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French Mid-Century Campaign Style Black Leather Ottoman
Located in New York, NY
French Mid-Century modern Neo-classic campaign style steel & brass trimmed ottoman with cross leg design and black leather seat. (Related item: GRS054).
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass, Steel

De Sede DS 88 Leather Ottoman or Pouf Patchwork Brown
By De Sede
Located in Munich, Bavaria
De Sede Ds 88 ottoman or pouf in patchwork design. Brown aniline leather with soft touch. De Sede is a Switzerland furniture company that create leather furniture with premium qual...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Leather, Upholstery, Wood

Raphael Bench with Mid-Century Modern Style Walnut Frame & Basket weave Leather
By KLASP Home
Located in Bronxville, NY
Mid-Century Modern style woven leather 3 ft bench. Handwoven Italian leather seat Mid-Century Modern style frame Natural finish Walnut wood Measures: 36" L x 16.5" D x 19" H 4" firm...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and P...

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Wood, Walnut, Leather

Pair of Faux Shearling Souffle Pouf Ottomans
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of fully upholstered round souffle pouf ottomans. Newly constructed and upholstered in an off-white natural faux shearling / sheepskin with soft, curly, nubby texture. Excellent...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Upholstery, Faux Fur, Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Wicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship. This is one of 14 pieces we have currently...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

Mid-Century Modern Wicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship. This is one of three pieces.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

Mid-Century Modern Wicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship. This is one of 14 pieces we have in stock.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

Mid-Century Modern Wicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table in good condition. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship. This is one of 14 pieces...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

Mid-Century Modern Wicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table in good condition. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship. This is one of 14 pieces...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

Wicker or Bamboo Patio Chairs and Ottomans Upholstered in White Canvas
By Cain Modern
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful pair of patio chairs made out of wicker or bamboo reeds and upholstered in white canvas fabric. The chairs are in excellent condition, the seats can be upholstered in COM ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Canvas, Bamboo, Wood

Wire Wicker Work Mid-Century Modern Footrest Ottoman Stool String Style, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic Mid-Century Modern 1950s wire string and wicker work stool. Nice addition to your room, entry hall or just for your collection of Design items. Made of metal and wicker. Foun...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Metal

Mid Century Wicker Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table in good condition. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship to a scheme. This is one ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cane, Wicker

Mid Century Wicker and Cane Ottoman, Stool or Side Table
Located in London, GB
A vintage midcentury round wicker ottoman, stool or side table. A completely versatile piece that adds warmth and a handmade craftsmanship. This is one of 14 pieces we currently have...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker

Harvey Probber Geometric Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber lounge chair with ottoman. Fully restored and reupholstered. Set appears to float with its reflective chrome bases.  
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Midcentury Metal Cow Hide Benches or Ottomans
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Beautiful pair of Mid-Century Modern benches upholstered with cow hide. With black metal frame and upholstered cowhide top.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Cowhide

Bespoke Luxury Ottoman or Stool in Lapin Fur and Black Chrome
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Stunning Mid-Century Modern style stool with streamlined waterfall base design in polished black nickel. The bench is upholstered in luxurious rabbit fur in variant hues of grey. Gre...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Nickel

Pair Mid-Century Ottomans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid century modern chrome frame with black vinyl upholstery ottomans. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with dealer.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Chrome

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H 14.5 in. W 17 in. D 17 in.
Franco Albini Mid Century Ottoman
By Franco Albini
Located in La Grange, IL
Franco Albini mid century ottoman Ottoman measures: 24 wide x 24 deep x 14.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. That means...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Rattan

  • Franco Albini Mid Century Ottoman
  • Franco Albini Mid Century Ottoman
  • Franco Albini Mid Century Ottoman
  • Franco Albini Mid Century Ottoman
H 14.5 in. W 24 in. D 24 in.
Danish Modern Triangular Mid-Century Modern Ottoman
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Unknown Era: 1950s Dimensions: 17.5 wide x 19 deep x 17 tall  Restoration includes: • Structural and joint repair (if necessar...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Oak

Mid-Century Modern Abbe Ottoman
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
Most known for her extravagant outfits for the time and a sultry style of performing, Abbe Lane was a famous American actress and singer. Because of Abbe’s work in Europe, she was kn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Ottomans and Poufs

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Cotton

  • Mid-Century Modern Abbe Ottoman
  • Mid-Century Modern Abbe Ottoman
  • Mid-Century Modern Abbe Ottoman
  • Mid-Century Modern Abbe Ottoman
H 17.72 in. Dm 31.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Upholstered X-Stretcher Ottoman
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Upholstered ottoman from the early 1970s. X stretcher design. Have 3 that are slightly different. However, once reupholstered they will match.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Style Ottoman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hollywood Regency style Mid-Century Ottoman with beautifully sculpted twisted brass legs and tasseled feet. Comfortable cloth cushion with spotted design. (Please confirm item loc...
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20th Century American Hollywood Regency Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

Pair of Red Mid-Century Modern Ottomans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Modern ottomans in brilliant red upholstery and chrome. Featuring an elegant design and comfortable cushions, this pair is perfect for adding vintage style to a...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Chrome

  • Pair of Red Mid-Century Modern Ottomans
  • Pair of Red Mid-Century Modern Ottomans
  • Pair of Red Mid-Century Modern Ottomans
  • Pair of Red Mid-Century Modern Ottomans
H 16.5 in. W 50 in. D 24 in.
Mid-Century Modern Oversized Faux-Ostrich Ottoman
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern oversized faux-ostrich ottoman. Nice tapered walnut legs having an "X" stretcher base.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Faux Leather, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Style Woven Rush Ottomans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern style, ottomans / stools / benches feature walnut and ash tapered legs with woven rush seats are custom-made in Brooklyn, NY by City Foundry. Available in 24 inch,...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and P...

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Rattan, Ash, Walnut

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottoman
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern ottoman lined with new fabric from Gaston y Daniela with a great architectural pattern they can be used in different ways as a decoration, livin...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric, Wood

  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottoman
  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottoman
  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottoman
  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottoman
H 15.75 in. W 18.12 in. D 14.97 in.
Mid-Century Modern Ottoman by John Stuart
By John Stuart
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant vintage modern foot stool features black lacquered legs. Unique walnut cross beams connect each leg adding sturdiness and style. The sleek black vinyl top is molded for comfo...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Faux Leather, Walnut, Lacquer

Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Brass Ottoman Footstool
By Paul McCobb
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Only 1 available. Fabulous satin brass ottoman - footstool- bench. Reupholstered in a vintage style 1960s weave fabric with fabulous coloring that contrasts greatly with the brass. S...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

Pair of Chromed Mid-Century Modern Stools Ottomans
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Chromed metal stools with vinyl seats.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Metal, Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Red Vinyl Ottomans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Matching pair of vintage kidney bean shaped ottomans, comfortable design features richly colored red vinyl upholstery. Please confirm item location NY or NJ with dealer.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Style Tufted Ottoman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This vintage tufted stool is in great condition, has a solid steel frame, and has been newly upholstered in a yellow velvet fabric. The fabulous stool features a new tufted round com...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Steel

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Vinyl Storage Ottomans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This matching pair of ottomans make a beautiful modern addition to any living room, and offer a stylish option for secondary seating and storage. Please confirm item location (NY or ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Mid-Century Modern Heywood Wakefield Champagne Vanity Ottoman/Pouf
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern Heywood Wakefield ottoman Offered is a Mid-Century Modern Heywood Wakefield Champagne ottoman/pouf. It is structurally sound, and has been refinished. It does h...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Ottoman Having Bradley Hughes Sheepskin Upholstery
Located in Stamford, CT
Italian Mid-Century Modern ottoman having Bradley Hughes sheepskin upholstery. This stunning large and impressive ottoman is large enough to lay down on. The sleek tapering legs havi...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Sheepskin, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Ottoman in Mahogany by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Belmont, MA
Mid-Century Modern 1950s ottoman, designed by Harvey Probber, with a rectilinear mahogany frame and upholstered in a high quality fabric.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Mahogany

Super Rare Adrian Pearsall Swivel Ottoman Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Super rare Adrian Pearsall swivel ottoman. We have never seen another one of these wonderful ottomans and just love it.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern White Faux Snakeskin Ottomans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful pair of vintage modern ottomans feature a faux snakeskin vinyl upholstery. Stylish design with a thick padded cushion on top and an upholstered frame provides maximum ...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Faux Leather

Stunning Milo Baughman Chrome Stool Ottoman, Mid-Century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Milo Baughman chrome stool ottoman with original nubby tweed upholstery.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Tan Leather and Mahogany Ottomans
Located in Nantucket, MA
Fabulous pair of tan leather ottomans dating to the 1940s. Nice stitching design on the top, brass rivets along the bottom edge and in excellent condition. True color are the profess...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Leather, Mahogany

Large Mid-Century Modern Lucite Waterfall Ottoman Or Foot Stool
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Large Mid-Century Modern Lucite waterfall stool.    
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Lucite, Acrylic

Oversized Mid-Century Style Ottoman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique vintage ottoman features plush upholstery and decorative lacquered frame. Oversized piece makes this a unique addition to any lounge area, providing ample space for occas...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Upholstery

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Stools Ottomans Barcelona Style Yellow
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Opa Locka, FL
All original 1960s stools with yellow vinyl and yellow painted steel bases.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Newly Upholstered Ottoman in Mohair with Wood Base
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern newly upholstered ottoman in mohair with wood base Offered for sale is a Mid-Century Modern square ottoman that is newly upholstered in mohair velvet. The ottom...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Mohair, Velvet, Wood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Burl Wood Driftwood Freeform Ottoman Footstool Stool
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern burl wood driftwood freeform ottoman footstool. Item features solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, clean modernist lines, sleek sculptural form, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Burl

Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut and Dove Gray Button Tufted Ottoman
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern ottoman was realized in the United States, circa 1960. It features tapered legs that meet an elegantly appointed apron on top of which sits a button t...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Ottoman in Platinum Velvet Upholstery & Wrapped Brass Base
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
This striking Mid-Century Modern Ottoman was realized in the United States, circa 1970. With its clean lines and luxurious materials, it embodies the qualities that collectors of the...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Orange Cotton Upholstery Ottoman on Casters & Cushions, Pair
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of unique shaped ottoman in orange and purple cotton fabric on casters. Each ottoman has a seat cushion and the four casters work smoothly.  
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Plastic, Foam, Wood, Cotton

Wonderful Adrian Pearsall Ottoman for Crescent Lounge Chair Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful Adrian Pearsall ottoman for the crescent lounge chair. This piece was made to use with the crescent chaise lounge but can be used with any chair really. It has a slightly c...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Pink Ombre Leather Ottomans on Casters
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Mid-Century Modern set of rolling ottomans. Featuring their original soft pink ombre leather upholstery outfitted on casters. The footstools are in very good condition and ha...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Rattan Round Italian Ottoman Pouf with Wooden Legs, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Midcentury great looking round ottoman in woven rattan and wicker with four wooden legs. This fantastic piece was designed in Italy in the 1970s. A magnificent piece that combines...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Bamboo, Rattan, Wood

1950s, American Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Spring Ottoman on Iron Base
By Paul McCobb
Located in San Diego, CA
Versatile large ottoman or coffee table with solid iron base circa 1950s freshly upholstered in grey cotton material.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Iron

Mid Century Italian Post Modern Cowhide Oversized Ottoman or Cocktail Table
By Natuzzi
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A gorgeous 1990's cowhide oversized ottoman made in Italy by Natuzzi. It features walnut base with beautifully patterned cowhide. Very good condition.
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Cowhide, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Bamboo & Rattan Wicker Stools, Benches or Ottoman
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Mid-Century Modern neoclassic bamboo, rattan & wicker stools or ottomans with an elegant cross-hatched frame. Shown without cushions.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan

Mid-Century Modern Ottoman, circa 1950s Newly Upholstered in Blue Tiger Velvet
Located in Banner Elk, NC
Mid-Century Modern round ottoman on ebonized legs, with brass sabots, circa 1950s. Newly upholstered in designer blue tiger velvet.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric, Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Waterfall Benches Stools Ottomans Milo Baughman Style
By Milo Baughman
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a wonderful pair of waterfall style benches, stools or ottomans, in the style of Milo Baughman, circa 1970s. In excellent vintage condition. The dimensions ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Style Laser Cut Floral Pattern Cowhide Ottomans
By KLASP Home
Located in Bronxville, NY
The Raphael Ottomans by KLASP home Mid-Century Modern style laser cut floral pattern cowhide ottomans, sold as a pair. Laser cut floral pattern cowhide in caramel Sold as a pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and P...

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Cowhide, Cowhide, Cowhide, Wood, Bog Wood

Mid Century Occasional Ottomans Albert Frey Attributed
By Albert Frey
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This set appear to be custom made, one-offs. Frey was known to make simple upholstered plywood furniture designs for his houses. These are made of plywood, foam and castors with...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Ottoman in Creations Metaphor Silk Blend Fabric, Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
This refined and understated ottoman were designed by Paul McCobb- one of the most celebrated and influential figures in 20th century design- in America, circa 1950. The ottoman offe...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Walnut, Upholstery

Modern Hexagonal Ottoman
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderful modern hexagonal ottoman upholstered in an Italian wool bouclé. This was made to order to be paired with a set of four Saporiti "Cube" chairs that are also listed.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and P...

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Bouclé, Wood

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  • Modern Hexagonal Ottoman
  • Modern Hexagonal Ottoman
  • Modern Hexagonal Ottoman
H 16 in. Dm 34 in.
Mid-Century Modern Brass Soufflé Pouf Rolling Stool Ottoman, Karl Springer Style
By Karl Springer
Located in Pemberton, NJ
This sophisticated Mid-Century Modernist soufflé pouf is in the manner of Karl Springer, it features a lustrous heavy square solid brass base with rounded edges and casters wheels to...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

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Midcentury Modern Ottoman For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the midcentury modern ottoman you’re looking for. Frequently made of wood, fabric and animal skin, every midcentury modern ottoman was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a midcentury modern ottoman, we have 220 options in-stock, while there are 1 modern editions to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the midcentury modern ottoman you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Each midcentury modern ottoman bearing Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Modern hallmarks is very popular. A well-made midcentury modern ottoman has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Knoll, Franco Albini and Dedar are consistently popular.

How Much is a Midcentury Modern Ottoman?

A midcentury modern ottoman can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $1,795, while the lowest priced sells for $295 and the highest can go for as much as $15,400.

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 Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality lounge furniture cannot be overstated. Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other seating — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless styles in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other furnishings — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.