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Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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.

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Set of Two Italian Armchairs by Saporiti
Located in Dronten, NL
Saporiti club chairs in red fabric, Italy, 1960s. These chairs, equipped with a chromed steel frame, feature a very distinctive sloped back at the bottom. The frame forms a wonderful...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Lounge Chair or Armchair Wood Design Style Kagan Wickerwork Vienna Austria 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A very unique and highly comfortable armchair doubtlessly of Austrian provenience. The seat cushion has been newly upholstered with herringbone cloth, perfectly corresponding with th...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wicker, Wood

Mid-Century Set of 4 "Trieste" Chairs by Jacober & d'Aniello for Bazzani, 1960's
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice set of 4 "Trieste" folding chairs. These chairs are designed by Jacober & d'Aniello for Bazzani, 1966. They are made of solid wood and the seating is made of rattan. ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Rattan, Wood

Set of Twelve Italian Armchairs in Yellow Leatherette
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of twelve armchairs, leatherette, metal, Italy, 1970s A set of dining chairs with curved backrests that surround the seater, creating a comfortable and embracing feeling. The ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Jindrich Halabala Customizable Lounge Chair
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jindrich Halabala, customizable lounge chair, wood, fabric, Czech Republic, 1930s Extraordinary easy chairs with green fabric upholstery. These chairs have a very dynamic and abun...
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1930s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Italian Lounge Chairs in Velvet Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of lounge chairs, darkened oak, velvet, Italy, 1950s Gorgeous pair of lounge chairs made in Italy. The chairs have a sturdy yet elegant design. This is mainly thanks to the c...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet, Oak

Pair of Italian Modern Iron Upholstered Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
A sleek and very unique pair of Italian modern armchairs, the iron frame supports a wide seat, back and extra wide armrest extending to the back of the chair; newly upholstered in a ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Vladimir Kagan for Dreyfuss Reclining ‘Contour’ Lounge Chair
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vladimir Kagan for Dreyfuss, 'Contour' chair model 'VK 100', teak, fabric, United States, 1950s   This lounge chair by Kagan is sculptural and delicate. The frame is executed in te...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Teak

Superb Reclining Lounge Chair by Georges De Rijck for Beaufort Belgium, 1958
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Stunning reclining lounge chair designed in 1958 by Georges van Rijck and manufactured by Beaufort, Belgium in 1962 (marked in chair) Solid nickel plated steel legs with a state o...
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1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel, Nickel

Pair of Paola Buffa Style Italian Lounge Chairs in Neutral Sheepskin
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of modernist Italian designer lounge chairs. Having an organic form in a genuine neutral sheepskin. Attributed to Paola Buffa, 20th century Italian architect and designer. Rec...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wood, Sheepskin

Mid Century Mushroom Armchair and Ottoman by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very comfortable and cosy Artifort Mushroom set, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 60’s. Covered with very soft and high quality bouclé fabric (Dedar Italy). The chair and pou...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Bouclé

Important Raoul Guys "Antony" Lounge Chair for 'Cite' University, Paris, 1954
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Rare and important Raoul Guys "Antony" lounge chair, produced by 'Airborne' in 1954 for the the world famous 'Cite' university's 'Jean Zay / Antony' residence 'in Paris . A rare oppo...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Pair of English Midcentury Walnut Faux Bamboo Lounge Chairs with Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of English walnut lounge chairs from the mid 20th century, with faux bamboo structure and foliage-themed upholstery. Created in England during the midcentury period, each of t...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Faux Bamboo, Walnut

Ole Wanscher, a Pair of Vintage PJ-149 Mahogany 'Colonial' Armchairs, 1960s
Located in DE
Probably the most iconic design by Ole Wanscher. The PJ-149 'Colonial' chair, designed in 1949. This set is executed in Mahogany in the 1960s, cane seating frames with original lig...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Mahogany

Jangada Jacaranda Lounge Chair, Ottoman, Jean Gillon Italma Wood Art Brazil 1968
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Jangada Jacaranda lounge chair and ottoman, Jean Gillon Italma Wood Art, Brazil, 1968. Labeled. All original. Lovely patina. Romanian-born, naturalized Brazilian Jean Gillon was ...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Jacaranda, Leather

Pair of Italian Midcentury Armchairs Gio Ponti Club Chairs Ivory Bouclette
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Italian midcentury armchairs Gio Ponti style club chairs in ivory bouclette. These classic and exquisite armchairs have been fully restored and newly reupholstered in a luxu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Bouclé

Culbuto Armchairs, 1960s
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Pair of Culbuto armchairs designed in 1967 by Marc Held for Knoll International. Designed without mechanism, the chair has the possibility to move by tilting or rotating. It was pub...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Fiberglass

Sergio Rodrigues 'Kilin' Lounge Chair in Rosewood and Cowhide, OCA, Brazil 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A charming and wonderful example of the 'Kilin' lounge chair by famed Brazilian modern designer Sergio Rodrigues for Oca in 1970s Brazil. Frame is a succulent Brazilian Rosewood and ...
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1970s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Rosewood Set of 2 Niels Otto Møller Armchairs No 62, Denmark, 1960's
Located in Amsterdam, NL
An elegant antropomorphic set of 2 armchairs in rosewood by the renowned Danish designer Niels Otto Møller. Back in the days these chairs wíth armrests were always part of a set ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Rosewood

Pair of John Keal for Brown Saltman Sculptural Lounge Chairs, circa 1954
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Clean architectural lines on this sculptural pair (2) of lounge armchairs by John Keal for Brown Saltman, circa 1954. These are the rare wider lounge versions of the popular dining c...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Canvas, Oak

Pair of Jens Risom Lounge Chairs in Walnut
Located in Providence, RI
Pair of Jens Risom lounge chairs in walnut, circa 1965. Chairs have been completely refinished in a dark walnut and reupholstered, including new foam. Measures: Width 27", height 29"...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Walnut, Fabric

Guillerme et Chambron Lounge Chair 'Air France' in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, lounge chair 'Dagobert'/'Air France', orange patterned upholstery, oak, France, 1960s. Guillerme and Chambron are known for their high quality solid oak fur...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Oak

Maison Regain Pair of Lounge Chairs in Elm
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Maison Regain, pair of lounge chairs, elm, fabric, France, 1960s These beautiful lounge chairs were designed by Maison Regain in the 1960s. The seating has a comfortable backseat ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Elm

Pair of Midcentury Style Ivory Italian Lounge or Armchairs with Flared Arms
Located in New York, NY
A pair of large Midcentury style Italian lounge or armchairs, the sculptural form based on a 1950s prototype featuring shaped, flared arms, the broad tight backs and seats resting on...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery

Pair of Midcentury Italian Faux Lambswool Sculptural Armchairs
Located in Chicago, IL
A pair of midcentury Italian sculptural armchairs in a biscuit color faux lambswool, circa 1950. Reminiscent of giant teddy bears, the oversize chairs sit on splayed metal legs with ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Executive Swivel Chair and Ottoman by Vincent Cafiero for Knoll
Located in Boston, MA
This chair and ottoman is an iconic design by Vincent Cafiero, senior designer of Knoll’s famed Planning Unit from 1956 to 1967. Reflecting his preference for clean-lined rectangular...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

1950s Vintage Gio Ponti Style Midcentury Armchairs, a Pair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs features the unique design style of Gio Ponti. New blue velvet cotton upholstery (Dec 2019) and curved back and armrests make these a st...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet

Pair of Andre Cordemeijer Armchairs
Located in Dronten, NL
Nice pair of Gispen armchairs, designed by Andre Cordemeijer. Upholstered in the original black vinyl upholstery. The foam is still resilient, but the vinyl is cracked in front cor...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel, Chrome

De Sede Lounge Chair Model 'DS31' in Patinated Leather with Ottoman
Located in Waalwijk, NL
De Sede, lounge chair model 'DS31' with ottoman, leather, metal, Switzerland, 1970s Highly comfortable 'DS31' swivel chair with a high back and ottoman in black leather by DeSede....
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Mid Century Little Tulip Armchair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1970s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Cute and very comfortable Little Tulip armchair on castors. Designed by the famous Pierre Paulin in the 60's and fabricated by Artifort in the 70's. It is just upholstered with...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Alpaca

Mies van der Rohe MR20 Chrome & Wicker Lounge Chair, circa 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mies van der Rohe MR20 Chrome & Wicker Lounge Chair, circa 1970s A fine vintage Stendig / Italian made example, in well cared vintage condition, all the wicker is intact, retaining ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Pair of Swiss Reclining Black Leather and Chrome Strässle Chairs by Eichenberger
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Mid-Century Modern pair of high-back reclining chairs in black leather and chromed tubed steel. Made in Switzerland by Strässle International and designed by Hans Eichenberger. Both ...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel, Chrome

Dutch Design Mid Century Martin Visser SZ01 Easy Chair 1965
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Modernist Dutch design armchair designed by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum model SZ01 in 1965. The chair has a brushed steel tubular frame and very thick new saddle leather seat made ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Art Deco Vintage French Wooden Armchair, 1930
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
Art Deco vintage French wooden armchair, 1930 Original armchair is in very good condition, we have had it newly reupholstered, lovely Art Deco shape, very comfortable to sit in.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Danish Customizable Lounge Chairs in Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Folke Ohlsson for Fritz Hansen, lounge chairs, in any preferred leather of fabric and teak, Denmark, designed in 1957 These high quality made lounge chairs are made to reach an ul...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

Mid Century Orange Slice Chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
The famous Artifort orange slice chair by Pierre Paulin, designed in the 60's. This is a early edition and is produced in the 60's, it has nickel legs. It is a cute and very comf...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Nickel

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Siesta Lounge Chairs by Ingmar Relling for Westnofa
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Danish modern midcentury Siesta lounge chairs in leather upholstery with fabric back. Ingmar Relling for the Norwegian Westnofa. Made of leather and plywood. Worn leather wit...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Gigi Radice for Minotti Leather Wingback Chairs, Pair, Italy circa 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of 1960s Gigi Radice for Minotti leather wingback chairs are currently the gallery owners favorite pair of armchairs in our collection - a simply stunning and incredibly bu...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

"Colisée" Armchair by Studio Glustin
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Round "Colisée" armchairs entirely upholstered with a bouclette fabric by Dédar. Hidden wooden feet. Creation by Studio Glustin. France, 2021.  
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Italian Midcentury Wing Chairs
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Italian midcentury wing chairs. Upholstered frames with patinated brass legs.     
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of Wim Rietveld No. 1407 Lounge Chairs for Gispen
Located in Voorburg, NL
Beautiful pair of Wim Rietveld no. 1407 lounge chairs for Gispen with stunning new green soft velours upholstery. Black enameled metal frames and black bakelite armrests. Frames in o...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Audoux-Minet Armchair
Located in Dronten, NL
Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet lounge chair, made in France, circa 1950. Beech frame, seat and back in abaca rope with signature woven design.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Rope, Beech

Pair of Black Giroflex Armchairs, Club Chairs by Albert Stohl, AG 1980s
By Giroflex Stoll
Located in Antwerp, BE
Set of 2 vintage design armchairs by Albert Stohl for GIROFLEX AG. These club chairs date circa 1980s - 1990s. Both with original labels. This large good quality armchairs have...
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Late 20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Mid Century Model F570 Lounge Chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very rare lounge chair, model F570. Designed by Pierre Paulin in 1963 and manufactured by Artifort. This beautiful model was produced for just a very short time, 1 year, and is d...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Early Modernist Pair of Nickeled Tubular Armchairs, Italy, 1930s
Located in New York, NY
Italy, 1930s. Early modernist pair of nickeled tubular armchairs with shaped plywood seat and back. Measures: 20 W x 27 D x 16/31 H.
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Marco Zanuso Pair of Lounge Chairs Reupholstered in Blue Mohair
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Marco Zanuso for Arflex, pair of reupholstered lounge chairs, fabric, metal, Italy, 1950s An icon of 1950s’ Italian Design, the 'Lady' armchair is appreciated for its contemporary...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of Guillerme et Chambron Armchairs, circa 1960, France
Located in Girona, Spain
Pair of Guillerme et Chambron Armchairs. Pair of 'José' Armchairs Solid Oak with Original Upholster. Amazing look from every angle. Circa 1960, France. Very Good Vintage Conditi...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Oak

Set of Two Blue Reupholstered Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs by Lenzi
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of model 530 lounge chairs by Lenzi produced in Italy in the 1950s. The base and the four legs are made of a black metal. The chairs have been reupholstered in a beautiful blue ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of Reupholstered Mid-Century Italian Armchairs in the Style of A. Morbelli
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of reupholstered mid-century Italian armchairs in the style of A. Morbelli Pair of beige reupholstered Mid-Century Modern Italian armchairs in faux teddy fur in the style of ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Curved Rattan and White Fabric Armchair
Located in Halluin, FR
Rattan and white fabric armchair.
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Rattan, Fabric

Mid-Century Modern P110 ‘Canada’ Lounge Chair by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno
Located in Berlin, DE
Mid-Century Modern P110 'Canada' lounge chair by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno. An iconic design by one of the most important Italian designers, the so called "Canada" lounge chair was ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Pair of French Modernist Garden Oak Chairs, French, 1950's
Located in London, GB
A pair of adjustable oak outdoor chairs is steeped in the French modernism of the 1950's. The Mid-Century Modern movement was rooted in functionality, simplicity, and elegance. Earli...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Oak, Reed

1950s Danish Design Style Cognac Leather and Wooden Armchair
Located in Halluin, FR
1950s Danish Design style Cognac leather and wooden armchair.
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21st Century and Contemporary Unknown Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Jute, Wood

Set of Two Pierre Jeanneret 053 Capitol Complex Armchairs by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchairdesigned by Pierre Jeanneret circa 1950, relaunched in 2019. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Included in UNESCO’s 2016 Cultural Heritage list, the extraordinary archite...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner Rare Pair of Rattan Armchairs, Brazil, 1950
Located in New York, NY
Martin Eisler (1913-1977) and Carlo Hauner (1927-1997) A rare and exceptional pair of lounge chairs by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler for their pioneering Brazilian design compan...
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1950s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Liberty Armchair High Back, Polished Brass and Pink Jacquard Velvet Cushions
Located in Oporto, PT
1. Product description: The “Liberty” high back armchair is made with folded hand polished brass tubes. They are welded and treated by jewellers and silversmiths so that the welds a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

21st Century Liberty Armchair in Polished Brass and Grey Velvet Cushions
Located in Oporto, PT
1. Product description: The “Liberty” low back armchair is made with folded hand polished brass tubes. They are welded and treated by jewellers and silversmiths so that the welds ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of Lounge Chairs by Veronesi for ISA, Italy, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Italian midcentury lounge chairs by Veronesi for ISA with sloping lines and brass feet. Recovered in a blue velvet. Price listed is for the pair- can be split upon request. Condit...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric