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Pair of Pink Italian Armchairs and Sofa Paolo Buffa Style, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Rome, IT
Delicious set of pink painted wood frames lounge chairs or armchairs with deep seat. Upholstered with flower design in a very good vintage condition.     
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Chairs by Ico Parisi, Cassina Production, Italy, circa 1958
By Ico Parisi
Located in New York, NY
Metal and wood framed low chairs, the seats and backs upholstered in black skai. Literature: Domus # 339 February 1958 page 48.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Midcentury Chairs by Chiavari, 1950s
By Chiavari, Colombo Sanguineti
Located in Vienna, AT
Midcentury pair of Italian chairs from the 1950s, Sedie e Mobili Sanguineti, Chiavari Italian. Each stamped at the back. Slim design and amazingly light. Pearwood frame with cane sea...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Beech

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H 42.52 in. W 15.75 in. D 16.93 in.
Pair of Midcentury High Back Ebonized Chiavari Chairs
By Chiavari, Colombo Sanguineti
Located in Vienna, AT
Midcentury pair of Italian chairs, produced in the 1950s in Chiavari Italien. Slim design and amazingly light. Ebonized hardwood frame with cane seat. Normal patina due to age and u...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Beech

Pair of Olive Green and Red Natural Suede Leather Lounge Chairs, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of Mid-Century Modern armchairs, manufactured in 1960s. These two easy chairs are swivel, with an iron frame and the seat in natural suede leather, one is red and one olive g...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Italian Lounge Chairs, a Pair
Located in Raleigh, NC
Outstanding vintage pair of Italian lounge chairs, fully restored. Velvet upholstery with brass tipped feet. Recently restored and imported from Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery

Pair of Italian mid-century modern brass chairs
Located in Porto, PT
A pair of high back chairs in brass and bordeaux suede.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

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H 38.19 in. W 16.93 in. D 20.87 in.
Pair of Mid-Century Italian Club Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully designed pair of Italian Mid-Century armchairs with wings and wood feet. One has been re-upholstered with the fabric shown for display purposes and the other still has th...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Fabric

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H 35 in. W 28 in. D 30 in.
Pair of Mid-Century Italian Chrome Chairs
Located in Stamford, CT
1980s pair of Mid-Century Italian chrome chairs.  
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20th Century Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Italian Tub Chairs, Circa 1950
Located in Forest Row, East Sussex
A pair of mid-century Italian tub chairs. Tapered walnut legs on small pad feet. Re-upholstered in natural linen with grey linen buttons. Dimensions: H 80cm W 66cm D 70cm Seat H ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Linen

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful pair of vintage modern armchairs feature cream-colored fabric with decorative armrests. The plush upholstery, tufted backrest, and splayed legs add to the midcentury a...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Slipper Chairs
By Florence Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of parallel bar style tufted vinyl slipper chairs in the style of Florence Knoll. Mid-Century Modern styling with black vinyl cushions supported by tubular aluminium frames and ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

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Upholstery

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A stunning pair of vintage modern Italian lounge chairs with sculpted armrests and angled back legs. The sleek design ensures maximum comfort without sacrificing style. Please confir...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Lounge Chairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This elegant pair of vintage modern lounge chairs feature beautiful blue velour fabric and splayed brass legs. A sleek design in the style of Gio Ponti, that offers maximum comfort i...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful pair of vintage modern Italian lounge chairs with unusual sloped armrests and splayed metal legs. An extremely comfortable pair with thick padded seating covered in plush...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Metal

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Located in Buchanan, NY
Pair of 1950s Italian side chairs in green leather with wicker back and brass detailing. These chairs are sold in "as is" condition.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Cantilevered Lounge Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern lounge / slipper chairs with seats upholstered in faux alligator. The sober nickel metal bases elegantly cantilever the seats. Seat height is app...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Wingback Chairs in Creamy White Boucle
By Gio Ponti
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Elegant pair of Italian mid-century wingback chairs newly upholstered in Rogers & Goffigon creamy white boucle.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wool

Pair of Italian Mid Century Rattan and Bamboo Lounge Chairs, 1960's
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Pair of Italian Midcentury rattan and bamboo lounge chairs in the manner of Franco Albini, 1960's. Very elegant shapes made with the ultimate handcraft. The new cushions are upholste...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Rattan

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Luigi Colli Vanity Chairs, 1950s
By Pier Luigi Colli
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Gorgeous pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Luigi Colli vanity chairs in gold gilded iron with high backrest. Pea-green microfiber fabric seat, in excellent condition. Ready to use.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Chairs wood and chenille green Italian Mid century Modern
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Particular Chair Italian design very chic, cherrywood, dark green chenille fabric, special brass foot.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chenille, Cherry

Pair of Mid-Century Italian Style Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
These sleek Italian style lounge chairs are sure to make an impression. The chairs feature a luxurious vinyl upholstery wrapped over thick seat and back cushions, providing plenty of...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Metal

Pair of Elegant Italian Mid-Century Club Chairs, 1950s
By Gigi Radice
Located in Echt, NL
Set of beautiful 1950s club chairs in excellent condition. The chairs are redone in a exclusive silver/grey velvet fabric and provided with new foam. The legs are made of black l...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Pair of Giancarlo Piretti "Plia" Folding Chairs 1970s
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian pair of Giancarlo Piretti smoked Lucite 'Plia' folding chairs with chrome structure.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass High Back Chiavari Chairs, 1950s
By Chiavari
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Pair of Chiavari chairs, in solid brass, model with high back, 1950s production. Brass with original patina, we can polish it at no additional cost. Originally designed by Giusepp...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Pozzi & Verga Mid-Century Modern Italian High Back Chairs, 1950s
By Pozzi & Verga
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Pair of Italian chairs with high back, produced by Pozzi & Verga in the 1950s, in beech and original seat in jute rope. " If you like it please make your offer and...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Rope, Beech

Mid-Century Modern Italian Pair of Gilt Metal Faux Bamboo Chairs, 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian pair of gilt metal faux bamboo chairs reupholstered with original vintage velvet fabric from 1970s
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Italian Cantilevered Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs, Gianfranco Frattini, Pair
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern armchairs attributed to Gianfranco Frattini. The chairs are stunningly raised and cantilevered over an enameled metal frame featuring rear ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Wingback Lounge Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern wingback lounge chairs. Has a solid walnut base.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Wingback Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning pair of vintage modern lounge chairs boast a winged backrest, sculpted armrests, and colorful fabric. The splayed walnut legs ensure sturdiness without sacrificing styl...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Mid Century Italian Modern Low Profile Lounge Chair or Slipper Chairs
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A matching pair of low profile lounge chairs with Italian design lines. They feature their original brown velvet which needs replacing. Foam and padding are soft.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Italian Chiavari Opéra Chairs in Solid Polished Brass
By Fratelli Levaggi/Guiseppe Gaetano Descalzi
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of polished brass Chiavari Opéra chairs. First designed by Giuseppe Gaëtan Descalzi produced since the early 19th century in Chiavari, Ligurian Town in Italie. This solid bra...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Italian Chairs, Cubic Wood Structure and Curved Seat,1970s
Located in Sacile, PN
Pair of Italian chairs, with natural wormwood cubic structure and black wormwood curved seat, dated 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Chiavari Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass Chairs "Him and Her", 1950s
By Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi, Chiavari
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Pair of Chiavari chairs, in solid brass, model Lui and lei, note in the photos the difference between one and the other, production of the 1950s. Brass with original patina, without ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Sculptural ISA Bergamo, Italian Mid-Century Taupe Lounge Chairs
By ISA Bergamo
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Italian lounge chairs by ISA Bergamo featuring shaped high backs with splayed arms and tight seats with professionally polished brass legs newly upholstered in ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery

Pair Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge / Slipper Chairs, Guglielmo Ulrich, 1930
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern slipper chairs / armchairs / lounge chairs in a modern neoclassical, sober form by Guglielmo Ulrich. The pieces feature rear saber legs and...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Chairs Mid-Century Modern Italian Design Yellow Color Wood Brass Feet
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair of chairs Mid-Century Modern Italian design Yellow color wood and brass feet.  
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Mid Century Modern Italian Brown Leather Lounge Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Vintage Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs have been completely restored, are professionally upholstered in new brown leather with a tufted channel design & topsti...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Inspired Italian Style ‘Marcello’ Lounge Chairs
Located in London, GB
The high back lounge chair ‘Marcello’ was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a lounge chair ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Inspired Italian Style ‘Marcello’ Lounge Chairs
Located in London, GB
The high back lounge chair ‘Marcello’ was inspired by stylish Italian Design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a Lounge chair ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Walnut, Velvet, Beech

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Lounge Chairs with Chrome Legs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning pair of vintage modern Italian lounge chairs feature soft floral upholstery and flat bar chrome legs. The sleek design has wide seating, sculpted arm rests, and an angl...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Italian Traditional Chiavari Bronze High Back Chairs Mid-Century Modern, Pair
By Chiavari
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of Mid-Century Modern high back bronze Chiavari chairs made in Italy, circa 1950. The pair retains the original red Velvet seat. Similar chairs are at the Le Crystal Room Re...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Bronze

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Marco Zanuso Style Lounge Chairs
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful pair of vintage modern armchairs boast thick padded seats, unusual armrests, and splayed brass legs. This sleek and comfortable pair of chairs make the perfect additio...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Gray Mohair Mid-Century Italian Style Lounge Chairs
Located in New York, NY
An incredible design reminiscent of some of the great Italian designers of the mid century. This is a custom order with 8 yds COM each and your choice of wood finish.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Mohair, Wood

Pair of Gray Mid-Century Modern Italian Style Lounge Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of gray Mid-Century Modern Italian style lounge chairs. Has wood splayed legs and ultra-suede fabric. Ico Parisi Style.  
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Ultrasuede, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Lounge Chairs by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern pair of lounge chairs feature sculptural armrests, angled legs, and elegant light wood grain. This comfortable pair have thick padded seating and elegan...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Faux Leather, Wood

Moretti Mid Century Fiberglass Lounge Chairs, Pair
By Moretti
Located in La Grange, IL
Moretti Mid Century fiberglass lounge chairs - pair Each chair measures: 31 wide x 35.25 deep x 25.5 high, with a seat height of 15.5 and arm height of 16 inches Each piece of furni...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fiberglass, Upholstery

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Made in Italy Dining Chairs
Located in West Hartford, CT
Elegant and unusual pair of Mid-Century Modern dining chairs where the arms are made of what looks like rosewood. The color of seat is black. Made in Italy. Now, more than ever, home...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Easy Chairs, 1950s, New Upholstery
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Easy Chairs, 1950s, New Upholstery
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric

Two Pairs of Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs by Gastone Rinaldi
By Gastone Rinaldi
Located in New York, NY
Two pairs of important, rare Italian Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs / armchairs / slipper chairs by Gastone Rinaldi. Priced and sold by the Pair. Stunning, architectural pieces:...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Iron

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge / Slipper Chairs by ISA, 1950
By Arredamenti ISA
Located in New York, NY
Iconic pair of Italian 1950s armchairs by ISA in hardwood and upholstery resting on splayed, tapered legs and featuring elegant angled arm-rests / side supports.  Sober and sensuo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

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Upholstery, Hardwood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

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H 27.5 in. W 33 in. D 35 in.
Pair of Italian Gio Ponti Style Mid-Century Modern Parlor Chairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in North York, ON
Pair of Italian Gio Ponti style Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs. In excellent condition, recently re-upholstered.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge / Slipper Chairs by Guglielmo Ulrich
By Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern neoclassical wood and upholstery slipper / lounge chairs / armchairs by Guglielmo Ulrich. The pieces feature round sculpted backs with g...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Leather Armchairs/Lounge Chairs, Poltrona Frau, 1970
By Poltrona Frau
Located in New York, NY
Elegant, Classic pair of Italian streamline modern / Art Deco style armchairs or club / lounge chairs in beige leather by Poltrona Frau. Referenes: Poltronova, Renzo Poltrona.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Club Chairs

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs Covered in Cowhide
Located in North Bergen, NJ
A pair Italian Mid-Century Modern club chairs reupholstered in cow hide, circa 1960. These are great for any room and are extremely comfortable. The cowhide is in amazing condition.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Cowhide

Pair of Very Particular Form Chairs Mid-Century Design
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair of very particular form chairs, Mid-Century design.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair of Elegant Mid-Century Chair Guglielmo Ulrich Attributed
By Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair of elegant Mid-Century chair Guglielmo Ulrich attributed.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Satin, Wood

Pair of Italian Mid Century Modern Rima Gastone Rinaldi Chrome Swivel Chairs
By RIMA, Gastone Rinaldi
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of vintage Italian Mid-Century Modern chrome wire frame swivel chairs attributed to Gastone Rinaldi for Rima. Chairs feature swivel pedestal bases, sleek sculptural form, and or...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of 1950s Italian Organic Easy Chairs Beechwood Mid-Century New Upholstery
By Gio Ponti, Paolo Buffa, Ico Parisi
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Beautiful and very rare pair of 1950s Italian easy chairs, made of beechwood with new upholstery and covered with new very high quality fabric in linen/cotton. All cushions can be us...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Beech

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Pair Chairs Italian Mid Century For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the pair chairs Italian mid century you’re looking for. Frequently made of fabric, metal and wood, every pair chairs Italian mid century was constructed with great care. Find 2259 options for an antique or vintage pair chairs Italian mid century now, or shop our selection of 8 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a pair chairs Italian mid century — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Each pair chairs Italian mid century bearing Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Art Deco hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one pair chairs Italian mid century that is appealing in its simplicity, but Cassina, Mario Bellini and Gio Ponti produced versions that are worth a look.

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Prices for a pair chairs Italian mid century start at $1 and top out at $55,000 with the average selling for $5,181.

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.