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Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Barstools

Arne Jacobsen Model 3187 Barstool Clear Lacquer
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
The Series 7 barstool is a beautiful, functional and urban extension of the classic Series 7 chair
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Arne Jacobsen Model 3187 Barstool Fully Upholstered
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
The Series 7™ barstool is a beautiful, functional and urban extension of the classic Series 7 chair
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Arne Jacobsen Model 3187 Barstool Front Upholstered
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
The Series 7™ barstool is a beautiful, functional and urban extension of the classic Series 7 chair
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Set of 4 Fritz Hansen Serie 7 brown oak plywood barstool by Arne Jacobsen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in amstelveen, NL
The Fritz Hansen Series 7 Bar Stool by Arne Jacobsen, designed in 1955 The seat is made of curved
Category

Early 2000s European Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Oak, Plywood

Pair of 2005 Danish Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Dark Grey Bar Stool for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in London, GB
Pair of Fritz Hansen Series 7 Bar Stools designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955. Year of manufacture
Category

Early 2000s Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Arne Jacobsen Model 3197 Lacquere
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Berkeley, CA
The Series 7™ barstool is a beautiful, functional and urban extension of the classic Series 7 chair
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Arne Jacobsen Model 3197 Lacquere
Arne Jacobsen Model 3197 Lacquere
H 43.3 in W 20.9 in D 23.2 in
Arne Jacobsen Model 3197 Fully Upholstered
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
The Series 7 barstool is a beautiful, functional and urban extension of the classic Series 7 chair
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Arne Jacobsen Model 3197 Fully Upholstered
Arne Jacobsen Model 3197 Fully Upholstered
H 43.3 in W 20.9 in D 23.2 in
Arne Jacobsen Model 3197 Front Upholstered
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
The Series 7 barstool is a beautiful, functional and urban extension of the classic Series 7 chair
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Arne Jacobsen Model 3197 Front Upholstered
Arne Jacobsen Model 3197 Front Upholstered
H 43.3 in W 20.9 in D 23.2 in
Pair of 2005 Danish Arne Jacobsen Ser. 7 Curved Ash & Steel Dark Grey Bar Stool
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in London, GB
Pair of Fritz Hansen Series 7 Bar Stools designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955. Year of manufacture
Category

Early 2000s Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel, Chrome

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Fritz Hansen for sale on 1stDibs

When the Copenhagen-based furniture maker Fritz Hansen opened for business more than 140 years ago, the company — which today styles itself The Republic of Fritz Hansen — adhered to the traditional, time-honored Danish values of craftsmanship in woodworking and joinery. Yet thanks to the postwar innovations of Arne Jacobsen and others, Fritz Hansen would become the country’s leader in Scandinavian modern design using new, forward-looking materials and methods.

Fritz Hansen started his company in 1872, specializing in the manufacture of small furniture parts. In 1915, the firm became the first in Denmark to make chairs using steam-bent wood (a technique most familiar from birch used in the ubiquitous café chairs by Austrian maker Thonet). At the time, Fritz Hansen was best known for seating that featured curved legs and curlicue splats and referenced 18th-century Chippendale designs.

In the next few decades, the company promoted simple, plain chairs with slatted backs and cane or rush seats designed by such proto-modernist masters as Kaare Klint and Søren Hansen. Still, the most aesthetically striking piece Fritz Hansen produced in the first half of the 20th century was arguably the China chair of 1944 by Hans Wegner — and that piece, with its yoke-shaped bentwood back- and armrest, was based on seating manufactured in China during the Ming dynasty. (Wegner was moved by portraits he’d seen of Danish merchants in the Chinese chairs.) 

Everything changed in 1952 with Arne Jacobsen’s Ant chair. The collaboration between the architect and Fritz Hansen officially originated in 1934 — that year, Jacobsen created his inaugural piece for the manufacturer, the solid beechwood Bellevue chair for a restaurant commission. The Ant chair, however, was the breakthrough.

With assistance from his then-apprentice Verner Panton, Jacobsen designed the Ant chair for the cafeteria of a Danish healthcare company called Novo Nordisk. The chair was composed of a seat and backrest formed from a single piece of molded plywood attached, in its original iteration, to three tubular metal legs. Its silhouette suggests the shape of the insect’s body, and the lightweight, stackable chair and its biomorphic form became an international hit.

Jacobsen followed with more plywood successes, such as the Grand Prix chair of 1957. The following year he designed the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and its furnishings, including the Egg chair and the Swan chair. Those two upholstered pieces, with their lush, organic frames made of fiberglass-reinforced polyurethane, have become the two chairs most emblematic of mid-20th-century cool. Moreover, the Egg and Swan led Fritz Hansen to fully embrace new man-made materials, like foam, plastic and steel wire used to realize the avant-garde creations of later generations of designers with whom the firm collaborated, such as Piet Hein, Jørn Utzon (the architect of the Sydney Opera House) and Verner Panton. If the Fritz Hansen of 1872 would not now recognize his company, today’s connoisseurs certainly do.

Find a collection of vintage Fritz Hansen tables, lounge chairs, sofas and other furniture 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 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.