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Oscar Niemeyer White "Alta" Lounge Chair
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Tokyo, JP
White "Alta" lounge chair designed by Oscar Niemeyer. White leather upholstery and steel. This individual was exhibited at “Oscar Niemeyer - Territories of Creation” at Instituto T...
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

  • Oscar Niemeyer White "Alta" Lounge Chair
  • Oscar Niemeyer White "Alta" Lounge Chair
  • Oscar Niemeyer White "Alta" Lounge Chair
  • Oscar Niemeyer White "Alta" Lounge Chair
H 71.5 in. W 72 in. D 105 in.
Oscar Niemeyer, Single armchair "Alta", France, 1974
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Barcelona, ES
Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) Single armchair model “Alta” Manufactured by Mobilier international France, 1974 Steel, wool upholstery Measurements 104,1 x 68,6x 56,5h cm 41 x...
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Vintage 1970s French Armchairs

Materials

Steel

  • Oscar Niemeyer, Single armchair "Alta", France, 1974
  • Oscar Niemeyer, Single armchair "Alta", France, 1974
  • Oscar Niemeyer, Single armchair "Alta", France, 1974
  • Oscar Niemeyer, Single armchair "Alta", France, 1974
H 22.25 in. W 40.95 in. D 27.01 in.
Oscar Niemeyer, Armchair and Ottoman, Model Alta, circa 1975
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), Armchair and ottoman, Model Alta, Edition Mobilier International, Manufacturer's label, Leather, steel and wood, excellent condition, Brazil, cir...
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Oscar Niemeyer, Armchair and Ottoman "Alta", France, 1974
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Perpignan, FR
Oscar Niemeyer, (1907-2012) Single armchair and ottoman model “Alta” Manufactured by Mobilier International France, 1974 Steel, wool upholstery.         
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Vintage 1970s French Space Age Armchairs

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Steel

Oscar Niemeyer Armchair and Ottoman Model "Alta", circa 1975
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Paris, FR
Oscar Niemeyer armchair and ottoman model "Alta", circa 1975 Rare fireside chairs and its ottoman model "Alta" with adjustable seats and backrests in thick cushions upholstered in...
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Vintage 1970s Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Oscar Niemeyer Chair and Ottoman Model Alta, circa 1970
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Brussels, BE
Oscar Niemeyer chair and ottoman Model Alta, circa 1970.
Category

Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Alta Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer
By Mobilier International, Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Brussels, BE
Iconic lounge chair and ottoman designed by Oscar Niemeyer for Mobilier International in the 1970s. Steel structure, bakelite knobs, black leather.  
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Vintage 1970s French Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

  • Alta Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer
  • Alta Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer
  • Alta Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer
  • Alta Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer
H 44.1 in. W 29.53 in. D 29.53 in.
Oscar Niemeyer Alta Chair and Ottoman, in Woolen Black, circa 1974
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Oscar Niemeyer, Rio de Janeiro, 1907-2012. High armchair with footrest. Version with low seat in satin stainless steel, fabric and Bakelite knobs, 1974. With 'Mobilier International'...
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20th Century Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Alta Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer
By Mobilier International, Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Madrid, ES
Iconic 'Alta' lounge chair with ottoman designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and manufactured by Mobilier International in France. Made of steel with white leather upholste...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

  • Alta Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer
  • Alta Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer
  • Alta Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer
  • Alta Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer
H 32.29 in. W 31.5 in. D 44.1 in.
Alta Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer - A pair available
By Mobilier International, Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Brussels, BE
Iconic lounge chair and ottoman designed by Oscar Niemeyer for Mobilier International in the 1970s. Steel structure, bakelite knobs, black leather. Price for one, a pair is available...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set "Poltrona Alta" and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeryer
By Oscar Niemeyer, Mobilier International
Located in Milano, IT
Beautiful set composed of armchair and ottoman designed by the great Brazilian designer Oscar Niemeryer in 1970 for the manufacture of Mobilier International in Paris. The Oscar Nie...
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

  • Set "Poltrona Alta" and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeryer
  • Set "Poltrona Alta" and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeryer
  • Set "Poltrona Alta" and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeryer
  • Set "Poltrona Alta" and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeryer
H 34.65 in. W 31.5 in. D 29.14 in.
Alta Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer, White Leather
By Oscar Niemeyer, Mobilier International
Located in Brussels, BE
Iconic lounge chair and ottoman designed by Oscar Niemeyer for Mobilier International in the 1970s. Steel structure, bakelite knobs, white leather.
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

Oscar Niemeyer Armchair and Ottoman Model "Alta", circa 1975
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Paris, FR
Oscar Niemeyer armchair and ottoman model "Alta", circa 1975 Rare fireside chairs and its ottoman model "Alta" with adjustable seats and backrests in thick cushions upholstered in p...
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Vintage 1970s Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Re-Issue Prototype of the Oscar Niemeyer "Alta Chair"
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Leather and metal chair and ottoman, originally designed by Oscar Niemeyer, called the Alta chair, in 1971. This was a prototype for a re-issue produced by a German Artisan, in Dortm...
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Early 2000s German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Oscar Niemeyer Armchair and Ottoman Model "Alta", circa 1975 Leather Brown
By Oscar Niemeyer, Mobilier International
Located in Rovereta, SM
Oscar Niemeyer armchair and ottoman model "Alta", circa 1975 Rare fireside chairs and its ottoman model "Alta" with adjustable seats and backrests in thick cushions upholstered in ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Alta Niemeyer For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the alta niemeyer you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each alta niemeyer for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, steel and animal skin. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect alta niemeyer — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. Each alta niemeyer bearing Mid-Century Modern or Modern hallmarks is very popular.

How Much is a Alta Niemeyer?

Prices for a alta niemeyer can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $15,000 and can go as high as $46,230, while the average can fetch as much as $22,754.

Oscar Niemeyer Biography and Important Works

Oscar Niemeyer made modernist architecture sexy. In his signature designs, such as those for the planned capital city of Brasília, Niemeyer created a distinctively buoyant architectural vocabulary of sweeping curves, flowing lines and organic forms. As expressions of faith in the power of modern architecture and design to foster progress, Niemeyer’s buildings have a kind of heroic poetry.

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho was born to an upper-middle-class family in Rio de Janeiro. (His father was a graphic designer.) While in graduate school, Niemeyer began working for Lúcio Costa, one of the few modernist architects working in Brazil in the 1930s. Niemeyer would be assigned to the design team for a new building in Rio for the Ministry of Education and Health. The famed Swiss-born French architect Le Corbusier was hired as a consultant on the project, and through him Niemeyer would absorb many lessons in bringing a sense of structural lightness to large buildings — though he would never embrace the geometric forms espoused by Le Corbusier and the members of the Bauhaus.

“I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man,” Niemeyer would write in his memoirs. “I am attracted to free-flowing sensual curves.” Nowhere would Niemeyer demonstrate his love of curvature more expressively and elegantly than in his designs for the principal buildings for Brasília, a project begun in 1956. The dramatic Congressional Palace features two stark towers flanked by a domed structure and a bowl-shaped edifice, for the upper and lower legislative houses. He placed the Palácio da Alvorada (the presidential residence) on a small peninsula jutting into a lake, so that the sequence of parabolic columns on its facade casts a mirror image on the water. Niemeyer’s grandest achievement was the city’s cathedral, a stunning composition of 16 arced vertical supports with tinted-glass interstices.

Four years after Brasília was completed, in 1960, Brazil’s elected government was overthrown in a military coup. Niemeyer, a member of the Communist party, was harassed continually by the junta. He left the country and did not return until democracy was restored, in 1985. While in exile, in the early 1970s, Niemeyer began collaborating on furniture designs with his daughter, Anna Maria Niemeyer. Their best known pieces, the Alta lounge chair and ottoman and the Rio rocking chaise, have flowing bases made of sheets of lacquered wood or stainless steel, share the aesthetics of Niemeyer’s architecture. The Alta’s deep, oversized seat pads nod — much like the chair designs of Niemeyer’s countryman Sergio Rodrigues — to the Brazilian penchant for long, languorous conversations. Examples of both designs are priced at about $20,000, depending on age, condition and materials. As you will see on these pages, Oscar Niemeyer’s furniture designs are sleek, sculptural, comfortable and elegant — as well as a compact emblem of the work of one of the great architects of our time.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality lounge furniture cannot be overstated. Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other seating — 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 styles in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other furnishings — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring 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 antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.