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Mid-Century Modern Furniture

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Free Shape Coffee Tables by Studio Glustin
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Pair of free-shaped coffee tables in brass with tops in tainted glasses. Creation by Studio Glustin. Dimensions: - 116 x 114 x H 38 cm - 115 x 112 x H 31 cm.
Category

2010s French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Gerrit Rietveld Red Laquer Zig Zag Chairs for Cassina, Dutch Design Classics
Located in Antwerp, BE
Gerrit Rietveld; Cassina; Italy; Dutch design; Mid-Century Modern; The inconic 'Zig Zag Chair' was designed by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld in 1934. Relaunched in 1973/ 2011 and manufa...
Category

2010s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Werner Biermann for Arte Sano Bar Stools, Hand-Tanned Leather, Colombia, 1960's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Werner Biermann for Arte Sano Bar Stools, Hand-Tanned Leather, Colombia, 1960's Mid-century modern bar stools designed by Werner Biermann for Arte Sano. Colombia, in the 1960s. H...
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1960s Colombian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

Italian Vintage Crystal Chandelier or Lantern with Bronze Frame, 1950s
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous vintage midcentury chandelier or lantern with beautiful work of crystal beads and glasses on brass / bronze lamp frame. Original from the midcentury, made in Italy, 1950s. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Crystal, Brass, Bronze

Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig & Gino Maggioni Pair of Bentwood Lounge Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig & Gino Maggioni, pair of lounge chairs, walnut, natural cord, Italy, 1940 Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig (1896-1945) and Gino Maggioni (1898-1955) designe...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Cord, Walnut

Cedric Hartman Design Bronze and Marble Guéridon Table
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Cedric Hartman designed table of polished bronze that adroitly embraces the circular marble top. An elegant heirloom quality Guéridon. Signed and numbered on bottom of top brace.
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Marble, Brass

Brass Ceiling by Studio Glustin
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Superb ceiling in brass with cubic and sculpted Murano glasses. Creation by Studio Glustin.
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Ceiling Light by Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stilnovo Ceiling Light. Frosted glass and aged brass. Original canopy. Rewired for U.S. standards. We recommend six Qty E14 Sockets 10W. Lightbulbs not included.
Category

1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Italian Wall Lamps with Black Shades and Brass Mounts
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Italian wall lamps, metal, brass, Italy, 1950s. These lovely Italian wall lamps feature a perfectly shaped shade. The organic form consists of a semicircular bottom shade and a cy...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Large Set Midcentury Lights with Brass Frame & Large Handblown Glass Globe 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large set hotel ceiling/wall lights with brass frame and large hand blown glass. The lights are beautifully thanks to the hand blown glass. These lights were originally founded at la...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pierre Chapo Large Wall Unit in Solid Elm
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pierre Chapo, wall unit 'bibliothèque' model B17, elm, France, 1960s This wall-mounted book shelf model 'B17' is designed by Pierre Chapo. The shelving system was created in 1967 ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Elm

Pair of Six Jens Risom Side/Dining Room Chairs Model 666 for Walter Knoll 1950s
Located in Almelo, NL
Pair of six Jens Risom side / dining room chairs model 666 for Walter Knoll. Model in solid oak and braided polyvinyl strips. These chairs are in original and untouched condition, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Isamu Noguchi Akari 70N Light Sculpture
Located in Dronten, NL
Akari 70N lamp designed by Isamu Noguchi, 1951. Manufactured by Ozeki & Co. in Japan. Bambu structure covered by washi paper. Rewired for U.S. standards. New cord and canopy from N...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Bamboo, Paper

Pair of Italian 1970s Rope-Inlaid Lounge Chairs with New Cushions
Located in Chicago, IL
A pair of 1970s Italian rope-inlaid lounge chairs, with geometric line patterns in a contrasting color. Oversize square bases sit firmly on cylindrical metal legs. The shearling ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Rope

Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte Chandelier Model 1239
Located in New York, NY
Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte elegant chandelier or suspension light with large curved polished crystal glass disc atop frosted glass diffuser with central brass ornament, and suspend...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Crystal, Brass

Neutra Boomerang Chair Limited Edition 81/100
Located in Portland, OR
limited edition No. 81 of 100 Richard Neutra believed that architecture should serve as a catalyst for social betterment. When he developed the San Pedro, Calif. Channel Heights H...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Canvas, Walnut

Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig & Gino Maggioni Side Table in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig & Gino Maggioni, coffee table, walnut, Italy, 1940. Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig (1896-1945) and Gino Maggioni (1898-1955) designed this coffee table i...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Richard Harvey Sculpta-Grille Model C-20 Freestanding Room Divider, 1959
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This freestanding model C-20 Sculpta-Grille room divider by Richard Harvey for Harvey Design Workshop, Inc was conceptualized and designed in the 1950s and finally released to the pu...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal

Adjustable Triennale 3 Arms Chandelier Brass, Stilnovo Style, Three Hues of Blue
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Bespoke chandelier with three arms that are counterbalanced. That allows to move the arms up and down. The heads are on a pivotting joint to they can reach any desired angle. This c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Lounge Chairs, Italy 1970s
Located in Greding, DE
Pair of lounge chairs with brown leather upholstery in original condition.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather

Sistema, Brass 6 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier, for Oval dining Table
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Second SISTEMA chandelier with 3 sections and 6 arms. Ideal for an oval dining table. It works well also over an island or a counter, and still great on a rectangular table. With a r...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of Oak Nightstands in the Manner of Charlotte Perriand, France, 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of solid oak nightstands, possibly Perriand, made in France in the 1950s. Lightly refinished. Four available, sold in pairs.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

Art Deco Style Halden Armchair Handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Deco Style Halden Armchair Brass Chenille Oak Root Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Inspired by the Norwegian homonym border town in th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

Pair of Rare Spear Loveseats by Ib Kofod-Larsen 'Danish' for Selig
Located in Belmont, MA
Two Rare Ib Kofod-Larsen (Danish, 1921-2003) for Selig Spear Love Seats, Denmark, c. 1960, walnut, brass, steel, each with round Selig tag, ht. 26 1/2, wd. 50, dp. 31 in. This pair o...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid Century Oak Dining Armchair
Located in Westwood, NJ
Mid century style dark oak dining armchair in our Dusk finish, with a padded back and seat upholstered in performance linen fabric adds comfort and sophistication to this timeless de...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Oak

"Butterflies" Chandelier by Studio Glustin
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
This majestic chandelier is featuring a brass armature and Murano glass butterflies in colored in gold, yellow and amber. Modern creation by studio Glustin. The size in customizable.
Category

2010s French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

1960's Poul Hundevad Expandable Teak Bar Cart Trolley
Located in New York, NY
Danish Midcentury teak bar cart designed by Poul Hundevad for Hundevad & Co., featuring two tray tiers which can be removed and rearranged into a larger serving top. Beautiful, origi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Teak

Michel Buffet Model #B207 White Table Lamp
Located in Glendale, CA
Michel buffet model #B207 white table lamp. This authorized edition is still made by Michel Buffet in France with many of the same small-scale manufacturing techniques and craftsmans...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass, Steel

Mid-Century Modern, Haussmann Armchair, by Robert & Trix Haussmann, Design, 1964
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
The Haussmann chair is a vibrant timeless piece of comfort and elegance. This unique three-leg chair premiered at the "Haussmann Expo 64" and was designed by Robert & Trix Haussma...
Category

2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Ash Frame Day Bed Settee with New Upholstery
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1960 ash framed day bed with new upholstery. Found in England, this has new webbing, all new foam and upholstery fabric is a neutral, nubby chenille. Day bed or studio couch fr...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Ash

Sistema Solare, Luxury Ivory Onyx and Brass 6 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sistema Solare is the luxury version of the Sistema chandelier, the shade is made of a thin cut precious ivory onyx slab. Ivory onyx comes from middle east quarries and has a unique...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Onyx, Brass

Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan Bronze Verdigris Ottomans, circa 1959
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous and highly sought-after collectors items, these ottomans by Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan are early production "originals" of the design, not the newly reproduced ones that l...
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Window / Balcony Concrete Planter, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural 23.5" long rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted in the 1960s and 1970s Switzerland and signed and d...
Category

1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Concrete

1950s Giuseppe Ostuni Red Cone Table Lamp for Oluce
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s Giuseppe Ostuni red cone table lamp for Oluce. This petite classic design is executed in lightly patinated brass and red painted metal in good vintage condition. Shade swivels ...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Small Black Iron Side or Drink Tables, in Stock
Located in Miami, FL
Small black iron side or drinks table, in stock. Custom tripod hand-forged side table. Hand-forged iron legs, round top with lip. Blackened iron patina. Pefect for drinks, side, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Eero Saarinen ‘Tulip’ Armchair in Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll, 'Tulip' armchair, fiberglass, aluminum and leather, United States, 1955-56. This armchair with patinated black leather is from the 'Tulip' collection and ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Flush Mount Brass and Glass Chandelier 8 Arms, Stilnovo Style, Low Ceiling Best
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This chandelier belongs to the Orbitale collection. Designed to give a design option for a low ceiling it has a height of 32 cm a bit less than 13 inches. Arms and shade holders a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

COR Trio Sofa by Team Form AG, 1972
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful seat-scape modules 'Trio Sofa' by Team Form AG for COR, designed and produced in 1972 with brown/burnt orange upholstery. The set consists of two base modules with one stra...
Category

1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Upholstery

XL Mid-Century Modern Holophane Paris Street Pendant Lights, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is a large original late 1960s Paris globe Holophane Street light from Paris, France now turned into a pendant light. The hallmark of Holophane luminaries, or lighting fixtures,...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Glass

Sistema Solare, Luxury Ivory Onyx and Brass 8 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sistema Solare is the variation of the Sistema chandelier where the shade is made of a thin cut Ivory Onyx slab. Actually the whole project started for this incredible material. Ivor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Onyx, Brass

Orbitale Grand Planetario Brass Chandelier 8 Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier that belongs to the Orbitale collection. I gave the Planetario name for the 8 planets and the sun representation. it's just one of the best chand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Set of 3 Blonde Pierre Chapo Style Brutalist Triangle Nesting Tables
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Brutalist set of heavy blonde wood triangle nesting tables. In original condition with visible wear. Small table measures 12 x 11.25 x 11. Medium table measures 15.5 x 15.5 x1 2.75. ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood

Leather Sconce Light in Camel, Noma, Talabartero Saddle Lamp Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The lamps in this collection are inspired by Colombia’s equestrian heritage, layered with a jewel-toned color palette that takes inspiration from the works of Colombian artist Ferna...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 5 Rotating Balanced Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier. Shown with 5 rotating arms. April 2022. Added photos from beautiful home projected by Elad Cohen of Alex Meitlis studio. Great photography fro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass, Metal

XXL Monumental Wingback Armchair in Walnut and Bouclé Fabric, France 1930s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large monumental midcentury wingback armchair in walnut and re-upholstered bouclé fabric, France 1930s. This monumental Xl size armchair - lounge chair would make an eye-catching add...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Wood 24" Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement with this organic modern shade offered in several wood types. Modern lighting for alcove, entrywa...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Acrylic, Wood, Bentwood

Crate Desk by Gerrit Rietveld, Designed in 1930s The Netherlands
Located in Hellouw, NL
Nice Gerrit Rietveld 'Crate' desk'. This desk is designed in 1934, however, we think this is a Cassina edition from the 1970s. This desk is made out of ash wood and has a colorless l...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Wood, Ash, Lacquer

Roger Capron Coffee Table in Ceramic with Terracotta Colored Ceramics
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Roger Capron, coffee table, ceramic, beech, France, 1960s. French coffee table with wonderful composed ceramic tiles by French ceramic artist Roger Capron. The layout of the top i...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Beech

Stretched Midcentury Cotton Tapestry by Debieve Depicting The Camargue Bulls
Located in Santa Monica, CA
This vintage midcentury cotton tapestry by Robert Debieve is signed by the artist, and edited by Corot-Champs Elysees, depicting the Camargue Bulls. The Camargue Bull (or biou, a...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Textile, Canvas, Cotton

Set of Ten Chairs Mod. 693 Attributed to Carlo de Carli
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Set of ten chairs mod. 693 attributed to Carlo De Carli. Iconic model of chairs made of solid wood, original ulphostery in orange leather, note the details of the woodworking. Ita...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

Stilnovo Chandelier Attributed circa 1960s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stilnovo chandelier, Italy, 1960s Six glass bells.  
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass, Metal

Art Deco Style Valverde Floor Lamp Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Deco Style Valverde Floor Lamp Polished Brass Clear Glass Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. A luxurious Art Deco floor lamp, Valverde cr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel, Brass

Set of Eight Italian Dining Chairs in Oak and Orange Bouclé Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Dining chairs, oak, bouclé fabric, Italy, 1960s Set of eight elegant Italian dining chairs. These chairs feature a solid oak frame with a modest design. The corners of the backres...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Bouclé, Oak

Grand Midcentury Flushmount, Chandelier in Structured Glass and Brass, Europe
Located in Almelo, NL
Extreme 62" large flushmount chandelier, in glass and brass, Europe, 1960s. Wonderful and very heavy quality flushmount chandelier made in Europe, manufactured, circa 1960s. The c...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

Articulated Sconce Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo Style Solid Brass Black and White
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This beautiful sconce has three moving joints. The middle one can be with key, for changing position every once in a while, or screw for fixed position. The one on the backplate can ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Contemporary Ixtle Walnut Credenza
Located in El Paso, TX
Contemporary Ixtle walnut credenza.
Category

2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Rattan Lounge Chairs in Style of Vivai del Sud, Tropicalist, 1970's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Tropicalist; rattan; lounge chair; Vivai del Sud; Mid-Century Modern; Rattan lounge chairs in the style of Vivai del Sud. This piece stands out due to its remarkable rattan patte...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Rattan

Jacques Moniquet Pair of Brass Sconces for Cheret AAM Paris, circa 1975, France
Located in Brussels, BE
Nice Jacques Moniquet pair of brass wall sconces. Small edition by Chéret AAM Paris, circa 1975, France. Compressed polished brass, black perspex, each piece produced by Moniquet i...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Brass

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