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Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk 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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Fabricius & Kastholm Pair of Swivel Chairs Model 'FK 6725' in Blue Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm for Kill International, pair of two chairs model 'FK 6725', leather, steel, Denmark, designed in 1966 Wonderful pair of blue 'Bird chairs' by ...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Eames Contract Base Desk Chair
Located in Dronten, NL
Swiveling parchment fiberglass side chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Original seat pad with brown fabric, easy to reupholster when desired. Height adjusta...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Art Deco Vintage French Wooden Armchair, 1930
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
Art Deco vintage French wooden armchair, 1930 Original armchair is in very good condition, we have had it newly reupholstered, lovely Art Deco shape, very comfortable to sit in.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

George Kasparian Leather Wingback Executive Chair, circa 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very rare and impressively proportioned executive wingback chair by George Kasparian. Perfect for the collector who already has everything, this chair is a blend of executive desk ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Luigi Caccia Dominioni ‘P22 Studio’ Chairs, Italy 1975
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Pair of model 'P22 studio' chairs by Luigi Caccia Dominioni for Azucena, Milan 1975. The chairs are upholstered in a warm burnt orange Mohair velvet. Very nice rounded shapes which a...
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Mohair

DSC 106 Italian Modern Stackable Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of two stackable chairs model DSC 106 designed by Giancarlo Piretti in 1965 and produced by the Italian firm Castelli. Aluminum and steel structure, original upholstery in blac...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Oxford Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Oxford chair. Chair is dated 1968, overall clean example. Fabric shows signs of use and wear, but foam is still soft. Nice back support!
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Set of Four Adrian Pearsall High Back Dining Chairs for Craft Associates
Located in Wayne, NJ
Set of four Adrian Pearsall high back dining chairs for Craft Associates.
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1970s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Upholstery

Eero Saarinen For Knoll Mid-Century Modern Executive Swivel Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Eeero Saarinen for Knoll Mid-Century Modern pair of executive side chairs on swivel bases with leather upholstery, originally designed in 1946.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Dutch Executive Chair by Architect Wim Den Boon
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Wim Den Boon, office chair black faux leather, metal, The Netherlands, 1960 This unique office chair is designed by Wim Den Boon for private Dutch client from The Hague. The swive...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Faux Leather Chair in the Style of Augusto Savini
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian faux leather chair in the style of Augusto Savini with dark grey lacquered wood structure. 1980s The chair has never been used and it is in perfect vintag...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood, Faux Leather

Mid-Century Modern Industrial 3-Piece Office Set with Desk by Norman Bel Geddes
Located in Lafayette, IN
Three pieces of iconic mid-century industrial design combine to complete this fantastic home-office suite. - Simmons dresser/desk (by renowned designer Norman Bel Geddes) - Goof F...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel, Aluminum

Mid Century Desk Chair P125 by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno Italy
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Executive office armchair designed by Osvaldo Borsani and manufactured by Tecno, Italy 1966-1976. This chair is from the P125 series which were produced in different editions. This p...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid Century Italian Set of Four Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of four Italian sculptural chrome dining chairs .Chairs are comfortable, corduroy fabric and the chrome base gives them a special touch.  
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Charles Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Time Life Lobby Chair
Located in Esperance, NY
This absolutely stunning Charles Eames for Herman Miller time life lobby chair. The leather is very nice and has a great patina from age.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair, in Black Leather, 4 Star Base
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a Eames aluminum group armless side chair. Has an Aluminum frame and Black leather upholstery. First designed in 1958, this one is circa 2000's.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Vegetal Leather Eero Saarinen, Knoll Conference Armchair with Wooden Legs
Located in Utrecht, NL
Vintage Eero Saarinen conference armchair executed in finest 'Vegetal' leather with beautiful patina with wooden legs of birch in teak stain. Manufactured in the 1960s by Belgium com...
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1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Birch, Leather

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Cognac Leather Executive Armchairs, Set of Three
Located in Garnerville, NY
Eero Saarinen for Knoll leather Executive armchairs. Leather upholstery with metal legs and glides. Circa 1965-70. The frames are in very good condition. The leather upholstery is di...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair, in Brown Leather 5 Star Base
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a Eames aluminum group armless side chair. Has an aluminum frame and brown leather upholstery. First designed in 1958, this one is circa 2000's.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Henrik Tengler, HT 2014 Brown Leather Time Chair by One Collection
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
The tme chair is a dynamic and comfortable conference chair designed by Henrik Tengler in 2012. The chair is purposely designed not to follow current trends. Instead its aesthetic re...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Set of Eight Midcentury Style Mahogany Dining Chairs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Custom made set of solid mahogany handcrafted dining or office chairs, reminiscent of the designs of Norman Cherner. Sinuous wishbone form mahogany armchairs with open curved backs a...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Mahogany

Bunny Williams Attributed Set of 14 Contemporary Dining Chairs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Including 2 arm and 12 side chairs. With angular wings on the tub shapes. Raised on dark stained delicately splayed legs. Upholstered in Schumacher Safari Epingle Leopard fabric havi...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood

Set of Eight Henredon Leather Strap Dining Chairs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
From Henredon’s, “Acquisitions” line. Finely crafted in mahogany frames with dark brown woven leather backs and seat skirts. The cylindrical wood crest rails with extended ends. Rais...
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1970s Philippine Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Fine Set of 14 Upholstered Dining Chairs by Hickory
Located in Bridgeport, CT
The Lillian August collection "Eva" chair made by Hickory Chair. Including 2 arm and 12 side chairs. Deep brown mahogany frames with angular shaped crest rails. Raised on carved fron...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood

"Beg" Armchair by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian Midcentury Design
Located in Clifton, NJ
The BEG armchair was created in 1967 by Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014) initially for the meeting table of the Banco do Estado da Guanabara (Guanabara State Bank). The State of Guanabar...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Set of Four Klismos Style Dining Chairs by Michael Taylor
Located in Bridgeport, CT
The Klismos type chairs in a warm mottled stain with ebonized recesses on the crest rails, the backs and channels on the arms and legs. Ebonized knob details on the shaped backs. The...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Maple

Mid Century Desk Chair in Oak by Erik Kirkegaard
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
A well designed and crafted desk chair produced in oak and tan leather so has a fair weight to it and very strong, the chair has no loose joints and is very stable the leather uphols...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Oak

August Froscher office chair Burkhardt Vogtherr Germany 1970
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful and very comfortable office or desk chair model Chefsessel designed by Burkhardt Vogtherr and manufactured by August Fröscher, Germany 1970. This office chair has an alumin...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Marked Stella Oak Swivel & Height Adjustable Desk Chair Eames Era France 1950
By Stella
Located in Miami, FL
Marked Stella Oak Swivel & Height Adjustable Desk Chair Eames Era France 1950 Seat Height: 19.75 inches Arm Height: 29.38 inches
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Modern Jørgen Rasmussen Kevi Desk Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A mid-century Danish Jørgen Rasmussen Kevi office chair crafted out of wood, this chair is in great condition newly restored, and has just been only waxed and polished keeping the be...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal, Aluminum

Chrome Framed Frederick Scott Hille International Black Leather Office Armchair
By Frederick Scott
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning original circa 1970’s Frederick Scott Hille International black leather with polished chrome frame office chair Chrome framed Fred...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Vintage Danish Teak Armchair, 1950s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish teak armchair 1950s Elegant and sculptural Danish Mid-Century Modern armchair in solid teak. Seat and backrest reupholstered in light beige wool fabric. Round tapered...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Teak

Danish Vintage Teak 'Pia' Chair by Poul Cadovius
Located in London, GB
A stylish and iconic vintage Danish chair in Teak. This was designed by Poul Cadovious, it was made in Denmark and dates from the 1960’s. This is beautifully made and is in great ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Teak

P20 Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno 1955 Mid-Century Modern Pair of Chairs
Located in Brescia, IT
1955, Tecno Black leatherette and metal frame.  
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Plia Folding Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, 1970s Set 6
Located in Lasne, BE
Set of 6 folding chairs in metal and plastic. Wear due to time and age of the chairs. Measure: Seat height 44cm.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Beautiful Fana Office Chair, Model D3, Dutch Design 1950s
Located in Appeltern, Gelderland
Beautiful Fana office chair, model D3, dutch design 1950s. With chrome tube frame and in height adjustable. Newly upholstered in high quality deep purple mohair. Dimensions: 65cm...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Charles Pollock Executive Chair in Pumpkin Color Sabrina Leather
Located in Seattle, WA
Designed in 1963 and have been in constant production since, this Charles Pollock for Knoll mid century wheeled office desk chair with black wheel base, hard casters and upgraded Sab...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Thonet Style Mid-Century Modern Maple Bent Ply Green Wool Tweed Dining Chair Set
Located in Chattanooga, TN
This is a set of (6) chairs. Stunning form and brilliant Kiwi green color make these Mid-Century Modern bentwood chairs Stand out from the crowd. Allow your eyes to flow through ...
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1960s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Maple

Bendt bamboo rattan desk arm chair
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Elegant high-quality decorative bent bamboo desk chair armchair.
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Bamboo

Patinated Soft Pad Desk Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, 1987, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This set of six (priced individually) sought after and in-demand patinated leather desk chairs are the classic 'Soft Pad Management Chair' from the aluminum group line, designed by C...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Danish Teak Side / Dining / Desk Chair by Kai Kristiansen
Located in London, GB
A wonderful and iconic Danish chair in solid teak. This model 31 chair was designed by Kai Kristiansen and it dates from the 1960’s. It is of superb quality and has a stunning des...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Teak

Soft Pad Management Desk Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This sought after and in-demand leather desk chair is the classic 'Soft Pad Management Chair' from the aluminum group line, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Featu...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Set of 4 Pierre Jeanneret “Office Chair”, circa 1959-1960
Located in London, Greater London
Set of 4 Pierre Jeanneret “office Chair” or “Committee Chair”, circa 1959-1960. Teak and faux leather. Intended for: High court, legislative assembly and various administrative build...
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1950s Indian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Faux Leather, Teak

Pierre Jeanneret Chair, circa 1958-1959
Located in London, Greater London
Pierre Jeanneret chair, circa 1958-1959. Teak and rattan. Intended for: University of Punjab, Chandigarh, India.
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1950s Indian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Cane, Rattan, Teak

Pair of Jeanneret Floating Back Armchairs
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A good authentic pair of Chandigarh armchairs. Artisanally and locally made with pegged solid teak and braided canework in the 1960s. This type is known as the floating back armchair...
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1960s Indian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Cane, Teak

Arne Vodder 62A Chair, Rosewood and Original Leather
Located in London, GB
Arne Vodder armchair/desk chair. Rosewood frame with original patinated leather upholstery - we do offer custom Reupholstery at very competitive pricing. Excellent quality craftsmans...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Yellow Armchair, Danish Design, 1960s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Yellow armchair, Danish design, 1960s Very good condition. After wood renovation and new upholstery Dimensions: Height 90 cm, seat height 46 cm, width 63 cm, depth 71 cm.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Arne Vodder Mid-Century Modern Armchair Denmark
Located in Weesp, NL
Mid-Century Modern Arne Vodder Denmark armchair Arne Vodder Elegant and stylish set of armchairs model 431 designed by Arne Vodder in the 1950s and produced in the early 1960s. Thi...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Tecno Italy Set Five Chairs Modus Model
Located in bari, IT
Set of five chairs in plastic and metal alloy, three pieces with armrests and two without, Modus series, Tecno production, datable to around the end of the 1970s. (Fifth piece not vi...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal, Aluminum

Set of Three Toshiyuki Kita 'Aki-Biki-Canta' Swivel Armchairs by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Designed by Toshiyuki Kita in 2000. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. A design that responds to the needs of modern-day society and the rhythms of life in the era of the home offi...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Vintage Decoene Reclining Desk Chair, 1950s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Original mid century desk chair by De Coene, made in Belgium. Very good qualitative desk chair with a reclining function. The chair is also adjustable in height by turning it. ...
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1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Faux Leather, Oak

Eames DAL "La Fonda" Dining Chair by Herman Miller, U.S.A, 1960's
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Chromed la fonda base and fiberglass shell with black leather upholstery. The base has been painted silver once. Marked at the bottom.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Fiberglass

Friso Kramer Resort Armchair Ahrend de Cirkel the Netherlands, 1960
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Industrial Resort armchair designed by Friso Kramer, manufactured by Ahrend de Cirkel, The Netherlands 1960. The chair has a grey lacquered metal frame with V structure legs. The sea...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Elmar Flototto Model S22 Stacking Chairs with Arms Pagholz Germany 1970
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Large lot of 30 stacking chairs with armrests model S22 designed by Elmar Flototto and manufactured by Pagholz, Germany 1970. These chairs have black v-shaped metal frames and dark b...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

De Sede DS 50 Reclining Leather Lounge Armchair, Switzerland
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
We are delighted to bring to you a DS 50 model reclining leather lounge armchair built to incredibly high standards by De Sede craftsman in Switzerland. This reclining lounge armchai...
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1980s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Early DCW Bent Plywood Chair by Charles Eames for Evans, 1940s
Located in London, GB
Early example of the DCW by Charles and Ray Eames. Manufactured by Evans Production Company in California, USA, 1940s. Lovely example of Eames' plywood dining chair with five-two-...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Plywood

Eames Arm Shell Desk Chair by Herman Miller
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An upholstered Eames rolling arm shell desk chair in a medium aqua marine toned soft fabric with cream hard molded backside. The swiveling seat is supported by a satin black steel tu...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Task Chair with 5 Star Base by Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
We have 6 chairs total, this listing is for one chair. Design Studio 7.5, 2009 Die-cast aluminum, Lyris™ fabric Made by Herman Miller Measurements: 37.25-32.50 inches adjus...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal