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1950s Vintage Red Armchairs, Set of Two
Located in Ceglie Messapica, IT
A pair of two vintage armchairs with red cover. And iron and brass feet. The vintage armchairs have been fully restored. The filling of the seat has been changed and the cover textil...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass, Iron

  • 1950s Vintage Red Armchairs, Set of Two
  • 1950s Vintage Red Armchairs, Set of Two
  • 1950s Vintage Red Armchairs, Set of Two
  • 1950s Vintage Red Armchairs, Set of Two
H 36.23 in. W 30.32 in. D 33.47 in.
Vintage Red Armchair in the Style of Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful and comfortable vintage armchair styled after the designs of Adrian Pearsall. Vivid red upholstery is paired with rich wooden legs to stunning effect, while a comfortable c...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

20th Century Vintage Red Armchair by Mieczyslaw Puchala, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Armchair designed by Mieczyslaw Puchala. Dark brown wood combined with a red beautiful velvet gives it elegance and nobility. The chair has undergone a full carpentry and upholstery ...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile, Beech

Art Deco, Vintage Red Big Armchair, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Very comfortable armchair from the 1960s. Produced probably in Hungary. A beautiful representative of Art Deco. Furniture with a massive construction, have a comfortable seat on spri...
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Early 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet, Beech

  • Art Deco, Vintage Red Big Armchair, 1960s
  • Art Deco, Vintage Red Big Armchair, 1960s
  • Art Deco, Vintage Red Big Armchair, 1960s
  • Art Deco, Vintage Red Big Armchair, 1960s
H 33.47 in. W 29.53 in. D 23.63 in.
Pair of Vintage Bergères Armchairs, Red Velvet, 1960, Italy
Located in Cuneo, Italy (CN)
Beautiful pair of vintage lounge armchairs, upholstered in original red velvet, with some small signs of wear as shown in the photo, due to the years of the armchairs. Produced aroun...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Armchairs

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Velvet

Kem Weber Red Tubular Armchair, Vintage Mid-Century Modern
By Kem Weber
Located in Wilton, CT
Vintage Kem Weber tubular armchair Recently reupholstered in red leather with black trim Made in USA, circa 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Chesterfield Raw Armchair with Red Vintage Leather
Located in Paris, FR
Armchair Chesterfield Raw with structure in solid vintage finish wood. With burlap covered, upholstered and covered with natural red vintage leather. Also available with other leath...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

  • Chesterfield Raw Armchair with Red Vintage Leather
  • Chesterfield Raw Armchair with Red Vintage Leather
  • Chesterfield Raw Armchair with Red Vintage Leather
  • Chesterfield Raw Armchair with Red Vintage Leather
H 28.35 in. W 45.28 in. D 39.38 in.
Italian Vintage Metal and Red Leather Armchairs by Formanova, 1970s
By Formanova
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian vintage metal and red leather armchairs, 1970s. Armchairs with black metal structure and steel details, armrests in iron rod and reclining seat and back covered in the origi...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal, Steel

Italian Vintage Metal and Red Leather Armchair by Formanova, 1970s
By Formanova
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian vintage metal and red leather armchair, 1970s Armchair with black metal structure and steel details, armrests in iron rod and reclining seat and back covered in the original ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal, Steel

Eero Aarnio Space Age Pastille Vintage Red Fiberglass Armchair, 1960s, Finland
By Eero Aarnio
Located in Vienna, AT
Eerio Aarnio space age vintage organic red fiberglass armchair or rocking chair Pastille for Asko, which was designed 1960s Finland. It features a rocking motion in a bold color with...
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Space Age Armchairs

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Fiberglass

Vintage Carved Rams Head Armchair Vintage Piece Red Floral Upholstery
Located in GB
We are delighted to this lovely vintage rams head armchair with red floral upholstery This chair is in fine order, the upholstery has been professionally cleaned, the timber clean...
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20th Century English Louis XVI Armchairs

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Upholstery

Giancarlo Piretti Space Age Red Plastic Vintage Armchair Plona 1969, Italy
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Vienna, AT
Giancarlo Piretti Space Age red foldable plastic vintage armchair which is executed by Castelli, Italy. This joyful foldable chair model Plona in a powerful red color comes from an e...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Armchairs

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Chrome

Vintage Red Leather Armchairs, circa 20th Century
Located in Napa, CA
Pair of vintage red leather armchairs with wooden legs and upholstered arms.
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20th Century Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Contemporary Armchair Vintage Style 'Tilda' Red, Blue and Green
By Dmitry Samygin
Located in Paris, FR
Armchair by Russian designer Dmitry Samygin Metal base and plywood. Textile. Measures: 85 cm x 60 cm x 70 cm Red / Green / Blue After studying applied arts at the National ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Russian Art Deco Armchairs

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Metal

Mid Century Modern Vintage Red Folding Armchair Rex by Niko Kralj 1952 Slovenia
By Niko Kralj
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century Modern vintage foldable Arm Chair from orange lacquered plywood and beechwood. The Arm Chair is in very good original condition - executed in 1950s. All measures are app...
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Mid-20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Beech, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Leather and Lucite Vintage Loft Armchairs, Italy, 1970s
By Ico Parisi
Located in Bochum, NRW
Mid-Century Modern leather and Lucite vintage loft armchairs, Italy, 1970s Superb vintage armchairs, Italy, circa 1978, suitable for loft decoration. Reversed armrest design remindi...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Plexiglass

Vintage Italian Hollywood Regency Red High Back Lounge Arm Chairs, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Italian style Hollywood Regency red high back lounge arm chairs - a pair. Item features solid wood frames, nicely carved details, very nice vintage pair, great style and form...
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Mid-20th Century North American Hollywood Regency Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Vintage Spaceage Garden Egg by Peter Ghyczy in red from 1972, Pool Chair
By Peter Ghyczy
Located in Halle, DE
Iconic piece of German / DDR design. Garden Egg or "Senftenberger Ei" by Peter Ghyczy, 1968 for Elstogran GmbH, Germany for outdoor use. The chair features a hinged lid to open the c...
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Vintage 1970s German Space Age Armchairs

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Plastic

Set of Four Vintage Chairs in Red Velvet by Mieczyslaw Puchala, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Chairs designed by Mieczyslaw Puchala. Dark brown wood combined with a beautiful red velvet gives it elegance and nobility. The chairs are after undergone a full carpentry and uphols...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile, Beech

Vintage Modernist Design Rietveld Red & Blue Chair by Cassina, 1970s
By Gerrit Rietveld, Cassina
Located in Renens, CH
The red & blue chair is also known as the “Rietveld Chair” after its designer Gerrit Rietveld, counts as one of the most recognizable pieces designed by De Stijl movement in the 1920...
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Vintage 1920s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wood

1950s Vintage French Red and Green Scoubidou Lounge Chairs, Set of Two
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of French midcentury armchairs from the 1950s made with scoubidou threads. Available in red and green, these funky vintage chairs are composed of structure steel, wrought plasti...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Italian Set of Two Beech Red Vintage Dining Chairs, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
An Italian vintage set of two red lacquered beech dining chairs from the 1970s. The beechwood frame is red brown lacquered and shows minor signs of age, while the seat and back are ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Beech, Fabric

Vintage 1950s Real Red Leather Balloon Easy Chair by Hans Olsen for LEA, Denmark
By Hans Olsen, LEA AS
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Balloon chair Design: Hans Olsen Producer: LEA A/S, Denmark Decade: 1950s   This chair was designed by Hans Olsen and manufactured in LEA ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Vintage Lounge Chair by Wendell Castle
By Wendell Castle
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage lounge chair designed by Wendell Castle circa 1970s. In bright orange with cup holder platform and original rubber foot ring. The chair is a playful design from Wendell Cas...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fiberglass, Rubber

  • Vintage Lounge Chair by Wendell Castle
  • Vintage Lounge Chair by Wendell Castle
  • Vintage Lounge Chair by Wendell Castle
  • Vintage Lounge Chair by Wendell Castle
H 23.5 in. W 44.5 in. D 42 in.
Four Classic Vintage Boardroom Chairs, Fully Restored and Lacquered
Located in Long Island City, NY
Four Classic Boardroom chairs, fully restored and lacquered arm height is 28".
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Vintage 1940s Unknown Armchairs

Pair Vintage Mid-Century Heywood Wakefield M1161G Lounge Chairs
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in Pasadena, TX
Two vintage Mid-Century lounge chairs by Heywood Wakefield. These chairs feature a stunning red colored fabric, with a strawberry spotted pattern. Good condition. Wheat finish. Ma...
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Vintage 1950s American Armchairs

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Fabric, Maple

Pair of Vintage Modern "Swan" Style Chairs after Arne Jacobsen
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of swivel Swan chairs in the style of Arne Jacobsen feature sculpted seats on a chrome swivel base. The unique mid-century design make these a truly impressive addition to ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Upholstery

Vintage Lotus Chair designed for Artena by Paul Boulva, circa 1976
By Paul Boulva
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Vintage lotus chair designed for Artena by Paul Boulva. Originally made for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Classic of Canadian modern design.
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Vintage Modern Armchair and Ottoman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage matching lounge and ottoman combines eye-catching tufted vinyl and a unique chrome frame for a comfortable and stylish addition to any room. Please confirm item locatio...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

  • Vintage Modern Armchair and Ottoman
  • Vintage Modern Armchair and Ottoman
  • Vintage Modern Armchair and Ottoman
  • Vintage Modern Armchair and Ottoman
H 36 in. W 26 in. D 36 in.
Vintage Chinese Red Lacquered Carved Elm Armchair with Heavy Foliage Detailing
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning hand-carved solid elm lacquered throne armchair A really rare an expertly hand-carved piece, the detail is never ending and of the...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export More Asian Art, Objects and Fu...

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Elm

1950s Vintage Red Fabric Armchair
Located in Ceglie Messapica, IT
A 1950s vintage armchair with red cover and iron structure. The item has been fully restored. In excellent conditions.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Iron

  • 1950s Vintage Red Fabric Armchair
  • 1950s Vintage Red Fabric Armchair
  • 1950s Vintage Red Fabric Armchair
  • 1950s Vintage Red Fabric Armchair
H 37.41 in. W 26.38 in. D 31.5 in.
Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
Located in Cologne, DE
We bring to you a chesterfield leather armchair red vintage.
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21st Century and Contemporary British Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

  • Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
  • Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
  • Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
  • Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
H 27.56 in. W 41.34 in. D 35.44 in.
Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
Located in Cologne, DE
We bring to you a Chesterfield leather armchair red vintage.
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21st Century and Contemporary British Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

  • Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
  • Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
  • Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
  • Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
H 27.56 in. W 41.34 in. D 35.44 in.
Centurion Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
By Centurion
Located in Cologne, DE
We bring to you a Centurion chesterfield leather armchair red vintage.
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21st Century and Contemporary British Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

  • Centurion Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
  • Centurion Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
  • Centurion Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
  • Centurion Chesterfield Leather Armchair Red Vintage
H 39.38 in. W 31.5 in. D 35.44 in.
20th Century Red Vintage Leather Original Baxter Armchairs
By Baxter
Located in Asparetto di Cerea, Verona
Pair of Vintage red leather armchairs. Production Baxter 1990s. Size: 75 x 79 h 87,5 cm. INFO: online shopping is different. We know you need to remove any doubt before purchasing. ...
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1990s European Post-Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Centurion Chesterfield Leather Armchair Footstool Set Red Vintage
By Centurion
Located in Cologne, DE
We bring to you a Centurion Chesterfield leather armchair footstool set red vintage.
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21st Century and Contemporary British Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Chesterfield Armchair Leather Red One-Seat Couch, Retro Vintage
Located in Cologne, DE
Red colored Chesterfield leather armchair, in a vintage and elegant design, made for pure comfort and style.
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20th Century British Chesterfield Armchairs

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Leather

Chesterfield Armchair Red Oxblood Leather Vintage Retro Wood Handmade
Located in Cologne, DE
Chesterfield armchair red oxblood leather vintage retro wood handmade.
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21st Century and Contemporary German Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Chesterfield Centurion Leather Armchair Red One-Seat Vintage Chair
Located in Cologne, DE
We bring to you a chesterfield centurion leather armchair red one-seat vintage chair.    
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21st Century and Contemporary British Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Chesterfield Armchair Oxblood Red Leather Buttoned Recliner Function Vintage
Located in Cologne, DE
Chesterfield armchair oxblood red leather buttoned recliner function vintage.
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21st Century and Contemporary British Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Chesterfield Armchair Leather Red Brown Three-Seat Couch Retro Vintage
Located in Cologne, DE
Red brown colored Chesterfield leather armchair in a vintage design, made for pure comfort and elegance.
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20th Century European Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Chesterfield Armchair Oxblood Red Leather Buttoned Vintage Retro Wood Handmade
Located in Cologne, DE
Chesterfield armchair oxblood red leather buttoned vintage retro wood handmade.
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21st Century and Contemporary German Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Chesterfield Armchair Oxblood Red Leather Buttoned Vintage Retro Wood Handmade
Located in Cologne, DE
Chesterfield armchair oxblood red leather buttoned vintage retro wood handmade.
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21st Century and Contemporary German Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Chesterfield Armchair and Footstool Oxblood Red Leather Buttoned Vintage Retro
Located in Cologne, DE
Chesterfield armchair Oxblood red leather buttoned vintage retro wood handmade.
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21st Century and Contemporary German Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Chesterfield Armchair Oxblood Red Leather Buttoned Vintage Retro Wood Handmade
Located in Cologne, DE
Chesterfield armchair oxblood red leather buttoned vintage retro wood handmade.
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21st Century and Contemporary British Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Vintage Tufted Red Leather Chair
Located in Chicago, IL
A good example of 1930s English design, this comfortable tub chair features rolled, wraparound sheepskin arms. The button-tufted front apron and back are framed with brass upholstery...
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Mid-20th Century French Armchairs

Materials

Brass

  • Vintage Tufted Red Leather Chair
  • Vintage Tufted Red Leather Chair
  • Vintage Tufted Red Leather Chair
  • Vintage Tufted Red Leather Chair
H 29.25 in. W 31 in. D 27 in.
Chesterfield Armchair Leather Red Brown Orange One Seat Barock Vintage Retro
Located in Cologne, DE
Chesterfield armchair leather red brown orange one seat barock vintage retro, in a vintage design, made for pure comfort.
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20th Century British Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Set of Two Chesterfield Armchair Oxblood Red Vintage Retro Wood Handmade
Located in Cologne, DE
Set of Two Chesterfield Armchair Oxblood red Vintage Retro Wood Handmade
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21st Century and Contemporary German Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Elda Armchair Joe Colombo, Vintage, circa 1970
By Joe Colombo
Located in Paris, FR
Exceptional Joe Colombo Elda armchair, vintage Edition comfort, circa 1970 Orange leather and black fibreglass shell, 360 degree swivel. Very good condition We have two armchairs...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Armchairs

  • Elda Armchair Joe Colombo, Vintage, circa 1970
  • Elda Armchair Joe Colombo, Vintage, circa 1970
  • Elda Armchair Joe Colombo, Vintage, circa 1970
  • Elda Armchair Joe Colombo, Vintage, circa 1970
H 37.01 in. W 39.38 in. D 33.47 in.
Pair of Vintage Red Leather Library Chairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Sleek vintage library chairs with a small winged back and narrow arms. Featuring a gently worn dark red leather upholstery. Accented by brass nailhead trim with tapered legs in the f...
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20th Century American Armchairs

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Brass

  • Pair of Vintage Red Leather Library Chairs
  • Pair of Vintage Red Leather Library Chairs
  • Pair of Vintage Red Leather Library Chairs
  • Pair of Vintage Red Leather Library Chairs
H 38.5 in. W 24.5 in. D 29 in.
1960s Italian Pair of Vintage Walnut Armchairs in Cobalt Blue White Red Fabric
By Roberta Di Camerino
Located in New York, NY
Pair of vintage 1960s armchairs of sleek design with high quality walnut wood structure, comfortable seating with open-arm rests and padded back, upholstered in exclusive Roberta di ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Retro Armchairs by Tatra Nabytok Vintage, 1950s
By Tatra
Located in London, GB
A stunning pair of armchairs, these were designed by Tatra Nabytok and were made in Czechoslovakia during the 1950s. The frames are clean, sturdy and sound, with only some minor wear...
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Vintage 1950s Czech Armchairs

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Wool

Vintage Hollywood Regency Pair Club Chairs Occasional Arched Armchairs
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage pair of arched armchairs club chairs in a new upholstered fabric. These have also been professionally steam cleaned. Includes matching pair of small pillows (pictured). Meas...
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Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery

Armchair Springs Foam Velvet Vintage Manufactured in Italy, 1950s
Located in Milano, IT
An armchair, springs and foam padding, velvet upholstery. Manufactured in Italy, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Velvet

Pair of Armchairs Foam Padding Fabric Vintage Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
A pair of armchairs with footstool. Foam padding, fabric upholstery and metal legs. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Armchairs Alberto Rosselli for Saporiti Vintage, Italy, 1970s
By Alberto Rosselli Saporiti
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of armchairs designed by Alberto Rosselli (1921-1976) for Saporiti Italia. Chromed pipe, lacquered plastic material. Model: P. 110. Manufactured in Besnate, Italy, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Plastic

Armchair by Franco Campo Carlo Graffi Vintage Italy 1950s-1960s
By Franco Campo, Carlo Graffi
Located in Milano, IT
An armchair with footstool designed by Franco Campo and Carlo Graffi for Home. Foam padding, fabric upholstery, glazed metal legs with teak ferrules. Manufactured in Turin, Italy, 19...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Foam

Two Armchairs Foam Padding Velvet Upholstery Brass Vintage, Italy, 1950s
Located in Milano, IT
A pair of armchairs, foam padding, velvet upholstery (original), brass legs. Manufactured in Italy, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Foam, Velvet

Armchair by Moscatelli for Formanova Steel Leather Fabric Vintage, Italy
By Formanova, Giulio Moscatelli
Located in Milano, IT
An armchair designed by Giulio Moscatelli for Formanova. Oxidized steel structure, padded wooden seat, leather upholstery, fabric upholstered foam cushions. Manufactured in Italy, 19...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Chesterfield Swivel Chair Leather Red Vintage
Located in Cologne, DE
Authentic leather Chesterfield swivel chair in red.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Chesterfield Armchairs

Materials

Leather

  • Chesterfield Swivel Chair Leather Red Vintage
  • Chesterfield Swivel Chair Leather Red Vintage
  • Chesterfield Swivel Chair Leather Red Vintage
  • Chesterfield Swivel Chair Leather Red Vintage
H 32.68 in. W 25.6 in. D 25.6 in.
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Vintage Red Armchair For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic vintage red armchair available at 1stDibs. A vintage red armchair — often made from animal skin, leather and fabric — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a vintage red armchair, we have 61 options in-stock, while there are 2 modern editions to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the vintage red armchair you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A vintage red armchair is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Art Deco styles are sought with frequency. You’ll likely find more than one vintage red armchair that is appealing in its simplicity, but Cassina, Mario Bellini and Formanova produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Vintage Red Armchair?

Prices for a vintage red armchair can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $478 and can go as high as $7,987, while the average can fetch as much as $1,711.

Finding the Right Armchairs for You

Armchairs have run the gamut from prestige to ease and everything in between. 

Long before industrial mass production democratized seating, armchairs conveyed status and power. In ancient Egypt, the commoners took stools, while in early Greece, ceremonial chairs of carved marble were designated for nobility. But the high-backed early thrones of yore, elevated and ornate, were merely grandiose iterations of today’s armchairs. 

Modern-day armchairs, built with functionality and comfort in mind, are now central to tasks throughout your home. Formal dining armchairs support your guests at a table for a cheery feast, a good drafting chair with a deep seat is parked in front of an easel where you create art and, elsewhere, an ergonomic wonder of sorts positions you at the desk for your 9 to 5.

When placed under just the right lamp where you can lounge comfortably, both elbows resting on the padded supports on each side of you, an upholstered armchair — or a rattan armchair for your light-suffused sunroom — can be the sanctuary where you’ll read for hours. If you’re in the mood for company, your velvet chesterfield armchair is a place to relax and be part of the conversation that swirls around you. Maybe the dialogue is about the beloved Papa Bear chair, a mid-century modern masterpiece from Danish carpenter and furniture maker Hans Wegner, and the wingback’s strong association with the concept of cozying up by the fireplace, which we can trace back to its origins in 1600s-era England, when the seat’s distinctive arm protrusions protected the sitter from the heat of the period’s large fireplaces. 

If the fireside armchair chat involves spirited comparisons, your companions will likely probe the merits of antique and vintage armchairs such as Queen Anne armchairs, Victorian armchairs or even Louis XVI armchairs, as well as the pros and cons of restoration versus conservation.

Everyone seems to have a favorite armchair and most people will be all too willing to talk about their beloved design. Whether that’s the unique Favela chair by Brazilian sibling furniture designers Fernando and Humberto Campana, who repurpose everyday objects to artful effect; or Marcel Breuer’s futuristic tubular metal Wassily lounge chair; the functionality-first LC series from Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret; or the Eames lounge chair of the mid-1950s created by Charles and Ray Eames, there is an iconic armchair for everyone and every purpose. Find yours on 1stDibs right now.