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Barrel-Back Desk Chair by Ward Bennett
By Ward Bennett
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A barrel-back desk chair with the original channel-stitched black leather upholstery, on an X-form caster base. Please inquire for upholstery options.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Chrome

  • Barrel-Back Desk Chair by Ward Bennett
  • Barrel-Back Desk Chair by Ward Bennett
  • Barrel-Back Desk Chair by Ward Bennett
  • Barrel-Back Desk Chair by Ward Bennett
H 33 in. W 24 in. D 26 in.
Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of super mod chrome frame club chairs with a tufted fabric seat. The polished chrome ring frame holds up the seat giving a floating appearance. Very comfortable and elegant. ...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Chrome

  • Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Chairs
  • Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Chairs
  • Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Chairs
  • Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Chairs
H 26 in. W 33 in. D 35 in.
Set of Modern Barrel Back Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Vintage Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Chrome Dining Chairs have been fully restored, and feature a barrel back chrome frame in very good condition. The armchairs have also been ...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

  • Set of Modern Barrel Back Chairs
  • Set of Modern Barrel Back Chairs
  • Set of Modern Barrel Back Chairs
  • Set of Modern Barrel Back Chairs
H 27 in. W 23 in. D 22 in.
Pair of Danish Modern Barrel Back Chairs
By Magnus Olesen
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Navy blue wool upholstery midcentury Danish modern pair of barrel chairs.
Category

20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair Newly Lacquered in Black Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Chairs
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning, newly lacquered in black, barrel back chairs with new feather cushions. Lacquer color is flat black, circa 1970s with seat height of 18".
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Lacquer, Feathers

Barrel Back Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of modern round back chairs with tufted backs. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric

  • Barrel Back Chairs
  • Barrel Back Chairs
  • Barrel Back Chairs
  • Barrel Back Chairs
H 27 in. W 28 in. D 28 in.
Vintage Modern Barrel Back Lounge Chair
By Thayer Coggin
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique chrome frame barrel back lounge offers a stylish and comfortable addition to any interior. Unique textured fabric and Classic design make this perfect for home or busines...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Vintage Modern Barrel Back Club Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique modern lounge chair features midcentury barrel back design and makes a comfortable addition to any interior. Spacious seat proportions and sturdy hardwood legs add to the...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

  • Vintage Modern Barrel Back Club Chair
  • Vintage Modern Barrel Back Club Chair
  • Vintage Modern Barrel Back Club Chair
  • Vintage Modern Barrel Back Club Chair
H 23 in. W 37 in. D 32 in.
Set of Four Leather Barrel Back Chairs on Wheels
By Hickory Chair Furniture Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern olive leather upholstery set of four barrel back swivel chairs.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Leather

Unique Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Side Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern lounge chair features a unique barrel backrest that slants downward. This captain chair style piece has angled back legs and thick padded seating covere...
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather

Lloyd Modern Dinning, Accent Chair, Barrel Back
By Crump and Kwash
Located in Baltimore City, MD
Lloyd Chair by Crump and Kwash Solid wood construction / zero voc oil finish / metal rungs / leather wrapped back support Dimensions: 27 H (18in seat height) 23 W x 21 D. Wood o...
Category

2010s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Swivel Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This gorgeous pair of vintage modern lounge chairs feature sleek black vinyl upholstery. Unique design with a thick padded cushion and angled arm rests ensures optimal comfort. These...
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather

1970's Barrel Back Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Set of Eight 1970s Dining Chairs with a barreled back design is in great condition. These chairs still have their original clear lacquered finish with black trim detail along th...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

  • 1970's Barrel Back Chairs
  • 1970's Barrel Back Chairs
  • 1970's Barrel Back Chairs
  • 1970's Barrel Back Chairs
H 30 in. W 20 in. D 21 in.
Vintage Oak Barrel Back Club Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage modern side chair features rounded oak barrel back design with brass studded vinyl upholstery. Unique mid-century captain's style chair is an ideal occasional seat for h...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

  • Vintage Oak Barrel Back Club Chair
  • Vintage Oak Barrel Back Club Chair
  • Vintage Oak Barrel Back Club Chair
  • Vintage Oak Barrel Back Club Chair
H 30 in. W 27 in. D 27 in.
Mid-Century Danish Modern Selig Barrel Back Club Chair
By Selig
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Danish modern barrel back club chair Offered is a vintage mid-century Danish modern chair by Selig. It is signed by Selig and made in Denmark. It features a geometric ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
By Milo Baughman
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant pair of barrel back lounge armchairs with chrome tube frames. Great size and shape, seat height is 18.75, very comfy with chrome in tip top shape. Upholstery is a ...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Midcentury Barrel Back Club Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This Mid-Century Modern club chair features vintage upholstery, sturdy walnut legs, and casters for ease of movement. The comfortable proportions of this barrel back rolling lounge c...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

  • Midcentury Barrel Back Club Chair
  • Midcentury Barrel Back Club Chair
  • Midcentury Barrel Back Club Chair
  • Midcentury Barrel Back Club Chair
H 26 in. W 28.5 in. D 29 in.
Pair of Vintage Modern Barrel Back Swivel Club Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique pair of Mid-Century club chairs feature swivel bases and comfortable barrel back seats. Stylish design and quality craftsmanship make for a beautiful seating addition to ...
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Barrel Back Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice sun pattern fabric lounge chairs.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This gorgeous pair of vintage modern lounge chairs feature two overstuffed removable cushions and plush upholstery. A unique draping fabric along the base and curved arm rests add to...
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful pair of lounge chairs feature the ability to swivel and have a wraparound barrel backrest. Sleek design with subtle animal print designs on the vinyl covering and wide...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather

Rolling Barrel Back Lounge Chairs Mid-Century Modern, Pair
Located in Pemberton, NJ
A pair of Mid-Century Modern Classic barrel back chairs designed in the 1940s, with wing like arms that attach to the barrel back. These chair will most certainly need to be re-uphol...
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Midcentury Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Las Vegas, NV
This is a beautiful, large pair of barrel back swivel chairs with walnut trim and plinth swivel bases. This pair has beautiful lines that can be appreciated from almost any angle. ...
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

  • Pair of Midcentury Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
  • Pair of Midcentury Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
H 30.5 in. W 33.5 in. D 31 in.
Fully Restored Mid-Century Modern Barrel Backed Club Chairs
Located in Long Island City, NY
Fully restored Mid-Century Modern barrel backed club chairs. The feet are original with self-leveling sabots. The fabric is a rich, loosely woven blend of black, white and gray.
Category

Mid-20th Century Unknown Club Chairs

Materials

Cotton

Milo Baughman Barrel Back Lounge Chair
By Milo Baughman
Located in San Francisco, CA
A curved back lounge chair by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. The curved back chair has a heavy chrome plated steel frame and restored in a luxurious wool velvet from Holland & Sherry.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

  • Milo Baughman Barrel Back Lounge Chair
  • Milo Baughman Barrel Back Lounge Chair
  • Milo Baughman Barrel Back Lounge Chair
  • Milo Baughman Barrel Back Lounge Chair
H 26 in. W 30 in. D 31 in.
Leather Barrel Back Chairs, Metropolitan, 1970s
By Metropolitan
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather barrel back lounge chairs by Metropolitan Furniture, circa 1970. Original leather in very good condition with only minimum wear.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Style Barrel Back Swivel Chair
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This midcentury style chair features comfortable barrel back design and swivel base. Fabric and upholstery are comfortable and clean. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ).
Category

Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Pair of Barrel Back Club Chairs
Located in New London, CT
Newly recovered in a textured chenille, these matched (opposing arms) club chairs are a nice change from the random barrel back chair.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Chenille

  • Pair of Barrel Back Club Chairs
  • Pair of Barrel Back Club Chairs
  • Pair of Barrel Back Club Chairs
  • Pair of Barrel Back Club Chairs
H 31.5 in. W 32 in. D 33.5 in.
Pair of Black Lacquer Brass Hardware Horse Shoe Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
By Baker Furniture Company, Hickory Chair Furniture Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of nice black lacquer horse shoe shape Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic 1970s Mid-Century Modern swiveling lounge chairs with unique vintage upholstery complete with metal inlay details. Stylish barrel back swivel chairs make a distinctive and co...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

  • Mid-Century Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
  • Mid-Century Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
  • Mid-Century Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
  • Mid-Century Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
H 30.5 in. W 26.5 in. D 24.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Style Swivel Barrel Back Chair
Located in West Hartford, CT
Gorgeous midcentury 360 degree swivel chair with peach colored velvet upholstery.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Fabulous Pair of Chrome Barrel Back Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Flair
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous pair of chrome cantilevered barrel back chairs. This pair is super clean and have shiny mirrored finish chrome and original upholstery in nice vintage condition. The seat is...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Oiled Walnut Frame Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
By Adrian Pearsall, Paul McCobb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Organic back shape oiled walnut lounge chairs with new upholstery.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Barrel Back Chrome Lounge Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Flair
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning pair of barrel back chrome flat bar lounge chairs. These chairs are in vintage condition with their original light brown velvet fabric in usable condition. The thick chrome ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Harvey Probber Swivel Barrel Back Lounge Chairs Mid-century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
GORGEOUS PAIR OF HARVEY PROBBER STYLE SWIVEL BARREL BACK LOUNGE CHAIRS. THESE CHAIRS RETAIN THEIR ORIGINAL VINTAGE HEAVY BLUE WOVEN UPHOLSTERY IN NICE CONDITION. THE BASES ARE EXTR...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Barrel Back Chrome Lounge Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Flair
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely pair of barrel back chrome flat bar lounge chairs. These chairs are in vintage condition with their original brown tweed fabric which shows wear to the top edge-re-upholstery ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Postmodern Steel Barrel Back Throne Chair
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Miami, FL
Contemporary barrel back steel throne / occasional chair with removable black eco-leather seat cushion.
Category

Vintage 1980s Unknown Post-Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Steel

  • Postmodern Steel Barrel Back Throne Chair
  • Postmodern Steel Barrel Back Throne Chair
  • Postmodern Steel Barrel Back Throne Chair
  • Postmodern Steel Barrel Back Throne Chair
H 33 in. W 29.25 in. D 35 in.
Pair of Metropolitan Barrel Back Lounge Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Metropolitan, Jules Heumann
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous pair of Metropolitan wide seat barrel back lounge chairs designed by Jules Heumann. These will need to be re-upholstered but that's what you designers are looking for anyway...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Midcentury Upholstered Barrel Back Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Two vintage modern barrel back chairs, features clean tufted upholstery and walnut base with beautiful wood grain. (Please confirm item location NY or NJ with dealer).
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Green Ruched Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century Modern pair of Milo Baughman style swivel club chairs. Each lounge chair features a unique tucked and ruched pleated barrel backs with the uppers raised on swiveling hidd...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Style Barrel Back Swivel Club Chairs
Located in Wilmington, DE
Pair of Mid-Century Modern style swivel club chairs Offered is a pair of swivel chairs on wooden bases. The upholstery is in good structural condition-needs upholstery with some ...
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Set of Four Modern Dark Grey Velvet Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
By Milo Baughman, Baker Furniture Company
Located in Houston, TX
Set of four modern grey velvet barrel back club chairs. Recently refinished and freshly upholstered in lush deep grey velvet. Perfect for any modern or mid-mod home.
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Peach Velvet Swivel Barrel Back Chairs
Located in West Hartford, CT
Gorgeous set of midcentury 360 degree swivel chairs with peach colored velvet upholstery.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Craftmaster Swivel Chairs with Barrel Back
Located in West Hartford, CT
Pair of Mid-Century Modern swivel chairs by US maker Emerald Craft/Craftmaster. These barrel back beauties swivel and come with eight way hand tied construction.
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Wood

Gorgeous Lawrence Peabody Barrel Back Tub Chair Selig, Mid-Century Modern
By Lawrence Peabody
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous Lawrence Peabody barrel back tub chair by Selig. This chair will need to be reupholstered but that's what you designers are looking for anyway-right? We love the large-scale...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Midcentury Barrel Back Slipper Chairs
By Milo Baughman, Dunbar Furniture, Harvey Probber
Located in Las Vegas, NV
These chairs are unique and beautiful. A rare styled slipper chair with a curved back. They are wide and low with a beautiful profile. Similar in style to some by Harvey Probber. ...
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Lovely Adrian Pearsall Barrel Back Walnut Lounge Chair Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely Adrian Pearsall sculptural walnut barrel back lounge chair. The upholstery is in decent shape and is usable as is. The sculptural walnut frame looks great with only minor wear...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Barrel Back Chairs Upholstered in Italian Bouche
By Brendan Bass
Located in Dallas, TX
A 1970s-inspired silhouette supported by a sleek, rounded bar frame, and a comfortably enveloping rounded back. "Italian Bouche" upholstered fabric.    
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Dunbar Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of Mid-Century Modern barrel back lounge chairs by Dunbar. Chairs being reupholstered in grey/blue fabric. Updated images will be added to listing as soon as possible.
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Yellow Vinyl and Oak Barrel Back Side Chair
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome Mid-Century Modern rosewood stained oak barrel back side chair with its original lemon-yellow vinyl upholstery. It is in fabulous vintage condition with normal wear and tear ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather, Oak

Red Mohair Barrel Back Lounge Chairs, 1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Barrel back lounge chairs, circa 1970. Original red mohair is in excellent condition.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Mohair

Pair of Contemporary Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This matching pair of contemporary modern chairs features scalloped seat backs and swivel bases. Stylish fabric upholstery and comfortable padding make these barrel back chairs a won...
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery

Vintage Pair of Spindle Back Barrel Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Recently restored pair of vintage walnut framed barrel back chairs with grape colored upholstery. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with dealer.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut

  • Vintage Pair of Spindle Back Barrel Chairs
  • Vintage Pair of Spindle Back Barrel Chairs
  • Vintage Pair of Spindle Back Barrel Chairs
  • Vintage Pair of Spindle Back Barrel Chairs
H 31.5 in. W 24.75 in. D 25 in.
Unusual Pair of Barrel Back Spool Bobbin Chairs Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual pair barrel back spool/ bobbin chairs from the mid-century. The Spool chair with its timeless classic features provides the perfect framework to showcase traditional or moder...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Arts and Crafts Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Barrel Scallop Back Ribbed Back Upholstery Wing Chairs NEW UPHOLSTERY
By Ward Bennett
Located in Rockaway, NJ
New gold and black upholstery scallop back wing chairs with real springs seats.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Purple Barrel Back Club Lounge Chairs, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman style purple barrel back club lounge chairs, a pair. Item features remarkable purple geometric print upholstery, skirted frames, loose cushions, tape...
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Lounge Chairs with Matching Ottoman
By Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of very nice lounge chairs with matching 26 x 19 x 16 ottoman.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Fabulous Pair Harvey Probber Style Barrel Back Lounge Chairs Mid-century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous pair of Harvey Probber style barrel back chairs. Lightly tufted original yellow velvet upholstered seats sit on dark walnut bases. Classic mid-century form with comfortabl...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Gorgeous Pair Selig Lawrence Peabody Barrel Back Tub Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Lawrence Peabody
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous pair of Selig Lawrence Peabody barrel back tub chairs. This pair will need to be reupholstered but that's what you designers are looking for anyway-right? We love the large-...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Signed Milo Baughman Barrel Back Lounge Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous pair of signed Milo Baughman barrel back lounge chairs. Very clean and in fantastic original condition. These lovely chairs match the three piece Milo Baughman serpentine so...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

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Modern Barrel Back Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of modern barrel back chairs available for sale. The range of distinct modern barrel back chairs — often made from fabric, wood and upholstery — can elevate any home. We have 460 antique and vintage modern barrel back chairs in-stock, while there are 8 modern editions to choose from as well. There are all kinds of modern barrel back chairs available, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Modern barrel back chairs bearing Mid-Century Modern or Modern hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin and Selig each produced beautiful modern barrel back chairs that are worth considering.

How Much are Modern Barrel Back Chairs?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $3,500, while they’re typically $495 on the low end and $18,750 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 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.