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Pair of Mid-Century Modern Tufted Aluminum Lounge Chairs by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant pair of Mid-Century Modern Sculptural tufted lounge chairs by Harvey Probber
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

6 General Fireproofing Mid Century Machine Age Aluminum Goodform Armchairs
By General Fireproofing Company
Located in Topeka, KS
1925 well into the 1970s. Although ALCOA designed the first all-aluminum office chair in 1924 General
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Mid-20th Century American Machine Age Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid Century Modern George Nelson Herman Miller Hairpin Leg Daybed Sofa
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Dayton, OH
Mulhauser (designer of the Coconut Chair), Robert Brownjohn (designer of the sets for the James Bond film
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

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Giraffe dining Chair in Solid Brazilian Wood by Juliana Vasconcellos
By Juliana Lima Vasconcellos
Located in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
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Jean Prouvé Tabouret Solvay / Bois Stool in Solid Natural Oak by Vitra
By Vitra, Jean Prouvé
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PAIR OF STUNNING ANTIQUE CIRCA 1920's ART DECO STEAMER LUGGAGE TRUNKS
Located in GB
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Vintage 1920s English Art Deco Trunks and Luggage

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Classic Antique Industrial Tilt Swivel Desk / Task Chair, Curtiss-Wright Corp
By Curtiss Aircraft, Sikes Chair Company
Located in Buffalo, NY
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Vintage 1930s American Industrial Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Old Painting Oil on Canvas Signed Suzanne Duchamp
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Vintage Erskine 200 Sterilized Barber Shop Shaving Brush
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Vintage ERSKINE 200 Sterilized Barber Shop SHAVING BRUSH Nylon Bristles Rubber Stamped Sterile 200 4.5 tall x 1.38 diameter Preowned original vintage condition. See images provi...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Scientific Instruments

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Nylon, Rubber

Harvey Probber Chic Lounge Chair 1960s
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Lounge chair No. 1427A with polished aluminum frame and diamond tufted seat and back by Harvey Probber, American 1960’s. Aluminum polished and reupholstered in velvet by Lobel Modern...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Harvey Probber Chic Lounge Chair 1960s
Harvey Probber Chic Lounge Chair 1960s
H 28.5 in W 27 in D 27.5 in
USA mid-century Lighted barber Pole in plastic, metal and opaline glass, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
USA mid-century Lighted barber Pole in plastic, metal and opaline glass, 1950s Illuminated barber shop wall sign with round base, also known as Barber Pole. On the upper part it has ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal

"Pietra" Organic Swivel Armchair Upholstered in Bouclé Fabric
By Studio Marta Manente
Located in Centro, RS
The inspiration for the design features comes from the Italian name Pietra: The translation Stone, an element of organic nature that brings a feeling of biophilia and well-being to t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Bouclé

1970s Chrome-Plated Recliner Chair and Ottoman Set with Bouclé Upholstery
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Step into the stylish world of mid-century modern design with our Chrome-Plated Recliner Chair and Ottoman set, a tribute to the iconic aesthetics of the 1970s, seamlessly blended wi...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome, Steel, Metal

French Art Deco Style Hat and Coat Rack, Pullman Railway Train Style
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
French Art Deco Style Hat and Coat Rack, Pullman Railway Train Style This Very Stylish Art Deco style hat and coat rack has five sliding hooks and an upper railed shelf Racks just...
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Vintage 1960s Art Deco Coat Racks and Stands

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Chrome

George Nelson Daybed Sofa in Blue Checker Reupholstery by Alexander Girard
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nelson daybed for Herman Miller in newly upholstered Alexander Girard Maharam "Checker" fabric. George Nelson and Alexander Girard were both American designers who worked ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

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Swivel Chair in Creamy White Boucle with Wood Trim Base
Located in Brea, CA
Boucle Swivel Chair Size: 28”w x 30”d x 31”h. SH: 18”. SD:21”. AH:24” Petite in size, this swivel chair is both comfortable with a tight seat and tight back, giving it a more mod...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swivel Chairs

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Bouclé, Cotton, Foam, Wood

Mesa Swivel Chair by Lawson-Fenning in White Alpaca bouclé
By Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mesa swivel chair by Lawson-Fenning in white Alpaca bouclé. The Mesa swivel chair is a fully upholstered club chair that features a walnut or oak inset base. The Lawson-Fenning Coll...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Alpaca, Bouclé, Oak

Mesa Swivel Chair by Lawson-Fenning
By Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mesa swivel chair by Lawson-Fenning in white Alpaca bouclé. The Mesa swivel chair is a fully upholstered club chair that features a walnut or oak inset base. The Lawson-Fenning Coll...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Oak, Velvet

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Daytona Lounge Chair "One of a Kind" in Whisky and Aluminum by Philip Caggiano
By Philip Caggiano
Located in Bronxville, NY
The coupe that seemed to define the true flair of Ferrari, this easy recline Daytona lounge chair
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Early 2000s American Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Sculptural Side Chairs by Alcoa
By ALCOA
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An expressive and unusual pair of side chairs made of cast and formed aluminum having scrolling
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Vintage 1930s American Industrial Side Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

ALCOA Armchair
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A traditional desk chair cast in aluminum with leather back and arm padding.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

S.S. White Field Examination Chair
By S.S. White 1
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
A sinuous and robust U.S. Army field examination chair by S.S. White. Contributing to its sculpted
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Vintage 1940s American Industrial Lounge Chairs

S.S. White Field Examination Chair
S.S. White Field Examination Chair
H 40 in W 24 in D 24 in
Harvey Probber Aluminum Lounge Chairs, Sold as a Pair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Harvey Probber aluminum lounge chairs, aluminum stamped alcoa on the underside. Beautifully made
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

1 Vintage Emeco Side Chair in Brushed Aluminum
By Emeco
Located in Pasadena, TX
The Emeco navy aluminum chair, developed in collaboration with Alcoa in 1944, was designed for US
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Early Production Saarinen Tulip Dining Chairs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Tulip Chairs, signed and dated 1960. The chairs feature upholstered blue wool blend seat pads, original
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eero Saarinen “Tulip” Spring Loaded Swivel Armchair for Knoll, 1950s
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Miami, FL
Original 1950s Eero Saarinen Tulip swivel armchair for Knoll. This chair swivels and also returns
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of lounge chairs by Morrison and Bruce Hannah
Located in 0, Cuauhtemoc
award winning seating groups for Knoll International. The partnership won the Alcoa Award and awards
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American Lounge Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Eight Aluminum Chairs from the 1940's
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Eight original aluminum chairs from the 1940's manufactured by Alcoa or Emco. The seats are
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Vintage 1940s American Dining Room Chairs

Eight Aluminum Chairs from the 1940's
Eight Aluminum Chairs from the 1940's
H 32 in W 16 in D 14.5 in
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Finding the Right seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of unique chairs, sofas and other seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.

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