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Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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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Gae Aulenti for Zanotta 'Locus Solus' Tubular Armchairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gae Aulenti for Zanotta 'Locus Solus' armchairs, chromed tubular steel, blue leatherette, Italy, 1964 The 'Locus Solus' armchairs are designed by Gae Aulenti and produced by Polt...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Pascal Mourgue Set of 4 'Biscia' Chairs in Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pascal Mourgue for Steiner, set of 4 'Biscia' dining chairs, steel, cognac leather, France, 1960s Set of 4 'Biscia' cantilever chairs in patinated cognac leather by Pascal Mourgu...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal, Chrome

Set of Four Sculptural Chairs, Italy, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Italy, 1950s A sculptural set of four chairs in the style of Borsani with curved and articulated walnut backs with elegant cut-outs. Measure: 16 x 16 x 19 / 36 H.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Italian Dining Chairs in Metal and Yellow Leatherette
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Dining chairs, yellow leatherette, metal, Italy, 1970s Comfortable Italian dining chairs in yellow leatherette. The eye-catching colored upholstery emphasizes the round shaped seat...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Ernst Moeckl Colorful 'Kangaroo' Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ernst Moeckl for Trabant, 'Z' or 'Kangaroo' armchairs , wood, Germany, design 1971 This set of colorful Kangaroo chairs is designed by Ernst Moeckl in 1971. The chair is also called...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fiberglass

Quaker Style Ladder Back Rush and Velvet Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Quaker style ladder back dining chairs with purple velvet upholstered seats over the original rush seating. Larger quantity available with rush seating alone and listed s...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Velvet, Wood, Rush

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Set of 12 'Monk' Dining Chairs in Black and Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, set of 12 'Monk' dining chairs, patinated beech, black and cognac leather, Italy, 1974 The wonderfully deep black and cognac leather forms a stri...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Martin Visser Set of 8 Dining Chairs in Original Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Martin Visser for 't Spectrum, set of 8 dining room chairs, stainless steel, black saddle leather, the Netherlands, 1960s. Set of eight black leather chairs designed by Dutch desi...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Quaker Style Ladder Back Dining Chairs with Rush Seats
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Quaker style ladder back chairs with rush seats from a Dutch church. Assorted wood toned frames as pictured. Others shown here and available with purple velvet upholstere...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Rush, Wood

DCM Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
Located in Denver, CO
A set of 4 of beautifully grained early DCM chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. These chairs are in impressive vintage condition. The latest patent number on the ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Willy Rizzo Set of 6 Dining Chairs in Chrome and Burl Wood, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 architectural dining chairs in chrome and burl wood with inset caned back by Willy Rizzo, Italian 1970's. Newly upholstered by Lobel Modern in a blue chenille fabric. The co...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Italian Silver Dining-Chairs Set of Three
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage 1970s Italian chairs. Gunmetal silver lacquer frames with sculpted legs. Bright orange velveteen upholstery. Dimensions: 42W x 80H x 50D cm Seat: 45cm high.
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Set of 8 Mario Bellini Dining Chairs in Chocolate Brown
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of 8 Mario Bellini dining chairs in chocolate brown, model 412 Cab was the first-ever chair to feature a free-standing leather structure, inspired by how our skin fits over our ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather

Set of Six Bent Wood Upholstered Dining Chairs by Bill Stephens for Knoll
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Beautiful set of six bentwood frame dining chairs by Bill Stephens for Knoll. Reupholstered in Knoll KT Collection fabric, hop sack slate grey.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Bentwood

Gastone Rinaldi Dining Chairs from Hotel 'Abano Terme', 1960 with certificate
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Extremely rare set of six dining chairs which were custom made by RIMA, Padua, Italy, circa 1960 for an interior commission for the Hotel ' Italia Abano Terme' in Padua, Italy. Pleas...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Set of Four Matteo Grassi 'MG Visitor' Black Leather Armchairs, c. 1980, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Timeless style and sophistication in this set of four iconic "MG Visitor" black leather dining armchairs by Matteo Grassi, signed on the back of each chair as shown in the photos. Fe...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Set of 6 Dining Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Italy, 1970's
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very rare set of 6 dining chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Italy, 1970's. A minimal and striking design with strong graphic lines and interesting details resulting in an architectural ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Set of Four Paul McCobb Dining Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of four McCobb canvas chairs for Arbuck. Sling canvas suspended with cords on wrought iron frame.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wrought Iron

Six Kaare Klint Red Chairs, Mahogany and Original Niger Leather
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Kaare Klint & Rud Rasmussen - Scandinavian Modern A beautiful set of six Kaare Klint 'Red Chair' or 'Barcelona Chair' by Kaare Klint with deep patina in original Niger leather, pr...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany

Set of 8 Dining Chairs by Jacob Kjær
Located in Hudson, NY
Elegant set of 8 dining chairs by Danish cabinet-maker and designer, Jacob Kjaer.“Paris Chair”. The chairs in mahogany having vertical back slats curved for comfort. Seats upholster...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Oak Wishbone Chairs by Hans Wegner
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Eight oak, Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner. Wishbone chair (1949), also known as the "Y" chair which has been numbered and produced by the Danish firm Carl Hansen & Son since 1950. Th...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Charlotte Perriand Style Pine and Leather "TH" Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 8 Charlotte Perriand style birch and leather dining chairs by Ate Van Apeldoorn. Rope tied saddle leather seating on lightly refinished pine wood frames. In original condition...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Pine

Set of Five Gio Ponti Dining Chairs for Casa e Giardino, Italy, 1942
Located in The Hague, NL
A rare set of five dining chairs designed by Gio Ponti in collaboration with Lio Carminati for the Casa E Giardino company in 1942. The particularly graphical lines of the tapered ma...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Wool, Upholstery, Wood

Set of Four Mid-century Side Chairs, France, C. 1960
Located in New York, NY
Set of four unusual mid-century side chairs in solid white oak.
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Kai Lyngfeldt Larsen Dining Chairs in Teak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kai Lyngfeldt Larsen, set of 4 dining chairs, teak, beige fabric upholstery, Denmark, 1950s These elegant teak dining chairs are both stately and modest. The chairs have a teak fr...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Guillerme et Chambron Set of 4 Dining Chairs in Solid Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, set of 4 dining chairs, solid oak, France, 1960s. Set of 4 exceptional dining chairs in solid oak by Guillerme and Chambron. These chairs show the character...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Frank Gehry Hat Trick Dining Chairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
A group of dining chairs by Frank Gehry in woven maple for Knoll. Signed, dated and numbered on the underside. Sold in pairs. Six side, and two arm chairs are available.   
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Maple

Eero Saarinen Colourful Set of 6 Dining Chairs Model '72' in Fabric Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, set of 6 dining chairs model '72', metal, fiberglass, upholstery, United States, design 1948 Dining chairs model '72' designed by Eero Saarine...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Arne Vodder for Sibast Mid-Century Dining Chairs, Set of 6
Located in London, GB
Designed by Arne Vodder for the Danish manufacturer Sibast, these dining chairs are a fantastic example of Mid-Century Modern design. Constructed with wooden frames, the seat cush...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather

Ejvind A. Johansson Set of 6 'Eye' Dining Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ejvind A. Johansson for Ivan Gern Møbelfabrik, set 6 of dining chairs model 84 'eye,' teak, black leather, Denmark, design 1961, production 1970s. Wonderful and exclusive set of s...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Set of Four Ole Wanscher Rungstedlund Chairs
Located in Dronten, NL
Beautiful set of 4 dining chairs model 'Rungstedlund' by Ole Wanscher for PJ Denmark (Poul Jeppesen) made in solid mahogany with original red velvet ribcord seats. Marked with PJ si...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Velvet, Mahogany

Set of Four Midcentury Tobia Scarpa "Dialogo" Chair for B&B Italia, 1970s
Located in Sacile, PN
Set of four Afra and Tobia Scarpa "Dialogo" chair for B&B Italia, 1970s. Black fibreglass seat and back and oak angular frame. Embossed B&B Italia mark.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fiberglass, Oak

Mid-Century Modern, Rey Chair by Bruno Rey, Color Vintage Walnut, Design 1971
Located in Encino, CA
Referred to as "the most successful piece of Swiss Furniture of all time" by the Swiss Museum of Design in Zurich, the Rey chair is a Swiss design icon since 1971. Designed by Br...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum

Set of Four Reupholstered Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs by Rudolf Wolf
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of four reupholstered Mid-Century Modern dining chairs by Rudolf Wolf Set of four dining chairs model 5502 designed by Rudolf Wolf and produced by Dutch company Elsrijk in th...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Dining Chairs Produced in Italy
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare set of 6 dining chairs by unknown designer. Produced in Italy.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern, 6 Rey Chairs, Color Vintage Chestnut, Bruno Rey Design 1971
Located in Encino, CA
Referred to as "the most successful piece of Swiss Furniture of all time" by the Swiss Museum of Design in Zurich, the Rey chair is a Swiss design icon since 1971. Designed by Bru...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum

Sergio Rodrigues Six Dining Chairs in Jacaranda and Tan Cowhide, Brazil, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Sergio Rodrigues (1927–2014) A striking set of six modernist dining chairs by Carioca design pioneer Sérgio Rodrigues, in Brazilian rosewood upholstered in unshaved caramel-colored ...
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1950s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cowhide, Jacaranda

Mid-Century Modern, Set of 6 Rey, Black Dining Chairs by Dietiker, 'Design 1971'
Located in Encino, CA
Referred to as "the most successful piece of Swiss Furniture of all time" by the Swiss Museum of Design in Zurich, the Rey chair is a Swiss design icon since 1971. Designed by Bru...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Minimal Wood Chair Upholstered in Textile
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Timeless design and minimalism, soft colors and effortless lines. The Zort dining chair will always be there to hold your back with soft cushioning. Upholstery available in various c...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Eight Chrome Mies van der Rohe Tubular Brno Chairs by Knoll in Green Velvet
Located in Dallas, TX
Completely restored set of eight tubular Brno chairs by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll. Professionally re-upholstered in a green velvet and the chrome is in great condition. "Knoll Inte...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

1960 Set of 4 Design Retro Chair, Antonín Šuman for Ton, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Design by Antonín Šuman, production by Ton Bystrice pod Hostýnem - Construction with bent beech wood and fabric upholstered seat - Original preserved condition - Measures: Heigh...
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Beech

10 Chairs by Niels O. Møller for J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik w/ Pony Hide Seats
Located in East Hampton, NY
This stunning set of 10 vintage Danish dining room chairs by Niels O. Møller are finished in very high quality powder blue pony hide seats. They are in hardly used condition labelled...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cowhide

Set of 4 1970s Mid Century Italian Decorative Gilt Metal Star Dining Chairs
Located in London, GB
This is a very unusual and highly decorative set of four dining chairs. The chairs backrests are oval and curved; the very well designed stars give a comfortable back support. The se...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Cane, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Minimal Wood Chair with Woven Cane Backboard
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Take a seat in our Dumick chair. A large round back with woven cane will let your back rest. Long legs and a comfortable seat will give you comfort while enjoying a pleasant conversa...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood, Textile, Cane

Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Minimal Wood Chair Upholstered in Textile
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Bringing classic style and a minimalist design to your home. Naya dining chair pair well with almost any setting. These lightweight chair is constructed of solid wood, feature a high...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood, Paint

Wonderful and Early Mira Chair
Located in Munich, DE
by George Nakashima. great patina!
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cherry

Set of 8 Benny Linden Danish Modern Teak Upholstered Dining Chairs
Located in Milford, NH
A fine set of mid century Danish modern teak upholstered dining chairs by Benny Linden, including six side chairs and two arm chairs. The chairs each have white upholstered back cent...
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Mid-20th Century Thai Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Carved Wood Dining Chairs with Rams Head Accents, Set of Six
Located in Miami, FL
Set of six carved wood dining chairs with carved resin bronze like rams heads from the 1970s. Chairs have had the original finish stripped to leave the natural color of the wood show...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood, Resin

Set of 4 Dining Armchairs from France
Located in Munich, DE
Attributed to guillerme et chambron. All chairs are handmade and the seats are upholstered in saddle leather. 6 sidechairs also available.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Set of 6 Dining Chairs from France
Located in Munich, DE
Attributed to guillerme et chambron. All chairs are handmade and the seats are upholstered in saddle leather. 4 armchairs also available.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Italian Set of 8 "Lucania" Chair, Design by Giancarlo De Carlo, by Arflex, 1954
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Set of 8 "Lucania" chairs designed by Giancarlo De Carlo, manufactured by Arflex, Italy, 1954. These chairs are an original commission for the furnishings of the motor yacht "Lucania...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Set of 6 Mid-Century Modern Beige and Chrome Swivel Task Chairs
Located in Chattanooga, TN
This elegant set of six Mid-Century Modern swivel chairs are fully restored and looking dapper in their new monotone digs. These chairs came to use in a tattered white vinyl and the ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Set of Six French Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
This stylish set of six Scandanavian inspired, dining chairs are upholstered in green skaÏ leather. The sleek, modernist walnut frames look great paired with the green backrests and ...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather

1960s Set of 4 Teak and Beech Dining Chairs, Denmark
Located in Praha, CZ
- The chairs have been carefully refurbished - Height of seat 43 cm.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Teak

Mid Century 3105 Mosquito Chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Set of 4
Located in Bunnik, NL
Set of 4 teak 'Mosquito' model no. 3105 chairs designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Denmark in the 1950s. Chairs are stackable and made of bent laminated plywood finished in t...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

20th Century Ant Dining Chairs by Arne Jacobsen Fritz Hansen, 1950s, Set of 4
Located in Bunnik, NL
Set of four teak Ant chairs, model 3101, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1952 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in the 50's. Chairs were carefully restored and oiled and tehy are in beut...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Set of 6 Eames Molded Plywood 'DCM' Chairs in Ash for Herman Miller
Located in TORONTO, CA
Stunning set of Eames DCM chairs for Herman Miller. Overall in good vintage condition with minor wear and chipping shown in photos. 4 Chairs have original glides on feet, 2 chairs ha...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome