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Eames Fiberglass Early Side Chairs

Early Large Biscuit Eames Zenith Ivory DAR Fiberglass Chair on Eiffel Tower Base
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
From the design offices of Charles and Ray Eames the fiberglass DAR chair . This one on Eiffel
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Eames Fiberglass DSR Chairs on Eiffel Tower Bases
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Ferndale, MI
Nice golden patina on a pair of Charles and Ray Eames fiberglass shell chairs. Earlier production
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel

Early Eames Rope Edge Armchair
By Charles Eames
Located in Toronto, ON
Eames. Fiberglass shell produced by Zenith Plastics for Herman Miller, original walnut dowel legs
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fiberglass

Early Eames Rope Edge Armchair
Early Eames Rope Edge Armchair
H 30.5 in W 24.5 in D 24 in
1959 Herman Miller Eames DAX Fiberglass Arm Shell Chair with Green Removable Pad
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a circa 1959 production Herman Miller Eames DAX dining / side chair with dark
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Vintage 1950s American Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

1 Restored Vintage Eames Aluminum Group Desk Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
. Examples include the molded plastic or fiberglass chairs from the early 1950s and the famous Lounge Chair
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Childs Chair by David Rowland for Thonet
By David Rowland, Thonet
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
still intact. Photographed with Eames fiberglass arm chair for scale.
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Childs Chair by David Rowland for Thonet
Childs Chair by David Rowland for Thonet
H 19.5 in W 14.5 in D 12 in
1950s Rare Eames Zenith Side Chair for Herman Miller, USA
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A very rare side chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames, manufactured by Zenith / Herman Miller in
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Vintage 1950s American Chairs

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Metal

1952 Set of Four Herman Miller Eames Rope Edge SAX Dining / Side Armshell Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
fiberglass dining / side chairs, designed by Ray and Charles Eames. These chairs are the SAX standard chairs
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Vintage 1950s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

1st Generation Eames RKR Wire Mesh Rocker by Herman Miller 1951
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Detroit, MI
Charles and Ray Eames designed their fiberglass and wire chairs to be fitted with a wide variety of
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Estelle & Erwine Laverne Originals Modern Rosewood Lamp Table Floor White 1950s
By Erwine & Estelle Laverne
Located in Brooklyn, NY
chair and the central table evocative of their cafe table that was a part of the Lily collection of the
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Fiberglass, Rosewood

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1950, Charles and Ray Eames, Set of Four DKR Chairs Red Leather Bikinis
By Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
Located in Amsterdam IJMuiden, NL
This item is part of the private collection of Casey Godrie and is situated in his private house. Ask him for competitive shipping quotes. His incredible Dune Villa, Amsterdam Beach,...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Set of Four Eames for Herman Miller Black DKR Wire Chairs on Eiffel Bases
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Ferndale, MI
Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller DKR wire chairs on Eiffel tower bases. All four chairs have been refinished in a correct tone matte black powder coat. Three chairs have origi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Eames LAX Armshell Lounge Chair
By Charles Eames
Located in Dallas, TX
Charles and Ray Eames designed low lounge armshell with X-base. Original zinc base, original screws, Original boot glides. Early transitional parchment fiberglass shell with large sh...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Eames LAX Armshell Lounge Chair
Eames LAX Armshell Lounge Chair
H 26 in W 25 in D 24 in
'Plissé White Edition' Pleated Textile Table Lamp by Folkform for Örsjö
By Örsjö Industri AB
Located in Glendale, CA
'Plissé White Edition' pleated textile table lamp by Folkform for Örsjö. This unique table lamp was awarded “Lighting of the Year 2022” by Residence Magazine Sweden, who called it “...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Textile

Pair Italian Leather and Polished Steel Barcelona Lounge Chairs, 4 Available
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of iconic “Barcelona” chairs in the style of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Initially created for the German Pavilion at the Barcelona exposition, each chair features a sturdy poli...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Herman Miller for Eames Surfboard Table
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern black top coffee table with Eiffel metal base. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Leather

Charles Eames for Herman Miller DSX Shell Chair
By Charles Eames, Ray Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Garnerville, NY
Charles Eames for Herman Miller fiberglass DSX shell chair. Circa 1970. Retains all it's plastic glides. Shock mounts are in good condition with no visible drying or cracking. Struct...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal, Steel

Eames LAR Cats Cradle Base Fiberglass Armshell Lounge Chair
By Herman Miller, Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
From the fiberglass chair series developed by Charles and Ray Eames immediately after WW2. Widely distributed by Herman Miller. This low arm rod (LAR) chair has zinc finished base wi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel, Zinc

Time Life Walnut Stool by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Dronten, NL
A fine lathe-turned wood stool designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, USA. Charles and Ray Eames, a dynamic husband-and-wife duo, revolutionized the design world in th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Walnut

1950 Eames PAW Herman Miller Zenith Dowel Leg Chair Rope Edge Lemon Yellow
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Charles and Ray Eames paw walnut dowel leg fiberglass swivel armchair for Zenith Plastics / Herman Miller Inc. A 1st generation/production rope edge fiberglass armchair example. Fr...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Second Generation 1950s Eames ESU 251-C
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Second generation ESU 251-C modular unit, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Inspired by industrial warehouse shelving, this original ESU features colorful, lacquer...
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Mid-20th Century American Bookcases

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Steel

Charles and Ray Eames DAX armchair by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Athens, Attiki
The DAX chair combines the shell of the 'Eames armchairs' with a classic four-legged base and is thus a realisation of the chair concept created by Charles and Ray Eames in the 1950s...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Classic Modernist Charles and Ray Eames Arm Shell Lounge Chair, Zenith
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Zenith
Located in Buffalo, NY
First generation, circa 1950 Charles and Ray Eames. Museum quality, sea foam green arm shell lounge chair made by Zenith Plastic Co./ Herman Miller. Features amazing exposed fibers, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Zinc

Pair of Early Eames Herman Miller DKR Chairs on Eiffel Tower Bases With Covers
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Ferndale, MI
Completely original and intact Charles and Ray Eames Herman Miller DKR chairs on Eiffel tower base. Original seat covers retain labels show some minor wear. All original hardware and...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Executive Armchairs in Custom Tan Tweed
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Culver City, CA
One of Knoll's most popular designs for the past 70 years, Eero Saarinen's executive armchair is about as timeless and chic as it gets. This current set of 10 we have available are u...
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel

1950's Vintage Charles Eames Fiberglass Shell Armchairs for Herman Miller-A Pair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in New Orleans, LA
A pair of Charles Eames molded fiberglass shell arm chairs for Herman Miller, in a parchment color with original paper labels present, produced between 1951 and 1955. Borne out of ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

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Extremely Rare Fiberglass Shell Armchairs
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Den Bommel, NL
. Unlike the, for instant the Eames DAR chair, the feet of these chairs are integrated in the fiberglass
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Vintage 1950s French Side Chairs

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Metal

Charles Eames Herman Miller DSS Chair in Light Ochre on Original Stacking Base
By Charles Eames
Located in Lewes, East Sussex
DSS chair designed by Charles Eames and made by Herman Miller in the late 1950s-early 1960s
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Mid-20th Century American Side Chairs

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Metal

Eames Set of 14 DSS Fiberglass Side Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Highland, IN
This is a fantastic set of fiberglass stacking side chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames for
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Zinc

Early Eames for Herman Miller Seal Brown Fiberglass Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Rochester, NY
A nice pair of early original Charles and Ray Eames seal brown fiberglass side chairs for Herman
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century First Year Production Charles Eames Fiberglass Side Chair X-Base
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic fiberglass side shell chair (scoop) designed by Charles and Ray Eames, early production
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Iron

Early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller MCM Orange Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Countryside, IL
Early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Orange Fiberglass Shell Arm Chair This
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Charles and Ray Eames PSC Swivel Fiberglass Chair with 671 Base
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Mateo, CA
Pivoting base fiberglass side chair by Charles and Ray Eames. The Eames lounge and ottoman was
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

Eiffel Tower Chairs By Charles And Ray Eames
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An excellent set of early production side chairs by Charles and Ray Eames in an uncommon blue color
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Steel

Original Parchment Charles & Ray Eames Fibreglass DSS Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
early Fehlbaum production DSX stacking chairs on chromed steel bases. Charles Ormond Eames, Jr
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Original Parchment Charles & Ray Eames Fibreglass DSS Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
early Fehlbaum production DSX stacking chairs on chromed steel bases. Charles Ormond Eames, Jr
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Chrome, Steel

'1' Midcentury Herman Miller Eames EC-178 Shell Management Chair
By Charles Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
the 1970s. Examples include the molded plastic or fiberglass chairs from the early 1950s and the
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Early Eames Eiffel Chairs, ’DSR’ Molded Fiberglass Wire Base Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Nice early set of four Eiffel Tower wire base side chairs(scoops) designed by Charles and Ray Eames
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Multicolored Fiberglass Shell Chairs, Charles Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles Eames
Located in Denton, TX
Set of six Mid-Century Modern fiberglass swivel side shell chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

Eames for Herman Miller Fiberglass Shell Chair in Light Grey, circa 1950s
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original 1950s Eames fiberglass shell chair with original model sticker in
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

Set 4 Charles Eames, Herman Miller Fiberglass Chairs, Eiffel Tower Bases
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Set 4 Charles Eames, Herman Miller fiberglass chairs, elegant white, Newer Eiffel Tower bases
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Iron

Eames Scoop Dining Side Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A set of four matching early orange fiberglass side chairs with zinc coated metal H bases and
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames Zenith Rope Edged Rocker
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very early Eames designed fiberglass arm shell rocking chair with rope edge, large shock mounts
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Eames Zenith Rope Edged Rocker
Eames Zenith Rope Edged Rocker
H 26 in W 25 in D 27 in
Pair of Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chairs by Herman Miller, 1950's
By Herman Miller
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Pair of early production Eames Zenith chair manufactured by Herman Miller. Matte fiberglass shell
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller Fiberglass DSX Chairs, Early Production
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A colorful collection of early production Charles and Ray Eames "scoop" side chairs manufactured by
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Pair 2nd Gen 1951 Boot Vintage Charles Eames Eiffel Tower Fiberglass Side Chairs
By Herman Miller
Located in Basel, BS
These very exciting original early vintage iconic pair of Mid-Century side chairs by Herman Miller
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Early 1st Generation Eames Rope Edge Zenith SAX Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Rare 1st generation Eames rope edge fiberglass SAX chair in translucent fiberglass, having the
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Early Set 6 Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass Side Shell Chairs, Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Nice early set of 6 fiberglass side shell chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames manufactured by
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Eames for Herman Miller Fiberglass Shell Chair in Sea Foam Green , c. 1958-1965
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in San Francisco, CA
in. HISTORY The Eames Fiberglass Side Chair was introduced in 1951, a year after the original
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Padded Desk Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic pair of rolling padded side shell chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames manufactured by
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Pierre Guariche for Meurop 'Polaris' Chairs in White Boucle Fabric, Pair, 1960s
By Pierre Guariche, Meurop
Located in Los Angeles, CA
favor of synthetics and plastics. Referencing Charles & Ray Eames’ iconic side chairs, the shell chair
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Vintage 1960s French Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass, Bouclé

Four Knoll Eero Saarinen Swivel Tulip Armchairs
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Baltimore, MD
Classic mid-century modern set of four tulip swivel, armchairs, side, dining chairs, for Knoll
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Classic Modern Dinette/Breakfast Set by Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
" diameter x 25.5" high, four Classic modernist Eames padded side scoop chairs with earlier black metal bases
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

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Aluminum, Metal

Four Knoll Eero Saarinen Tulip Chairs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Baltimore, MD
Classic Mid-Century Modern set of four armless tulip, side, dining chairs, for Knoll designed by
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Aluminum

Four Knoll Eero Saarinen Tulip Chairs
Four Knoll Eero Saarinen Tulip Chairs
H 31.89 in W 17.33 in D 20.08 in
Six Classic Fiberglass Swivel Side Shell Chairs Charles Eames, Herman Miller
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Six Classic Mid-Century Modern fiberglass swivel side shell chairs designed by Charles and Ray
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Classic Set of 4 Charles Eames Fiberglass Scoop /Side Chairs 1950s Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic set of 4 Charles Eames fiberglass scoop /side chairs 1950s Herman Miller. Nice early group
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Charles Eames DSR Fiberglass Side Chair, "Eiffel Tower, " 1954
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Berkeley, CA
Rare elephant hide grey fiberglass side chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller c
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Vintage Midcentury Eames Fiberglass Stacking Shell Chairs, DSS-N Side Chairs
By Charles Eames
Located in Huddersfield, GB
Eames Modernica fiberglass stacking shell side chairs on chromed steel stacking bases. Excellent
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Set of Six Eames Fiberglass Side Chairs
Located in Hudson, NY
Set of rare ice blue fiberglass side shells on black wire "eiffel tower" bases. Early glides, all
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Vintage 1950s American Chairs

Materials

Wire

Vintage Mid-Century Eames Fiberglass Stacking Shell Chairs, DSS-N Side Chairs
By Charles Eames
Located in Huddersfield, GB
Charles Eames fiberglass stacking shell side chairs on chromed steel stacking bases. Excellent
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome, Steel

Eames Secretarial H-Base Upholstered Side Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare, Eames upholstered side shell chair with additional padding at seat back indicative of the
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Vintage 1970s American Chairs

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Aluminum

Early Charles Eames Terra Cotta Drafting Chair 1960's
By Charles Eames
Located in Berkeley, CA
Rare 1st edition drafting side chair. Fiberglass shell is in a stunning terra cotta. This model has
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Eames Orange Shell Chair, Herman Miller, Eight Available, Late 1960s
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Hudson, NY
All original H base and orange fiberglass shell chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

1960's Charles and Ray Eames white side shell rocker Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Antwerp, BE
Early 1960's Charles and Ray Eames white side shell (RAR) on an high quality reproduction Oak
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Early Eames MSX chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Providence, RI
Early Eames MSX (medium / side / x-base) fiberglass chair, circa 1955. Color is "Parchment"
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

Early Eames MSX chair
Early Eames MSX chair
H 27.38 in W 18.5 in D 23 in
Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Parchment Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pittsburgh, PA
Early classic Herman Miller "Summit Prime" side shells designed by Charles and Ray Eames.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

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Eames Fiberglass Early Side Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of eames fiberglass early side chairs available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique eames fiberglass early side chairs was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fiberglass, metal and plastic. Eames fiberglass early side chairs have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century. There are many kinds of eames fiberglass early side chairs to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern eames fiberglass early side chairs are of considerable interest. There have been many well-made eames fiberglass early side chairs over the years, but those made by Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller and Charles Eames are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Eames Fiberglass Early Side Chairs?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $945, while they’re typically $199 on the low end and $4,200 highest priced.

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.

Materials: plastic Furniture

Arguably the world’s most ubiquitous man-made material, plastic has impacted nearly every industry. In contemporary spaces, new and vintage plastic furniture is quite popular and its use pairs well with a range of design styles.

From the Italian lighting artisans at Fontana Arte to venturesome Scandinavian modernists such as Verner Panton, who created groundbreaking interiors as much as he did seating — see his revolutionary Panton chair — to contemporary multidisciplinary artists like Faye Toogood, furniture designers have been pushing the boundaries of plastic forever.

When The Graduate's Mr. McGuire proclaimed, “There’s a great future in plastics,” it was more than a laugh line. The iconic quote is an allusion both to society’s reliance on and its love affair with plastic. Before the material became an integral part of our lives — used in everything from clothing to storage to beauty and beyond — people relied on earthly elements for manufacturing, a process as time-consuming as it was costly.

Soon after American inventor John Wesley Hyatt created celluloid, which could mimic luxury products like tortoiseshell and ivory, production hit fever pitch, and the floodgates opened for others to explore plastic’s full potential. The material altered the history of design — mid-century modern legends Charles and Ray Eames, Joe Colombo and Eero Saarinen regularly experimented with plastics in the development of tables and chairs, and today plastic furnishings and decorative objects are seen as often indoors as they are outside.

Find vintage plastic lounge chairs, outdoor furniture, lighting and more on 1stDibs.

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.