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Costela Lounge chairs by Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner for Forma, 1950s
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Forma
Located in Lasne, BE
2 Costela lounge chairs in wood, metal legs and curly fabric cushions by Martin Eisler and Carlo
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Set of Four Rare Dining Chairs by Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner for Forma
By Forma Brazil, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Brazil, circa 1956, delicately carved hardwood frame with hand caned seat. Remnant early Forma Moveis S/A label and Brazilian import stickers to underside.
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Bubinga

Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Reversible Chair
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in London, GB
itself, which is architectural and geometric. Carlos Hauner and Martin Eisler met in 1953 and opened
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Iron

Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Reversible Chair
Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Reversible Chair
H 26.38 in W 43.71 in D 30.32 in
Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner Costela Armchairs
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in London, GB
Beautiful and iconic pair of two Costela Armchairs by legendary Brazilian designers Carlo Hauner
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Jacaranda

Chair by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Midcentury Brazilian Design
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
and furniture production in series, founded by Carlo Hauner, who soon joined with Martin Eisler and
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Iron

Pair of Chairs by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Brazilian Design
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
and furniture production in series, founded by Carlo Hauner, who soon joined with Martin Eisler and
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Straw, Rosewood

Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner Reversível Chair, Brazil, 1950s
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Edogawa-ku Tokyo, JP
One of the most iconic chairs in Brazilian midcentury designed by Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Steel

Carlo Hauner Martin Eisler Concha Lounge Chair, Brazil, 1950
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in San Francisco, CA
An original 'Concha' (shell) lounge chair designed by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler and
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Concha Lounge Chair, Brazil - 1950s
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Berlin, DE
Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Lounge Chair, Brazil - 1950s. The Chair has been reupholstered
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Italian Midcentury Chairs Attributed to Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, 1960s
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Roma, IT
A midcentury Dining Chairs Set attributed by several Italian auction houses to Carlo Hauner and
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wool, Teak

Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner "Costela" Lounge Chair, Brazil, 1953
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
The Costela armchair is an iconic Brazilian Mid-Century Modern piece. It was designed by Martin
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Hardwood

Mid-century Lounge Chair with ottoman by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Martin Eisler shines through in the lounge chair and ottoman set that exemplifies the Brazilian
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Velvet, Hardwood

Carlo Hauner Martin Eisler Concha Lounge Chair, Brazil, 1950
By Carlo Hauner, Martin Eisler
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Stunning and comfortable ‘Concha’ (shell) lounge chair designed by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Pair Of Costela Lounge Chairs By Carlo Hauner And Martin Eisler, 1950s
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in ABCOUDE, UT
The beautiful 'Costela' lounge chairs by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler are one of the icons of
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Vintage 1950s Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner Early Edition 'Reversible' Chairs in Leather
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner, 'Reversible' lounge chairs, nubuck leather Long Beach - Grape Wine
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Iron

Costela Style Lounge White Chair after Martin Eisler Carlo Hauner
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Martin Eisler Carlo Hauner Costela style lounge chair in white. Originally designed by Martin
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Lounge Chairs in Blue and Red Upholstery
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, lounge chairs, iron, faux leather, Brazil, 1950s Elegant and
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Iron

Rare Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner Lounge Chair in Iron and Rope
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Forma
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner for Forma, lounge chair, iron and rope, Brazil, 1950s. Elegant and
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Iron

Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Set of 4 Dining Chairs, Brazil, 1955
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler are most known for well-shaped armchairs made in iron, but the
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Hardwood

Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler. Paire de Fauteuils, c. 1955-60
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in PARIS, FR
This pair of armchairs, created by the designer duo Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, reflects the
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

breathtaking pair of costela lounge chairs by carlo hauner and martin eisler
By Forma Nova, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Munich, DE
wonderful pair of Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler lounge chairs. made by forma nova in the 1950thies
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Pair of "Concha" Armchairs by Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler, Brasil, 1955
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Forma
Located in Echt, NL
Set of beautiful ‘Concha’ chairs in very good condition. Designed by Carlo Hauner and Martin
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20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Brazilian Modern Chair in Cane & Iron by Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler, 1950s
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Forma Brazil
Located in New York, NY
This Brazilian modern chair was designed by Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler and is absolutely
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Iron

Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler for Forma 'Conchinha' Lounge Chairs
By Carlo Hauner
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler for Forma, 'Conchinha' lounge chairs, iron, fabric, Brazil, 1950s
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Brazilian Modern Chair in Cane & Iron by Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler, 1955
By Forma Brazil, Carlo Hauner, Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
This Brazilian modern chair was designed by Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler in 1955. The frame is made
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Iron

Martin Eisler Carlo Hauner, Lounge Chairs, Rattan, Steel, Forma, Brazil, c. 1955
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Forma
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of rattan and steel lounge chairs designed by Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner and produced by
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Pair of 'Costela' Chairs by Hauner and Eisler
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler pair of 'Costela' chairs for Forma, Brazil 1950s, in teak wood.
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Teak

Set of 10 Dining Chairs by Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner for Forma
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Forma
Located in New York, NY
to underside of one chair. **Price shown is for the set of 10.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Bamboo, Cane, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Armchair by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, 1955
By Carlo Hauner
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Armchair by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, 1955
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Vintage 1950s Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner Modern Brazilian Lounge Chair Model "Shell" White
By Forma Brazil, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Barcelona, ES
Armchair by Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner designed in 1955. The chairs are upholstered in a cream/white
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner Brazilian Design Pink Silk Wood Dining Chairs, 1950
By Forma Brazil, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Barcelona, ES
Martin Eisler (1913-1977) & Carlo Hauner (1927-1997) Dining chairs 2 available. Manufactured by
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Early 20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Silk, Cane, Wood

Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner Pair of Midcentury Brazilian White Lounge Chairs
By Forma Brazil, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Barcelona, ES
Martin Eisler (1913-1977) & Carlos Hauner (1927-1997) Pair of lounge chairs Manufactured by
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Mid Century Modern Iron & Wood Lounge Chairs by Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Port Jervis, NY
by Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler c1965 from Brazil. Suitable for indoors as well, as the rubber tips
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

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Iron

Set of Six Chairs by Carlo Hauner, Brazilian Design
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
presented in the exhibition "Carlo Hauner, Martin Eisler and the modernization of furniture in Brazil" in
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Linen, Wood

Concha by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Brazilian Midcentury Design, 1953
By Carlo Hauner, Martin Eisler, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
strings, or leather straps. The piece was first presented in the exhibition "Carlo Hauner, Martin
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Iron

'Concha' Lounge Chair, by Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner, Brazilian Mid-Century
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The "Concha" armchair, designed by Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner, is a hallmark of mid-century
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Pair of Mid-Century Costela Lounge Chairs by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Costela Lounge Chairs by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Armchairs by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Brazilian Midcentury, 1955
By Carlo Hauner, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
1950s, a company directed by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler. The piece is made of an iron structure and
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Caviuna Side Table by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Brazilian Modern Design
By Carlo Hauner, Martin Eisler, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
Hauner. The piece was first presented in the exhibition "Carlo Hauner, Martin Eisler and the
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Iron

Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Rattan Lounge Chairs Brazil 1955
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Forma
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
A beautiful pair of lounge chairs in rattan by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, made by Forma Móveis
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

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Metal

Pair of High Armchairs by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Brazilian Design
By Carlo Hauner, Martin Eisler, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
iconic chair that illustrates Móveis Artesanal's logotype designed by Hauner. The original state of
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Brazilian Design Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Costela Sofa, 1960s
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Renens, CH
The Costela (Rib) chairs and sofas by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler became an instant success
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner Rare Pair of Rattan Armchairs, Brazil, 1950
By Carlo Hauner, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
chairs by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler for their pioneering Brazilian design company, Forma. In wicker
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Brazilian Design Costela Lounge Chairs by Hauner & Eisler for Forma, 1950s
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Forma
Located in Renens, CH
The Costela (Rib) chairs and sofas by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler became an instant success
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Rare Chairs with Armrests by Martin Eisler, circa 1955 Midcentury Brazil
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
and leather Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler are most known by well-shaped armchairs made in iron
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Brazilian Mid Century Armchairs, Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner, Brazil, 1960s
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
This stunning pair of armchairs, designed by Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner in Brazil during the
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner Brazilian "Concha" Armchair Burnt Sunset Red
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Barcelona, ES
Martin Eisler (1913-1977) & Carlo Hauner (1927-1997) Armchair model “Shell” Manufactured by Forma
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Armchairs

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Iron

Rare Chaise Lounge by Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler, circa 1954, Móveis Artesanal
By Carlo Hauner, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
This chaise Lounge is one of the fantastic designs by Martin Eisler (1913-1977) and produced by
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

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Iron

1960's Brazilian Pair of 'Shell' Armchairs by Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
The pair of 'Shell' Armchairs by Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner stand out as unique and special
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Armchairs

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Metal

Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner Round Brazilian Wood and Glass Coffee Table
By Forma Brazil, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Barcelona, ES
Martin Eisler (1913-1977) & Carlo Hauner (1927-1997) Coffee table Manufactured by Forma Moveis
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

PL22 chair by Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler for OCA, Brazil 1960s.
By OCA Brazil, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Landgraaf, NL
PL22 chair by Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler for OCA, Brazil 60s. Solid tropical hardwood frame and
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Cowhide, Hardwood

Mid-Century Armchairs in The Manner of Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Rare pair of armchairs designed by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler. In the designers’ iconic style
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Armchairs

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Iron

Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner Pair of Purple Velvet Armchairs with Ottomans
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Barcelona, ES
Martin Eisler (1913-1977) & Carlo Hauner (1927-1997) Set of armchair and footrest Manufactured by
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Armchairs

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Iron

Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner Modern Sofa & Armchairs Lounge Set, 1950s
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Forma
Located in Whitstable, GB
Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler midcentury sofa and armchairs; 1950s Sofa designed for their
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet, Hardwood

Reversivel Armchair, Martin Eisler, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern, circa 1950
By Carlo Hauner, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
Martin Eisler designed this sculptural armchair in 1955. This piece is considered one of the most
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Iron

Brazilian Modern Chairs in Caning and Metal by Carlo Hauner, 1950s, Brazil
By Carlo Hauner
Located in New York, NY
Available today, these Mid-Century Modern chairs in Caning and Metal designed by Carlo Hauner in
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Iron

Pair of Concha Wicker Armchairs Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler circa 1953 Brazil
By Carlo Hauner, Forma Brazil, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
This armchair is a gorgeous version of Concha, one of the most iconic pieces designed by Martin
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Martin Eisler Lounge Chair in Black Leather
By Martin Eisler
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Martin Eisler, lounge chair, iron, leather, Brazil, 1950s Elegant and modern lounge chair by
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Iron

Martin Eisler Lounge Chair in Black Leather
Martin Eisler Lounge Chair in Black Leather
H 32.68 in W 37.8 in D 32.29 in
Forma S.A. Game Table in Rosewood by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, c. 1955
By Carlo Hauner, Forma Brazil, Martin Eisler, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in New York, NY
game in a few seconds. In 1955, the Pioneer company Móveis Artesanal, founded by Carlo Hauner in
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Fabric, Rosewood

Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner Midcentury Brazilian Armchairs White Fabric Metal
By Forma Brazil, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Barcelona, ES
Martin Eisler (1913-1977) & Carlo Hauner (1927-1997) Pair of armchairs Manufactured by Forma
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

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Chair By Martin Eisler And Carlo Hauner For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the chair by martin eisler and carlo hauner you’re looking for. Frequently made of wood, metal and fabric, every chair by martin eisler and carlo hauner was constructed with great care. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer chair by martin eisler and carlo hauner, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A chair by martin eisler and carlo hauner is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern styles are sought with frequency. You’ll likely find more than one chair by martin eisler and carlo hauner that is appealing in its simplicity, but Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, Carlo Hauner and Forma Brazil produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Chair By Martin Eisler And Carlo Hauner?

A chair by martin eisler and carlo hauner can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $16,462, while the lowest priced sells for $4,204 and the highest can go for as much as $45,000.

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.