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Mid-Century Modern Stools

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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Pair of Compas Wood Counter Stools, Italy
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Pair of Compas counter stools or high chairs, wood and rope. In the mood of Pierre Jeanneret, Chandigarh, Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Gio Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Rope, Wood

Italian 'Satellite' Bar Stools with Burgundy Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Bar stools, metal, red to purple fabric, mahogany, cane, Italy, 1980s. This set of Classic Italian casino barstools is upholstered with the original red striped fabric on a metal ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal

Art Populaire Bar Stools Mid-Century Modern
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art populaire bar stools Mid-Century Modern.
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wood

Midcentury Saddle Leather Safari Stool Hungary, circa 1970
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
Mid century safari stool with original patinated saddle leather seat. Absolutely exquisite design with a solid sculptural frame and leather seat. Beautiful solid wood grain and form...
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1970s Hungarian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wood, Leather

MCM 3 Walnut Cube Stools Black Upholstered Tops Jack Cartwright for Founders
Located in Topeka, KS
Amazing Mid-Century Modern trio of square walnut cube stools number 42102-01 with black faux leather upholstered tops by Jack Cartwright for Founders Furniture’s Patterns 7 line. Bea...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Faux Leather, Walnut

Pair of Woven Leather Folding Stools
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of woven leather stool featuring a folding wrought iron base with an x-frame profile and hammered metal details. The seat is composed of brown leather in a plain weave. The le...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal, Iron

Mid Century Wood Stools by Fratelli Rigamonti, Italy, 1950s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Fine Italian Modernist mid century wood poufs stools or benches by Fratelli Rigamonti in Desio Milano. In the mood of Gio Ponti, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Cassina, Zano...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wood

Limantour Contemporary Solid Wood and Upholstered Bar or Counter Stool by Luteca
Located in New York, NY
Handcrafted stool in bar (28") or counter (24") height in solid wood with upholstered seat cushion. (COM) Midcentury inspired shape with a contemporary edge.
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Vintage 1970s Stools Upholstered in Peter Dunham Textiles
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of vintage 1970s stools on steel bases. New upholstery in Peter Dunham Textiles "Zanzibar" indigo linen. In overall excellent condition. Minimal patina on the steel bases. Sold ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Steel

Pair of Compas Wood Counter Stools, Italy
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Pair of compas counter stools or high chairs, wood and rope. In the mood of Pierre Jeanneret, Chandigarh, Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Gio Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wood, Rope

Barstool, 24", Cantilever, Black Danish Cord, Walnut, Mid Century, Semigood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Mid-century inspired Walnut and Black Danish Cord Rian Cantilever Barstool. Can be made with any domestic or exotic hardwood of your choosing. Danish cord comes in three colors: Kraf...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cord, Hardwood

Bar Chair with Soft Velvet and Brass footrest Odisseia
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
Odisseia bar chair embodies the aesthetic spirit of the space age, a new kind of discreet luxury and comfort inspired by a futuristic era created by new visual experiences and concep...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Brass

Pair of Bar Stools Metal Perforated by Maurizio Tempestini, Italy, 1950s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Pair of bar or counter stools white enamel metal perforated by Maurizio Tempestini. Famous design like Mathieu Matégot.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal, Enamel

Contemporary Lacquered Rattan Barstool with Brass Detailing
Located in New York, NY
This mid-century inspired bar stool is finished with an ebony lacquered solid wood frame and brass feet caps. The back is strung with elegant woven rattan and a brass frame. The stoo...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Brass

Naj Bar Chair in Cotton Velvet with Wood and Brass Detail
Located in New York, NY
Guatemala was the stage of one of the most important discoveries in the 20th century – the Naj Tunich. Inspired by it is NAJ bar chair, a contemporary bar chair upholstered in cotton...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Upholstery, Velvet

Nanook Bar Chair in Cotton Velvet with Wood and Brass Detail
Located in New York, NY
Nanook is the master of bears, the one who decides the luck of the hunters in the Arctic regions. NANOOK Bar Chair blends the beauty and grandiosity of this animal. This bar stool wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Velvet

Bourbon Bar Chair in Cotton Velvet with Wood and Brass Detail
Located in New York, NY
The royalty, class and luxury of the Bourbon dynasty, represented by Louis XIV, inspired the velvet BOURBON bar chair, which makes up any refined ambience. Legs/Base: Ash with walnut...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Velvet

Dalyan Bar Chair in Faux Leather with Polished Brass Detail
Located in New York, NY
If Cleopatra was alive today, how would it be the furniture of her palace? This question dared our design team to create Dalyan bar chair. With legs in glossy black lacquer with glos...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Leather

Koi Stool in Cotton Velvet with Brass Base
Located in New York, NY
KOI carp is a recurring symbol of Japanese culture. Its natural colour mutations reveal their capacity to adapt, just like KOI Stool. Featuring a base in brushed aged brass and a top...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Velvet, Upholstery

Bourbon Counter Stool in Cotton Velvet And Aged Brass Details
Located in New York, NY
With origins in France, the House of Bourbon was a dynasty known for its class and luxury. Bourbon counter stool embodies this opulence through its button-tufted inner back, rich cot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Velvet

Dalyan Counter Stool in Faux Leather with Polished Brass Detail
Located in New York, NY
If Cleopatra was alive today, how would it be the furniture of her palace? This question dared our design team to create Dalyan counter stool. With legs in glossy black lacquer with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Faux Leather

Pair of Mid-Century Neoclassical Style Footstools
Located in Essex, MA
Pair of Mid-Century neoclassical style stools or tabouret. Sitting height. Painted and with great patina. Curule form. No breaks or repairs.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Beech

Charlotte Perriand Stool 1960 Méribel
Located in Lyon, FR
Charlotte Perriand stool 1960 Méribel. stool in perfect condition no restoration, straw is original. Very nice patina, small discoloration of the wood at the base of the foot which t...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Beech

Guillerme & Chambron Stool in Solid Oak and Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron, stool, oak, fabric, France, 1960s Small stool with low backrest designed by Guillerme et Chambron. The stool features the typical traits of the French design...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Fabric, Oak

Mid Century Modern French Tripod Stool in Solid Oak Wood 1950s
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Mid-Century Modern tripod stool Solid oak wood Made in France in the 1950s.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Oak

Austrian Midcentury Black and Multicolored Birds and Flower Velvet Beech Stool
Located in Vienna, AT
Offered is a charming Mid-Century Modern beechwood stool, ottoman or pouf that is newly upholstered in black and multicolored velvet with flowers and birds ornaments. It has slightly...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Velvet, Beech

Pair of Oak Stools in Wool Upholstery
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of custom solid oak stools with an open grain satin black finish. New wool upholstery. Sold as a pair.
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wool, Oak

Complete Vintage Set of Eames Time Life Stools 'ABC' in Walnut
Located in Round Rock, TX
Iconic and complete set of walnut Time Life stools designed by Ray Eames for Herman Miller. These examples, models A, B and C have been with one another since they left the factory. ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Walnut

Pair of Woven Rattan Stools Attributed to Tony Paul
Located in Round Rock, TX
Pair of woven rattan/wicker stools or tables attributed to Tony Paul. Designed utilizing a mix of woven rattan while sitting on top of solid wood legs, give these stools wonderful pr...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wicker, Rattan, Birch

Set of 3 Mid-Century American Black Vinyl and Cast Metal Bar Stools
Located in New York, NY
Set of 3 American Mid-Century Industrial bar stools with cast patinated metal bases, tapered supports, and circular black vinyl seats. (PRICED AS SET).  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal, Iron

Mid-Century American Red Vinyl and Cast Metal Bar Stools
Located in New York, NY
22 mid-century American bar stools with cast metal and black painted bases with decorative leaf design, spiral footrests and circular red vinyl tops. (priced each).   
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal, Iron

Tony Paul Attributed Rattan and Wood Stool Boho Vintage
Located in Round Rock, TX
A vintage rattan and wood stool attributed to Tony Paul. Can be blended into a variety of design styles.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Rattan, Wood

New Hope School Vintage Bar Stool
Located in Atlanta, GA
New Hope School vintage hand made bar stool, in the manner of George Nakashima, Philip Lloyd Powell, et al, American, circa 1970s. We only have the one stool, and believe it to be un...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wood

Danish Design Side Stool by Erik Buch Made by Domus Danica, 1960s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Buch Erik Danish Industrial designer Erik Buch (pronounced Buck) was born in Copenhagen in 1923. Buch used simple organic smooth lines to create distinctive Mid-Century Modern desi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Leather, Teak

Barstool, 31", Cantilever, Black Danish Cord, Walnut, Mid Century, Semigood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Midcentury inspired walnut and black Danish cord Rian cantilever barstool. Can be made with any domestic or exotic hardwood of your choosing. Danish cord comes in three colors: Kraft...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cord, Hardwood

Mid-Century Modern Rian Cantilever Barstool, Woven Danish Cord Seat Deck
Located in Issaquah, WA
Rian Cantilever Barstool, please specify height when ordering: 24", 25", 26" H Hardwood and woven danish cord come together in this one of a kind cantilever design. Custom heights a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cord, Hardwood

Barstool, 25", Cantilever, Black Danish Cord, Walnut, Mid Century, Semigood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Midcentury inspired walnut and black Danish cord Rian cantilever barstool. Can be made with any domestic or exotic hardwood of your choosing. Danish cord comes in three colors: Kraft...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cord, Hardwood

Stool, Cantilever, Danish Cord, Mid Century-Style, Walnut, Weave, Semigood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Mid Century inspired Rian Cantilever Stool made out of walnut hardwood and danish cord. Custom sizes available. Can be made with any domestic or exotic hardwood of your choosing. Dan...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cord, Hardwood

Stool, Cantilever, Danish Cord, Mid Century-Style, Hardwood, Woven, Hardwood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Mid Century inspired Rian Cantilever Stool made out of white oak hardwood and danish cord. Custom sizes available. Can be made with any domestic or exotic hardwood of your choosing. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cord, Hardwood

Barstool, Cantilever, Woven Danish Cord, Hardwood, Mid Century, 28",29",30",31"
Located in Issaquah, WA
Midcentury inspired Rian Cantilever Barstool. Hardwood and woven danish cord come together in this one of a kind cantilever barstool design. Custom heights available. This barstool w...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cord, Hardwood

Barstool, Cantilever, Woven Danish Cord, White Oak, Custom, Semigood, Hardwood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Rian Cantilever Barstool, please specify height when ordering: 27", 28", 29", 30", 31" H Hardwood and woven danish cord come together in this one of a kind cantilever design. Custom...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cord, Hardwood

Barstool, 29", Cantilever, Black Danish Cord, Walnut, Mid Century, Semigood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Midcentury inspired walnut and black Danish cord Rian cantilever Barstool. Can be made with any domestic or exotic hardwood of your choosing. Danish cord comes in three colors: Kraft...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Hardwood, Cord

Barstool, 26", Cantilever, Black Danish Cord, Walnut, Mid Century, Semigood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Midcentury inspired walnut and black Danish cord Rian cantilever barstool. Can be made with any domestic or exotic hardwood of your choosing. Danish cord comes in three colors: Kraft...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cord, Hardwood

Barstool, Cantilever, Woven Danish Cord, Hardwood, Mid Century, 24", 25", 26"
Located in Issaquah, WA
Midcentury inspired Rian cantilever barstool. Hardwood and woven Danish cord come together in this one of a kind cantilever barstool design. Custom heights available. This barstool w...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cord, Hardwood

Barstool, Cantilever, Danish Cord, Whitewash, Mid Century, Woven, Semigood, 26"
Located in Issaquah, WA
This listing is for a 26" H whitewashed with black Danish Cord Rian cantilever barstool. A new technique applied to one of our best sellers. Having this in your space will brighten t...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cord, Hardwood

Pair of Italian Stools, Wood and Rope, 1960s, Sold Per Pair
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Italian Stools, Wood and Rope, 1960s - Sold per pair.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Rope, Wood

Stacy Duckes for Artemide Set of 3 "Efebo" Stools, Italy, 1960s
By Stacy Dukes, Artemide
Located in Naples, IT
Group of 3 low stools Mod. Efebo - designer Stacy Dukes - production Artemide - years 1966- black color in polyethylene material.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Plastic

Set of Five Mid-Century Modern Wicker Bar Stools by Gian Franco Legler
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare set of five bar stools designed by Swiss architect Gian Franco Legler in 1951. The stools have solid metal black painted frames and handwoven cane seats and backs - very nicely ...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Metal

Pair of Midcentury Style Circular Italian Bar-Stools Upholstered in Dedar Fabric
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of Mid-Century Modern style circular Italian bar stools. The base has been made of brass and the seat has been upholstered in a satin cotton pattern fabric, model “Serpentino”, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Brass

Sculptural Wooden Stool in Solid Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Wooden stool, solid oak, 1950s, Europe. This wooden stool is small yet immensely strong and sturdy. Overall, the oak stool is very sculptural in its design due to the slim lines a...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Oak

Mid Century Set of Three Danish Oak and Leather Stools
Located in London, London
Set of three stools Oak and beech frame New tan leather seats Adjustable height Can extend to 94cm Denmark 1940s.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Leather, Beech, Oak

Wooden Stools by Nicolet
By Geoffroy Nicolet
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Exceptional stools in sculpted ash-wood signed by the french artist Nicolet. France, 2021.
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Ash

Rattan Stool in Style of Tony Paul Produced in Denmark, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare stools in beech and rattan in style of Tony Paul. Most likely produced in Denmark since one of the stools has the original purchase tag still attached under neath the seating. I...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Cane, Rattan, Beech

Sculptural French Style Club Stool in Solid Mahogany Block Modern Twist, 1970s
Located in National City, CA
French style carved solid block mahogany modern vintage stool In the style of contemporary modern Elan Atelier Measures: 18 tall x 10.5 x 10.5 inches Strong and solid mahogany woo...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Wood, Mahogany

PK33 Stool by Poul Kjærholm
Located in Los Angeles, CA
PK33 stool by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1959. Matte chrome-plated steel and leather. Impressed manufacturer's mark to frame under cushion 'Denmark'. Literature...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Stainless Steel

Contemporary Jump High Stool with Black Corian Top
Located in Milan, Lombardy
The ‘Jump’ stools are characterized by circular seats of Corian material, supported by three metal legs. The circular seats are worked with slight differences of thickness that grad...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Other, Iron

Contemporary Jump Low Stool with Avana Beige Corian Top
Located in Milan, Lombardy
The ‘Jump’ stools are characterized by circular seats of Corian material, supported by three metal legs. The circular seats are worked with slight differences of thickness that grad...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Other, Iron

Contemporary Jump High Stool with Avana Beige Corian Top
Located in Milan, Lombardy
The ‘Jump’ stools are characterized by circular seats of corian material, supported by three metal legs. The circular seats are worked with slight differences of thickness that grad...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Other, Iron