974. Signed SALTO and marked Royal Copenhagen and impressed 192.51 and numbered...
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1970s Danish Vintage Modern Furniture

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Stoneware

Ekornes Stressless Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs & Ottomans Leather & Chrome
Located in Topeka, KS
Wonderful pair of vintage Ekornes Stressless Scandinavian lounge chairs and ottomans. Comprised of taupe leather and chrome bases. Very good vintage condition. The arm rests on one c...
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Late 20th Century Norwegian Modern Furniture

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Chrome

Tiffany Modern Sterling Silver Serving Tray
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver serving tray. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Round with deep well and molded rim. Fully marked including pattern no. 20187. Weight: 22 troy ounces. Measure...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Furniture

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Sterling Silver

"Inside Story" Desk, Ebony and Grey Maple by Ivan Paradisi
Located in Turin, IT
The "Inside Story" desk is meant as a pure artistic presence in the room, or, as in Ivan's concept, as a conceptual explanation of space known only by the people closely involved wit...
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2010s Italian Modern Furniture

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Ebony, Maple, Leather

Edie Sconce, Blackened Brass
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Edie explores the relationship between two similar forms. An exaggerated top column plays against the sconce’s overall sense of quiet restraint. While Edie evokes a certain feelin...
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2010s Canadian Modern Furniture

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Brass

African Retro Rug. Size: 9 ft x 12 ft
Located in New York, NY
Sophisticated African Retro Rug Type / Country of Origin: India Circa Date: Modern / New - Size: 9 ft x 12 ft (2.74 m x 3.66 m). Mid century modern is making a comeback among modern ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Furniture

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Wool

Chair C-144 by Dale Italia
Located in Cadeglioppi de Oppeano, VR
A stunning, elegant chair, handcrafted with passion in Italy with high quality, premium solid walnut. The seat comes with top quality leather available in different colors or with su...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Leather, Walnut, Fabric, Faux Leather

Modern pyramid Console Table White Oak wood 21st century stainless steel metal
Located in Miami, FL
Bold pyramids console Baltic birch plywood with quarter cut white oak veneer, in stock (Brass and stainless steel Inlays upon request) Designed by Ana Volante Dimensions: 82cm ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Furniture

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Plywood

Modernist Translucent and Frosted Channeled Crystal Bowl Signed Lalique
Located in New York, NY
This elegant modernist bowl was realized in France by Lalique- one of France's finest luxury glass and jewelry houses since 1888. It features a scalloped perimeter with channeled sid...
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20th Century French Modern Furniture

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Crystal

Moka Counter Stool in White Vellutino Fabric
Located in New York, NY
The world's longest cultivated coffee, all the way from Yemen, Moka is known for its intriguing nuance - just like the Moka counter stool. This simple yet refined chair can be featur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Furniture

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Fabric, Wood

Modernist Vibrant Art Glass Vase Ioan Nemtoi
Located in Montreal, QC
Vivid yellow and multi-color striped ovoid form vase hand blown by renowned Romanian glass artist Ioan Nemtoi (b. 1964-). The snipped yellow lip over luminous matte yellow base with...
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Late 20th Century Romanian Modern Furniture

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Art Glass

Pair of Large Murano Glass Wall Lights
Located in London, GB
An unusual stylized pair of cone shaped Murano glass wall lights. Built up of small cut pieces on a metal frame, Italian, circa 1960s.
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass

In stock in Los Angeles, Begin Grey Outdoor Sofa, Designed by Angeletti Ruzza
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. Sectional garden sofa with removable cover. Comfortable and informal, "Begin" is a modular s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric

Set of Plates or Platters Handmade in Pink Onyx Design by Pieruga Marble Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
Hand carved presentation plates in pink onyx. Multiple use as plates, platters and placers. The polished finishing underlines the transparency of the onyx making this a very precious...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Onyx

Large Modern Coffee Table, Handmade, Geometric, Blacked Steel, by J.M. Szymanski
Located in Bronx, NY
"Table No. 11" d. 2017 Size: 48" L, 48" W, 14"H This table is handmade entirely out of blackened and waxed steel. Geometric voids within the table surface create a dramatic and ...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

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Steel, Steel, Iron, Iron

Running Reflection, circa 1988
Located in Miami, FL
Jean Sanglar was born in France in 1926. He draws with taste and talent from an early age, however, his family will only consider this a mere hobby. After studying law, he later took...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Furniture

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Acrylic, Wood, Paint

Mid-20th Century Handmade Cotton Agra Room Size Carpet
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Indian cotton Agra room size carpet handmade during the mid-20th century influenced by Persian Mughal carpets by utilizing the Classic 'Herati' pattern and 'Turtle Palmette...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Modern Furniture

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Cotton

21st Century by Micheluzzi Glass Pozzo Amber Vase Handmade Murano Glass
Located in Venice, IT
Defined by its sturdy, rotund body, the design of this vase recalls the Venetian water wells – Pozzo. Following the blowing process the vase is cold worked with carving and polishing...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture

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Murano Glass

"Pilar" Modernist Style Dining Table Golden Steel and Pau Ferro Brazilian Wood
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
The designer Alessandra Delgado has a background in architecture and as so likes to use the challenges sometimes faced on architectural projects in her work. The dining table Pilar w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Furniture

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Steel

FLOAT BED - Modern Platform Bed in Faux White Leather
Located in Laguna Niguel, CA
The float bed features a low slung, sexy headboard with a fully upholstered platform system. Available in King, Cali King, Queen or twin sizes. Headboard height can also be customize...
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2010s American Modern Furniture

Materials

Upholstery

Valentin Loellmann Side Chair
Located in San Francisco, CA
A side chair by German furniture designer Valentine Loellmann, circa 2015. Completely hand constructed in brass and not cast, with a charred oak seat and back that has been made to f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

"Smoky Eclipse" Contemporary Coffee Table Ft. Dark Oak Glass by Grzegorz Majka
Located in London, GB
"The Smoky Eclipse" is a contemporary coffee table featured hand-blown glass base and solid oiled oak top. The total eclipse of every interior? With this amazing table everything is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Polish Modern Furniture

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Blown Glass, Oak

George Kasparian Wingback Sofa on Sculptural Walnut Base
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible floating wingback sofa design was by George Kasparian, circa 1970s, featuring a beautiful Silhouette with its wingback arms, button tufted seat and seat-back, exquisi...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Modern Chaise Lounge in Silver Steel and Blue Leather
Located in Alcoy, Alicante
Chaise lounge in old silver steel and navy blue leather, Modern style, from the Wanderlust collection Serene pieces where exclusivity and precision are shown in small details such...
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2010s Spanish Modern Furniture

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Brass, Steel, Steel

Eros Carpet, Hand Knotted in Wool and Silk 100 Kpi, Sofie Lachaert & Luc d'Hanis
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Eros is designed by Sofie Lachaert and Luc d'Hanis It’s a hand knotted rug at 100 knots per square inch. The size is 250 x 350 cm. The pile height is 6 mm. The rug is manufactured i...
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2010s Nepalese Modern Furniture

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Wool

Inside-Out sideboard Cabinet Largo, Fine Lacquer Pink Credenza, cupboard walnut
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Now available in Walnut finish as well! The Inside-Out collection is composed of two pieces: Lungo and Largo. This listing is for Largo sideboard cabinet, Buffet, credenza: Six feet ...
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2010s Canadian Modern Furniture

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Wood, Wood

African Retro Rug. Size: 8 ft x 10 ft
Located in New York, NY
Sophisticated African Retro Rug Type / Country of Origin: India, Circa Date: Modern / New - Size: 8 ft x 10 ft (2.44 m x 3.05 m). Modern design trends favor neutrals to create a soft...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Furniture

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Wool

Contemporary Design Rose Pink Peacock Tall Cabinet with Gold Metal by Arijian
Located in Namyangju-si, KR
The peacock collection is truly the summit of mother-of-pearl art that fully expresses the exquisite rainbow shimmering of the nacre. The use of different types of mother of pearl, w...
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2010s South Korean Modern Furniture

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Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

Mira Nakashima Figured Rocker Chair circa 2009 Signed and Dated
Located in Stamford, CT
Mira Nakashima figured rocker chair circa 2009 signed and dated. The underside signed Mira Nakashima and with the original owner's name. Provenance: Ordered directly from George...
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Early 2000s Modern Furniture

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Wood