Buffets and sideboards are essentially the same thing: The French defined a buffet as a small sideboard used for storing dishes. The terms are often used interchangeably, but regardless of what you want to call it, midcentury buffets and sideboards continue to be stylish and functional additions to the dining room. Choose one with a dramatic length capable of a true buffet, or one with a wine rack (also called a cellaret), for easy access to wine. Let’s take a look at Fantastic Mid-Century Modern Buffets!
If you are a fan of the James Bond world, you will certainly be dazzled with this white eye‐catching piece. We named this sideboard “Monocles” and it’s 100% prepared for Martini and Gin bottles. Made in solid walnut wood and brass with knurled details ‐ heavily inspired in our fixtures. Circles are engraved on the sides and back in the walnut wood, while the three white doors fulfill the setting with a kind of ‘kiss kiss bang bang’ spirit
While designed for a more compact space, the Elko Credenza Small delivers enough storage capacity for your media equipment, books, clothes, dishes or whatever else you’d like to conceal. Like it’s slightly larger predecessor, the Elko Credenza Small begins with your choice of six colors, powder coated on the steel base, and complemented by the warmth of several solid wood cabinet choices. Reinforced mitered joinery and two, grain-matched wood doors roll open effortlessly, revealing two adjustable shelves and wire management portals that allow for numerous media configurations. All finished with a durable, washable clear lacquer, the Elko Credenza Small is a perfect fit for your office or living space, no matter what size. Made in Minnesota.
Two large cool tone doors slide on base tracks concealing the ample interior storage space. When the doors are pulled completely shut they conceal 6 yellow to red color graduating side drawers. The original 1955 design of the drawers are based on Johan Wolfgang von Goethe’s internationally recognized color circle. The drawers are available in the blue scale shown and a red to yellow scale version. At the time of its origin, this timeless design was part of a theme of cubist wood sideboards that hovered over thin shapely steel frames with actual wood feet. Introduce a sense of whimsical modernism to any theme from mid century to loft modern. The Color Theory sideboard embodies all of the quality features but is priced significantly less than the original design.
We have allowed the grain to run seamlessly across the door and drawer fronts and designed it with integrated handles to let the wood speak for itself. The Alden Sideboard has a back beveled, solid wood top that keeps this substantial piece from feeling too heavy. Adding to this lightness, the Alden Sideboard floats on the airy, splayed legs. The interior is equipped with wire passages, adjustable shelves, solid maple, dovetailed drawer boxes with soft-close drawer slides, and hidden door hinges.
Down to its gunmetal gray legs and handle inserts, Structure draws its inspiration from Cees Braakman’s series originally designed in 1958. With the use of new techniques and design materials, Structures emerges with a refreshed contemporary appearance. Structure’s lineal design sits atop a thin gunmetal gray support allowing for its extended horizontal dimension. The interior and exterior spaces of Structure’s body is carefully crafted of hand finished Natural Walnut. Two sets of sliding doors provide and 2 easy glide drawers provide ample storage space.
The Clarion sideboard is a work of art. Handcrafted by hand using teak wood, this piece features artistic lines, detailed handles and free form legs. Tons of interior storage space along with adjustable shelving makes this piece not only visually appealing, but incredibly functional in any living space.
Sideboards date back to the 18th century, but today’s selection includes contemporary and modern styles in addition to antiques. When considering a style, take into account the theme that your dining room currently represents and try to find something that will complement it. A splash of bright paint on an antique will create a contemporary edge, or an all-white mid-century piece may add an interesting contrast to a modern table. Choose a buffet with some open shelving if you’d like to keep favorite items accessible and/or on display. For the items that you’d like to keep behind closed doors, cabinetry in glass, frosted glass, finished rubberwood or hand-painted oak are all great options, depending on your needs. Consider sliding cabinet doors to avoid getting in the way of foot traffic.