Chairs By Century
Mid-20th Century North American Chinese Chippendale Dining Room Chairs
Vintage 1970s American Chinoiserie Side Chairs
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Vintage 1980s French Provincial Dining Room Chairs
Vintage 1970s French Provincial Dining Room Chairs
Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs
Mid-20th Century North American Chinoiserie Lounge Chairs
Vintage 1980s Dining Room Chairs
Late 20th Century American Dining Room Chairs
Mid-20th Century American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs
Vintage 1960s American Club Chairs
20th Century American Regency Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Chairs
Vintage 1960s German Chairs
20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
20th Century American Bergere Chairs
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Chrome, Nickel, Steel
Mid-20th Century American Side Chairs
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Louis XIV Bergere Chairs
21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Late 20th Century European Brutalist Lounge Chairs
Antique Late 18th Century Irish George III Dining Room Chairs
Vintage 1980s American Chinoiserie Armchairs
Late 20th Century American Queen Anne Side Chairs
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Wood, Walnut, Faux Leather
Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Side Chairs
Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Late 20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
20th Century Chairs
Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Chairs
21st Century and Contemporary American French Provincial Dining Room Chairs
Mid-20th Century American Spanish Colonial Dining Room Chairs
Fabric, Cane, Walnut
Vintage 1970s Dining Room Chairs
Vintage 1980s American Hollywood Regency Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Wood, Lacquer
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Vintage 1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Chairs
2010s South African Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
21st Century and Contemporary French Lounge Chairs
20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Bouclé, Velvet, Beech
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
21st Century and Contemporary Danish Armchairs
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Desks and Writing Tables
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Late 20th Century Dining Room Chairs
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Late 20th Century American Chinoiserie Armchairs
20th Century Polish Vienna Secession Chairs
Cane, Beech, Bentwood
Vintage 1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs
Chairs By Century For Sale on 1stDibs
How Much is a Chairs By Century?
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 antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.
- What is a mid-century chair?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021A mid-century chair is a piece of seating furniture that was designed at any point during the middle of the 20th century. Mid-century modern furniture 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. The mid-century period provided an excellent opportunity to experiment with both functional and decorative forms. Mid-century modern chairs were made with a variety of natural and synthetic materials, combining leather, wood, and cane with chrome, steel, and plastic. Shop a range of vintage mid-century chairs on 1stDibs today.
- 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023To tell if a chair is mid-century, look for labels and markings that indicate its maker. Then, use trusted online resources to determine when the company was active. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer can be of assistance when dating chairs. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. Find a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Yes, Wassily chairs are indeed considered mid-century modern. Although the chair was initially designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925, it was re-released in the 1960s. Shop a collection of mid-century modern goods from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertMarch 3, 2023Some iconic chairs from the mid-century modern era include the Egg chair by Arne Jacobson, the La Chaise by Charles and Ray Eames and the Womb chair by Eero Saarinen. With their clean lines, organic shapes and simple details, these chairs reflect some of the key features of the style. Shop a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.
- What is a mid-century sofa?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertOctober 26, 2021A mid-century sofa is any sofa created during the mid-20th century. Mid-century modern sofas are pieces of seating furniture that embody the venturesome attributes that we associate with mid-century modern furniture — while not all sofas designed in the mid-century modern style are the same, they frequently have a low profile and are characterized by gentle curves, clean lines and an organic shape. Mid-century furniture is a timeless classic due to its elegant simplicity. Shop a collection of antique, vintage, and contemporary mid-century sofas from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
- Are the 1970s mid-century?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertFebruary 17, 2023No, the 1970s are generally not considered to fall within the era identified as mid-century. With respect to mid-century modern design, while there is some debate between collectors and design experts about the specific time period that saw the emergence of the style, most furniture enthusiasts agree that by the late 1960s, interest in MCM had largely declined. Writer Cara Greenberg, who coined the term “mid-century modernism,” suggests that “the period from the end of World War II to 1960 – from V-J Day to JFK – was the heyday of innovative furniture design in America.” Mid-century modern furniture is characterized by clean lines and inviting, organic shapes. Furniture makers of the era believed that good design was an essential part of good living. Find a variety of vintage mid-century modern furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.
- What is mid-century artwork?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Mid-century artwork is any piece of art produced during the middle of the 20th century. It includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, collages, pottery and other media. You'll find a large selection of mid-century artwork from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
- What is mid century decor?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021Mid-century modern decor was popularized during the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would suggest that the style emerged during the years that followed World War II. This style of decor is typically characterized by sleek lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation and high functionality. Find the finest mid-century modern furnishings and more on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Yes, the history of glass-making goes back much further than the 1600s. It’s believed that they were making glass in different parts of the world at least 3,600 years ago, maybe even longer. During the late Bronze Age in Egypt and in Western Asia, glassmarking advanced significantly and was manipulated extensively to produce vessels, jewelry, and works of art. Shop a range of antique and vintage glass on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022Yes, there were cannons in the 16th century. The history of the weapon dates back to 12th-century China. Historical records suggest that the first cannons appeared in Europe during the Islamic wars in Iberia in the 13th century. Find a range of antique cannons on 1stDibs.
- What is mid century furniture?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021Mid-century furniture is furniture created within the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would argue that the style began to emerge in the postwar years. This style of furniture is known for its sleek lines and organic shapes. The creators most frequently associated with mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living. Mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
- What is mid-century jewelry?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Mid-century jewelry is a style of jewelry that rose in popularity along with the mid-century modern design movement. Pieces from this era typically feature bold, geometric designs. Shop a variety of mid-century jewelry and accessories from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
- What does mid century mean?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021The mid-century modern style emerged primarily in the years following World War II. This style of decor is characterized by sleek lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation and high functionality. Creators of mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living, and mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022A club chair is called a club chair because the accent chairs became popular in the interior décor of gentleman's clubs in France. The original name for the club chair is “fauteuil confortable," which translates to "comfortable chair." You'll find a collection of club chairs on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 28, 2021The difference between an Adirondack chair and a Muskoka chair can be easily explained in that garden armchairs are called Adirondack in the USA and Muskoka in Canada. While they both have short legs, bent reclining seats, wide armrests and high backs, the Adirondack chair is 2 inches higher from the floor and 2 inches wider. The Adirondack chair uses a flat yoke at the back while Muskoka might use curved yokes. Shop for an Adirondack chair or Muskoka chair on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023The difference between a side chair and a Parsons chair is style. A side chair is a very commonly used dining chair. The form of a side chair may vary, but the constant is the lack of armrests to keep hands free for eating and to save space at the table. A Parsons chair is a type of side chair that features upholstery on the seat and back. Shop a selection of dining chairs on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertNovember 2, 2021The difference between a task chair and an executive chair is that most task chairs will have adjustable seat height as well as swivel and tilt functions. Task chairs are lightweight and mobile but are not intended for long periods of continuous use. Executive chairs are meant to be more comfortable and are usually designed with high backrests. An executive chair is intended for long periods of use compared to a task chair, which in some cases may be armless and isn’t going to provide the premium comfort that can be expected from an executive chair. Task chairs are also typically less expensive than executive chairs. Find a variety of antique, modern and contemporary task chairs and executive chairs on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertMarch 31, 2023There is no difference between a club chair and an armchair; a club chair is a type of armchair. An armchair is any chair with arms, while a club chair is a wide, comfortable type of armchair that is typically clad in leather and features thick upholstery. All club chairs are armchairs, but not all armchairs are club chairs. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of club chairs.
- 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023The difference between a lounge chair and an accent chair pertains to purpose. Typically, a lounge chair is wider and deeper than an accent chair and tends to have a thicker cushion. These stylistic differences owe to the fact that lounge chairs are meant to provide luxurious, comfortable seating for long periods of time, while accent chairs are more often intended to add visual appeal to a living room. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of living room chairs.
- What is a Sussex chair?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022A Sussex chair is a style of charm founded in Sussex featuring a turned frame and a rush seat. Sussex chairs often feature a bamboo frame as well as armrests and are a popular style of chair, coveted for simplicity and elegance. Shop a selection of chairs, including authentic Sussex styles, on 1stDibs.
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