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Osvaldo Borsani Boomerang curved grey velvet Sofa mid-century modern Italian
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Barcelona, ES
Curved sofa Manufactured by l’Atelier di Varedo, Italy. Italy, 1947 Chesnut and upholstered in grey velvet Measurements 225 cm x 130 cm x 85h cm. 88,5 in x 51,18 in x 33,46h in. Li...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Big Mid-Century Modern Italian Curved Sofa
Located in Brussels, BE
Big Mid-Century Modern Italian Curved Sofa
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

  • Big Mid-Century Modern Italian Curved Sofa
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  • Big Mid-Century Modern Italian Curved Sofa
H 31.11 in. W 107.49 in. D 30.71 in.
Mid-Century Modern Curved Circular Sectional Sofa
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This sofa has incredible design lines from the 1980's. The fabric is dated and needs recovering. Foam and padding are excellent.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa Mid-Century Modern
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Curved serpentine cloud sofa for Directional. Leather en silver fabric.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Fabric

  • Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa Mid-Century Modern
  • Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa Mid-Century Modern
  • Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa Mid-Century Modern
  • Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa Mid-Century Modern
H 34.26 in. W 96.46 in. D 39.38 in.
Mid-Century Modern Curved Sectional L Shaped Sofa
By Carsons
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A curvy three piece sectional designed by Carson's Furniture and produced in the early 1980s. It features a unique over lapping cushion design. Fabric is original, and dated, but usa...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Sophisticated Erwin Lambeth Curved Walnut Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By John Stuart, Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth Furniture Company
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Sophisticated and stylish curved mid-century modern sofa designed by Erwin Lambeth. The handsome solid walnut sides are very well preserved in their vintage condition. Just gorgeou...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Walnut, Upholstery

Lovely Directional Curved Cloud Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely Directional curved cloud sofa in the style of Vladimir Kagan. The original fabric is a blush ballet slipper pink and still looks great-only minor signs of age. This sofa measu...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Curved Sofa by Weiman
By Weiman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A true stunner that looks great from any angle. This sofa was produced by Weiman Furniture Company in the late 1980's. It retains its original fabric and manufactures label.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Mid Century Italian Modern Kidney Shape Curved Sofa
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A sleek modern design sofa from Italy circa 1980's. It features a one piece kidney design with the original fabric. Sofa is clean and ready to use.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet Curved Sofa, 1950s
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Curved four-seat sofa of Italian design, structure and legs in solid wood, velvet upholstery, 1950s production, Condition as shown in the photos, it is advisable to redo the upholst...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet, Beech, Fir

  • Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet Curved Sofa, 1950s
  • Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet Curved Sofa, 1950s
  • Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet Curved Sofa, 1950s
  • Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet Curved Sofa, 1950s
H 35.44 in. W 94.49 in. D 39.38 in.
Stunning Curved Sculptural Floating Sofa Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Absolutely stunning curved floating sofa with unusual sculpted walnut legs. This is a vintage piece and is very unusual almost a mystery really as we have never seen another with the...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Curved Mid-Century Italian Sofa
Located in New York, NY
Curved Mid-Century sofa with its original black vinyl upholstery. Has eight legs with brass feet. Condition: Good vintage condition, wear consistent with age and use. Sold as is wit...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

  • Curved Mid-Century Italian Sofa
  • Curved Mid-Century Italian Sofa
  • Curved Mid-Century Italian Sofa
  • Curved Mid-Century Italian Sofa
H 36 in. W 86 in. D 32 in.
Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa by Weiman
By Weiman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A sleek modern sofa designed by Weiman in the 1980s. It features a curved design, with black metal legs, and two color original print upholstery. Needs recovering. Manufacture label.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Mid-20th Century Modern Slightly Curved Blue Sofa
Located in Madrid, ES
Slightly curved sofa with blue fabric seat upholstery and with a button-tufted grey back. Stained wood legs, later upholstery.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wood, Fabric

  • Mid-20th Century Modern Slightly Curved Blue Sofa
  • Mid-20th Century Modern Slightly Curved Blue Sofa
  • Mid-20th Century Modern Slightly Curved Blue Sofa
  • Mid-20th Century Modern Slightly Curved Blue Sofa
H 30.32 in. W 66.93 in. D 23.23 in.
Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa by Weiman
By Weiman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A sleek modern sofa designed by Weiman in the 1980s. It features a curved design, with circular platform bases, and original textured print upholstery. Needs recovering. Manufacture ...
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Vintage 1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Sofa or Chaise Lounge
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A beautifully formed vintage sofa from the 1970s very reminiscent of the serpentine sofa. This sofa appears to be all original with original period fabric. Very clean ready to use co...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Large Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Sectional Sofa
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Large and impressive 4 piece sectional from the 1980s. Overall very good condition. Current fabric is dated, padding and foam are excellent.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Unusual 2-Piece Curved Sectional Sofa Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual 2-piece curved sectional sofa. We love the wonderful space aged sculpted quality of this sectional-looks great with or with-out the molded pillows. The original fabric is dat...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Curved Sectional Sofa in Pink
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A long curved sectional sofa in original blush pink linen. It features 3 separate sections in Art Deco form.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Curved Wood and Original Upholstery Italian Sofa
Located in Madrid, ES
Midcentury curved Italian sofa made of solid wood structure with original upholstery, Italy, 1950s. Measures: W 325 x D 95 x H 80/40 cm.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Silk, Wood

Federico Munari Mid-Century Modern Italian Curved Sofa, 1950s, Rare
By Federico Munari
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Beautiful curved sofa designed by Federico Munari in the early 1950s, this model is very rare and is one of the first models designed by Munari. The satin covering is original from t...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Satin, Beech

Dazzling R. Huber Curved Back Teak Sofa, Mid-Century Danish Modern
By Huber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Dazzling Mid-Century Modern Huber curved back sofa (R. Huber & Co., Canada, 1968). We love the swooping thick teak band that surrounds the top edge-very handsome. The legs are also q...
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Vintage 1960s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Stunning Curved Erwin Lambeth Sled Leg Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber, Erwin Lambeth
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Erwin Lambeth curved back sled leg sofa. This sofa was reupholstered long ago in this wonderful sapphire blue crushed velvet and still looks great-only minor signs of age. W...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair Adrian Pearsall Kidney Shaped Curved Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fantastic pair of Adrian Pearsall for Comfort Designs curved kidney shaped sofas. Sofas retain their original upholstery in not bad condition but we would recommend they get new upho...
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Antique 1880s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Excellent Milo Baughman attributed Curved Chrome Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Excellent Milo Baughman curved chromed leg sofa. Very unusual curved chrome legs on either side give this sofa tremendous mid-century appeal-very sexy! This sofa retains it's origina...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Signed Adrian Pearsall Curved Serpentine Sectional Sofa
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in West Hartford, CT
Authentic Adrian Pearsall sectionals are some of his most dramatic creations. They also need space! Please peruse our growing collection of rare Pearsall pieces which we will be list...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Stunning Vladimir Kagan Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Vladimir Kagan curved serpentine cloud sofa for Directional. We are loving the Brunschwig and Fils and Dongia fabric this sofa has been re-upholstered with about 15 years ag...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Lucite

Sexy Curved American Mid-Century Modern Two Piece of Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Amazingly sexy American Mid-Century Modern two-piece of sofa. This sofa looks like one sofa but the two pieces connect together seamlessly. We love everything about this piece from t...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Curved L-Shape Sectional Sofa by Weiman
By Weiman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A stunning curvy sectional sofa produced by Weiman in the 1980s. It features a 3-piece design and retains its original fabric. Weiman labeled. Clean and ready for use.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Fantastic 3-Piece Curved Sofa Sectional Mid-Century Modern Carson's
By Carsons
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fantastic 3-piece curved sectional sofa in the style of Vladimir Kagan. This sofa is in very nice vintage condition with light age appropriate wear. The original heavyweight orange t...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

Pair of Curved Kidney Shaped Sofas Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous pair of curved kidney shaped sofas-Vladimir Kagan style. This pair retain their original fabric in presentable condition-steam cleaning is recommended if you plan on using a...
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Vintage 1980s American Hollywood Regency Sofas

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Upholstery

Ico Parisi Mid-Century Modern Curved Original Pattern Fabric Italian Sofa
By Ico Parisi
Located in Madrid, ES
Mid-Century Modern curved sofa designed by Ico & Luisa Parisi. Made of solid wood structure with original pattern fabric, Italy, 1958. Shown on the picture with its original pattern...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Textile, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Curved Octagonal Sofa in Pink with Sculptural Arms
By Carsons
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A lovely vintage sofa from the early 1980's. It features an octagon form with original pink fabric. Cleaning or recovering is recommended.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Fabulous Pair of Curved Kidney Shaped Sofas Weiman Mid-Century Modern
By Weiman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning pair of curved kidney shaped sofas. These are upholstered in a lovely abstract fabric in shades of taupe and grey. These are are stunning in person. Sofas measure 30.5" T x ...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Mid Century Modern Kidney Shape Curved One Piece Sofa or Loveseat
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A super curvy kidney form sofa from the 1970's. It features a one piece design with its original upholstery. Fabric can use an update but it's usable as is.
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Long Curved Harvey Probber Button Tufted Leather Mid-Century Modern Sofa
By Harvey Probber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Breathtaking 105" sculptural sofa by Harvey Probber in original leather and button tufted upholstery. Item features clean modern lines, loose cushions, curved solid wood floating fra...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Curved or Circular Serpentine Sofa by Milo Baughman
By Thayer Coggin, Milo Baughman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A stunning beauty design by Milo Baughman and produced by Thayer Coggin, circa 1980s. The sofa has it's original light orange velvet. Very clean and presentable with some light fadin...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Fabulous Milo Baughman Style Curved Chrome Bar Sofa
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous Milo Baughman style curved chrome cantilevered three-seat sofa. This wonderful sofa is in very nice vintage condition with it's original nubby oatmeal fabric in great condit...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Curved Sofa in Art Deco Form
By Weiman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A chic design by Weiman Furniture in the 1980s. Its features a solid well-built inner frame, with sculptural Art Deco design back. Fabric soiled and needs recovering. Foam and paddin...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Purple Velvet and Brass Italian Curved Sofa, 1960sAaa
By Gigi Radice
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A Mid-Century Modern recently upholstered sofa in the manner of Gigi Radice made in Italy in the 1960s. Brass it's in original patina, purple velvet it's in perfect conditions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Lovely Pair of Kidney Shaped Curved Sofa Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely pair of curved kidney shaped sofas for Weiman-Vladimir Kagan style. This pair are the perfect size at 28" T x 89" L x 45" D with nice original fabric-cleaning recommended if y...
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Vintage 1980s American Hollywood Regency Sofas

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Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Sofa in Yellow Velvet Gold & Wood Details
Located in Porto, PT
Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Sofa in Yellow Velvet with Gold & Wood Details | Giulia Sofa Giulia sofa is a mid-century style sofa. This luxury sofa promises to be the absolut...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Federico Munari Mid-Century Modern Italian Curved Sofa and Two Armchairs, 1950s
By Federico Munari
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Beautiful pair of armchairs and curved sofa designed by Federico Munari in the early 1950s. The upholstery has been redone in velvet. The sofa measures cm: W 147 x D 85 x H 87 x S...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Gigi Radice Mid-Century Modern Midnight Blue Cotton Velvet Curved Italian Sofa
By Gigi Radice
Located in Madrid, ES
A stunning curved three-seat sofa designed byItalian designer Gigi Radice and edited by Minotti. Structure made of solid wood with metal legs. Newly reupholstered in midnight blue co...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal, Brass

Modern Curved Kidney-Shaped Sofa
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hollywood Regency cloud curved sofa with aluminum feet. Free form shape allows for easy placement in home or office. Duplicate sofa available. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

  • Modern Curved Kidney-Shaped Sofa
  • Modern Curved Kidney-Shaped Sofa
  • Modern Curved Kidney-Shaped Sofa
  • Modern Curved Kidney-Shaped Sofa
H 30.5 in. W 82 in. D 45 in.
Mid-Century Modern Curved Sofa Minotti Gigi Radice Italian Design Red Color
By Gigi Radice
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Curved Sofa Minotti Gigi Radice Italian design.  
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet

Mid Century Vladimir Kagan Bilbao Serpentine Curved Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in West Hartford, CT
A sculptural modern sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan and inspired by the curves and undulations of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain. It was newly reupholstered last year and is s...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Textile, Wood

Gio Ponti Style Mid-Century Modern Brass and Velvet Curved Sofa, circa 1950
By ISA Bergamo, Gio Ponti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Stylish Mid-Century Modern gray velvet and brass Italian curved sofa in the manner of Gio Ponti. Brass is in original patina, grey velvet has been upholstered and never used.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Large Italian Curved Sofa with Shaped Back by Cesare Lacca
By Cesare Lacca
Located in London, GB
Large curved sofa with brass legs and shaped back reupholstered in grey linen.   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Curved and Sculptural Sectional Serpentine Sofa by Weiman
By Weiman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A stunning and sculptural sofa produced by Weiman Furniture Company from the 1980s. It features 3 piece design with low profile feet. Original fabric is tired and needs recovering. F...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Octagonal Curved or Circular Sectional Sofas
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A handsome matching pair of mid century sofas from the 1970's. These sofas consist of 4 sections that make 2 sofas in an octagonal form. Fabric is original and could use update. Foam...
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Modern Mid-Century Modular Curved Grey Sofa with Side Tables and Gold Details
Located in Porto, PT
Modern Mid-Century Modular Curved Grey Sofa with Side Tables and Gold Details | Cluedo sofa Cluedo Sofa is a Memphis design style sofa. This rounded sofa and its round ottomans offer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Modern Mid-Century Modular Curved Green Sofa with Side Tables and Gold Details
Located in Porto, PT
Modern Mid-Century Modular Curved Green Sofa with Side Tables and Gold Details | Cluedo sofa The Cluedo sofa is a Memphis design style sofa. This rounded sofa and its round ottomans ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Modern Curved and Sculptural Serpentine Sectional Sofa Plinth Base
By Milo Baughman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A large curved 3-piece sectional sofa from the early 1970s. This piece boasts clean design lines with a freeform shape. Fabric is original and clean, but could use updating. Foam and...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Unusual Harvey Probber style Curved Sofa Plinth Base Mid-century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual Harvey probber style curved sofa on a walnut plinth base. This sofa is smaller scale and was custom ordered. The original Long Island mansion owner said it was ordered thro...
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Vintage 1950s American Sofas

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Walnut, Upholstery

Mid Century Modern Large Italian Curved Sofa with Shaped Back by Cesare Lacca
By Cesare Lacca
Located in London, GB
Large curved sofa with brass legs and shaped back reupholstered in grey linen. We have a matching pair of chairs available.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan in Leather and Suede
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A beautiful sculptural Bilboa sofa in purple leather and suede designed by Vladimir Kagan. The sofa was manufactured in the late 1980s and is in excellent condition.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Suede

Mid-Century Modern Italian Curved Semi Circular Sectional Sofa in White Fabric
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A chic 4-piece sectional, circa 1980s. Can be used many ways as shown. Good original condition.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Elegant Mid-Century Italian Design Sofa Curved Pink Wood Feat
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Elegant Mid-Century Italian Design Sofa Curved Pink Wood Feat
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Silk

Mid-Century Red Curved Sofa 1950s Italian Design Wood Feet
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Mid-Century Red Curved Sofa 1950s Italian Design Wood Feet , restored .
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool, Wood

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Curved Mid Century Modern Sofa For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the curved mid century modern sofa you’re looking for. A curved mid century modern sofa — often made from fabric, wood and metal — can elevate any home. There are 605 variations of the antique or vintage curved mid century modern sofa you’re looking for, while we also have 33 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect curved mid century modern sofa — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. When you’re browsing for the right curved mid century modern sofa, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Hollywood Regency styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made curved mid century modern sofa over the years, but those crafted by Milo Baughman, Vladimir Kagan and Federico Munari are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Curved Mid Century Modern Sofa?

A curved mid century modern sofa can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $7,500, while the lowest priced sells for $12 and the highest can go for as much as $58,000.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

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.

Finding the Right Sofas for You

Black leather, silk velvet cushions, breathable bouclé fabric — when shopping for antique, new or vintage sofas, today’s couch connoisseurs have much to choose from in terms of style and shape. But it wasn’t always thus. 

The sofa is typically defined as a long upholstered seat that features a back and arms and is intended for two or more people. While the term “couch” comes from the Old French couche, meaning to lie down, and sofa has Eastern origins, both are forms of divan, a Turkish word that means an elongated cushioned seat. No matter how you spell it, sofa just means comfort, at least it does today.

In the early days of sofa design, upholstery consisted of horsehair or dried moss. Sofas that originated in countries such as France during the 17th century were more integral to decor than they were to comfort. Like most baroque furnishings from the region, they frequently comprised heavy, gilded mahogany frames and were upholstered in floral Beauvais tapestry. Today, options abound when it comes to style and material, with authentic leather offerings and classy steel settees. Plush, velvet chesterfields represent the platonic ideal of coziness. 

Vladimir Kagan’s iconic sofa designs, such as the Crescent and the Serpentine — which, like the sectional sofas of the 1960s created by furniture makers such as Harvey Probber, are quite popular among mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts — showcase the spectrum of style available to modern consumers. Those looking to make a statement can turn to Studio 65’s lip-shaped Bocca sofa, which was inspired by the work of Salvador Dalí.

With so many options, it’s important to explore and find the perfect furniture for your space. Paying attention to the lines of the cushions as well as the flow from the backrest into the arms is crucial to identifying a cohesive new piece for your home or office.

Fortunately, with styles from every era — and even round sofas — there’s a luxurious piece for every space. Deck out your living room with an Art Deco lounge or go retro with a nostalgic '80s design. No matter your sitting vision, the right piece is waiting for you in the expansive collection of antique, new and vintage sofas on 1stDibs.