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Mid-Century Modern Benches

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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Raphael Bench Mid-Century Modern Style Diamond Laser Cut Cowhide Bench
Located in Bronxville, NY
Mid-Century Modern style bench with a diamond laser cut pattern cowhide upholstered cushion seat in natural ivory. Diamond laser cut cowhide. Seamless 7 foot bench. Normandy cowhide...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Cowhide, Cowhide, Wood, Maple, Maple

Mid-Century Modern Tufted Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Mid-Century Modern style bench is been newly refinish in two tones dark walnut and black color with a lacquered finish. This stylish bench comes with a very comfortable single t...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Upholstery, Foam, Wood, Walnut, Plywood, Lacquer

Three Seat Sofa
Located in New York, NY
This three seat sofa is by Pierre Jeanneret circa 1955-56. It is made from teak and woven cane and originally designed for Jeanneret's project in Chandigarh, India.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Cane, Teak

Pair of Richard Hersberger for Pace Leather Chrome Stools
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair of Richard Hersberger for Pace leather chrome stools 2 stools in leather and polished chrome. Measures: 21.5 W x 18.25 D x 14 H.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Chrome

Franco Campo & Carlo Graffi, 'Gilberto' Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Franco Campo & Carlo Graffi - 'Gilberto' Bench Dimensions: 47 W" x 16.5 D" x 14.5 H".
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Bench Cocktail Table Style of George Nelson
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Refinished midcentury slatted bench, cocktail table from the mid-1950s. Stamped Yugoslavia on the underside. Created out of a hardwood, maple, this piece is simple and we'll construc...
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1950s Macedonian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Maple

Hugh Acton Long Slat Bench
Located in Chicago, IL
Hugh acton 70" inch long slat bench by Hugh Acton, Inc. Walnut slats and solid brass legs. 1954 design produced 1990.  
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Bench Low Table Style of Paul McCobb
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant form, six leg with center stretcher. Brass rod and other components connecting the legs. Long and narrow, 80 x 18 with a hgt. of 15. Shows normal wear.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Walnut Spindle Stools by Arthur Umanoff, USA, 1960's
Located in New York, NY
A set of spindle stools by Arthur Umanoff in walnut, upholstered in wool. Priced by the pair.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Upholstery, Walnut

Biomorphic Denis Cospen Stool in Laminated Wood, France 1960's
Located in New York, NY
Stunning stool in laminated wood made by layering thin slices of wood atop one another in different shapes to achieve the form desired.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood

Pier Luigi Colli Banquette or Bench Gold Iron Bedroom Bouclé, Italy, 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
Large Pier Luigi Colli bench available in different fabrics (customized) Pier Luigi Colli gold iron bedroom bench boucle blue or green, Italy, 1950. Large 34" hammered gilt iron b...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Bench in Walnut
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An interesting vintage bench combining sculpted walnut legs and a slatted top with cushions upholstered in a vibrant blue upholstery. One side of the bench also has a white cover to ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Upholstery, Walnut

Vintage Wooden Bench
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Unusual vintage wooden bench from Italy, 1930s.   
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood

Vintage Window Bench in the Style of New Hope Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
With a vibrant walnut woodgrain, spindle back, and brass footing, this vintage Mid-Century Modern bench is sure to add timeless style to any space. Please confirm item location with ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Walnut

Pair of Perriand Style Brutalist Pine Stools, France, 1960's
Located in New York, NY
Reminiscent of the work of Perriand, these pine stools are very sturdy and practical.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Pine

George Nakashima Studio Conoid Bench in Walnut, US 2021
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nakashima Studio Conoid bench in walnut, US 2021. The Bench is made in black walnut with hickory spindles and is signed.  
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood, Walnut

Brass and Steel Upholstered 3-Legged Bench Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This most unusual and interesting Mid-Century Modern comfortable 3-legged bench is a combination of polished brass and steel. The legs can swivel and move around but this is the stur...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Style Laser Cut Floral Pattern Cowhide Ottomans
Located in Bronxville, NY
The Raphael Ottomans by KLASP home Mid-Century Modern style laser cut floral pattern cowhide ottomans, sold as a pair. Laser cut floral pattern cowhide in caramel Sold as a pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Cowhide, Cowhide, Cowhide, Wood, Bog Wood

Mid-Century Modern Style Laser Cut Cowhide Hair Upholstered Bench
Located in Bronxville, NY
KLASP home Mid-Century Modern Style laser cut cowhide 6 foot bench. Laser cut cowhide upholstered seat Evergreen color Cowhide origin - Normandy, France Mid-Century Modern styl...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Upholstery, Cowhide, Cowhide, Maple, Maple

Mid-Century Modern Style Zebra Stenciled Cowhide Hair Upholstered Bench
Located in Bronxville, NY
KLASP home Mid-Century Modern style zebra stencil printed cowhide bench. Zebra stencil printed cowhide 7 foot bench Normandy cowhide Mid-Century Modern style frame 90 shine W...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Cowhide, Upholstery, Maple, Maple

Polished Petrified Wood Coffee Table or Bench with Modern Metal Base
Located in Atlanta, GA
A petrified wood top modernly designed coffee table (or bench). This custom coffee table has been fashioned from a gorgeous single thick slab of smoothly polished petrified wood. Thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal

Ebonized Parzinger Style Bench
Located in Houston, TX
A custom ebonized and brass Tommi Parzinger style bench with a white ecru seat. Also available C.O.M. We will professionally upholster this item quickly in your fabric supplied a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Minimalist Midcentury Modern Metal Bench Upholstered in Textile
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
A minimalist organic look, perfect in the entryway or as a perch at the end of the bed in the master suite. It's metal legs strike an openwork silhouette for a modern look with a das...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal

Minimalist Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Wood Bench Upholstered in Textile
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Litza modern silhouette features a woven cane detail in the back, an attached armrest easily used to place your favorite beverage while enjoying a comfortable seat. Built on a solid...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Upholstery, Wood

Minimalist Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Wood Bench Upholstered in Textile
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
This contemporary bench is crafted on a solid wood frame with a triangular base and two outstanding legs. Upholstered in a unique pattern, this piece offers a blend of mid-century an...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal

Small 1960s Bench in Wood and Metal
Located in Naples, IT
Delicious small bench from the 1960s with seat in wooden slats and black painted metal structure with brass feet.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal, Brass

Teak Wooden Bench with Brass Iinserts, Italy, 1960s
Located in Naples, IT
Particular bench entirely in teak and brass screws from the Italian design of the 60s. Simple and elegant and characterized by a linear shape. Very good condition.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Metal Outdoor Bench “Banc Manelco”, Cannes, 1958
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Sculptural outdoor bench "Banc Manelco", France 1958. The bench is was manufactured in the fifties by a company in Cannes (South of France). The bench is made from metal elements whi...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal

Robsjohn-Gibbings Pair of Curved Leg Benches, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Pair of elegant benches No. 2033 with iconic curved leg, lacquered white with upholstered seats, by T.H. Robjsohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, 1950s.           
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Walnut

Tommi Parzinger Brass and Upholstered Mid-Century Modern Bench
Located in North Miami, FL
The lines, the weight, the quality, the beauty, the simplicity, the elegance, the timeless modernity of this rare very heavy polished Tommi Parzinger Mid-Century Modern brass bench s...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Long Bench and Barstool
Located in Issaquah, WA
Hardwood, cantilever, woven long bench. Classic Rian cantilever bench in a brand new length. Decorate your entry way with its familiar midcentury styling and its one of a kind cantil...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Cord, Hardwood

Long Bench, Cantilever, Mid-Century Style, Custom, Danish Cord, Woven, Hardwood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Hardwood, cantilever, woven Danish Cord long bench. This listing is for a 63.25" length rian cantilever long bench in walnut. Custom options available. Can be made any size from 48" ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Cord, Hardwood

Bench, Cantilever, Mid Century-Style, Walnut, Danish Cord, Weave, Semigood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Mid-century inspired Rian Cantilever Bench in Walnut with black danish cord. Custom sizes available. Can be made with any domestic or exotic hardwood of your choosing. Danish cord co...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Cord, Hardwood

Bench, Cantilever, Mid Century, Walnut, Danish Cord, Weave, Hardwood, Semigood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Mid century inspired cantilever bench. Can be made with any domestic or exotic hardwood of your choosing. Danish cord comes in three colors: Kraft, White and Black. The Danish cord h...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Cord, Hardwood

1960s Large Vintage Walnut Bench
Located in London, GB
A large and impressive vintage school bench from the 1960s. This is a really nice example, it is of excellent quality and is a great size. The wood looks like walnut, we have had ...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Walnut

Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig & Gino Maggioni Wood Woven Rope Settee, Italy, 1941
Located in Catania, IT
Settee designed by Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig & Gino Maggioni and manufactured in Italy, 1941. Minimalist settee with curved wood structure and seat and back in woven river rope, t...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood, Rope

Mid Century Bench in Teak with Brass Feet, Italy, 1950s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very nice Italian bench or side table made in the 1950s. Wooden seating with a black metal structure and brass adjustable feet.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass, Steel

Lucite and Mongolian fur Bench
Located in Ballard, CA
An eye catching bench made with an upholstered seat floating on a Lucite base, affixed with custom engineered hardware. Custom sizes and finishes available.
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal

Charlotte Perriand 514 Refolo Coffee Table/Bench by Cassina
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A Charlotte Perriand 514 Refolo coffee table/bench in natural oak. Envisioned in Tokyo in 1953 by Charlotte Perriand, and the table she created for her personal use, this modular sy...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Oak

American of Martinsville Walnut Bench by Merton Gershun
Located in Esperance, NY
American of Martinsville walnut bench by Merton Gershun.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Walnut

Pair of Karl Springer Style Waterfall Ottomans or Benches with Brass Bases
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning pair of Karl Springer style waterfall benches, ottomans or poofs with brass bases. These beautiful Hollywood Regency benches have been professionally upholstered in black an...
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Antique Italian Style MCM Shag & Silver Gilt Scroll Form Vanity Bench, 20th C
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Italian style Mid-Century Modern vanity seat offers scroll form shag upholstered seat raised on square fluted and tapered silver gilt legs, 20th century Measures: 20" H...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Upholstery, Wood

Arthur Umanoff for Shaver Howard Modernist Bench / Settee
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Uncommon Arthur Umanoff for shaver howard bench / settee composed of a wrought iron frame with rush back and stained birch-slatted seat. Dramatic, clean lines and modernist form, sho...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wrought Iron

Bench Iron Gold Leaf by Pier Luigi Colli, Italy, 1950s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Very fine model of bench by Pier Luigi Colli. Hammered wrought iron and gold leaf . Fully upholstered with a lamb wool and cashmere wool fabric by Bisson Bruneel. The stools and cons...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wrought Iron, Gold Leaf

Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus Collection Ottomans
Located in Dallas, TX
These are in great shape and fabric is too. A rare hard to find pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus Collection ottomans/benches.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Upholstery, Wood

Tufted Bench Style of Poul Kjærholm
Located in New York, NY
Tufted bench with a brushed steel base in the style of tufted bench style of Poul Kjærholm. Upholstery is of a plum red color. Mid-Century Modern.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Steel

Mid Century Burlwood Bench Stool Ottomans, a Pair
Located in La Grange, IL
mid century burlwood bench stool ottomans - a pair Each ottoman measures: 22 wide x 14 deep x 18 high, with a seat height of 18 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in what ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Upholstery, Burl

Mario Bellini Italian "Amanta" Black Leather Poufs for B&B, 1970s
Located in Modena, IT
Couple of Italian poufs model Amanta designed by Mario Bellini and produced by B&B Italia with black original leather cushions and upholstery, label and relief print, circa 1970s ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal

Mid-Century Milo Baughman Tufted Bench, Circa 1960
Located in Southampton, NJ
A beautiful mid-century minimalist bench attributed to Milo Baughman having new old stock fresh upholstery and cushioning throughout. Clean and ready for use!
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Mid-Century Merton Gershun Low Coffee Table or Bench-American of Martinsville
Located in Southampton, NJ
A striking walnut low table having brass accents and 3 drawer storage designed by Merton Gershun for American Of Martinsville circa 1960. Professionally refinished and ready for use!
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Brass

Italian Midcentury Style Bench with Teal Fabric and Black Metal Legs
Located in Troy, MI
Italian midcentury style bench has black enameled metal base with open triangular form legs and brass feet. Upholstered in teal green chenille. Unknown maker.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Italian Modernist Stools
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful pair of Italian 1950's beechwood stools. The angular shaped legs create a fantastical and elegant effect. The seats newly upholstered in creamy textured Kravet fabric. Pe...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Beech

Exceptional ‘Ressaquinha’ Bench by Mauricio Azeredo, Brazil
Located in Echt, NL
Exceptional ‘Ressaquinha’ bench in excellent condition. Designed by the Brazilian architect Mauricio Azeredo. This 3-seat bench is made of three different Brazilian woods: Cumaru, ...
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20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood

1970's Harvey Probber Style Newly Upholstered Bench
Located in New York, NY
Very handsome 1970's Harvey Probber style bench with new upholstery. Sculptural, sturdy legs. Comfortable down wrapped cushion. Button tufting and single welted.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood

Charles Hollis Jones Sculptural Lucite "Angel Wing" Bench or Settee, 1970s
Located in South Bend, IN
A unique mid-century modern Hollywood Regency "Angel Wing" bench or settee By Charles Hollis Jones for Hill Mfg. USA, Circa 1970s Sculptural lucite, with blue gray upholster...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Upholstery, Lucite

Black Walnut Bench in the Style of George Nakashima, 1950's
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Beautiful nine foot long bench, live edge black walnut. Acquired near New Hope PA, possibly crafted by a disciple or understudy of George Nakashima, early 1950s. Not documented.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Artona" Coffee Table for Maxalto, 1977
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia scarpa "Artona" coffee table for Maxalto, 1977. This coffee table is part of the "Artona" collection which was the prime-quality line produced by Maxalto, the special...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Burl

Vintage Chrome Bench Attributed to Milo Baughman
Located in Burbank, CA
An elegant vintage chrome bench attributed to Milo Baughman in the United States, circa 1970s. This rare size bench has a modern and innovative design. It has three heavy chrome-plat...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Chrome