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Early 2nd Generation X Base Translucent Arm Shell Lounge Chair by Charles Eames
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early 2nd generation X base translucent arm shell lounge chair by Charles Eames for Herman Miller
Category

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

Materials

Aluminum

Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Molded Plastic X-Base Shell Chairs, Pair
By Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames for Herman Miller mid century molded plastic x-base shell chairs - pair. Measures: 24.75
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

1954 Herman Miller Eames Wire Shell Chair X Base DKX-1 Redwood Avenue Label
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a super rare and original Eames for Herman Miller 1954 DKX chair with wire top
Category

Vintage 1950s American Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Eames for Herman Miller Fiberglass Chair LAX on X Base
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Gorgeous early Eames for Herman Miller fiberglass chair LAX (Low Armchair on X Base) having large
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

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

Herman Miller Eames Side Shell Chair in Seafoam Light on Black H Base
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Grand Rapids, MI
USA, 1950s Herman Miller Eames Side Shell Chair in Seafoam Light on original black H base. Chair
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side 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

Early 2nd Generation Charles and Ray Eames Arm Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic Mid-Century fiberglass arm shell chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames, 2nd year
Category

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

Materials

Iron

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 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

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
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Eames LAX Armshell Lounge Chair
Eames LAX Armshell Lounge Chair
H 26 in W 25 in D 24 in
Brilliant Yellow Eames for Herman Miller Vintage 1960s Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
. The lead time to receive your Eames shell chairs may vary depending on distance, quantity and base
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
. The lead time to receive your Eames shell chairs may vary depending on distance, quantity and base
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
. The lead time to receive your Eames shell chairs may vary depending on distance, quantity and base
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Charles & Ray Eames Herman Miller Zenith Plastics LAX Rope Edge X Base Armchair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Forest Grove, PA
. The salmon colored LAX chair features a rope edge, X base, large shock mounts, boot glides and the
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Eames for Herman Miller Navy Blue Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
. The lead time to receive your Eames shell chairs may vary depending on distance, quantity and base
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

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
Category

Vintage 1950s American Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Greige Light Grey Eames for Herman Miller Vintage 1960s Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
. The lead time to receive your Eames shell chairs may vary depending on distance, quantity and base
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames for Herman Miller Zenith RAR Rocking Chair w/ Rope Edge Original Base 1950
By Herman Miller, Ray Eames
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
A rare “RAR” (Rocking Chair on Rod) designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Cream/yellow
Category

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

Materials

Plastic

Navy Blue Eames for Herman Miller Vintage 1960s Fiberglass Shell Chair
By Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
your Eames shell chairs may vary depending on distance, quantity and base option. Chairs are
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

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

Early 2nd Generation X Base Arm Shell Lounge Chair by Charles Eames
By Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early 2nd generation X base elephant gray arm shell lounge chair by Charles Eames for Herman Miller
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Iron

Charles Eames MAX Armshell Lounge Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Francisco, CA
Charles and Ray Eames designed MAX low lounge arm shells with X-base. Original black base and
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Eames for Herman Miller Navy Blue Shell Chairs on H Bases
By Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original 1960s molded fiberglass shell chairs in Navy Blue, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Contemporary Eames Orange Red Molded Plastic Side Chair
By Herman Miller
Located in San Gabriel, CA
Miller reintroduced the original Eames Molded Shell Chair (1950) in a durable, 100 percent recyclable
Category

2010s American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic

Early Rope Edge Eames Lounge Chair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
rubber shock mounts having metal washers and satin black iron X base. The chair still retains the four
Category

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

Materials

Iron

Eames 670 Lounge Chair & 671 Ottoman in Beata Heuman Linen Cotton
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
1970s in rosewood. Labels on underside. "The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman have their origin in
Category

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

Materials

Aluminum

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

1st Generation Charles Eames Zenith/Herman Miller Plastic Rope Edge Chair
By Herman Miller, Zenith, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rare, early set of 4 Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass arm shell chairs, extremely rare "Raw Umber
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Early Salmon color Charles and Ray Eames Arm Shell Chair, 2nd generation X base
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early Salmon color Charles and Ray Eames Arm Shell Chair, 2nd generation. X base. Amazing condition
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Iron

DAX Armchair by Charles & Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rope edge fiberglass "Zenith" shell chair with a brushed steel X-base, in elephant grey.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

DAX Armchair by Charles & Ray Eames
DAX Armchair by Charles & Ray Eames
H 31.5 in W 24 in D 24 in
1960s Mid Century Walnut & Leather Lounge Chair by Eames for Vitra - Set of 2
By Vitra, Charles Eames
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid-century lounge chair and ottoman set designed by Charles Eames and manufactured by Vitra circa
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Eames Molded Fiberglass Armchair for Herman Miller "Seafoam Green"'
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Centreville, VA
century’s most beloved designs, the Eames Shell chairs remain a sought after design classic nearly 55 years
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Mid-Century Black Leather Dax Armchair by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
fiberglass Zenith shell with H frame chrome metal base and original white feet. In very good condition
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

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
Category

Vintage 1950s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

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
H 31 in W 25 in D 22 in
Early Herman Miller LCM Lounge Chair, Labeled
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Antwerp, BE
Iconic LCM lounge chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Beautifully bent seat
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Early Herman Miller LCM Lounge Chair, Labeled
Early Herman Miller LCM Lounge Chair, Labeled
H 29.53 in W 19.69 in D 19.69 in
4 Mid Century Modern Maurice Burke Model 115 Tulip Star Shell Dining Chairs
By Maurice Burke
Located in Dayton, OH
Four original mid century Burke Inc. tulip shell chairs featuring the iconic star design in white
Category

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

Materials

Metal

Charles Eames for Herman Miller Early Pair of Dax Transitional Shell Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Chicago, IL
original. Early black X-base with large shock mounts. Shells are non-rope edge. Rectangular Venice labels
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Mid-Century Modern Eero Saarinen for Knoll New Executive Swivel Desk Arm Chair
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Secaucus, NJ
through the shape of its shell. Was introduced in 1950 a mid-century modern classic of the Eames era. The
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs ...

Materials

Aluminum

Original First Generation Eames Zenith Rope-Edge LAX Lounge Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This first generation Zenith DAX lounge chair in Lemon yellow was designed by Charles and Ray Eames
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Charles & Ray Eames DAR Eiffel Rope Edge Chair, 1st Generation, 1950
By Zenith, Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
‘original 5’ alongside the DAX X-base, LAR cats cradle, RAR Rocker and DAW dowel chair. As production
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Eames for Herman Miller 32 Inch Round White Marble Coffee Table
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Chattanooga, TN
fabric. Eames collectors will be happy to know that we have twenty naugahyde stackable Eames shell chairs
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble, Metal, Aluminum

Vintage Charles Eames for Herman Miller Rectangular White and Black Side Table
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Chattanooga, TN
. Eames collectors will be happy to know that we have twenty naugahyde stackable Eames shell chairs
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble, Metal, Aluminum

Set of white and green 6 "Tulip" chairs, Eero Saarinen, s. XX Finland
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Valladolid, ES
Extraordinary set of six “Tulip 151” model chairs designed by Eero Saarinen. Widely recognized
Category

Early 2000s European Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

Materials

Fabric, Fiberglass

Pair of Armchairs F300 by Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin
Located in PARIS, FR
Paulin is made of a molded polyurethane shell. The legs are protected by transparent PVC caps. This chair
Category

Vintage 1960s French Armchairs

Materials

Faux Leather, Plastic

Pair of Armchairs F300 by Pierre Paulin
Pair of Armchairs F300 by Pierre Paulin
H 22.84 in W 31.5 in D 27.56 in
Mid-Century Vintage Jens Risom Knoll Webbed Armchair
By Jens Risom, Knoll
Located in Baltimore, MD
, shell is supported and rests on the arm frame base. Very Rare Vintage Modern Classic design. An iconic
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Maple

Charles Eames for Herman Miller Low DAX Shell Armchair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in St. Louis, MO
Charles and Ray Eames second generation Zenith shell armchair, black enameled metal legs in X
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Eames Herman Miller Shell Chair with Rare Green Fabric and Swivel Base
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Billerica, MA
Eames Herman Miller shell chair with rare green fabric and swivel base. Has a few scratches on the
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Lemon Yellow First Generation Zenith Eames DAX Arm Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Loughborough, Leicester
. The lovely deep colour has aged exceptionally well and sat on its original X base it is the perfect
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Charles and Ray Eames LAX Yellow Fiberglass Shell Chair for Herman Miller, 1949
By Charles Eames
Located in Allentown, PA
Awesome Mint example of the Charles and Ray Eames LAX molded fiberglass arm shell chair for Herman
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Pair of Charles and Ray Eames Fiberglass 'Shell' Chairs, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Charles and Ray Eames 'Shell' chairs, 1960s Fiberglass, elephant hide grey H-Base, black tubular
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Vintage Mid Century Eames for Herman Miller DSS Fiberglass Shell Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Detroit, MI
• Original Eames Herman Miller DSS fiberglass shell chairs circa 1960. One bone and one white chair
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Vintage Midcentury Fiberglass Rocking Chair by Charles Eames
By Charles Eames
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a classic American made fiberglass rocking chair designed by Charles Eames. This early
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Providence, RI
Early DKW-2 (dining height / wire shell / wood base) with leather bikini cover, designed by Ray
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

1950s Eames 1st Generation Rope Edge Shell Armchair by Zenith/Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in West Reading, PA
This is an early 1950s Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller/Zenith fiberglass arm chair. The
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Original Midcentury White Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Shell Chair Iron X Base
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Original midcentury 1950s white Herman Miller fiberglass shell side chair iron X base. Very rare
Category

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

Materials

Iron

Early Eames Arm Shell Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very early Eames fiberglass arm shell chair in elephant gray, rope edge, zinc X-base legs and
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Early Eames Arm Shell Chair
Early Eames Arm Shell Chair
H 31 in W 25 in D 22 in
Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pair of Second Generation Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Zenith and
Category

Vintage 1940s American Lounge Chairs

Pair of Early Charles Eames LAX Armshell, 'Lounge Chairs X BASE'
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
Charles and Ray Eames designed low lounge armshell with X-base. Zinc base, painted black, original
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Zinc

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Eames Shell Chair X Base For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal eames shell chair x base for your home. Each eames shell chair x base for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using plastic, fiberglass and metal. There are many kinds of the eames shell chair x base you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Each eames shell chair x base bearing Mid-Century Modern hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one eames shell chair x base 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 Shell Chair X Base?

The average selling price for a eames shell chair x base at 1stDibs is $950, while they’re typically $450 on the low end and $3,995 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.

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.