Style Files: Modernist Furniture

At AntiquitiesWeb we have a real love affair with modern furniture. While we appreciate an Empire settee or a gilded mirror, there’s something so timeless and chic about the smooth lines and sleek look of a modern piece of furniture. Modern furniture refers to furniture produced during the late 19th century to present day. The modern design movement evolved from the heavy, ornamental furniture of the previous centuries. Often, the length of time a piece of furniture took to create was a measure of its value. The modernist movement shifted the emphasis from heavy, time-consuming design to simple and functional design.

Modernist furniture conveyed newness, technological innovation, and originality—it is concerned not with the past but with the future. New materials were being used for modernist design, especially plastics and molded plywood (made famous by Charles and Ray Eames). The widespread interest in these new materials created a need for design schools with modernist teachers. The Bauhaus school, located in Germany, was the first school to focus on mass production of the new, modernist furniture. Bauhaus was instrumental in creating modernist furniture for the masses.

AntiquitiesWeb carries a large selection of handpicked, gorgeous modernist masterpieces. From art to seating, there is something for every modernist lover at AntiquitiesWeb:


Molded poplar then lacquered with glass top console. From Gampel & Stole, circa 1960′s.


Secretary and chair from the Casa e Giardino by Gio Ponti, Italy 1941. Italian walnut and brass.


“Elespabe1″, an original oil by Isak Santana, born and raised in one of the most beautiful corners of the planet, the Anton Valley of Panama. Circa 2002.


A Gio Ponti commissioned painted parchment and rosewood drop front secretary with mirrored shelves behind 2 doors above. Each panel signed by Carlor. Circa 1955.


Pair of arm chairs upholstered in faux leopard print by G. Mauser, Vienna 1955 private estate. Cert. of origin Budapest/Hungary. Part of suite with Table E6/045.

If you’re looking for a unique piece of art or a pair of beautiful modern chairs contact AntiquitiesWeb. Our selection of top quality antiques are unique, original, and timelessly beautiful. No matter what kind of antique you’re looking for, AntiquitiesWeb has the piece for you. To see these pieces and more call us at 212-644-4236, contact us, or visit our New York gallery.

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