Mid-Century Modern Designers Spotlight: Gilbert Rohde

With its sleek lines, minimalistic aesthetic and futuristic style, mid-century modern design is at once timeless and retro. Whether you’re buying a Saarinen chair with original Knoll upholstery or searching for a Storagewall from George Nelson, there are endless ways to mix mid-century pieces into the design of your home.  If you want to introduce mid-century design into your living space test the waters with a classic piece from the best designers. Their pieces never go out of style and with the proper care will last a lifetime.

One of our favorite designers at AntiquitiesWeb is the iconic American designer Gilbert Rohde. His pieces embody the industrial chic style of mid 20th century design. From 1932 continuing to his death in 1944, Rohde advised Herman Miller’s president Dirk Jan De Preee on marketing, design, and production. Rohde’s modern design aesthetic was used by dozen of furniture manufacturers including the Heywood-Wakefield Company and the Widdicomb Company. He championed modern furniture and interiors because of its flexibility, functionality and adaptability for interiors in both offices and homes.  He was famous for experimenting with industrial materials such as Bakelite, Plexiglas and Frabrikoid. Rohde’s designs are so iconic that they are included in major collections at the Brooklyn Museum, the Wolfsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and owned by celebrities and dignitaries across the globe.

AntiquitiesWeb carries the following pieces from Gilbert Rohde:

Tea Cart

 Gilbert Rohde mid-century glass and wood tea cart. Circa 1930s.


American desk in the style of Gilbert Rohde with four drawers. Desk is maple stained mahogany. Handles are bakelite with brass trim. Circa 1930s.


Side tables designed by Rohde for the Herman Miller Furniture Company made in cream leather, burl and mahogany. Circa 1940′s.


 Pair of round Nightstands in the style of Gilbert Rohde. Made of myrtle burl veneer and East Indian laurel veneer. Top drawer has polished chrome hardware and two open shelves on the bottom. Circa 1930′s.


Gilbert Rohde for the Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, where it was offered as their No. 4121 Coffee Table in the supplement to their Fall 1940 catalog. The table top is veneered in quarter book matched acacia burl (also called myrtle burl). The edges are veneered in Paldao wood from the Philippines, and the legs in a cream leather with metal nail heads. Circa 1940′s.

Mid-century design adds instant and effortless style to a variety of interiors. Let us help you find the perfect piece for your home or office. Call us at 212-644-4236, contact us, or visit our New York gallery to see these pieces and more.

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