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Mid-Century Modern Benches

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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Pierre Gautier-Delaye French Set of Table with Benches
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pierre Gautier-Delaye, table, solid beech, France, 1950s Simplistic table and benches by French designer Pierre Gautier-Delaye. The sleek design shows a beautiful line, which is e...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Beech

Patinated Saddle Leather Gym Bench or Table, circa 1950s
Located in Almelo, NL
Strong, vintage European gymnasium bench with a patinated leather covered top that sits in to the bench's solid wooden frame. The gym bench frame maintains its original markings wher...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Leather, Wood

John Risley Settee Loveseat Bench
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Mid-Century Modern John Risley bench or love seat sofa settee.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Steel, Wire

Friso Kramer Style Auping Day Bed with Pewter Grey Mattress
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-century daybed with lightly refinished upturned teak ends and dark grey enameled metal frame for Auping. Freshly upholstered grey mattress on wire mesh support with original manu...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal

John Risley Sculptural Woman & Man Steel Bench in Fire Engine Red c. 1960s
Located in Saint Louis, MO
An artful and happy John Risley (1919-2002) "Woman and Man" 1960s bench made in Middletown, Connecticut of welded cold roll steel rods and finished in Fire Engine Red paint. An iconi...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Steel

European Vintage Patinated Leather Gym Bench or Table, circa 1950s
Located in Almelo, NL
Strong, vintage European gymnasium bench with a patinated leather covered top that sits in to the bench's solid wooden frame. The gym bench frame maintains its original markings wher...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Leather, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Italian Bench, Black Painted Iron and Brass, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Italian bench, black painted iron and brass, 1960s.  
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass, Iron

Mid-Century Modern Leather Top Bench
Located in Port Chester, NY
A Mid-Century Modern style tufted leather top bench. This boxed cushion benchtop is crafted in top grain leather in rich brown color with button tufting. It sits on four slender dark...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Leather

Mid Century Velvet and Walnut Wooden Bench with Backrest by Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in Milano, IT
Fantastic wooden back bench designed by the great Italian architect Guglielmo Ulrich in the 1950s. The very pretty bench was made of Fine walnut wood and can also serve as a small s...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Walnut, Velvet

Mid-Century Bench in Mohair, Italy 1950s
Located in Stamford, CT
A bench original from Italy, circa 1950-1959. It features sculptural white brass cast legs, which have been hand-polished—newly upholstered in soft brown long-hair mohair. Other d...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Berdux Grand Piano
Located in Ettlingen, DE
Berdux is known as the Bavarian Steinway. Berdux, based in Munich, built among the best ever German pianos. Our Berdux is from the heritage of the international singer and author G...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Copper, Steel, Chrome

French Stained Ash Curved Wooden Benches, Set of Two
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Primitive stained ash wooden benches, France 1970's. The set is constructed out of solid dark stained Ash wood with nice warm tones. Every single element is carved by hand, this caus...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Ash

Italian Vintage Modernist Brutalist Style Solid Wood High Back Settee Benches
Located in Firenze, IT
This vintage Mid-Century Modern period solid wood banquette settee was probably a chapel pews benches. These original and rare high back seatings strike us with their sculptural sha...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal

Mid-Century Slat Bench, Plant Stand, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
Beautiful vintage slat banch, that was used as a plant stand. Cleaned and treated with a special oil.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood

Stamford Modern's Linear Bench
Located in Stamford, CT
Draw clean lines with contemporary furniture inspired by the Mid-Century Modern Legend, Edward Wormley (1907-1995), a leading American designer. Echoing the brass bar below, this woo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Bench Designed by Lauri Järveläinen, Finland, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Painted birch with pewter. Provenance: Designed for the Kino-Palatsi cinema in Tampere, Finland. The cinema itself was designed by architect Bertel Strömmer. Private Finnish...
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1930s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Pewter

Dutch 1950s School Bench
Located in Maastricht, NL
A 1950s Dutch School bench made from metal and bentwood. Suitable as hallway or mudroom bench or as end table or of course just as a bench in general.
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal

Giovanni Michelucci Torbecchia Solid Walnut Bench
Located in Dronten, NL
Bench from the Torbecchia series, designed by brutalist architect Giovanni Michelucci for Poltronova, 1964. Solid walnut structure with beautiful edge detail similar to Charlotte P...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Walnut

Custom Made Red Lacquer Bench/Coffee Table in Solid Walnut Legs
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful one-of-a-kind great craftsmanship table/bench with solid walnut legs and red lacquer top, custom made solid and sturdy.
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Walnut, Lacquer

Midcentury Walnut Wood and Velvet Pouf, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Adorable pouf with very simple shape embellished with a beautiful purple velvet fabric with geometric designs. The structure of the pouf is in polished walnut wood with shellac; ver...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Velvet, Walnut

Mid-Century Upholstery Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary modern bench crafted out of wood professionally restored by our team of in-house craftsmen, this mid-century sleek bench features cube design an elegant black color ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Fabric, Upholstery, Foam, Polyester, Wood, Lacquer, Paint, Velvet, Oak

Wrought Iron Fine Ornate Design Hollywood Regency Window Bench New Upholstery
Located in Rockaway, NJ
New mohair upholstery wrought iron window bench.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wrought Iron

Karl Springer Chic JMF Bench in Brass, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
"JMF Bench" in brass with newly upholstered seat by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Walnut and Black Rush 44" Bench by Smilow Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Originally designed in 1956 by Mel Smilow, this RLB 44" walnut and rush bench was re-issued by his daughter, Judy Smilow, and launched by reGeneration in 2013. Available in other siz...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Rush, Walnut

French Blue Suede and Iron Slat Benches, 1950s
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Pair of iron and suede slat benches from France, circa mid-1950s. These examples have powder coated iron frames and have been newly upholstered in bright blue suede. Price listed is ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Iron

Custom Square Brass Pointe Leg Bench or Stool
Located in New York, NY
Custom Pointe' leg bench or stool, shown in 18” square velvet with tapered brass legs ending in a ball foot with buttons and seaming. Available in any size or shape custom made to or...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Wonderful Transitional Chrome Velvet Stool Nickel Bamboo Jansen Bench
Located in Roslyn, NY
Perfect seating for the transitional or Classic rooms, this chrome / nickel stool with purple velvet fabric top done in bamboo chinoiserie design are so versatile that can be used in...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Nickel

Clean Lined Aluminum Bench by Paul Mayen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean lined aluminum bench designed by Paul Mayen for Habitat, England, circa 1970s. It has been reupholstered in a plush navy blue velvet.
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal, Aluminum

Mid Century George Nelson Herman Miller Long Slatted Bench Black Lacquer
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful Mid Century George Nelson Herman Miller long slatted bench black lacquer 92" Long Slatted coffee table or bench. Good vintage condition was original Black Lacquer may have ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Maple, Lacquer

Italian Organic 1940s Wooden Bench and Blue Velvet
Located in Milan, IT
A beautiful curvilinear Italian organic 1940s wooden bench and blue velvet.
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Velvet, Wood

Group of Three Trapezoidal Ottoman on Casters
Located in Hingham, MA
Fun and useful seating in these late 1960's trapezoidal form button tuft upholstered ottoman by Tomlinson which when grouped together form either a third of a full circle or a serpen...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Large Scale Aluminum John Behringer Link Bench for J G Furniture, Midcentury
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Large scale link aluminum bench designed by John Behringer for J.G. furniture, 1960. Eero Saarinen used these benches in his TWA terminal. In the permanent collection at MOMA. This s...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Aluminum

Stamford Modern's Crescent Bench in Midnight Blue Mohair
Located in Stamford, CT
The Crescent Bench floats effortlessly, poised on brass fingertips. Inspired by 20th-century visionaries like Vladimir Kagan and Gio Ponti, this bench offers a unique perspective. Th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Ico Parisi Sofa Model 865
Located in New York, NY
Ico Parisi Sofa Model 865. Enameled metal and upholstery. Manufacture: Figli di Amedeo Cassina Lit: Roberta Lietti: Ico Parisi Design - Catalogue Raisonné 1936-1960. Milan 2017, p...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal

Fulham Bench from the Archive Collection by Hickory Chair Furniture Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning bench designed and manufactured by Hickory chair furniture CO. The bench is made in solid and veneer woods with a dark walnut finish, can be used in a bedroom, living room,...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Fabric, Wood

X Frame Bench With Cowhide Upholstery & Stainless Steel Accents
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful X frame bench, the dark wooden frame has a black limed oak finish and stainless steel stretcher. The bench is upholstered in a grayish cowhide upholstery. Measurements:...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Cowhide, Wood

A pair of American of Martinsville Benches, with Original Leather Seat, 1950s.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of American of Martinsville small benches, with original leather seats, American, 1950s. Leather cushions have original labels.    
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood

Mid Century Italian Bench Slender Legs and Original Cover
Located in Firenze, IT
1950's Italian bench with slender slanted legs that create an interesting side panel with an unmistakable 1950s Italian style. Seat with original upholstery finished with 6 buttons.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood

Pair of Jean-Charles Moreux Gilt Wrought Iron Benches
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic to intricate wrought iron work, Jean-Charles Moreux is synonymous with the use of hand wrought iron in an elegant and sophisticated twist. The pair of benches are a wonderful ...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wrought Iron

Extra Long Mid Century Wrought Iron and Upholstered Bench
Located in New York, NY
Stylish and fun bench with wrought iron curlicue legs and colorful floral pattern upholstered seat. Unusually long (67 inches) provides ample seating room. Original, clean ready to u...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wrought Iron

Danish Oak Two-Seater Bench with Pillows, Denmark ca. 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Reminiscent of the classic Windsor bench, this model is the Danish interpretation of the style. This two-seater bench blends high functionality, good quality natural materials, and s...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Textile, Wood

Flip Sides Bench with Storage and Flip Checker Board
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern walnut bench checker board cube shape storage.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Walnut

50s Organic Shaped Wooden Bench
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
This bench shows its organic shapes and is after all those years still as beautiful as functional. A fine example of timeless design. The bench is tall, with its 231cm and also firm ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Oak

Bench with a Pair of Gables ‘Parkbänk No 1’ by Folke Bensow for Näfveqvarn
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sweden, 1920's. Cast iron and pine.
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1920s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Iron

Fornasetti Fabric Brass Bench Montgolfière Balloon, Italy, 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
Fornasetti fabric brass bench Montgolfière balloon, Italy, 1950 Cute bench with Fornasetti fabric depicting Joseph Maximilian von Lütgendorf, Joseph-Michel und Jacques-Étienne Mon...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Midcentury Brutalist Modern Solid Carved Wood Bench with Upholstered Seat
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A unique vintage bench from the 1960s. This bench features a heavy solid carved wood base with upholstered seat cushion. Base was lacquered silver at some point, would look great rei...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Fabric, Wood

Natural Walnut Linear Bench by Stamford Modern
Located in Stamford, CT
Draw clean lines with contemporary furniture inspired by the Mid-Century Modern Legend, Edward Wormley (1907-1995), a leading American designer. Echoing the brass bar below, this m...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Wooden Slat Bench or Coffee Table
Located in Carimate, Como
Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern platform slat bench with wood slated top sitting on four greatly shaped and designed legs. The perfect piece for a house or building with large expans...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood

Cristiano Toraldo di Francia Unique Bench in Walnut with Gold Leaf Wall Panel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cristiano Toraldo di Francia and Andrea Noferi, bench with drawers and wall panel, walnut, gold leaf, fabric upholstery, Italy, 1986 Admirable set consisting of a bench with match...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Gold Leaf

MCM Coffee Table Bench Combo Italian Carrera Marble Top & Black Hopsacking Seat
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome mid-century modern coffee table and bench combo half Italian Carrera marble & half black hopsacking fabric top with wood frame, tapered turned straight legs, & antiqued bras...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Marble, Metal

1960s Cinema 3-Seat Bench, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition with minor signs of use - The wooden parts has been re-polished - High of seat 43 cm.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood

Midcentury Modern Two Seat Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Vintage Mid-Century Modern loveseat in good condition that is handcrafted out of rosewood and has been newly restored. This two seating bench features a newly lacquered wood finish...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Fabric, Mohair, Upholstery, Wood, Rosewood, Lacquer

Vintage Metal Garden Bench
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Small two seat iron bench with woven seats and scrolled arms. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Lacquered Maple 3-Seat Wave Bench, 1990s
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a sensational, three-seat wave bench, made of lacquered maple, circa 1990s. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 54" W x 18" D x 18" H.   
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1990s Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Maple

Mid-Century Modern Hollis Style Lucite Waterfall Cocktail Table
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Hollis style Lucite waterfall cocktail table.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Lucite

Mid Century Style Bench w/ Walnut Frame & Basketweave Leather
Located in Bronxville, NY
The Raphael bench – Mid-Century Modern woven leather 3 ft bench. Gandwoven Italian leather in luggage. Italian leather. Mid-Century Modern frame. Natural stain. Walnut wood. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Leather, Wood, Walnut

Friso Kramer Wilkhahn Bench Germany, 1972
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
This is a famous bench for ones wh visited the Olympics in Munich, Germany 1972. This bench was from the 2 seater model 1200 program designed by Friso Kramer in 1967 and manufacturee...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Aluminum

Barcelona Tufted Leather Bench
Located in East Hampton, NY
Desirable low bench with supple black leather, velcro attached to base. Chrome legs and mahogany wood trim to base.
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Chrome