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Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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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Illum Wikkelso Large Danish Banana Sofa with Scissor Legs in Teak, 1960's
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Stunning large Danish modern 1960s sofa designed by Illum Wikkelso and manufactured by Soren Willadsen in the early 1960s. Cross leg design in solid teak typical for many of Wikkelso...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool, Teak

'Presidencial' Sofa by Jorge Zalszupin for L'Atelier Brazil, c. 1960, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an ideal signed collectors example of the extremely rare 'Presidencial' three seat sofa by Jorge Zalszupin for L'Atelier Moveis, Sao Paolo Brazil, circa 1960. Featuring a scu...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Corner Sofa/Settee, Italy, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
A striking piece and a versatile scale. It has a big look but doesn't have a large footprint.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet

De Sede DS 152 Oval White Leather Sofa by Jane Worthington for De Sede
Located in Casteren, NL
A rare Swiss lounge sofa model DS-152 designed by Jane Worthington for De Sede. It comes in the original white leather upholstery with a flattened chromed steel frame. The sofa is ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Prototype Salvador Dali 'Salivasofa' from 1974 with Certificate of Authenticity
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Amazing and super rare Salvador Dali lips 'Salivasofa' prototype dating from 1974. Five or six such prototypes were slowly developed in stages during the period 1972-4 by Dali in col...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Foam

Edward Wormley Elegant Sofa with Mahogany Legs, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Elegant sofa with four back pillows and conical mahogany legs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1950s.    
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Foam, Wood, Mahogany, Fabric

2 and 3 Seat Mohair 'CALIFORNIA' Sofas by Jacques Charpentier, Paris, 1970
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Superb and exclusive two and three seat mohair 'CALIFORNIA' sofas freshly reupholstered in beautiful mohair fabric with inset stainless steel bases by Parisian high society designer ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Vico Magistretti, Sofa Model 675 Maralunga for Cassina
Located in Munster, NRW
Sofa 675 “Maralunga”, by designer Vico Magistretti for Cassina. Iconic piece of contemporary design, the 675 series was first published in 1973 and won the Compasso d’Oro in 1979. Bl...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Simone Sofa by 
Ufficio Progetti Gavina for Simon International
Located in Dronten, NL
Simone two-seat sofa by Simon International. Structure in signature Simon International gloss lacquered wood. Original black leather upholstery in great vintage condition. Marked S...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wood, Leather

Italian Mid-Century Sofa Two-Seat in Yellow Velvet, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
This stunning Italian Sofa of the 1950s is very stylish, with two seats extremely comfortable upholstered in a gorgeus yellow velvet with striped texture and a very sturdy structure ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet, Wood

Reupholstered 3-Seater Sofa by Tjerk Reijenga and Friso Kramer for Pilastro
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This rare 3-seater sofa is a combination of designs by Tjerk Reijenga and Friso Kramer, produced by Pilastro in 1965. The seat was designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel 1959 ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Mid Century ABCD 3-Seater Sofa by Pierre Paulin for Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Amazing sculptural three-seater ABCD sofa, designed by Pierre Paulin for Artifort in 1968. The sofa is composed of three separate segments characterized by the wave-shaped curves. Th...
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Early 2000s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Massimo Vignelli 'Saratoga' Sofas, White Lacquered Wood and Leather, Italy, 1964
Located in Stamford, CT
Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova, pair of 'Saratoga' three-seat sofas, polyester lacquer and clay red leather, Italy, 1964. Priced per the pair. You may purchase one if only...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Cor Alons Early Dutch Design Sofa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cor Alons for Den Boer, sofa, plywood, yellow fabric, the Netherlands, design 1947. This sofa in plywood gets its aesthetics come mostly from its functionality and materials. Cor ...
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1940s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Plywood

Postmodern 'Platina' Sofa by Durlet in Leather and Aluminum
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Durlet, three-seat sofa, model 'Platina', leather, aluminum, Belgium, 1970s. The large sofa features a brushed steel shell with thick, comfortable cushions inside. The black cushion...
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1970s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Heritage Furniture Dark Chocolate Leather Three-Seat Sofa, circa 1960s
Located in Chicago, IL
Heritage Furniture chocolate brown leather upholstered three seat Regency style sofa. Loose seat and black cushions with bleached and patinated mahogany legs. Originally sold through...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Mahogany

Woven Rattan Oval Shaped Couch, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
France, 1970s A beautifully formed and encompassing tightly woven oval rattan couch, supported on an iron frame. Measures: 86 W x 47 D x 30 / 16 H.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Rattan

COR Trio Modular Sofa, Giant Landscape in Chocolate Brown, 1972 by Team Form AG
Located in Munster, NRW
COR trio modular sofa, Giant Landscape in chocolate brown, 1972 by Team Form Ag. The modular sofa system, which was created in 1972 by Team Form AG in Switzerland for COR, blends ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Isamu Noguchi Freeform Sofa and Ottoman by Vitra
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sofa and ottoman designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1946. Manufactured by Vitra, Switzerland. Designed by Isamu Noguchi, the Freeform Sofa has a thin – but comfortable – layer of uphol...
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2010s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Foam, Wood

Contemporary Madda Lounge Chair in Boucle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Madda is a contemporary interpretation of the Classic club chair. The metal base fully wraps around the chair, as if to squeeze it into its plump and comfortable upper seating ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Danish 1940's Banana Shaped Curved Loveseat or Sofa Covered in Lambswool
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Banana shaped Viggo Boesen style curved two-seat sofa or loveseat made in Denmark in the 1940s. This sofa will make a strong statement in any room. Beautiful round lines and iconic b...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool, Beech

Set of Opposing Sofas by Vladimir Kagan for Directional in Bouclé
Located in Stamford, CT
A stunning and rare set of vintage "Serpentine" sofas designed by architect and furniture designer Vladimir Kagan for Directional. The sofas feature a distinctive curved frame that g...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Bouclé, Lucite, Walnut

1980 Postmodern Sectional Sofa in Marble Upholstery
Located in Chicago, IL
1980 Postmodern sectional sofa in marble upholstery. Excellent original condition.
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Mario Bellini 4-Piece Suede Leather Bambole Sofa Set for C&B Italia 'B&B Italia'
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Very early "Le Bambole" sofa set designed by Mario Bellini for C&B Italia (now B&B Italia). An icon of Mid-Century Modern Italian design, it was an instant success on launch in 1971 ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Suede

Curved Sectional Sofa System Style of Michael Taylor
Located in Chicago, IL
Curved sectional sofa system, style of Michael Taylor. 2-piece sofa system on solid bleached walnut legs with curved parson style sofa tables. Reupholstered with Classic herringbon...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wood, Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Extra Long Walnut Gondola Sofa
Located in La Grange, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates mid century extra long walnut gondola sofa Sofa measures: 117 wide x 31 deep x 30 high, with a seat height of 20.5 inches high All pieces of ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Marco Comolli Sofa Model 'CP1' Sofa in Walnut and Turquoise Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Marco Comolli for I.C.F. De Padova, sofa model 'CP1', walnut, leather, fabric, Italy, 1960s.  This sturdy sofa by Marco Comolli shows a beautiful combination of materials. The back ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Fabric, Walnut

Walter Knoll, Hollywood Lounge 4 Seater Sectional Sofa, 1972 for Knoll, Olive
Located in Munster, NRW
Stylish & cubist 4 piece sofa in olive green leather by Walter Knoll for Knoll in the 1970s. Each of the 4 elements can be placed separately, the bases are set in stainless steel,...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Dunbar Oasis Sofa by Edward Wormley, 1950s
Located in Chicago, IL
Early and rare oasis sofa designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model 5200. Fully restored. New charcoal mohair upholstery.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Mohair

Large Banana Form Curved Sofa in Blue Velvet, Denmark, 1940s
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful and very elegant 1940-50s large size curved three-seat sofa in blue mohair fabric. The sofa has springs in the seat and the backrest and the cushions are nice and firm and ...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool, Beech

Edward Wormley Chaise Lounge
Located in Chicago, IL
Wormley for Dunbar, left arm chaise, model 5524, solid walnut frame, with 3 newly down filled cushions reupholstered with Great Plains wool felt (gold label underside DUNBAR).
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Fratelli Reguitti Sofa Model 'Lord' in Walnut and Yellow Fabric Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Fratelli Reguitti, sofa model 'Lord', walnut, yellow fabric upholstery, Italy, 1959 Beautiful settee in solid walnut by Fratelli Reguitti. This sofa has a beautiful detailed and org...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Early Edward Wormley Oasis Sofa, Dunbar
Located in Raleigh, NC
This sofa is an excellent example of modern elegance. An extraordinary substantial piece fully restored and sitting lightly on a recessed walnut base. The new upholstery is soft and ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Mid Century Italian Sofa by Lenzi Nello, 1954
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Amazing and very rare Italian "piccolo" sofa, designed by Lenzi Nello in the early 50's. The lovely shapes and the stunning red velvet make it a eye-catcher in your room. Documented ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Monte Carlo Sofa in White Leather by Eileen Gray
Located in Dronten, NL
Eileen Gray’s perhaps most exclusive sofa radiates an allure from which no beholder can escape. The soft curve, the most unusual lines of the backrest make the Monte Carlo an incomp...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century Zebra Stripe Gondola Sofa
Located in La Grange, IL
Adrian Pearsall style Mid Century zebra stripe gondola sofa Sofa measures: 106.5 wide x 33 deep x 32.5 high, with a seat height of 17.5 inches and an arm height of 23.5 inches Al...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Crescent Sectional by Vladimir Kagan for Directional
Located in Stamford, CT
Extremely rare crescent sectional designed by Vladimir Kagan for Directional, circa 1970s. All insides including foam, straps, dacron, and spring system have been updated. Re-upholst...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool, Walnut

Iconic Adrian Pearsall 'Cloud" Sofa, c 1950s
Located in Stamford, CT
Iconic low-profile "Cloud" sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Fully restored, fitted with new foam, straps, and dacron. Newly upholstered in Great Plains soft woo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool, Walnut

Marco Zanuso for Arflex Sofa
Located in San Francisco, CA
A three-seat sofa by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, in cherry red wool. Features an armless, low seat, high back, and matte-chromed steel legs. Marked accordingly on a fabric label. Produ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Patricia Urquiola ''Trampoline' Outdoor Sofa, Steel, Rope and Fabric
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Outdoor sofa designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2020. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Patricia Urquiola interprets the happiness of life outdoors with a collection full of playful...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Rodolfo Dordoni ''Sail Out' Outdoor Sofa, Metal, Teak and Water-repellent Fabric
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sofa designed by Rodolfo Dordoni in 2020. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Inspired by the spirit of 1950s seaside resorts, Sail Out is an outdoor modular sofa that recalls the s...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Alberto Rosselli for Saporiti 'Confidential' Corner Sofa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Alberto Rosselli for Saporiti, “Confidential” corner sofa, iridescent patterned upholstery, Italy, 1970s Large corner sofa designed by Italian architect and furniture designer Alb...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Patricia Urquiola ''Trampoline' Outdoor Sofa, Steel, Rope and Fabric
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Outdoor Sofa designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2020. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Patricia Urquiola interprets the happiness of outdoor life with a high-impact product inspire...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen & Torben Lind Moduline Sofa in Navy Green Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen & Torben Lind for France & Søn, three-seat sofa, teak and leather, Denmark, 1962 Modern and beautiful colored modular sofa, designed by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen & ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Teak

Two 'Wave' Sofas in Sapphire Blue Leather by Giovanni Offredi
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Giovanni Offredi for Saporiti, two sofas, dark blue leather, steel frame, Italy, 1970s. These iconic wave sofas are designed by Giovanni Offredi in postwar Italy. The design for t...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Mario Bellini 'Camaleonda' Modular Sofa in Original Cognac Brown Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mario Bellini, modular sofa ‘Camaleonda’, original cognac brown leather, metal, Italy, design 1972 The sectional elements of the ‘Camaleonda’ were designed by Mario Bellini in the...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Johannes Spalt Black Leather Daybed
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Johannes Spalt for Wittmann, 'Constanze' daybed or sofa, black leather, steel, Austria, 1960s. This Austrian daybed named is typical for Mid-Century Modern design from Austria. T...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Black Lacquered and Brass Sectional Sofa by Michael Taylor for Baker
Located in Palm Springs, CA
1950’s four piece black lacquered and brass with off white fabric sectional sofa by Michael Taylor for Baker Furniture Co. Newly recovered with a soft off white chenille fabric. Th...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Pair of Marco Zanuso 'Milord ' Loveseats in Mohair Velvet, 1957, Arflex Italy
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Lovely pair of restored 'Milord' loveseats by Marco Zanuso for Arflex,Italy finished in Mohair fabric with mahogany veneer side panels. Both chairs are signed with original early fa...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Mohair, Foam, Latex, Rubber, Birch, Plywood, Mahogany

Superb 'Grand Prix' lounge chairs & sofa by Sculptor Maurice Calka, Arflex, 1960
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Fabulous, super rare, and monumental sculptural form 'Grand Prix' lounge set by prestigious French sculptor Maurice Calka (1921-1999) for Arflex, Italy, 1960. The upholstery on ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel, Steel, Nickel

Sofa, Couch, Mid Century Modern-Style, Custom, Upholstery, Hardwood, Semigood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Deep-seated sofa available in the upholstery of your choice. This couch has solid maple frame construction with tenons to prevent squeaking. Hand coiled individual springs, and the f...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Hardwood

Sofa Marco Zanuso Velvet Foam 1970s-1980s
Located in Milano, IT
2-seat sofa, foam padding, velvet upholstery.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet, Foam

Patricia Urquiola ''Trampoline' Outdoor Sofa, Steel, Rope and Fabric
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Outdoor sofa designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2020. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Patricia Urquiola interprets the happiness of outdoor life with a high-impact product inspire...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Rodolfo Dordoni ''Sail Out' Outdoor Sofa, Metal, Teak and Water-Repellent Fabric
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sofa designed by Rodolfo Dordoni in 2020. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Inspired by the spirit of 1950s seaside resorts, Sail Out is an outdoor modular sofa that recalls the s...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Sofa Marco Zanuso Velvet Foam 1970s 1980s
Located in Milano, IT
2-seater sofa, foam padding, velvet upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet, Foam

Pair of Two‐Seat Sofas Mod. 920 by Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Milan, IT
Pair of two-seat sofas mod. 920 by Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Italy, 1966. Manufactured by Cassina. 'Cassina' signed. Wood, fabric upholstery. Measures: 117 x 77 x H 66 cm, H seat 36 cm. ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Two-Seat Sofa by MIM
Located in Milan, IT
Two-seat sofa by MIM. Italy, 1950s. Manufactured by MIM, Mobili Italiani Moderni. Metal, fabric upholstery. Measures: 140 x 56 x H 73 cm H seat 38 cm. 55 x 22 x H 28.7 in H seat 14....
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Three-Seat Sofa Mod. "Le Bambole" by Mario Bellini
Located in Milan, IT
Three-seat sofa mod. "Le Bambole" by Mario Bellini Italy, circa 1972. Manufactured by B&B. Enlarged polyurethane, suede. Literature: Domus n. 515, ottobre 1972, pubblicità; Domus n. ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Suede, Foam