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Mid-Century Modern Seating

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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Mid Century, Haussmann Armchair, Golden, by Robert & Trix Haussmann, Design 1964
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
The Haussmann chair is a vibrant timeless piece of comfort and elegance. This unique three-leg chair premiered at the "Haussmann Expo 64" and was designed by Robert & Trix Haussma...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Aluminum

Pierre Gautier-Delaye Dining Chairs, Mid-Century Modern, Beech, French Organic
Located in Antwerp, BE
Pierre Gautier-Delaye; Mid-Century Modern; French design; French furniture design; Beechwood; French organic; 1965; Mid-Century Modern set of eight "coffee bean" chairs by French ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Beech

Pair of Original Lounge Chairs by Gastone Rinaldi Armchair DU 55 P, Italy, 1954
Located in Almelo, NL
Very beautiful and iconic pair of original lounge chairs designed by Gastone Rinaldi in 1954, Italy. The shape of the armchairs is sculptural, unique, and extraordinary: the two d...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Textile, Oak

Set of 4 Curule Stools, France, 1950
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Set of 4 modernist stools in solid oak, France 1950. One example has two trapezoidal legs. Very good condition. Price per piece.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Oak

21st Century Modern Armchair Bouclé, Leather Upholstered & Nero Marquina Marble
Located in Porto, PT
21st century modern armchair bouclé, leather upholstered & nero marquina marble Alice armchair Alice armchair is a luxury armchair composed by exquisite materials. This eclectic arm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Marble

Danish Classic 1930s "Banana-Style" Settee or Bench in Red Velvet
Located in Ridgefield, CT
Classic, rare and very elegant Danish 1930s bench or settee in the style of Kaare Klint and Frits Henningsen. The settee is unmarked as was most often the case at the time it was pro...
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1930s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Wool, Mahogany

Fiorenza Armchair, by Franco Albini, 1950s
Located in Milano, IT
Design by Franco Albini, Arflex 1952 production.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Wood

Lounge Chair MAA, Charles Pollock/George Nelson Associates, Herman Miller, 1958
Located in Munster, NRW
The MAA is the lounge chair version of the Swag leg chair series. Designed by Charles Pollock for George Nelsons Associates in 1954, this chair was only produced from 1958-1964. It i...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Metal

Alain Gaubert Sculptural Low Chair France 1950
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare low chair and stool in 1, design and made by Alain Gaubert, France 1950. This small and adjustable chair is by the designer Alain Gaubert. The form of this chair is truly unique...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Beech

Mid Century Modern Style Bamboo Mcguire Bar Stool, a Pair
Located in Plainview, NY
A Mid Century Modern style vintage Mcguire bar stools. The sturdy and quality stools are made bamboo featuring a brass foot rail, upholstered cushions with Ratan back. The stools are...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Paul McCobb Sectional Corner Sofa Custom Craft/ Planner Group Newly Upholstered
Located in Berlin, DE
Sectional corner sofa by Paul McCobb for Custom craft or Planner Group, US. Newly upholstered with fabric by Chase Erwin.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood

Set of 4 Green Rey Chairs by Dietiker, a Swiss Icon since 1971
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
Referred to as "the most successful piece of Swiss Furniture of all time" by the Swiss Museum of Design in Zurich, the Rey chair is a Swiss design icon since 1971. Designed by Br...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Aluminum

Mid Century Mushroom Armchair and Ottoman by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very comfortable and cosy Artifort Mushroom set, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 60’s. Covered with very soft and high quality bouclé fabric (Dedar Italy). The chair and pou...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Bouclé

Mid Century Modern - Rey Black Chair - by Bruno Rey - Design 1971
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
Referred to as "the most successful piece of Swiss Furniture of all time" by the Swiss Museum of Design in Zurich, the Rey chair is a Swiss design icon since 1971. Designed by Brun...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Aluminum

Confonorm Set of Three Marbella Brutalist Bar Stools Spain, 1970
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Fantastic set of three brutalist Marbella bar stools manufactured by Confonorm, Spain 1970. These stools are made of dark stained solid beech wood and they have a solid metal foot re...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Beech

21th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchair in White Velvet & Golden Details
Located in Porto, PT
21th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchair in White Velvet & Golden Details Kongo Armchair Kongo armchair is a Mid-Century Modern armchair. It’s an accent armchair, designed to add e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Stainless Steel

Art Deco Style Modern Velvet Bar Chair or Counter Hight and Golden Details
Located in Porto, PT
Art Deco Style Modern Pattern Velvet Bar Chair or Counter Hight and Golden Details Joanne Bar Chair Joanne chair is a mid-century-style bar chair. It will enhance any space, improvi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Stainless Steel

21st Century Modern White Armchair Bouclé Lacquered in Gloss
Located in Porto, PT
21st century modern white armchair bouclé lacquered in gloss Alice armchair Alice armchair is a luxury armchair composed by exquisite materials. This eclectic armchair is perfect fo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Marble

Aluminum Group Desk Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This classic and stylish 'Aluminum Group' executive desk chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Signed underneath seat with Herman Miller labels and production date Septem...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Aluminum

Tito Agnoli, Woven Cane Easy Chair, Model P3, Italy, 1960s
By Ikea
Located in DE
Tito Agnoli, easy chair, model P3, Italy 1960s. Tubular lacquered steel frame, woven cane. Very good vintage condition, no defects to the cane.   
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Steel

Sculptural Form Wing Back Lounge Chairs Attributed to Paolo Buffa, 1940s, Italy
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Lovely pair of 1940s sculptural form, wing back chairs attributed to the italian architect and designer Paolo Buffa who learned his trade in Gio Ponti's studio in the late 1920s. The...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Steel

Pair of New Upholstered Lounge Chairs, Germany, 1950s
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of new upholstered lounge chairs, Germany 1950s in tobacco Kvadrat fabric. Excellent condition.
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Percival Lafer 'MP-211' Armchair and Ottoman, Brazil circa 1960s, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An impressive Percival Lafer 'MP-211' lounge chair and ottoman with original labels, circa 1960s Brazil. The overstuffed lounge chair is fashioned with leatherette ties secured with ...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Faux Leather, Rosewood

Pair Bamboo Rattan Daybeds style of Franco Albini and Franca Helg, Italy, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Iconic design. Pair of bamboo or rattan daybeds made in Italy in the style of Franco Albini and Franca Helg, circa 1960's . Incredible condition. Original rattan and bamboo structur...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Bamboo, Rattan

1960s Italian Restyled Desk Table with Carlo Ratti Chair
Located in Rome, IT
1960s Italian restyled desk table with matching Carlo Ratti chair set We carried out a complete restoration on this vintage Italian desk from the 60s and also some restyling opera...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Iron

Modern Dining Chair Pink & White Leather and Gold Stainless Steel
Located in Porto, PT
Mid-Century Modern Style Dining Chair Pink & White Leather and Gold Stainless Steel Joanne Dining Chair Joanne chair is a mid-century style dining chair. It will enhance any space, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Stainless Steel

Mid Century Alky Lounge Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort, 1970's
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Lovely and comfortable Alky chair. Designed by Giancarlo Piretti in 1969, produced by Artifort. Just restored with very soft and cosy bouclé fabric. The chairs are in perfect c...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Aluminum

Guillerme et Chambron, Pair of Limed Oak Armchairs, France, 1960
Located in New York, NY
This pair of midcentury armchairs in limed oak, upholstered in embroidered wool fabric executed by Miguel Cisterna, were designed by the celebrated French designer Robert Guillerme, ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Oak, Wool

Modern Mid-Century Modular Curved Grey Sofa with Side Tables and Gold Details
Located in Porto, PT
Modern mid-century modular curved grey sofa with side tables and gold details Cluedo sofa This rounded sofa and its round ottomans offer a modern-chic vibe to any modern living room ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Italian Lounge Chairs in Blue and Green Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Italian lounge chairs, cherry, synthetic upholstery, Italy, 1950s Characteristic pair of Italian lounge chairs with tapered legs in cherrywood. The chairs have multiple traits lik...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Upholstery, Cherry

“Sayonara” Chair and Ottoman by Giulio Moscatelli, 1960s
Located in Chicago, IL
Sayonara” chair and ottoman by Giulio Moscatelli, 1960s Produced by Formanova. Heavy chrome frame with rich thick leather In excellent condition.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Chrome

Pair of Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” Chairs in New Velvet, Artifort, 1970s
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A pair of Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” chairs newly upholstered in Designers Guild linen colored velvet. Manufactured by Artifort in the 1970s. The organic shape offers a minimal appe...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Steel

Antonín Šuman for TON Benches in Bentwood and Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Antonín Šuman for TON, benches, bentwood, fabric upholstery, Czech Republic, 1977 Admirable benches designed by Antonín Šuman and manufactured by TON in the 1970s. The bench featu...
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Fabric, Bentwood

Guillerme & Chambron Set of Six ‘Charlotte’ Dining Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme & Chambron for Votre Maison, dining chairs model 'Charlotte', oak, straw, France, 1960s Set of six rustic, yet elegant dining chairs in solid oak by Guillerme & Chambron...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Straw, Oak

Brazilian Modern 'Boomerang' Lounge Chair by Richard Neutra, Limited Edition
Located in Antwerp, BE
Richard Neutra; Furniture by architects; Modernist; Los Angeles Times; Miller house; Brazillian design; Bona SRL Italy; 1980's; Modern; Boomerang lounge chair; Richard Neutra's B...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Wood

De Sede 'DS15' Sectional Sofa in Patinated Brown Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
De Sede, sectional sofa model 'DS-15', brown leather, Switzerland, 1970s. This high quality sectional sofa designed by DeSede in the 1970s contains out of one corner element and fiv...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Leather

Set of 6 Dining Chairs by Sapporo Mobil Girgi Italy, 1970s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Sapporo for Mobil Girgi, set of six dining chairs, Italian walnut and black leather, Italy, 1970s. Sculptural chairs by Sapporo Mobilgirgi that feature wonderful backrests. The color...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Leather, Walnut

Pair of 'Alky' Chairs by Piretti New Upholstery Boucle Nimbus Dedar
Located in Rijssen, NL
Giancarlo Piretti designed lounge “Alky” chairs newly upholstered in a high-end Bouclé taupe fabric by Dedar, Nibus 04- 70%WO 15%CO 10%PA 5%PES. Aluminum frame and polished chrome f...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Metal, Aluminum

Seating as Minimalist Sculpture, 4 Elements by Uredat, 1969, Mohair Upholstery
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Amazing, museum quality, modular 'CORBI' seating set, composed of four elements, designed by Klaus Uredat for 'COR', Germany, 1969 complete with the original purchase invoice dated 1...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Mohair, Foam, Wood

8 Sculptural Form 'Oro' Dining Chairs by Raoul Guys, 1951, Airborne, France
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Exquisite and extremely rare set of eight 'oro' dining chairs designed by sculptor and designer Raoul Guys in 1951 for 'Airborne' ,France. These chairs were commissioned by Air Franc...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Steel

Isherwood Sofa by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Isherwood sofa features a channel tufted body with loose bolster cushions. The turned legs are made of solid white oak or American walnut and are inset on the sides revealing the...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Upholstery, Oak

Original First Owner Custom Wool Fabric Rocking Lounge Chair, Germany circa 1970
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
This 1970 rocking chair has its original first owner custom ordered funky wool fabric The chair was purchased circa 1970 and was reupholstered in 1972 with this typical 1970s wool...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Wool, Upholstery, Foam, Birch

Pair of Restored 'SQUARE' Lounge Chairs by Zanuso for Arflex,Italy, 1962, Signed
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Lovely pair of restored 'square' lounge chairs designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex,Italy in 1962. Both chairs are signed wirh original early fabric 'Arflex' manufacturer's labels. ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Steel

Midcentury Armchair with New Boucle Cushions by Franz Schuster, Austria, 1950s
Located in Almelo, NL
This Austrian armchair is executed with beechwood and re-upholstered boucle fabric seat designed by Franz Schuster and created in the 1950s, Austria. The typical Franz Schuster chara...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Beech

Vintage French Bar Stools
Located in Austin, TX
Bar stools, French, made of solid beech wood tapered legs, and steel circular foot rests. They have solid brass feet. The stools are covered with a new ivory shag upholstery fabric. ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Brass, Steel

Triennale Lounge Chair by Franco Albini, 1933
Located in Dronten, NL
Tubular lounge chair designed by Franco Albini for the Triennale in Milan in 1933. The original black enameled frame emphasizes the graphic qualities of this design. The natural le...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Steel

1952 'Miami' Daybed by Jacques Hitier for the Famous 'Antony' Building, Paris
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Extremely rare 'Miami' daybed designed by French architect Jacques Hitier (1917-1999) in 1952 and fabricated by Tubauto, France. This design made its debut at the 1953 'Salons des ar...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Steel

Ten French Armchairs in the Style of Charles Dudouyt, France 1940
Located in Almelo, NL
Rare set of ten French dining armchairs in the style of Charles Dudouyt. Gorgeous patina'd wood frames with signature sculptural ball shapes. Woven rushed seats. Unique set of ten ch...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Wicker, Hardwood

1930s Danish Wingback Chair
Located in Hudson, NY
Wingback easy chair with beech legs, upholstered with greenish and light fabric. 1930–40s. Danish cabinet maker.
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1930s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Wood

Bruno Rey Dining Chairs Vintage Brown Beech Green 1970s Up to Twenty Four
Located in Vienna, AT
Bruno Rey vintage dining chairs from honey brown beech and upholstery covered with green textile fabric. The wonderful 24 pieces of vintage dining chairs were designed by Bruno Rey 1...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Beech, Plywood

Vladimir Kagan Sofa
Located in San Francisco, CA
A "Tangent" sofa by Vladimir Kagan for Weiman Furniture. Produced in North Carolina late in Kagan's career as he re-visited his early catalog and reinterpreted it for today's trends....
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Gigi Radice for Minotti Curved Sofa in Green Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gigi Radice for Minotti, curved sofa, green upholstery, lacquered metal, Italy, 1960s Gorgeous curved sofa designed by Gigi Radice and manufactured by Minotti. This long sofa has a ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Metal

Kaare Klint Sofa '4118' in Mahogany and Original Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, sofa model '4118', original leather, mahogany, Denmark, 1929. Classic and elegant Scandinavian three-seat sofa model 4118 by Kaare Klint. This model w...
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1920s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Leather, Mahogany

Lounge Chairs by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful pair of lounge chairs designed by Milo Baughman circa 1970. for Thayer Coggin. Both chairs are in excellent condition with chrome backs professionally restored with a new P...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Off-white Bouclé Malibu Round Sofa Soft Cotton Velvet details
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
Like a warm embrace, Malibu Round Sofa welcomes you to stay within and relax. An elevated homage to the golden age of midcentury design and organic architecture, it radiates through ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Velvet

Set of Two Blue Reupholstered Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs by Lenzi
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of model 530 lounge chairs by Lenzi produced in Italy in the 1950s. The base and the four legs are made of a black metal. The chairs have been reupholstered in a beautiful blue ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Metal

Erik Buch for France and Son Set of 4 Model 61 Barstools Walnut and Leather
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed by Erik Buck in the 1960s, this high quality reproduction of the Buch Counter Stool has an organic and functional structure which is characteristic of the inimitable Danish ...
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Early 2000s North American Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Leather, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern, Rey Natural Chair, by Bruno Rey, Design 1971
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
Referred to as "the most successful piece of Swiss Furniture of all time" by the Swiss Museum of Design in Zurich, the Rey chair is a Swiss design icon since 1971. Designed by Br...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Aluminum