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Post-Modern Seating

POSTMODERN STYLE

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

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Afra & Tobia Scarpa Set of Four Africa Dining Chairs Maxalto Artona, 1970-80s
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
A beautiful set of four chairs designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa in 1970, model Africa produced by Maxalto, Italy These chairs present a structure in walnut, burl, black leather, and ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

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Brass

Mario Bellini Black ‘Il Colonnato’ Table and G. Aulenti ‘Locus Solus’ Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gae Aulenti for Zanotta, set of eight 'Locus Solus' armchairs, chromed tubular steel, leatherette, Italy, 1964 Set of eight 'Locus Solus' armchairs. These armchairs, designed by ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Marble, Steel

Ara Sofa with Side Table by PerezOchando
Located in Geneve, CH
Ara sofa with side table by PerezOchando Dimensions: W130, D75, H123, Seat45 Materials: Iron backrest structure and pine wood seat structure Foam CMHR (high resilience and flame r...
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2010s Spanish Post-Modern Seating

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Copper, Iron

De Pas, D'urbino and Lomazzi Pair of Lounge Chairs in Black Leatherette
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jonathan de Pas, Donato D'urbino & Paolo Lomazzi for Dell'Oca, 'Piumino' lounge chairs, leatherette, Italy, 1970s These lounge chairs are completely moulded out of foam and covered ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

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Faux Leather, Foam

Mats Theselius for Källemo Limited Editioned Chaise Lounge in Green Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mats Theselius for Källemo, chaise longue, steel, patinated leather, Sweden, 1992 Limited editioned daybed by Swedish designer Mats Theselius. The chaise lounge consists of a base...
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1990s Swedish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Contemporary Grey Lacquer Short Pillow Drumstool by Robert Kuo, Limited Edition
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Short pillow drumstool Grey Lacquer Hand Repoussé Limited Edition Each piece is individually crafted and is unique. Lacquer is a technique that dates back to the Shang dynasty...
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2010s Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Lacquer

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Set of Six Chairs in Woven Wood, 1960s, Italy
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Beautiful living room set of six chairs in woven wood, designed by Tobia & Afra Scarpa, Italian Manufacture, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

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Wood

Pierre Cardin Set of Four Dining Chairs in Ash and Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pierre Cardin, set of four chairs, ash and leather, Italy, 1980s This set of sculptural chairs is designed by Pierre Cardin. The curved back highlights the qualities of the wood a...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

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Leather, Ash

Pair of Matteo Grassi Dining Chairs in Leather and Steel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Matteo Grassi, pair of dining chairs, leather and steel, Italy, 1980s. These sophisticated dark blue leather chairs with an angular design are designed for Italian manufacturer Matt...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

3 Colored Athens Stool by Afroditi Krassa
Located in Geneve, CH
3 colored athens stool by Afroditi Krassa Dimensions: W52, D55, H101, Seat 80 Materials: Iron structure and seat particles board Foam CMHR (high resilience and flame retardant) fo...
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2010s Spanish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Iron

David Mazel Tov LifeGuard Chair, Handcrafted Maple Coastal Inspiration Seating
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This chair is named in honor of the famous lifeguard. David Mazel Tov is a design focused on perspectives and it allows two people to co-exist in a space with different points of vie...
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Rattan, Maple

Heron Parigi Canasta Office Chair 1989, Italy
By Heron Parigi
Located in Vienna, AT
Heron Parigi Canasta office chair, late 1980's , Italy marked Canasta Parigi design borgo San Lorenzo (Firenze) Original desk chair from 1989 in a rare high-back version with l...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

1980s Postmodern Reupholstered Taupe Curved Channel Sofa
Located in Farmington Hills, MI
We are very pleased to offer a newly reupholstered, beautiful sofa circa the 1980s. Boasting a subtle curved silhouette and a deep channel tufted back, this piece adds a sense of mod...
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1980s North American Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric

Italian Modular Corner Sofa in Beige Velour Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ipe Cavalli, sectional sofa, beige velour upholstery, Italy, 1980s Three modular pieces create this Italian corner sofa. Its rounded shape creates a rather dynamic appearance. The...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric

Postmodern Textured Black Lacquered Dining Chairs by Hank Loewenstein, Set of 4
By Loewenstein
Located in Miami, FL
Postmodern dining chairs by Hank Loewenstein circa 1980s. The black textured enamel steel frame supports an upholstered cushioned seat. Use with existing fabric or have reupholstered.
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Set of 8 Antonio Citterio & Glen Oliver Löw 'Visavis' Chairs Vitra, Germany 1997
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
Set of 8 very comfortable "Visavis" armchair by Italian designer Antonio Citterio and Glen Oliver Low for Vitra, Germany 1997 Labeled Vitra with production date Good original v...
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1990s German Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Armchair by Ettore Sottsass for Knoll Memphis Postmodern Era
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare Mandarin chair designed by Sottsass for Knoll, in lime green fabric on foam black enameled tubular legs and rattan pipping arms, simple and elegant by this master architect. A v...
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20th Century Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

90s Hugo de Ruiter ‘camarilla’ Plywood Dining Chair for Leolux Set/8
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
The Dutch design brand Leolux has been around for more than 75 years. During this time she has proven herself in the field of craftsmanship. At Leolux it is all about the combination...
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1990s Dutch Post-Modern Seating

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Plywood

90s Marc Newson Gluon Three Seat Sofa for Moroso
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
The impressive ‘Gluon’ sofa has a lacquered steel and firm frame with rounded feet. This sofa has the beautiful rounded frame with firm and comfortable seating. The void in the cente...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

80s Antonio Citterio ‘baisity’ Fauteuil for B&B Italia
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
A single-seater fauteuil model Baisity created in 1986 by Antonio Citterio who won the Compasso d’oro a year later with this design. Beautiful and comfortabel seating. The chair has ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Luigi Saccardo Postmodern Black Metal and Brown Leather Bench for Polflex
By Polfex, Luigi Saccardo
Located in Miami, FL
Model 716 single seat "Innovation" bench by Luigi Saccardo for Polflex has a frame of black lacquered tubular steel, a brown leather-wrapped seat, and dense foam backrests.
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

90s Marc Newson Gluon Fauteuil for Moroso
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
The impressive ‘Gluon’ chair has a lacquered steel and firm frame with rounded feet, ever more rare than the well known swivel based variant. The barrel supporting the seat rises fro...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

Postmodern Vintage Dining Room Set Massimo Iosa Ghini for Moroso c 1987 Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Postmodern Memphis style vintage dining room set designed by Massimo Iosa Ghini for Moroso circa 1987 Italy from ash, metal and electric blue textil fabric. The beautiful set shows ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

80s Antonello Mosca ‘Royal’ White Leather High Back Chairs for Ycami Set/6
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
In the late 70s and early 80s mainly italian designers started to work with high back dining chairs. Chairs with a high back give you the feeling of sitting on an old castle chair, a...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Vintage Post Modern Corrugated Chair in the Style of Frank Gehry
Located in San Diego, CA
Special one of a kind post modern cardboard chair in the style of iconic Frank Gehry Wiggle chair for Vitra. We have done extensive research and have unable to find another one like ...
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20th Century American Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Other

Bordon chair by Another Human, Blue Velvet Contemporary Lounge Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
With Bordon, an oversized chair upholstered in a vibrant blue velvet, another human explores fantastical shapes reminiscent of Matisse while creating a dreamlike creature, complete w...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Velvet

Zorg Chair by Another Human, Post-Modern, Contemporary, High Backed Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Zorg is a playful exploration of form and materiality, resulting in an extra-terrestrial chair creature that may look imposing upon first glance due to the tall arched back and overs...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Stacks Bench by Another Human, Modern Upholstered Modular Bench, Denim
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Stacks bench is an elegant interpretation of stacked meditation stones and offers the functionality of meditation cushions. Designed with urban living in mind, the Stacks bench o...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric

Disney Quest Aluminum Armillary Chair by Jordan Mozer
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Created for Chicago and Orlando's Disney Quest in 1995, the "Armillry Chair" is a stunning contribution to the world of the design. Crafted from the genius of Jordan Mozer, this soli...
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1990s American Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

Vintage Italian Postmodern Elle Due Arredamenti Burl Wood Side Chairs, a Pair
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic pair of Italian Postmodern side chairs. Made by the iconic Elle Due Arredamenti ISA group. Beautiful and colorful jacquard upholstery with a chic ring of Burl wood on the b...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Wood, Burl

Set of Four Post Modern Sculptural Leather Strap Chairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Aesthetic set of four sculptural lounge chairs featuring leather strap supports. The post modern chairs have a unique one piece steel frame that contours your body. Woven leather str...
Category

20th Century American Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Henredon Green Leather Slipper Chair, 1980
Located in Chicago, IL
Postmodern Henredon green leather chair, 1980.
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Ward Bennett Cartouche Sofa for Brickel Associates, 1980
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This sofa is absolutely stunning! Designed by Ward Bennet this sleek, curvy sofa or settee is a subtle statement piece that is impossible to not notice. The sofa, named the Cartouche...
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1980s Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé

Mario Botta "Obliqua" Lounge Chair Rare Original Fabric Alias, 1983
Located in San Diego, CA
The Elusive "Obliqua" Lounge Chair designed by Mario Botta for Alias Italy 1983. Formed to represent an inclined plane in space, ready to envelop the curious observer yet still maint...
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20th Century Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

1980s Sing Sing Sing Chair by Shiro Kuramata for XO, France
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Postmodern icon, the sing sing sing chair was designed by Shiro Kuramata in 1985 for the French manufacturer XO (co-founded by Philippe Starck). The chair is crafted from tubular ste...
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1980s French Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome, Metal, Stainless Steel

Perlude Walnut Natural Large by Caroline Voet
Located in Geneve, CH
Perlude walnut natural large by Caroline Voet Dimensions: 190 x H 43 cm Materials: Walnut Natural Also available in Oak Natural, Seating Oak Black, Seating Teak (outdoor). Please ...
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2010s French Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Walnut

1980s 'Veranda' 3-Seater Burgundy Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
Located in High Point, NC
A Veranda model 3-seater sofa, designed by renowned Italian Industrial designer Vivo Magistretti for Cassina in the 1980s. Three seats, upholstered in bright burgundy leather, swivel...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Leather Clad Armchairs Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Armchairs fully clad in leather by Karl Springer, signed 1982.
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Hexagonal Drumstool, Black Lacquer by Robert Kuo, Hand Repousse, Limited
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hexagonal drumstool Black lacquer Hand Repousse Limited Edition Each piece is individually crafted and is unique. Lacquer is a technique that dates back to the Shang dynasty, ...
Category

2010s Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Lacquer

Fe Bar Height Zig Zag Stool in Zinc-Plated Steel by Mtharu
Located in Calgary, Alberta
This listing is for the Fe Bar height stool (29") in zinc-plated steel. The Fe stool is our take on Gerrit Rietveld's zig zag stool from 1934. We decided to use steel for its ductili...
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Fe Counter Height Zig Zag Stool in Raw Black Steel by Mtharu
Located in Calgary, Alberta
This listing is for the Fe Counter height stool (26"). The Fe stool is our take on Gerrit Rietveld's zig zag stool from 1934. We decided to use steel for its ductility and elasticity...
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Contemporary End Table, Lightweight Concrete for Indoor or Outdoor by Mtharu
Located in Calgary, Alberta
The contemporary Silo end table is an exploration in material effects on Primitive forms. Dimensions are 18" diameter x 18" height. These tables are made with a special technique ren...
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Concrete

Alpha Q End Table, New Skies Colourway, Concrete for Indoor or Outdoor by Mtharu
Located in Calgary, Alberta
This listing is for the New Skies special edition colourway in concrete 18" x 18" x 20" H. The Alpha Q table or stool with its delicate profile is cast as a single piece of concrete....
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Concrete

Fe Bar Height Zig Zag Stool in Raw Black Steel by Mtharu
Located in Calgary, Alberta
This listing is for the Fe Bar height stool (29"). The Fe stool is our take on Gerrit Rietveld's zig zag stool from 1934. We decided to use steel for its ductility and elasticity to ...
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Fe Counter Height Zig-Zag Stool in Zinc Plated Steel by Mtharu
Located in Calgary, Alberta
This listing is for the Fe Counter height stool (26") in zinc-plated steel. The Fe stool is our take on Gerrit Rietveld's zig zag stool from 1934. We decided to use steel for its duc...
Category

2010s Canadian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Fe Counter Height Zig Zag Stool in Raw Black Steel by Mtharu
Located in Calgary, Alberta
This listing is for the Fe Counter height stool (26"). The Fe stool is our take on Gerrit Rietveld's zig zag stool from 1934. We decided to use steel for its ductility and elasticity...
Category

2010s Canadian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Postmodern Sectional Sofa, 1980
Located in Chicago, IL
Postmodern sectional sofa, circa 1980s.
Category

Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery

"Xitle" Chair
Located in Mexico City, MX
The "Xitle" 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 furnitur...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Hardwood

Boomerang Chair, Black by Cardeoli
Located in Geneve, CH
Boomerang chair - Black by Cardeoli Dimensions: W54, D54, H76, Seat 46 Materials: Paint coated iron structure / gold / copper or chromed iron structure Plywood backrest and seat c...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Iron

A Set of 2 Quetzal Armchairs, Gray and Blue by Marc Venot
Located in Geneve, CH
A Set of 2 Quetzal armchairs - Gray and blue by Marc Venot Dimensions: W100, D100, H90, Seat 42 Materials: Iron structure Foam CMHR (high resilience and flame retardant) for all o...
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2010s Spanish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Iron

Set of 2 Boomerang Benches, Pink by Cardeoli
Located in Geneve, CH
A set of 2 boomerang benches - Pink by Cardeoli Dimensions: W152, D72, H79, Seat 43 Materials: Paint coated iron structure / gold / copper or chromed iron structure Plywood backr...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Iron

Rocking Buffalo Chair by Goons
Located in Geneve, CH
Rocking buffalo chair by Goons Dimensions:  W 50 x D 32 x  H 35 cm Materials: Wood Dimensions can be adjusted +/- 10 cm Goons is located in Paris France all of this desings ar...
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2010s French Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Wood

White Agora Sofa, Large by Pepe Albargues
Located in Geneve, CH
White Agora sofa - Large - Copper by Pepe Albargues Dimensions: W198, D98, H94, Seat42 (3 Seater) Materials: Iron and beech wood structure. Foam CMHR (high resilience and flame re...
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2010s Spanish Post-Modern Seating

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Chrome, Iron

Vintage European Sectional Sofa Attributed to Roche Bobois, 1980s
Located in Chicago, IL
An Italian sectional sofa from the 1980’s attributed to Roche Bobois. This was sourced in Spain and is in the original fabric. Restoration services are available through our showroom...
Category

1980s Spanish Vintage Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Textile, Upholstery

Post Modern Leather Ottoman by Cy Mann
Located in New York, NY
Chic baseball mitt leather footrest, stool, pouf by Cy Mann. This example is in very good original condition, sowing light cosmetic wear to finish normal and consistent with age (see...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Unique Arm, Lounge, Club or Side Chair in Spray Dyed Velvet by Alex P White
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The creatures chair is the perfect lounge or armchair hybrid. It pitches you back just far enough to get that lounge feel but the scale and arm height makes it as easy to get out of ...
Category

2010s American Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Velvet

New Postmodern Fuchsia Velvet and Lacquered Legs Tate Dining Chair
Located in Madrid, ES
Simple but extravagant. Robust but delicate. Tate chair explores the opposites in a design that unifies its characteristics in a comfortable and versatile product. Kitsch or pop a...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Gaetano Pesce "Broadway Chair", 1993
Located in New York, NY
Sculptural “Broadway” chair designed by Gaetano Pesce for Bernini, in 1993 made out of black and white resin molded plastic with brush steel legs.
Category

1990s Italian Post-Modern Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel