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Mid-Century Modern Lounge 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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Pair Gigi Radice Italian Lounge Chairs in Mohair
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Italian mid century lounge chairs by Gigi Radice, circa 1950s. Striking angular frames with subtle curved front seats and exaggerated rolled arms. Newly upholstered in a soph...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Metal

William Billy Haines Swivel Base Lounge Chairs, 1960's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These custom pieces came from an estate in Tarzana California. original unaltered condition to show its' historical integrity and aesthetic value minor wear and patina sturdy and st...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery

Customizable French Lounge Chairs with Tubular Frames
Located in Waalwijk, NL
French club chairs, fabric, metal, France, 1970s A comfortable easy chair that features a curved, chromed tubular frame. The frame appears to be an ongoing curved line, moving upw...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Italian Lounge Chairs with Red Floral Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
ISA Bergamo, lounge chairs, original floral pink, brass, Italy, 1950s. These chairs are iconic examples of Italian design from the 1950s. Organic and sculptural, they are anythin...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Werther Toffoloni & Piero Palange Pair of Lounge Chairs Model 'G23'
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Piero Palange & Werther Toffoloni, pair of lounge chairs "Hoop" model G23, bent beech, beige fabric, Italy, 1950s Striking model G23 lounge chair designed by Piero Palange & Werth...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Beech, Fabric

Pair of Danish Fritz Hansen Model 1518 Large Size Club Chairs in Lambswool 1940s
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Pair of sublime large scale pair of model 1518 lounge club chairs made by Fritz Hansen in the late 1930s or early 1940s. This model came in two heights - this being the low back mode...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wool, Beech

Guillerme et Chambron Lounge Chair in Oak with Patterned Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, easy chair, patterned fabric, oak, France, 1950s This sculptural easy chair by Guillerme et Chambron is very well executed and made out of solid, carved oa...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Oak

Original Mario Bellini CAB Armchair for Cassina, c1977
Located in London, GB
Four original Mario Bellini for Cassina Cab armchairs in Burgundy red. Stitched leather with zips over steel frame structure. Leather is nicely worn with good patina. Some m...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Set of Sculptural Italian Reading Lounges in Mohair, 1950s
Located in Stamford, CT
Stunning pair of sculptural Italian lounges chairs. Fully restored to their original integrity. They boast hand-cut high-grade foam. They have been recovered in deep blue Mohair by B...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Mohair, Walnut

Mid Century High Back Slipper Chairs by Monteverdi Young
Located in Burbank, CA
Beautiful mid-century high back slipper chairs designed by Maurice Bailey for Monteverdi Young in the United States, circa 1960s. These chairs have a clean design through their struc...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Wood, Ebony

Kurt Østervig Cognac Leather Wing Chairs for Rolschau Møbler
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Kurt Østervig cognac leather wing chairs for Rolschau Møbler.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Foam, Wood, Walnut

Pair of Early Charles Eames LAX Armshell, 'Lounge Chairs X BASE'
Located in Buffalo, NY
Charles and Ray Eames designed low lounge armshell with X-base. Zinc base, painted black, original screws, original boot glides. Early transitional salmon fiberglass shell 2nd genera...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Zinc

Set of 2 '415' Lounge Chairs by Wim Rietveld for Gispen, The Netherlands 1950's
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This model 415 (or 1401) lounge chair was designed by Wim Rietveld for Gispen in the 1950's, and gained a golden medal on the Triennale of Milan in 1954. A beautiful piece of Dutch d...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Saporiti Italia Chrome Lounge Chairs and Ottomans by Giovanni Offredi
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Polished chrome cantilever ottoman foot stools by Giovanni Offredi for Saporiti Italia. The comfortable chairs feature a broad and deep seat giving the occupant a feeling the ultimat...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Modern Black Lounge Chairs
Located in North York, ON
Pair of vintage Mid-Century Modern black lounge chairs. Original 1970's design from USA, fully restored with a black velvet and baked black powder coated metal frame. Price includ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Reupholstered ‘Alky’ Lounge Chairs in the Style of Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chairs, fabric, metal, Italy, 1970s These lounge chairs strongly remind of Giancarlo Piretti’s ‘Alky’ lounge chair (1969), yet they feature characteristic differences. Wher...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut Club Chairs in Gold Holly Hunt Fabric
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of Mid-Century Modern club chairs were realized in the United States circa 1960. They offer arched hind legs; tapered cylindrical front legs; a square back; scallop...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Walnut

Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner Costela Chair
Located in San Francisco, CA
A "Costela" Rib easy chair constructed with solid wood curved ribs, supported on a tubular metal frame. Measure: Seat height: 5" - 8 3/4".  
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1950s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Iron

MP-41 Lounge Chair by Brazilian Designer Percival Lafer for Móveis Lafer
Located in TORONTO, CA
Lounge chair designed by Percival Lafer reupholstered at some point in it's life, identical and beautifully as per the original design in an extremely high quality vinyl. Both the MP...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Jacaranda

L. Mies van der Rohe, 3 Barcelona Chair, 1962 Edition by Knoll International
Located in Munster, NRW
Very rare set - 3 identical Barcelona chairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from 1962 for Knoll International. Chrome-plated steel frame with cognac-colored leather. The chairs are ...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Warren Platner Gray Leather Easy Chair and Ottoman Set of Three, Knoll, 1966
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Warren platner gray leather easy chair and ottoman set of three, Knoll, 1966. Knoll Models 1705L and 1705Y. Warren Platner for Knoll gray leather model 1705 wire easy lounge chair...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel, Nickel

Breathtaking Mid-Century Modern Leather and Plywood Rocking Chair
Located in Weesp, NL
Stylish and extremely comfortable lounge / rocking chair made in the 1970s. The chair has a sophisticated plywood bended frame with a deep and warm grain rosewood veneer. The newly,...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Plywood

Unique Italian Mid-Century Modern Boucle and Walnut Wave Chaise, Italy, 1960s
Located in Miami, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern wave chaise rendered in cream Boucle fabric with polished walnut tapered legs and copper sabot feet, Italy, 1960s This piece has been expertly restored.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Copper

Pair of off White Leather and Stainless Steel Lounge Chairs by Florence Knoll
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Beautiful 1950’s off white leather with parallel bar stainless steel legs lounge chairs designed by Florence Knoll for Knoll. This came out of the embassy of Australia. The sofa is...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Rolf Rastad & Adolf Relling Sculpted Teak Lounge Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rolf Rastad & Adolf Relling sculpted teak lounge chair.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Foam, Teak

Lounge Chairs by Miroslav Navrátil for Ceský Nábytek, Czechoslovakia, 1960s
Located in Greding, DE
Pair of Czech armchairs designed by Miroslav Navrátil for Ceský Nábytek. The armchairs are standing on flared, conical legs with x-shaped wire bracing. The armchairs are newly uphols...
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Beech

Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin MCM Orange Upholstered Lounge Chairs, a Pair
Located in La Grange, IL
Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin mid century orange upholstered lounge chairs - a pair Each chair measures: 28 wide x 28 deep x 30 high, with a seat height of 17 inches and an arm he...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

'Havana' Chair and Ottoman by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, circa 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This large sized and spacious 'Havana' chair and ottoman by Adrian Pearsall was designed and produced in the 1960s. This gorgeous example features a rose pink knit fabric with butto...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Martin Eisler 'Reversivel' Chair Customizable in Off-White Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner, armchair ‘Reversivel’, iron, brass, fabric, Brazil, 1955 This sculptural armchair ‘Reversivel’ meaning reversible is designed by Eisler and Hauner ...
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1970s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Iron

Pair of 1960s Oversized Floral Lounge Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 1960s oversized slipper lounge chairs. The chairs has the original floral fabric with black lacquered legs.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

Guido Faleschini Swivel Lounge Chair by Mariani for Pace
Located in Chattanooga, TN
If only it was possible to order a hundred of these marvels brand new in a rainbow of colors and fabrics. The world would be a better place. There's something really special about th...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Danish Modern Teak & Leather Wingback Lounge Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Danish modern teak & leather wingback lounge chair.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Foam, Teak

Philippe Starck Lounge Chair
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of fiberglass Richard III lounge chairs, by Philippe Starck. Open at the side, and supported by two back legs with a thin fiberglass front side, creating a fun silhouette. Pr...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fiberglass

Poul Jensen for Selig Mid Century Z Lounge Chairs, a Pair
Located in La Grange, IL
Poul Jensen for Selig Mid Century Z lounge chairs, a pair Each chair measures: 29.5 wide x 27 deep x 26.5 high, with a seat height of 15.25 inches and arm height of 22.5 inches ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Chairs Pair Lounge Swedish Sheepskin White Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Chairs pair lounge Swedish sheepskin white, Sweden. A pair of lounge chairs made during the 20th century in Sweden. Upholstered in a cream white sheepskin.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin

Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig Lounge Chairs, a Pair, "Horseshoe Chair" Model 655-15
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rather rare pair of "Horseshoe Chairs" by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig. The chairs have been restored with new upholstery fill and are upholstered in Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca, Sur...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Alpaca, Teak

Plycraft Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Walnut
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Beautifully restored Mid-Century Modern swivel lounge chair and matching ottoman by Plycraft. The original tag is missing, but it's definitely Plycraft. Gorgeous, tufted light-carame...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Faux Leather, Bentwood, Walnut

Pair of French Easy Chairs by Claude Vassal for Les Magasins Pilotes, Late 1950s
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
A pair of easy chairs by French designer Claude Vassal for Les Magasins Pilotes. Black metal legs and lightweight fiberglass shell with new Kvadrat upholstery, late 1950s.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Mid Century Pair of Velvet ‘PERLA’ Armchairs by G. Veronesi for ISA, Italy 1950s
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of ‘Perla’ bronze colour velvet armchairs designed by Giulia Veronesi in 1950s for ISA manufacturer. Its sensual curves and the elegantly tapered particular wood legs together w...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fruitwood, Velvet

Set of Two Danish Mid-Century Modern GE 181 a Chairs by Hans Wegner for GETAMA
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of two Danish Mid-Century Modern GE 181 a chairs by Hans Wegner for GETAMA This pair of armchairs (Model GE 181 A) was designed by Hans Wegner and produced by the Danish compa...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Oak

Set of Three Vico Magistretti Lounge Chairs "Gaudi"
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of three lounge chairs designed by Vico Magistretti. Modell "Gaudi". Manufactured 1970 bei Artemide, Milan Italy. Maker mark. Glass fiber reinforced plastic. Color: green. Plasti...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Plastic

Vittorio Introini Pair of 'Larissa' Lounge Chairs in Green Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vittorio Introini for Saporiti, pair of lounge chairs model 'Larissa', suede, chrome, Italy, 1969. This set of two lounge chairs is designed by Vittorio Introini and produced by ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Ib Kofod-Larsen Wenge Lounge Chairs for the Megiddo Collection
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Ib Kofod-Larsen Wenge lounge chairs for the Megiddo collection of Israel. These lounge chairs are part of the Megiddo collection series of furniture produced by Selig Furnitu...
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1960s Israeli Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Suede, Wenge

Lawrence Peabody Leather Lounge Chairs for Richardson Nemschoff
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Lawrence Peabody. Manufacturer: Nemschoff. Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Walnut, leather. Condition: These Lawrence Peabody leather lounge chairs for ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

1940s Danish Channel Back Lounge Chair in Lambswool
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Sublime highback lounge chair with channeled back made in Denmark in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The proportions are very similar to Fritz Hansen's model 1518 but with a slimmer a...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Oak, Wool

Early Model Bronze Patio Lounge Chair by Walter Lamb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1940s Walter Lamb lounge chairs that predate his partnership with brown Jordan, these chairs have angled backrests bisecting two rounded runner arms. The patinated frames in tubular ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bronze

Percival Lafer Lounge Chair with Ottoman in Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Percival Lafer, lounge chair with ottoman model MP-211, wood, leather, Brazil, 1974 Lounge chair by Brazilian designer Percival Lafer. This set consists of a solid wood base in wh...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Hardwood

Very Rare 1960s Lounge Chairs by Mini Boga for Taaru, India, 1960s
Located in Echt, NL
Very rare lounge chairs in very good condition. Designed by Mini Boga in the 1960s. Manufactured by Taaru, India. The boxy frames of these impressive lounge chairs are made...
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20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Linen, Rope, Wood, Teak, Fabric

Lawrence Peabody Scoop Lounge Chair, 1950s
Located in Stamford, CT
Rarely seen high-back "Scoop" lounge chair, designed by Lawrence Peabody in the 1950s. Fully restored to its original integrity using high-grade hand-cut foam, recovered on deep blue...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Walnut, Mohair

Adrian Pearsall Leather Lounge Chair for Craft Associates Inc.
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Adrian Pearsall. Manufacturer: Craft Associates Inc. Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Walnut, leather. Condition: This Adrian Pearsall leather lounge cha...
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1690s American Antique Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Guillerme et Chambron Pair of Lounge Chairs Model ‘Jose’ in Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme and Chambron, set of two easy chairs model ‘Jose’, oak, fabric upholstery, France, 1950s Characteristic pair of lounge chairs by French designer duo Guillerme et Chambro...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Oak

Joseph-Andre Motte Grey Leather Club Chairs
Located in New York, NY
French Modernist pair of Grey leather club chairs with quilted backs and polished steel sleigh legs, designed by Joseph-Andre Motte. Chairs are in mint restored condition with new pa...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Adrian Pearsall Tall Back Brown Lounge Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Striking pair of Mid Century Classi Walnut framed lounge chairs upholstered in a Chestnut brown fabric with a slight gold metallic thread. New upholstery and padding. Mint Restored ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Baker Club Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of midcentury, Continental collection club chairs designed by Winsor White/ William Millington for Baker Furniture. Chairs feature Walnut frames and have been upholstered in a h...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Vintage Oak and Rush Chairs by Mel Smilow, USA, 1960
Located in New York, NY
An American take on the modern country styles pioneered by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Gauthier-Delaye, those chairs are very elegant yet rustic and would work in a country home as...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Rush, Elm

Pair of 1950's Woodard Sculptura Wide Lounge Chairs and Ottoman
Located in Buffalo, NY
A pair of classic vintage 1950s 'Sculptura' wide lounge chairs (spring rocker) by Russell Woodard. The most comfortable and desirable of Russell Woodard's iconic 'Sculptura' collecti...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal, Iron

1950's Pair of Lounge / Easy Chairs Designed Gio Ponti Made by ISA Bergamo Italy
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Absolutely beautiful set of two 1950's lounge / easy chairs designed by Gio Ponti and made by ISA in Bergamo in Italy. The fabulous color combination and choice of fabric, magenta an...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Beech, Velvet

Set of 5 Italian Modern Modular Lounge Chairs, Late 20th Century
Located in Odense, DK
Set of 5 Italian modern modular lounge chairs, late 20th century. The chairs can also be used at a dining table. All chairs are in a great vintage condition.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome