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1 Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Shell DAR Eiffel Base
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
there are people with good taste and sense. 1 midcentury Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Shell on
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass Shell Bench
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Münster, DE
Bench, 4 fiberglass seat shells, color Parchment, design Charles & Ray Eames, metal frame with
Category

Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Metal

Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass Shell Bench
Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass Shell Bench
H 31.5 in W 87.41 in D 21.66 in
Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass Shell Bench
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Münster, DE
Bench, 3 fiberglass seat shells, 1970s, design Charles & Ray Eames, metal frame with chrome-plated
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Metal

Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass Shell Bench
Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass Shell Bench
H 31.89 in W 71.66 in D 21.66 in
Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass Shell Bench
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Münster, DE
Bench, 2 fiberglass seat shells, 1970s, design Charles & Ray Eames, metal frame with chrome-plated
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Metal

Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass Shell Bench
Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass Shell Bench
H 31.89 in W 45.28 in D 21.66 in
Original Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage 1960s molded fiberglass side shell chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Pair of Early Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs in Tan
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s molded fiberglass shell chairs in thready tan, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Original Vintage Eames Fiberglass Shell Dining Side Chairs for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Jose, CA
Miller circa 1960s. These collectible molded fiberglass shell seats are available in greige light (white
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Pair of Eames Fiberglass DSR Chairs on Eiffel Tower Bases
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
Nice golden patina on a pair of Charles and Ray Eames fiberglass shell chairs. Earlier production
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Steel

Brown Eames for Herman Miller Vintage Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We have eleven original 1960s Eames fiberglass shell chairs with original H bases. Narrow mount
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames RSR Rocking Chair Elephant Gray
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elephant gray Herman Miller Eames fiberglass shell on rocking base. Excellent grain in the
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Steel

Brilliant Yellow Eames for Herman Miller Vintage 1960s Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Multiple Available. Original Molded Fiberglass Shell Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Olive Green Eames for Herman Miller Vintage 1960s Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Multiple Available. Original Molded Fiberglass Shell Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames for Herman Miller Navy Blue Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original Navy Blue Molded Fiberglass Shell Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Greige Light Grey Eames for Herman Miller Vintage 1960s Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Multiple Available. Original Molded Fiberglass Shell Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

6 Eames for Herman Miller DSS Stackable Naugahyde Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Chattanooga, TN
quantity. Eames stackable fiberglass shell chairs with original brown naugahyde pads. The famous Charles
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Set of 6 Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass Sidechairs with Eiffelbase
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Münster, DE
Set of 6 sidechairs, Charles and Ray Eames, fiberglass shell in off-white, 1970s, Vitra Eiffelbase
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Set of 8 Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass Armchairs with La Fonda Base all black
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Münster, DE
Set of 8 armchairs, Charles and Ray Eames, fiberglass shell with seat cushion, shell color black
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Set of 10 Eames for Herman Miller Stacking Brown Naugahyde DSS Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Chattanooga, TN
. Eames stackable fiberglass shell chairs with original brown naugahyde pads. The famous Charles and Ray
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Zenith Charles Eames DAR Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Zenith, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Introducing the Zenith Charles Eames DAR Fiberglass Shell Chairs – Iconic Design, Unmatched Comfort
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Early Eames DAR Fiberglass Shell Chair Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Round Rock, TX
Early 2nd generation “Eiffel” DAR shell chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. This
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames for Herman Miller Dax Fiberglass Shell Dining Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Wichita, KS
Early model Eames for Herman Miller fiberglass dax shell dining chair in orange. it is stamped
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Eames for Herman Miller DSS Orange Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s DSS molded fiberglass shell chairs on stacking base, designed by Charles and Ray
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames for Herman Miller Ultramarine Blue Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s molded fiberglass shell chairs in Ultramarine Blue, designed by Charles and Ray
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Herman Miller Shell Fiberglass RAR Rocker by Eames, 1970s
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in The Hague, NL
Herman Miller parchment shell fiberglass RAR rocker by Eames Manufactured in the 1960s-1970s this
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Chrome

1 Herman Miller Parchment Shell Fiberglass RAR Rocker by Eames
By Charles Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
1 Herman Miller parchment shell fiberglass RAR rocker by Eames Manufactured in the 1960s-1970s
Category

Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

1977 Eames Herman Miller EC175 Upholstered Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a rare and marvelous EC175-8 chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, produced
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Fiberglass

Eames for Herman Miller Crimson Red Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s red fiberglass shell side chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Midcentury Charles Eames by Herman Miller Orange Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Mortsel, BE
Introducing the midcentury Charles Eames by Herman Miller Orange Fiberglass Shell Chair, a timeless
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

1950s Eames for Herman Miller Dax Fiberglass Shell Armchair Parchment
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Gorgeous early production 1950s classic Eames for Herman Miller Dax Molded Fiberglass Shell
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Eames For Herman Miller Mid Century Yellow Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames For Herman Miller Mid Century Yellow Fiberglass Shell Chair The chair measures: 24.75 wide
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Eames For Herman Miller Mid Century Fiberglass Shell Red Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames For Herman Miller Mid Century Fiberglass Shell Red Chair The chair measures: 24.75 wide x
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Eames For Herman Miller Mid Century Fiberglass Shell Blue Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames For Herman Miller Mid Century Fiberglass Shell Blue Chair The chair measures: 24.75 wide x
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Rare Alexander Girard Fabric Herman Miller Eames Black Fiberglass Arm Shell
By Charles Eames, Alexander Girard
Located in Buffalo, NY
Extremely rare Alexander Girard Jacobs Coat Eames fiberglass arm shell chair by Herman Miller
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Second Generation "Ochre" X-Base Fiberglass Arm Shell Chairs, Charles Eames
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Second Generation "Ochre" X-base fiberglass arm shell chairs. Charles Eames manufactured by Herman
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

"La Fonda" Charles Eames by Hermann Miller Design Fiberglass Shell Two Chairs
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brescia, IT
"La Fonda" Charles Eames & Alexander Girard by Hermann Miller, circa 1960s. Ivory fiberglass
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

Materials

Aluminum

Early Pair of Charles Eames Fiberglass Arm Shell Chairs "Crimson" Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early pair of Charles Eames fiberglass arm shell chairs "Crimson" orange, Herman Miller. Nice
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Early Pair of Charles Eames Fiberglass Arm Shell Chairs "Elephant Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early pair of Charles Eames fiberglass arm shell chairs "Elephant Hyde Grey" Herman Miller. Nice
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Charles Eames by Hermann Miller Design Red Fabric and Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Brescia, IT
Charles Eames by Hermann Miller, circa 1960s. Ivory shell seat and red fabric metal and
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chair - White
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
Charles and Ray Eames realized their dream to create a single-shell form over 80 years ago by
Category

Vintage 1950s Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chair - Black
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
Charles and Ray Eames realized their dream to create a single-shell form over 80 years ago by
Category

Vintage 1950s Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller MCM Fiberglass Wheeled Shell Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Countryside, IL
Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller mid-century fiberglass wheeled shell chair. This chair
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller MCM Fiberglass Wheeled Shell Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Countryside, IL
Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller mid century fiberglass wheeled shell chair This chair
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal

Eames PAC Yellow Padded Swivel Armchair w/Gray Fiberglass Shell & Aluminum Base
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Topeka, KS
swivel seat on gray fiberglass shell. It is in wonderful vintage condition. The cast aluminum four prong
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Charles Eames LAX Fiberglass Lounge Height Arm Shell Chair / Exposed Fibers
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic Charles Eames for Herman Miller LAX Fiberglass Lounge Height Arm Shell Chair / Retains
Category

Vintage 1960s Lounge Chairs

Materials

Iron

1 Herman Miller Orange Shell Fiberglass RAR Rocker by Eames
By Herman Miller
Located in Pasadena, TX
Herman Miller shell fiberglass rocker Manufactured in the 1960s-1970s this rocker is one of the
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Early Eames Rope Edge Fiberglass Bucket Chair
By Charles Eames
Located in New York, NY
Eames rope edge fiberglass bucket chair. This example is in very good condition, no chips, cracks
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

1 Mid-Century Eames H Miller Fiberglass Arm Shell Chair Walnut Moderna Stool
By Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Pasadena, TX
(1) Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Arm Shell on Walnut Swivel Bar Stool Dowel Base by Moderna Herman
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Fiberglass, Walnut

1950s Eames for Herman Miller Fiberglass Ivory Parchment Shell RAR Rocking Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
Charles and Ray Eames design for Herman Miller. RAR ( Rocking Arm steel Rod ) chair. Late 1950s
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Steel

"La Fonda" C. Eames by H. Miller Space Age Design Fiberglass Shell Two Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Brescia, IT
Black fiberglass shell seat Aluminium base.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Herman Miller Charles Eames Shell Chair Is a Nice Orange on Taupe Fiberglass
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Chicago, IL
A very nice color combination of a popping upholstered color on a understated neautral Taupe-ish grey color. need to confirm dims on this chair.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fiberglass

1959 Herman Miller Eames DAX Fiberglass Arm Shell Chair with Green Removable Pad
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
green original naugahyde removable pad and fiberglass shell (with painted back). The DAX is an iconic
Category

Vintage 1950s American Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Herman Miller LAX Fiberglass Arm Shell Chair X Base Zenith Rope Edge
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Zenith
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome example of the Charles and Ray Eames LAX molded fiberglass arm shell chair for Herman
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

1985 Eames Herman Miller EC175 Upholstered Fiberglass Shell Chair Museum Quality
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a very rare and marvelous EC175-8 chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Elephant Hide Gray Eames Herman Miller Molded Fiberglass DAX Arm Shell Chair H B
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome example of the Charles and Ray Eames DAX fiberglass arm shell chair for Herman Miller. It
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Design Classic Eames DSX Fiberglass Chair, 1970s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
Located in Renens, CH
the shells have a “V” on the underside. Materials: Wood, fiberglass Origination: United States
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass, Wood

2 Eames Fiberglass Swivel Chairs on Aluminum Group Bases
By Charles Eames
Located in New York, NY
Hard to find Eames form, fiberglass shell on aluminum group bases. The ivory shells swivel on the
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames Molded Fiberglass Armchair for Herman Miller "Seafoam Green"'
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Centreville, VA
Eames Molded Fiberglass Armchair for Herman Miller "Seafoam Green"' Arguably one of the 20th
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames LAR Cats Cradle Base Fiberglass Armshell Lounge Chair
By Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
From the fiberglass chair series developed by Charles and Ray Eames immediately after WW2. Widely
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Zinc

Four Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Stacking Dining Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic set of iconic Eames shell chairs by Herman Miller. Parchment color shells atop zinc plated
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Charles Eames Parchment Arm Shell Chair, Herman Miller
By Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Super clean example of this classic fiberglass arm shell chair, designed by Charles Eames
Category

Mid-20th Century American Armchairs

Materials

Metal

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Eames Fiberglass Shell For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the eames fiberglass shell you’re looking for. A eames fiberglass shell — often made from fiberglass, plastic and metal — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer eames fiberglass shell, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A eames fiberglass shell made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames and Charles Eames each produced at least one beautiful eames fiberglass shell that is worth considering.

How Much is a Eames Fiberglass Shell?

Prices for a eames fiberglass shell start at $245 and top out at $8,000 with the average selling for $1,307.

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 celebrated 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.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. 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.