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Mid-Century Modern Seating

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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White Osvaldo Borsani D70 Armless Sofa for Tecno, Italy 1950's
Located in New York, NY
The iconic D70 sofa was restored as it appears on a period photo with the designer—white on white. Borsani allegedly created this sofa to solve a design issue for a house where the o...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Faux Leather

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

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Canvas, Bamboo

Blue Fabric Soriana Sofa and Ottoman by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, 1970s
Located in Le Grand-Saconnex, CH
Sofa Soriana vintage model by Afra & Tobia Scarpa. Completely reupholstered in Lelièvre Velvet Cosmos Indigo fabric. Beautiful reflections, very comfortable, sold with ottoman.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Chrome

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Lounge Chairs, Knoll Int, USA
Located in Stamford, CT
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (German-American, 1886-1969) pair of Barcelona lounge chairs, Knoll International, USA Steel, leather H 29 1/2 x W 29 1/4 x D 29 3/4 inches. Labeled. Need t...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Steel

Fully Restored 1st Gen 1956 Eames Lounge Chair and Boot Glide Ottoman
Located in Seattle, WA
Rare collected 1956 Eames Lounge Chair with ottoman includes all the original details: -three screw armrests -down feather filled cushions -shell stamped number 82. New shock mounts,...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Plywood

Arne Wahl Iversen Teak Convertible Daybed Sofa for Komfort
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Arne Wahl Iversen teak convertible daybed sofa for Komfort.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Fabric, Foam, Wood, Teak

Jens Risom Cognac Leather Slipper Lounge Chairs for Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Jens Risom Cognac Leather Slipper Lounge Chairs for Knoll
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Leather, Foam, Wood

Gerhard Berg Lounge Chair for Westnofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lounge chair by Gerhard Berg for Westnofa, Norway, circa 1960s. The chair features a solid oiled teak frame with vertical slatted back and horned tips on the top of the back support....
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Leather, Teak, Alpaca

4 Early Superleggera Chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina Italy 1955
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Set of 4 Superleggera chairs by Italian grandmaster architect and designer Gio Ponti manufactured in the late 1950's by Cassina This set was purchased around 1960 by an artist in ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Wicker, Ash

Mid-Century Modern Painted Wicker Rattan Case Sofa Settee
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Stylish Mid-Century Modern case sofa settee featuring a painted wicker finish. Constructed from a rattan frame covered with woven wicker with a vintage painted finish. The finish has...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Rattan, Wicker, Wood, Fabric, Bamboo

Mario Bellini B&B Italia Le Bambole Cognac Leather Daybed Sofa, Italy, 1970s
Located in Catania, IT
"Le Bambole" daybed/ sofa designed by Mario Bellini for B&B ITALIA in Italy, 1970s. A comfortable and functional sectional sofa, which can be used as a bed. Sofa has been reupholst...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Leather

Set of Four Arrben Chrome and Leather Dining Chairs 1970s Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Set of four Italian chromed steel and green leather chairs, 1970s. Arrben leather chairs all four in original good condition, comfortable seat.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Stainless Steel

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

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Rattan

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 ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Iconic Womb Chair and Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, United States, 1960s
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A nice example of the Womb chair and ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll in original Knoll bouclé fabric. Late 20th century re-edition.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Steel

Palle Suenson Armchairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of armchairs attributed to Palle Suenson. Constructed from nutwood with elegantly curved arms. Seat and back have been recovered in a simple cotton fabric. Measure: Arm Hei...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Danish 1940s Boesen Style 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 Seating

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Mohair, Beech

ISA Bergamo Highback Lounge Chair with Brass Feet
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chair for ISA Bergamo, brass, fabric, Italian, 1960s Graceful Italian lounge chair with highback. This lounge chair is beautiful to look at due to its interesting chair. Th...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan in Bouclé
Located in Stamford, CT
Rare vintage "Serpentine" sofa by Vladimir Kagan. Fully restored down to its frame, newly upholstered in high-quality Italian bouclé. Maple supports stripped and refinished in dark w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Mohair, Walnut

Ernst Moeckl Colorful 'Kangaroo' Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ernst Moeckl for Trabant, 'Z' or 'Kangaroo' armchairs , wood, Germany, design 1971 This set of colorful Kangaroo chairs is designed by Ernst Moeckl in 1971. The chair is also call...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Fiberglass

Beautiful Ico Parisi '856' Leather Lounge Chairs, Cassina, 1957
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Lovely and important pair of original 1957 Ico Parisi “856” lounge chairs finished in high quality leather, manufactured by Cassina, Meda (Milan), Italy. .This distinctive design wa...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Steel, Chrome

Bamboo Folding Chairs Set of 10 Italy, 1960s
Located in Munich, DE
Gorgeous set of ten bamboo rattan folding chairs attributed to Tito Agnoli for Bonacina Italy, 1960s. Very good original vintage condition. Measures: 78 H x 57 W x 22 D cm SH 49.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Bamboo

Elegant Curved Four-Seat Sofa in Floral Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Curved sofa, upholstery, Italy, 1960s This sofa bears multiple dynamic features. The shape of the sofa is slightly curved. Four loose seat cushions structure the sofa. Elegant leg...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Metal

Federico Munari Curved Boomerang Sofa with Polished Brass Legs, Italy 1950's
Located in New York, NY
Federico Munari A long, kidney-shaped sofa by Federico Munari, with serpentine curves, a deep, highly comfortable seat, and beautifully modeled polished brass legs that culminate...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

De Sede Two Seat Sofa in Brown Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
De Sede, sofa, leather, Switzerland, circa 1970. Comfortable sofa designed and made by De Sede, Switzerland, 1970. This model features a solid base with a rounded, bulky seat and ...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Leather

Vintage Rattan Settee with Cushions
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful vintage rattan settee with newly made box cushions in a white Sunbrella fabric. Great lounge seating with a 48" width. Original rattan finish in great condition. Some areas...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Cotton, Rattan

Italian Pair of Lounge Chairs in Pink Velvet
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chairs, velvet, mahogany, Italian, 1960s These sculptural lounge chairs are beautifully designer. The frame out of mahogany shows a cubic design with strong lines. Due to thi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Velvet, Oak

Luigi Pellegrin for MIM Roma Modular Sofa in Red Velvet
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Luigi Pellegrin for MIM Roma, modular sofa, fabric, metal, wood, Italy, 1950s. Beautiful modular sofa upholstered with a red velvet. The comfortable but elegant look sofa features...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Metal

Saporiti Large Sofa in Green-Blue Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Saporiti, sofa, upholstered in green-blue textured fabric, metal legs, Italy, 1960s Large sofa manufactured by Saporiti. This sofa is designed to be sleek, elegant and an eye-catc...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Pair of Woodard Sculptura Patio Chairs, Wrought iron and Metal Mesh, Restored
Located in Kansas City, MO
Often attributed to Russell Woodard but designed by John Woodard, these two outdoor, pool, patio lounge chairs have been professional media blasted and powder coated in a satin black...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Wrought Iron, Metal

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 Seating

Materials

Foam

Kristian Vedel Rosewood & Leather Stools for Søren Willadsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Kristian Vedel rosewood & leather stools for Søren Willadsen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Leather, Rosewood

Franco Albini & Franca Helg, Pair of Armchairs, Italy, circa 1960
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Franco Albini & Franca Helg, Pair of armchairs, Tre Pezzi "Model PL19" for Poggi, Italy, circa 1960. Measures: Width 82 cm, height 92 cm, depth 72 cm, seat height 40 cm.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Iron

Modernist Beech Stool by Wim Den Boon, 1950s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning small modernist stool. Design by Wim Den Boom. Striking Dutch design from the 1950s. Solid beech with original rush seat. In good original condition with a beautiful pat...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Rush, Beech

Hans J Wegner Dining Chairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
A set of 6 stained oak and cane dining chairs. Each chair frame is branded with the manufacturer's mark; [C.M. Madsen Fabriker Haarby Danmark Made in Denmark Design: Hans J. Wegner].
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Cane, Oak

Pair of New Milo Baughman Style Parsons Chairs in Designer Tiger Fabric
Located in Banner Elk, NC
Pair of new Milo Baughman style parsons chairs upholstered in high-end designer tiger fabric, woven, heavy cut and uncut chenille; the hand of the fabric is unexpectedly soft and lux...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Poplar

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

Materials

Steel

Osvaldo Borsani, Adjustable Daybed, Metal, Leather, Fabric, Tecno, Italy, 1956
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable "L77" daybed / chaise lounge. Designed by Osvaldo Borsani for his own firm, Tecno, in 1956. Adjustable to be set in multiple positions. In black-lacquered metal, wit...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Mogens Lassen Style Danish 1950s Lounge Chairs in Newly Upholstered in Lambswool
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Super charming 1950s pair of lounge chair in the style of Mogens Lassen with very sculptural organic shape and harmonious proportions made in Denamrk in the 1950's. Versatile and ver...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Beech, Wool

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

Materials

Leather, Birch, Maple

Pair of Danish Modern Lounge Chairs
Located in Hudson, NY
Pair of Danish Modern lounge chairs with mahogany legs upholstered in a green velour fabric. Well built and comfortable with elegant form.   
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Mahogany

Important Raoul Guys "Antony" Lounge Chair for 'Cite' University, Paris, 1954
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Rare and important Raoul Guys "Antony" lounge chair, produced by 'Airborne' in 1954 for the the world famous 'Cite' university's 'Jean Zay / Antony' residence 'in Paris . A rare oppo...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Reupholstered ‘Alky’ Lounge Chair in the Style of Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chair, fabric, metal, Italy, 1970s This lounge chair strongly reminds of Giancarlo Piretti’s ‘Alky’ lounge chair (1969), yet they feature characteristic differences. Wherea...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

Percival Lafer Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Design Leather Living Room Set 1970s
Located in Hamburg, DE
An extraordinary & very rare living room set designed in 1960s-1970s by the well renowned furniture maker Percival Lafer in Brazil is offered here. Percival Lafer is a contemporary B...
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1970s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Leather, Wood

Vintage Chrome Swivel Lounge Chair by Leon Rosen for Pace
Located in Burbank, CA
Stunning vintage chrome swivel lounge chair designed by Leon Rosen for the Pace Collection in the United States, circa 1970s. This chair stands out for its design and the fantastic c...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel

Mid Century Little Globe Armchair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1980s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Cute and comfortable "Little Globe" armchair, designed by the famous Pierre Paulin in te 60's. Fabricated by Artifort in the 80's. Round metal base with a wooden frame, just up...
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1980s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Steel

Set of 4 Niels Moller Black Stained Paper Cord Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 4 Niels Moller Dining Chairs with Black Stained Oak Frames and Woven Paper Cord Seats. Lightly Refinished with Some Visible Frame Wear and Discoloration to Seat. Set Price.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Oak, Papercord

Vladimir Kagan Three Piece 'Omnibus' Sectional Sofa with Lucite Legs, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible sectional sofa is by Vladimir Kagan, called the 'Omnibus' seating system. Designed in the 1960s, the Omnibus has remained as one of the most prolific and unique secti...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Lucite, Fabric

Ton Armchairs in Brown Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ton, armchairs, stained beech, leatherette, Czech Republic, 1960s These elegant chairs, manufactured by Ton, features a wonderful bentwood frame. Simplistic design and a more mode...
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Leather, Beech

Mid Century Walnut Chess Board Record Storage Stool by Lane
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A square dark walnut stool with black leatherette top which can be turned over to expose a walnut chess board . Additionally the inside box has three slots for vinyl record storage w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Walnut

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

Johannes Andersen "Capri" Swivel Armchair, circa 1960s
Located in LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Johannes Andersen "Capri" swivel armchair, circa 1960s Brass-plated steel, upholstery 30.5 H x 37 W x 33 D inches Exclusively upholstered in Dedar Milano 'Splendido Splendente'...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Pierre Chapo Set of 4 Dining Chairs Model 'S24' Elm and Rush
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pierre Chapo, dining chairs model 'S24', elm, woven rush seating, France, circa 1966 A set of 4 chairs in solid elmwood with woven rush seating and back. Designed by French design...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Rush, Elm

Dining Chairs in Pine and Beige Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Dining chairs, pine and fabric, Europe, 1950s Pine dining chairs with beige fishbone patterned upholstery, model without armrests. The elegant designed open shape of the frame in ...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Fabric, Pine

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Tilt & Swivel Lounge Chairs Manner of Milo Baughman
Located in Wayne, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern tilt & swivel lounge chairs manner of Milo Baughman.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery

Italian Armchairs in Yellow Leatherette
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Armchairs, leatherette, metal, Italy, 1970s Dining chairs with curved backrests that surround the seater, creating a comfortable and embracing feeling. The chairs feature a mustar...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Set of 4 Salterini Lounge Chairs by Mario Papperzini
Located in Buffalo, NY
Mario Papperzini designed for John Salterini, set of 4 matching wrought iron adjustable lattice back lounge chairs for indoor or outdoor use. This set has been kept in its original v...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass, Wrought Iron

Mel Smilow Rail Back Sofa for Smilow-Thielle, circa 1950s
Located in Stamford, CT
Mel Smilow rail back sofa for Smilow-Thielle in excellent restored condition. The walnut frame has been professionally restored with one of the back legs professionally fixed for sta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Walnut, Mohair