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Mastercraft Elegant Chair with Bronze Frame with Bamboo Motif 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Upholstered chair with frame in bronze with bamboo motif by Mastercraft, American, 1970s. Newly upholstered by Lobel Modern in blue velvet.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Brass

Sacco Easy Chair in Red by Gatti, Paolini, Teodoro
Located in New York, NY
The Sacco is comfort made stylish, available in red and filled with Styrofoam beans, make this a durable yet welcoming seat.  
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Foam

Zanotta Sacco Easy Chair in Black by Gatti, Paolini, Teodoro
Located in New York, NY
The Sacco is comfort made stylish, available in black and filled with Styrofoam beans, make this a durable yet welcoming seat.  
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Foam

H Dining Chair in Maharam Velvet Upholstery by Estudio Persona
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Our newest Estudio Persona dining chair. A comfortable seat is partnered with a sculptural back and blocky, padded legs. A comforting softness combined with constructivist sturdiness...
Category

2010s North American Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Mohair, Fabric, Foam, Wood

Block Lounge Chair Upholstered in Maharam Velvet Mohair by Estudio Persona
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An assertive statement chair made from upholstered foam with a wooden core. Upholstered in Maraham mohair. Can also be made in COM. This piece is designed and handmade in Los Ang...
Category

2010s American Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Foam

Unique Black Low Chair from Aranda\Lasch’s Primitive Series
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
The low chair is from Aranda\Lasch’s primitive Series. Appearing like islands from the distance, they can be understood as a microcosm of landscape and architecture systems. On anoth...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Chairs

Materials

Foam

R1, Railing Armchair with Stainless Steel and Silicon Foam
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Aranda\Lasch continues to explore and test out various furniture forms from their latest Railing Series, a series of design pieces that utilize bent tubes and furnished with leather ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

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

21st Century and Contemporary American Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

White Tulip Armchair w/Red Leather Eero Saarinen for Knoll B
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a white Tulip armchair designed by Eero Saarinen and made by Knoll. All white chair, with Ox Blood leather upholstery, on Knoll's web site we think it's Yolo Leather...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass, Foam

White Tulip Armchair w/Red Leather Eero Saarinen for Knoll A
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a white tulip armchair designed by Eero Saarinen and made by Knoll. All white chair, with Ox Blood leather upholstery, on Knoll's web site we think it's Yolo Leather...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass, Foam

Set of Six Burled Empire Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A remarkable set of six dining room chairs hand-crafted out of solid wood fully covered with beautiful burled veneers and has been professionally restored. This eye-catching elegant ...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Empire Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Brass

  • Set of Six Burled Empire Dining Chairs
  • Set of Six Burled Empire Dining Chairs
  • Set of Six Burled Empire Dining Chairs
  • Set of Six Burled Empire Dining Chairs
H 35.75 in. W 19.75 in. D 22.25 in.
R1, Railing Armchair with Stainless Steel and Silicon Foam
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Aranda\Lasch continues to explore and test out various furniture forms from their latest Railing series, a series of design pieces that utilize bent tubes and furnished with leather ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Unique Black Low Chair from Aranda\Lasch’s Primitive Series
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
The low chair is from Aranda\Lasch’s Primitive series. Appearing like islands from the distance, they can be understood as a microcosm of landscape and architecture systems. On anoth...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Chairs

Materials

Foam

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

21st Century and Contemporary American Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Pair of Green Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of modern armchairs are newly restored and is made out of teak wood with a newly stained rich mahogany color and lacquered finish. The chairs have crafted frames with curve...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Wood, Teak, Lacquer, Upholstery

  • Pair of Green Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
  • Pair of Green Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
  • Pair of Green Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
  • Pair of Green Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
H 31.5 in. W 21 in. D 22.25 in.
Set of Ten Mid-Century Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A remarkable set of ten Mastercraft dining chairs that are fully restored and feature a sturdy brass chair frame. This set of chairs has also been professionally reupholstered in a b...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Brass

  • Set of Ten Mid-Century Dining Chairs
  • Set of Ten Mid-Century Dining Chairs
  • Set of Ten Mid-Century Dining Chairs
  • Set of Ten Mid-Century Dining Chairs
H 37 in. W 26 in. D 21.5 in.
Tandem Three-Shell Seating by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
Located in Boston, MA
Charles and Ray Eames developed this tandem shell seating for Herman Miller in 1963 as a comfortable solution for heavily trafficked spaces. A row of three vinyl-upholstered fibergla...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Tandem Four-Shell Seating with Table by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
Located in Boston, MA
Charles and Ray Eames developed this tandem shell seating for Herman Miller in 1963 as a comfortable solution for heavily trafficked spaces. A row of four vinyl-upholstered fiberglas...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Set of Jerry Johnson Chrome Bar Stools
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A set of four Mid-Century Modern barstools handcrafted out of steel, these stools are eye-catching and feature a tubular sturdy chrome frame with footrest. The seats come with a new ...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

  • Set of Jerry Johnson Chrome Bar Stools
  • Set of Jerry Johnson Chrome Bar Stools
  • Set of Jerry Johnson Chrome Bar Stools
  • Set of Jerry Johnson Chrome Bar Stools
H 34.5 in. W 20.5 in. D 20.5 in.
Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary set of six Mid-Century Modern dining chairs are crafted out of oak wood and features a unique sleek frame design newly stained in an ebonized color with a satin lacq...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Foam, Wood, Oak, Lacquer

James de Wulf Concrete Lowboy Block Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The first chair design by James de Wulf. Weighing 750 pounds, the Block Chair is a grounded landscape fixture. High loft cushions are molded into the seat, removable for laundering. ...
Category

2010s American Brutalist Chairs

Materials

Concrete

Modernist Postmodern Sculptural Ribbon Ikat Dining Chairs, Set of 6
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A fabulous set of six Postmodern dining chairs in black with a vertical stripe ikat pattern in pink, green, blue and yellow. Each of these modern chairs has an undulating design w...
Category

20th Century American Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Foam

Set of Six Mid Century Modern Walnut Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary Set of Six Modern Danish Style Dining Chairs handcrafted out of teak wood and features sleek carved frame design newly stained in a walnut color with a lacquered fin...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Foam, Polyester, Wood, Teak

Mies Van Der Rohe Pair of Brno Chairs for Knoll
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Pair of Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe flat bar chairs for Knoll. Polished flat stainless steel frames upholstered in a Harris wool tweed bluish color over padded seats and backs with a pa...
Category

20th Century American Bauhaus Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Set of 4 Swivel Bar Stools
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This set of 4 vintage swivel bar stools are made from sturdy wrought iron that has been newly painted in a black finish. The set features a supportive low backrest and new upholstere...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wrought Iron, Metal

  • Set of 4 Swivel Bar Stools
  • Set of 4 Swivel Bar Stools
  • Set of 4 Swivel Bar Stools
  • Set of 4 Swivel Bar Stools
H 44 in. W 23 in. D 22 in.
Set of Four Herman Miller Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This set of four 1960s Miller-style dining chairs features a curved back seat design and comes with new black vinyl seat cushions. The chairs are very comfortable and are supported b...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

  • Set of Four Herman Miller Chairs
  • Set of Four Herman Miller Chairs
  • Set of Four Herman Miller Chairs
  • Set of Four Herman Miller Chairs
H 32 in. W 21 in. D 20 in.
Iron Side Chair 101-M by Allan Gould Designs Inc. in Good Original Condition, US
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare wrought iron chair in original condition designed by Allan Gould.
Category

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

Materials

Iron

2 Midcentury Green Channel Back Swivel Armchairs Milo Baughman Attributed, Pair
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Pair of Mid-Century Modern shell shape back swivel armchairs in the style of Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. These beautiful armchairs both rest on a covered matching upholstered pl...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Wood

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.
Warren McArthur Art Deco Aluminum Armchair, 1930s
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare mid-1930s Art Deco aluminum armchair by important American designer Warren McArthur. Displays McArthur’s signature Streamline Moderne-meets-Machine Age aesthetic, with a pain...
Category

Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Armchairs

Materials

Steel, Aluminum

Six Salterini Handwrought Iron/ Bronze Patinated High Back Chairs
Located in Westport, CT
Six Salterini handmade wrought iron bronze patinated finish high back dining chairs, with seat and back cushions upholstered in a cotton canvas fabric. Heavy gauge weight and constru...
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Set of Four Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs
Located in Oakville, CT
Set of four authentic Jens Risom side chairs in oak. In good shape all around, wear is commensurate with age. Fabric could do with a cleaning or reupholstering. Foam has not disinteg...
Category

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

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Wood, Oak

  • Set of Four Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs
  • Set of Four Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs
  • Set of Four Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs
  • Set of Four Vintage Jens Risom Side Chairs
H 31.25 in. W 20.75 in. D 21 in.
Vintage Set of Eight Modern Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Set of 1980s Modern High Back Dining Chairs features sturdy chrome frames in very good condition and has been professionally restored. This elegant set comes with four armchair...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Silver Plate, Steel

Sam Stewart "Untitled" 'Forecast Set' Table and Chair Set
Located in new york, NY
Set of table and four chairs made of plywood, plastic laminate, foam and synthetic leather by Artist Sam Stewart. In the style of Art Deco / Memphis Design Movement. Table: He...
Category

2010s American Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Leather, Synthetic, Foam, Plywood, Plastic

Set of Six Hollywood Regency Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This set of six 1970's Hollywood Regency-style Dining Chairs has solid wood frames that have been newly painted in a soft gray & off-white color combination with a distressed finish ...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Brass

Pair of Michael Taylor East West Early Club Chairs
Located in Westport, CT
Pair of early Michael Taylor East West club chairs in black lacquer and bronze mount detail curved back and off-white nub Chenille., Asian influence.
Category

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

Materials

Bronze

Lauren Side Chair in the Style of Maxime Old
Located in Long Island City, NY
This chic dining side chair was created to partner with the Jackie dining chair. These are in a cerused white oak with a wax finish. The chair is shown in a mushroom mohair. This cha...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Art Deco Side Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Foam, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Lounge Chair for Craft Associates
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Relax in this fully restored Mid Century Paddle Lounge Chair designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. The frame is solid walnut wood, with its original walnut finish, and ve...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Velvet, Foam, Wood, Walnut, Lacquer

Parsons Drexel Mid Century Modern Parsons Armchair Attributed to Milo Baughman
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Parsons Drexel contemporary classics Mid-Century Modern club chair in original gray wool upholstery. Cushions are detachable with removable covers and hidden zippers. Upholstery is o...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of White Leather Asymmetical Fan Back Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of newly upholstered 1940's fan back chairs
Category

Vintage 1940s American Chairs

Materials

Wood, Foam, Leather

Pair of Lorin Jackson Grosfeld House Club Chairs
Located in Westport, CT
Pair of elegant rare Lorin Jackson Grosfeld house club chairs, with dark walnut hand rub finish. Upholstered in off white chenille nub fabric tufted back, horse hair and foam interior.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Club Chairs

Materials

Foam, Fabric, Chenille, Walnut

Womb Chair and Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
Located in Boston, MA
This vintage womb chair by Saarinen for Knoll features a black metal frame and unique teal patterned upholstery. The ottoman measures 25.5" W x 20" D x 16" H.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Foam

Group Four Chairs Stained Wood Foam Fabric Vintage Ufwa, Usa, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A group of four chairs, stained wood, foam padding, fabric upholstery. Manufactured in the USA, by Ufwa, 1960s.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Foam, Wood

Pair Of Ivory Wool Deco Club Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Deco club chairs newly upholstered in ivory wool.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Chairs

Materials

Wool, Upholstery, Wood, Foam

  • Pair Of Ivory Wool Deco Club Chairs
  • Pair Of Ivory Wool Deco Club Chairs
  • Pair Of Ivory Wool Deco Club Chairs
  • Pair Of Ivory Wool Deco Club Chairs
H 32 in. W 30 in. D 37 in.
Pair of Warren Platner Bronze Lounge Chairs for Knoll, 1971
Located in Hamburg, PA
A classic pair of Warren Platner designer lounge chairs in sculptural bronze frame. Vintage fabric and foam. They need to be reupholstered. Frames are in excellent vintage condition.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Coconut Chair designed by George Nelson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Original Coconut Chair designed by George Nelson. Manufactured by Herman Miller. An excellent example. Beautifully restored with new foam and fabric. The color is vibrant and rich....
Category

Vintage 1950s American Armchairs

Materials

Metal

  • Coconut Chair designed by George Nelson
  • Coconut Chair designed by George Nelson
  • Coconut Chair designed by George Nelson
  • Coconut Chair designed by George Nelson
H 31 in. W 42 in. D 36 in.
Set of Six Eero Saarinen for Knoll Swiveling Rolling Chairs
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Knoll Rolling swivleing side chairs with tilt adjusting mechanism in chrome four pronged base. All in need of reupholstery.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Chairs

Materials

Steel

A nice pair of 1970's club chairs on casters excellent condition
Located in Palm Springs, CA
We have 4 of these chairs but are selling them as 2 pairs. They are extremely comfortable and the plastic casters work well. These were in the same living room as the Harvey Probber ...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Club Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Foam

Set of six Klismos dining chairs Robsjohn Gibbings Widdicomb
Located in Atlanta, GA
A set of six dining chairs consists of two arm and six side designed by T.H Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb. A less common klismos chair model features open back with back rest and a...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Foam, Fabric

Antique French Louis XV Small Tub Upholstered Accent Chair
Located in North York, ON
This antique small chair has been restored by our skilled artisans. Finished to its original dark walnut and upholstered with a clean beige cream fabric, it features gorgeous gimp a...
Category

Vintage 1930s American Chairs

Materials

Foam

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Upholster Slipper Chairs
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Pair of Vintage upholstered in basket weave natural linen arm less slipper chairs, Loose cushions and Vintage trim. (Newly recover)
Category

Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Down, Feathers, Foam, Linen, Silk

Pollock for Knoll 657 Leather Sling Armchair
Located in New York, NY
Charles Pollock's tubular steel frame sling chair with thick saddle leather chair and a foam rubber cushion covered in black leather.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set of Twelve Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Vintage Set of 12 Mid-Century Modern-style Dining Chairs has been professionally restored, is made out of mahogany wood, and has been stained a walnut color with a lacquered fin...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Lacquer, Suede, Fabric, Upholstery, Foam, Wood, Mahogany

Armless Lounge Chair by Florence Knoll
Located in Boston, MA
Designed in 1955, this lounge chair is very comfortable and features a streamlined silhouette. It is composed of a steel frame with a tufted seat that has been newly reupholstered in...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Armless Lounge Chair by Florence Knoll
  • Armless Lounge Chair by Florence Knoll
  • Armless Lounge Chair by Florence Knoll
  • Armless Lounge Chair by Florence Knoll
H 29.75 in. W 24.25 in. D 32 in.
Pair of Adrian Pearsall Club Chairs
Located in Westport, CT
Pair of Adrian Pearsall club chairs for Craft Associates in a off white chenille fabric and tufted back cushion. Wonderful designed walnut base.
Category

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

Materials

Foam, Walnut, Chenille, Fabric

  • Pair of Adrian Pearsall Club Chairs
  • Pair of Adrian Pearsall Club Chairs
  • Pair of Adrian Pearsall Club Chairs
  • Pair of Adrian Pearsall Club Chairs
H 27 in. W 34 in. D 28 in.
MCM Steelcase Coral Vinyl Fabric and Brushed Steel Dining Armchairs Set of 8
Located in Topeka, KS
Outstanding Mid-Century Modern Steelcase coral dining armchairs set of eight. Comprised of polished steel, vinyl, and fabric in wonderful vintage condition. The foam in one seat cush...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set of 3 Square Stools by Harvey Probber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful set of three square stools by Harvey Probber. Newly refinished in light grey lacquer and new upholstered cushions with vibrant ikat pattern. Great size and function! Three ...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Stools

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Wood

Hand Painted Lounge Chair by Veronese
Located in Los Angeles, CA
SURREALISTIC FURNITURE COLLECTION BY VERONESE. "ARTEMIS AND ACTEON" LOUNGE CHAIR. ORIGINAL HAND PAINTED OUTSIDE PANELS)
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Chairs

Materials

Wood, Velvet, Foam

  • Hand Painted Lounge Chair by Veronese
  • Hand Painted Lounge Chair by Veronese
  • Hand Painted Lounge Chair by Veronese
  • Hand Painted Lounge Chair by Veronese
H 36 in. W 28 in. D 34 in.
Pair of 40's Swivel Chairs in the Style of James Mont
Located in North Miami, FL
Gorgeous cream-lacquered swivel chairs in the style of James Mont. Plush taupe upholstery with subtle contrast welt...oh so glamorous!
Category

Vintage 1940s American Chairs

Materials

Wood, Foam, Fabric

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchair
Located in San Francisco, CA
Eero Saarinen for Knoll executive armchair, with oak legs and beige bouclé upholstery.
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Bouclé, Foam, Oak

  • Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchair
  • Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchair
  • Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchair
  • Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchair
H 31.50 in. W 26 in. D 24.75 in.
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North American Foam Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of north american foam chairs available for sale. There are 60 antique and vintage north american foam chairs for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 13 modern editions to choose from as well. North american foam chairs have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. North american foam chairs are generally popular furniture pieces, but Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Modern styles are often sought at 1stDibs. North american foam chairs have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Knoll, Aranda\Lasch and Eero Saarinen are consistently popular.

How Much are North American Foam Chairs?

North american foam chairs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $3,875, while the lowest priced sells for $425 and the highest can go for as much as $15,500.

Finding the Right Chairs for You

Chairs are an indispensable component of your home and office. Can you imagine your life without the chair you love?

With the exception of rocking chairs, the majority of the seating in our homes today — antique and vintage Windsor chairs, chaise longues, wingback chairs — originated in either England or France. Art Nouveau chairs, the style of which also originated in those regions, embraced the inherent magnificence of the natural world with decorative flourishes and refined designs that blended both curved and geometric contour lines. While craftsmanship and styles have evolved in the past century, chairs have had a singular significance in our lives, no matter what your favorite chair looks like.

“The chair is the piece of furniture that is closest to human beings,” said Hans Wegner. The revered Danish cabinetmaker and furniture designer was prolific, having designed nearly 500 chairs over the course of his lifetime. His beloved designs include the Wishbone chair, the wingback Papa Bear chair and many more.

Other designers of Scandinavian modernist chairs introduced new dynamics to this staple with sculptural flowing lines, curvaceous shapes and efficient functionality. The Paimio armchair, Swan chair and Panton chair are vintage works of Finnish and Danish seating that left an indelible mark on the history of good furniture design.

“What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts,” said Ray Eames. 

Visionary polymaths Ray and Charles Eames experimented with bent plywood and fiberglass with the goal of producing affordable furniture for a mass market. Like other celebrated mid-century modern furniture designers of elegant low-profile furnishings — among them Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Finn Juhl — the Eameses considered ergonomic support, durability and cost, all of which should be top of mind when shopping for the perfect chair. The Eameses introduced numerous icons for manufacturer Herman Miller, such as the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, molded plywood dining chairs the DCM and DCW (which can be artfully mismatched around your dining table) and a wealth of other treasured pieces for the home and office.

A good chair anchors us to a place and can become an object of timeless appeal. Take a seat and browse the rich variety of vintage, new and antique chairs on 1stDibs today.