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Modern Furniture Design

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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames 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 furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Basic Bench by HWE
Located in Geneve, CH
Basic bench by HWE Limited Edition Materials: Waste SLS 3D nylon powder, Sand from sustainable sources Dimensions: H 48 x W 120 x D 34 cm Colours: black, white, cream, terracott...
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2010s British Modern Seating

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Nylon

Demille, Indoor/Outdoor Powder-Coated Stainless Steel Sofa by Laun
By Laun
Located in San Marino, CA
DeMille is ready for her close up! Inspired by the streamline moderne architecture found on the east side of Los Angeles, the DeMille sofa hearkens back to LA’s Hollywood Regency era...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel

Una 'Articolo Indeterminativo' Wood Chaise Longue
Located in Roma, IT
The chaise longue is the third piece of the collection Una (Articolo Indeterminativo) by Stefano Marolla. The name of the collection comes from the Italian grammar where the indeterm...
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2010s Italian Modern Seating

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Wood

In Stock in Los Angeles, Trinity, Outdoor Aluminum Rocking Chair & Chrome Finish
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 500 other unique products. (2.5) In Stock in Los Angeles Shiny and bright outdoor rocking chair, ready to be sun kissed...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Aluminum

Viccarbe Last Minute High Stool by Patricia Urquiola, White
Located in Miami, FL
stool by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola for Viccarbe. A rotomoulded polyethylene seat with a lacquered steel frame and stainless steel footrest. Its structural design has ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Seating

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Stainless Steel

DeMille, Indoor/Outdoor Copper-Plated Stainless Steel Dining Chair by Laun
By Laun
Located in San Marino, CA
DeMille is ready for her close up! Inspired by the streamline moderne architecture found on the east side of the city, the DeMille chair hearkens back to LA’s Hollywood Regency era. ...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel

EATER, modern steel black dining Chair 'without Cushion' by oitoproducts
Located in Kyiv, UA
We've always wanted to create a chair with two legs. After long experiments with different sizes, angles, the cross-section of the pipes, we found the golden mean. It's hard to surp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ukrainian Modern Seating

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Steel

Off White Sofa with Walnut Legs by Nuevo, Almost New
Located in Kansas City, MO
Six and a half foot off white / cream color sofa made by Neuvo. This was original purchased to stage a home for sale and is virtually unused. No signs of wear to the fabric. There ma...
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2010s Vietnamese Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Seating

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Hardwood

Contemporary Dining Chair Featuring Natural Rattan Backrest
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modern style dining chairs in ebony finished frame. Ebony finished wood frame. Backrest in natural woven cane. Seat in chocolate brown leather. Dimensions: W 47 ...
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2010s European Modern Seating

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Leather, Rattan, Wood

Chile Modern Side Chair
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
This Chile modern side chair is beautifully constructed from solid wood in Ohio, USA. The lounge chair's silhouette is simple, modern, and sleek with comfortable back and seat cushio...
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2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Hardwood

Handmade Hammered White Bronze Bench, Stephanie Odegard
Located in Tulsa, OK
Handmade hammered white bronze Alison spear bench by Stephanie Odegard This handmade hammered bench is part of the Stephanie Odegard collection. The surface design is mostly hamme...
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2010s Nepalese Modern Seating

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Copper

Niemeyer II Armchair and Stool, Fur, InsidherLand by Joana Santos Barbosa
Located in Porto, Rio Tinto
Both the Niemeyer II fur armchair and stool are named after the Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer whose Architecture was spread like sculptural poetry in the History of humankind. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Seating

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Oak, Fur

Coracle Bench with Storage, Walnut Wood & eco-friendly Vegetable Tanned Leather
Located in Toronto, ON
Inspired by ancient fishing vessels, our Coracle bench features a half hide of English bridle leather remarkably formed and stretched about a frame of solid wood. With a duality of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Jacob Sofa by Collector
Located in Geneve, CH
Jacob sofa by Collector Materials: All upholstered in genuine Tuscania 2006 leather. Dimensions: W 300 x D 90 x H 75 cm x SH 42 cm This fun and sophisticated sofa, it’s simple ...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Left Arm Contemporary Modular Sofa by Fabio Arcaini Geometric Settee Velvet
Located in Modugno, IT
Dubhè left arm, is an element of modular sofa available in many colors and materials. Its structure is in wood padded with multi-density rubber. The base has titanium nickel finishi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Velvet

Francis Easy Chair with Walnut Frame and Wool Upholstery
Located in Stevenson, WA
Phloem Studio Francis easy chair is a modern contemporary oversized easy chair with a exposed solid walnut hardwood frame with an upholstered shell seat and back, with wool upholster...
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2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Hardwood

Arflex Giulietta Armchair in Leather Giada with Oak Base by BBPR
Located in New York, NY
The 50-year design born at a time when Italy wanted redemption after the war. The design architects (not yet called designer) and the companies created products to inspire hope and g...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Fabric

Sling Outdoor Hanging Swing Seat, Vegan Enviro Friendly
Located in Johannesburg, ZA
Our Outdoor Sling hanging chair - a great offering for outside and under patio use - come rain or shine. We support products that are created to be gentle on the planet - and these ...
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2010s South African Modern Seating

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Steel

Modern Hollis Jones Style Lucite & Chromed Metal Vanity Stool
Located in New York, NY
Modern Lucite and chromed metal vanity stool in the style of Charles Hollis Jones, with upholstered seat and brass elements.
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1970s American Vintage Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Materiality Vol. 1: Side Table & Stool by Eduard Locota. Acrylic Glass & Bronze
Located in Timisoara, RO
MATERIALITY series represents the thinnest line between sculpture and design. TECHNICAL DATA: Each piece is entirely made by hand by Eduard Locota himself, from acrylic glass & ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balkan Modern Seating

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Bronze

Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood with Arms
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Seating

Materials

Hardwood

Contemporary Circular Single Sofa by Hessentia Upholstered in Fabric, Off-White
Located in MARIANO COMENSE, IT
The round sofa of the collection Cannes displays a number of oval-shaped elements in curved plywood that envelop the seat after they have been covered in leather or fabric by skilled...
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2010s Italian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Lolo Object by Studio Yolk
Located in Geneve, CH
Lolo object by STUDIO YOLK Unique: One of one Dimensions: 45 x Ø 35 cm Materials: Alder wood LOLO is a family of objects, all of which are alike, yet different - like you and m...
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2010s Modern Seating

Materials

Wood

"Xitle" Lounge Chair
Located in Mexico City, MX
The "Xitle" lounge chair is part of ADN Studio´s Volcan Collection. This collection seeks to go back to basics. It is a subtle and refined interpretation of the archytypical Modern f...
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2010s Mexican Modern Seating

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Hardwood

HOLLY HUNT Hemp Sail Club Chair with Ebonized Oak and Brown Upholstery
Located in Chicago, IL
Holly Hunt Hemp Sail club chair with ebonized oak and brown upholstery Additional Information: Materials: Oak, upholstery Frame finish: Oak ebonized COM: Estate linen/Terrace Dimen...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Seating

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Oak

Modern Low Chair Gropius CS1 in Boucle Fabric by NOOM
Located in Kyiv, UA
New NOOM furniture collection is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus School in Germany. Ideas of functionalism and conciseness, the combination of Craft...
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2010s Ukrainian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Bouclé

Cream Italian Leather with Gunmetal Grey Frame Armchair, Poltrona Frau
Located in Tulsa, OK
Archibald chair by Poltrona Frau The Archibald by Jean-Marie Massaud is the perfect combination of substance and form with a comfortable and enveloping design ideal for meditation a...
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2010s Italian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Cobra Dining Chair, Set of 6
Located in New York, NY
The Cobra chair features extraordinary design with curved back legs that form part of the armrests and back support in a continuous silhouette. Handcrafted of solid oak in ebony fin...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Shaker Modern Chair by Ambrozia, Walnut, Black Steel, Leather and Shearling
Located in Drummondville, Quebec
The shaker chair is handcrafted to order from our unique Ambrozia black textured steel tubing frame with a genuine leather seat and Shearling back. Featuring subtile solid wood inser...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

DeMille, Indoor/Outdoor Powder-Coated Stainless Steel Lounge Chair by Laun
By Laun
Located in San Marino, CA
DeMille is ready for her close up! Inspired by the streamline moderne architecture found on the east side of Los Angeles, the DeMille Lounge hearkens back to LA’s Hollywood Regency e...
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2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel

YoYo Stool, Hand-Turned, Hardwood Side Table or Seating, in Black
Located in St. Paul, MN
Stacked lamination of ash hardwood with walnut top, turned on a lathe. This pleasing sculptural object can be used as a side table or stool for seating. Available in black, natural, ...
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Early 2000s American Modern Seating

Materials

Wood

SANDRINE CHAISE - Modern Asymmetrical Slope Chaise in Sea Stone Fabric
Located in Laguna Niguel, CA
The Sandrine chaise inspired by the curvature of Gaudi architecture features an asymmetrical sophisticated velvet slope that meet solid brass legs to make a minimal and elegant state...
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2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery

Niemeyer II Armchair and Stool, Bouclé, InsidherLand by Joana Santos Barbosa
Located in Porto, Rio Tinto
Both the Niemeyer II armchair and stool is named after the Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer whose Architecture was spread like sculptural poetry in the History of humankind. The ro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé, Oak

Kitchen Counter Stool, Contemporary Design-Black Steel & Natural Tobacco Leather
Located in Alcoy, Alicante
Counter stool in black smoke polished steel and Natural Tobacco saddle leather. The phrases "Less is more" and "God is in the detail" from the German-American architect and indust...
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2010s European Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Leather Drum Stacking Floor Cushion 30" in Saddle by Moses Nadel
Located in Sea Cliff, NY
Designed to wake up your space with additional seating, accent decor and cozy chill zones, these low-profile circular leather floor cushions can be easily moved or stashed away. Also...
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2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Jade Stool by Draga & Aurel Resin and Brass, 21st Century
Located in Como, IT
Transparency Matters collection by Draga & Aurel: Stool formed from cast resin and solid brass. The finished product looks like a precious gem. Handcrafted in our Atelier in Como. Ea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Contemporary Chair in Natural Solid Wood, Upholstered, Natural Wood Back, Arms
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Dry chair collection. The dry chair concept is to work in a mixture of distinct references resulting in a modern classic in a dance between the retro and the modern. A heavy and i...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Laminate, Hardwood

In Stock in Los Angeles, Set of 4 Ava Beige Leather Quilted Chairs
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 500 other unique products. (1.8) In Stock in Los Angeles Set of 4 Ava beige leather quilted chairs Harmony and lightne...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Baughman Style Modern Chromed Metal Dining Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Baughman style modern set of four chromed metal dining chairs or armchairs with upholstery. Staining and age-appropriate wear to the upholstery.
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1970s North American Vintage Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

Set of 10 Custom Modern Dining Chairs in Glazier Whitewash Finish
Located in North York, ON
Set of 10 Moderno custom dining chairs. Upholstered in Fabricut Granite Tweed Ash finished in a custom glazier whitewash finish. Price includes complimentary curb side delivery to...
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2010s Canadian Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Modern Channel Detailed Nubuck Leather Upholstered Ottomans W/ Walnut Base S/Pr
Located in Bronxville, NY
A modern ottoman with a clean silhouette, narrow channel detailing and walnut base. This fully-upholstered ottoman shown in hunter green nubuck leather is available in a variety of c...
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2010s North American Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Modernist Counter Stool in Black Oil by Michael van Beuren for Luteca
Located in New York, NY
Michael van Beuren, an American designer who attended Germany's prestigious Bauhaus school, became the most prolific furniture designer in Mexico during the 20th century. His goal wa...
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2010s Mexican Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Walnut

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

Materials

Brass

Modern Upholstered Chaise Lounge
Located in North York, ON
Modern upholstered chaise lounge. Modern clean lined and elegant chaise lounge. Newly upholstered in a designer fabric with satin white finished legs. Priced individually, pair avail...
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1980s American Vintage Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Manhattan Cube Side Table/ Stool, 21st Century by Margit Wittig
Located in London, GB
The Manhattan Cube is a deceptively simple side table, created by artist-designer Margit Wittig that can double up as a sculptural seat. It replicates a shape which Margit is fond o...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Seating

Materials

Epoxy Resin

Osprey Lounge Chair with Walnut Frame and Leather Upholstery
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

Dining Chair in Wood and with Upholstered Seat
Located in Lentate sul Seveso, Monza e Brianza
Conceived to live alongside the Stag table, the Daina chair by Nigel Coates is inspired by the flexibility of the fallow deer as well as the roundness and grace of the female body, g...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

Materials

Wood, Leather

Hand Pleated Velvet Dining Chairs, Set of 6
Located in New York, NY
The contemporary dining chairs hold a stimulating design, as they hold an elegant combination of handmade couture techniques, wood, and metal. Their shapes are inspired by the unique...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel

Landscape Chaise Lounges by B & B Italia
Located in Las Vegas, NV
One left one left one left  Landscape chaise by Jeffrey Bernett for B & B Italia. Chaise is newly reupholstered in green and black bouclé style fabric, mirrored chrome is in ex...
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20th Century Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé

Rick Owens "Tomb Stag Bench" in Plywood, 2000s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Very rare bench designed and produced by Rick Owens made in only 12 examples. This one has number 7 and is in good used condition with small signs from use. Signed and numbered under...
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2010s French Modern Seating

Materials

Plywood

Zabuton Sofa, Handmade Japanese Futon on Modular Maple Frame, Kvadrat, Sou Sou
Located in Oakland, CA
The Zabuton Sofa is available in infinite configurations. It is customizable through modular system of wood partitions, futon, Zabuton, and bolsters. Starting with a wood plinth, the...
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2010s Japanese Modern Seating

Materials

Maple

Contemporary Chair in Natural Solid Wood, Upholstered, Natural Wood Back, Arms
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Dry chair collection. The Dry chair concept is to work in a mixture of distinct references resulting in a modern Classic in a dance between the retro and the modern. A heavy and i...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Seating

Materials

Hardwood, Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Laminate

Set of 4 Custom Modern Leather Dining Chairs Cognac Leather
Located in North York, ON
Set of 4 custom modern leather dining chairs cognac leather. Custom made by Carrocel. Finished in a butter soft natural Italian cognac leather and aged brass finish. Price include...
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2010s Canadian Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Vintage Eero Aarnio Inspired Finn Stone Ball Chair, Set of Seven
Located in Wichita, KS
Vintage indoor outdoor ball seats - inspired by Eero Aarnio ball chair and Conceived by Irish sculptor and designer Finn Stone for XL Boom. The 'Ball Chair' offers a playful and comf...
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21st Century and Contemporary Irish Modern Seating

Materials

Plastic, Paint

Collins Bar Stool with Ebony and Leather Back and Seat
Located in Westport, CT
Bar stool with an elegant metal structure. Seat and back finished in beautiful polished ebony or oak and upholstered in leather. Available in bar and counter height. Customizable t...
Category

2010s Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Black Steel Bahaus Lounge Bench by Kristina Dam Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Black steel Bahaus lounge bench by Kristina Dam Studio Materials: Black outdoor powder-coated steel Dimensions: 170 x 67 x 64 cm *Safe to use outdoor. Kristina Dam graduated ...
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2010s Danish Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Impressive Solid Oak Bench by Mexican Modernist Architect Ricardo Legorretta
Located in San Leandro, CA
Custom Ricardo Legorretta white oak slat bench. Legorretta is well known for dozens of high profile private and municipal buildings and public spaces throughout the world. His distin...
Category

1990s American Modern Seating

Materials

Oak