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The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Primary Colored Chubby Chair in Hand-Turned Poplar Wood with Bouclé Upholstery
By Jackrabbit Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Primary Chubby chair is a variation of the original Chubby chair, combining the architectural elements of hand carved arches and turned columnar legs with the bold colors that co...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Tulipwood

Hand-Turned Maple Stack Dining or Side Chair by Jackrabbit Studio
By Jackrabbit Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The stack dining chair is part of the "Funky Bunch" series of two leg dining chairs. Featuring four hand-turned, stacked maple cylinders, this piece is a nod to the designer's upbrin...
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2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Maple

Modern Sofa in Powder-Coated Steel with Planter Side Table "Disused Collection"
By Supaform
Located in Saint Petersburg, RU
This Avant Garde sofa is made of high-quality powder-coated steel. The sofa can be complemented by a plant in a special pot-leg. Also, the sofa can be used with or without back cushi...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Seating

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Steel

Indigo Blue Paper Pulp Dual Bench by Serra Studio
By Serra Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Two-legged bench, handmade in New York. The Pulp collection by New York–based Serra Studio arose from a series of experiments testing the structural integrity of recycled paper pu...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Plaster, Paper

Black Bull Denim Daybed with Recycled Textile Filling by LikeMindedObjects
By LikeMindedObjects
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The roll daybed by LikeMindedObjects is a contemporary seating element combining architectural shapes with comfort. Made from healthy materials like Bull denim, compressed paper, woo...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Textile, Wood

Natural Bull Denim Lounge Chair with Recycled Textile Filling
By LikeMindedObjects
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Roll chair by LikeMindedObjects is a contemporary lounge chair combining architectural shapes with comfort. Made from healthy materials like Bull denim, compressed paper, wood, a...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Textile, Wood

Set of 4 Modern/Contemporary Counter or Bar Stool in Blackened Steel and Leather
By J.M. Szymanski
Located in Bronx, NY
"Bar Stool" J.M. Szymanski d. 2018 Size: 19" L 22" W 34" H A set of bar stools inspired by the Spanish toreador. The low back reveals the intricate corset style detail. Made fr...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Steel

Curved Back Hand-Turned Maple Bend Dining or Side Chair by Jackrabbit Studio
By Jackrabbit Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Bend dining chair is part of the "Funky Bunch" series of two leg dining chairs. Featuring a bent laminate back with hand turned and shaped maple legs and seat, this playful dinin...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Maple

Apollo Dining Chair, Dark Brass Frame and Ivory Boucle by Lara Bohinc, in Stock
By Lara Bohinc
Located in London, GB
The Apollo dining chair creates its own graceful simplicity, by presenting its fine metal loops outwards at each side, rather than to the front. The structural loops are configured t...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Seating

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Metal, Brass

"Julia" Chair in Ebony Finish Solid Wood and Customized Handwoven
By Alessandra Delgado
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
When she created Julia chair, Alessandra Delgado wanted a piece with delicate features, exploring the curves of the wood with a design inspired by the master designer Joaquim Tenreir...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Seating

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Leather, Canvas, Wood, Velvet, Polyester

Beautiful 1980s Black De Sede DS 600 Lounge Leather Sofa in Full Leather Edition
Beautiful De Sede DS 600 sofa, 23 parts, 21 center pieces and 2 armrests. Designed by Ueli Berger, Heinz Ulrich, Eleonore Peduzzi Riva & Klaus Vogt for De Sede, Switzerland in 1972....
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1980s Swiss Vintage Modern Seating

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Leather

Reeves Swivel Bar Stool with Ash legs stained Walnut, Leather and Brass Accents
By Unknown
Located in Westport, CT
Swivel bar stool with Ash legs stained Walnut #2 and brushed brass accents. Seat and back upholstered in Avocado green leather. Available in bar and counter height. Wood, stain and m...
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2010s Modern Seating

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Brass

Contemporary Natural Hide Dining Chairs in Bronze Frame
By Unknown
Located in New York, NY
A set of 4 elegantly, handcrafted dining chairs in antique finish with a seat upholstered in natural grey hide. Each seat features stainless steel frame in bronze finish making ea...
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2010s Modern Seating

Materials

Bronze, Stainless Steel

GDA Gentlemen Driving Armchair
This unique piece was designed and made to bring alive the idea of having the perfect armchair for the Classic car lovers, a piece of furniture that mix the comfort of a modern armch...
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2010s Italian Modern Seating

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Faux Leather, Foam, Wood

Ghidini 1961 Love Chair Malachite in Polished Brass by Nika Zupanc
By Ghidini 1961, Nika Zupanc
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Love is all around. Clench yours tight, hold it close, and bestow on it the shiny perch it so wishes it deserved. Love chair for Ghidini 1961 provides a sumptuously soft landing for ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Brass

Plaster and Black Walnut Pillar Sofa with Bouclé Upholstery by Jackrabbit Studio
By Jackrabbit Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Pillar sofa by Jackrabbit Studio is an elegant, minimal piece comprised of a hand-plastered back and base with a thin black walnut seat and bouclé upholstered cushion. Drawing in...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Bouclé, Plaster, Walnut

Davidson's Contemporary "Austin" Dining Chair in Dark-Tinted Beechwood
By Davidson
Located in London, GB
The understated luxury of this popular dining chair makes it the perfect choice for both intimate dining and elegant entertaining. The legs are finished in a dark-tinted beech, a ...
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2010s British Modern Seating

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Beech

Harbor Stool, Handmade Modern Walnut and Rope Seat Counter Stool with Backrest
By Phloem Studio
Located in Stevenson, WA
Phloem Studio Harbor stool is a modern contemporary solid walnut wood counter high stool handmade custom to order with turned tapered and shaped legs and tube backrest shaped from ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Seating

Materials

Rope, Hardwood, Hardwood

Taupe Open Pore Leather Mex Cube Ottoman, Cassina
By Cassina
Located in Tulsa, OK
Mex Cube, designed by Piero Lissoni for Cassina sets out to be a system marked by extreme versatility as well as unsurpassed quality construction. Cushion structure starts with tubul...
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2010s Italian Modern Seating

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Leather

Montgomery Woven Leather Bench 60in
By Crump and Kwash
Located in Baltimore City, MD
Montgomery Bench by Crump and Kwash Solid wood frame / handwoven vegetable tanned leather seat / no VOC oil finish Dimensions: 18 H x 16 D x 60 W Wood: walnut, maple, blacken...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Leather, Maple, Oak, Walnut

Mono Block Chair, Isac Elam Kaid
Mono block chair - Isac Elam Kaid Each chair is unique and hand-sculpted by Isac Elam Kaid Dimensions: 76 W x 61 D x 61 H cm Materials: Casting cement, epoxy resin, mixed-media ...
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2010s Canadian Modern Seating

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Cement

Set of Four John Caldwell Patio Rocking Lounge Chairs
By Brown Jordan
Located in Oakland, CA
Luxurious set of four John Caldwell for Brown Jordan Parkway collection patio and garden lounge chairs. Constructed from aluminum with a rich, bronzed finish. The chairs feature a ge...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

Red Aluminium Bench with Lapping Cane Seating from Anodised Wicker Collection
By Tino Seubert
Located in London, GB
For the exhibition ‘Giles Round: The Director’ at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, Tino Seubert realised a bench and stool from a new furniture series inspired by Donald Judd and B...
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2010s British Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

Pair '2' of Contemporary Round Armchair with Hand Carved Steel/Plaster Elements
By J.M. Szymanski
Located in Bronx, NY
"Armchair No. 2" d. 2020 Artist: J.M. Szymanski Size: 38" L 34" W 28" H, 18" seat height Our signature hand carved steel elements and plaster elements, adds an edge to the soft...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Steel

Loveseat with Walnut Banded Barrel Back, Hand-Turned Legs and Tufting
A new iteration which echoes that of our chairs of the same name, the loveseat, shown here in walnut with green cotton upholstery and two rows of button tufting, uses an elongated ba...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Walnut, Walnut, Walnut, Walnut, Cotton

'Togo' Three-Piece Sectional Sofa Set by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset, Signed
By Michel Ducaroy, Ligne Roset
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible three (3) piece Togo sectional living room set, was designed by Michel Ducaroy in 1973 for Ligne Roset, France. Signed with Ligne Roset underside decking fabric and l...
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1980s French Vintage Modern Seating

Materials

Foam, Ultrasuede

Paula Dining Chair
By Unknown
Located in Westport, CT
Dining chair with upholstered seat, back and legs. Shown in grey and blue velvet fabric. Brass sabots, polished or brushed. Can be customized to your specifications or COM.
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2010s Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Contemporary Down Filling Classical Modern Sofa with Hand Carved Steal Details
By J.M. Szymanski
Located in Bronx, NY
"Sofa No. 1" d. 2020 Artist: J.M. Szymanski Size: 105" L, 45" W, 28" H, 18" seat height Hand carved steel details integrated into a modern take on a sectional sofa. Sofa can b...
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2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Contemporary Whitened Oak Dining Chair in Beige Linen with Brass Details
By Unknown
Located in New York, NY
A set of 4 elegantly, handcrafted dining chairs finished in whitewashed oak with a seat upholstered in natural cream linen. Each seat features a sleek silhouette and brass detaili...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Hand-Turned Maple Tusk Dining or Side Chair by Jackrabbit Studio
By Jackrabbit Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Tusk dining chair is part of the "Funky Bunch" series of two leg dining chairs. Featuring a semi-round, flat back and two distinct "tusks" connecting the back to the seat, the Tu...
Category

2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Maple

Ensemble of 3 Mono Block Chairs, Isac Elam Kaid
Ensemble of 3 mono block chairs, Isac Elam Kaid Each chair is unique and hand-sculpted by Isac Elam Kaid Dimensions: 50 W x 61 D x 61 H cm Materials: Casting cement, epoxy resin, ...
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2010s Canadian Modern Seating

Materials

Cement

Contemporary Rattan Dining Chair Set of 8, Walnut/Cream Linen
By Unknown
Located in New York, NY
The simple yet sophisticated chair features a solid wood structure in walnut finish with varnish. Upholstered seat in cream linen and back in natural rattan canvas. Anti-noise sl...
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2010s South American Modern Seating

Materials

Rattan, Wood

Osprey Lounge Chair with Walnut Frame and Leather Upholstery
By Phloem Studio
Located in Stevenson, WA
Phloem Studio osprey lounge chair is a modern contemporary lounge chair with a exposed solid walnut hardwood frame that cradles an upholstered shell, with leather upholstery. The fra...
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2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Hardwood

Pair of Kappa Chairs
By Kappa
Located in New York, NY
Elegant armless lounge chairs by Kappa. Fully restored and upholstered in a crème bouclé. Satin finished metal frames. Pair may be split upon request.
Category

1970s French Vintage Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Marx Stool in Satin Brass with Upholstery by Gabriel Scott
By Gabriel Scott
Located in New York, NY
Blending components of the brand’s signature collections, the Marx stool brings together a geometric metal X-base with a lightweight upholstered cushion top. A versatile piece, the M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Seating

Materials

Copper

Untitled Waxed Ash Sculptural Bench by Christopher Norman
By Christopher Norman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This series by Los Angeles–based artist Christopher Norman explores the traits of molded forms executed in exceptional woods. The mass and the scale of the curves are unusual while b...
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2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Ash

Contemporary Flora Sofa in Cane Leather with White Oak Base
By Michael Felix
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The flora is just as comfortable as it looks. Completely wrapped in down and feather from the arms to the cushions and backs helps to create the marshmallow look. Shown in the cane l...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Langston Bar Chair with Walnut Legs and Brass Stretcher
By Unknown
Located in Westport, CT
Upholstered in velvet or leather, a Classic design radiates from this chair’s modern lines. The Langston bar chair features solid walnut legs with brass accents.
Category

2010s Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Crooked Asymmetrical Dining Chair in Massive Oak with Oil Wax Finish
By Nazara Lazaro
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The absence of 90° angles and symmetries – this is the concept of The Crooked Collection. Handmade in Berlin, Germany, each piece is unique and different to the rest. The massive oak...
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2010s German Modern Seating

Materials

Oak

'Togo' Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset, Signed
By Michel Ducaroy, Ligne Roset
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible two (2) piece Togo lounge chair and ottoman set, was designed by Michel Ducaroy in 1973 for Ligne Roset, France. Signed with Ligne Roset underside decking fabric and ...
Category

1980s French Vintage Modern Seating

Materials

Ultrasuede, Foam

Contemporary Dining Chairs in Natural Woven Rope
By Mondo
Located in New York, NY
Hardwood frame and legs in ebony finish with a double woven wall back and seat in natural rope. Made entirely by the hands of skilled artisans. For indoor use. Measurements: 18....
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2010s North American Modern Seating

Materials

Rope, Hardwood

Crooked Asymmetrical Lounge Chair in Massive Oak with Oil Wax Finish
By Nazara Lazaro
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The absence of 90° angles and symmetries – this is the concept of The Crooked collection. Handmade in Berlin, Germany, each piece is unique and different to the rest. The massive oak...
Category

2010s German Modern Seating

Materials

Oak

Green Covered Modern Wing Chair with Walnut, Cassina
By Cassina
Located in Tulsa, OK
The P22 armchair is a modern tribute to classic forms of the past. It is a balanced combination of timeless design and comfort, an inviting armchair that stands out also for its mode...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Seating

Materials

Walnut

June Modern Lounge and Club Chair
By Crump and Kwash
Located in Baltimore City, MD
June Lounge Chair by Crump and Kwash Solid wood frame / zero voc oil finish / premium foam cushioning and upholstery. Dimensions: 29" H x 35" D x 30" W Seat 16" H Wood: Walnut,...
Category

2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Maple, Oak, Walnut

N2 tête-à-tête, Handcrafted in Solid Walnut 'in Stock'
By Aaron Scott Design
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The N2 tête-à-tête is designed for seating but can also be used as the base for a coffee table. The N-series uses rotational symmetry to explore the relationship between organic for...
Category

2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Walnut

Crooked Asymmetrical Bench in Massive Oak with Oil Wax Finish
By Nazara Lazaro
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The absence of 90° angles and symmetries – this is the concept of The Crooked Collection. Handmade in Berlin, Germany, each piece is unique and different to the rest. The massive oak...
Category

2010s German Modern Seating

Materials

Oak

Pair '2' Contemporary Round Armchair with Hand Carved Steel/Plaster Elements
By J.M. Szymanski
Located in Bronx, NY
"Armchair No. 2" d. 2020 Artist: J.M. Szymanski Size: 38" L 34" W 28" H, 18" seat height Our signature hand-carved steel elements add an edge to the softness of the mohair fabr...
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2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

'Set of 8, Shaker Chair by Ambrozia, Walnut, Black Steel, Leather & Cow Hide
By AMBROZIA
Located in Drummondville, Quebec
Here' s a set of 8 Shaker modern chair. They are handmade to order from our unique Ambrozia black textured steel tubing frame with a leather upholstered seat and Cow Hide Hair back. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

10 Chair in Lucite and Steel by Jacques Charpentier
By Jacques Charpentier
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
10 transparent Lucite chairs with chrome structure Designed by Jacques Charpertier, circa 1970. Small production retailed and produced By Jacques Charpentier. Good condition.  
Category

1970s French Vintage Modern Seating

Materials

Lucite

Contemporary Outdoor Lounge Chair Set of 2
By Mondo
Located in New York, NY
Handmade with powder-coated aluminum frame. Polypropylene rope weave knotted around the frame with a water proofed foam cushion interior wrapped in polyester cover. cushion upholst...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Asian Modern Seating

Materials

Rope, Wood

6 Custom Upholstered Bar Stools
Custom made bar stools in a dark green velour, with brass trim, five with backs, one without. Measurements are estimated.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric

Contemporary Outdoor/Indoor Counter Stool Set of 3
By Mondo
Located in New York, NY
Premium teak wood frame golden brown finish with woven synthetic marine grade rope seat and back in beige with maximum UV protection. Measurements: 17.5" W x 18.5" D x 28.5" H, seat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Central American Modern Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel

Myla Bar Chair
By Unknown
Located in Westport, CT
The Myla bar chair features a classic design with bright cotton velvet, contrasting piping and brass accents. Standard fabric options are velvet and leather. COM available. Metal d...
Category

2010s Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

"Oscar" Minimalist Chair in Solid Jequitibá Wood and Handwoven
By Alessandra Delgado
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
When she created Oscar chair, Alessandra Delgado was inspired by the master architect Oscar Niemeyer´s work. The Oscar chair is made of solid wood and although very sturdy it is ligh...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Seating

Materials

Wood, Leather, Canvas, Velvet, Polyester

White Aluminium Stool with Lapping Cane Seating from Anodised Wicker Collection
By Tino Seubert
Located in London, GB
For the exhibition ‘Giles Round: The Director’ at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, Tino Seubert realised a bench and stool from a new furniture series inspired by Donald Judd and B...
Category

2010s British Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

21st Century Custom Contemporary Handmade Upholstered Brass Legged Sofa
By Troy Smith
Located in Toronto, Ontario
21st Century Custom Contemporary Modern Handmade French Velvet & Solid Brass Leg Sofa Flute Sofa Contemporary and timeless this classically modern designed Flute Sofa is custom-made...
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2010s Italian Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Seating Set, Contemporary Sofa & 2 Armchairs w Hand Carved Steel/Plaster Details
By J.M. Szymanski
Located in Bronx, NY
"Sofa and Armchair Set" d. 2020 Artist: J.M. Szymanski Size: Sofa No. 2 - 96" L, 34" W, 28" H, 18" seat height Armchair No. 2 - 38" L,  34" W,  28" H Our signature hand carv...
Category

2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Inez Modern Barstool or Counter Stool with Swivel
By Crump and Kwash
Located in Baltimore City, MD
Inez Stool by Crump and Kwash Carved solid wood seat and base / hand rubbed zero VOC oil finish / solid steel construction / 360 degree rotating seat top. Offered in barstool (30...
Category

2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Bronze

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