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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 Molded Fiberglass Task Armchair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Molded Fiberglass task armchair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Classic (fourth
Category

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

Materials

Fiberglass

Herman Miller Eames RAR Rocking Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Eames molded fiberglass shell in the fairest color of them all, Seafoam Green. Original top
Category

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

Materials

Fiberglass

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
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Zenith Charles Eames DAR Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Zenith, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
craftsmanship, the Zenith Charles Eames DAR chairs feature a molded fiberglass shell that cradles the body with
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Herman Miller Eames DAX Fiberglass Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous and rare hue of red orange on this vintage fiberglass Herman Miller Eames armchair. Model
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames for Herman Miller Terracotta Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s Eames terracotta fiberglass shell chairs with original H bases, designed by Charles
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

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
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Elephant Hide Gray Eames Herman Miller Molded Fiberglass DAX Arm Shell Chair H B
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome example of the Charles and Ray Eames DAX fiberglass arm shell chair for Herman Miller. It
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Original Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
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

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

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

Eames for Herman Miller Crimson Red Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Brown Eames for Herman Miller Vintage Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Terracotta Eames for Herman Miller Vintage 1960s Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Multiple Available. Original Molded Fiberglass Shell Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Impeccable Molded Swiveling Armchair by Charles and Ray Eames
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Impeccable molded swiveling armchair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Contractor base
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel

Second Generation All Original Eames Fiberglass with Dar Eiffel Tower Base
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
For your consideration we offer this wonderful early production Eames 2nd generation molded
Category

20th Century American Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Impeccable Molded Swiveling Armchair by Charles and Ray Eames
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Impeccable molded swiveling armchair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Contractor base
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel

Brilliant Yellow Eames for Herman Miller Vintage 1960s Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Ochre 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 Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

1 Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Shell DAR Eiffel Base
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
“Good Design for all” drove their molded fiberglass chair series that same decade, and also produced the
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge 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
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

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
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Vintage 1960s Lounge Chairs

Materials

Iron

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
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

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

Materials

Fiberglass

Molded Swiveling Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A vibrant group of swiveling armchairs having organically shaped seats with their expressive original red upholstery floating on lacquered stems rising from early four-pronged bases.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel, Aluminum

1 Midcentury H Miller Eames Fiberglass Stool with H-Base
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Pasadena, TX
new furniture designs into the 1970s. Examples include the molded plastic or fiberglass chairs from
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Chrome

1950s Eames for Herman Miller Dax Fiberglass Shell Armchair Parchment
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Gorgeous early production 1950s classic Eames for Herman Miller Dax Molded Fiberglass Shell
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Navy Blue Eames for Herman Miller Vintage 1960s Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original Molded Fiberglass Shell Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

6 Eames for Herman Miller DSS Stackable Naugahyde Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Chattanooga, TN
quantity. Eames stackable fiberglass shell chairs with original brown naugahyde pads. The famous Charles
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

30 Vintage DSS Eames Fiberglass Stacking Side Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
fiberglass with the Herman Miller molded manufactures mark and ink stamp to the bottoms. Original. Ask about
Category

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

12 DSS Stacking Chairs Charles & Ray Eames Herman Miller, Blue Fiberglass, 1960s
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
.Stunning set.. Rare color ! Ultramarine Blue UM -molded fiberglass glass shell with
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

SET 4 DSS Stacking Chairs, Charles & Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Orange Fiberglass
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
miller'. A molded orange fiberglass glass shell with great structure , early example ,, exposed fibers
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Six Stacking Chairs, Charles & Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Red Fiberglass, 1974.
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
28. Nov. 1974. A molded red fiberglass glass shell with great structure is mounted on a chromed
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

18 DSS Stacking Chairs, Charles & Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Orange Fiberglass
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
miller'. A molded orange fiberglass glass shell with great structure is mounted on a chromed stackable
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Eames PAC Yellow Padded Swivel Armchair w/Gray Fiberglass Shell & Aluminum Base
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Topeka, KS
plastic series at an office and desk chair. This example has the molded into the fiberglass Herman Miller
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames for Herman Miller Rare Fiberglass Upholstered Blue and Orange Dining Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Herman Miller logo on bottom). The dining or side chair features a molded white fiberglass shell and
Category

Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

22 DSS Stacking Chairs, Charles & Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Red Fiberglass, 1974
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
28. Nov. 1974. A molded red fiberglass glass shell with great structure is mounted on a chromed
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome, 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
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Fiberglass, Walnut

Vintage Charles Eames Eiffel Tower Fiberglass Side Chairs for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
base and molded fiberglass seats. Stylish vintage modern comfort makes this matching pair the perfect
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames Herman Miller LAX Fiberglass Arm Shell Chair X Base Zenith Rope Edge
By Charles and Ray Eames, Zenith, Herman Miller
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

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
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

  • Early Eames Rope Edge Armchair
  • Early Eames Rope Edge Armchair
  • Early Eames Rope Edge Armchair
  • Early Eames Rope Edge Armchair
H 30.5 in W 24.5 in D 24 in
Pair of Eames Elephant Hide Armchairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of original elephant hide fiberglass armchairs, designed by Ray and Charles Eames
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fiberglass

  • Pair of Eames Elephant Hide Armchairs
  • Pair of Eames Elephant Hide Armchairs
  • Pair of Eames Elephant Hide Armchairs
  • Pair of Eames Elephant Hide Armchairs
H 31 in W 24.5 in D 18.5 in
Eames for Herman Miller Parchment DSS Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s molded fiberglass parchment white shell chairs on stacking base, designed by Charles
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames Elephant Hide Gray Zenith Rope Edge Armchair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Zenith
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of four early, 1st generation Zenith rope-edge armchairs, designed by Ray and Charles Eames for
Category

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames for Herman Miller Yellow Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s molded fiberglass shell chairs in yellow, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Charles Eames for Herman Miller DSX Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Ray Eames
Located in Garnerville, NY
Charles Eames for Herman Miller fiberglass DSX shell chair. Circa 1970. Retains all it's plastic
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal, Steel

Eames Seafoam Rope-Edge Zenith Armchair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
throughout the molded fiberglass surface. Swivel function moves smoothly, and all shockmounts are original
Category

Mid-20th Century Swivel Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Herman Miller Eames PSCC Swivel Desk Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Light yellow fiberglass shell desk chair by Herman Miller. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames. Model
Category

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

Materials

Aluminum

Eames RSR Rocking Chair Elephant Gray
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

Early Eames DAX Shell Chair
Located in Garnerville, NY
Early Eames DAX fiberglass with iron X base. Beautiful fibrous texture possibly in Greige/Tan Light
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Iron

  • Early Eames DAX Shell Chair
  • Early Eames DAX Shell Chair
  • Early Eames DAX Shell Chair
  • Early Eames DAX Shell Chair
H 31 in W 25 in D 22 in
1950s Zenith Elephant Gray Fiberglass Bullet Planter with Iron Tripod Stand MCM
By Charles Eames
Located in Monrovia, CA
Eames Office and discuss a possible application for fiberglass. After showing up several hours late for
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jar...

Materials

Metal

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

Materials

Metal

Charles and Ray Eames DAX chair by Herman Miller, 70s
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Athens, Attiki
The fully upholstered DAX chair is part of the Eames plastic armchairs collection, first presented
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Eames RAR Parchment Rocking Chair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Parchment fiberglass RAR rocking chair by Charles and Ray Eames and manufactured by Herman Miller
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Metal

Set of Four Vintage Eames Chairs Contractor Swivel Base for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Set of four Eames chairs contractor swivel base for Herman Miller in their original condition, the
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Eames RAR Rocking Armchair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very nice iconic Mid Century designed molded fiberglass rocking arm shell chair in a parchment
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Metal

Charles & Ray Eames Lemon Yellow RAR Rocking Armchair by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Zenith, Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Amsterdam, NL
. Molded fiberglass shell in the colour Lemon Yellow with rope edge. Assembled on original zinc plated
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Steel

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Eames Molded Fiberglass For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal piece of eames molded fiberglass for your home. Was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fiberglass, plastic and metal. If you’re shopping for an item from our selection of eames molded fiberglass, we have 101 options in-stock, while there are 1 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a choice in our collection of eames molded fiberglass — find older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. An object in our assortment of eames molded fiberglass, designed in the Mid-Century Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one option in this array of eames molded fiberglass that is appealing in its simplicity, but Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames and Charles Eames produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Eames Molded Fiberglass?

The average selling price for a piece of eames molded fiberglass at 1stDibs is $1,400, while they’re typically $350 on the low end and $9,985 for the 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.