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Mid-Century Modern Side 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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Manou Bamboo Lounge Chair in White Canvas
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-century Manou dark stained bamboo lounge chair with new white canvas. In good overall condition with wear consistent with their age. Shot with matching bamboo and inset glass sid...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Canvas, Bamboo

Gastone Rinaldi for Rima Italian Mid-Century "DU 68" Chair, 1955
Located in Milan, IT
Gastone Rinaldi for Rima Italian mid-century "DU 68" chair 1955 DU 68 chair produced by Gastone Rinaldi for Rima. RIMA under the leadership of Gastone Rinaldi became a leading com...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Rattan

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Side Chairs, a Pair
Located in Garnerville, NY
Gibbings design for Widdicomb. Featuring his curvaceous tapered leg and barrel backs. Circa 1950-60. Beautiful lyrical design. Leather backs and seats. The price is for the pair. ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Birch, Maple

Mid-Century Modern Charles Hollis Style Tubular Lucite Chair Set by Hill Mfg
Located in Chattanooga, TN
This Mid-Century Modern tubular acrylic Lucite chair set is in the style of Charles Hollis Jones. Featuring curved waterfall style Lucite bars, detailed with simple brass caps and mo...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Velvet, Lucite, Acrylic

Arthur Umanoff, "Swing chair", Birch, Lacquered Iron, The Elton Company, 1953
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare "Swing chair" by Arthur Umanoff for The Elton Company, 1953. In birch plywood and lacquered wrought iron.  
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wrought Iron

Camel Leather Ottoman Pouf, 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large vintage round Moroccan leather pouf, handcrafted in brown camel leather. In original good condition.
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather

Eames Mesh Aluminum Group Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Aluminum group task chairs with mesh upholstery designed by Charles and Ray Eames and produced by ICF of Italy, under license. 4 available. Sold individually.
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Wrought Iron Accent Chairs in Ivory Boucle
Located in Chicago, IL
A pair of iron accent chairs newly restored in an Ivory boucle; reminiscent of designs by Arthur Umanoff.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wrought Iron

Set of Four Jansen Brass and Iron Armchairs, France, 1950's
Located in New York, NY
Elegant set of Jansen wrought iron chairs with X-shaped backrests, legs ending in brass sabots, upholstered in white bouclé.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Set of Twelve Upholstered Oak Dining Side Chairs by Jens Risom, USA, 1960's
Located in New York, NY
A set of twelve side chairs in oak and upholstery by Jens Risom.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Oak

Finn Juhl for Baker Furniture Teak and Cane Dining Chairs, Set of Four
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous set of four mid-century Danish Modern dining chairs By Finn Juhl for Baker Furniture India, 1950s Sculpted teak frames, with caned seats and backs. Measures: 2...
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1950s Indian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Cane, Teak

Eight Stacking Chairs by Karl Schwanzer, Thonet, Bicolored Wood, Austria, 1953
Located in Graz, AT
A very rare set of eight Viennese stackable chairs designed by Austrian architect Prof. Karl Schwanzer and manufactured by Thonet in the 1950s. The chairs are made of a dark brown s...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Beech

Walnut Dining Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, ca. 1960
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Walnut Dining Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, ca. 1960. Professionally restored walnut with gorgeous high end ivory tweed upholstery. Two chairs are with arms, two ar...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut

Shell Lounge Square Chair in Natural Walnut by Niko Kralj, Rex Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
With a square frame holding two shells, the Shell Square Lounge is an interesting blend of striking geometric lines in metal and softly curved plywood. Niko Kralj elevated the Shell ...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut

Desk Office Armchair Designed by Walter Knoll, 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
A beautiful brown leather armchair designed by Rudolf Bernd Glatzel for Walter Knoll, from the Art collection series. Structure made of heavy stainless steel, brushed frame and orig...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Allan Gould Compass Restored Black and Tan Side Chair Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This architectural and fully restored side chair that was called the compass chair was designed by Allan Gould in 1948 and produced by Herman Miller It is model #4171 and was conside...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Chiavari Faux Bamboo Brass and Upholstered Side Chair Italian Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This lovely polished brass Italian Mid-Century Modern Chiavari side chair has faux bamboo elements. It has just been re-upholstered in a stunning textural cut velvet crocodile white ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Gianni Moscatelli for Formanova Tulip Base Swiveling Desk Chair in Painterly Vel
Located in Chicago, IL
A swiveling accent or desk chair designed by Gianno Moscatelli for Formanova. This chair has been thoughtfully restored and now features a beautiful velvet upholstery fabric with a p...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Velvet

Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs, Gio Ponti atributed, Pink Maple Wood
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Italian Mid-Century Modern side chairs, Gio Ponti atributed, pink maple wood, lacquered, restored, polished with oil and new upholstered with Wharol Haring fabric. Excellent conditi...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Midcentury Mitchell Gold Side Chairs / Slipper Chairs
Located in Bellport, NY
Two newly upholstered vintage Mitchell Gold occasional chairs in excellent condition. The fabric is a soft and luxurious light grey, from the Robert Alan collection. Ebonized wood.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

Mid Century Side/Arm Chair in Ebonized Walnut by George Nelson for Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
This refined Mid-Century Modern arm/ side chair was designed by the illustrious George Nelson for Herman Miller circa 1950. It offers an angular frame with an arm rest that curves do...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Italian Mid-Century Set of Two Red Velvet Chairs 1950s
Located in Milan, IT
A beautiful set of two chairs from the famous "Scuola di Torino", with a black lacquered wooden structure and a rich red velvet seat.  
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Lacquer, Velvet

Pair of Chairs, circa 1960, France
Located in Girona, Spain
Pair of chairs. Made with pine. Architectural Brut design. Solid wood and iron brace. Circa 1960, France. Very good vintage condition.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Pine

Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli DSC 106 Chairs, Italy 1970
Located in Vienna, AT
Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli DSC 106 chairs, Italy 1970.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Barrel Back Lounge Chairs a Pair
Located in Fulton, CA
A pair of 1970's era barrel back lounge chairs with solid black walnut frames. Finger-joint detail at front of arms. Fine vintage condition with recent re-upholstery. Comfortable, di...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut

Set of Four Klismos Chairs in the Style of T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A set of four Klismos chairs in the style of T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings featuring off-white wood frames with leather strap seats. These Klismos chairs would work great in a Mid-Centu...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Midcentury Painted Woven Fibre Chair, English, circa 1950
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Very stylish chair. Such an amazing shape The woven fibre is painted white. This is the original paint. The Rexene or vinyl upholstery is original. There is a tiny break to ...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Set of Beautiful Side Chairs Model "Lis" in Danish Teak
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Set of beautiful side chairs model "Lis" in Danish teak, designed by Niels Koefoed and manufactured by Koefoeds Hornslet. Number of chairs: 5 Year 1960. Dimensions : H :93 x L : 4...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Rare Fibreglass Labelled "Garden Egg" Chairs by Peter Ghyczy, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1970s - design: Peter Ghyczy - good original condition - no later production !! - original upholstery - stamp with year and number.
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Plastic

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Side Chair, a Pair
Located in Plainview, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Modern side chairs designed by Eero Sarrinen (Finnish/American, 1910-1961) for Knoll Associates, USA. The chairs are finely upholstered in a stylish turmeric or...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mira Bar Stools in Walnut, US, 2021
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mira bar stools in walnut, US 2021 The chairs are in black walnut and signed.  
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood, Walnut

20th Century White Sheepskin, Swedish Beechwood Lounge Chair by Gösta Jonsson
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century Modern Swedish lounge chair, designed by Goesta Jonsson and produced by Moeblering Affair, made of hand carved beechwood, in good condition. The Scandinavian si...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Animal Skin, Sheepskin, Beech

Mies van der Rohe, Six Early Side Chairs Original Leather with Lacing, MR Series
Located in San Francisco, CA
These chairs bear the famous Italian Maker Label, Bononia, from who's owner and creator, Dino Gavina, Knoll purchased the company and rights to it's inventory. No restoration has b...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Set of Four Danish Jørgen Bækmark Dining Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Jorgen Baekmark dining chairs, set of four. These chairs are rare and are the original model J108 side chair, designed in the 1950s by Jorgen Baekmark for FDB Møbl...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Canvas, Wood

Pair of Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mira Chair in Walnut, US 2021
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of the mira chair by Nakashima Woodworkers. The chairs are in black walnut and signed.   
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood, Walnut

Pair of 1950s Italian Design Side Chairs Upholstered Sand Beige Colour Velvet
Located in London, GB
A pair of side chairs with sand beige colour cotton velvet upholstery, wood structure and tapered feet, Italian design, 1950s. These chairs are the perfect size to increase sitting ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Set of 10 Johannes Andersen for Uldum Møbelfabrik Danish Teak Dining Chairs
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Absolutely exquisite set Mid-Century Modern Danish teak dining chairs. This set of 10 chairs was designed by Johannes Andersen for Uldum Møbelfabrik. The chairs are labeled beneath t...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Faux Leather, Teak

Pr. of Chrome Superleggera Chairs Retailed by W & J Sloane
Located in New York, NY
Stylish pair of chrome ladder back chairs, design reminiscent of the iconic Ponti Superleggera chair. The chairs are in very good original condition, the black seats have inconsequen...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel

Set of 4 Early Swedish Orange Plastic Stacking Side Chairs by Overman
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Set of 4 early 1960s Swedish designed orange plastic stacking side chairs by Overman. The Overman Company began production in Sweden, before relocating (under the same name) to Lüneb...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Plastic

20th Century White Swedish Pair of Birchwood Dining Chairs by Carl Malmsten
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century Modern Swedish pair of dining chairs made of hand carved Birchwood, designed by Carl Malmsten and produced by Möbel Komponerad AV in good condition. The Scandin...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Turned Birch Wood & Fabric Upholstery Dining Chair Mid-Century Modern, Set of 3
Located in Miami, FL
Three Mid-Century Modern side chairs or dining chairs from the late 1970s made in America. Turned wooden frames and with a pale beige jute upholstery. The chairs are super comforta...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Foam, Jute, Birch

Pair of French Bentwood Rope Chairs, 1950's
Located in Chicago, IL
A pair of easy lounging chairs sourced in the South of France featuring bentwood beechwood frames and a two tone woven rope seat and back. A look that’s very reminiscent of Southern ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Rope

Pair of Botolo Chairs by Cini Boeri for Arflex in Shearling
Located in Chicago, IL
Designed by Cini Boeri in 1973, this chair provided a unique versatility to customers thanks to the variety of heights it was sold in and the wheels hidden in the legs, allowing the ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric

Set of Ten Grey Linen Brazilian Midcentury Dining Chairs by L'Atelier, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of ten 1960s Brazilian midcentury dining chairs by L'Atelier upholstered in gray linen.
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Linen, Wood

Pair of "Eva" Chairs by Bruno Mathsson for DUX
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A pair of "Eva" arm chairs by Bruno Mathsson for DUX. These have been signed on the rear frame. Both chairs are in good vintage condition and they have been lightly refinished and cl...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Cotton, Teak

Tommi Parzinger Veronese Wood and Upholstered Side Chairs Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This pair of Tommi Parzinger Mid-Century Modern black wood and upholstered Veronese side chairs are stunning. They have been completely restored from top to bottom with ebonized wood...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Ebony

Philodendron Leaf Dining Chair in Solid Bronze by Christopher Kreiling Studio
Located in Pasadena, CA
The Philodendron dining chair was hand-sculpted; be sure it's as comfortable as it is gorgeous! Each chair weighs about 40 pounds making it well suited for outdoor conditions, includ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass, Brass, Bronze, Bronze, Bronze

20th Century Danish France & Son Teakwood Rocking Chair by Ole Wanscher
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A light-brown, vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish Schaukelstuhl, rocking chair made of hand carved Teakwood, designed by Ole Wanscher and produced by France & Søn, in good condition. ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Pair of Italian Midcentury Hall Chairs
Located in London, GB
A pair of Italian mid-century hall chairs with sculptural backs, in lemon wood. The seats newly upholstered in grey wool with emerald green detailing.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fruitwood

Rare Pair of Open Armchairs by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Rare pair of armchairs by Gio Ponti. A rare variation of model #110, produced by Cassina. Open-grain bleached ash frames with upholstered seat and back and brass sabots. Very good co...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Ash, Fabric

Set of Six Breuer Style Lucite and Chrome Side Chairs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Rare set of six period midcentury chairs with Lucite slab seats and backs after contemporary designs by Marcel Breuer, circa late 1960s-early 1970s. Sturdy and quite comfortable. Me...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel

Italian Vintage Four Curved High Back Chrome Chairs in Blue Gray Stitch Fabric
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern set of four chrome chairs of sensual design, the front legs coming up on the sides and in a continuous design to create a support for the curved high back,...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal, Chrome

Set of Four Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip Armless Dining Chairs
Located in Miami, FL
A vintage 1960s set of four Mid-Century Modern white Tulip dining chairs with black vinyl seats. The chairs have their original finish with beautiful patina. The Tulip chair is very ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Karl Springer Tulip Armchair
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer Tulip armchair. The chair is gilt leather over wood. Signed underneath.
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1990s Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood, Leather

Set of Four Eames Herman Miller Black DSW Dining Chairs
Located in Miami, FL
A set of 4 DSW shell chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller in the 1950s. The dining or side chairs feature a molded black shell and walnut dowel "chopstick" legs...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Plastic, Walnut

Set of 2 Newly Upholstered Chairs by Paul McCobb for Arbuck, 1950s, US
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare set of 2 newly upholstered chairs from the Pavillion Collection. Made of wrought iron and designed by Paul McCobb.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet Side Chairs in Oak and Braided Straw
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet, pair of side chairs, oak, straw, France, 1950s These sculptural side chairs were created by the French designer couple Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Straw, Oak

Pair of Mid-Century Modern High Back Side Chairs Attributed to Paolo Buffa
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning pair of Mid-Century Modern high back side chairs. Attributed to Paolo Buffa for Marelli & Colico. Striking Italian design from the 1950s. Lacquered beech with original up...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass