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Mid-Century Modern Sofas

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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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Claudio Vagnoni for 1P 'Pagru' Modular Sofa in Blue and Brown Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Claudio Vagnoni for 1P, ‘Pagru’ modular sofa, blue and brown fabric upholstery, Italy, 1968 Striking ‘Pagru’ modular sofa designed in Italy by Claudio Vagnoni, manufactured by 1P...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Camel Leather and Walnut Sofa from De Pas, D'Urbino Lomazzi for Padova, Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-Century Modern couch, camel leather, walnut, De Pas, D'Urbino & Lomazzi, Padova, Italy Comfortable and gorgeous seating piece by these Italian masters. The patina of the leath...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Walnut

Tito Agnoli Sofa Daybed for Cinova, Italy, 1968
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice cosy and functional daybed sofa model 711 designed by Tito Agnoli and manufactured by Cinova, Italy 1968. The sofa has a wood structure covered with foam and fabric, with m...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Aluminum

Reupholstered Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofa with Metal Base by Lenzi
Located in Berlin, DE
Reupholstered Italian Mid-Century Modern sofa with metal base by Lenzi This three-seat sofa was produced by Italian company Lenzi in the 1950s. The base is made of lacquered metal...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

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

Vittorio Introini for Saporiti 'Larissa' Sofa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vittorio Introini for Saporiti, three-seat sofa, fabric, acylic, chrome, Italy, 1969 Bulky and sturdy 'Larissa' sofa designed by Vittorio Introini for Saporiti in acrylic and dark...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Vivai del Sud Large Four Seat Sofa in Pink Fabric Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vivai del Sud, sofa, pink fabric upholstery, Italy, 1970s This vibrant and cheerful sofa was created in the 1970s. This item is upholstered in a shiny two-tone pink fabric. The s...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Upholstery

Carlo de Carli Sofa in Tubular Steel and Light Brown Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carlo de Carli, sofa, steel, fabric, Italy, 1960s Two-seat sofa by Italian designer Carlo de Carli. The tubular steel frame consists of curved parts in different diameters. The ar...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Curved Sofa by Frederico Munari, 1960
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Curved sofa by Frederico Munari From 1960.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wood

Vignelli Saratoga Large Black Sofa with Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova, 'Saratoga' three-seat sofa, polyester lacquer and black leather, Italy, 1964 This three-seat sofa named 'Saratoga' is designed by Italia...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Polyester

Handsome Dutch Leather and Pine Plank Sectional Sofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Striking leather and pine slat back sectional sofa with a movable or removable headrest. Consists of 5 Individual Sections with Fence-Like Frame. Each section has Flat Chrome Hooks t...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Pine

Vintage Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Located in Brooklyn, NY
English Victorian style camel tufted leather chesterfield sofa with out-scrolled arms on four wooden brown feet. Brass rivets along trim. Solid frame. Aged leather discoloration.
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

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

Camaleonda Sofa in Original Fabric by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, 1970s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Mario Bellini Camaleonda sofa from the 1970s. The sectional elements of this sofa can be used freely and apart from one another. Because the sofa is modular and backs and armrests a...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool

Eames Compact Sofa for Herman Miller, Classic Modernist Design
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modern Icon, Classic Sofa Compact, early production, Designed by Charles and Ray Eames, manufactured by Herman Miller, Recently re upholstered, Extremely comfortable, Hand delivery a...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Solid Teak Danish Sofa
Located in Las Vegas, NV
This is the classically perfect, solid teak, Danish sofa. This is a beautifully and solidly designed sofa with a slat back. This sofa is quite substantial and weighty in construction...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Teak

Custom Angular Sofa by Harvey Probber with Sofa Table / Writing Desk
Located in Dallas, TX
Custom angular sofa designed by Harvey Probber with custom sofa table writing desk with two drawers. This beautiful set is in excellent-restored condition with new upholstery.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Sofa in Yellow Velvet Gold & Wood Details
Located in Porto, PT
Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Sofa in Yellow Velvet with Gold & Wood Details Giulia Sofa Giulia sofa is a mid-century style sofa. This luxury sofa promises to be the absolute...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Finn Juhl Japan Series Two-Seaters Sofa, Wood and Raf Simons Fabric
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Two-seaters sofa designed by Finn Juhl in 1957, relaunched in 2007. Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark. Finn Juhl’s partnership with the furniture manufacturer France ...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

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, Nickel

Danish Sofa in Soft Pink Textured Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sofa, fabric, brass, beech, Denmark, 1950s A bright frame in beech wood curves around the seat and backrest. Both are upholstered in a soft pink fabric that is attached to the fra...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Danish 1940s Banana Form Curved Sofa or Loveseat in Red Mohair
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful and very elegant 1940s curved two-seat sofa in green mohair wool fabric. The sofa has springs in the seat and the backrest and the cushions are nice and firm and the sofa v...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Mohair, Beech

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

Percival Lafer Lounge Sofa in Jatoba & Leather, Brazil, 1970
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice sculptural and comfortable lounge sofa designed and manufactured by Percival Lafer, Brazil 1970. Percival Lafer was one of the leading design manufacturers in Brazil who ac...
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1970s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Faux Leather, Hardwood

Reupholstered Danish Mid-Century Modern Three-Seat Sofa by Ludvig Pontoppidan
Located in Berlin, DE
Reupholstered Danish Mid-Century Modern three-seat sofa by Ludvig Pontoppidan Gorgeous three-seat sofa with elegant curves designed and produced by Danish master craftsman Ludvig ...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Oak

Danish 1940s Curved Banana Shape Loveseat in Yellow Mohair
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Viggo Boesen style banana shaped or curved Loveseat made in Denmark, circa 1940. This small sofa will make a strong statement in any room. Beautiful round voluptuous lines and with l...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Beech, Mohair

Set of Vladimir Kagan for Directional "Cloud" Sofas in Wool
Located in Stamford, CT
A stunning and rare set of vintage "Cloud" sofas designed by architect and furniture designer Vladimir Kagan for Directional. The sofas feature a distinctive curved frame that gives ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool, Walnut

Stunning Two Piece Modernist Jack Lenor Larsen Sofa
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning two piece Modernist Jack Lenor larsen sofa, retains original Jack Lenor Larsen Velvet Upholstery. amazing condition. Bold colors, extremely comfortable, down filled, can be ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet

Danish Modern Two-Seat Sofa with Dark Cognac-Colored Leather Made in Denmark
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Danish vintage sofa for 2 persons manufactured in Denmark in the 1970s. It's upholstered with the original dark cognac-colored leather/almost brown with light patina after use and a...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Oak

Sofa, Anonymous, Denmark, 1950's
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stained beech, lambskin upholstery and leather buttons. Measures: L: 155 cm/ 61" D: 80 cm/ 31 1/2" H: 74 cm/ 29 1/4" SH: 42 cm/ 16 1/2".    
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Lambskin, Leather, Beech

Italian Modern Curved Loveseat with Brass Legs, Circa 1950
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Italian modern Gio Ponti inspired curved loveseat with brass legs. Our small sculptural Italian sofa is both stylish and comfortable. This piece was taken down to the frame ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sectional Sofa
Located in Raleigh, NC
An outstanding vintage sofa completely restored and updated with curly boucle upholstery. This piece is in like new condition and very comfortable. Modern elegance as expected from V...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

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

Martin Visser for 'T Spectrum Br49 Sleeper / Sofa, the Netherlands, 1950's
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This sofa is model BR 49, a design by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum the Netherlands and is one of the most rare and sought after daybeds of the Dutch Mid-century. In contradiction...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Sofa Djinn Model by Olivier Mourgue in Yellow Fabric
Located in Milano, IT
Vintage Djinn two-seater sofa designed by Olivier Mourgue in 1965 for Airborne. Metal frame lined with foam and covered in yellow Kvadrat publisher's fabric. The feet have steel Skat...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Aluminum, Iron

Italian Leather Sofa by Mario Bellini le Bambole for B&B Italia 1970s
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, 'Le Bambole' sofa, brown patinated leather, Italy, 1972. This piece is one of the very rare prototypes or early editions, and still 100% original, read ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Mario Bellini 1970s Italian Dark Brown Leather Sofa le Bambole by B&B Italia
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, 'Le Bambole' sofa, brown patinated leather, Italy, 1972. This piece is one of the very rare prototypes or early editions, and still 100% original, read ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Armless Sofa
Located in La Grange, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates mid century armless sofa This sofa measures: 96 wide x 32 deep x 28.5 inches high, with a seat height of 18 inches Ready for new upholstery...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

POP Modernist Button Tufted Sofa by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Chrome Wrap
Located in Buffalo, NY
Outrageous Pop modern button tufted sofa designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin, Chrome wraps entire base and forms support for the button-tufted arms and back. Elegant from eve...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Mid Century Blub Blub Sofa by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1970s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
This is a stunning blub blub sofa by Pierre Paulin, fabricated by Artifort in the 70's. A extremely rare piece. Cosy and elegant shapes with a comfortable seat. Four foam sea...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Vintage Brown Leather Chesterfield Sofa, 2 Available
Located in Burbank, CA
Elegant vintage leather chesterfield sofa manufactured in Great Britain, circa 1950s. This sofa has a design where the elegant arrangement of the deep tufted diamond upholstery throu...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

1970s De Sede Leather Sofa
Located in High Point, NC
A 1970s leather sofa from Swiss furniture manufacturers De Sede. Smooth, camel-colored leather and a relaxed, streamlined silhouette give a luxurious sense of contemporary repose. Th...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

1970s 3-Piece Togo Sofa Set by Ducaroy for Ligne Roset, Chocolate Velvet, France
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Created by Michel Ducaroy in 1973 for Ligne Roset, the Togo is one of the most versatile icons of Mid-Century Modern design. Extremely lightweight, it is designed to be shifted aroun...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet, Foam

1950s Guillerme et Chambron Curved Oak Sofa
Located in High Point, NC
The graceful curve of this oak sofa by French designers Guillerme et Chambron makes an effortlessly elegant impression. Warm oak with a natural finish is fashioned into a light frame...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Upholstery, Oak

Adrian Pearsall 'Gondola Sofa' by Craft Associates, Fully Restored
Located in Utrecht, NL
Iconic sofa model 2408 / 'Gondola' sofa by Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates, USA mid 1950's. The sofa has a beautiful open structure (note the partly open back support) and rests ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

1970s Pair of 2-Seater Maralunga Sofas by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Iconic Mid-Century Modern pair of Italian "Maralunga" two-seater sofas / armchairs by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. This pair features their original knitted wool upholstery in iv...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool

Large Iconic Sculptural Curved Sofa in the Style of Ico Parisi
Located in London, GB
A large Italian curved asymmetrical sofa in the style Ico Parisi, on brass feet by ISA, and newly upholstered in grey silk velvet.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Danish Banana Sofa, c.1970
Located in London, Greenwich
A vintage Danish banana sofa with a stylised curved back and floral upholstery. The sofa is comfortable and home ready.
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid-Century Modern Sofa
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates sofa with removable cushions. Great lines and better scale measuring 75" wide. The fabric was just reupholstered in a solid black pleath...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Textile, Walnut

1950's Italian Curved Sofa, Bouclè and Rafia
Located in Firenze, IT
Curved sofa, original vintage structure in perfect condition and vintage patina, newly reupholstered in bouclè fabric and white rafia, black wood feets, Italy 1950's circa.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Upholstery, Raffia, Wood

Knole Sofa by George Smith
Located in Miami, FL
The down filled cushions make this sofa very comfortable. It is in very good condition. The pillows show a little wear but nothing really bad.
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid-Century Modern Iconic Sofa All Original
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning signed Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates sofa with removable cushions. Great lines and better scale measuring 75" wide. The fabric s shown is original from the 1960's and...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Textile, Wood, Walnut

Cleo Baldon Handcrafted 8' Leather Sofa for Terra, circa 1965
Located in Camden, ME
Cleo Baldon leather upholstered "saddle bag" sofa designed in 1965 for her furniture company, Terra. This elegant studio crafted sofa has a frame of hand hammered and wrought iron s...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Iron

Modular Cloud Sofa Bouclé Fabric by Opdipo, Italy, 1980s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Huge modular cloud sofa couch settee or separate armchairs chairs "Divani Variabili" fully upholstered in bouclé fabric by the designers Fabrizio Boldrini and Ettore Lariani for the ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wood, Fabric, Foam

Ferdinand Kramer Sofa, New Upholstery
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
This sofa was designed by German architect Ferdinand Kramer in 1953 for Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Its straight lines and generous proportions convey a c...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Mid Century Modern 10 Foot Long Low Angled Sofa Style of Paul McCobb
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid-Century Modern 10 foot low angled sofa style of Paul McCobb. Sofa has been reupholstered at one time - all foam in good shape. Has solid wood tapered legs under frame. Ready for ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

1950s Slick Italian Sofa Daybed Style of Osvaldo Borsani + Crisp New Upholstery
Located in National City, CA
Angular Italian Sofa-Day Bed in the manner of architect designer Osvaldo Borsani. Unmarked. Made in Italy 1950s. Midcentury Mod at its finest. The arms can be lifted providing mor...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Iron

20th Century Italian Butterfly Two Seater Sofa, Rosewood Divano by Paolo Buffa
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small, vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian two-seater love sofa with two pillows, designed by Paolo Buffa in good condition. The seat back rest of the butterfly divano, settee is sl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal, Brass