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Set Of Three Mid-Century White Faux-Suede Bar Stools
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Set of Three Mid-Century White Faux-Suede Bar Stools 3 large sturdy bar stool on wooden and chrome legs. Newly upholstered in white spill-proof faux suede.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Suede, Wood

Gold Metal and Leather Bar Stool
Located in Halluin, FR
Elegant bar stool with gold metal structure and dark brown leather seat, combining quality, robustness and class. Comfortable and ergonomic, aerial and design. In excellent condition...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal

  • Gold Metal and Leather Bar Stool
  • Gold Metal and Leather Bar Stool
  • Gold Metal and Leather Bar Stool
  • Gold Metal and Leather Bar Stool
H 29.93 in. W 19.69 in. D 16.93 in.
Arthur Umanoff Bar Stools for Raymor Restored
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
Arthur Umanoff midcentury bar stools, for Raymor priced per stool, total of 6 available, wood slat seats, iron frames with wicker wrapped backs, seat height of 29" to be restored pri...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Iron

Bar Stools by Designs for Leisure, Chrome Steel, Swivel
By Designs for Leisure
Located in New York, NY
Bar stools by Designs for Leisure, chrome steel, swivel. Set of three heavy swivel barstools with high polished steel backrests and foot rests, polished aluminum reeded columns and b...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Chrome, Steel

Pair of Minimalistic Bar Stools with Brown Suede Seats
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of minimalistic bar stools with brown suede seats.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal

Wrought Iron, Wood and Paper Cord Bar Stools by Arthur Umanoff
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a great set of Arthur Umanoff bar stools made from wrought iron and paper cord. We have 6 in stock. Price is per chair.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stylish pair of three leg mahogany stools with brass foot rest and vinyl seats. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with dealer.  
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Mahogany

Set of Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning set of four vintage modern bar stools feature a backless seat and a chrome base with a footrest. The two-tone vinyl is sure to complement any setting. Please confirm th...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Chrome

  • Set of Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools
  • Set of Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools
  • Set of Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools
  • Set of Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools
H 30 in. W 15.5 in. D 15.5 in.
Unusual Pair of Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning pair of vintage modern bar stools feature unique sculpted chrome frames with a vinyl seat. Sleek design with a rounded chrome backrest, kick rest, and a sturdy oval bas...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Chrome

  • Unusual Pair of Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools
  • Unusual Pair of Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools
  • Unusual Pair of Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools
  • Unusual Pair of Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools
H 36.5 in. W 14.5 in. D 14.5 in.
Three Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools in Blond Beech
Located in Almelo, NL
Three Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern bar stools in blond beech. In good condition.
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Vintage 1970s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Beech

Pair of Frederick Weinberg Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Vintage hairpin bar stools by Frederick Weinberg. Seat hgt. is 29.5 seat diameter is 14.75, white leather seats.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Iron

Set of Three Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools by Daystrom
By Daystrom Furniture
Located in Atlanta, GA
This set of bar stools were made by Daystrom, USA, circa 1960s. Tubular metal frame construction with padded seat covered in textured Naugahyde and footrests on both side. Original l...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal

Set of 6 Mid-Century Modern Bar Stools by Danny Ho Fong, US, 1960s
By Danny Ho Fong
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of 6 wrought iron and wicker bar stools designed by Danny Ho Fong.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Bar Stool CH 56 by Hans Wegner, New Edition
By Carl Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern CH 56 stool by Hans Wegner. New edition. This elegant 76 cm barstool was designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1985. It is available in oak or walnut. Cushion is in Loke l...
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Vintage 1980s Scandinavian Stools

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Oak

Mid-Century Modern Bamboo Bar Stools
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Pair of stylish deco style bamboo and caned vintage bar stools. Bent Bamboo frames and a caned seat.
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Vintage 1960s American Hollywood Regency Stools

Materials

Bamboo

Chet Beardsley Mid-Century Modern Swivel Bar Stools, Set 3
By Chet Beardsley
Located in Fulton, CA
Set of 3 Steel, iron, walnut, rattan and vinyl Mid-Century Modern bar stools designed by Chet Beardsley, circa 1960s. In very good original, vintage condition with light, age appropr...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern, Minimalist Wire Bar Stool, Lucy Bar Stool in Black
By Bend Goods
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Lucy bar stool elevates the bar experience. Stunning in a commercial setting or as an accent to a home bar, this Mid-Century Modern inspired wire bar stool is durable and customi...
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2010s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal, Metal

Mid-Century Modern, Minimalist Wire Bar Stool, Lucy Bar Stool in White
By Bend Goods
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Lucy bar stool elevates the bar experience. Stunning in a commercial setting or as an accent to a home bar, this Mid-Century Modern inspired wire bar stool is durable and customi...
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2010s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Stainless Steel, Iron, Metal, Metal

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Chrome Bar Stools
By Mod Zeus
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of midcentury bar stools feature beautiful white vinyl upholstery and modern chrome bases which offer comfortable seating and a unique flare to any home or office space. ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Lucite Bar Stools
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Elegant sculptural design, comfortable and well constructed. Stools swivel. Vinyl seats easily recovered in your choice of fabric.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Navy Blue Bar Stool, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stool from the turn of the 1960s. Produced in Germany beautiful, well-crafted dark blue upholstery. The stool consists of an upholstered part, a seat and steel black legs. Not regula...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Wrought Iron Bar Stools
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Wrought Iron Bar Stools Offered for sale are Mid-Century Modern sculptural wrought iron bar stools which are being listed individuality with the availa...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Swivel Bar Stools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning pair of vintage modern bar stools with grated metal back rests and iron rod bases. Wonderful design with a conveniently placed circular kick rest and long splayed legs. Stur...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Iron

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Danish Bar Stools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful pair of Danish modern bar stools feature a teak frame with sled legs. Unique design with high rounded arm rests, an angled backrest, and a black vinyl covered seat. Th...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Faux Leather, Teak

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Swivel Bar Stools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful pair of vintage modern swivel bar stools feature thick padded seats covered in white vinyl. Sleek design with a black metal base and a convenient circular foot rest. T...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Pink Bar Stool By Daystrom And Knoll
By Daystrom Furniture, Knoll
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern bar stools by Daystrom. Newly powder-coated in pink and simi-orange vintage MCM chrome bar stool in original black vinyl fabric, Marked DAYSTROM on the back. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern, Minimalist Stacking Bar Stool, Wire Stool in Black
By Bend Goods
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bend Goods Wire Furniture This unique wire bar stool is the ultimate combination of style and versatility. The Stacking Lucy bar stool combines the classic modern wire design of the...
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2010s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal, Iron

Mid-Century Modern, Minimalist Stacking Bar Stool, Wire Stool in White
By Bend Goods
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bend Goods wire furniture This unique wire bar stool is the ultimate combination of style and versatility. The stacking Lucy bar stool combines the Classic modern wire design of the...
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2010s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal, Iron

Mid-Century Modern Wrought Iron Tony Paul Style Swivel Bar Stools
By Tony Paul
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of three, Mid-Century Modern, bar stools in the style of Tony Paul have minimal wrought iron frames with backs and swivel seats, upholstered in gunmetal vinyl.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wrought Iron

Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Swivel Bar Stools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A sleek set of six vintage modern swivel bar stools that boast chrome rod frames with splayed legs. A unique design with a floating style back rest, overstuffed circular seats, and a...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Chrome

  • Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Swivel Bar Stools
  • Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Swivel Bar Stools
  • Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Swivel Bar Stools
  • Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Swivel Bar Stools
H 41.5 in. W 17.5 in. D 17.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Danish Bar Stool Model Mikado
By FDB Møbler, Johannes Foersom, Peter Hiort-Lorenzen
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Danish bar stool in beech model Mikado by Foersom et Hiort-Lorenzen for FDB. New realese. Base in black laquered beech. Seat in natural beech. On demand only. Deli...
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2010s Danish Stools

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Beech, Beech

  • Mid-Century Modern Danish Bar Stool Model Mikado
  • Mid-Century Modern Danish Bar Stool Model Mikado
  • Mid-Century Modern Danish Bar Stool Model Mikado
  • Mid-Century Modern Danish Bar Stool Model Mikado
H 25.6 in. W 16.54 in. D 10.63 in.
Mid-Century Modern Bar Swivel Stools with Pollack NYC Velvet Upholstery, Pair
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern bar stools with Pollack NYC velvet upholstery, pair Offered is a pair of stainless steel and brass Mid-Century Modern bar stools that have recently been reuphol...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Brass, Stainless Steel

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Slatted Wood Bar/Counter Stools Arthur Umanoff
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of Mid-Century Modern bar stools created out of maple seat height is 30in.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Iron

Mid Century Post Modern Brass Bar Stools, Set of 3
Located in La Grange, IL
Mid century post modern brass bar stools - set of 3 Bar stools measures: 18.5 wide x 17.75 deep x 38.25 high, with a seat height of 31.75 inches All pieces of furniture can be h...
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Vintage 1960s American Post-Modern Stools

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Brass

  • Mid Century Post Modern Brass Bar Stools, Set of 3
  • Mid Century Post Modern Brass Bar Stools, Set of 3
  • Mid Century Post Modern Brass Bar Stools, Set of 3
  • Mid Century Post Modern Brass Bar Stools, Set of 3
H 38.25 in. W 18.5 in. D 17.75 in.
Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Yellow Bar Stools, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stools from the turn of the 1960s. Produced in Germany. Beautiful, well crafted yellow italian upholstery. The stools consists of an upholstered part, a seat and steel black legs. Th...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Steel

Four Rotatable Mid-Century Modern Colored Bar Stools, Germany, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Funky rotatable bar stools in original red, green, blue and black top with chrome metal base. Measures: Seat diameter 33cm, foot plate diameter 54cm, seat height 86cm. Distance be...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Slat Back Swivel Bar Stools
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This matching pair of wood slat bar stools feature sculpted chrome bases with comfortable upholstered seats. Attractive hardwood slat design in the style of Arthur Umanoff contrasts ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Set of Mid-Century Bar Stools
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of mid-century leather bar stools are made out of wrought iron, feature a Harpin backrest design, and rest on stretched legs frame newly painted in black color. The seats have...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Iron

  • Set of Mid-Century Bar Stools
  • Set of Mid-Century Bar Stools
  • Set of Mid-Century Bar Stools
  • Set of Mid-Century Bar Stools
H 32 in. W 12.5 in. D 15.5 in.
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Leather and Chrome Bar Stools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful pair of vintage modern cantilever bar stools feature tubular chrome bases. Elegant floating top design with round black leather seats and a unique eclipse kick rest. T...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Chrome

Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Italian Swivel Bar Stools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning set of four vintage modern Italian barstools feature a two-tone black and white design. The overstuffed seats and backrests are covered in white vinyl. A sturdy wood fr...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern, Minimalist Wire Bar Stool, in Peacock Blue
By Bend Goods
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Lucy bar stool elevates the bar experience. Stunning in a commercial setting or as an accent to a home bar, this Mid-Century Modern inspired wire bar stool is durable and customi...
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2010s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Stainless Steel, Metal, Metal, Iron

3 Vintage Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff Wood Slatted Wooden Bar Stools
Located in Philadelphia, PA
3 vintage Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff wood wooden slatted slat wooden bar stools. Item features (3) barstools, solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, very nice vintage ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wood

Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Navy Blue Bar Stools, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stools from the turn of the 1960s. Produced in Germany Beautiful, well crafted dark blue upholstery. The stools consists of an upholstered part, a seat and steel black legs. They are...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Dark Orange Bar Stools, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stools from the turn of the 1960s. Produced in Germany beautiful, well-crafted dark orange upholstery. The stools consist of an upholstered part, a seat and steel black legs. They ar...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Dark Green Bar Stools, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stools from the turn of the 1960s and 1970s. Beautiful, well crafted dark green upholstery. The stools consists of an upholstered part, a seat and wooden legs narrowing downwards, ch...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Velvet

Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Dark Green Bar Stools, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stools from the turn of the 1960s. Produced in Germany. Beautiful, well crafted dark green italian upholstery. The stools consists of an upholstered part, a seat and steel black legs...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

Mid Century Black Vinyl Bar Stools, Pair
Located in La Grange, IL
Mid century black vinyl bar stools - pair. These bar stools are 20.5 wide x 20.5 deep x 40.75 high, and with a seat height of 28 and arm height of 35 All pieces of furniture can ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal, Chrome

  • Mid Century Black Vinyl Bar Stools, Pair
  • Mid Century Black Vinyl Bar Stools, Pair
  • Mid Century Black Vinyl Bar Stools, Pair
  • Mid Century Black Vinyl Bar Stools, Pair
H 40.75 in. W 20.5 in. D 20.5 in.
Mid Century Bamboo and Leather Bar Stools
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Unusual set of white leather-and-bamboo bar stools, Mid-20th century.          
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Leather, Bamboo

Mid-Century Modern Czech Bar Stools Sculptural Bentwood Thonet Style, Pair
By Thonet
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Set of two rare Czechoslovakian Mid-Century Modern Bentwood tall barstools. Sleek and sculptural bentwood Thonet style wood frames with original dark walnut finish patina. Features c...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wood

Set of Mid-Century Modern Plastic and Iron Swivel Bar Stools
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful set of five vintage modern swivel bar stools with plastic seats sculpted for optimal comfort. Sleek design with sturdy bent rod iron legs showing quality craftsmanship at i...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Iron

Single Mid-Century Modern Bar Counter Kitchen Stool Milo Baughman Style
By Milo Baughman
Located in West Hartford, CT
Gorgeous Mid-Century Modern stool with chocolate brown upholstered seat.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal

Arthur Umanoff Mid-Century Swivel Bar Stool
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in St. Louis, MO
Single Arthur Umanoff swivel bar stool, wood slat seat, iron frame with Danish rush cord wrapped back. If you need another stool to complete your set, here is one that is left unrest...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Iron

Pair of Mid Century Chrome Bar Stools
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Pair of Swivel Mid-Century Bar Stools have solid steel bases and are in great condition. The pair of stools feature a sleek design, beautiful chrome-plated finish, and a flat ba...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Chrome, Steel

  • Pair of Mid Century Chrome Bar Stools
  • Pair of Mid Century Chrome Bar Stools
  • Pair of Mid Century Chrome Bar Stools
  • Pair of Mid Century Chrome Bar Stools
H 33 in. W 16 in. D 16 in.
Cleo Baldon Terra Wrought Iron Bar Stools, Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Chairs
By Terra, Cleo Baldon
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Group of four rare Campaign style / X-Bar stools (model number XBS-35) by Southern California architect/designer Cleo Baldon/Terra Furniture. Designed 1964, constructed of wrought ir...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Bar Stool in Rosewood by Erik Buch
By Erik Buch
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian bar stool in rosewood by Erik Buch. Measure: H seat 62 cm.
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Stools

Materials

Rosewood

Pair of Russell Woodard Spun Fiberglass Mid-Century Modern Counter Bar Stools
By Russell Woodard
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of Russell Woodard spun fiberglass Mid-Century Modern counter bar stools. Item features removable cushions, spun woven fiberglass frames, footrests, very nice vintage item, slee...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Fiberglass

Pair of Mid Century Modern Bar Counter Stools with Hairpin Iron Legs
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous 1950s stools with original vinyl fabric, two tone yellow with grey. Have a third which does not have with original foot glides as the pair mentioned. Seat height is 31.5. Th...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Iron

Original Mid-Century Modern Chrome Vintage Retro High or Bar Stools, 1950s
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
Original 1950s chrome high or bar stools.
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Wrought Iron Bar Stools after Frederick Weinberg
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of Frederick Weinberg style wrought iron bar stools. Older upholstery and now only two yellow ones available, eggplant ones sold. Black paint on frames shows minor wear, to be e...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Mid Century Italian Tubular Chrome Z Bar Stool Set
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Las Vegas, NV
In the style of Charlotte Perriand, a set of 3 Minimalist chromed steel tube bar stools. Z form with elevated footrest rail. White cotton fabric upholstered seating. Signed "made i...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

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Mid Century Modern Bar Stools For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of mid century modern bar stools available for sale. Each of these unique mid century modern bar stools was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, wood and fabric. There are 1414 antique and vintage mid century modern bar stools for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 52 modern editions to choose from as well. There are all kinds of mid century modern bar stools available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Mid century modern bar stools made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — are very popular at 1stDibs. Arthur Umanoff, Erik Buch and Dirk Van Sliedregt each produced beautiful mid century modern bar stools that are worth considering.

How Much are Mid Century Modern Bar Stools?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $2,000, while they’re typically $37 on the low end and $65,000 highest priced.

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 Stools for You

Stools are versatile and a necessary addition to any living room, kitchen area or elsewhere in your home. A sofa or reliable lounge chair might nab all the credit, comfort-wise, but don’t discount the roles that a good stool can play.

“Stools are jewels and statements in a space, and they can also be investment pieces,” says New York City designer Amy Lau, who adds that these seats provide an excellent choice for setting an interior’s general tone. 

Stools, which are among the oldest forms of wooden furnishings, may also serve as decorative pieces, even if we’re talking about a stool that is far less sculptural than the gracefully curving molded plywood shells that make up Sōri Yanagi’s provocative Butterfly stool

Fawn Galli, a New York interior designer, uses her stools in the same way you would use a throw pillow. “I normally buy several styles and move them around the home where needed,” she says.

Stools are smaller pieces of seating as compared to armchairs or dining chairs and can add depth as well as functionality to a space that you’ve relegated to entertaining. For a splash of color, consider the Stool 60, a pioneering work of bentwood by Finnish architect and furniture maker Alvar Aalto. It’s manufactured by Artek and comes in a variety of colored seats and finishes.

Barstools that date back to the 1970s are now more ubiquitous in kitchens. Vintage barstools have seen renewed interest, be they a meld of chrome and leather or transparent plastic, such as the Lucite and stainless-steel counter stool variety from Indiana-born furniture designer Charles Hollis Jones, who is renowned for his acrylic works. A cluster of barstools — perhaps a set of four brushed-aluminum counter stools by Emeco or Tubby Tube stools by Faye Toogood — can encourage merriment in the kitchen. If you’ve got the room for family and friends to congregate and enjoy cocktails where the cooking is done, consider matching your stools with a tall table.

Whether you need counter stools, drafting stools or another kind, explore an extensive range of antique, new and vintage stools on 1stDibs.