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Original Italian Mid-Century Armchair, 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Original Italian Mid-Century armchair, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

  • Original Italian Mid-Century Armchair, 1950s
  • Original Italian Mid-Century Armchair, 1950s
  • Original Italian Mid-Century Armchair, 1950s
  • Original Italian Mid-Century Armchair, 1950s
H 35.44 in. W 27.56 in. D 25.6 in.
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Velvet Armchairs
Located in London, GB
A Pair of Italian mid-century arm or lounge chairs. Newly re upholstered in blush pink velvet. The black steel legs with brass sabot feet. Large and comfortable. Circa 1950.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet

  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Velvet Armchairs
  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Velvet Armchairs
  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Velvet Armchairs
  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Velvet Armchairs
H 34.26 in. W 32.68 in. D 34.26 in.
Italian Mid-Century Modern Rosewood Armchairs One Pair
Located in Porto, PT
Italian Mid-Century Modern rosewood and chrome armchairs reupholstered in grey fabric.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Pair of Italian Midcentury Armchairs, New Upholstery
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Italian midcentury armchairs, new upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery

  • Pair of Italian Midcentury Armchairs, New Upholstery
  • Pair of Italian Midcentury Armchairs, New Upholstery
  • Pair of Italian Midcentury Armchairs, New Upholstery
  • Pair of Italian Midcentury Armchairs, New Upholstery
H 34.65 in. W 31.89 in. D 31.11 in.
Italian Mid-Century Modern Striped Velvet Armchairs
Located in Austin, TX
Italian Mid-Century Modern period pair of armchairs in original velvet and striped velvet upholstery with black lacquered steel and brass legs. Original upholstery shows a little wea...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Arm Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Italian mid-century arm-chairs after designer Mario Zanuso. Circa 1960. Perfect for todays eclectic design!
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Vintage 1960s Armchairs

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Fabric

  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Arm Chairs
  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Arm Chairs
  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Arm Chairs
  • Pair of Italian Mid-Century Arm Chairs
H 33.5 in. W 28 in. D 30 in.
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs, New Upholstery- White Fabric
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs, New Upholstery- White Fabric
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Armchairs Foot Brass Gold Velvet Yellow Zanuso Style
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Italian mid-century armchairs foot brass gold velvet yellow Zanuso style.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Marco Zanuso Style Armchairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Italian mid-century Marco Zanuso style armchairs. Circa 1960. Sure to make a statement in any space.
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Vintage 1960s Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Modern Rattan Armchairs with Armrests, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern rattan armchairs with armrests, 1960s Rattan armchairs with armrests composed of curved and intertwined canes. Good general conditions. Measurement...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Rattan

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Armchairs by Federico Munari, 1950s - Reupholstered
By Federico Munari
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Armchairs by Federico Munari, 1950s in Light Pink Fabric. European design
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs Gio Ponti Style, 1960s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian midcentury armchairs particular form, very unique shape and design is very reminiscent of the style of the great master Gio Ponti, Italy 1960s original blue velvet old.      
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Suede, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs with Black Metal Structure from the 1950s
Located in Brussels, BE
Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs with Black Metal Structure from the 1950s
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Italian Midcentury Armchairs in Gio Ponti for Casa e Giardino
By Gio Ponti, Casa e Giardino
Located in bari, IT
Italian midcentury armchairs in Gio Ponti for casa e Giardino style from the 1940s.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Walnut

One pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Large Armchairs
Located in Porto, PT
Large Italian Mid-Century Modern black leather armchairs on a rosewood and aluminium base. This items are in original condition, can be sold as it is or fully restored, the price sho...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Diminutive Italian Mid-Century Armchair
Located in New York, NY
Charming Italian Mid-Century lounge chair with soft and well designed silhouettes. The legs are wood. Was upholstered in a metallic gold leather for the 2018 Kips Bay Show House in N...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

  • Diminutive Italian Mid-Century Armchair
  • Diminutive Italian Mid-Century Armchair
  • Diminutive Italian Mid-Century Armchair
  • Diminutive Italian Mid-Century Armchair
H 34 in. W 27.5 in. D 22 in.
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Leather Armchairs/ Lounge Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern neoclassical lounge chairs or club chairs featuring a Classic X-form or Curile form frame structure with leather seats and backrests.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Black Leather and Steel Armchair, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century black leather and steel armchair, 1970s Armchair with semi-oval seat in padded black leather. The tubular structure is in steel and supports the black leather ba...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Italian Mid-Century Modern Stackable Outdoor Armchairs, 1960s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning set of four outdoor Mid-Century Modern armchairs. Striking Italian design from the 1960s. Original black lacquered metal frames with the seats and armrests upholstered in ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Armchairs Gastone Rinaldi for RIMA, 1950s
By Gastone Rinaldi
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair of Italian mid-century armchairs Gastone Rinaldi for RIMA, 1950s, chromed metal frame pillows wool cotton fabric.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Egg Shaped Italian Mid-Century Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of egg shaped Italian mid-century lounge chairs with brass feet. The fabric is a gray velvet. Pair can be split on request. Condition: Excellent vintage condition, minor wear...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

Italian Mid-Century Green Velvet Armchairs with Brass Structure, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century green velvet armchairs with brass structure, 1950s Armchairs with paw in brass and covered in green velvet. Comfortable and beautiful armchairs to furnish your ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Armchair Paolo Buffa Velvet and Walnut Maple Velvet Cushion
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Italian mid-century armchair Paolo Buffa design velvet and walnut wood gold velvet cushions.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Walnut, Velvet, Maple

Italian Mid-Century Modern Diminutive Reclining Armchairs in Lacquered Wood
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern pair of diminutive reclining adjustable armchairs with a lacquered wood structure and in original upholstery. The pair switches from upright into a reclini...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Vintage Italian Mid-Century Modern Chrome Sleek Sculptural Armchairs, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Italian Mid-Century Modern chrome sleek sculptural armchairs, a pair. Item features black stitched leather wrapped frames, chrome frames, very nice vintage item, quality Ital...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Modern Burgundy Velvet and Wooden Armchairs, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern burgundy velvet and wooden armchairs, 1950s Pair of armchairs with armrests covered in burgundy velvet, wooden legs with brass tips on the front ones. 19...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Modern Textured Gray Fabric and Metal Armchair, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern textured gray fabric and metal armchair, 1960s Armchair with square-shaped armrests, entirely restored with new padding and textured gray and black fabric...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Design Armchairs Green Wood Feat Paolo Buffa
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair of Italian mid-century design armchairs, woven wool blend in green cotton, feet in diagonal wood, unique, Minimalist design. Paolo Buffa Attributed.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair of Italian Midcentury Armchairs in Original Green Fauxleather, 1950s
By Aldo Morbelli, ISA Bergamo
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Pair of Italian midcentury armchairs in original green fauxleather, 1950s in the manner of Aldo Morbelli. The chairs are in good original vintage condition.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Italian Midcentury Armchairs '1950' Solid Oak and Ivory Chenille Velvet
Located in Milano, IT
Completely restored pair of Italian midcentury armchairs( 1950) in solid oak and ivory chenille velvet, internal padding in hypoallergenic material.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chenille, Oak

Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs Attributed to Gianfranco Frattini, Pair
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of large Italian Mid-Century Modern armchairs or wingbacks in the spirit of Marco Zanuso's senior chairs with stunning line and form set on delicate, tapered solid brass...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Brown Leather Armchair Plona Piretti Anonima Castelli, 1970
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century brown leather armchair Plona by Piretti for Anonima Castelli, 1970s Armchair model Plona with chromed oval aluminum tube structure and original brown leather sea...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Italian Mid-Century Modern Solid Wood and Grey Fabric Armchairs, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern solid wood and grey fabric armchairs, 1960s Armchair with curved armrests in solid wood upholstered in textured grey fabric, with visible brass bolts that...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Modern Gray Fabric and Metal Armchair with Armrests, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern gray fabric and metal armchair with armrests, 1960s Gray fabric and metal armchair with armrests and metal legs with brass tips. Perfect condition, fully...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs Soriana by a. & T. Scarpa, Cassina, 1970s
By Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern armchairs mod. Soriana by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, 1970s Pair of armchairs Soriana model, with padding contained by elements in chromed steel ro...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Pair Italian Mid-Century Modern Brass Legs Grey Arm Lounge Chairs Zanuso Buffa
By Paolo Buffa, Marco Zanuso
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair Italian Mid-Century Modern brass legs grey arm lounge chairs Zanuso Buffa.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Brown Armchair with Black Tubular Metal Legs, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century brown armchair with black tubular metal legs, 1960s Armchair with black painted metal tubular structure, it is then padded and covered with a brown fabric. The h...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Italian Midcentury Armchairs Re-Upholstered in Green Velvet, 1960s
Located in Clivio, Varese
A set of two beautiful and very comfortable Italian Midcentury armchairs or lounge chairs from the 1960s. The have been professionally and completely re-upholstered with new foam, s...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Italian Mid-Century Modern Set of Leather Armchairs with Curved Monocoque, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern set of leather armchairs with curved monocoque, 1970s Set of three leather armchairs in curved monocoque, entirely covered in leather with removable cover...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Pair of Italian Midcentury Armchairs Gio Ponti Club Chairs Ivory Bouclette
By Gio Ponti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Italian midcentury armchairs Gio Ponti style club chairs in ivory bouclette. These classic and exquisite armchairs have been fully restored and newly reupholstered in a luxu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Bouclé

Italian Mid-Century Black Leather Spaghetti Armchairs by Belotti for Alias,1980s
By Giandomenico Belotti
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century black leather spaghetti armchairs by Belotti for Alias, 1980s. Trio of spaghetti armchairs with square seat and back in black ecological leather. The structure is...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Armchairs with Missoni Fabric by Saporiti Italia, 1980s
By Saporiti
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century armchairs with Missoni fabric by Saporiti Italia, 1980s Pair of armchairs are upholstered and covered in Missoni's fabric with colorful stripe and square pattern...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Cherry Armchairs by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern neoclassical lounge chairs by Poalo Buffa circa 1948. The chairs feature sabered front arms, sabered rear legs and exceptional banded side ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Cherry

Italian Mid-Century Garden Armchairs in Rattan with Intertwining N Leather, 1960
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Garden armchairs in rattan with intertwining and leather, 1960s Pair of armchairs with round seat, made of curved rattan canes with intertwining. On the back the...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Rattan

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs Attributed to Ico Parisi
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs / club chairs attributed to Ico Parisi with a stunning angular profile including arms and rear saber legs, the pieces are covered...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Cowhide, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Wooden Throne in Style of Ceroli, 1970s
By Mario Ceroli
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Wooden Throne in style of Ceroli, 1970s Throne entirely built in light wood. The square seat has two armrests with a sinuous shape. The high back is rounded at t...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wood

Italian Mid-Century White Iron Garden Armchairs with Fabric Cushions, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century White iron garden armchairs with fabric cushions, 1960s Pair of garden armchairs in white painted iron. The structure is in tubular with a series of intertwined ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Italian Mid Century White Cotton and Curved Wood Armchair with Armrests, 1950s
By Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern white cotton and curved wood armchair with armrests, 1950s Armchair with padded seat covered in white cotton, with curved armrests that are the continuati...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Italian Mid Century Style Limited edition Armchair with brass legs
By Massimiliano Giornetti
Located in Scandicci, Florence
Elegant Italian Mid Century style armchair with brass legs and ottoman and botanical theme fabric with back in black velvet. The Ottoman collection has been designed by Massimiliano...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Italian Mid Century Modern Pair of Red Leather Armchairs with Armrests, 1940s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern pair of red leather armchairs with armrests and wooden legs, 1940s Pair of armchairs with armrests in dark red leather with stitching on the backrest and ...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Modern Blue Fabric Armchairs with Tubular Black Metal, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern blue fabric armchairs with tubular black metal, 1960s Pair of armchairs with tubular structure in black painted metal. The seat and back are padded and up...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Armchair with Missoni Fabric by Saporiti Italia, 1980s
By Saporiti
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century armchair with Missoni fabric by Saporiti Italia, 1980s Armchair upholstered and covered in fabric with colored stripe and square patterns by Missoni. The armchai...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Italian Mid Century Modern Steel and Black Leather Office Armchars, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern steel and black leather office armchars, 1970s Office chairs with armrests with padded structure covered in its original black leather. Steel base with fo...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

1950's Italian Mid-Century Gio Ponti Style Armchairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in Paris, FR
A 20th century set of two Italian lounge chairs crafted in the 1950s and in iconic designer Gio Ponti's style. These carefully quilted and curved armchairs are highlighted by their c...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet

  • 1950's Italian Mid-Century Gio Ponti Style Armchairs
  • 1950's Italian Mid-Century Gio Ponti Style Armchairs
  • 1950's Italian Mid-Century Gio Ponti Style Armchairs
  • 1950's Italian Mid-Century Gio Ponti Style Armchairs
H 31.11 in. W 26.38 in. D 30.71 in.
Italian Mid-Century Tulu Chairs by Kazuhide Takahama for Cassina, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Tulu chairs by Kazuhide Takahama for Cassina, 1960s. A pair of Tulu chairs, with fully upholstered seat, covered with a white velvet and with metal structure and ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern light brown coconut-shaped Rattan Basket Chair, 1950
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Italian Mid-Century Modern light brown Rattan basket chairs. The chairs are often described as coconut-shaped. They feature a light brown rattan seat shell and a base of lacquered ir...
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Vintage 1950s European Armchairs

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Iron

Italian Mid-Century White Fabric Wood Cornaro Armchair by Scarpa Gavina, 1970s
By Gavina, Carlo Scarpa
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century White fabric and wood Cornaro armchair by Scarpa for Gavina, 1970s Cornaro armchair with black painted solid wood structure. The seat, armrests and backrest are ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Tulu Chairs by Kazuhide Takahama for Cassina, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Tulu chairs by Kazuhide Takahama for Cassina, 1960s. Set of four Tulu chairs, with fully upholstered seat, covered with a white velvet and with metal structure an...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Tulu Chairs by Kazuhide Takahama for Cassina, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Tulu chairs by Kazuhide Takahama for Cassina, 1960s. Set of six Tulu chairs, with fully upholstered seat, covered with a white velvet and with metal structure and...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchair in Black Leather and Black Metal, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern armchair in black leather and black metal, 1970s Armchair in black leather with round padded seat. The padded back is in the shape of a semi-circle. On th...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

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Italian Midcentury Armchairs For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of Italian midcentury armchairs available on 1stDibs. The range of distinct Italian midcentury armchairs — often made from fabric, wood and metal — can elevate any home. We have 670 antique and vintage Italian midcentury armchairs in-stock, while there are 10 modern editions to choose from as well. Italian midcentury armchairs have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Hollywood Regency Italian midcentury armchairs are consistently popular styles. Gio Ponti, ISA Bergamo and Gigi Radice each produced beautiful Italian midcentury armchairs that are worth considering.

How Much are Italian Midcentury Armchairs?

Italian midcentury armchairs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $4,170, while the lowest priced sells for $370 and the highest can go for as much as $28,969.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American 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.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s 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, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century 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, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Armchairs for You

Armchairs have run the gamut from prestige to ease and everything in between. 

Long before industrial mass production democratized seating, armchairs conveyed status and power. In ancient Egypt, the commoners took stools, while in early Greece, ceremonial chairs of carved marble were designated for nobility. But the high-backed early thrones of yore, elevated and ornate, were merely grandiose iterations of today’s armchairs. 

Modern-day armchairs, built with functionality and comfort in mind, are now central to tasks throughout your home. Formal dining armchairs support your guests at a table for a cheery feast, a good drafting chair with a deep seat is parked in front of an easel where you create art and, elsewhere, an ergonomic wonder of sorts positions you at the desk for your 9 to 5.

When placed under just the right lamp where you can lounge comfortably, both elbows resting on the padded supports on each side of you, an upholstered armchair — or a rattan armchair for your light-suffused sunroom — can be the sanctuary where you’ll read for hours. If you’re in the mood for company, your velvet chesterfield armchair is a place to relax and be part of the conversation that swirls around you. Maybe the dialogue is about the beloved Papa Bear chair, a mid-century modern masterpiece from Danish carpenter and furniture maker Hans Wegner, and the wingback’s strong association with the concept of cozying up by the fireplace, which we can trace back to its origins in 1600s-era England, when the seat’s distinctive arm protrusions protected the sitter from the heat of the period’s large fireplaces. 

If the fireside armchair chat involves spirited comparisons, your companions will likely probe the merits of antique and vintage armchairs such as Queen Anne armchairs, Victorian armchairs or even Louis XVI armchairs, as well as the pros and cons of restoration versus conservation.

Everyone seems to have a favorite armchair and most people will be all too willing to talk about their beloved design. Whether that’s the unique Favela chair by Brazilian sibling furniture designers Fernando and Humberto Campana, who repurpose everyday objects to artful effect; or Marcel Breuer’s futuristic tubular metal Wassily lounge chair; the functionality-first LC series from Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret; or the Eames lounge chair of the mid-1950s created by Charles and Ray Eames, there is an iconic armchair for everyone and every purpose. Find yours on 1stDibs right now.