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Edward Wormley Pair of Pull Up Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of armchairs, Edward Wormley for Dunbar, model 830. Metal tag Dunbar Berne Indiana.  
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

  • Edward Wormley Pair of Pull Up Chairs
  • Edward Wormley Pair of Pull Up Chairs
  • Edward Wormley Pair of Pull Up Chairs
  • Edward Wormley Pair of Pull Up Chairs
H 30 in. W 24 in. D 23 in.
Midcentury Saarinen Executive Chairs for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Midcentury Saarinen Executive chairs in reddish brown leather. All with adjustable pneumatic height and tilt positions. This iconic design has been a favorite in both the home and co...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Set of Six McGuire Organic Modern Rattan Dining Chairs
By McGuire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Distinctive set of six McGuire balboa rattan dining chairs. The set consists of four side chairs model #MCJSC151 and two armchairs model # MCJSC152. Made in the California organic mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Organic Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Bamboo, Rattan, Leather

Tan Leather Upholstered Side Chair with Saddle Stitch Detail and Wood Frame
By LF Upholstery
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Emile chair from LF upholstery shown in tan leather with handcrafted saddle stitch detail on the inside back and seat give a sophisticated look to a Classic style of chair. Can b...
Category

2010s American American Classical Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Mid Century Modern Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Leather and Walnut by Mel Smilow
By Smilow-Thielle, Bruno Mathsson, Mel Smilow, Jens Risom
Located in Framingham, MA
A beautiful and original woven leather lounge chair and ottoman by Mel Smilow, 1956. The original leather has plenty of patina and the walnut graining is impressive. The wood has not...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood, Walnut

Katavolos, Kelly and Littell Set of 2 Chairs '3LC' in Black Leather, USA, 1952
By Douglas Kelly, Ross Littell and William Katavolos, Laverne International
Located in Firenze, IT
Katavolos, Kelley and Littell, set of 2 chairs, chrome-plated steel, enamelled steel, black leather, the chairs model '3LC', nicknamed 'T-Chair', is designed by Katavolos, Kelley and...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Herman Miller Soft Pad Office Chairs
By Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of adjustable Herman Miller soft pad office chairs in black leather, great condition. Can be sold individually or as a pair, each chair is $2200.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Ligne Roset Style Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Ligne Roset
Located in Chicago, IL
Ligne Roset style lounge chair and ottoman, wrought iron splayed legs with leather details and burlap upholstery. Ottoman size: H 16.5" W 26" D 22.5".
Category

Early 2000s American Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

  • Ligne Roset Style Lounge Chair and Ottoman
  • Ligne Roset Style Lounge Chair and Ottoman
  • Ligne Roset Style Lounge Chair and Ottoman
  • Ligne Roset Style Lounge Chair and Ottoman
H 30 in. W 26 in. D 31.5 in.
Feast Dining Chair in Solid Ash and Brass by Bowen Liu
By Bowen Liu
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Feast dining chair is a comfortable chair. It represents my design philosophy- high-end quality, minimal, timeless, and contemporary. It is intended for the Feast dining table, but t...
Category

2010s American Minimalist Chairs

Materials

Brass

Feast Dining Chair in Solid Maple and Brass by Bowen Liu
By Bowen Liu
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Feast dining chair is a comfortable chair. It represents my design philosophy- high-end quality, minimal, timeless, and contemporary. It is intended for the feast dining table, but t...
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2010s American Minimalist Chairs

Materials

Brass

Feast Dining Chair in Solid Walnut and Brass by Bowen Liu
By Bowen Liu
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Feast dining chair is a comfortable chair. It represents my design philosophy- high-end quality, minimal, timeless, and contemporary. It is intended for the Feast dining table, but t...
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2010s American Minimalist Chairs

Materials

Brass

Modern Pablex Iron & Leather Tripod Chair Pablo Romo for Ambianic Midcentury Era
Located in National City, CA
Pablex iron & leather tripod chair Pablo Romo for Ambianic Midcentury Inspired. Custom built tripod chair with leather and bronze details. Crafted with an iron frame and leather cus...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Bronze, Iron

Set of Eight Dakota Jackson Leather Ke-Zu Dining Chairs
By Dakota Jackson
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Stylish early 21st century set of eight Ke-Zu dining chairs designed by Dakota Jackson. The set consists of six side chairs and two armchairs measuring 24 inches wide. The chairs hav...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Roger Lee Sprunger for Dunbar Pair of Cantilever Lounge Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Chicago, IL
Roger Lee Sprunger for Dunbar pair of cantilever lounge chairs, model 480, oakwood base structures, oil finish, reupholstered with spinney beck leather.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Leather and Steel Sling Chair by Max Gottschalk
By Max Gottschalk
Located in Providence, RI
Leather sling chair, designed by Max Gottschalk, circa 1966. Full hide leather and steel. The chair measures 31" deep x 28" wide x 38" tall, and has a seat height of 18".
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

Contemporary "Lane" Leather, Brass & Wood Sling Chair by Alex Drew & No One
By Alex Drew & No One
Located in Ferndale, MI
The “Lane” lounge chair is from the 2018 collection of Alex Drew & No One. Inspired by traditional craftsmanship while incorporating a modern edge, AD&NO's work plays on light, textu...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Copper, Metal, Brass

Douglas Heaslett for Brown Saltman Mid-Century Modern Safari Sling Chair
By Douglas Heaslett
Located in Studio City, CA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern brown Saltman safari chair designed by Douglas Heaslett in solid oak frame with khaki leather sling arms and seat. This chair has great organic modern line...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

"Oscar" Stool in Solid Jequitibá Wood and Handwoven Upholstery
By Alessandra Delgado
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
When she created Oscar Stoll, Alessandra Delgado was inspired by the master architect Oscar Niemeyer´s work. The Oscar Stoll is made of solid wood and although very sturdy it is ligh...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Canvas, Velvet, Polyester, Wood

Vladimir Kagan Fettucini Single Back Chair in Black Leather with Metal Base
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Clifton, NJ
The kinetic lines of the Fettucini Chair fold together and gracefully join along the legs, drawing the eye across each contour.The floating backrest flows into twisting curves of the...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Amorph Gazelle Dining Chair, Solid Wood, Stained Graphite Walnut
By Amorph Inc.
Located in Gardena, CA
Dining chair designed by Amorph made out of solid ash wood and leather. It is stained dark walnut. Dimension: 38" H x 20 1/2" L x 18" W seat height: 18" inch. We ask designers to pro...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Ash, Leather, Wood

Oak Dining Chair in Black with Leather Seat / Dining Chair GH1
By Klein Agency
Located in Los Angeles, CA
We’ve been tasked to design an effortless, elegant, honest and most importantly comfortable dining chair for Chef Eric Bost, whose restaurant Auburn, we've been designing for the pas...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Blackened White Oak Dining Chair with Leather Seat / Dining Chair GH1
By Klein Agency
Located in Los Angeles, CA
We’ve been tasked to design an effortless, elegant, honest and most importantly comfortable dining chair for chef Eric Bost, whose restaurant Auburn, we've been designing for the pas...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

White Oak Dining Chair with Leather Seat / Dining Chair GH1
By Klein Agency
Located in Los Angeles, CA
We’ve been tasked to design an effortless, elegant, honest and most importantly comfortable dining chair for Chef Eric Bost, whose restaurant Auburn, we've been designing for the pas...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Oxidized Oak Bucket Dining Chair with Upholstered Leather Seat/Dining Chair GH3
By Klein Agency
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designed to be placed in a private dining room, dining chair GH3 works with a familiar white oakwood frame as the other two chairs in the GH Chair collection, and additionally boasts...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak, Leather

White Oak Dining Chair with Leather Seat or Dining Chair GH2
By Klein Agency
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Reminiscent of an old farmhouse chair, the dining chair GH2 is second in the collection of chairs designed for the restaurant Auburn in Los Angeles. The piece is handcrafted by our t...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Set of 8 Therien Studio Workshop Dining Chairs Leather and Wood
By Therien Studio Workshops
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
These are an amazing quality very high end set of 8 dining chairs made by Therien Studio Workshop USA. There are 2 arm chairs and 6 single chairs. The leather also is very high end...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Solid Maple Barrel-Backed Dining Chair with Brass or Bronze Rungs, Leather Grip
By Crump and Kwash
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Lloyd Chair, by up-and-coming Baltimore-based design studio Crump & Kwash is made from solid wood seen here in maple, but also available in white oak, blackened oak and walnut. T...
Category

2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Solid Walnut Barrel-Backed Dining Chair with Brass or Bronze Rungs, Leather Grip
By Crump and Kwash
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Lloyd chair, by up-and-coming Baltimore-based design studio Crump & Kwash, is made from solid wood — seen here in walnut, but also available in white oak, blackened oak, and mapl...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Blackened Oak Barrel-Backed Dining Chair, Brass or Bronze Rungs, Leather Grip
By Crump and Kwash
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Lloyd chair, by up-and-coming Baltimore-based design studio Crump & Kwash, is made from solid wood, seen here in blackened oak, but also available in white oak, maple, and walnut...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Icon Chair in Leather and Powder Coated Steel, 2020, by Christopher Kreiling
Located in Pasadena, CA
The Icon Chair is made of steel and has a black powder-coated finish. Its joints are meticulously welded, creating a streamlined design. The lines of the frame and leather create geo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Lloyd Dinning and Accent Chair with Leather Cushion
By Crump and Kwash
Located in Baltimore City, MD
Lloyd Chair by Crump and Kwash Solid wood construction / hand rubbed oil finished / solid metal rungs / leather wrapped back support / leather wrapped seat cushion Dimensions: ...
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2010s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Bronze

HOLLY HUNT Adriatic Dining Side Chair in Pine Bark Leather
By HOLLY HUNT
Located in Chicago, IL
HOLLY HUNT Adriatic dining side chair in pine bark leather. This simple and elegant dining chair is covered in Italian saddle Leather. From the slightly curved back and slender legs,...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Leather

HOLLY HUNT Luna Dining Chair in Walnut Dusk Finish with Upholstered Seat
By HOLLY HUNT
Located in Chicago, IL
HOLLY HUNT Luna dining chair in walnut dusk finish with upholstered seat. At the top of its class in finish and construction, this chair is the quintessential side chair design. Easi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Flat Bar Brno Armchair, Volo/Black Leather Upholstery & Gold Frame
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
Designed by Mies van der Rohe for his renowned Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, the Brno chair reflects the groundbreaking simplicity of its original environment. The design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Gold Plate, Steel

HOLLY HUNT Shadow Dining Chair in Aluminum Frame with Leather Upholstered Seat
By HOLLY HUNT
Located in Chicago, IL
HOLLY HUNT Shadow dining chair in aluminum frame with leather upholstered seat. Marrying the decadence of design and the challenge of mechanical engineering, the Shadow Counter stool...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

HOLLY HUNT Adriatic Dining Side Chair in Caffe Leather
By HOLLY HUNT
Located in Chicago, IL
HOLLY HUNT Adriatic dining side chair in caffe leather. This simple and elegant dining chair is covered in Italian saddle Leather. From the slightly curved back and slender legs, the...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Leather

Four Seasons Barstool, Volo/Parchment Leather & Gold Base
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
Originally created for the Four Seasons Restaurant at the Seagram Building in New York, this design is believed to be a collaborative effort between Mies, who designed the building, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Tubular Brno Arm Chair, Sabrina/White Leather Upholstery & Satin Chrome Frame
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
Designed by Mies van der Rohe for his renowned Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, the Brno Chair reflects the groundbreaking simplicity of its original environment. The design ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Four Seasons Barstool, Volo/Black Leather & Gold Base
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
Originally created for the Four Seasons Restaurant at the Seagram Building in New York, this design is believed to be a collaborative effort between Mies, who designed the building, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

HOLLY HUNT Shadow Dining Chair in Aluminum Frame with Stingray Leather Finish
By HOLLY HUNT
Located in Chicago, IL
HOLLY HUNT Shadow dining chair in aluminum frame with stingray leather finish. Marrying the decadence of design and the challenge of mechanical engineering, the Shadow Dining Chair i...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Solid Hand-Shaped Walnut, Blackened Steel and Leather "Upholstered Steel Chair''
By Stefan Rurak
Located in Biddeford, ME
This chair evokes a feeling of solidity, weight and forward movement. Notable features are he "negative back" where the backrest appears to float. Ergonomically-friendly features inc...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of off White Leather and Stainless Steel Lounge Chairs by Florence Knoll
By Knoll, Florence Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Beautiful 1950’s off white leather with parallel bar stainless steel legs lounge chairs designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll. This came out of the embassy of Australia. The sofa is...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Set of 6 Mid-Century Modern Black Leather Dining Chairs
Located in North York, ON
Set of 6 Mid-Century Modern black leather dining chairs. Fully restored in an ebonized finish and upholstered in a patterned black leather. Price includes complimentary scheduled ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Katavolos, Kelly and Littell Set of 12 Dining Chairs '3LC' in Black Leather
By William Katavolos
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Katavolos, Kelley and Littell, set of 12 dining chairs, chrome-plated steel, enamelled steel, black leather, United States, design 1952 This set of 12 dining chairs model '3LC', n...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Early George Nelson by Herman Miller Green Leather Classic Coconut Lounge Chairs
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Early George Nelson for Herman Miller green leather original coconut lounge chairs. Featuring new Leather upholstery in rich Forest Green. Mid-Century Modern...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Phloem Studio Nadine Lounge Chair, Modern Walnut and Leather Strap Lounge
By Phloem Studio
Located in Stevenson, WA
Phloem Studio Nadine lounge chair is a modern contemporary lounge chair with a solid wood walnut frame and a leather strap woven seat. With exposed handcrafted spline joinery and a g...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Peninsula Lounge Chair, White Oak and Leather Sling Chair with Brass Details
By Phloem Studio
Located in Stevenson, WA
Phloem Studio Peninsula chair is a modern contemporary leather sling lounge chair handmade custom to order. The hand crafted solid white oak frame holds the heavy weight bridle leath...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Phloem Studio Nadine Lounge Chair, Modern White Oak and Leather Strap Lounge
By Phloem Studio
Located in Stevenson, WA
Phloem Studio Nadine lounge chair is a modern contemporary lounge chair with a solid wood white oak frame and a leather strap woven seat. With exposed handcrafted spline joinery and ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Peninsula Lounge Chair, Modern Walnut and Leather Sling Chair with Brass Details
By Phloem Studio
Located in Stevenson, WA
Phloem Studio Peninsula chair is a modern contemporary leather sling lounge chair. The hand crafted solid walnut frame holds the heavy weight bridle leather sling in place with solid...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Mid Century Barrel Back Leather Lounge Chairs, a Pair
Located in La Grange, IL
Mid century barrel back leather lounge chairs - a pair Each chair measures: 27 wide x 23 deep x 25.75 high, with a seat height of 15 inches and an arm height of 23 inches All pie...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Vermont Tubbs Snow Shoe Chair
By Vermont Tubbs Furniture
Located in Southampton, NJ
Scarcely seen Adirondack style Vermont Tubbs Snow Shoe chair with new custom cushion upholstered in Robert Allen Designs Zircon Cayenne textured fabric. Fully hand detailed original ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Adirondack Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Oak, Leather

  • Vermont Tubbs Snow Shoe Chair
  • Vermont Tubbs Snow Shoe Chair
  • Vermont Tubbs Snow Shoe Chair
  • Vermont Tubbs Snow Shoe Chair
H 36 in. W 21 in. D 30 in.
Black Leather Barcelona Chair on Chrome Base by Selig, Italy
By Selig
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a gorgeous, Barcelona chair, with tufted black leather, on a chrome base, by Selig Italy. The dimensions are 30" W x 32" D x 29" B.H. x 15" S.H.  
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

HOLLY HUNT Hampton Dining Armchair in Walnut Black Magic and Leather Upholstery
By HOLLY HUNT
Located in Chicago, IL
HOLLY HUNT Hampton dining arm chair in walnut black magic with leather upholstery. More than just your classic dining chair, the Hampton dining arm and side chairs are crafted with e...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

HOLLY HUNT Haka Director Chair in Aluminum and Dark Havana Rover Leather
By HOLLY HUNT
Located in Chicago, IL
HOLLY HUNT Haka director chair in anodized aluminium and dark havana rover leather. A luxurious interpretation of a director’s chair inspired by the body language of the Haka, an anc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

HOLLY HUNT Adriatic Dining Armchair in Metal Frame with Dark Grey Leather
By HOLLY HUNT
Located in Chicago, IL
HOLLY HUNT Adriatic dining armchair in metal frame with dark grey leather. This simple and elegant dining chair is covered in Italian saddle Leather. From the slightly curved back an...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

HOLLY HUNT Hampton Dining Side Chair Walnut Black Magic and Leather Upholstery
By HOLLY HUNT
Located in Chicago, IL
HOLLY HUNT Hampton dining side chair in walnut black magic with leather upholstery. More than just your classic dining chair, the Hampton dining arm and side chairs are crafted with ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Leather

Rare Set of Four Mid Century Walnut & Woven Leather Arm Chairs by Mel Smilow
By Mel Smilow
Located in Milford, NH
A rare and hard to find set of four walnut armchairs with leather strapping and great form, circa 1950’s, by Mel Smilow (1922-2022), successful designer, manufacturer, and retailer o...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

UNA Dining Chair in Black Stained Oak with Leather Back by EP
By Estudio Persona
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The UNA chair intersects a round wooden seat and legs with a leather upholstered cylindrical back. Using these fluid shapes allows greater focus on the details of the wood grain and ...
Category

2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

UNA Leather Upholstered Dining Chair in Black Stained Oak by Estudio Persona
By Estudio Persona
Located in Los Angeles, CA
UNA leather upholstered dining chair in black stained oak. Using these fluid shapes allows greater focus on the details of the wood grain and pristinely stitched leather top. Made o...
Category

2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

IN STOCK, UNA Dining Chair in Black Stained Oak with Leather Back by EP
By Estudio Persona
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The UNA chair intersects a round wooden seat and legs with a leather upholstered cylindrical back. Using these fluid shapes allows greater focus on the details of the wood grain and ...
Category

2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

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American Leather Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of american leather chairs available for sale. Find 1399 antique and vintage american leather chairs at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 187 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. American leather chairs have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Hollywood Regency american leather chairs are consistently popular styles. Large american leather chairs can prove too imposing for some spaces, so the smaller american leather chairs available at 1stDibs — each spanning 1 inches in width — may make for a better choice. There have been many well-made american leather chairs over the years, but those made by Herman Miller, Knoll and Charles and Ray Eames are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are American Leather Chairs?

Prices for american leather chairs start at $295 and top out at $56,000 with the average selling for $3,800.

Finding the Right Chairs for You

Chairs are an indispensable component of your home and office. Can you imagine your life without the vintage, new or antique chairs you love?

With the exception of rocking chairs, the majority of the seating in our homes today — antique and vintage Windsor chairs, chaise longues, wingback chairs — originated in either England or France. Art Nouveau chairs, the style of which also originated in those regions, embraced the inherent magnificence of the natural world with decorative flourishes and refined designs that blended both curved and geometric contour lines. While craftsmanship and styles have evolved in the past century, chairs have had a singular significance in our lives, no matter what your favorite chair looks like.

“The chair is the piece of furniture that is closest to human beings,” said Hans Wegner. The revered Danish cabinetmaker and furniture designer was prolific, having designed nearly 500 chairs over the course of his lifetime. His beloved designs include the Wishbone chair, the wingback Papa Bear chair and many more.

Other designers of Scandinavian modernist chairs introduced new dynamics to this staple with sculptural flowing lines, curvaceous shapes and efficient functionality. The Paimio armchair, Swan chair and Panton chair are vintage works of Finnish and Danish seating that left an indelible mark on the history of good furniture design.

“What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts,” said Ray Eames. 

Visionary polymaths Ray and Charles Eames experimented with bent plywood and fiberglass with the goal of producing affordable furniture for a mass market. Like other celebrated mid-century modern furniture designers of elegant low-profile furnishings — among them Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Finn Juhl — the Eameses considered ergonomic support, durability and cost, all of which should be top of mind when shopping for the perfect chair. The Eameses introduced numerous icons for manufacturer Herman Miller, such as the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, molded plywood dining chairs the DCM and DCW (which can be artfully mismatched around your dining table) and a wealth of other treasured pieces for the home and office.

A good chair anchors us to a place and can become an object of timeless appeal. Take a seat and browse the rich variety of vintage, new and antique chairs on 1stDibs today.