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Wing Wingback Sofa by Adrian Pearsall in orange fabric
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Berlin, DE
Lightly wing sofa by Adrian Pearsall with two arm rests. Including new upholstery according to your
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Armless Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Napa, CA
This well taken care of armless sofa by American furniture designer, Adrian Pearsall will surely
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Armless Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Armless Sofa
H 28 in W 76 in D 32 in
Adrian Pearsall Brutalist Style Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Stamford, CT
Spectacular Adrian Pearsall three cushion sofa with Brutalist "bronze" finish sculptural side
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Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Acrylic

Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Amazing patched burlwood platform base sofa. The base has been refinished and the sofa has been
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood

Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
H 27 in W 32 in D 124 in
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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Boomerang Sofa by Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in New York, NY
A rare "boomerang" sofa having a recently polished frame supporting a freshly upholstered back and
Category

Mid-20th Century Sofas

Materials

Bouclé, Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

Boomerang Sofa by Adrian Pearsall
Boomerang Sofa by Adrian Pearsall
H 25 in W 122 in D 71 in
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola sofa.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

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
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, 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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

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
Category

Vintage 1950s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Iron

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
Category

Vintage 1950s American Sectional Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Tulsa, OK
. * * * Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa. Above average vintage condition and structurally
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, 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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Sculptura Sofa Loveseat
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Tulsa, OK
Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Sculptura Sofa Loveseat Iconic Adrian Pearsall Sculptural Sofa
Category

20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery

Stylish Adrian Pearsall Style Sculptural Walnut Sofa Midcentury
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stylish Adrian Pearsall style sculptural walnut sofa. It retains it's original fabric which does
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall 'Cloud' Sofa in Walnut and Sea Blue Upholstery
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, 'Cloud' sofa, walnut, fabric, United States, 1970s This beautifully shaped sofa
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé, Walnut, Wood

Unusual Adrian Pearsall Boomerang Walnut Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual Adrian Pearsall boomerang sofa with 2 attached tables. Yes, this sofa will need to be
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Curved Sofa / Settee, Adrian Pearsall Style, Three-Seater
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern Curved Sofa / Settee, Adrian Pearsall Style, Three-Seater Curvaceous three
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood, 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
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Chenille, Upholstery, 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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Foam, 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
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall 2408 Platform Sofa Fully Restored
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in San Marcos, CA
This is a beautiful and authentic Adrian Pearsall 2408 sofa circa 1960’s. It has been fully
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, 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
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, 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
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Tavertine Side Table Boomerang Leg Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Tulsa, OK
Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Tavertine Side Table Boomerang Leg Sofa Good vintage condition
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, 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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Cloud Sofa in Excellent Original Condition, ca. 1960’s
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional example of the work of Adrian Pearsall, this sofa is in excellent original condition
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, 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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut

1960s Vintage Gondola Sofa in the Manner of Adrian Pearsall with Scalloped Base
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning sofa and it’s comfortable. The wood scalloped base is precious!! Use as is or redo in your
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Wonderful Curved Serpentine Two-Piece Adrian Pearsall Style Sectional Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful curved serpentine two-piece Adrian Pearsall style sofa sectional. There are no words to
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, 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

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

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

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, 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

Materials

Brass

Adrian Pearsall Sculptural Walnut Gondola Sofa, Fully Restored Midcentury
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Outstanding Adrian Pearsall fully restored gondola sofa. This piece has been totally overhauled and
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut

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
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

2167S Platform Boomerang Sofa by Adrian Pearsall in Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric 60s
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall, Jack Lenor Larsen
Located in Deland, FL
Designed by the incomparable Adrian Pearsall, this iconic Platform "Boomerang" sofa is the epitome
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Wood, 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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé, Cotton, Foam, 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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Linen, Walnut

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
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut, Fabric

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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Walnut

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
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Iron

Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Rare Model 920-CS Sofa with Cane Arms
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in West Hartford, CT
Rare Adrian Pearsall sofa that has cane arms, circa late 1950s. Gorgeous lines and proportions. The
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Cane, 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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Sofa with Travertine Side Tables for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Los Angeles, CA
-density foam and the finest fabrics and leathers to give you a seat that’s as cozy as it is chic
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Foam, Wood

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

Materials

Metal

Adrian Pearsall Signed Craft Associates 2-PC Sectional Sofa 2069-LR
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in West Hartford, CT
Adrian Pearsall two-piece sectional sofa by Craft Associates, circa 1960s, features a walnut wood
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Fabric, 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
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall and/or Kagan Style Sofa Sectional with Removable Pouf
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chicago, IL
Adrian Pearsall and/or Kagan Style Sofa Sectional with Removable Pouf and upholstered plinth base
Category

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

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
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Model 2006-S Platform Sofa in Walnut & Bouclé by Adrian Pearsall for Craft 1960s
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Deland, FL
Designed by the incomparable Adrian Pearsall, this iconic Model 2006-S Platform Sofa is the epitome
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé, Wood, Walnut

Mid Century Gondola Sofa in Textured Chenille
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A Mid-Century Modern “gondola” sofa in the style of Adrian Pearsall. Complete with tufted arms and
Category

Mid-20th Century Space Age Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Chenille, Upholstery, Wood

1960s Modern Curved Back Walnut Frame Sofa in NEW Stout Fabric
By Adrian Pearsall, Baker Furniture Company
Located in Richmond, VA
Offered is an absolutely gorgeous, Adrian Pearsall style, mid-century modern curved-back sofa
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

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Adrian Pearsall Sofa Fabric For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic piece of adrian pearsall sofa fabric available at 1stDibs. An item from our selection of adrian pearsall sofa fabric — often made from fabric, wood and walnut — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for newer or older items, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A choice in our collection of adrian pearsall sofa fabric made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made object in our assortment of adrian pearsall sofa fabric over the years, but those crafted by Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates and Comfort Designs, Inc. are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Adrian Pearsall Sofa Fabric?

Prices for a piece of adrian pearsall sofa fabric can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $1,295 and can go as high as $29,700, while the average can fetch as much as $6,967.

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.