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Eames PAC Yellow Padded Swivel Armchair w/Gray Fiberglass Shell & Aluminum Base
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Topeka, KS
Iconic vintage Eames PAC, pivoting armchair on cast aluminum base, with yellow Naugahyde padded
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Chaise de Bureau “PAC” Par Charles & Ray Eames Pour Herman Miller, 1960
By Charles Eames
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Fauteuil de bureau modèle “PAC” par les designers Charles & Ray Eames pour Herman Miller, 1960
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Herman Miller Swivel Shell Chairs in Red Orange Vinyl - Set of 4
By Herman Miller
Located in Chicago, IL
of 4 early Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller pivoting shell Model no. PAC-1S chairs. These
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal

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Located in Brooklyn, NY
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Charles and Ray Eames Herman Miller MCM Rosewood Lounge Chair and Ottoman
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Contemporary Shoji Wall Light with Oak Framing and Japanese Paper Sconce
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Dining Set Designed by Alvar Aalto for Finmar Ltd., Finland, 1929
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Meurop Crocus Ball Chair, New Upholstered with High-End Fabric by Dedar, Italy
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15 Charles and Ray Eames Aluminum Group Side Chairs
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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10 Charles Pollock Executive Desk Chairs for Knoll
By Charles Pollock, Knoll
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Reeves Swivel Bar or Counter Stool W/ Ash stained Walnut legs & Brass Finish.
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Suelo Outdoor Armless Sofa
By Bertu Furniture
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
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DSR Eiffel Base Side Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Herman Miller Eames DSR fiberglass chair on Eiffel base in parchment beige color. Base has excellent patina and original glides and shock mounts.
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Herman Miller Eames Swivel PAC Armchair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Herman Miller Eames swivel PAC armchair in Ochre. Original base functions perfectly. Shell near
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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PAC Armchair by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Ixelles, Bruxelles
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Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
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Fauteuil Dat-2 Par Charles & Ray Eames Pour Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Busserolles, FR
Cette chaise DAT-2 par Charles & Ray Eames pour Herman Miller est un fauteuil de bureau pivotant
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Charles & Ray Eames Max Armchair in Canary Yellow Fiberglass for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic armchair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Molded fiberglass shell in
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Charles & Ray Eames Max Armchair in Grey Light Fiberglass for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic armchair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Molded fiberglass shell in
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By Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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Iconic Mid-Century Upholstered Eames PAC Fiberglass Chair for Herman Miller
By Alexander Girard, Herman Miller
Located in Portland, OR
Ray Eames for Herman Miller is upholstered in original heathered royal blue and black hopsack by
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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.

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.