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GUFRAM Detecma Lounge in Green by Tullio Regge
Located in Barolo, IT
Detecma is an acronym for design, technique and mathematics. These three values were united for the first time in 1967, the year when the Physicist Professor Tullio Regge, renown as ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Resin

Gufram Wimbledon Chair by Ceretti, Derossi, & Rosso
Located in Barolo, IT
A square meter of English-style lawn comes into your house and becomes an armchair with a decidedly English taste in a pop key. Wimbledon recalls the most classical atmosphere of Bri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Gufram Wimbledon Chair by Ceretti, Derossi, & Rosso
  • Gufram Wimbledon Chair by Ceretti, Derossi, & Rosso
  • Gufram Wimbledon Chair by Ceretti, Derossi, & Rosso
  • Gufram Wimbledon Chair by Ceretti, Derossi, & Rosso
H 29.14 in. W 37.01 in. D 37.01 in.
GUFRAM Mozza Stool & Chair by Giuseppe Raimondi
Located in Barolo, IT
Designed in 1968 by Giuseppe Raimondi, Mozza maintains the same vibrant revolutionary appeal and ability to adapt to countless living needs. Rendered in its present edition in a sexi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Resin

Ghidini 1961 Katana Lounge Chair in Leather & Polished Brass by Paolo Rizzatto
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
In the Katana sofa, Paolo Rizzatto, being the refined and expert designer he is, puts great care in the proportions of the structural elements of the product. In the elliptical leg, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Ghidini 1961 Katana Lounge Chair in Fabric and Satin Brass by Paolo Rizzatto
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
In the Katana sofa, Paolo Rizzatto, being the refined and expert designer he is, puts great care in the proportions of the structural elements of the product. In the elliptical leg, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

Ghidini 1961 Katana Lounge Chair in Leather and Burnished Brass, Paolo Rizzatto
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
In the Katana sofa, Paolo Rizzatto, being the refined and expert designer he is, puts great care in the proportions of the structural elements of the product. In the elliptical leg, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Molteni&C D.153.1 Armchair in Velvet by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection, this armchair is a re-make of the D.153.1 designed initially in 1934 by Gio Ponti his own residence in Via Dezza in Milan. This re-editi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Linen

Molteni&C D.153.1 Armchair in Chenille by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, this armchair is a re-make of the D.153.1 designed initially in 1934 by Gio Ponti his own residence in Via Dezza in Milan. This re-editi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Chenille

Molteni&C D.154.2 Armchair in Velvet by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, this armchair, was designed for one of the projects closest to Gio Ponti’s heart, the villa of the Planchart collectors in Caracas, (1953-1...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Velvet

OW124 Beak Chair in Walnut Oil by Ole Wanscher
Located in New York, NY
Ole Wanscher presented the OW124 Beak chair at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Furniture Exhibition in 1951. An elegant mark of Wanscher’s refined design and bold pushing of boun...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Lounge Chairs

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Walnut

Molteni&C D.235.2 Montecatini Dining or Studio Chair in Leather by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection, this dining or office chair is a re-make of the D.235.2 designed initially in 1935 by Gio Ponti for the first Montecatini building at Largo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

JCP Universe Agaxa Stool by CTRLZAK
Located in Cantu, IT
“Lost in the forest Warrior women dancing Look: do not approach” Haiku by Alistair Gentry Agaxa comes from the combination of the creative power of man and the beauty offered...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Stools

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Metal

  • JCP Universe Agaxa Stool by CTRLZAK
  • JCP Universe Agaxa Stool by CTRLZAK
  • JCP Universe Agaxa Stool by CTRLZAK
  • JCP Universe Agaxa Stool by CTRLZAK
Black and Grey Leather on Black Chrome StructureGreen and Brown Leather on Gold StructureOrange and Brown Leather on Gold StructureDark Brown and Brown Leather on Gold Structure + 1 more
H 27.56 in. W 27.56 in. D 15.75 in.
OW124 Beak Chair in Oak Soap by Ole Wanscher
Located in New York, NY
Ole Wanscher presented the OW124 Beak chair at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Furniture Exhibition in 1951. An elegant mark of Wanscher’s refined design and bold pushing of boun...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Lounge Chairs

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Oak

Promemoria Bilou Bilou Chair Covered in Fabric by Romeo Sozzi
Located in Valmadrera (LC), IT
Romeo Sozzi does not hide it, the dining chair Bilou Bilou is just his personal interpretation of the cafè Thonet chair. Bilou Bilou is a chair with structure and covering in velvet;...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Wood, Fabric

Promemoria Bilou Bilou Stool Covered in Fabric by Romeo Sozzi
Located in Valmadrera (LC), IT
Bilou Bilou is a stool that takes its aesthetic from one of Promemoria's most beloved chairs. Its iconic and unique shape, combined with unusual finishes, make this object a proper m...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Stools

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Bronze

Molteni&C D.156.3 Armchair in American Walnut Structure and Canvas by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, the D.156.3 armchair, designed by Gio Ponti and produced for Altamira, an American company founded by the nephew of the Spaniard De Cuevas,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Canvas

Molteni&C Miss Leather Semi-Upholstered Chair in Black Wood by Tobia Scarpa
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection is a re-make of the Miss chair, designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in 1986. The form is linked to a system of soft, unbroken, linear rhythms....
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Ash

CH36 Dining Chair in Wood Finishes with Natural Papercord Seat by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
The CH36 dining chair by Hans J. Wegner is crafted with great attention to each detail in a simple and functional design. This 1962 design demonstrates the influence American Shaker ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Wood

OW124 Beak Chair in Oiled Oak by Ole Wanscher
Located in New York, NY
Ole Wanscher presented the OW124 beak chair at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Furniture Exhibition in 1951. An elegant mark of Wanscher’s refined design and bold pushing of boun...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Oak

Promemoria Isotta Chair in Fabric by Romeo Sozzi
Located in Valmadrera (LC), IT
Isotta is a padded dining chair, characterized by a linear style, which enhances the softness of the shapes. The legs are in brown beech, with a padded back and fabric or leather uph...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Beech

CH37 Dining Chair in Wood Finishes with Black Papercord Seat by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
The CH37 dining chair from 1962, designed by Hans J. Wegner, is clearly inspired by the American Shaker furniture principles of simplicity, functionality and craftsmanship. The CH37 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Wood

CH37 Dining Chair in Wood Finishes with Natural Papercord Seat by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
The CH37 dining chair from 1962, designed by Hans J. Wegner, is clearly inspired by the American Shaker furniture principles of simplicity, functionality and craftsmanship. The CH37 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Wood

Molteni&C D.151.4 Armchair in Velvet by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, the D.151.4 armchair, is a designed coming from Gio Ponti passion about nautical furnishings. Gio Ponti gained direct experience in four oc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Velvet

Molteni&C D.151.4 Armchair in Chenille Fabric by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection, the D.151.4 armchair, is a designed coming from Gio Ponti passion about nautical furnishings. Gio Ponti gained direct experience in four oc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Chenille

Molteni&C Miss Leather Upholstered Dining Chair in Black Ashwood by Tobia Scarp
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection is a re-make of the Miss chair, designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in 1986. The form is linked to a system of soft, unbroken, linear rhythms....
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Ash

CH33P Dining Chair in Beech Painted Black with Fabric Seat by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
The CH33P chair designed by Hans J. Wegner has a light, graceful form that captures many elements typical of Wegner’s best furniture designs. Designed for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1957, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood, Papercord

e15 Mr. Collins Stool by Stefan Diez
Located in New York, NY
With its dynamic form and ergonomic comfort, Mr. Collins is an endearing stool applicable in diverse arrangements for living or working situations. Based on couture construction meth...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Stools

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Wood

  • e15 Mr. Collins Stool by Stefan Diez
  • e15 Mr. Collins Stool by Stefan Diez
  • e15 Mr. Collins Stool by Stefan Diez
  • e15 Mr. Collins Stool by Stefan Diez
Lapis Blue LacquerSilk Gray LacquerTraffic Gray LacquerOxide Red Lacquer + 11 more
H 18.12 in. W 18.51 in. D 18.04 in.
Studio Cappellini Normal Chair with Leather Upholstery for Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
A successful blend between rigour and Romanticism. In this chair, the precision of the design is accompanied by a captivating aesthetic flair. The Normal chair has a frame without ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Metal

Artifort Mushroom Armchair F 560 by Pierre Paulin
Located in New York, NY
The mushroom armchair is one of the world’s most famous designs. Designer Pierre Paulin distinguished himself with this armchair in the original shape, bright colours and revolutiona...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Armchairs

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Textile

Jasper Morrison Tate Stool in Beech Plywood with Matte Lacquer for Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
Easy to stack – to a maximum of 6 pieces – the Tate chair designed by Jasper Morrison is part of a range that includes chairs and stools. This series has a base made of satined stain...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Stools

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Beech, Plywood

Jasper Morrison Tate Stool Upholstered in Fabric or Leather for Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
Easy to stack – to a maximum of 6 pieces – the Tate chair designed by Jasper Morrison is part of a range that includes chairs and stools. This series has a base made of satined stain...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Stools

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Foam, Beech, Plywood

Jasper Morrison Tate Chair in Fabric or Leather Upholstery for Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
Easy to stack, to a maximum of 6 pieces, the Tate chair designed by Jasper Morrison is part of a range that includes chairs and stools. This series has a base made of satined stainle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Foam, Beech, Plywood

Warm Nordic Gesture Monochrome Fully Upholstered Chair in Black, by Hans Olsen
Located in Viby J, DK
This beautiful, moulded Gesture Chair, designed in the 1950s, was the work of the acclaimed Danish architect, Hans Olsen. With its welcoming design, the Gesture Chair creates a warm ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Gesture Two-Tone Fully Upholstered Chair in Black, by Hans Olsen for Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
This beautiful, moulded Gesture chair, designed in the 1950s, was the work of the acclaimed Danish architect, Hans Olsen. With its welcoming design, the Gesture chair creates a warm ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Special Edition CH24 Chair in Soft Colors by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
In celebration of the CH24 Wishbone Chair’s eye-catching form and unparalleled craftsmanship, Carl Hansen & Søn is releasing the icon in limited edition matte finishes, called Soft C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Wood

Cirrus Lounge Chair with Plush Green Velvet by Dario Contessotto
Located in Kolkata, IN
Cirrus Lounge Chair with Plush Green Velvet by Dario Contessotto by Scarlet Splendour is a delightful single seater sofa which can be matched with the Cirrus Sofa. Available in five ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Chairs

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Foam

e15 Houdini Side Chair by Stefan Diez
Located in New York, NY
E15 celebrates ten years of chair Houdini by Stefan Diez with a curated palette of anniversary colors. In his search for an ergonomic, organic seating shell without involving expensi...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

  • e15 Houdini Side Chair by Stefan Diez
  • e15 Houdini Side Chair by Stefan Diez
  • e15 Houdini Side Chair by Stefan Diez
  • e15 Houdini Side Chair by Stefan Diez
Clear LacquerSilk Gray LacquerTraffic Gray LacquerUmbra Gray Lacquer + 11 more
H 31.5 in. W 22.64 in. D 22.64 in.
Jasper Morrison Hi Pad Chair in Beech Plywood & Fabric or Leather for Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
The Hi pad chair, and accompanying Hi pad stool, are the result of a production process that represents the perfect balance between technology and artisan craftsmanship: in these pie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Foam, Beech, Plywood

Cappellini Newood Relax Light Armchair in Beech & Ashwood by Brogliato Traverso
Located in New York, NY
The Newood Relax Light chair, by BrogliatoTraverso, is an elegant interpretation of the Newood chair, but this version is lighter due to the elimination of the eight rods that charac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Ash, Beech, Foam

Jasper Morrison Tate Chair in Beech Plywood with Matte Lacquer for Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
Easy to stack – to a maximum of 6 pieces – the Tate chair designed by Jasper Morrison is part of a range that includes chairs and stools. This series has a base made of satined stain...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Plywood, Beech

Jasper Morrison Small Hi Pad Stool in Fabric or Leather Upholstery by Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
The Hi pad chair, and accompanying Hi pad Stool, are the result of a production process that represents the perfect balance between technology and artisan craftsmanship: in these pie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Stools

Materials

Foam, Beech, Plywood

Jasper Morrison Lotus High Chair in Polished Chrome and Beech for Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
The Lotus (High), by Jasper Morrison, is part of a complete collection of chairs, envisioned to be easily adaptable for both domestic and variegated professional settings. Available ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH Jannis Lounge Chair in Foam with Green Upholstery
Located in New York, NY
Dainelli Studio, owned by the creative duo of Leonardo and Marzia Dainelli, designs JANNIS, a collection of upholstered furniture that are eminently suitable for contract use. Two...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wood

Modern Black White or Green Brass Armchair or Accent Chair by Marcantonio
Located in Origgio (VA), IT
The prickly pear is an iconic plant of the Mediterranean. It represents the welcoming traits of the land in which it grows, a magic territory that tastes like holiday and discovery. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Plastic

Gesture Monochrome Fully Upholstered Chair in Oak, by Hans Olsen for Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
This beautiful, moulded gesture chair, designed in the 1950s, was the work of the acclaimed Danish architect, Hans Olsen. With its welcoming design, the Gesture Chair creates a warm ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Emeco Alfi High Back Chair with Aluminum Frame by Jasper Morrison
Located in Hanover, PA
Emeco and Jasper Morrison together, designed and engineered the Alfi Collection with the conviction that what you don't see is as important as what you do see. Made of reclaimed mate...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Emeco Alfi Low Back Chair with Black Powder-Coated Aluminum Frame by Jasper
Located in Hanover, PA
Emeco and Jasper Morrison together, designed and engineered the Alfi collection with the conviction that what you don't see is as important as what you do see. Made of reclaimed mate...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

111 Navy Mini Chair by Coca-Cola
Located in Hanover, PA
The 111 Navy Mini is a story of innovation, turning waste plastic into something that lasts. Each stool is made of 111 recycled PET bottles. Like the original 111 Navy stool, these o...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Plastic

  • 111 Navy Mini Chair by Coca-Cola
  • 111 Navy Mini Chair by Coca-Cola
  • 111 Navy Mini Chair by Coca-Cola
  • 111 Navy Mini Chair by Coca-Cola
BeachCharcoalFlintGrass + 3 more
H 31.46 in. W 15.36 in. D 19.69 in.
Emeco Alfi Low Back Chair with Aluminum Frame by Jasper Morrison
Located in Hanover, PA
Emeco and Jasper Morrison together, designed and engineered the Alfi Collection with the conviction that what you don't see is as important as what you do see. Made of reclaimed mate...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco Alfi High Back Chair with Black Powder Coated Aluminum Frame by Jasper
Located in Hanover, PA
Emeco and Jasper Morrison together, designed and engineered the Alfi Collection with the conviction that what you don't see is as important as what you do see. Made of reclaimed mate...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

CH07 Shell Chair in Oak White Oil with Foam Seat by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
When Hans J. Wegner unveiled the design of the CH07 Shell chair in 1963, many critics loved the avant-garde look, but the general public was reluctant to accept its distinctive expre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Color Finishes with Black Papercord Seat by Hans Wegner
Located in New York, NY
With a form that is uniquely its own, the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner holds a special place in the world of modern design. When designing the CH24, Wegner chose to c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Papercord

CH07 Shell Chair in Oak White Oil with Foam Seat by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
When Hans J. Wegner unveiled the design of the CH07 shell chair in 1963, many critics loved the avant-garde look, but the general public was reluctant to accept its distinctive expre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

CH07 Shell Chair in Oiled Oak with Foam Seat by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
When Hans J. Wegner unveiled the design of the CH07 shell chair in 1963, many critics loved the avant-garde look, but the general public was reluctant to accept its distinctive expre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

CH88T Dining Chair in Wood with Chrome Base by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
Although known for his work in wood throughout his career, Hans J. Wegner often explored the limits and potential of other materials. The carefully considered CH88T dining chair is o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chairs

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Beech, Oak

CH07 Shell Chair in Walnut Oil with Upholstered Seat by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
When Hans J. Wegner unveiled the design of the CH07 shell chair in 1963, many critics loved the avant-garde look, but the general public was reluctant to accept its distinctive expre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Canvas

CH07 Shell Chair in Oak Painted Black with Foam Seat by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
When Hans J. Wegner unveiled the design of the CH07 shell chair in 1963, many critics loved the avant-garde look, but the general public was reluctant to accept its distinctive expre...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

CH88T Dining Chair in Wood with Stainless Steel Base by Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
Although known for his work in wood throughout his career, Hans J. Wegner often explored the limits and potential of other materials. The carefully considered CH88T dining chair is o...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak, Beech

CH24 Wishbone Chair in Color Finishes with Natural Papercord Seat by Hans Wegner
Located in New York, NY
With a form that is uniquely its own, the iconic CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner holds a special place in the world of modern design. When designing the CH24, Wegner chose to c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Beech

E005 Embrace Dining Chair in Oak Soap with Natural Edging Strip by EOOS
Located in New York, NY
The Embrace armchair unites the Austrian design trio EOOS’s strong sense of modern aesthetics with Carl Hansen & Søn’s long tradition of quality craftsmanship and outstanding comfort...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak

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Green Modern Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of green modern chairs is available at 1stDibs. Each of these unique green modern chairs was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, fabric and plastic. Find 6 antique and vintage green modern chairs at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 120 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Green modern chairs have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. There have been many well-made green modern chairs over the years, but those made by Carl Hansen & Søn, Hans J. Wegner and Miniforms are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Green Modern Chairs?

Prices for green modern chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, green modern chairs begin at $134 and can go as high as $8,385, while the average can fetch as much as $1,150.

A Close Look at Modern Furniture

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

Finding the Right Chairs for You

Chairs are an indispensable component of your home and office. Can you imagine your life without the chair you love?

With the exception of rocking chairs, the majority of the seating in our homes today — antique and vintage Windsor chairs, chaise longues, wingback chairs — originated in either England or France. Art Nouveau chairs, the style of which also originated in those regions, embraced the inherent magnificence of the natural world with decorative flourishes and refined designs that blended both curved and geometric contour lines. While craftsmanship and styles have evolved in the past century, chairs have had a singular significance in our lives, no matter what your favorite chair looks like.

“The chair is the piece of furniture that is closest to human beings,” said Hans Wegner. The revered Danish cabinetmaker and furniture designer was prolific, having designed nearly 500 chairs over the course of his lifetime. His beloved designs include the Wishbone chair, the wingback Papa Bear chair and many more.

Other designers of Scandinavian modernist chairs introduced new dynamics to this staple with sculptural flowing lines, curvaceous shapes and efficient functionality. The Paimio armchair, Swan chair and Panton chair are vintage works of Finnish and Danish seating that left an indelible mark on the history of good furniture design.

“What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts,” said Ray Eames. 

Visionary polymaths Ray and Charles Eames experimented with bent plywood and fiberglass with the goal of producing affordable furniture for a mass market. Like other celebrated mid-century modern furniture designers of elegant low-profile furnishings — among them Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Finn Juhl — the Eameses considered ergonomic support, durability and cost, all of which should be top of mind when shopping for the perfect chair. The Eameses introduced numerous icons for manufacturer Herman Miller, such as the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, molded plywood dining chairs the DCM and DCW (which can be artfully mismatched around your dining table) and a wealth of other treasured pieces for the home and office.

A good chair anchors us to a place and can become an object of timeless appeal. Take a seat and browse the rich variety of vintage, new and antique chairs on 1stDibs today.