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Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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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Fabricius & Kastholm Pair of Swivel Chairs Model 'FK 6725' in Blue Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm for Kill International, pair of two chairs model 'FK 6725', leather, steel, Denmark, designed in 1966 Wonderful pair of blue 'Bird chairs' by ...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Vintage Vladimir Kagan Nautilus Swivel Chairs in Muslin
Located in New York, NY
The pair of iconic chairs has new upholstery in muslin and is ready to be reupholstered in COF (Customer Owned Fabric). Total 10 yards of fabric is required for the pair. Upholstery ...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Muslin, Upholstery

Original George Mulhouser Mr Chair for Plycraft
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An original George Mulhouse wingback "Mr.Chair" for Plycraft. The large scale swivel/tilt chair and ottoman has been restored and reupholstered in brown cognac Italian leather (swatc...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Executive Swivel Chair and Ottoman by Vincent Cafiero for Knoll
Located in Boston, MA
This chair and ottoman is an iconic design by Vincent Cafiero, senior designer of Knoll’s famed Planning Unit from 1956 to 1967. Reflecting his preference for clean-lined rectangular...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Five French 1950s Barstools, Heavy Metal, Black Lacquer, Chrome, Grey Leather
Located in Regensburg, DE
Five original high-quality midcentury bar stools in black lacquer on metal with chromed parts and grey leather from France, 1950s. Greatly restored with black lacquer and newly ch...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal, Metal, Chrome

Vintage Adrian Pearsall Scoop Wave Chaise Lounge Chair
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Adrian Pearsall wave lounge chair. Big enough to stand alone as a sofa like seating solution. Imagine yourself reclining in this Mid-Century Modern darling while watching one of your...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Hardwood

Alf Svensson Galaxy Swivel Armchair #1
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Alf Svensson & Yngve Sandstrøm Manufacturer: DUX Era: 1960s Dimensions: 27.5? wide x 30" deep x 36? tall Seat: 21.5" wide x 18" deep x 16" tall Cond...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric

Swedish Modern Highback Swivel Lounge Chair in Black Vinyl
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Sweden Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Unknown Era: 1960s Materials: Teak, vinyl Measurements: 33" wide x 27" deep x 39? tall, Seat: 22" wide x 21.5" deep x 15.5? tall...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Teak

1950's Harvey Probber Leather Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of crisply tailored club/lounge chairs by Harvey Probber, circa 1950's. The chairs feature deep seats with loose seat cushions and enveloping barrel backs making a cozy embrace,...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Set of 3 Bar Stools by Arthur Umanoff Iron & Raffia
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous set of 3 swiveling bar stools created from iron with maple slatted seats and raffia wrapped across the backs. Seat height is 29.5 Large matching dry bar in a separate listin...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Iron

Pair of Vladimir Kagan Crescent Swivel Chairs in Ivory Bouclé with Brass Bases
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Stunningly chic pair of freshly reupholstered Vladimir Kagan crescent large scale swivel chairs set upon glowing brass bases and dressed in soft ivory bouclé. These are large modern ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Vladimir Kagan for Directional Swivel Lounge Chairs in Faux Persian Lamb
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Stylish, sculptural and incredibly comfortable pair of tilt and swivel Vladimir Kagan lounge chairs for Directional. Our shop has carried several Vladimir Kagan lounge chairs in our ...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Faux Fur

Mid-Century Piano Chair/ Ton, 1990's
Located in Praha, CZ
- made in Czechoslovakia - made of wood - adjustable height: 60cm - good, original condition.
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1990s Czech Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Wood

Pair of vintage swivel chairs, 1960s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Pair of mid century leatherette swivel chairs with chrome star shaped bases. Very good condition. The chairs have a nice big size and seat comfortably. They are also very light...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Faux Leather

Mid-Century Piano Chair, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- made in Czechoslovakia - made of wood - adjustable height: 64cm - good, original condition
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Wood

Pair of "Eva" Chairs by Bruno Mathsson for DUX
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A pair of "Eva" arm chairs by Bruno Mathsson for DUX. These have been signed on the rear frame. Both chairs are in good vintage condition and they have been lightly refinished and cl...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Cotton, Teak

Brass Swivel Club Chair by Leon Rosen for Pace
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1970s, Mid-Century Modern, barrel, club chair by Leon Rosen for Pace with cream tweed upholstery swivels on a brass cylinder base.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Verner Panton "Cone" Chair in Green Velvet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A Verner Panton “Cone” chair manufactured by Vitra, upholstered in luxurious forrest green velvet. The chair maintains its original tags.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Sultana Swivel Chair by George Mulhauser for Plycraft
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A George Mulhauser (1922- 2002) for Plycraft, "Sultana" chair newly reupholstered by us with Italian shearling. This chair has also been re-finished, cleaned up and retains its origi...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Walnut, Fur, Plywood

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 Swivel Chairs

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Plywood

Charla Swivel Bar Chair in a Vintage Glam Style
Located in New York, NY
Elegance and sophistication are united in the Charla swivel bar chair. The new member of the Charla family has a new feature with adjustable height and a swivel, combining a fantasti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Mid Century George Mulhauser Walnut Bentwood Sultana Scroll Chair
Located in West Hartford, CT
Fabulous iconic sculptural chair with scrolled walnut bentwood arms and black leather seat. Chair swivels 360 degrees. Designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft, circa 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Pair of Saucer Form Swivel Lounge Bamboo Rattan Chairs, circa 1970s
Located in Southampton, NJ
Pair of unique Mid-Century Modern bamboo rattan swivel lounge chairs with new custom cushions upholstered in new vintage stock Brunschwig & Fils cotton linen. We love the cradling ro...
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1670s American Antique Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Cotton, Linen, Bamboo, Rattan

Pair of Leather Swivel Chairs by Coalesse
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of swivel chairs combining rich leather with a sleek and comfortable design, by Coalesse. This pair of chairs is perfect for an office or business setting. Please confirm item l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Bamboo Swivel Club Chairs Lounge Chairs Upholstery Bohemian Chic 1975
Located in Miami, FL
We offer a beautiful Pair of Swivel Club Chairs in bent Bamboo and mounted on sturdy Round Bamboo Base. The Seat Cover Upholstery is Fabric with a Botanical Pattern. Easy to move a...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Rattan, Fabric, Bentwood

Midcentury Swivel Armchair, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia in 1970s Reupholstered.
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

1970s Brown Leather Swivel Chair and Ottoman by André Vandenbeuck for WK Mobler
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Very comfortable set of dark brown leather swivel chair and matching ottoman designed by André Vandenbeuck for WK Mobler in Germany known by model name "King". The leather has got a...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Chrome Framed Frederick Scott Hille International Black Leather Office Armchair
By Frederick Scott
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning original circa 1970’s Frederick Scott Hille International black leather with polished chrome frame office chair Chrome framed Fred...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of PACE Swivel Lounge Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of PACE swivel lounge chairs, reupholstered in classic boucle, bases wrapped in leather.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Leather, Bouclé

Vintage Leather Reclining Swivel Lounge Chair by H.W. Klein for Bramin
Located in Burbank, CA
Beautiful vintage leather reclining swivel lounge chair designed by H.W. Klein for Bramin in Denmark, circa 1960s. Feature an ergonomic design that provides better relaxation when si...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Ray & Charles Eames EA 116 / Vinyl Blue Swivel Lounge Chair, by Herman Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
The two star designers meet at the end of the 30s and work from 1945 to the 70s in their joint studio on their legendary pieces of furniture. This offer is about a well preserved ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Vitra Heart Cone Swivel Chairs by Verner Panton in Wool Boucle
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vitra heart cone swivel arm chair by Verner Panton. Newly reupholstered in wool boucle. Label stamped on the underside.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Vitra Heart Cone Swivel Chairs by Verner Panton in Linen Cotton
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vitra Heart Cone Swivel Arm Chairs by Verner Panton newly reupholstered in a nubby linen cotton by us. Label stamped on the interior fabric.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Swivel Chairs by Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of swivel chairs by Vladimir Kagan, newly upholstery, USA, 1960s.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric

Mid-Century Swivel Chair/ UP, Závody, 1970's
Located in Praha, CZ
- made in Czechoslovakia - made of metal, fabric - good, original condition.
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Newly Upholstered Mid Century Olive Green Mohair Swivel Lounge Chairs
Located in West Hartford, CT
Pair of Mid-Century Modern barrel back swivel chairs with new olive green mohair upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Mohair

Mid Century Newly Upholstered Swivel Chairs in Zebra Print
Located in West Hartford, CT
Pair of mid-century barrel back swivel chairs newly upholstered in a zebra print upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric

Pair of Milo Baughman Style Brass Swivel Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary pair of Milo Baughman style lounge chairs featuring a barrel backrest, completely upholstered in a new grey mohair velvet fabric with a channel-tufted design. The sw...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Eames Aluminum Group Leather Desk Chair
Located in Seattle, WA
Designed by Charles and Ray Eames and offered by Herman Miller, this chair is as comfortable as it is a timeless classic. This Aluminum Group seat has a genuine black leather upholst...
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1950s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Four 1960s Swiveling Bar Stools Upholstered in Houndstooth Anton Lorenz Inspired
Located in Miami, FL
Wonderful 1960s swiveling barstools reminiscent of the shape and style created by Anton Lorenz. In shaped blackened iron, they have a circular design from the spindle back down to th...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Iron

Pair of Milo Baughman Tilt/Swivel Chairs in Holly Hunt Outdoor Upholstery
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautifully restored great looking pair of Milo Baughman hard to find tulip base tilt/swivel chairs in Holly Hunt Great Outdoors. A beautiful hand, soft, semi-fluffy upholstery fabric.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Swivel Chairs by Giuseppe Rossi di Albizzate, Italy, Mid-20th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Pair of swivel chairs on chromed base with five legs and seat covered in leather. Signs of age and use. Labeled on the base.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Danish Modern Highback Swivel Chair in Teal Wool
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Unknown Era: 1960s Materials: Aluminum, Wool Measurements: 33? wide x 37? deep x 36? tall Condition: Frame and swivel mechani...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of 1980's Swivel Club Chairs
Located in Redding, CT
Pair of 1980's Swivel club chairs. Fun, comfortable, designer chairs. Seat depth is 20".
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Cotton, Upholstery

Set of Four Leather Upholstered Tub Chairs
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Great Mid-Century Modern swiveling tub chairs, restored with new finish and leather. These stylish chairs were purchased from the estate of Keith McCoy, a long standing fixture in th...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

First Gen Eames Time Life Lobby Chair in British Racing Green
Located in Seattle, WA
The Eames Time Life "Lobby" chair was designed in 1960 for the reception areas of the Time-Life building in New York by Charles & Ray Eames. The Time Life Lobby chair combines the ch...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Swivel Club Chair with Brass Wrapped Base in Graphite Velvet
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern arm/ club chair was realized in the United States, circa 1975. It features a subtly cantilevered back and faceted tufted body with a circular base in...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Button Back Chrome Arm Chairs in Holly Hunt Velvet
Located in New York, NY
This stunning and sculptural pair of button back swivel arm/ lounge chairs were realized in the United States circa 1970. They feature circular bases bisected by a convex rectangular...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Pierre Paulin Organic Modern Mushroom Lounge Chair
Located in Houston, TX
Iconic Pierre Paulin organic modern mushroom chair, by Artifort. This gorgeous sculptural swivel chair is extremely comfortable and stunning from every angle. This Classic lounge cha...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric

Set of Four "Waterfall" Barstools by Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of four "Waterfall" barstools in acrylic with leather upholstery. Designed by Charles Hollis Jones and originally made for the Pip's club in Los Angeles, owned by Playboy Magazin...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Leather, Lucite

Pair of 1960s Red Sultana Chairs by George Mulhauser for Plycraft
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
A pair of rare 'Sultana' chairs designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft Corp, USA, 1965. Red lacquered bent plywood frames with swivel mechanisms and black vinyl seats. Meas...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Bentwood

Pair of Saucer Form Swivel Lounge Rattan Chairs, circa 1960s
By Sun Tropic
Located in Peabody, MA
A pair of saucer-form swivel lounges in rattan, circa 1960s attributed to Sun Tropic Products of Vernon, California. These vintage chairs have always resided safely indoors. They’re ...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Rattan, Cane

Vintage Brass Swivel Lounge Chairs Attributed to Milo Baughman
Located in Burbank, CA
Exceptional pair of vintage swivel lounge chairs attributed to Milo Baughman designed and manufactured in the United States, circa 1960s. Each chair has been professionally reupholst...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Swivel Tub Chair
Located in Miami, FL
A fabulous Mid-Century Modern oversized barrel back gray tufted club chair, model 3405, designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin in 1965, and named the "Giant Swivel Tub Chair". N...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric

Vintage Chrome Swivel Lounge Chairs by Milo Baughman
Located in Burbank, CA
Beautiful vintage chrome swivel lounge chairs designed by Milo Baughman in the United States, circa 1970s. Each chair has a circular design on the backrest and well-defined lines thr...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Italian Set of Four Bar Stools in Leatherette
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of four barstools, metal and leatherette, Italy, 1970s A functional set of four Italian bar stools with an ochre yellow leatherette upholstery. The rounded seats have swivel f...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Curved Back Swivel Chair by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The curved back swivel chair is a tuxedo style lounge chair with curved corners and a metal base. The chair features down-wrapped, removable seat and back cushions. The Lawson-Fen...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Set of "Nautilus" Swivel Chairs by Directional
Located in Stamford, CT
This beautiful pair of Nautilus swivel chairs by celebrated Mid-Century Modern manufacturer Directional Furniture. The chairs' form suggests an abstracted interpretation of nautilus ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Mohair, Walnut