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Vintage De Sede DS 47 Leather Armchair, Switzerland, 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Discounted airfreight for our US Continent customers (from 2 weeks door to door) We are delighted to bring to you an ultra rare vintage De Sede DS 47 armchair. Hand built in the 1...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage 1960’s Leather & Wood Armchair
Located in London, GB
A gorgeous and unusual vintage armchair in leather with a solid wood frame. This was made in England, it dates from around the 1960-70’s. The quality is amazing, this is beautiful...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

1960s Danish Vintage Leather Armchair
Located in London, GB
A stylish and unusual vintage armchair in black leather, with a beautiful wood frame. This was made in Denmark and it dates from circa 1960s. It is of great quality and has a stun...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

  • 1960s Danish Vintage Leather Armchair
  • 1960s Danish Vintage Leather Armchair
  • 1960s Danish Vintage Leather Armchair
  • 1960s Danish Vintage Leather Armchair
H 26 in. W 39 in. D 31 in.
Pair of Vintage Danish Leather Armchairs
By Dyrlund
Located in London, GB
An absolutely stunning and very rare pair of vintage Danish armchairs in solid wood with black leather upholstery and chrome embellishments on the upper arms. These were made by Dyrl...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Vintage Danish Leather Armchairs
By Dyrlund
Located in London, GB
An absolutely stunning and very rare pair of vintage Danish armchairs in solid wood with black leather upholstery and chrome embellishments on the upper arms. These were made by Dyrl...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

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.
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

Vintage De Sede DS 47 Leather Armchair, Switzerland, 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
We are delighted to bring to you an ultra rare vintage De Sede DS 47 armchair. Hand built in the 1970s by De Sede craftsman in Switzerland, this piece is upholstered in thick natural...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage De Sede DS 47 Leather Armchair, Switzerland, 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
We are delighted to bring to you an ultra rare vintage De Sede DS 47 armchair. Hand built in the 1970s by De Sede craftsman in Switzerland, this piece is upholstered in thick natural...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage De Sede DS 47 Leather Armchair, Switzerland, 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
We are delighted to bring to you an ultra rare vintage De Sede DS 47 armchair. Hand built in the 1970s by De Sede craftsman in Switzerland, this piece is upholstered in thick natural...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage De Sede DS 47 Leather Armchair, Switzerland, 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Discounted airfreight for our US Continent customers (from 2 weeks door to door) We are delighted to bring to you an ultra rare vintage De Sede DS 47 armchair. Hand built in the 1...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage “Sheriff” Leather Armchair by Sergio Rodrigues for ISA
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in London, GB
A stunning and iconic vintage leather armchair, this was designed by the famous Brazilian Sergio Rodrigues. It was made by ISA in Italy, and this dates from the 1960s. We obtained...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

1960 vintage retro Torbjørn Afdal Brown Leather Sling Armchair
By Torbjørn Afdal, Bruksbo
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
Stunning sling leather armchair designed by Torbjørn Afdal made by Bruksbo in Norway. Chair is in great vintage condition, leather has a lovely patina and is in very good condition. ...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage De Sede DS 84 Neck Leather Armchairs, Switzerland, 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
We are delighted to bring to you a pair of ultra rare vintage De Sede DS 84 armchairs. Hand built in the 1970s by De Sede craftsman in Switzerland, these pieces are upholstered in th...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage De Sede DS 84 Neck Leather Armchair, Switzerland, 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Discounted airfreight for our International customers (from 2 weeks door to door) We are delighted to bring to you an ultra-rare vintage De Sede DS 84 armchair. Hand built in the 19...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage De Sede DS 84 Neck Leather Armchair, Switzerland, 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Discounted airfreight for our International customers (from 2 weeks door to door) We are delighted to bring to you an ultra rare vintage De Sede DS 84 armchair. Hand built in the 19...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage De Sede DS 84 Neck Leather Armchair, Switzerland, 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Discounted shipping rates for our International and US customers (from 2 weeks door to door) We are delighted to bring to you an ultra rare vintage De Sede DS 84 armchair. Hand buil...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage De Sede DS 84 Neck Leather Armchair, Switzerland, 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Discounted airfreight for our International customers ( from 2 weeks door to door ) We are delighted to bring to you an ultra rare vintage De Sede DS 84 armchair. Hand built in the ...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

XX Century Pair of Genuine Leather Armchairs, Vintage from the 1950s
Located in PALERMO, IT
Pair of genuine leather armchairs. Vintage from the 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Sculptural Vintage White Painted Armchair with Leather, Early 20th Century
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Odense, DK
Sculptural vintage white painted armchair with leather, made in Denmark, early 20th century. A great decorative object for the modern interior.  
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Deco Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

1960 vintage Torbjorn Afdal Brown Leather Sling Armchair by Bruksbo, Norway
By Bruksbo, Torbjørn Afdal
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
Stunning sling leather armchair designed by Torbjørn Afdal and made by Bruksbo in Norway, in great vintage condition and leather seat has been newly up-holstered. Measures: Seat he...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Rare Vintage Angel I. Pazmino for Muebles De Estilo Leather Armchairs
By Angel Pazmino
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Extremely rare set of two Mid-Century Modern tall back folding armchairs designed by Angel I. Pazmino in the 1970s for Muebles de Estilo, Ecuador. The chairs are executed in wood and...
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Vintage 1970s Ecuadorean Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair Of Vintage Armchairs 1970s Sormani Production
By Sormani, Claudio Salocchi
Located in Roma, IT
Pair Of Vintage Armchairs Sormani Production has been realized in Italy in the 1970s. Wood and white leather. Dimensions: 90 x 80 x 65 cm. Very good conditions. Claudio Salocch...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Armchairs

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Wood, Leather

Large Pair of Vintage Italian Armchairs, circa 1970
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Large pair of lounge armchairs in white skai leather upholstery, partially padded. Sides in Wood. Chrome base. Italy, 1970s. More images available upon request.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

  • Large Pair of Vintage Italian Armchairs, circa 1970
  • Large Pair of Vintage Italian Armchairs, circa 1970
  • Large Pair of Vintage Italian Armchairs, circa 1970
  • Large Pair of Vintage Italian Armchairs, circa 1970
H 33.08 in. W 38.59 in. D 31.5 in.
Vintage Pair of Saratoga Armchairs by M. e L. Vignelli for Poltronova, 1960s
By Poltronova, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Roma, IT
Vintage pair of Saratoga armchairs is a sophisticated and very rare piece of design furniture realized by Massimo and Lella Vignelli. Created for Poltronova in 1960s. White lac...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Vintage Leather Chairs by Nienkamper
By Nienkamper
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful pair of club chairs designed and manufactured in Canada by Nienkamper. The chairs are large in size and upholstered in very soft brown Leather, they are gently used and ...
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Vintage 1980s Canadian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Black Metal and Oak Pair of Armchairs Vintage Style
Located in Halluin, FR
Scandinavian look and industrial style for those comfy armchairs: wooden shell, metal structure and black faux-leather cushions (H seat 45cm / H armrests 59cm; new items, never used).
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21st Century and Contemporary French Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

  • Black Metal and Oak Pair of Armchairs Vintage Style
  • Black Metal and Oak Pair of Armchairs Vintage Style
  • Black Metal and Oak Pair of Armchairs Vintage Style
  • Black Metal and Oak Pair of Armchairs Vintage Style
H 31.11 in. W 24.41 in. D 27.56 in.
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

Vintage Pair of Siesta Armchairs by Ingmar Relling for Westnova 'Norway', 1970s
By Ingmar Relling
Located in Roma, IT
This vintage pair of Siesta armchairs is an elegant piece of design furniture designed by Ingmar Relling and manufactured by Westnova (Norway) in the 1970s. Comfortable relax ar...
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Vintage 1970s Norwegian Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Original Vintage Pair of "Presidencial" Armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin, 1959-1965
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in Paris, FR
Original and vintage pair of "Presidencial" armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin, 1959-1965 Pair of armchairs, in plywood veneered, black epoxy steel and chromed metal. The cushions, re-upho...
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Armchairs

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Metal

1970's Vintage Retro Leolux Black / Dark Brown Leather Arm Chair / Club Chair
By Leolux
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
1970's vintage Retro Leolux black / dark brown leather arm chair / Club chair Stunning chair made by leolux furniture makers, frame is made out of solid wood, lovely minimalistic ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Antique Pair of Carved Arm Chairs with Vintage Leather Seats
Located in Round Top, TX
The hand-carved details combine with the rich patina of the vintage leather in a captivating manner in this pair of arm chairs. Take a close look at the detail photos to appreciate t...
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Antique Late 19th Century Danish Armchairs

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Wood

Vintage Porter Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage porter chair recently restored with black alligator embossed leather, modern nailhead trim, and antique gold lacquered wood. This is a show stopper. Amazing conversation piec...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

  • Vintage Porter Chair
  • Vintage Porter Chair
  • Vintage Porter Chair
  • Vintage Porter Chair
H 56 in. W 28.25 in. D 28.5 in.
Vintage "King" Swivel Armchair by Strassle of Switzerland, 1960s
By Strässle International, Andre Vandenbeuck
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Discounted airfreight for our US and International customers ( from 2 weeks door to door) A vintage lounge King armchair by Strassle of Switzerland. Designed by Andre Vandenbeuck of...
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage "King" Swivel Armchair by Strassle of Switzerland, 1960s
By Andre Vandenbeuck, Strässle International
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Discounted airfreight for our US and International customers ( from 2 weeks door to door) A vintage lounge King armchair by Strassle of Switzerland. Designed by Andre Vandenbeuck of...
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage De Sede 'DS 125' Sofa / Armchair Design by Gerd Lange, Switzerland 1978
By De Sede, Gerd Lange
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Discounted airfreight for our US and International customers (from 2 weeks door to door) We are delighted to bring to you an ultra rare vintage De Sede DS 125 sofa and armchair desi...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

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Leather, Wood

Vintage De Sede DS 125 Sofa and Armchair Design by Gerd Lange, Switzerland, 1978
By De Sede, Gerd Lange
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Discounted airfreight for our US and International customers (from 2 weeks door to door) We are delighted to bring to you an ultra rare vintage De Sede DS 125 sofa and armchair desi...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

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Leather, Wood

Chesterfield Leather Armchair Orange Brown Wood Vintage Retro
Located in Cologne, DE
Orange brown colored Chesterfield leather armchair in a vintage design, made for pure comfort and elegance.
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20th Century British Chesterfield Armchairs

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Leather

Armchair Lenzi Leather Foam Padding Wood Vintage, Italy, 1960s
Located in Milano, IT
An armchair by Lenzi, foam padding, leather upholstery, wood legs. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Foam, Wood

Chesterfield Armchair Brown Leather Buttoned Vintage Retro Wood Handmade
Located in Cologne, DE
Chesterfield armchair brown leather buttoned vintage retro wood handmade.
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21st Century and Contemporary English 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

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Leather

Chesterfield Armchair Brown Mocca Leather Vintage Retro Wood Handmade
Located in Cologne, DE
Smoking household Chesterfield armchair brown Mocca leather vintage retro wood handmade.
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21st Century and Contemporary German Chesterfield Armchairs

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Leather

French Vintage Leather Armchair
Located in Austin, TX
French vintage leather club armchair with brass upholstery tacks and wooden feet. Professionally reconditioned with new patinated leather cushion, very comfortable and in great condi...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Armchairs

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Brass

  • French Vintage Leather Armchair
  • French Vintage Leather Armchair
  • French Vintage Leather Armchair
  • French Vintage Leather Armchair
H 34.5 in. W 26.5 in. D 35 in.
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

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Leather

Chesterfield Armchair Brown Mocca Leather Vintage Retro Wood Handmade Rivets
Located in Cologne, DE
Chesterfield armchair brown mocca leather vintage retro wood handmade rivets.
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21st Century and Contemporary German Chesterfield Armchairs

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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

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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

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Leather

1960s Vintage Danish Leather Armchair
Located in London, GB
A stylish and extremely comfortable vintage Danish leather armchair, this dates from the 1960s. It’s in great vintage condition, the black leather is clean and has no rips or tears. ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

  • 1960s Vintage Danish Leather Armchair
  • 1960s Vintage Danish Leather Armchair
  • 1960s Vintage Danish Leather Armchair
  • 1960s Vintage Danish Leather Armchair
H 27.96 in. W 27.96 in. D 30.71 in.
Chesterfield Leather Armchair Cognac Brown One-Seat Couch Wood Retro Vintage
Located in Cologne, DE
Cognac brown colored original Chesterfield leather armchair in a vintage design, made for pure comfort and elegance.
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20th Century British Chesterfield Armchairs

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Leather

Brown Leather Halo Rocket Armchair Vintage Distressed Upholstery Solid Wood Feet
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to this lovely vintage aged brown leather Halo Rocket small armchair A good looking stylish piece, very compact in size so it takes up minimal space In terms ...
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20th Century English Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Two Armchairs, Moscatelli for Formanova Steel Leather Wood Vintage, Italy, 1960s
By Giulio Moscatelli, Formanova
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of armchairs designed by Giulio Moscatelli for Formanova, oxidized steel structure, padded wood frame, leather upholstery, velvet coated foam cushions. Manufactured in Italy, 19...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Armchair by De Carli for Sormani Wood Aluminum Foam Leather Vintage Italy, 1960s
By Carlo De Carli, Sormani
Located in Milano, IT
An armchair with pouf designed by Carlo de Carli for Sormani, lacquered wood, aluminum, foam cushions with leather upholstery. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s-1970s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Vintage Danish Leather Armchairs
Located in London, GB
An absolutely stunning and very rare pair of vintage Danish armchairs in solid wood with black leather upholstery and chrome embellishments on the upper arms. These were made by Dyrl...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Vintage Danish Leather Armchairs
By Dyrlund
Located in London, GB
An absolutely stunning and very rare pair of vintage Danish armchairs in solid wood with black leather upholstery and chrome embellishments on the upper arms. These were made by Dyrl...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Danish Vintage Leather Armchair / Desk Chair
Located in London, GB
A stunning vintage Danish armchair in solid wood, this dates from the 1960s. It has a beautiful design and is of amazing quality. The seat is upholstered in the original black leathe...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Danish Vintage Leather Armchairs
Located in London, GB
A smart and extremely comfortable pair of vintage Danish leather armchairs, these date from around the 1960s. They are in excellent condition for their age, the solid teak frames hav...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

  • Pair of Danish Vintage Leather Armchairs
  • Pair of Danish Vintage Leather Armchairs
  • Pair of Danish Vintage Leather Armchairs
  • Pair of Danish Vintage Leather Armchairs
H 28.75 in. W 32.29 in. D 31.5 in.
Pair of Vintage Leather Tufted Chesterfield Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of vintage leather tufted Chesterfield style armchairs with bun feet and nailhead trim detail.
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Vintage 1930s English Chesterfield Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Vintage Deuch Leather Club Armchair, circa 1970
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
This armchair is with his original leather. it has a great Patina. The price is mow to compensate The Claw mark, that you can see on the description pictures.   
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

  • Vintage Deuch Leather Club Armchair, circa 1970
  • Vintage Deuch Leather Club Armchair, circa 1970
  • Vintage Deuch Leather Club Armchair, circa 1970
  • Vintage Deuch Leather Club Armchair, circa 1970
H 29.53 in. W 33.08 in. L 29.53 in.
1960s Pair of Danish Vintage Leather Armchairs
Located in London, GB
This stylish and extremely comfortable pair of armchairs were made in Denmark in the 1960s. They are beautifully made from black leather and solid wood, the quality is outstanding. T...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

1960s Pair of Danish Vintage Leather Armchairs
Located in London, GB
This stylish and extremely comfortable pair of armchairs were made in Denmark in the 1960s. They are beautifully made from black leather and solid wood, the quality is outstanding. T...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

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Vintage Wood Leather Armchair For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the vintage wood leather armchair you’re looking for. Each vintage wood leather armchair for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using animal skin, leather and wood. There are 124 variations of the antique or vintage vintage wood leather armchair you’re looking for, while we also have 2 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the vintage wood leather armchair you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 19th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A vintage wood leather armchair made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Art Deco — is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made vintage wood leather armchair over the years, but those crafted by De Sede, Sormani and Angel Pazmino are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Vintage Wood Leather Armchair?

Prices for a vintage wood leather armchair can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $425 and can go as high as $51,511, while the average can fetch as much as $3,193.

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.