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Pair of 1940s Armchairs Wing Chairs with New Upholstery and Ebonized Legs
Located in West Hartford, CT
Recently reupholstered and ebonization of carved legs makes this 1940s pair of wing chairs a must have. Hints of Dorothy Draper in the Baroque form on these chairs that feature only...
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Vintage 1940s American Baroque Armchairs

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Fabric, Textile, Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Armchairs Lounge Chairs Wood, Attributed to Josef Frank, Thonet, 1940
By Josef Frank, Paolo Buffa, Thonet
Located in Graz, AT
A pair of arm lounge chairs manufactured by Thonet in late 1930s or early 1940s. The design is attributed to Josef Frank. It is also in the style of Paolo Buffa or Gio Ponti. These l...
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Vintage 1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Textile, Wood

Jens Risom Armchair for Knoll
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This armchair is an early example of Jens Risom's design for Knoll and is a simple yet innovative design. The chair is two separate pieces: a singular seat / back component is simply...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Birch, Textile

  • Jens Risom Armchair for Knoll
  • Jens Risom Armchair for Knoll
  • Jens Risom Armchair for Knoll
  • Jens Risom Armchair for Knoll
H 30 in. W 24 in. D 27.5 in.
Neoclassical Style Grosfeld House Butterfly Armchairs
By Grosfeld House
Located in New York, NY
A pair of butterfly armchairs in neoclassical style, made in the 1940s by Grosfeld House with a hand-sculpted wooden structure with rich detailing. In great vintage condition, recent...
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Vintage 1940s American Neoclassical Revival Armchairs

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Textile, Wood

One of Three Armchairs Lounge Chairs Walnut Wood, Josef Frank Attributed, Thonet
By Thonet, Josef Frank
Located in Graz, AT
One of three arm lounge chairs manufactured by Thonet, Vienna, Austria, circa 1940 ( late 1930s or early 1940s). The design is attributed to Josef Frank. The chairs are labeled with...
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Vintage 1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Walnut, Textile, Wood

Pair of Midcentury Jindrich Halabala Orange Brno Club Chairs
By Jindrich Halabala
Located in West Hartford, CT
With a certain Art Deco flair and vibrant three toned upholstery, these 1940s Jindrich Halabala chairs make quite the statement. The fabrics are a bright orange cotton, a large scal...
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Vintage 1940s Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Wood

Elegant Mid-Century Modern Swan Chair in Embossed Wool
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Outstanding Mid-Century Modern lounge chair with sculptural form. The chair has barrel form with winged swan sides and striking maple wood frame. Newly restored and upholstered in wo...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Textile, Maple

Gio Ponti Two Club Chairs for Casa E Giardino in Excellent Condition
By Gio Ponti
Located in bari, IT
Gio Ponti two club chairs designed by Gio Ponti in collaboration with Lio Carminati for the Casa E Giardino company in excellent condition totally restored.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Textile, Wood

Armchair. Danish Design Circa 1940-1950
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Armchair Danish design ca. 1950-60 Newly upholstered with Shila Combes
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Vintage 1950s Danish Modern Chairs

Materials

Textile, Wood

  • Armchair. Danish Design Circa 1940-1950
  • Armchair. Danish Design Circa 1940-1950
  • Armchair. Danish Design Circa 1940-1950
  • Armchair. Danish Design Circa 1940-1950
H 34.26 in. W 31.5 in. D 31.5 in.

Finding the Right Armchairs for You

Armchairs have run the gamut from prestige to ease and everything in between. 

Long before industrial mass production democratized seating, armchairs conveyed status and power. In ancient Egypt, the commoners took stools, while in early Greece, ceremonial chairs of carved marble were designated for nobility. But the high-backed early thrones of yore, elevated and ornate, were merely grandiose iterations of today’s armchairs. 

Modern-day armchairs, built with functionality and comfort in mind, are now central to tasks throughout your home. Formal dining armchairs support your guests at a table for a cheery feast, a good drafting chair with a deep seat is parked in front of an easel where you create art and, elsewhere, an ergonomic wonder of sorts positions you at the desk for your 9 to 5.

When placed under just the right lamp where you can lounge comfortably, both elbows resting on the padded supports on each side of you, an upholstered armchair — or a rattan armchair for your light-suffused sunroom — can be the sanctuary where you’ll read for hours. If you’re in the mood for company, your velvet chesterfield armchair is a place to relax and be part of the conversation that swirls around you. Maybe the dialogue is about the beloved Papa Bear chair, a mid-century modern masterpiece from Danish carpenter and furniture maker Hans Wegner, and the wingback’s strong association with the concept of cozying up by the fireplace, which we can trace back to its origins in 1600s-era England, when the seat’s distinctive arm protrusions protected the sitter from the heat of the period’s large fireplaces. 

If the fireside armchair chat involves spirited comparisons, your companions will likely probe the merits of antique and vintage armchairs such as Queen Anne armchairs, Victorian armchairs or even Louis XVI armchairs, as well as the pros and cons of restoration versus conservation.

Everyone seems to have a favorite armchair and most people will be all too willing to talk about their beloved design. Whether that’s the unique Favela chair by Brazilian sibling furniture designers Fernando and Humberto Campana, who repurpose everyday objects to artful effect; or Marcel Breuer’s futuristic tubular metal Wassily lounge chair; the functionality-first LC series from Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret; or the Eames lounge chair of the mid-1950s created by Charles and Ray Eames, there is an iconic armchair for everyone and every purpose. Find yours on 1stDibs right now.