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Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Sofa Completely Refurbished Model 1636-S
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in West Hartford, CT
coveted Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates sofa with sloping walnut armrests. The epitome of iconic Mid
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Textile, Wood, Walnut

Kidney Shaped Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Sofa Model 2010-S Perfect
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in West Hartford, CT
! Magnificent and coveted Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates sofa completely redone with a gorgeous dark gray
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Textile, Linen, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Sofa in Mohair, C 1950s
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Westport, CT
Experience timeless elegance with this vintage sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, circa
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Mohair, Walnut

Midcentury Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Sofa Daybed Model 615
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in West Hartford, CT
! Magnificent and coveted Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates daybed sofa with walnut front and single end
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

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Fabric, Textile, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Sofa Couch Chrome Walnut Wood Lane Tagged
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Great vintage Mid-Century Modern sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates by Lane (Tag is
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Turquoise Sofa Daybed with Built-in End Table
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in West Hartford, CT
! Magnificent and coveted Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates sofa with walnut front trim with two arched, bow
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Iron

Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Sofa with Marble End Table Mid-Century Modern
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in West Hartford, CT
! Magnificent and coveted signed Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates sofa with walnut front trim extending all
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Walnut, Fabric

Adrian Pearsall 1709-S Style Platform Sofa with Floating Walnut End Tables
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chattanooga, TN
model. It truly looks like an Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates sofa, but we're not 100% sure
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

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Metal

Gondola Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Palm Springs, CA
An incredible gondola form sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Fame has been
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Cloud Sofa, C. 1950s
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Westport, CT
Pearsall for Craft Associates in the mid-20th century. Meticulously restored to its original glory, this
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Bouclé, Maple

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Cloud Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Cloud Sofa This sofa measures: 123 wide x 70 deep
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Armless Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates mid century armless sofa This sofa measures: 96 wide x 32
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Cloud Sofa for Craft Associates Fully Restored
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Chattanooga, TN
-piece couch with integrated chaise lounge. Designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates in the
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Floating Back Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A wonderfully long, low and deep upholstered sofa having a floating back and an organic sculptural
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa This sofa measures: 102 wide
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Grand Boomerang Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Grand Boomerang Sofa This sofa measures: 122 wide
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Vintage Walnut "Gondola" Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Wonderful vintage walnut “Gondola” sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates in United
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Expertly Restored Adrian Pearsall Armless Gondola Sofa for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Medina, OH
The epitome of mid-century modern design is the Armless Gondola designed by Adrian Pearsall for
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Bouclé, Cotton, Foam, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Wingback Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Wingback Sofa This sofa measures: 77.5
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Vintage Walnut "Boomerang" Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Stunning vintage walnut “Boomerang” sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates in the
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Ebonized Boomerang Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates mid century ebonized boomerang sofa This sofa measures: 123
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Sofa with Travertine Side Tables for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we take this journey with passion and precision. With over 17 years of artisanal exper...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Foam, Wood

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola sofa.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in San Francisco, CA
An iron-framed gondola sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Fully restored. The
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Vintage 1950s American Modern Sofas

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Iron

Original Adrian Pearsall Platform Boomerang Sofa 2300-S for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Chattanooga, TN
. Massive Boomerang Sofa, model 2300-S, designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. This model not
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

14 Foot Long Adrian Pearsall 2834-S Sofa for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Hanover, MA
sculpted ebonized walnut sled base designed by Adrian Pearsall and manufactured by Craft Associates, Model
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Naugahyde, Walnut

Mid-Century Vintage Adrian Pearsall Sofa by Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Brooklyn, NY
-century design master Adrian Pearsall. Manufactured for his Craft Associates brand of Wilkes-Barre
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall 'Gondola Sofa' in Brown Fabric for Craft Associates, USA, 1950s
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Berlin, DE
Iconic sofa model 2408 / 'Gondola' sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, 1950s. One of the
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mid Century Velvet Gondola Sofa By Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, c1960s
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Chino Hills, CA
Gondola Sofa designed by the iconic Adrian Pearsall and expertly crafted by Craft Associates during the
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet, Wood, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century 2300-S Walnut Boomerang Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates midcentury 2300-S walnut boomerang sofa. This sofa measures
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Expansive 12-Foot Platform Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, 1960s
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Deland, FL
Designed by the incomparable Adrian Pearsall, this iconic "Platform" sofa is the epitome of
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall For Craft Associates Sectional Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pasadena, TX
A mid-century modern sectional sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall and made by Craft Associates. Two
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Vintage 1950s American Sectional Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Deadstock Fabric Platform Sofa Set by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, 60s
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Deland, FL
Designed by the incomparable Adrian Pearsall, this iconic set of "Platform" sofas is the epitome of
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Sculpted Gondola Sofa 2408
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates sculptural sofa 2408 Offered is a
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mid Century Sectional Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates c 1960's
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in New York, NY
Architectural two piece sectional sofa, designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. The sofa
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Sculpted Gondola Sofa 2408
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a beautifully restored 'Gondola' sofa (model 2408) designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

MCM Platform Sofa in Walnut by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, c. 1960's
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Deland, FL
Designed by the incomparable Adrian Pearsall, this iconic "Platform" sofa is the epitome of
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Two-Piece Curved Sectional
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant Mid-Century Modern two-piece curved sectional designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Chenille

Midcentury Adrian Pearsall for Craft Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Large Mid-Century Modern gondola sofa attributed to Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Features
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Model 2006-S Platform Sofa in Walnut & Bouclé by Adrian Pearsall for Craft 1960s
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Deland, FL
Adrian Pearsall began designing and building furniture in 1952 with his company named 'Craft Associates
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Bouclé, Wood, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall 2000-S Gondola Sofa
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Hanover, MA
SATURDAY SALE Original Adrian Pearsall gondola sofa by Craft Associates model 2000-S with walnut
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Walnut

Adrian Pearsall 2000-S Gondola Sofa
Adrian Pearsall 2000-S Gondola Sofa
H 29 in W 110 in D 30 in
Craft Associates Sofa Strictly Spanish Group
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Fraser, MI
designed by Craft Associates. Probably for restoration.
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Vintage 1970s Sofas

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Fabric

Adrian Pearsall Gondola Green Print Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in New York, NY
Model 2408-S, or the Gondola sofa, for Craft Associates. Original mid-century printed green
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Cloud Sofa by Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates, USA, 1970s
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Deland, FL
Introducing a rare and iconic "Cloud" sofa designed by the influential Adrian Pearsall. Audacious
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Baltimore, MD
, designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. In new upholstery fabric and high-density foam. An
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Foam, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Sofa With Attached End Table
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Adrian Pearsall sofa for Craft Assoicates ready for your new upholstery. This great sofa is very
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Walnut

Adrian Pearsall 'Cloud' Sofa in Illustrative Red Fabric
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall for Crafts Associations, cloud sofa, fabric, walnut, United States, 1960s The
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Grand Boomerang Sofa in Green Wool
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, 'Boomerang' sofa, green wool upholstery, walnut, United States, 1960s This
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Iconic Oversized Adrian Pearsall Sofa with Compartment, USA, 1960s
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Miami, FL
Wonderful all original sofa with storage compartment in very good vintage shape by Adrian Pearsall
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Rare Vintage Model 2010-S Walnut Sofa by Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Rare vintage "Cloud" sofa designed by architect and furniture designer Adrian Pearsall for Craft
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Original Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Gondola Sofa Upholstered in Italian Leather
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Saint Louis, US
This lengthy low sitting Gondola sofa is a treasure in any space. The temptation to sprawl oneself
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Cloud Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in San Francisco, CA
An iconic Cloud sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates and ready for restoration
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Lounge Chairs

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Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Sofa in Ocher Yellow Striped Upholstery
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, sofa, American walnut, fabric, United States, 1960s. This beautifully shaped sofa
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Sofa in Walnut and Rose Leatherette
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, sofa, walnut, leatherette, United States, 1960s Beautiful sofa created by the
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Walnut, Faux Leather

Adrian Pearsall Grand Boomerang Sofa in Crème Wool Bouclé
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, 'Boomerang' sofa, model '1600-S', reupholstered in Pierre
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Bouclé, Walnut, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa in Walnut and Green Upholstery
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, 'Platform' sofa, fabric, walnut, United States, 1960s Adrian Pearsall is known
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Sofa in Checkered Upholstery with Side Tables
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, sofa with side tables, in checkered upholstery and walnut, United States, 1960s
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Sofa in Rosemary Hallgarten Fleece, America circa 1950
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Culver City, CA
sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates 112.5”L x 32”d x 24”h x 17”seat Ref. SOFA277
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Cotton, Wood

Adrian Pearsall 'Platform Gondola' Sofa in Walnut and Red Upholstery
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, ‘Platform Gondola’ sofa, fabric, walnut, wood, United States
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

MCM Adrian Pearsall Style Gondola Sofa & Club Chair Newly Upholstered
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Style Gondola Sofa & Club Chair Set Newly Upholstered in
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Mohair, Chenille, Upholstery, Walnut

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Adrian Pearsall For Craft Associates Sofa For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal adrian pearsall for craft associates sofa for your home. Frequently made of wood, fabric and walnut, every adrian pearsall for craft associates sofa was constructed with great care. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect adrian pearsall for craft associates sofa — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. Each adrian pearsall for craft associates sofa bearing Mid-Century Modern or Modern hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one adrian pearsall for craft associates sofa that is appealing in its simplicity, but Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates and Craft Associates Inc. produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Adrian Pearsall For Craft Associates Sofa?

Prices for a adrian pearsall for craft associates sofa start at $2,400 and top out at $14,648 with the average selling for $5,995.

Adrian Pearsall for sale on 1stDibs

Adrian Pearsall designed some of the most exuberant and expressive American chairs, sofas and other furniture of the 1950s and ’60s. For verve and vivacity of form, he surpasses even Vladimir Kagan — whose work is the emblem of swinging, sexy mid-20th century modernism. Pearsall gave his imagination free rein, and his flamboyant, eye-catching styles are icons of what has become known as “Atomic Age” design.

Pearsall studied architectural engineering at the University of Illinois before opening his Pennsylvania furniture company, Craft Associates, in 1952, and that training shows in many designs. 

A Pearsall trademark, for example, is a lounge chair with an exceptionally tall, trapezoidal back, which give the pieces a skyscraper-like silhouette. Pearsall also had a talent for so-called Gondola sofas — long, low-slung pieces with upswept ends. Many of Pearsall’s sofas and chairs are supported not by legs, but on gently arced walnut skids.

Pearsall had a gift for tables, too, in particular glass-topped side tables and coffee tables with frames that have the look of an Alexander Calder stabile. As you will see from the offerings on 1stDibs, Pearsall had flair, and his work adds an attention-getting, sculptural exclamation point to any décor.

Find vintage Adrian Pearsall sofas, armchairs, coffee tables and other furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern 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.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s 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 pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture 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, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right sofas for You

Black leather, silk velvet cushions, breathable bouclé fabric — when shopping for antique or vintage sofas, today’s couch connoisseurs have much to choose from in terms of style and shape. But it wasn’t always thus. 

The sofa is typically defined as a long upholstered seat that features a back and arms and is intended for two or more people. While the term “couch” comes from the Old French couche, meaning to lie down, and sofa has Eastern origins, both are forms of divan, a Turkish word that means an elongated cushioned seat. Bench-like seating in Ancient Greece, which was padded with soft blankets, was called klinai. No matter how you spell it, sofa just means comfort, at least it does today.

In the early days of sofa design, upholstery consisted of horsehair or dried moss. Sofas that originated in countries such as France during the 17th century were more integral to decor than they were to comfort. Like most Baroque furnishings from the region, they frequently comprised heavy, gilded mahogany frames and were upholstered in floral Beauvais tapestry. Today, options abound when it comes to style and material, with authentic leather offerings and classy steel settees. Plush, velvet chesterfields represent the platonic ideal of coziness

Vladimir Kagan’s iconic sofa designs, such as the Crescent and the Serpentine — which, like the sectional sofas of the 1960s created by furniture makers such as Harvey Probber, are quite popular among mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts — showcase the spectrum of style available to modern consumers. Those looking to make a statement can turn to Studio 65’s lip-shaped Bocca sofa, which was inspired by the work of Salvador Dalí. Elsewhere, the furniture of the 1970s evokes an era when experimentation ruled, or at least provided a reason to break the rules. Just about every area of society felt a sudden urge to be wayward, to push boundaries — and buttons. Vintage leather sofas of that decade are characterized by a rare blending of the showy and organic.

With so many options, it’s important to explore and find the perfect furniture for your space. Paying attention to the lines of the cushions as well as the flow from the backrest into the arms is crucial to identifying a cohesive new piece for your home or office.

Fortunately, with styles from every era — and even round sofas — there’s a luxurious piece for every space. Deck out your living room with an Art Deco lounge or go retro with a nostalgic '80s design. No matter your sitting vision, the right piece is waiting for you in the expansive collection of unique sofas on 1stDibs.