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Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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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Dirk Van Sliedrecht Slat Chair Rohe Noordwolde, 1960
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Fantastic minimalist lounge chair model 220 designed by Dirk van Sliedrecht and manufactured by Rohé Noordwolde, Holland 1960. This chair was designed by Dirk van Sliedrecht who was ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Pierre Paulin, Pair of F598 Groovy Armchairs by Artifort, Newly Upholstered
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of armchairs designed by Pierre Paulin. Model F598 also known as "Groovy" edited by Artifort from the 1970s. Lovely shape and curves. Very comfortable seat. Tubular metal base ...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wool, Bouclé, Upholstery

Modern Wingback Armchair, Italy, Circa 1950
Located in Culver City, CA
Modern wingback armchair Italy Circa 1950 Upholstered modern armchair with dynamic profile and teak frame. Measures: 33.5”W x 34.76”D x 37.5”H x 17.25”seat.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Teak

LC2 Armchairs in Soft Black Leather by Le Corbusier, Jeanneret & Perriand
Located in Voorburg, NL
Exclusive LC2 armchair designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand for Cassina. Originally designed in 1928 with a chrome tube frame and soft black leather loos...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Swedish Midcentury Armchair Reupholstered in Thurstan Mohair
Located in London, Greater London
Incredibly comfortable Swedish midcentury armchair reupholstered in Thurstan Mohair.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Mohair, Beech

1950s Teak & Rattan Arm Chair by Hartmut Lohmeyer for Wilkhahn
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
1950s Mid-Century Modern armchair or rasy chair in dark teak wood and hand woven rattan. This exceptional Scandinavian Modern armchair demonstrates not only masterful design but h...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Linen, Rattan, Teak, Walnut

Mid Century 6 Dark Walnut Haussmann Chair, Robert & Trix Haussmann, Design 1964
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
The Haussmann chair is a vibrant timeless piece of comfort and elegance. This unique three-leg chair premiered at the "Haussmann Expo 64" and was designed by Robert & Trix Haussma...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Slipper Chairs Bouclé Fabric by Formanova, Italy, 1960s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Pair of slipper accent chairs armchairs by the manufacture Formanova. Metal feet. New upholstery in bouclé fabric. Famous italian design like Gio Ponti, Gianfranco Frattini, Cassina,...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

"Hyaline" Armchair by Fabio Lenci at Cost Price
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Superb "Hyaline" glass and leather armchair by Fabio Lenci. Circa 60. Entirely restored.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Tito Agnoli Armchairs Model “Tre Cerchi” in Rattan Wood for Bonacina, Italy 1959
Located in Milano, IT
Tito Agnoli couple of armchairs Model BP3 “Tre Cerchi”, manufactured by Bonacina. In Rattan wicker and bamboo. Published . Bibl. I. de Guttry, M. P. Maino, "Il mobile italiano degli...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Bamboo, Rattan, Wicker

Pair of Wood and Blue Velvet Armchairs, Italy, 1960s
Located in London, GB
Pair of wood and blue velvet armchairs or lounge chairs. Italy, 1960s
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Walnut, Upholstery

Danish Lounge Chair in Blue Velvet Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chair, wood, blue velvet, Denmark, 1950s This archetypical wingback chair of the 1950s is both extremely comfortable and pleasing to the eyes. This easy chair with stained ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Modern Armchair in Textured Boucle Blend by Pierre Frey, Italy, Circa 1950
Located in Culver City, CA
Modern armchair in textured boucle blend by Pierre Frey Italy Circa 1950 Button back armchair newly upholstered in Boucle blend, on beautifully worn black metal legs with brass...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal, Brass

Guillerme & Chambron 'Bridge' Armchairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron for Votre Maison, 'Bridge' armchairs, multicolored fabric, oak, France, 1950s These sculptural easy chairs are designed by Guillerme and Chambron. The duo is ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Oak

Elda Swivel Lounge Chair by Joe Colombo
Located in New York, NY
Iconic 'Elda' lounge chair designed by Joe Colombo in 1963. Green velvet upholstery featuring tubular channeled tufting with a fiberglass shell and swivel base rotating 360 degrees.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Velvet, Fiberglass

Triennale Lounge Chair by Franco Albini, 1933
Located in Dronten, NL
Tubular lounge chair designed by Franco Albini for the Triennale in Milan in 1933. The original black enameled frame emphasizes the graphic qualities of this design. The natural le...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

21th Century Modern Armchair in White Velvet, Black & Golden Details
Located in Porto, PT
21th Century Modern armchair in white velvet & golden details Kongo armchair Kongo armchair is a Mid-Century Modern Style armchair. It’s an accent armchair, designed to add elegance ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Set of Two Charlotte Perriand 533 Doron Hotel Armchair by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchair designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1947. Relaunched in 2020. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. The Doron Hotel armchair was designed in 1947 by Charlotte Perriand, a real...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fur, Wood

Mid Century, Haussmann Armchair, Golden, by Robert & Trix Haussmann, Design 1964
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
The Haussmann chair is a vibrant timeless piece of comfort and elegance. This unique three-leg chair premiered at the "Haussmann Expo 64" and was designed by Robert & Trix Haussma...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Hans Konecke D99 Lounge Chairs Tecta Germany 1965
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Stunning pair of lounge chairs model D99 designed by Hans Könecke and manufactured by Tecta, Germany 1965. Hans Könecke was the founder of Tecta, which was one of the leading Germany...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

3-Seater Maralunga Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Iconic Mid-Century Modern "Maralunga" 3-seater sofas / armchairs by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. This example features green-grey velvet with colored pattern. While the fabric ho...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet

Marco Zanuso Lady Armchair by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchair designed by Marco Zanuso in 1951, relaunched in 2015. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. An icon of 1950s Italian design, the armchair-sofa lady stands out for its extrao...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Set of Two Midcentury Alvar Aalto Chairs by Artek, Model E45, Finland, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Rare type - Comfortable.
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1960s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Fabric, Wood

Eero Saarinen Pair of 'Tulip' Dining Chairs in Blue Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll, pair of 'Tulip' armchairs, fiberglass, aluminum and fabric, United States, 1955-56. These two armchairs with blue fabric seats are from the 'Tulip' collec...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Carl Gustaf Hiort Af Ornäs, Lounge Chair, Wood, Sheepskin, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A lounge chair, design attributed to Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs, for reference study model "Mikki" for Puunveisto Oy - Träsnideri Ab, Finland. Stained wood, brand new authentic sh...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Sheepskin, Wood

Italian Midcentury Parco dei Principi Lounge Chair by Gio Ponti for Cassina
Located in Vienna, AT
This excellent and iconic leather and suede lounge chair was designed by Gio Ponti for the Parco dei Principi Hotel Hotel Rome in 1964, where it was produced by Cassina and used at t...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Suede, Wood, Leather

Pair of Blue Armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin, Wood and Fabric, Brasil, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of blue armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin, Wood and Fabric, Brasil, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

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

Hans Wegner PP201 Dining Chair PP Mobler, Denmark, 1969
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful shaped dining chair designed by Hans J. Wegner and manufactured by PP Møbler, Denmark 1969. This is chair is an early example in very nice original condition. The chair is ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Paper, Cord, Oak

1930's Axel Larsson ''1522'' Chair in Stained Birch and Sheepskin
Located in Madrid, ES
"1522" Chair in Stained Birch & Sheepskin by Axel Larsson for Bodafors. Sweden, 1930s. Perfect condition restored and reupholstered in natural sheepskin.  
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1930s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Sheepskin, Birch

Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina Lounge Chair 877 in Blue Fabric and Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina, lounge chair model 877, blue fabric and teak, Italy, circa 1959. Sturdy and voluminous lounge chair in blue original fabric. This wingback chair sho...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Poul Kjærholm Pk-11 Armchair by E Kold Christensen, 1960s
Located in Renens, CH
Poul Kjærholm started his working life as a cabinetmaker’s apprentice, unlike many of his fellow designers of that time who were generally trained as architects. After completion of ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Luciano Frigerio Pair of 'Rancero' Lounge Chairs in Mahogany and Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Luciano Frigerio, pair of lounge chairs model 'Rancero', mahogany, leather, Italy, 1970s A pair of 'Rancero' lounge chairs with red stained wooden frames, designed by the Italian de...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Mahogany, Leather

2 Nino Zoncada Mid-Century Modern Velvet Armchairs, Italy, 1955s
Located in Tuscany, IT
Set the Nino Zoncada velvet and metal and brass legs armchairs. Nino Zoncada has worck with Gio Ponti and Gustavo Pulitzer -Finali, have worked since 1940s and all the 50 years on t...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass, Metal

Desk Chair by Hans Olsen for Hillrod Mobler, 1960s
By Hillerod, Hans Olsen
Located in Teteringen, Noord-Brabant
A very straight up aesthetic design by Hans Olsen from the late 60s two armed chair. The chair has been reupholstered in grey colour Ploegwool fabric. This desk chair is designed by ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wool, Teak

Egon Eiermann for Wilde + Spieth Armchairs in Beech and Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Egon Eiermann for Wilde and Spieth, armchairs, beech, leather, leatherette, Germany, 1960s Famous postwar German architect Egon Eiermann designed these armchairs for German manufa...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Faux Leather, Beech

Paul McCobb Directional 314 Model High Back Lounge Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
An extremely rare set of matching high back lounge chairs model 314 by the legendary American designer Paul McCobb for Directional Furniture, circa 1950s. With its stylish pointed wi...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Rare "MP-43 Mirage" Armchair by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The rare MP-43 armchair, made of Brazilian hardwood is another great example of the imaginative and innovative production of designer and architect Percival Lafer. It has a chrome le...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wood

Charles Pollack for Knoll Orange Tweed Executive Chair w/ Height Tension Knob
Located in Chattanooga, TN
7 chairs available. Each sold separately Vintage 1979 executive chairs designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll. The chairs come in their burnt orange upholstery, a perfect mid-cent...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Mid Century Milo Baughman Style Chrome Armchairs Upholstered
Located in East Hampton, NY
A pair of mid century Milo Baughman style chairs in chrome with original orange fabric upholstery.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Set of 2 Guglielmo Veronesi "Perla" Chairs, ISA Bergamo 1950s Italy14
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Pair of armchairs model "Perla" with dark lacquered wooden legs and skai cover. Design: Guglielmo Veronesi Made by ISA, Italy, around 1950. Good original condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Faux Leather, Wood

21st Century Modern Armchair Bouclé, Leather Upholstered & Nero Marquina Marble
Located in Porto, PT
21st century modern armchair bouclé, leather upholstered & nero marquina marble Alice armchair Alice armchair is a luxury armchair composed by exquisite materials. This eclectic arm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Marble

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

Carlo De Carli Lounge Chairs
Located in South Charleston, WV
Italy, Singer & Sons 1955. Walnut. Price for the pair of armchairs. 23 wide, 28" tall and 28" deep. Seat height 16". Professionally restored in our dedicated commercial workshop with...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Walnut, Fabric, Foam

Ico Parisi, Italian Mid-Century One-off Commissioned Armchair, 1971
Located in Milan, IT
Ico Parisi, Italian mid-century one-off commissioned armchair, 1971. Please note : the "free shipping option" and/or "subsidised shipping option" if stated in the shipping quotes ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Pair of 'Artona' Lounge Chairs in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto, set of two 'Artona' lounge chairs, walnut, checkered fabric, Italy, 1975 Pair of cubic ‘Artona’ lounge chairs by Italian designer couple Afra and ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Walnut

1970s Arflex Italian Brass Base Two-Tone Pepper Cream and Taupe Gray Armchair
Located in New York, NY
A very elegant and comfortable vintage Italian armchair of great execution by Arflex with large cozy seat, the design is superb with a curved back and the side edges protruding to sm...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

1970s 2-Seater Maralunga Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in Beige Velvet
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Iconic Mid-Century Modern pair of Italian "Maralunga" two-seater sofas / armchairs by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. This example features patinated beige velvet. Head / backrests ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet

Jorge Pensi 'Toledo' Armchairs in Aluminium
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jorge Pensi, set of armchairs, aluminum, Spain, 1988 A set of Jorge Spensi's aluminum chairs of the Toledo collection. Pensi designed the 'Toledo' chairs and the 'Toledo' table for ...
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1980s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Brown "Egg" Armchair, France, 1960's
Located in New York, NY
Classic mid-century french lines on this ''egg" chair upholstered in brown bouclé, on four conical walnut legs ending in brass spheres.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of Blue Brazilian Paulistana Wood Armchairs in the Style of Scapinelli
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Brazilian Paulistana armchairs in the style of Giuseppe Scapinelli with unique wood armrests upholstered in turquoise blue twill.
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of Mid-century Modern Italian Design Armchairs, 1950s
Located in Cerignola, Puglia
Pair of armchairs covered in eco-leather and brass feet, 1950s Italian design. The armchairs have original upholstery, as shown in the photos in good condition but with small signs o...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

1950's Hans Wegner ''GE240'' or ''Cigar'' Armchair for Getama
Located in Madrid, ES
Armchair GE240 or “Cigar” by Hans J. Wegner for Getama in solid oak. Denmark 50´s. Fully restored and new upholstery with the original cushions.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Oak

Guillerme et Chambron, Two Etudiant Oak Armchairs, Votre Maison Edition
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Guillerme et Chambron, two waxed oak armchairs. Votre Maison Edition. "Etudiant" model, circa 1960.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Oak

Exquisite Pair of Italian Lounge Chairs in Green Velvet Upholstery and Mahogany
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of lounge chairs, velvet fabric, mahogany, Italy, 1950s This beautifully shaped pair of lounge chairs of Italian origin comes with an expressive forest green colored upholste...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Mahogany

Large Italian Midcentury Armchair
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury lounge chair with a wide seat and slanted back. Original feet are wood but can be replaced with brass ones on request. Has been upholstered in a blue velvet for display pu...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Green Velvet Armchairs, Italy, 1950
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian armchairs made of solid wood with padded filling and original springs in the seat and back. Upholstered in aquamarine green velvet.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair of Nanna Ditzel ND83 Lounge Chairs for Søren Willadsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Nanna Ditzel ND83 lounge chairs for Søren Willadsen, Denmark, c.1950s. These 1952-designed chairs by Ditzel feature oak frames and back supports that connect to the splayed l...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Teak