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Clam Sofa

Mid-Century Clam Shell Loveseat
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-century clam shell loveseat with bronze-finished legs sure to pop in any living space. (Please
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Faux Leather

Mid-Century Clam Shell Loveseat
Mid-Century Clam Shell Loveseat
H 28 in W 62 in D 30 in
19th Century Spanish Silk Sofa
Located in Faversham, GB
A commanding and elegant early 19th century Spanish salon sofa. Carved in birch and giltwood, the
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Antique 1820s Spanish Spanish Colonial Sofas

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Silk, Birch, Oak, Giltwood

19th Century Spanish Silk Sofa
19th Century Spanish Silk Sofa
H 40.56 in W 96.46 in D 25.99 in
Swedish Cabinetmaker Settee / Sofa in Pinewood and White Vägen Linen, 1940s
By Axel Einar Hjorth, Madsen & Schubell, Philip Arctander, Josef Frank, Svenskt Tenn
Located in Odense, DK
famous Clam chair that shares some similarities to this sofa. But it was manufactured in Sweden and the
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Leather, Wool, Pine

Rococo Revival John Henry Belter Meridienne/Recamier
By John Henry Belter
Located in Hastings, GB
Spectacular Rococo Revival Meridienne/Recamier 'fainting couch' attributed to the American master
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Antique 1850s American Rococo Revival Chaise Longues

Materials

Wood

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"Flag" Couch and Chaise Longue in Natural Linen and Wood Feet, Small Size
By Studio Marta Manente
Located in Centro, RS
The Flag Couch is a smart and multifunctional piece. The couch has a cushion built into the seat that makes the piece with dual functionality: when is closed, it works as a comfortab...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Chaise Longues

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Fabric, Hardwood

1960s Italian Bordeaux Leather with Wooden Frame Sofa
Located in Rome, IT
Mid-Century Modern canapé, designed and produced in Italy during the 1960s In original conditions: the seat is comfortable and the leather and padding are in very good condition, wi...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Josef Hoffmann Attributed Stools
By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Currently in renovation In the ‘beletage-katalog-herbstausstellung-2001’, Wolfgang Bauer has attributed these stools to Josef Hoffmann.
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Antique Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Stools

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Oak

Leather Pendant Light in Camel, Capa, Talabartero Collection Saddle Lamp
By L'Aviva Home
Located in New York, NY
The lamps in this collection are inspired by Colombia’s equestrian heritage, layered with a jewel-toned color palette that takes inspiration from the works of Colombian artist Fernan...
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21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights a...

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Custom Round Mohair Velvet Ottoman with Oak Feet
Located in London, GB
Dagmar Design - Round Ottoman Custom-made ottoman developed & produced at our workshops in London using the highest quality materials. These examples are upholstered in a mustard ...
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2010s British Scandinavian Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Mohair, Velvet, Oak

Vintage Italian Curved Black Three Seater Leather Sofa, 1960s
Located in London, GB
Beautifully curved, this 1960s vintage sofa is upholstered in black leather and sits on chrome stiletto legs with an additional central support. The back of the sofa is curved, cr...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Sofas

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Walter Leeman Zeppelin sofa for Velda 1970s
By Walter Leeman
Located in Padova, IT
Rare Zeppelin sofa designed by Walter Leeman in the seventies for Velda. The sofa, thanks to its monumental dimensions and seamless tubular structure, makes it sculptural and predomi...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Space Age Sofas

Materials

Steel

Walter Leeman Zeppelin sofa for Velda 1970s
Walter Leeman Zeppelin sofa for Velda 1970s
H 25.6 in W 102.37 in D 37.41 in
Large and Unique Antique French Boiserie with Covered Alcove, 17th Century
Located in Dallas, TX
This beautiful section of boiserie has been carved from softwood in the 17th century (upper section pieces only). It has been completely cleaned (stripped) and clear waxed at some po...
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Antique 17th Century French Panelling

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Softwood

Italian Post-Modern Bar Cabinet with Stools in Black Lacquered Wood
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cocktail bar with two stools, black lacquered wood, plastic, steel, chrome, glass, Italy, late 1970s/early 1980s. Eccentric Post-Modern cocktail bar with two matching stools. The c...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Dry Bars

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Steel, Chrome

Antique French 19th Century Victorian Oil Lamp Chandelier Brass Opaline Hanging
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Gorgeous & mot impressive! This antique French victorian style chandelier 19th century. The chandelier is made of brass, opaline glass shades, fake opaline glass candles & crystal ...
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Antique 19th Century French Victorian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

Danish Curved Couch Sofa Fritz Hansen Style, 1940s for Reupholstery
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Curved couch or sofa in Fritz Hansen style from the 1940´s. The feets are made of dark stained beech wood and the sofa is upholstered with floral fabric in blue and white colors. M...
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Vintage 1940s Danish Art Deco Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Modern Curved Serpentine Sofa in Orange Velvet W Gold & Wood Details
Located in Porto, PT
Modern curved serpentine sofa in orange velvet w gold & wood details Giulia sofa is a modern mid-century style sofa. This luxury sofa promises to be the absolute protagonist of a mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Curved Sofa, Ico Parisi / Federico Munari, Italy, 1950
By Ico Parisi, Federico Munari
Located in London, GB
An original and authentic Italian 1950s curved comma sofa, designed by either Ico Parisi or Federico Munari. The sofa retains its original fabric and tassles and is of curved organic...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Claydon Pier Mirrors
By Luke Lightfoot
Located in Sturminster Marshall, Dorset
An exceptional pair of rectangular carved pier mirrors, inspired by the Chinese Room of Claydon. The elaborate carved decoration following the style of Luke Lightfoot in the chinoise...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Chinoiserie Pier Mirrors and Conso...

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Paint, Wood, Gesso

Claydon Pier Mirrors
Claydon Pier Mirrors
H 80 in W 40.25 in D 15 in
Midcentury Italian Loveseat in the Style of Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern sofa boasts a sculpted oak frame with curved armrests and angled legs. A sleek and comfortable design covered in green vinyl. This wonderful Paolo Buffa ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Loveseats

Materials

Faux Leather, Oak

Paul Laszlo Attributed Curved Sectional Sofa Reupholstered in Pink Ikat Fabric
By Paul Laszlo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This modular lightly curved sectional sofa attributed to Paul Laszlo features three sections that can be arranged in several different ways, reupholstered in a gorgeous pink and plum...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Vintage Dark Large Brown Sofa in the Style of Tobia Scarpa
Located in Madrid, ES
Mid-20th century version of Tobia Scarpa's sofa with chrome clams keep the fabric together and in
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Mid-20th Century Italian Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Philip Arctander Sheepskin Clam Sofa, 1950s
By Vik & Blindheim, Philip Arctander
Located in London, GB
Philip Arctander (attributed) Clam sofa, 1950s. Small sofa bench attributed to Danish
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Vintage 1950s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Sheepskin, Beech

Philip Arctander Sheepskin Clam Sofa, 1950s
Philip Arctander Sheepskin Clam Sofa, 1950s
H 31.89 in W 50.01 in L 31.89 in
19THC QUEEN ANNE STYLE CAMEL BACK SOFA IN HOMSPUN LINEN
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19THC CAMEL BACK SOFA FROM NEW ENGLAND IN A QUEEN ANNE STYLE WITH CARVED CLAM SHELL FEET UPHOLSTERY
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Antique 19th Century American Sofas

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Wood

Painted Louis XVI Style French Country Sofa Settee in White Linen
Located in Brea, CA
Beautiful French carved sofa in the Classic Louis XVI style. We painted this frame in a soft clam
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Sofas

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Down, Feathers, Linen, Upholstery, Wood

Scandinavian Sportstuga Pinewood & Canvas Sofa by a Swedish Cabinetmaker, 1940s
By NK (Nordiska Kompaniet), Bruno Mathsson, Axel Einar Hjorth, Elias Svedberg
Located in Odense, DK
An amazing sofa made in Sweden in the 1940s in the typical Swedish "sportstuga" ("sports-cabin
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Pine, Canvas

Sheepskin "Clam" Sofa by Philip Arctander, Denmark, 1950s
By Philip Arctander
Located in Stockholm, SE
Amazing, rare “Clam” sofa by Philip Arctander, upholstered with sheepskin. Inviting, the curved
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Settees

Materials

Sheepskin

Italian Midcentury Clam Velvet Sofa
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Elegant sofa with brass spider legs in a Classic clam design. This piece has recently been
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass

Italian Midcentury Clam Velvet Sofa
Italian Midcentury Clam Velvet Sofa
H 35.44 in W 68.9 in D 31.5 in
Gio Ponti Sofa, Casa Giardino, Italy, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Culver City, CA
clam chair, or Pelican chair, this Gio Ponti sofa would shine! This sofa is in restored condition
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Bouclé, Walnut

18th Century Swedish Green and White Rococo Sofa
Located in Kramfors, SE
decorations in the shape of clam formations. This model of sofa is in Swedish known as a Trågsoffa. The
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Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Sofas

Materials

Pine

Danish Modern Wingback Sofa in White Boucle and Oak
Located in Culver City, CA
Available right now I have this absolutely stunning Mid-Century Modern sofa. Either Danish, or
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Modern Sofas

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Oak

Vintage French Louis XV Style Daybed Sofa in Natural Beligan Linen
Located in Brea, CA
clam shell type carving with roses trailing on the front deck. Very solid and sturdy this sofa is ready
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Late 20th Century Unknown Louis XV Sofas

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Cotton, Down, Linen, Upholstery, Wood

Arnold Madsen, Club Legged Square Side Table in Birch, Danish Modern, 1950s
By Arnold Madsen, Philip Arctander
Located in Odense, DK
An exclusive modern sofa / side table in a solid stained birch with fine club shaped legs
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Side Tables

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Birch

Scandinavian Modern Muslinge or Clam Sofa
By Philip Arctander
Located in Kramfors, SE
Muslinge sofa or Clam sofa designed in 1944 likely by Philip Arctander. The sofa is manufactured by
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

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Wood

Scandinavian Modern Muslinge or Clam Sofa
Scandinavian Modern Muslinge or Clam Sofa
H 31.5 in W 50.4 in D 33.08 in
Vintage 1940s Button Tufted Sofa
Located in Hudson, NY
A charming vintage 1940s curved sofa with channel upholstery and button tufting, and with its
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Vintage 1940s American Sofas

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Upholstery

Vintage 1940s Button Tufted Sofa
Vintage 1940s Button Tufted Sofa
H 29 in W 79 in L 29 in
Vintage Dark Brown Leather "Soriana" Sofa by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Ostend, BE
A Classic vintage sofa by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Cassina Italy in "tete de negre" dark brown
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Soriana Elegant Velvet Sofa by Afra e Tobia Scarpa for Cassina Milano 1969
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Cassina
Located in Milano, IT
Soriana sofa designed for Cassina by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in 1969. With its design comfortable and
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

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Finding the Right sofas for You

Black leather, silk velvet cushions, breathable bouclé fabric — when shopping for antique, new or vintage sofas, today’s couch connoisseurs have much to choose from in terms of style and shape. But it wasn’t always thus. 

The sofa is typically defined as a long upholstered seat that features a back and arms and is intended for two or more people. While the term “couch” comes from the Old French couche, meaning to lie down, and sofa has Eastern origins, both are forms of divan, a Turkish word that means an elongated cushioned seat. No matter how you spell it, sofa just means comfort, at least it does today.

In the early days of sofa design, upholstery consisted of horsehair or dried moss. Sofas that originated in countries such as France during the 17th century were more integral to decor than they were to comfort. Like most Baroque furnishings from the region, they frequently comprised heavy, gilded mahogany frames and were upholstered in floral Beauvais tapestry. Today, options abound when it comes to style and material, with authentic leather offerings and classy steel settees. Plush, velvet chesterfields represent the platonic ideal of coziness

Vladimir Kagan’s iconic sofa designs, such as the Crescent and the Serpentine — which, like the sectional sofas of the 1960s created by furniture makers such as Harvey Probber, are quite popular among mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts — showcase the spectrum of style available to modern consumers. Those looking to make a statement can turn to Studio 65’s lip-shaped Bocca sofa, which was inspired by the work of Salvador Dalí. Elsewhere, the furniture of the 1970s evokes an era when experimentation ruled, or at least provided a reason to break the rules. Just about every area of society felt a sudden urge to be wayward, to push boundaries — and buttons. Vintage leather sofas of that decade are characterized by a rare blending of the showy and organic.

With so many options, it’s important to explore and find the perfect furniture for your space. Paying attention to the lines of the cushions as well as the flow from the backrest into the arms is crucial to identifying a cohesive new piece for your home or office.

Fortunately, with styles from every era — and even round sofas — there’s a luxurious piece for every space. Deck out your living room with an Art Deco lounge or go retro with a nostalgic '80s design. No matter your sitting vision, the right piece is waiting for you in the expansive collection of unique sofas on 1stDibs.