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Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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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Michael Taylor Cane Ottoman for Baker Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A stylish cane stool designed by Michael Taylor in collaboration with Baker Furniture Co, USA, c.1950s. It features a caned top in a pagoda silhouette that sits on top of round, thic...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Brass

Vintage Franco Albini Woven Brown Rattan Stool Ottoman
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Brown Franco Albini woven rattan ottoman pouf, Circa 1960's. This stylish and iconic Franco Albini design is an open weave rattan with little feet. It's striking and sturdy. The ott...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Rattan

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 Footstools

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Metal

ELO Footstool in Metal and Rope for Indoor and Outdoor Use by Filipe Ramos
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
The ELO stool can be use individually or to complement to the ELO armchair. The shape of the seat provides storage space underneath that can be used to keep books, boxes, and sungla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Aluminum

ELO Tube Footstool in Metal and Rope for Indoor and Outdoor Use by Filipe Ramos
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
The ELO tube stool can be used individually or to complement to the ELO armchair. The shape of the seat provides storage space underneath that can be used to keep books, boxes, and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Aluminum

Leather and Wrought Iron Folding Stool
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A beautiful, heavy wrought iron folding stool with patinated leather top.
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Wrought Iron

Nanna Ditzel & Jørgen Ditzel, Red Dennie Stool by One Collection
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Onecollection has relaunched the easy chair, Dennie, which was designed by Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel in 1956 for Fritz Hansen. The Dennie chair is nicely complemented by a footstool an...
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Early 2000s Danish Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Steel

1 OF 2 LIBERTYS LONDON OMERSA STYLE BROWN LEATHER HORSE PONY FOOTSTOOLS OTTOMANs
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale 1 of 2 hand dyed brown leather Liberty’s London Omersa style pony / horse footstool ottomans This sale...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Leather

New Old Stock Liberty's London Omersa Style Brown Leather Footstool Pony Horse
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this absolutely sublime new old stock original Liberty’s London Omersa style brown leather land dyed pony footstool These come in varying sizes ...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Leather

Mid-Century Tabouret by Jindrich Halabala, 1950’s
Located in Praha, CZ
New upholstery Restored Made in Czechoslovakia Made of fabric, wood Good original condition.
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Fabric, Wood

Pouf Ottoman with Soft Velvet and Silk Fringes La Folie
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
With voluptuous curves and perfect poise, La Folie exalts passion and fantasy as if you were in a burlesque show at Moulin Rouge. Let yourself be drawn by this flirtatious feeling of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Velvet, Silk

Mid-Century Modern Riviera Style Vintage Brown Rattan Wicker Stool 1950s Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern Riviera style vintage brown stool or footstool from rattan 1950s Austria in beautiful shape with rattan network and two lateral rests. Furniture pieces made of ra...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Rattan

Set of Adrian Pearsall for Crafts Associates Footstools in Bouclé, 1950s
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of matching benches designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, circa 1950s. Sculptural walnut framing fully restored, re-upholstered in ivory Teddy bouclé by Holly Hunt...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Bouclé, Walnut

Vintage Danish Teak Footstools by Sigfred Omann for Ølholm 1950s Set of 2
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish teak footstools by sigfred Omann for Ølholm Møbelfabrik 1950s Set of 2. Pair of identical Danish Mid-Century Modern foot rests. Very elegant design with curved frame ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Teak

De Sede DS-80 Black Patchwork Leather Pouf, Ottoman, 1970s, Switzerland
Located in Vienna, AT
Unique and decorative handmade De Sede DS-80 pouf from 1970s. The pouf is in very good condition with lovely patina, high seating comfort. Detailed condition: Very good, this vint...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Leather

De Sede DS-80 Brown Patchwork Leather Pouf, Ottoman, 1970s, Switzerland
Located in Vienna, AT
Unique and decorative handmade De Sede DS-80 pouf from 1970s. The pouf is in very good condition with lovely patina, high seating comfort. Detailed condition: Very good, this vint...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Leather

De Sede DS-80 Black Patchwork Leather Pouf, Ottoman, 1970s, Switzerland
Located in Vienna, AT
Unique and decorative handmade De Sede DS-80 pouf from 1970s. The pouf is in very good condition with lovely patina, high seating comfort. Detailed condition: Very good, this vint...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Leather

Contemporary Truffle Ottoman or Footstool in Pink Sheepskin Upholstery
Located in London, GB
Elnaz Namaki Studio have created the Luuna Collection to bring warmth, comfort and soul to every home. The spirit of Luuna is to bring unique and unexpected objects into our lives. L...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Sheepskin, Sheepskin

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Tan Leather and Mahogany Ottomans
Located in Nantucket, MA
Fabulous pair of tan leather ottomans dating to the 1940s. Nice stitching design on the top, brass rivets along the bottom edge and in excellent condition. True color are the profess...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Leather, Mahogany

Knoll Associates Tulip Saarinen Stool Original Mustard Leather Upholstery, 1950
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern early Knoll Associates Tulip Eero Saarinen stool designed in the 1950s. Painted aluminum tulip stand in a cream finish and upholstered in original dark Mustard co...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Aluminum

20th Century Green and White Stool, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stool from the turn of the 1960s and 1970s. Beautiful green and white pattern upholstery. The stool consists of an upholstered part, a seat and wooden legs narrowing downwards, chara...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Velvet, Beech

Poul Kjaerholm pk33 Stool
Located in London, GB
In original condition with nice patina to the leather a Poul Kjaerholm pk33.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Steel

Pair of Charlotte Perriand Berger Stools in Oak, France, 1950s
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Pair of iconic Berger Stools fesigned by Perriand in Paris, 1950s.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Oak

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rattan Pouf Stool Franco Albini Attr Italy, 1950s
Located in Buffalo, NY
A Mid-Century Modern vintage rattan pouf or stool, which was designed attributed to Franco Albini. Italy 1950s. Very stable, although lightweight. Wonderful original condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Wicker, Rattan

Pouf Ottoman with Soft Velvet Malibu
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
Like a warm embrace, Malibu armchair welcomes you to stay within and relax. An elevated homage to the golden age of midcentury design and organic architecture, it radiates through it...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Silk, Velvet

Gastone Rinaldi Nickel Silver and Gray Upholstered Stools Vintage Italian
Located in North Miami, FL
Gastone Rinaldi nickel silver and gray upholstered stools vintage Italian these wonderful Italian Gastone Rinaldi vintage versatile chrome and newly upholstered stools and or footsto...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Nickel, Silver

Mid-Century Modern Italian Iron Structure Upholstered Pattern Fabric Footstool
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Rectangular footstool made of black lacquered iron structure and finished with brass legs. Upholstered in linseed and cotton pattern fabric with embroidery edited by Pierre Frey, Ita...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Iron, Brass

Mid-Century Footstool, Czechoslovakia, 1950's
Located in Praha, CZ
New upholstered Made in Czechoslovakia Made of fabric, wood Good original condition.
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Fabric, Wood

Art Deco Stool Ottoman, Footstool by Jindrich Halabala
Located in Vienna, AT
Wood frame with legs and original upholstery. Made in the 1950 in the Czech Republic.  
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Upholstery, Walnut

Marco Zanuso Leather, Brass Benches
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian mid century benches, ottomans upholstered in a natural buff colored leather featuring classically styled brass drumstick legs. New Upholstery and padding, natural brass.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Brass

Vintage Danish Rosewood Stool by Spøttrup, 1960s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish rosewood stool by Spøttrup 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern ottoman in solid rosewood / palisander by Hugo Frandsen for Spøttrup Stolefabrik. Straight round legs. Upho...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Rosewood

Pair of Percival Lafer Midcentury Brazilian "MP-97" Stools Foot Rests Ottomans
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brazilian rosewood tan leather upholstery foot stools benches.
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20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Leather, Rosewood

Pair of Footrests Guillerme et Chambron
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of footrests Guillerme et Chambron In light oak. The upholstery is made of white buckle and has been refurbished. Work from the 60's. Excellent condition. Measures: H: 45 cm,...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Oak

Mid-Century Modern Bronze Velvet Ottoman with Conical Ebonized Walnut Legs
Located in New York, NY
This elegant and sophisticated Mid-Century Modern ottoman was realized in the United States, circa 1960. It ottoman offers a rectangular form with piping detailing on the perimeter o...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Walnut, Velvet

Set of Two 20th Century Green Stools, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stools from the turn of the 1960s and 1970s. Beautiful velvet green upholstery. The stools consists of an upholstered part, a seat and wooden legs narrowing downwards, characteristic...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Velvet, Beech

Medicine Ball
Located in Praha, CZ
Original condition, perfectly cleaned and re-polished.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Leather

'Joe Ball' Leather Footstool by Centro Studi Poltronova, Italy
Located in London, GB
The super soft, high quality leather 'Joe Ball' is the perfect pouf or footstool designed by the renowned Florentine company, Centro Studi Poltronova. Designed for the fiftieth anniv...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Leather, Foam

Vintage Tabouret Designed by Jindrich Halabala, 1950
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of wood, fabric - new upholstery - very good condition.
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Tabouret by Jindrich Halabala, 1950‘s
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of fabric, wood Good original condition.  
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Jacaranda Stools
Located in New York, NY
Structural pair of Brazilian Jacaranda Mid-Century Modern stool. Button tufted with wooden button and diamond sewn velvet and single welting. Great original condition.
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1950s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Jacaranda

Vintage Small Wood Footstool with Gold Iron Legs
Located in Pasadena, CA
Vintage small wood footstool with gold iron legs and decorative accents with a newly upholstered white shearling cushion.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Iron

1 of 2 New Old Stock Liberty London Style Omersa Brown Leather Footstool Hippos
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques is delighted to 1 of 2 absolutely sublime new old stock original Liberty’s London Omersa style brown leather hand dyed laying Hippo footstools This listing is...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Leather

Dachshund Sausage Dog Old Stock Liberty London Omersa Brown Leather Footstool
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques is delighted to this absolutely sublime new old stock original Liberty’s London Omersa style brown leather hand dyed Sausage dog Dachshund footstool These com...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Leather

1 of 2 New Old Stock Liberty London Style Omersa Brown Leather Footstool Rhino's
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques is delighted to 1 of 2 absolutely sublime new old stock original Liberty’s London Omersa style brown leather hand dyed Rhino footstools This listing is for on...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Leather

1 of 2 New Old Stock Liberty Style Omersa Brown Leather Footstool French Bulldog
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale 1 of 2 absolutely sublime new old stock original Liberty’s London Omersa style brown leather hand dyed French Bulldog footstools This listing is...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Leather

Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Bull Statue Footstool, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Abercrombie & Fitch hand-stitched leather bull by Omersa & Company. The wide selection of leather animals designed by Dimitri Omersa were used for display and foot...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Leather

Pair of Italian Stools in Cognac Suede Leather And Black Steel Conical Legs
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of stools ,cognac suede leather , conical black still legs , Italy, 1950s Completely restored: New genuine suede leather and paddings, new black enamel on the compass steel leg...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Iron

Mid-Century Camel Boucle Vintage Stool, Edmund Homa, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stool from the turn of the 1960s. The stool consist of an upholstered part, a seat and wooden legs narrowing downwards, characteristic of the 1960s style. Stool was designed by Ed...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Fabric

20th Century Baby Pink Stool, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stool from the turn of the 1960s and 1970s. Beautiful baby pink upholstery. The stool consists of an upholstered part, a seat and wooden legs narrowing downwards, characteristic of t...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Velvet, Beech

Karl Springer Ottoman Pouf
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer ottoman pouf, reupholstered with Italian boucle with brass plinth base.
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Brass

"Thebes" X Base Stool / Ottoman by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Original Fabric
Located in Kansas City, MO
Thebes stool / bench / footrest / footstool designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1950s. This example retains the original yellow and orange geometric design fabric. The finish on t...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Single Round Stool or Pouf in Ivory Boucle Brass Legs, Italy, 2021
Located in New York, NY
Single round stool or pouf was hand made in Florence, Italy, by a master furniture artisan. Round seat in imported Ivory Boucle fabric with black enamel and brass legs. Iconic Italia...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Brass, Iron

Horse Hide Bench by Theodore Alexander
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Striking bench or footstool with a concave cushion upholstered in horse hide and bordered with brass tacks over horse form metal legs with a bronze like patina.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Hide

Mid-Century Rare Footstool Designed by Jindřich Halabala, 1958
Located in Praha, CZ
- made in Czechoslovakia - made of wood, fabric - springs - good, original condition.
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Fabric, Wood

Paul McCobb Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Iron Stool or Ottoman, 1950s
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Minimalist Mid-Century Modern stool or ottoman By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Iron legs, with upholstered seat. Me...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Iron

Billy Baldwin Style Python Leather X-Bench Ottoman Footstool
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely bench, ottoman, footstool in faux python skin in the manner of the fully upholstered designs by Billy Baldwin and Karl Springer. Sleek and urbane design with Classic "X" form ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

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Faux Leather, Wood

Tulum Antique Wood Stool, 19th Century
Located in Melville, NY
19th century hand carved wood stool from Tulum. Beautifully aged & patinated. *This item cannot be returned.
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19th Century Mexican Antique Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Modern Marco Zanuso Bouclé Wool Italian Footstool, 1960s
Located in Madrid, ES
Footstool made of four legs and metallic structure upholstered with bouclé wool, Koala model edited by Pierre Frey. Edited by Artflex, Italy, 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Metal