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Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Modern Furniture Design
Modern Furniture Design

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Armchair Balu' Office, Metal Base Swivel and Upholstery in Velvet by Emilio Nan
Located in MARANO VICENTINO, IT
The deep, rounded seat encourages relaxation and conversation. The perfectly balanced volume of the body matches impeccably with the characteristic support frame, thus redefining the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Velvet

Armchair Balu' Office, Swivel Metal Frame and Upholstery Fabric by Emilio Nanni
Located in MARANO VICENTINO, IT
The deep, rounded seat encourages relaxation and conversation. The perfectly balanced volume of the body matches impeccably with the characteristic support frame, thus redefining the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Fabric

Lloyd Bar Stool with Leather or Shearling Cushion
Located in Baltimore City, MD
Lloyd Bar Stool by Crump and Kwash Solid wood construction / hand rubbed oil finish / metal rungs / leather wrapped back support / leather wrapped seat cushion Dimensions : 23...
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2010s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Brass

French Kiss High-Back Trestle-Based Chair by Stefano Bigi
Located in Milan, IT
Part of Stefano Bigi's French kiss collection, this swivel chair is attractive, sophisticated and extremely comfortable. Its steel structure sits atop a chromed trestle base and is c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Lopold Fixed-Based Chair by Giulio Manzoni
Located in Milan, IT
The Lopod collection is designed for both residential and office use. This armchair features a polyurethane outer shell completely covered in Natural-colored leather and a cold-mould...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Other

Frenchkiss Low-Backed Trestle-Based Chair by Stefano Bigi
Located in Milan, IT
This sled-style, low-backed chair features a steel structure painted in matte white with dash-colored, soft-leather covering over polyurethane foam padding. The chair's barely-there ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Zuma Swivel high back w Desk Armchair in Leather by Patrick Norguet
Located in New York, NY
Zuma is Artifort’s new armchair designed by French designer Patrick Norguet. A soft and inviting, light and ergonomic chair, which was initially designed for offices but with its com...
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2010s Dutch Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Zuma Green High Back Desk Chair by Patrick Norguet
Located in New York, NY
Zuma is Artifort’s new armchair designed by French designer Patrick Norguet. A soft and inviting, light and ergonomic chair, which was initially designed for offices. With its comfor...
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2010s Dutch Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Fabric

Charla Office Chair in Wood, Polished Brass and Black and Grey Leather
Located in New York, NY
Its ergonomic shape ensures the right posture, which allows working comfortably for hours, and the best materials, velvet, brass and lacquered wood ensure high-quality. All combined ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Modern Spheric Ottoman in Boucle Fabric by NOOM
Located in Kyiv, UA
New NOOM furniture collection is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus School in Germany. Ideas of functionalism and conciseness, the combination of craft...
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2010s Ukrainian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Bouclé, Fabric, Textile

Modern Spheric Ottoman in Fire Retardant Wool by NOOM
Located in Kyiv, UA
New NOOM furniture collection is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus School in Germany. Ideas of functionalism and conciseness, the combination of Craft...
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2010s Ukrainian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Fabric, Textile

Modern Light Gray Fabric Desk Chair with Walnut Base
Located in Mexico, MX
Helsinki collection. Helsinki desk chair: simple, elegant, comfortable. Available in oak and walnut base or in custom materials, may be upholstered with variety of fabrics and colors...
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2010s North American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

EOOS Designed Cahoots Relax Chair for Keilhauer in Chartreuse D
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a Cahoots "Relax Chair" 9060 designed by EOOS for Keilhauer Canada Swiveling chair on 4-star pedestal base in polished aluminum, with its original Chartreuse fabric ...
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2010s Canadian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

EOOS designed Cahoots Relax Chair for Keilhauer in Chartreuse A
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a Cahoots "Relax Chair" 9060 designed by EOOS for Keilhauer Canada Swiveling chair on 4-star pedestal base in polished aluminum, with it's original Chartreuse fabric...
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2010s Canadian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

EOOS Designed Cahoots Relax Chair for Keilhauer in Chartreuse B
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a Cahoots "Relax Chair" 9060 designed by EOOS for Keilhauer Canada Swiveling chair on 4-star pedestal base in polished aluminum, with it's original Chartreuse fabric...
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2010s Canadian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

EOOS designed Cahoots Relax Chair for Keilhauer in Chartreuse C
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a Cahoots "Relax Chair" 9060 designed by EOOS for Keilhauer Canada Swiveling chair on 4-star pedestal base in polished aluminum, with it's original Chartreuse fabric...
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2010s Canadian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

"DS-343/01" - Executive Chair by De Sede
Located in New York, NY
Revolutionary seating concept DS-343 is an armchair that moves when the person seated moves – because the object is constructed not with a classic seating surface that stops at the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Vitra Meda Swivel Chair, Leather Seat, Black NetWeave Back
Located in Vancouver, BC
The Meda chair embodies the successful combination of comfort, technology and aesthetics. Its synchronized movement and tilting lockable backrest, married with seat padding and sling...
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2010s Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

De Sede DS-257/01 Executive Armchair in Black Upholstery by De Sede Design Team
Located in New York, NY
Sitting comfortably is the name of the game here! Designed as a Classic executive chair, the DS-257 is the perfect choice for concentrated and at the same time comfortable work, made...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

De Sede DS-257/11 Executive Armchair in Black Upholstery by De Sede Design Team
Located in New York, NY
Sitting comfortably is the name of the game here! Designed as a Classic executive chair, the DS-257 is the perfect choice for concentrated and at the same time comfortable work, made...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Vintage Roundback Armchair
Located in Chicago, IL
A chic sculptural vintage American roundback armchair newly upholstered in a chunky white wool bouclé, and newly painted steel frame. The perfect office or desk chair, or tucked in a...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Set of Two Cantilever Chrome Frame Brown Leather Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Cantilever black chromed frame Upholstered in brown leather Original price: $2,073.
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2010s European Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Chromcraft Adjustable Armed High Back Rolling Office Chair Orange Hopsack Fabric
Located in Topeka, KS
Stunning modern style Chromcraft high back office chair comprised of orange hopsack fabric on a chrome four prong X base with casters, adjustable height, and adjustable lean. Gorgeou...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Spritz Swivel Chair with Armrest by Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors
Located in Cantu, IT
Swivel chair with armrest structure in beechwood and foam. Upholstery in leather CAT. A vintage Col. 13. Back handle in leather. An adjustable base in metal brushed bronze finishing....
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Beech, Wood

Key West Armchair by Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors
Located in Cantu, IT
Swivel armchair Structure in multi-layer wood and foam. Upholstery in leather CAT. B Nabuk Col. Musk Green with embroidered RC logo. Back in glossy Carbalho grey color. Adjustable sw...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood

Donghia Cantilever Tub Chair
Located in Houston, TX
Claret wine felt wool style upholstered chair with tub-shaped tight back and seat cantilevered on a polished chromed steel base.
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Late 20th Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Saporiti Stainless Steel and White Upholstered Dining Chairs Italian Set of Four
Located in North Miami, FL
These wonderful vintage cantilevered Italian Saporiti signed dining chairs and or kitchen chairs are all beautifully restored, polished and have newly been re-upholstered. The origin...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

BA001T Preludia Chair in Oak Oil Finish by Brad Ascalon
Located in New York, NY
The BA001T Preludia chair by Brad Ascalon is beautifully crafted in natural materials, it is available in oak, walnut or beech with wooden legs and various finishes. The chair is par...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Oak

RH-305 Bauhaus Dining Tufted Armchair Leather, Stainless Steel Legs by De Sede
Located in New York, NY
Chair with armrests RH-305/01 by De Sede. A chair that has lost none of its elegance and style since it was created in the 1950s, an icon. The re-edition remains a Classic, but has b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

KT-221 Bauhaus Occasional Chair in Tufted Natural Leather and Metal by De Sede
Located in New York, NY
Lounge chair KT221/01 by De Sede. Relaunch and update of the design created in 1956. Objectively functional design of an iconographic, architectural construction through the transfer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

RH-301 Bauhaus Leather Tufted Lounge Chair with Steel Legs by Robert Haussmann
Located in New York, NY
Chair RH-301/01 by De Sede. The appeal of tubular stainless steel furniture is timeless. Created in 1954 as a tribute to Mies van der Rohe, Robert Haussmann’s famous chrome-plated fl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

ClassiCon Non Conformist Chair in White Leather by Eileen Gray
Located in New York, NY
It piques and provokes what one might expect of it, and yet it is inexplicably aesthetic and harmonious - a nonconformist on velvet paws. Eileen Gray commented quite pragmatically on...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

RH-305 Bauhaus Dining Tufted Chair Leather and Stainless Steel Legs by De Sede
Located in New York, NY
Chair RH-305/01 by De Sede. A chair that has lost none of its elegance and style since it was created in the 1950s, an icon. The re-edition remains a Classic, but has been adapted sl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

ClassiCon Non Conformist Chair in Leather by Eileen Gray
Located in New York, NY
It piques and provokes what one might expect of it, and yet it is inexplicably aesthetic and harmonious, a nonconformist on velvet paws. Eileen Gray commented quite pragmatically on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Sisli Chair, Slightly Flared Leg and Slim Back Pair with an Exaggerated Curved
Located in Houston, TX
A classic silhouette with flair. The Sisli chair’s slightly flared leg and slim back pair with an exaggerated curved arrest to bring a sense of elevated style to any dinning table or...
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2010s Turkish Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood

Eight Wheeled B&B MaxAlto Collection Alcantara Armchairs, 1990s
Located in Milano, IT
Eight wheeled B&B Max Alto Collection Alcantara armchairs from Italy from 1990s. Suitable both for office and living room chairs. No restoration needed. Excellent conditions. A vid...
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1990s Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Acrylic

Bernd Munzebrock for Geiger-Brickel Bristol Leather Attaché Chair
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
This line debuted in the late 1970s. Each chair is on casters and feature authentic, original, leather upholstery in very good condition. Interestingly, this chair was featured in th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Contemporary Office Chair by Fabio Arcaini Velvet Leather Nabuk
Located in Modugno, IT
Olivia office chair, wood padded structure with multi density foams, the seat has wooden frame with interwooden belts. It has rotating wheels. Olivia comes in velvet, fabrics, leath...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Fabric, Velvet, Leather

Andrea Branzi "Revers" Dining Armchairs for Cassina, 1990s, Set of Four
Located in Miami, FL
Set of four ebony brown Revers dining chairs model 952 designed by Andrea Branzi for Cassina in 1993. These chairs were produced circa late 1990s. The 952 "Revers" chair is fit for ...
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1990s Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Set of 8 Desk and or Conference Chairs by Marcello Ziliani
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of 8 desk and or conference chairs by Marcello Ziliani, made in Italy, pressed hard plastic makes ergonomic seating scoop, adjustable height with swivel on casters. Painted base....
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Lloyd Counter Stool with Leather or Shearling Cushion
Located in Baltimore City, MD
Lloyd Stool by Crump and Kwash Solid wood construction / hand rubbed oil finished / metal rungs / leather wrapped back support / leather wrapped seat cushion Dimensions : 23” W ...
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2010s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Brass

Montgomery Solid Wood, and Woven Leather Modern Dining Chair
Located in Baltimore City, MD
Montgomery dinning chair by Crump and Kwash Hand shaped solid wood frame / hand rubbed oil finish / handwoven vegetable tanned leather seat and back Dimensions - 20 W x 21 D x...
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2010s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Maple, Oak, Walnut

De Sede Customizable Leather Rocking Chair
Located in New York, NY
DS-900/01 customizable rocking chair by De Sede. Technical details: Standard configuration: lastic runners / Piping tone on tone. For further versions, please inquire. If not spe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather

Mario Bellini Post-Modern Executive Desk Chair for Vitra, Signed and Dated 1992
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A spectacular set of Mario Bellini signed desk chairs for the Vitra, dated 1992 production. This Post Modern set of task chairs feature soft and supple black leather in excellent con...
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1990s Swiss Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Plastic

De Sede International Steel Tube Armchair by Hans Eichenberger
Located in New York, NY
HE-113/01 armchair by De Sede. Technical details: Upholstery: SEDEX upholstery with wadding cushion. Strap cover in core leather black. Frame: Chrome-plated steel tube frame. Bl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Otto Zapf for Knoll International Leather Management Chair, c. 1985, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This gorgeous black leather executive management desk chair is by Otto Zapf for Knoll International, circa 1985. Constructed of heavily cushioned sections, with the top head section ...
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1980s American Vintage Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

De Sede DS-279 Office Chair with Castors in Perla Upholstery by Christian Werner
Located in New York, NY
A relaxing miracle for all desires. Low- or high-backed chairs with a slender star base, as dining chairs or lounge chairs, for uplifting seating comfort with the highest esthetic st...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Smania Italian Modern Prototype Brass and Azur Blue Living Room Armchair
Located in New York, NY
This chair is an Italian prototype by the company Smania with great embracing line. The design of the gently curved open back makes it very comfortable, gives attitude to this piece ...
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2010s Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Brass, Metal

Eames Office Chair ES 104 Lobby Chair Vitra in White Leather
Located in London, GB
Beautiful ES 104 Lobby chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra in white leather. Providing exceptional comfort owing to its structural design, the ES 104 Lobby chair is the ulti...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Handsome RH Vintage Solid Oak Captain's Swivel Desk Chair Task Office Use
Located in National City, CA
Good looking and very handsome restoration hardware vintage solid oak captain's desk chair office task use Swivel function with continuous arm and aluminum base. Label present. Mea...
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2010s Chinese Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Jeff Messerschmidt Lucite, Arctic Sheepskin Armchair
Located in New York, NY
Pipeline series Lucite armchair or desk chair designed by Jeff Messerschmidt in luxurious pure white long hair arctic sheepskin. New upholstery is dense and extremely soft, frame is ...
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20th Century American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Sheepskin, Lucite

Custom Desk/Vanity Chair in Walnut on Brass Castors, 1990s
Located in New York, NY
Custom design desk/vanity chair in walnut on brass castors upholstered in fabric with geometric motif, American, 1990s. This chair is beautifully made.
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1990s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Brass

Contemporary Desk Chair in French Walnut, Metal and Linen, Jean Collection
Located in Mareil-Marly, Yvelines
Sleek contemporary French walnut desk chair designed and created by Barnabé Richard as part of the Jean collection, paying tribute to Jean Prouvé. The design is decidedly modern. The...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Lensvelt PHM2012 Office Chair
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Office chair designed by Piet Hein Eek. Also can be used as meeting room or dining room chair.    
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Steel

Lensvelt AVL Office Chair
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Lensvelt has designed a collection of office furniture in cooperation with Atelier van Lieshout. The first chair in the AVL collection is the AVL Office Chair. This was specially des...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Modern by Giuseppe Carpanelli Office Armchair 2019 Sycomoro Dark Wood
Located in Desio, IT
Office armchair, with veneered back in Sycomoro dark frisè wood, upholstery in polyurethane in different densities, base in metal, equipped with amortized mechanism adjustable in hei...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood, Leather, Fabric, Velvet, Faux Leather

Anonima Castelli Desk Armchair
Located in Catania, IT
Desk armchair in green fabric, adjustable in height, equipped with wheels, all working and in excellent condition, the model of the armchair is attributable to the company specializi...
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1960s Italian Vintage Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Dutch Modernist 'Bossche school' Armchairs by Gerard Wijnen
Located in Antwerp, BE
‘Bossche School’ armchairs in greige lacquered solid wood. Gerard Wijnen was a Dutch Architect who worked in the same principles as Dom Hans van der Laan. Form follows function. Ge...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood