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Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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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Set of 10 Charles Eames EA108 Leather Swivel Chairs
Located in London, GB
A stunning example of an iconic design, this is a set of ten genuine EA108 swivel chairs designed by Charles Eames. These official licensed models were made in Italy by ICF, they dat...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

William Billy Haines Pair of Swivel Base Club Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An amazing pair of rare California design chairs. Reupholstered in a simple pared down solid hue fabric that shows off the clean curved lines while making the sculpted base's pop. Th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery

Mid Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Located in New London, CT
Clean pair of swivel chairs from the 70s. They have a swivel/rocker mechanism that was popular back then which allows you to lean back as well as full swivel. Original fabric with no...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric

Pair of Milo Baughman Channel Back Swivel Chairs in White Bouclé
Located in Dallas, TX
Glamourous and sophisticated, pair of deco-inspired swivel chairs by Milo Baughman, circa 1970's. Sleek modern design showcasing a touch of luxury that emphasizes comfort, intriguing...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Bouclé, Wood

Set of Six Knoll Inc Saarinen Office Chairs on Casters, Executive Vintage
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of six Knoll Inc office chairs on casters. Each bearing the Knoll label. The set with chrome and ebony legs supporting an adjustable center column support all in a clean red bouc...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Rare Swivel Lounge Chairs by Paul Evans for Directional
Located in New York, NY
Burled wood, stainless steel, fabric, painted wood. A beautiful pair of Cityscape lounge chairs with a great swivel mechanism. Patch-work wood structure and velvet upholstery. Wood h...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Henry P. Glass Swivel Chair
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Rare swiveling lounge chair by Henry P. Glass. Reupholstered in a neutral speckled oatmeal fabric. Brass splayed legs in original condition with nice patina.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Otto Zapf for Knoll Mid Century Upholstered Office Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Otto Zapf for Knoll mid century upholstered office chair This chair measure: 30 wide x 27 deep x 35 inches high, with a seat height of 19 and arm height of 25.5 inches All piec...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Midcentury Swivel Chair
Located in Chorzów, PL
Desk chair, Poland, after renovation. Very good condition, after replacing the upholstery. dimensions: height 88 cm, height 51 cm, width 74 cm, seat height 74 cm 50 cm.
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1980s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Swivel Chair 'Medea' by Vittorio Nobili for Fratelli Tagliabue, 1950s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Swivel chair 'Medea' by Vittorio Nobili for Fratelli Tagliabue, 1950s.   
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Italian Swivel Bent Plywood Ribbon Chair
Located in Bochum, NRW
Mid-Century Modern vintage bent plywood swivel chair in the manner of the famous CL9 Nastro (Strip) from Cesare Leonardi and Franca Stagi, Italy 1970s. In good original condition. M...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

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

1970s Swivel Chair in Black Leatherette, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- 4 items available - Good original condition with signs of wear including minor damages in leatherette upholstery.
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Synthetic

Swivel Lounge Chair in Ivory Bouclé by Michael Wolk for Directional
Located in New York, NY
Michael Wolk swivel lounge chair fully restored and newly reupholstered in a luxurious Holland & Sherry Melissani White or ivory bouclé resting on a black wooden swivel base. This ic...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Bouclé, Wood

Friso Kramer Drafting Chair Dark Grey Ahrend de Cirkel the Netherlands, 1960
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Very nice industrial drafting chair designed by Friso Kramer and manufactured by Ahrend de Cirkel, The Netherlands 1960. This chair had a dark grey lacquered metal frame with a plywo...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Mid Century Swivel Chair by I. V. Chair Company Brooklyn NY
Located in New York, NY
Stylish and well-made swivel office, desk chair by I.V. chair company Brooklyn NY (109 Jewel St). Interesting example of Brooklyn modern after Fritz Hansen etc. This chair shows cosm...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Milo Baughman For Thayer Coggin Style MCM Barrel Back Walnut Base Swivel Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Milo Baughman For Thayer Coggin Style Mid Century Barrel Back Walnut Base Swivel Chair This chair measures: 30 wide x 30 deep x 26.5 inches high, with a seat height of 17 and arm...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Walnut, Upholstery

Vintage Modern Velvet and Brass Swivel Club Chairs, Pair
Located in Dallas, TX
Stunning pair of swivel lounge chairs, recently recovered in a gold colored velvet. Features clean modern lines, barrel backs with the uppers raised on swivelling brass trimmed plint...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

20th Century Vintage Light Gray Swivel Armchair, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Swivel armchair from the 1970s, produced in the Silesian furniture factory in Swiebodzin - at the moment they are unique. Due to their dimensions, they perfectly blend in even in sma...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Vintage Walnut "Scroll" Swivel Armchairs by George Mulhauser for Plycraft
Located in Burbank, CA
Rare vintage "Scroll" swivel armchairs designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft Co. in the United States, circa 1950s. These extraordinary swivel armchairs have been constructed wit...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Midcentury Pair of Barrel Back Swivel Chairs by Milo Baughman
Located in Dallas, TX
Handsome pair of very unusual swivel chairs designed by Milo Baughman, circa 1960s. Completely restored, newly upholstered in a stunning yellow fabric and resting on high ebonized ba...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Set of 4 Leather-Upholstered Swivel Desk Chairs - France, 1960s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Set of four swivel armchairs, with aluminum frames, upholstered in soft brown leather. The stems on two of the armchairs have a chrome finish; on the other two, the metal is painted ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

off White Bouclé Fabric with Brass Finishes Swivel Armchair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Off white bouclé fabric with brass finishes Swivel armchair.
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Adrian Pearsall Swivel Chairs in Ivory Bouclé c. 1970s
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Sculptural swivel chairs by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates circa 1970 freshly and professionally reupholstered in luxurious Ivory Bouclé. Furniture that's art. Arms gently slop...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Bouclé, Upholstery

Pair of Contemporary Modern Swivel Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning pair of contemporary modern lounge chairs feature a barrel backrest and a pedestal style swivel base. The unique design offers comfort and sturdiness without sacrificin...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal

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

Materials

Metal

Restored Early Arne Jacobsen Fritz Hansen tilt and swivel Orange Swan Chair
Located in Ferndale, MI
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen orange swan chair. This is a tilt swivel chair which I find to be scarce in the market .
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Italian Swivel Lounge Chair in Yellow Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Italian lounge chair, leatherette, oak, Italy, 1970s Large and comfortable winged lounge chair in yellow faux-leather upholstery. The rounded overall shape of the easy chair, with...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Wood, Faux Leather

Vladimir Kagan Desk Chair in Shearling for Kagan-Dreyfuss, circa 1950s
Located in Stamford, CT
An elegant swiveling desk chair featuring a distinctively shaped seat floating above a sculptural cruciform carved walnut support. Designed by Vladimir Kagan for Kagan-Dreyfuss, circ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Wool, Walnut

Fritz Hansen Oxford Classic Highback Black Leather Office Armchair
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer this lovely, exceptionally comfortable Fritz Hansen Oxford classic high back office chair with black leather upholstery and polished steel arms The orig...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Swivel Barrel Back Lounge Chairs or Club Chairs with Walnut
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A handsome pair of swiveling lounge chairs probably by Milo Baughman. They are heavy and well made. Featuring a walnut swivel base with black naugahyde upholstery. Material has some ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Naugahyde, Walnut

Paul Frankl Style Vanity Stool Upholstered in Shearling
Located in Saint Louis, MO
A most elegant and thoughtful way to celebrate your "me" time. Make yourself comfortable in silky soft shearling and enjoy the ritual of tending to you. A beautiful and sculptural va...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Hide, Leather, Wood, Lacquer, Fur

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

Ward Bennett MCM Executive Highback Brass and Leather Office Chairs, Set 4
Located in Countryside, IL
Ward Bennett mid century executive highback brass and leather office chairs - set of 4 These chairs measure: 28.25 wide x 27.5 deep x 42 inches high, with a seat height of 20 and ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Plush Mid-Century Modern Curvy Swivel Camel Velvet Club Chairs
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A Milo Baughman style pair of curvy club chairs that swivel, having brand new soft camel colored velvet upholstery. Super solid and comfy. Measures: seat depth 23 inches.
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Swivel & Slipper Lounge by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A beautiful swiveling lounge chair designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin in the 1970s. It features a high channel back, taupe velvet upholstery, and a brass swivel and tilt bas...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Hans Brattrud for Hove Möbler Vintage Large Retro 1970s Revolving Lounge Chair
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
Very large Hans Brattrud for Hove Möbler vintage retro 1970s revolving armchair lounge chair with the unusual leather upholstery. Super comfortable, great chair for by the fire! ...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Leatherette Swivel Chairs, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of leatherette, fabric, metal Comfortable Original condition.
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Blue and Brass Milo Baughman Swivel Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Very well crafted club chairs designed by Milo Baughman. Featuring barrel shaped frames upholstered in blue upholstery on swivel brass bases. The chairs have been expertly restored a...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

Velvet Huxley Swivel Chair and Ottoman by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Huxley swivel chair is inspired by 1970s lounge furniture. A curvaceous form with a single line tuft and long seat cushion rest atop a brass base that swivels. The Lawson-Fennin...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Oak

Set of Four Lucite and Chrome Barstools
Located in Miami, FL
Set of four Lucite and chrome barstools. Measures: High seat 28.5".
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Style Barrel Back Swivel Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This midcentury style chair features comfortable barrel back design and swivel base. Fabric and upholstery are comfortable and clean. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ).
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

1970's Vintage Charles Eames EA108 Leather Desk Chair by ICF
By Charles Eames, ICF Milano 1
Located in London, GB
A stunning example of an iconic design, this is a genuine EA108 desk chair designed by Charles Eames. This licensed model was made in Italy by ICF, it dates from around the 1970-1980...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid Century Gastone Rinaldi Swivel Armchair for RIMA, 1960's
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Beautiful Gastone Rinaldi armchair or desk chair for RIMA, Italy 1960s. With this swivel armchair the Italian design master shows his honest aestheticism. With its slender metal...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel

Arne Jacobsen Model 3117 Adjustable Desk Work Chairs, 1955, Early Matching Pair
Located in London, GB
Arne Jacobsen (designer) Fritz Hansen (manufacturer), Denmark Pair of Model 3117 desk chairs, designed 1955 Black lacquered veneered plywood, nickel-plated steel, swivel base on...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Plywood

Shaw Walker Co. Mid-Century Blue Faux Leather and Steel Rolling Office Chair
Located in New York, NY
American mid-century rolling adjustable office chair with blue vinyl upholstery, silver metal frame with four wheels, and wooden armrests. (Shaw Walker Co.).    
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

20th Century Vintage Orange Ochra Velvet Swivel Armchair, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Swivel armchair from the 1960s, produced in the Silesian furniture factory in Swiebodzin, at the moment they are unique. Very comfortable, perfect as a desk chair. Due to their dimen...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Pierre Paulin Tulip Midi Swivel Armchair F594 in New Leather, Artifort, 1960
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Iconic Tulip Midi swivel chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, Netherlands – 1960. The chairs have been reupholstered by Artifort in a custom leather by Alphenberg. This model is ve...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Milo Baughman Large Swivel Chair
Located in Chicago, IL
Oversize swivel chair by Milo Baughman for Thayer-Coggin. Original fabric and chrome swivel base in great condition.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Walter Knoll Patinated Leather Office / Desk Swivel Armchair, Germany, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Walter Knoll office/desk chair, Germany, 1970. The chair swivel 360º and are adjustable in height. In very good condition with beautiful patinated leather and thorough polished alumi...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

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

A Pair of “Lipse Too” Lounge Swivel Chairs
Located in Manchester, MA
Pair of Davis Furniture Swivel pedestal lounge chairs, the “Lips Too”Model. This is a gently used pair with the original bright turquoise upholstery. We had it recently professional...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Bespoke Sand Cast Brass Swivel Stool in Châtaigne Leather
Located in Bangkok, TH
Available to order - 12 weeks We created this quirky little swivel stool for a New York lady who was looking for an elegant stool for her make-up table. She selected our Chataîgne l...
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2010s Thai Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Brass

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

Vintage Swiss "King" Swivel Desk Armchair on Castors from Strassle, 1960s
Located in Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
We are delighted to bring to you a rare vintage King Strassle swivel desk armchair, 1960s. Designed by Andre Vandenbeuck of Belgium, the swivel desk armchair is upholstered in stunni...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

1 Ward Bennett Oak Mohair Bankers Executive Chair Bronze Base
Located in Pasadena, TX
1 Ward Bennett oak mohair executive chair Designed 1967 Rare version of task chair. Original mohair upholstery with oak frames. Bronze adjustable base with castors. 6 available....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Bronze

Burnt Orange Velvet Swivel Chair by AdM Bespoke
Located in Danville, CA
Swivel egg chair in the French midcentury style. This sophisticated chair is upholstered in heavy-weight burnt orange/gold velvet. This super stylish and versatile example is as comf...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Velvet, Hardwood

Pair of Charcoal Gray Swivel Chairs by AdM Bespoke
Located in Danville, CA
Stunning pair of sculptural swivel chairs in an elegant charcoal gray heavy twill fabric. The bases are finished in an espresso lacquer. The pair swivel 360° on a smooth nylon ring b...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Hardwood