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Pair of Briance Chairs by Bourgeois Boheme Atelier
By Bourgeois Boheme Atelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These elegant chairs have cast brass legs and a distinctive curved back. The chairs are very comfortable, perfect in size and are ideal as small-scale side chairs. The beauty of the ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of Vintage Chrome Side Chairs
By Milo Baughman
Located in North York, ON
Pair of Vintage Chrome Side Chairs. Slick and unpretentious in the trademark Milo Baughman way, this set of two armchairs features a curved metallic frame coupled with earthy fabric ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

  • Pair of Vintage Chrome Side Chairs
  • Pair of Vintage Chrome Side Chairs
  • Pair of Vintage Chrome Side Chairs
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H 32 in. W 24 in. D 27 in.
Modern Light Pearl Gray Fabric Dining Armchair with Steel Base Black
By Lunchstudio
Located in Mexico, MX
Helsinki collection. Helsinki armchair: simple, elegant, comfortable. Available in steel base electrostatically painted, may be upholstered with variety of fabrics and colors. Also a...
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2010s Mexican Modern Chairs

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Metal

Set of 8 Pace Dining Armchairs in Ivory Crocodile Leatherette , circa 1970s
By Pace Furniture Company
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Beautiful set of eight Charles Hollis Jones style lucite dining arm chairs freshly reupholstered in Ivory Crocodile Leatherette. Sexy and light, easy to clean and durable, the crocod...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Lucite

Pair of Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs Attributed to Jens Risom
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Beautifully restored teak armchairs that have been totally rebuilt. Chairs have fabulous style and were recovered in a tweed fabric.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Teak, Upholstery

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Lucite Armchairs
By James Hollis Jones
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Molded tubular armchairs with curved back panel in Lucite. Tri-leg form elegant and simple. Upholstery has been updated in a black and white fabric consistent with era of chair design.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery

R3, Railing Armchair with Stainless Steel and Silicon Foam
By Aranda Lasch
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Aranda\Lasch continues to explore and test out various furniture forms from their latest Railing series, a series of design pieces that utilize bent tubes and furnished with leather ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Contemporary Eco-Friendly Ergonomic Beanbag Beanie Lounger
By Nina Edwards Anker
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Beanie lounger is a comfortable textile-covered lounger whose seat is comprised of one long bean bag. The sofa incorporates daybeds facing opposite directions. Its soft structure...
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2010s American Minimalist Lounge Chairs

Materials

Organic Material

Contemporary Rattan Indoor-Outdoor Armchair, Cushions in Sunbrella Fabric
By Nina Edwards Anker
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Knotties are a set of armchairs in polyethylene rattan, comprising of sculptural knot forms. Edwards Anker says: “The affect of the form imitates the function, which is to embrace th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Minimalist Armchairs

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Rattan

White Chrome Vinyl Shiro Chair, Kuramata Tribute, in Stock
By Sergio Mannino Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Now in stock in white and bright blue finish. The Shiro chair comes in several different colors, even custom or supplied by owner fabrics. Its language is a classic take on modern m...
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2010s American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Baxter Chair custom loose seat cushion metal legs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This sexy, nostalgic chair is sensually modern with well-defined but not overstated curves that scream vintage madness. The subtle understated minimalism is a tribute to the golden y...
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2010s American Swivel Chairs

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Fabric

White Polyethylene Rattan Outdoor Indoor Knotty Armchair
By Nina Edwards Anker
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Knotties are a set armchairs in polyethylene rattan, comprising of sculptural knot forms. Edwards Anker says: “The effect of the form imitates the function, which is to embrace the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Rattan

Pair of Mid-Century Reclining Patio Lounge Arm Chairs w/ Extendable Foot-Rests
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of American Mid-Century reclining patio chairs. This pair of vintage iron patio chairs from the mid-20th century feature simple lines with a sweet clover and dot cut-out motif...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

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Iron

Emeco 20-06 Armchair in Brushed Aluminum by Norman Foster
By Sir Norman Foster, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
Emeco’s collaboration with Norman Foster resulted in the “20-06” chair. Foster envisioned a “neutral” chair -visually and physically lightweight. But the 20-06 is also super strong-t...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Emeco Navy Armchair in Polished Aluminum by US Navy
By Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
All upholstered accessories are handmade using the finest most durable Black vinyl or with the option of fire retardant C.O.M or C.O.L Fire retardant Foam. If C.O.M.: 1yd C.O.L.: 15 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Emeco Navy® Armchair in Brushed Aluminum by US Navy
By Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
First built for use on submarines in 1944, the Navy chair has been in continuous Production ever since. With the famous 77 step Process, our craftsmen take soft, recycled aluminum, h...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Warren McArthur Art Deco Machine Age Aluminum Armchair in Grey Wool, 1930s
By Warren McArthur
Located in New York, NY
A rare Art Deco Machine Age aluminum armchair by important American designer Warren McArthur. Displays McArthur’s signature Streamline Moderne-meets-Machine Age aesthetic, with a pai...
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Vintage 1930s American Machine Age Armchairs

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Aluminum

Stainless Steel and Upholstered Lounge Chairs Attributed to Milo Baughman
By Milo Baughman
Located in North Miami, FL
These fantastic pair of stainless steel and upholstered vintage lounge chairs attributed to Milo Baughman feature a highly polished cantilevered base. They are from the 1970s. They h...
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20th Century American Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Set of 6 Milo Baughman Style Chrome Frame Dining Chairs in Aqua Blue Chenille
By Design Institute America, Milo Baughman
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Set of 6 armchairs with chrome frames, circa 1970s in the style of Milo Baughman, possibly by Design Institute of America ("DIA"). Sculptural, sleek. Two of the chairs are upholstere...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Surrealist Postmodern Faux White Fur Three-Legged Chairs, circa 1980s
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Stylish, sculptural, and cozy. A pair of surreal Memphis style 1980s lounge chairs featuring an enveloping back seat that morphs and camouflages into the chairs front legs in white f...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Chairs

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Faux Fur

Emeco Kong Armchair in Polished Aluminum by Philippe Starck
By Philippe Starck, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
Starck first designed the Kong barstool for the Chinese restaurant Kong in Paris. The one armed stool was intended to make it easy and graceful for the super model clientele to slith...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Emeco Heritage Armchair in Brushed Aluminum by Philippe Starck
By Emeco, Philippe Starck
Located in Hanover, PA
Heritage is a stacking chair designed by Philippe Starck, inspired by the original 1006 Navy. The rocking version was designed for the world famous Bon restaurant in Paris. Intended ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Emeco Navy Armchair in Polished Aluminum and Walnut by US Navy
By Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
First built for use on submarines in 1944, the Navy Chair has been in continuous Production ever since. With the famous 77 step Process, our craftsmen take soft, recycled aluminum, h...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco Navy® Armchair in Brushed Aluminum and Walnut by US Navy
By Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
First built for use on submarines in 1944, the Navy Chair has been in continuous Production ever since. With the famous 77 step Process, our craftsmen take soft, recycled aluminum, h...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Emeco Hudson Armchair in Polished Aluminum by Philippe Starck
By Emeco, Philippe Starck
Located in Hanover, PA
The Hudson, designed for the Hudson hotel in NYC, is Emeco and Starck’s first collaboration. Starck described the chair as “washing the details from the Navy Chair”. It takes an addi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Emeco Navy Armchair in Brushed Aluminum and Cherry by US Navy
By Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
First built for use on submarines in 1944, the Navy Chair has been in continuous Production ever since. With the famous 77 step Process, our craftsmen take soft, recycled aluminum, h...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Emeco Heritage Rocking Armchair in Polished Aluminum by Philippe Starck
By Emeco, Philippe Starck
Located in Hanover, PA
Heritage is a stacking chair designed by Philippe Starck, inspired by the original 1006 Navy.The rocking version was designed for the world famous Bon restaurant in Paris. Intended a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Emeco Hudson Rocking Chair with Arms in Brushed Aluminum by Philippe Starck
By Emeco, Philippe Starck
Located in Hanover, PA
The Hudson, designed for the Hudson hotel in NYC, is Emeco and Starck’s first collaboration. Starck described the chair as “washing the details from the Navy Chair”. It takes an addi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco Heritage Rocking Armchair in Brushed Aluminum by Philippe Starck
By Emeco, Philippe Starck
Located in Hanover, PA
Heritage is a stacking chair designed by Philippe Starck, inspired by the original 1006 Navy. The rocking version was designed for the world famous Bon restaurant in Paris. Intended ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco Kong Armchair in Brushed Aluminum by Philippe Starck
By Emeco, Philippe Starck
Located in Hanover, PA
Starck first designed the Kong barstool for the Chinese restaurant Kong in Paris. The one armed stool was intended to make it easy and graceful for the super model clientele to slith...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco Navy Armchair in Polished Aluminum and Cherry by US Navy
By Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
First built for use on submarines in 1944, the Navy chair has been in continuous Production ever since. With the famous 77 step Process, our craftsmen take soft, recycled aluminum, h...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco Hudson Rocking Chair with Arms in Polished Aluminum by Philippe Starck
By Emeco, Philippe Starck
Located in Hanover, PA
The Hudson, designed for the Hudson hotel in NYC, is Emeco and Starck’s first collaboration. Starck described the chair as “washing the details from the Navy Chair”. It takes an addi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco Hudson Armchair in Brushed Aluminum by Philippe Starck
By Emeco, Philippe Starck
Located in Hanover, PA
The Hudson, designed for the Hudson hotel in NYC, is Emeco and Starck’s first collaboration. Starck described the chair as “washing the details from the Navy Chair”. It takes an addi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco Heritage Armchair in Polished Aluminum by Philippe Starck
By Philippe Starck, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
Heritage is a stacking chair designed by Philippe Starck, inspired by the original 1006 Navy.The rocking version was designed for the world famous Bon restaurant in Paris. Intended a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Ben Soleimani Oliver Desk Chair
By Ben Soleimani
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Our Oliver Desk Chair is modeled after the classic antique chair with its padded arms and high back. This chair seamlessly transitions from desk chair to dining chair. Our handcrafte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

  • Ben Soleimani Oliver Desk Chair
  • Ben Soleimani Oliver Desk Chair
  • Ben Soleimani Oliver Desk Chair
  • Ben Soleimani Oliver Desk Chair
H 41 in. W 26 in. D 25 in.
Warren Platner for Knoll Armchair Set of 4, Nickel, Blue Wool, 1966
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Warren Platner for Knoll armchair set of 4, nickel, blue wool, 1966. Gorgeous original nickel plated finish. Blue wool hopsack textile. With his experience in the firm of Eero Sa...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Modern Lucite Waterfall Side Chairs Attr to Leon Rosen for The Pace Collection
By Pace Collection, Charles Hollis Jones, Leon Rosen
Located in Topeka, KS
Lovely pair of modern Lucite Waterfall style side chairs attributed to Leon Rosen for The Pace Collection. Beautiful condition keeping in mind that these are vintage so will show sig...
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20th Century American Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Lucite

Vintage Chrome "Scoop" Lounge Chairs Attributed to Milo Baughman
By Milo Baughman
Located in Burbank, CA
Spectacular pair of vintage chrome "Scoop" lounge chairs attributed to Milo Baughman in the United States, circa 1970s. These chairs stand out for their floating design due to the ch...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Art Deco Machine Age Bent Aluminum and Platinum Velvet Occasional Chairs
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated Art Deco Machine Age occasional/ side chair was realized in the United States, circa 1935. It features a subtly cantilevered tubular bent aluminum frame with a flo...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Armchairs

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Aluminum

Art Deco Machine Age Bent Aluminum and Platinum Velvet Occasional Chair
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated Art Deco Machine Age occasional/ side chair was realized in the United States, circa 1935. It features a subtly cantilevered tubular bent aluminum frame with a flo...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Armchairs

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Aluminum

Warren Platner Gray Leather Easy Chair and Ottoman Set of Three, Knoll, 1966
By Knoll, Warren Platner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Warren platner gray leather easy chair and ottoman set of three, Knoll, 1966. Knoll Models 1705L and 1705Y. Warren Platner for Knoll gray leather model 1705 wire easy lounge chair...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel, Nickel

Late 19th Century Walnut Armchair, in Tete A' Negre Finish
Located in San Francisco, CA
The entire chair was gently restored, the upholstery fabric is the finest Alpaca bouclé, in a soft cream and blue check. The Alpaca is from the Sandra Jorday Pima Alpaca collection....
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20th Century American Baroque Revival Armchairs

Materials

Alpaca

Pr. Wrought Iron Patio Garden Chairs attributed to Salterini
By Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Chic pair of wrought iron and metal mesh garden, patio, armchairs attributed to Salterini. Both chairs are structurally sound, and sturdy, both show cosmetic wear to the finish, norm...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Vintage Chrome Biscuit Tufted Lounge Chairs by Cy Mann
By Cy Mann
Located in Burbank, CA
Amazing pair of vintage chrome lounge chairs designed by Cy Mann in the United States, circa 1970s. The chrome frames give the design an amazing perspective from any angle. These cha...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Emeco Navy Armchair in Brushed Aluminium with Bar Back by Us Navy
By Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
First built for use on submarines in 1944, the Navy Chair has been in continuous Production ever since. With the famous 77 step Process, our craftsmen take soft, recycled aluminum, h...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco Navy® Armchair in Polished Aluminum W/ Bar Back by Us Navy
By Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
First built for use on submarines in 1944, the Navy chair has been in continuous Production ever since. With the famous 77 step Process, our craftsmen take soft, recycled aluminum, h...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Set of 6 Still Arm Patio Chairs Designed by Richard Frinier for Brown Jordan
By Richard Frinier, Brown Jordan
Located in San Diego, CA
Brown Jordan still arm chair Set of 6 crafted of strong, lightweight aluminum with a smooth, white powder-coated finish that stands up to the elements. Sculpted with softened edge...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Set of Four Eames for Herman Miller Swivel Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Dazzling mid-century set of four padded swivel chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The fiberglass shells are upholstered in a rare geometric black and white print with...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Steel

Teddy Chair
By Pieces
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Teddy chair is our first official seating piece. The upholstered, tubular legs contour up and around the seat cushion, transitioning from leg, to arm, to back support before retu...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Faux Fur

  • Teddy Chair
  • Teddy Chair
  • Teddy Chair
  • Teddy Chair
H 29 in. W 37 in. D 25.5 in.
Vintage Nickel Biscuit Tufted Lounge Chairs by Milo Baughman
By Thayer Coggin, Milo Baughman
Located in Burbank, CA
A stunning pair of vintage nickel lounge chairs designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. The way the velvet seat seems to be floating inside the nickel-plated frame gives the des...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome, Nickel

Set of Four Sculptura Patio Chairs by Russell Woodard
By Russell Woodard
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of four original sculptura armchairs, designed by Russell Woodard. An airy design achieved by mesh steel on a wrought iron frame. Black satin finish has been recently professiona...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

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Iron

Designer Armchair / Chair Wassily Marcel Breuer / Knoll International
Located in Berlin, DE
Designer armchair / chair Wassily Marcel Breuer / Knoll International Vintage model gray cowhide leather, the Wassily armchair design from 1925 designed by Marcel Breuer at the Ba...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Florence Knoll Grey Tuxedo Lounge Chair
By Florence Knoll
Located in London, GB
A rare, original “Florence Knoll” lounge chair from the world renown furniture house of Knoll Studio, dressed in a sublime, tactile woven-wool fabric, and with polished chrome framew...
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2010s American Armchairs

Materials

Wool

  • Florence Knoll Grey Tuxedo Lounge Chair
  • Florence Knoll Grey Tuxedo Lounge Chair
  • Florence Knoll Grey Tuxedo Lounge Chair
  • Florence Knoll Grey Tuxedo Lounge Chair
H 32.68 in. W 32.29 in. D 34.65 in.
Emeco 1 Inch Armchair in Brushed Aluminum and Blue by Jasper Morrison
By Emeco, Jasper Morrison
Located in Hanover, PA
For the 1 Inch Collection, Jasper Morrison tapped into Emeco’s heritage in hand crafting recycled aluminum, and leveraged its signature strength, light weight, and sustainability. Em...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco 1 Inch Armchair in Brushed Aluminum and Bordeaux by Jasper Morrison
By Emeco, Jasper Morrison
Located in Hanover, PA
For the 1 Inch Collection, Jasper Morrison tapped into Emeco’s heritage in hand crafting recycled aluminum, and leveraged its signature strength, light weight, and sustainability. Em...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco 1 Inch Armchair in Brushed Aluminum and Green by Jasper Morrison
By Emeco, Jasper Morrison
Located in Hanover, PA
For the 1 Inch collection, Jasper Morrison tapped into Emeco’s heritage in hand crafting recycled aluminum, and leveraged its signature strength, light weight, and sustainability. Em...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco 1 Inch Armchair in Brushed Aluminum and Brown by Jasper Morrison
By Emeco, Jasper Morrison
Located in Hanover, PA
For the 1 Inch collection, Jasper Morrison tapped into Emeco’s heritage in hand crafting recycled aluminum, and leveraged its signature strength, light weight, and sustainability. Em...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Jules Heumann Lounge Chairs Post-Modern, 1980s
By Jules Heumann, Metropolitan
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous pair of Post-Modern lounge chairs designed by Jules Heumann in striking linear / striped black and white fabric. Jules Heumann was an incredible American Mid Century furnitu...
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20th Century American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Emeco 1 Inch Reclaimed Chair in Brown by Jasper Morrison
By Emeco, Jasper Morrison
Located in Hanover, PA
For the 1 Inch Reclaimed Jasper Morrison designed a one-piece mono-block stackable chair, that is useful and durable, engineered to meet the demands of high use environments, and sui...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Plastic

Emeco 1 Inch Reclaimed Chair in Blue by Jasper Morrison
By Emeco, Jasper Morrison
Located in Hanover, PA
For the 1 Inch Reclaimed Jasper Morrison designed a one-piece mono-block stackable chair, that is useful and durable, engineered to meet the demands of high use environments, and sui...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Plastic

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Gray North American Armchairs For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of gray north american armchairs is available at 1stDibs. The range of distinct gray north american armchairs — often made from metal, fabric and plastic — can elevate any home. Find 716 antique and vintage gray north american armchairs at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 96 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Gray north american armchairs have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Gray north american armchairs are generally popular furniture pieces, but Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Art Deco styles are often sought at 1stDibs. Gray north american armchairs have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Knoll, Herman Miller and Milo Baughman are consistently popular.

How Much are Gray North American Armchairs?

Prices for gray north american armchairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, gray north american armchairs begin at $1 and can go as high as $26,000, while the average can fetch as much as $2,983.

Finding the Right Armchairs for You

Armchairs have run the gamut from prestige to ease and everything in between. 

Long before industrial mass production democratized seating, armchairs conveyed status and power. In ancient Egypt, the commoners took stools, while in early Greece, ceremonial chairs of carved marble were designated for nobility. But the high-backed early thrones of yore, elevated and ornate, were merely grandiose iterations of today’s armchairs. 

Modern-day armchairs, built with functionality and comfort in mind, are now central to tasks throughout your home. Formal dining armchairs support your guests at a table for a cheery feast, a good drafting chair with a deep seat is parked in front of an easel where you create art and, elsewhere, an ergonomic wonder of sorts positions you at the desk for your 9 to 5.

When placed under just the right lamp where you can lounge comfortably, both elbows resting on the padded supports on each side of you, an upholstered armchair — or a rattan armchair for your light-suffused sunroom — can be the sanctuary where you’ll read for hours. If you’re in the mood for company, your velvet chesterfield armchair is a place to relax and be part of the conversation that swirls around you. Maybe the dialogue is about the beloved Papa Bear chair, a mid-century modern masterpiece from Danish carpenter and furniture maker Hans Wegner, and the wingback’s strong association with the concept of cozying up by the fireplace, which we can trace back to its origins in 1600s-era England, when the seat’s distinctive arm protrusions protected the sitter from the heat of the period’s large fireplaces. 

If the fireside armchair chat involves spirited comparisons, your companions will likely probe the merits of antique and vintage armchairs such as Queen Anne armchairs, Victorian armchairs or even Louis XVI armchairs, as well as the pros and cons of restoration versus conservation.

Everyone seems to have a favorite armchair and most people will be all too willing to talk about their beloved design. Whether that’s the unique Favela chair by Brazilian sibling furniture designers Fernando and Humberto Campana, who repurpose everyday objects to artful effect; or Marcel Breuer’s futuristic tubular metal Wassily lounge chair; the functionality-first LC series from Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret; or the Eames lounge chair of the mid-1950s created by Charles and Ray Eames, there is an iconic armchair for everyone and every purpose. Find yours on 1stDibs right now.