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Italian Director's Chair, 1950s
Located in Palermo, PA
Italian director's chair, 1950s. Dimensions: H=84 cm; W=49 cm; D=57 cm.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

  • Italian Director's Chair, 1950s
  • Italian Director's Chair, 1950s
  • Italian Director's Chair, 1950s
  • Italian Director's Chair, 1950s
H 33.08 in. W 19.3 in. D 22.45 in.
Cognac Leather Director's Chair
By Dario Alfonsi
Located in Milan, IT
Dark hues of vegetable-tanned leather and a beechwood frame finished with an ash wood varnish. Hand-sewn and assembled in Rome by Dario Alfonsi, this iconic collapsible chair express...
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2010s Italian Chairs

Materials

Leather, Beech

  • Cognac Leather Director's Chair
  • Cognac Leather Director's Chair
  • Cognac Leather Director's Chair
  • Cognac Leather Director's Chair
H 36.23 in. W 23.23 in. D 17.72 in.
Beige Leather Director's Chair
By Dario Alfonsi
Located in Milan, IT
Natural hues of vegetable-tanned leather and a beechwood frame finished with an ash wood varnish. Hand-sewn and assembled in Rome by Dario Alfonsi, this iconic collapsible chair expr...
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2010s Italian Chairs

Materials

Leather, Beech

  • Beige Leather Director's Chair
  • Beige Leather Director's Chair
  • Beige Leather Director's Chair
  • Beige Leather Director's Chair
H 36.23 in. W 23.23 in. D 17.72 in.
Black Leather Director's Chair
By Dario Alfonsi
Located in Milan, IT
Natural hues of vegetable-tanned black leather and a beechwood frame finished with an ashwood varnish. Hand-sewn and assembled in Rome by Dario Alfonsi, this high version of the icon...
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2010s Italian Chairs

Materials

Beech, Leather

  • Black Leather Director's Chair
  • Black Leather Director's Chair
  • Black Leather Director's Chair
  • Black Leather Director's Chair
H 47.25 in. W 23.23 in. D 17.72 in.
Extra Grade Folding Directors Chair
By Alessandro Albrizzi
Located in New York, NY
This example is unusually well crafted, having seamless weld construction, extra structural support struts and an ultra suede seat and back. Attributed to Alessandro Albrizzi, in the...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

  • Extra Grade Folding Directors Chair
  • Extra Grade Folding Directors Chair
  • Extra Grade Folding Directors Chair
  • Extra Grade Folding Directors Chair
H 33 in. W 21.5 in. D 18 in.
Paolo Mahogany and Canvas Folding Director's Chair
By Brett Paulin
Located in Toronto, Ontario
The Paolo Director's Chair is crafted from solid mahogany wood, paired with vintage style heavy loomed canvas. The chair is in the spirit of the classic director's chair meets safari...
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2010s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Canvas, Mahogany

Leather and Chrome Directors Chairs, Set of 3
Located in Countryside, IL
Leather and chrome directors chairs - set of 3 Each chair measures: 19.5 wide x 15.75 deep x 32.25 inches high, with a seat height of 17.5 inches This set is in Good Vintage Co...
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2010s American Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Chrome

  • Leather and Chrome Directors Chairs, Set of 3
  • Leather and Chrome Directors Chairs, Set of 3
  • Leather and Chrome Directors Chairs, Set of 3
  • Leather and Chrome Directors Chairs, Set of 3
H 32.25 in. W 19.5 in. D 15.75 in.
Wood and Leather Director's Chair, France, 1970's
Located in Austin, TX
Black lacquered wood frame with new camel colored leather sling seat and back. Folds like a director's chair but very sturdy, heavy and comfortable. France, 1970's.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Alessandro Albrizzi Director's Chair in Chrome And Suede
By Alessandro Albrizzi
Located in London, GB
Director style armchair in chrome and brown suede. Alessandro Albrizzi (1934-1994). Italy, 1965. Completely original condition.  
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Faux Bamboo Directors Chair by Telescope Chair Company
By Telescope Chair Company
Located in New York, NY
Stylish folding directors chair, by Telescope Furniture. This example has a turned wood faux bamboo frame, and stenciled bamboo motif canvass backrest sling. The canvass seat shows c...
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Mid-20th Century American Campaign Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Fully Restored Hand Dyed Directors Captains Office Chair
Located in GB
We are so excited to present to you this Lovely Whisky Brown Hand Dyed Leather Swivel Office Chair. We have lightly restored this by giving it a hand clean all over, hand waxed a...
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20th Century British Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Brass

"Chippendale - The Gentleman and Cabinet-Makers Director" Book
Located in North Yorkshire, GB
This magnificent book which is commonly known as "Chippendale's Director" is the groundbreaking furniture pattern book which was the first and most important published book of furnit...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Chairs

Early 20th Century Collapsible Canvas Director's Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 20th-century collapsible wooden director's chair from England. With original cream-colored canvas seat and small metal bolt details, this design classic has great patina and an...
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Early 20th Century English Chairs

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Canvas, Wood

Thomas Chippendale's, the Gentleman and Cabinet Makers Director, Facsimile
Located in valatie, NY
Thomas Chippendale's, The Gentleman and cabinet makers Director. Published by The Chippendale Society, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2005. 1st Ed thus hardcover with dust jacket. A beautifu...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Books

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Paper

Folding Director's Chair in Beautiful Original Cover, Italy, 1970s
By Fratelli Reguitti
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This folding director's chair was made in Italy in the 1950s in the style of Fratelli Reguitti. The chair is in good condition with original upholstery and beautiful patina due to mi...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Vintage Needlepoint Director’s Chair Folding Black Brown White Geometric
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome black wood folding director’s chair with a handmade black, brown, and white geometric pattern needlepoint sling seat and back. It is in wonderful vintage condition. The wood ...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Campaign Side Chairs

Materials

Textile, Wood

Folding White Aluminium Outdoor Director's Chair, Made in Italy
By Giovanni Battista Crema
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. (1.8) Folding White Aluminum Outdoor Director's Chair Director's chair in aluminium, finishe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

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Aluminum

Vintage Solid Maple Directors Chairs with Brown Canvas Upholstery, a Pair
Located in Germantown, MD
Pair of vintage solid maple directors chairs. Brown canvas upholstery. Excellent condition. Measurements are 23"W x 18"D x 33"H. Seat height is 17.5 and arm height is 25" W3 upper.
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Late 20th Century American American Classical Armchairs

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Canvas, Maple

Pair of 1970s Director's Chairs in the Style of Milo Baughman
By Milo Baughman
Located in Dallas, TX
Handsome pair of vintage director's chairs in the style of Milo Baughman. Made in the 1970s, these chairs feature original yellow upholstery, solid oak arms, and sturdy, x-based fram...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Oak

Folding Safari / Directors Chair Mogens Koch MK-16 Interna, Denmark, 1960s
By Mogens Koch
Located in Munster, DE
Beautifully patinated safari chair by Mogens Koch, manufactured in the 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Canvas

Bauhaus Black Chrome Tubular Director Arm Chairs, a Pair after Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A pair of black and chrome armchairs after Marcel Breuer. This set of chairs are created from chrome with tubular frames and faux leather. They have a director chair feel. Both the b...
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20th Century American Bauhaus Chairs

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Chrome

Chrome & Black Vinyl Faux Leather Sling Director’s Chairs Straight Legs, a Pair
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome pair of chrome and black vinyl faux leather Campaign style sling director’s chairs with straight legs. They are in wonderful vintage condition. They wear their original blac...
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Late 20th Century American Campaign Armchairs

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Chrome

Four Rare Iron Brown Leather Italian Savonarola Directors Armchairs Part Suite 4
By Dante Savonarola
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this rare set of four Italian Savonarola wrought iron and brown leather armchairs These chairs are part of a suite, I have another set of four l...
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20th Century Italian Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Danish Midcentury Directors Safari Chair of Elm Wood, Core Leather, Brass, 1960s
By Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Danish midcentury directors chair with frame made of dark wood (most likely elm) mounted with high quality brass fittings. The seat, backrest and armrests are made of core leather wi...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Ralph Lauren Style Pair Director Armchairs White Oak, Saddle Leather Brass Studs
By Ralph Lauren
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of handsome and well-made director style armchairs. High quality construction and materials are evident. Frames are constructed of white oak in a natural finish. Seats and backs...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Director Armchair Faux Suede and Powder Coated in Yellow
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Powder-coated bright yellow armchair with light brown faux suede upholstery. This classic and sturdy armchair has been updated with bright yellow powder coated fra...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal, Chrome

MCM Style Directors Chairs White Chrome Attr Robert Kjer Jakobsen & Virtue Bros
By Virtue Brothers, Robert Kjer Jakobsen
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous pair of MCM a.k.a. Mid-Century Modern Campaign style sling director’s chairs attributed to Robert Kjer Jakobsen for Virtue Brothers. They are in wonderful vintage condition....
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Mid-20th Century American Campaign Side Chairs

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Chrome

Vintage Mid-Century Chrome & Leather Flat Bar Director Style Arm Chairs, a Pair
Located in Esperance, NY
Vintage mid-century chrome & leather flat bar director style arm chairs - a pair.
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Antique RJ Horner Figural Oak Directors Curule Chair with Lions & Wind God, 1900
By R.J. Horner & Co.
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique figural director's chair by RJ Horner offers oak construction in curule form with foliate carved back flanked by lion heads, skirt with wind god and raised on convex legs ...
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Early 20th Century Chairs

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Oak

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Folding Director's Chairs Designed by Mogens Koch, De
Located in Round Top, TX
This handsome pair of director's chairs were designed by Mogens Koch in 1932. Manufactured by Interna, model number MK16 with frames made of black stained beech, seat and back made o...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Chairs

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Director or Savonarola Style Chairs in Burl Wood with Brass Accents by Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Dallas, TX
Gorgeous chairs by Widdicomb, burl wood frames, brass accents including stretchers, feet, accents. New upholstery in Romo velvet. Selling as a pair. 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Set of Five Midcentury "Directors Chair" Chairs in the Style of Cleo Baldon
By Cleo Baldon
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Set of five handcrafted wrought iron dining chairs with two armchairs and three side chairs. This "Directors Chair" is in the style of Cleo Baldon for Terra in the early 1960s. T...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

Naval Director Chair of the 1980s
Located in Manzano, Friuli Venezia Giulia
Naval director's chair with 1980s mahogany folding backrest, washable fabric seat and backrest.
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

  • Naval Director Chair of the 1980s
  • Naval Director Chair of the 1980s
  • Naval Director Chair of the 1980s
  • Naval Director Chair of the 1980s
H 30.71 in. W 25.99 in. D 23.23 in.
Emu-Tex and Steel EMU Snooze Director's Chair
By EMU Furniture
Located in Marsciano, IT
Large dimensions and a comfortable contour are the main features of snooze. The frame is made in tubular steel and comes in different colors to be matched with the several variation...
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2010s Italian Chairs

Materials

Steel

  • Emu-Tex and Steel EMU Snooze Director's Chair
  • Emu-Tex and Steel EMU Snooze Director's Chair
  • Emu-Tex and Steel EMU Snooze Director's Chair
  • Emu-Tex and Steel EMU Snooze Director's Chair
H 31.5 in. W 24.02 in. D 23.63 in.
Gosling Marine Carbon Fibre and Teak Director's Chair
By Tim Gosling
Located in London, GB
The Gosling Director’s Chair was designed for exterior use. The strong, fluid ergonomic design and exquisite detailing is inspired by Art Deco architecture. The frame is made out of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Chairs

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Teak, Upholstery

Child Director Leaflets Chairs Fratelli Reguitti, Italia, 1969
By Fratelli Reguitti
Located in Manzano, Friuli Venezia Giulia
Child director leaflets chairs Fratelli Reguitti, Italia 1969 in beechwood natural color.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chairs

Materials

Beech

Directors Chairs from Telescope Chair, Leopard Print Fabric, Midcentury, Pair
By Telescope Chair Company
Located in Madison, WI
Directors chairs, pair, upholstered in leopard print design fabric. Made by Telescope Chair Company. Midcentury. Sturdy, comfortable. Fold up easily with brass hinges for transport t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

McGuire Pair of Wood and Leather Director's Chairs, USA, 1950s
By John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Dusseldorf, NRW
A pair of director's chairs made of stained ash and leather seating. This model was designed in 1956 for the McGuire Furniture company.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Folding Safari / Directors Chair Mogens Koch MK-16 Interna, Denmark, 1960s
By Mogens Koch
Located in Munster, DE
Beautifully patinated safari chair by Mogens Koch, manufactured in the 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Canvas

Director's Chair in Brass and Purple Calf Leather, France, Late 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
The original seat and back rest have been changed with new ones in purple pony-skin-like calf leather.  
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Directors Chairs Manufactured by Fratelli Reguitti, Italy, circa 1970
Located in Vienna, AT
Manufactured by Fratelli Reguitti, Italy, 1970s-1980s. A folding construction with lacquered wood, the seating and backrest covered with high quality fabric in colorful geometric pat...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Hardwood

Cleo Baldon Director's Chairs
By Cleo Baldon
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Cleo Baldon's design elevates the ubiquitous director's chair by contrasting oak and iron to create a sturdy frame. The leather upholstery adds a refined touch to the Industrial natu...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

  • Cleo Baldon Director's Chairs
  • Cleo Baldon Director's Chairs
  • Cleo Baldon Director's Chairs
  • Cleo Baldon Director's Chairs
H 32 in. W 23 in. D 17 in.
Three Directors Folding Chairs
Located in Den Haag, NL
Three fire engine red director folding chairs, with a canvas seat and backrest. Brass details. Solid wood 1960s. Good sturdy chairs. Good condition.
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Vintage 1960s English Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Beech

  • Three Directors Folding Chairs
  • Three Directors Folding Chairs
  • Three Directors Folding Chairs
  • Three Directors Folding Chairs
H 33.86 in. W 21.66 in. D 15.36 in.
Orange Suede Director's Chair
Located in Stamford, CT
1970s Director's chair with original orange suede upholstery. 17.5 inches seat height.
Category

Vintage 1970s Armchairs

  • Orange Suede Director's Chair
  • Orange Suede Director's Chair
  • Orange Suede Director's Chair
  • Orange Suede Director's Chair
H 37 in. W 23.5 in. D 20 in.
Pair of Pace Director's Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Pace Director's chairs with chrome frame with brass finials, upholstered with beige/putty suede Please call or use the contact dealer link below to reach us directly with ...
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Vintage 1970s American Chairs

Materials

Chrome, Brass

  • Pair of Pace Director's Chairs
  • Pair of Pace Director's Chairs
  • Pair of Pace Director's Chairs
  • Pair of Pace Director's Chairs
H 32.5 in. W 22 in. D 20.5 in.
1970s Italian Leather Director's Chairs
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of Italian leather Director's chairs with square and rectangular chrome legs and cross members. Heavy leather slings make the seat, arms and backs! Chrome bowed stretcher runs b...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

  • 1970s Italian Leather Director's Chairs
  • 1970s Italian Leather Director's Chairs
  • 1970s Italian Leather Director's Chairs
  • 1970s Italian Leather Director's Chairs
H 30.5 in. W 25.5 in. D 22 in.
Maison Jansen Style Director's Chair
By Maison Jansen
Located in New York, NY
Has vinyl upholstery with a chrome and brass plate frame.
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Vintage 1960s Armchairs

Materials

Brass, Chrome

  • Maison Jansen Style Director's Chair
  • Maison Jansen Style Director's Chair
  • Maison Jansen Style Director's Chair
  • Maison Jansen Style Director's Chair
H 35 in. W 20.5 in. D 17 in.
Italian Director's Chairs 'Individually Priced'
Located in Austin, TX
A pair of handsome Italian director's chairs featuring fine polished wood and warm brass frames with suede leather backs and seats. Dimensions: H 34 1/2" Seat H 18" W 21" D 18 1/2"...
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20th Century Italian Chairs

Materials

Brass

1970s Pair of High Director's Chairs
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A pair of classic, folding Director's Chairs in beech hardwood having a medium brown stain, shaped X-form legs, and black naugahyde stretched between wood members to form the seat an...
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Vintage 1970s American Chairs

Materials

Leather, Beech

  • 1970s Pair of High Director's Chairs
  • 1970s Pair of High Director's Chairs
  • 1970s Pair of High Director's Chairs
  • 1970s Pair of High Director's Chairs
H 45.5 in. W 25 in. D 19.5 in.
Pair 1970's Italian Lucite Directors Chairs
Located in New York, NY
1970's Italian Lucite Directors Chairs
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Chairs

Materials

Lucite

Pair Of Stylized Brass "director's Chairs"
Located in New York, NY
Pair of stylized brass "director's chairs" with ball finial details.
Category

Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

  • Pair Of Stylized Brass "director's Chairs"
  • Pair Of Stylized Brass "director's Chairs"
  • Pair Of Stylized Brass "director's Chairs"
  • Pair Of Stylized Brass "director's Chairs"
H 34 in. W 23.5 in. D 18.5 in.
Set of Three Midcentury "Directors Chair" Chairs
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Set of three handcrafted wrought iron chairs with two armchairs and two side chairs. This "Directors Chair" is in the style of Cleo Baldon for Terra in the early 1960s. The chair...
Category

Vintage 1960s Chairs

Materials

Iron

Chrome Directors Chair needlepoint Andy Warhol Poppies
Located in Westport, CT
Polished Chrome Directors Chair,seat and back Hand made vintage, Andy Warhol Famous serigraph design Poppies.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Director's Chair with Needlepoint Tropical Fish Fabric
Located in Heath, MA
A cheerful mint-colored painted director's chair with hand needlepoint of colorful tropical fish in a reef scene. The handwork is signed with a stitched "HQ" and is backed with canva...
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Chairs

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Charming Set of French Chairs Director Style
Located in Atlanta, GA
Charming set of French chairs Director style.
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Mid-20th Century French Directoire Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Straw, Walnut

Mid Century Wood and Chrome Directors Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid Century wood and chrome directors chair Chair measures: 22.5 wide x 22 deep x 33 high, with a seat height of 18 inches and arm height of 24.5 inches All pieces of furniture c...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Four Vintage Alessandro Albrizzi Directors Chairs, 1965
By Alessandro Albrizzi
Located in Miami, FL
A set of four vintage directors chairs by Alessandro Albrizzi. Chrome has been re-plated and the seats, backs and armrests have been re-done in simple and chic natural saddle with cr...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Armchairs

Pair of Albrizzi Mid-Century "Directors" Chairs
By Alessandro Albrizzi
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Designer chairs by Alessandro Albrizzi. An eye-catching and fashionable pair of quality armchairs-both elegant and comfortable.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

  • Pair of Albrizzi Mid-Century "Directors" Chairs
  • Pair of Albrizzi Mid-Century "Directors" Chairs
  • Pair of Albrizzi Mid-Century "Directors" Chairs
  • Pair of Albrizzi Mid-Century "Directors" Chairs
H 34.25 in. W 23.50 in. D 17 in.
Set of Four Vintage Alessandro Albrizzi Directors Chairs
By Alessandro Albrizzi
Located in East Hampton, NY
All original in black leather, this set of four armchairs are comfortable and chic.
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Saddle Leather and Iron Directors Chairs, circa 1970
By William Katavolos
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Saddle leather and iron directors chairs, circa 1970. Beautiful patina to the hand oiled saddle leather with great details like swiveling armrests and brass rivoting. Leather has a w...
Category

Vintage 1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

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Directors Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of directors chairs available for sale. Frequently made of animal skin, metal and leather, all directors chairs available were constructed with great care. Find 68 antique and vintage directors chairs at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 5 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Directors chairs have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of directors chairs to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Hollywood Regency directors chairs are of considerable interest. Some directors chairs are too large for some spaces — a variety of smaller directors chairs, measuring 11.75 inches across, are available at 1stDibs. Many directors chairs are appealing in their simplicity, but Alessandro Albrizzi, John and Elinor McGuire and Dario Alfonsi produced popular directors chairs that are worth a look.

How Much are Directors Chairs?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $2,425, while they’re typically $200 on the low end and $20,000 highest priced.

Finding the Right Chairs for You

Chairs are an indispensable component of your home and office. Can you imagine your life without the vintage, new or antique chairs you love?

With the exception of rocking chairs, the majority of the seating in our homes today — antique and vintage Windsor chairs, chaise longues, wingback chairs — originated in either England or France. Art Nouveau chairs, the style of which also originated in those regions, embraced the inherent magnificence of the natural world with decorative flourishes and refined designs that blended both curved and geometric contour lines. While craftsmanship and styles have evolved in the past century, chairs have had a singular significance in our lives, no matter what your favorite chair looks like.

“The chair is the piece of furniture that is closest to human beings,” said Hans Wegner. The revered Danish cabinetmaker and furniture designer was prolific, having designed nearly 500 chairs over the course of his lifetime. His beloved designs include the Wishbone chair, the wingback Papa Bear chair and many more.

Other designers of Scandinavian modernist chairs introduced new dynamics to this staple with sculptural flowing lines, curvaceous shapes and efficient functionality. The Paimio armchair, Swan chair and Panton chair are vintage works of Finnish and Danish seating that left an indelible mark on the history of good furniture design.

“What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts,” said Ray Eames. 

Visionary polymaths Ray and Charles Eames experimented with bent plywood and fiberglass with the goal of producing affordable furniture for a mass market. Like other celebrated mid-century modern furniture designers of elegant low-profile furnishings — among them Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Finn Juhl — the Eameses considered ergonomic support, durability and cost, all of which should be top of mind when shopping for the perfect chair. The Eameses introduced numerous icons for manufacturer Herman Miller, such as the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, molded plywood dining chairs the DCM and DCW (which can be artfully mismatched around your dining table) and a wealth of other treasured pieces for the home and office.

A good chair anchors us to a place and can become an object of timeless appeal. Take a seat and browse the rich variety of vintage, new and antique chairs on 1stDibs today. 

Questions About Directors Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A director’s chair is stereotypically associated with movie directors. The lightweight chair has scissored legs, can often be folded for ease of transport or storage and is a popular silhouette for camping chairs. Shop an assortment of director chair styles on 1stDibs.