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Adrian Pearsall Sofa on Chrome Plinth Base, 1970
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chicago, IL
Adrian Pearsall Sofa on Chrome Plinth Base, 1970. Original upholstery and new chrome plinth base
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Chrome

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Sofa in Rosemary Hallgarten Fleece, America circa 1950
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Culver City, CA
Adrian Pearsall Sofa in Rosemary Hallgarten Fleece America circa 1950 Elegantly symmetrical modern
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Cotton, Wood

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Walnut, Faux Leather

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall, Sofa, Iron, Velvet, USA, 1950s
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in High Point, NC
A black-painted iron and brown velvet sofa designed and produced in the US, c. 1950s. Seat height
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Iron

Vintage Adrian Pearsall, Sofa, Iron, Velvet, USA, 1950s
Adrian Pearsall, Sofa, Iron, Velvet, USA, 1950s
H 28.125 in W 8.42 in D 34.75 in
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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Wood

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 Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Foam, Wood

Unusual Two-Piece Adrian Pearsall Sofa Sectional Boomerang Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual Adrian Pearsall two-piece boomerang sectional sofa with two attached tables. One table has
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Walnut

Rare Adrian Pearsall Sofa with End Tables Displayed at Habitat 67, Expo 67
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in New York, NY
A special edition of a couch designed by Adrian Pearsall for Cimons, Canada and displayed at
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Mid-20th Century Canadian Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Travertine, Wrought Iron

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
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Walnut

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
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Fabric, Textile, Cane, Walnut

Mid-Century Restored Adrian Pearsall Walnut Surfboard Coffee Table
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chattanooga, TN
12.5". Perfect for an Adrian Pearsall sofa or Asian modern couch. We're very proud and pleased with the
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa, Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Raleigh, NC
A stunning gondola form sofa from Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates. Newly upholstered in an ivory
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Walnut

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
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Armless Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Armless Sofa
H 28 in W 76 in D 32 in
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
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Wood

Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
H 27 in W 32 in D 124 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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1960s American Brutalist Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Fabric, Acrylic

Adrian Pearsall Floating Back Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful long, low, and deep, brown leather floating back sofa by Adrian Pearsall. This sofa has
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Leather, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Floating Back Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Floating Back Sofa
H 28.5 in W 126.5 in D 32 in
Large Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Dallas, TX
The story is that this sofa was purchased by Elvis Presley for a friend who lived in Dallas in the
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Walnut

Large Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
Large Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
H 25 in W 168 in D 29 in
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
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Mid-20th Century Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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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 Style Midcentury Walnut Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style midcentury walnut sofa This sofa measures: 122 wide x 32 deep x 28 inches
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Cloud Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall mid century cloud sofa Sofa measures: 124 wide x 72 deep x 31.5 inches high
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Cloud Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Cloud Sofa
H 31.5 in W 124 in D 72 in
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 Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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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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1950s American Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Iron

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 Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Style Midcentury Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style midcentury walnut gondola sofa This sofa measures: 101 wide x 33 deep x 27
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa The sofa measures: 103 wide x 33 deep x 27 high
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century gondola sofa This sofa measures: 88 wide x 33 deep x 26.5
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Wood

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
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Walnut

Gondola Sofa by Adrian Pearsall, America circa 1960
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Culver City, CA
America circa 1960 Gondola Sofa by Adrian Pearsall made for Craft Associates recently reupholstered
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Linen, 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
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Walnut, Upholstery

Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in North York, ON
Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Walnut Gondola sofa. By iconic mid-century modern designer
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Mohair, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall style Gondola Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Baltimore, MD
pleasure to any modern home for years to come. Consider pairing this sofa with one of Adrian Pearsall
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Walnut

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
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century walnut Gondola sofa This sofa measures: 93 wide x 34 deep x
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Walnut and Marble Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall mid century walnut and marble sofa The sofa measures: 112 wide x 35 deep x 29
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Marble

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Cloud Sectional Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Cloud Sectional Sofa This sectional sofa measures: 128 wide x 71 deep
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Wood

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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1950s American Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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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
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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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
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Bouclé, Walnut, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Modern Atomic Walnut Gondola Sofa Couch 96"
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Dayton, OH
Adrian Pealsall mid century modern / atomic era sofa or couch featuring traditional gondola form
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Walnut

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
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Fabric, 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
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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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
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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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
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Fabric, 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 Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Mohair, 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 Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Mohair, Chenille, Upholstery, Walnut

1970s Mid Century Modern Chrome Sofa Attributed to Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid-century modern chrome sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall and manufactured by Craft Associates in
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Chrome

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 Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Chrome

Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Cork and Stainless Steel Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Tulsa, OK
Beautiful, unique Adrian Pearsall for Comfort Designs stainless steel, cork, and velvet sofa. I
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1970s American Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Stainless Steel

Stunning Adrian Pearsall Tufted Sofa Hollywood Regency Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Adrian Pearsall button tufted sofa in the Hollywood Regency style. This piece has been
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Wood

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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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
Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Marble Floating Long Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Long Gondola Sofa - Daybed Stunning Mid-Century Modern Long
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Carrara Marble

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
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Fabric, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Modern Walnut Flame Stitch Platform Sofa 110"
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Dayton, OH
Adrian Pearsall mid century modern / atomic era floating platform sofa or couch featuring the
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Upholstery, Walnut

Exquisite Mid-Century Modern Pair of Adrian Pearsall Kidney Shaped Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in North Fort Myers, US
Beautiful sofa created by the American designer Adrien Pearsall. The sofa has a unique kidney shape
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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Wood

Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Walnut Frame Stamps Theme Upholstery Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern walnut frame stamps theme blue upholstery gondola sofa.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

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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
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

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Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the adrian pearsall vintage sofa you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, walnut and fabric, every adrian pearsall vintage sofa was constructed with great care. There are many kinds of the adrian pearsall vintage sofa you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. Each adrian pearsall vintage sofa bearing Mid-Century Modern hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one adrian pearsall vintage sofa that is appealing in its simplicity, but Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates and Baumritter produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Adrian Pearsall Vintage Sofa?

Prices for a adrian pearsall vintage sofa can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $850 and can go as high as $12,500, while the average can fetch as much as $3,900.

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 celebrated 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.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. 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.