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Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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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Pair of Compas Wood Counter Stools, Italy
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Pair of Compas counter stools or high chairs, wood and rope. In the mood of Pierre Jeanneret, Chandigarh, Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Gio Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Rope, Wood

Ruud-Jan Kokke Slat Chair 'fauteuil 21', the Netherlands
Located in amstelveen, NL
Re-edition of the timeless 'fauteuil 21' chair. Unlimited quantities to order. A design is only successful when a balance has been achieved between material, form and use. But th...
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2010s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Oak, Ash

Silvio Coppola for Bernini Set of 6 Dining Chairs in Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Silvio Coppola for Bernini, six dining chairs model '330', cognac leather, wood, Italy, 1960s Wonderful set of six dining chairs by Italian designer Silvio Coppola. These aestheti...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

8 Sculptural Form 'Oro' Dining Chairs by Raoul Guys, 1951, Airborne, France
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Exquisite and extremely rare set of eight 'oro' dining chairs designed by sculptor and designer Raoul Guys in 1951 for 'Airborne' ,France. These chairs were commissioned by Air Franc...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Art Populaire Bar Stools Mid-Century Modern
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art populaire bar stools Mid-Century Modern.
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Edward Wormley "Heart Chair" Wingback for Dunbar
Located in Chicago, IL
Very rare design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Oversized proportions. Fully restored and reupholstered in charcoal mohair.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Mahogany, Mohair

Ligne Roset Togo Vintage Pair Blue Corner Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Ligne Roset togo pair of corner chairs. Amazing blue/navy color. Lovely vintage condition with no issues. Wide and comfortable. Beautiful in any vintage or modern decor. Original fr...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather

Gijs Bakker Black 'Strip' Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gijs Bakker for Castelijn, set of dining chairs, ashwood, The Netherlands, 1974 Set 'Strip' chairs designed by Gijs Bakker for Castelijn in 1974. An inventive design that consists o...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Ash

Vittoriano Vigano, Pair of "Tripolina" Chairs, Wood and Leather, circa 1936
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Vittoriano Vigano (1919-1996), Pair of chairs model "Tripolina", Folding base in wood and metal, Camel leather upholstery with diamond pattern, Manufactured by Vigano, Stampe...
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1930s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Burnt Orange Wide Wale Brushed Corduroy Tub Barrel Chair Schuford for Century
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous burnt orange wide wale brushed corduroy tub or barrel chair by Shuford Furniture a division of Century Furniture. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is vintage a...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Set of 8 Dining Chairs in the Style of Perriand, France, 1950 ca.
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Set of eight stained black oak and cane dining chairs designed in the style of Charlotte Perriand. Made in France, 1950 ca. Solid heavy wooden chairs with cane/rush seats. The wood...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cane, Rush, Wood, Oak

Clara Porset's wood and rattan Mexican Butaque Chair by Luteca
Located in New York, NY
Cuban-born Clara Porset was a pioneer for modern design in Mexico. Having studied architecture in New York and then Paris, she finally settled in Mexico devoting her life to champion...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Rattan, Walnut

Guillerme et Chambron 'Lorraine' Chairs in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, dining chairs, fabric, solid oak, France, 1960s These distinctive chairs in oak are designed by the French designer duo Jacques Chambron and Robert Guillerm...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Oak

Paul McCobb Spindle Chair in Patinated Birch
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul McCobb, side chair, birch, United States, 1950s Beautifully patinated Paul McCobb side chair. This well-composed chair combines aesthetics with comfort. A curved backrest held ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Birch

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Wooden Stackable Folding Chairs
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage 1950s Dutch folding chairs in beech with brass details A great Mid-Century Modern set they are stackable which make them ideal for restaurants, bar or events 30 pieces av...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Set of Six 'Monk' Dining Chairs in Canvas
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, set of Six 'Monk' dining chairs, patinated beech, canvas, Italy, designed in 1974 The light canvas forms a striking combination with the blond wo...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Canvas, Beech

Handcrafted Armchair in Charcoal Ashwood, Designed by Fernweh Woodworking
Located in Bend, OR
This award winning piece is the inaugural chair design by Fernweh Woodworking. The frame is hand-shaped from high quality American ash stained charcoal black, with sleek joinery insp...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Hardwood, Ash

Danish Dining Chairs in Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Dining chairs in teak, Denmark, 1960s These well made Danish dining chairs have a convincing appearance and a construction typical for Danish style furniture in the 1960s, showing...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Minimal Wood Chair with Woven Cane Backboard
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
The boytes cane dining chair lends classy-casual character to the dining experience. Boytes Minimalist beech wood frame is stylishly juxtaposed with natural woven cane for striking u...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Cane, Wood

Danish Dining Chairs in Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Dining chairs in teak, Denmark, 1960s These well made Danish dining chairs have a convincing appearance and a construction typical for Danish style furniture in the 1960s, showing...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Niels Otto Moller Model 75 Oak Dining Chairs Denmark 1960
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Very nice set of four dining chairs model 75 designed by Niels Otto Moller and manufactured by J.L. Møller Mobelfabrik, Denmark 1960. These chairs are made of solid oak wood and have...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Papercord, Oak

4 Pierre Guariche Cute 'Coquillage' Indoor Outdoor Chairs, Meurop Belgium 1960's
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
Set of four chairs by French designer Pierre Guariche in yellow and red molded plastic, model 'Coquillage' Produced in Belgium by Meurop early 1960's Moulded plastic seats and...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Three Italian Modern Ico Parisi Chairs in Walnut Model 869, 1960s
Located in Hellouw, NL
Three Italian Modern Ico Parisi chairs in walnut Model 869 were made for Cassina in Italy in the 1960s. These chairs can also feature as a sofa when put together. They are newly upho...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Dining Chairs in Pine and Beige Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ton, dining chairs, pine, fabric, Europe, 1950s Pine dining chairs with beige fishbone patterned upholstery, model without armrests. The elegant designed open shape of the frame i...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Pine

4 Dining Chairs by Pizzetti Rome Italy 1950s, New Wool Boucle Upholstery
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Nice set of 4 Italian dining chairs produced by Pizzetti, Rome in the 1950s During restoration the original manufacturers labels showed up under the old upholstery and were saved ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Set of Four Lucite in th style of Giancarlo Piretti's Plia chairs, circa 1970's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful set of four Castelli folding chairs from the 1970s in the style of Giancarlo Piretti's Plia chairs, circa 1970's featured in chrome-plated steel, cast aluminum and ABS plas...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal, Chrome

Italian Dining Chairs in Beech by Pozzi
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pozzi, set of dining chairs, beech, leatherette, Italy, 1970s With their round seats and oval backrests these dining chairs by Italian manufacturer Pozzi have a dynamic, almost pl...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Faux Leather, Beech

6 Beech Wood & Plywood Mid-Century Modern Folding Chairs, 1950's
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
A nice set of 6 Mid-Century Modern folding chairs Constructed from solid beech wood and Plywood seats Nice aged patina.
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1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Chiavari Brass dining chair red mid-century unique piece
Located in Tezze sul Brenta, IT
Chiavarina in ottone, Italian production 1950-1959 Chiavari-brass-chair.
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Sapporo Set of Six Dining Chairs in Walnut and Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sapporo for Mobil Girgi, set of six dining chairs, Italian walnut, black leather, Italy, 1970s Set of sculptural chairs that feature wonderful backrests, consisting of two vertic...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Les Arcs Black Stained Chairs Chosen by Charlotte Perriand, 1960s, Set of Four
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
unusual set of 4 black stained leather chairs, designed / chosen by Charlotte Perriand for and used in the Ski Resort Les Arcs, circa 1960. These chairs were commissioned to be m...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal, Chrome

Set of Four Mies van der Rohe Rattan Chairs, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Mies van der Rohe set of 4 B42 rattan easy chairs, circa 1960. Unknown manufacturer. Set of 4 rattan chairs designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1927. By unknown manufacturer...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Set of 8 Ballonback Chairs, 6 Side Chairs & 2 Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning set of 8 ballonback dining chairs, consisting of 6 side chairs and 2 armchairs. The chairs have beautiful lines, they are upholstered in a cream color fabric and the fram...
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1980s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Textile, Wood

Guillerme et Chambron Pair Lounge Chairs in Oak and bouclé fabric, France, 1950s
Located in Almelo, NL
Guillerme & Chambron, pair of two lounge chairs in solid oak and reupholstered in bouclé fabric. Pair of two original midcentury lounge chairs manufactured and designed by Guille...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Bouclé, Oak

Borsani Italian Walnut Dining Chairs, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Borsani style dining chairs from 1950, Italy They carry some influences of brutalism and Art Deco in an unusual way. Currently upholstered in a salmon velvet. The frames are solid w...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Compas Wood Counter Stools, Italy
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Pair of compas counter stools or high chairs, wood and rope. In the mood of Pierre Jeanneret, Chandigarh, Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Gio Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood, Rope

Bespoke Leather Customized Ettore Sottsass Olivetti Synthesis Desk Chair, Italy
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti "Synthesis Chair", Italy, 1973 The synthesis desk chair for Olivetti is made from injected moulded ABS plastic beautifully colored in an oxblood red a...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid Century Leather Chairs, 1960's
Located in Austin, TX
Vintage European pair of lounge chairs. Dark stained sculptural wood frames with khaki or tan leather seats and backs. Mid-Century Modern to Brutalist styling. Cushions are reversibl...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Yngve Ekström Arka Lounge Chair Stolab Sweden 1955
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful sculptural lounge chair model Arka designed by Yngve Ekström for Stolab, Sweden 1955. It has a wide elliptical seat and elegantly curved spindled backrest on four tapering ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

El Lissitzky D61 Black and Blue Chair Bauhaus Style for Tecta, circa 1970
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Chair model D61, designed by El Lissitzky in 1930. Manufactured in Germany by Tecta, circa 1970. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Set of 4 Rainer Daumiller Style Oak Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 4 Rainer Daumiller style oak dining chairs. In original condition, with some wear consistent with age and use. Set Price. Shown with matching Heavy Blonde Oak Dining Table wit...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Oak

12 'Chelsea' Dining Chairs by Introini, Saporiti 1966, Upholstery Fully Restored
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Very rare large set of 12 walnut wood 'Chelsea' dining chairs by Italian designer Vittorio Introini . The upholstery has been fully restored including new Pantera foam throughout and...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

SP01 Clarke Chair in Carbon Stained Ash, Made in Italy
Located in Sydney, NSW
Contemporary interpretation of the classic bistro chair, Clarke was designed for comfort. Made from solid ash, this sculpted piece is defined by Fine details and subtle curves and an...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Fabric, Upholstery, Ash, Hardwood

75 Rare Mid-Century Design Stacking "Church" Chairs Wood Eames Style, '60
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Extreme rare lot of 75 industrial vintage mid-century Dutch Design stacking chairs from a church. Wooden frame and plywood seat and back. Some chairs have the original hook on the ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood, Bentwood, Plywood

SP01 Clarke Chair in Walnut Stained Ash, Made in Italy
Located in Sydney, NSW
Contemporary interpretation of the classic bistro chair, Clarke was designed for comfort. Made from solid ash, this sculpted piece is defined by fine details and subtle curves and an...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Hardwood, Ash, Leather, Fabric, Upholstery

SP01 Clarke Chair in Natural Ash, Made in Italy
Located in Sydney, NSW
Contemporary interpretation of the classic bistro chair, Clarke was designed for comfort. Made from solid ash, this sculpted piece is defined by fine details and subtle curves and an...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Fabric, Upholstery, Hardwood, Ash

Mid Century Green Velvet Swivel Chairs, Italy, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century green velvet swivel chairs, Italy, 1970s. Four exquisite swivel chairs with a stunning green velvet upholstery reminiscent of the Italian Space Age designs by Gastone ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Velvet, Hardwood

Set of Four Carl Auböck Chairs A7, Austria, 1950s
Located in Graz, AT
A rare set of four dining room or side chairs model 'A7' by Carl Auböck, Vienna, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1950. The chairs are made of warm toned and oiled wood. T...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood, Leather, Faux Leather

Set of Four Marzio Cecchi Model 'S' Chairs, Italy
Located in New York, NY
The famous model "S chair", an iconic and unique design by Marzio Cecchi for Studio Most in Italy, circa early 1970s. Made of wicker rope, the graceful and sculptural "S" form is sup...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Jacob Kjaer Chair, Mahogany Frame + Original Niger Leather, circa 1930
Located in New York, NY
Jacob Kjaer (1896 Denmark 1957), chair, original leather with brass nail-heads and mahogany frame, circa 1930 with elegant proportions. Great desk chair; extremely comfortable.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather

Blue Pair of Barrel Chairs, Original Fabric Vintage 1970's, France
Located in New York, NY
Amazing chairs with original 70's fabric. These are in original vintage condition. Blue Pair of Barrel Chairs, Original Fabric Vintage 1970's, France Incredible and rare to be so we...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet

Pair of Jan Des Bouvrie Model S601 Leather Lounge Chairs for Gelderland
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Jan Des Bouvrie designed, leather lounge chairs for Gelderland, Model S601. Also known as the "Mr Oberman" - Owing its name to Gelderland’s founder, Koene Oberman. The chair is const...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of MOD Wenge and Mohair Lounge Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of MOD wenge and mohair lounge chairs. Lightly refinished wenge frame with new mohair cushions and original mohair on the back frame. Otherwise in original condition with some w...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Mohair, Wenge

Set of 8 Pierre Chapo Style Brutalist T-Back Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 8 Pierre Chapo style Brutalist T-back dark oak plank dining chairs with cut-out detail. In original condition with visible wear and patina consistent with their age and use. T...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Oak

Set of 6 Pierre Chapo Style Brutalist T-Back Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 6 Pierre Chapo style Brutalist t-back dark oak plank dining chairs with cut-out detail. In original condition with visible wear and patina consistent with their age and use. S...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Oak

Lounge and Accent Sling Chair, Walnut and Brown Leather by Fernweh Woodworking
Located in Bend, OR
This award winning piece is the inaugural chair design by Fernweh Woodworking. The frame is hand-shaped from high quality American Walnut, providing rich warm brown tones with sleek ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Hardwood, Walnut

Armchair Handcrafted from White Ash with Black Leather Sling
Located in Bend, OR
This award winning piece is the inaugural chair design by Fernweh Woodworking. The frame is hand-shaped from high quality White Ash, providing almost a bone color with sleek joinery ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Hardwood, Ash

Sling Chair with Leather, Handmade Lounge Armchair Walnut + Black Leather
Located in Bend, OR
This award winning piece is the inaugural chair design by Fernweh Woodworking. The frame is hand-shaped from high quality American Walnut, providing rich warm brown tones with sleek ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Hardwood, Walnut