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Percival Lafer ‘MP-97’ Rosewood and Leather Sofa
By Percival Lafer
Located in Weehawken, NJ
Beautiful color-way of the iconic Percival Lafer MP-97 Model. Wine colored leather & rosewood
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Percival Lafer Coffee Table / Side Table Produced by Lafer MP in Brazil
By Percival Lafer
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare coffee / side table designed by Percival Lafer. Produced by Lafer MP in Brazil.
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Slate

Mid-Century Modern Armchair by Percival Lafer for Lafer MP, Brazil, 1960s
By Percival Lafer
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Armchair by Percival Lafer for Lafer MP, Wood and Leather, Brazil, 1960s - New
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Vintage 1960s Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Percival Lafer - MP-85 , 2 Adjustable Lounge Chairs, Brazil 1971
By Percival Lafer
Located in Immenstaad am Bodensee, DE
the name Lafer MP. Very rare and versatile set of 2 MP-85 chairs, designed and manufactured by
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Hardwood

Percival Lafer MP-97 Armchair
By Percival Lafer
Located in Washington, DC
The MP-97 armchair from Percival Lafer offers a very distinctive style, yet is also very
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

  • Percival Lafer MP-97 Armchair
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  • Percival Lafer MP-97 Armchair
H 27.56 in W 29.14 in D 30.32 in
Percival Lafer MP-01 Armchair
By Percival Lafer
Located in Washington, DC
The MP-01 is the first armchair model produced by the world renown Percival Lafer, and set the
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

  • Percival Lafer MP-01 Armchair
  • Percival Lafer MP-01 Armchair
  • Percival Lafer MP-01 Armchair
  • Percival Lafer MP-01 Armchair
H 27.56 in W 29.14 in D 30.32 in
Percival Lafer MP-79 Sofa
By Percival Lafer
Located in St Louis Park, MN
C. 1970s Percival Lafer was one of the most prolific designers of the Brazilian midcentury period
Category

Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

  • Percival Lafer MP-79 Sofa
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H 27 in W 75 in D 32 in
Percival Lafer MP-41 Lounge Chairs for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Percival Lafer
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Modern Specs: Walnut, leather These Percival Lafer MP-41 lounge chairs are expertly handcrafted and
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Percival Lafer – MP-91 – Lounge Chair – Brazil – 1970s
By Percival Lafer
Located in NIEUWKUIJK, NB
This truely beautiful lounge chair is called the MP-91 and is designed by Percival Lafer. It’s an
Category

Vintage 1970s South American Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of Percival Lafer MP-79 Lounge Chairs
By Percival Lafer
Located in St Louis Park, MN
C. 1970s Percival Lafer was one of the most prolific designers of the Brazilian midcentury period
Category

Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Percival Lafer ‘MP-97’ Rosewood and Leather Sofa
By Percival Lafer
Located in Raleigh, NC
Comfortable and sleek sofa designed by Percival Lafer of Brazil, circa 1970s. Dark chocolate brown
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Upholstery, Foam, Rosewood

Percival Lafer MP-123 Modular Bench in Brazilian Rosewood
By Percival Lafer
Located in Toronto, Ontario
One of Percival Lafer's most desirable pieces. A MP-123 Modular seating unit. This example in
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Percival Lafer MP-97 Sofa in cognac leather, 1960s
By Percival Lafer
Located in ABCOUDE, UT
Incredible cognac leather three seater sofa by Percival Lafer, model MP-97. This beautiful sofa is
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Vintage 1960s Sofas

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Rosewood and Suede MP-091 Sofa by Percival Lafer for Lafer MP
By Lafer, Percival Lafer
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by Brazilian modernist Percival Lafer, this bold sofa, model MP-091, is deeply inviting
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Modern Sofas

Materials

Suede, Rosewood

Percival Lafer MP-75 Lounge Chairs w Rosewood Buckles, 1970 Brazil, Set of Four
By Percival Lafer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These very rare and documented set of Percival Lafer 'MP-75' lounge chairs, designed and produced
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Rosewood

Percival Lafer MP-81 Coffee Table Red Snakeskin Embossed Leather
By Percival Lafer
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful rosewood coffee table from the MP-81 seating and table collection by famed Brazilian
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Faux Leather, Rosewood

Percival Lafer "MP-85" Midcentury Brazilian Armchair in Jatobá, 1971
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
We work with artisans who masterfully restore typical pieces from each period of our history, valuing their different preservation techniques. Teamwork has built this pioneering comp...
Category

Late 20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Fabric

Percival Lafer, MP-97 Lounge Chairs, Brazilian Rosewood, Brown Leather, 1970s
By Percival Lafer
Located in Stamford, CT
distressed leather and Brazillian rosewood arm/lounge chairs by Percival Lafer. Model MP-97, designed and
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Pr. Percival Lafer MP-167 Lounge Chairs in Jatoba & Leather, 1970s
By Percival Lafer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An attractive pair of Percival Lafer’s celebrated MP-167 lounge chairs in Jatoba wood and original
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Vintage Percival Lafer MP-211 Sofa Brazilian Rosewood & Original Cognac Leather
By Percival Lafer
Located in Portland, OR
Rare Mid-Century Modern two-seat sofa by Percival Lafer in original Brazilian rosewood wood and
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Percival Lafer MP-41 sofa in cognac leather, Brazil 1970s
By Maurice Percival
Located in Göteborg, SE
Percival Lafer for MP Lafer in the 70s. The sofa has its original mark in the leather strap on the back
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Percival Lafer 'MP-13' Jatoba Wood and Leather Four-Seat Sofa, Brazil, C. 1967
By Percival Lafer
Located in Weesp, NL
Introducing the MP-13 Four-Seat Sofa by Brazilian designer Percival Lafer, a true masterpiece of
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Percival Lafer Copper Patchwork and Rosewood End Tables 1970s, 'Signed'
By Percival Lafer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
(Signed with Lafer MP Made in Brazil label). These Brazilian modern beauties feature removable tops and
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Metal, Copper

Pair of Brazilian Wood & Beige Wool Bouclè MP-163 Earth Chairs by Percival Lafer
By Percival Lafer
Located in Firenze, Tuscany
business. Lafer launched the renowned “MP-1” Armchair in 1961 and it was an instant success, featuring a T
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Bouclé, Wood

MP97 Couch by Percival Lafer - Mid-Century Modern-Vintage 1965
By Percival Lafer
Located in Houston, TX
, the Sofa MP-97 stands as a testament to Lafer's ingenuity. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Faux Leather, Hardwood

Craft Lounge Chairs, Lafer Lounge Chairs, Brown Leather and Walnut, Modern
By Percival Lafer, Craft Associates
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
, leather These Percival Lafer MP-41 lounge chairs are expertly handcrafted and upholstered. The MP-41
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Brazilian Modernist Sofa in the Style of Percival Lafer, circa 1970s
By Percival Lafer
Located in Norwalk, CT
Percival Lafer's MP-41 series. As one of the world's leading producers of rosewood, the nation of
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Late 20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Percival Lafer 'S-1' Rosewood and Leather Three Seat Sofa, Brazil, 1976, Signed
By Percival Lafer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This gorgeous restored 'S-1' sofa by Brazilian designer Percival Lafer for Lafer MP. This sofa was
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

MP-091 Percival Lafer Lounger/ Armchair
By Percival Lafer
Located in East Hampton, NY
An original MP-091 lounger by Percival Lafer in Brazilian cherry and with original dowels and
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Cherry

Percival Lafer 'S-1' Rosewood and Leather Lounge Chairs, Brazil, 1976, Signed
By Percival Lafer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Percival Lafer for Lafer MP. This set was designed in 1976 and was Lafer's concept of merging Brazilian
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

MP-51 Brazilian Lounge Chair by Percival Lafer for Móveis Lafer
By Percival Lafer
Located in TORONTO, CA
Stunning MP-51 lounge chair by Percival Lafer. In great original vintage condition with original
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Jacaranda

'MP-97' Sofa, by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Modern
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The MP-97 sofa designed by Percival Lafer is a truly exceptional piece of furniture. This sofa is
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Fruitwood

Pair of "MP-97" armchairs by Percival Lafer
By Percival Lafer
Located in São Paulo, BR
In the world of design, Percival Lafer was a visionary dedicated to enhancing both comfort and
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Late 20th Century Brazilian Armchairs

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of "MP-97" armchairs by Percival Lafer
  • Pair of "MP-97" armchairs by Percival Lafer
  • Pair of "MP-97" armchairs by Percival Lafer
  • Pair of "MP-97" armchairs by Percival Lafer
H 26.38 in W 32.49 in D 29.53 in
Armchair MP-61 in Brazilian Rosewood by Percival Lafer, Móveis Lafer, 1973
By Percival Lafer
Located in Clifton, NJ
Percival Lafer's inventive nature expressed itself in the most different creations he adventured
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass, Rosewood

Percival Lafer Adjustable Lounge Chair MP, Brazil, 1970
By Percival Lafer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Fantastic shaped adjustable lounge chair designed by Percival Lafer and manufactured by MP Lafer
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Sofa MP-91 by Percival Lafer, 1960s
By Percival Lafer
Located in Clifton, NJ
Mid-Century Modern sofa by Percival Lafer in Brazilian Cherry and original rare vintage leather
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Cherry

  • Midcentury Sofa MP-91 by Percival Lafer, 1960s
  • Midcentury Sofa MP-91 by Percival Lafer, 1960s
  • Midcentury Sofa MP-91 by Percival Lafer, 1960s
  • Midcentury Sofa MP-91 by Percival Lafer, 1960s
H 32.29 in W 79.14 in D 31.89 in
Armchair MP-13 by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Design
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
We work with artisans who masterfully restore typical pieces from each period of our history, valuing their different preservation techniques. Teamwork has built this pioneering comp...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Other

MP-97 Midcentury Lounge Chair by Percival Lafer, 1970s
By Percival Lafer
Located in Clifton, NJ
In his designs, Percival Lafer sought ergonomy and comfort. This pair of MP-97 lounge chairs by
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Cedar

MP-91 Midcentury Lounge Chair by Percival Lafer, 1960s
By Percival Lafer
Located in Clifton, NJ
In his designs, Percival Lafer sought ergonomy and comfort. This pair of MP-91 lounge chairs by
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Sofa 'MP-13', by Percival Lafer, Mid-Century Brazilian Design
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The MP-13 Sofa, designed by Percival Lafer, is a quintessential piece reflecting the Brazilian mid
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Percival Lafer Exotic Wood and Glass Coffee Table MP 97, 1970's
By Lafer, Percival Lafer
Located in Lisboa, PT
This coffee table, model, MP 97, was designed and produced by Percival Lafer, in Brazil, during the
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Glass, Smoked Glass

'MP-85' Side Table, by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
This pair of MP-85 side tables embodies the essential qualities of mid-century modern Brazilian
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Marble

MP-091 Sofa by Percival Lafer, wood and leather, Brazil, 1960S
By Percival Lafer
Located in Argelato, BO
Mid-Century Modern MP-091 3-seater sofa by Percival Lafer in original Brazilian Jacaranda wood and
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of MP-51 Armchairs by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century
By Percival Lafer
Located in Whitstable, GB
A rare model of armchair by Percival Lafer, our stunning pair of MP-51 have their structure
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

MP-71 Armchair with ottoman by Percival Lafer, 1970s, Brazilian Midcentury
By Percival Lafer
Located in Clifton, NJ
In his designs, Percival Lafer sought ergonomy and comfort. The MP-71 armchair, from 1973/1974, is
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Cedar

"MP-97" Coffee Table, by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
attributes, the MP-97 model is one of Lafer's most acclaimed creations and represents the extensive work of
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

Rosewood & Cognac Leather Mp-163 "Earth Chair" & Ottoman by Percival Lafer
By Percival Lafer
Located in Chattanooga, TN
We've had several Percival Lafer sofas and chairs over the years, and this MP-163 "Earth Chair
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

"MP-29" Coffee Table, by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The MP-29 coffee table, created by renowned architect and designer Percival Lafer in the 1960s, is
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Iron

Sofa Mp-61 in Rosewood by Brazilian Designer Percival Lafer, 1973
By Percival Lafer
Located in Clifton, NJ
In his designs, Percival Lafer sought ergonomy and comfort. The MP-61 sofa and armchair, from 1973
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Rosewood, Leather, Fiberglass

Vintage MP-97 Lounge Chair by Percival Lafer, 1970s, Brazilian Midcentury
By Percival Lafer
Located in Clifton, NJ
In his designs, Percival Lafer sought ergonomy and comfort. This pair of MP-97 lounge chairs by
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Faux Leather, Cedar

Sofa MP-163, by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Design
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Crafted by the renowned master Percival Lafer in 1970, this exceptional piece of furniture boasts a
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Rare MP-81 Sofa In Original Leather by Percival Lafer, 1970
By Percival Lafer
Located in São Paulo, BR
methods. Lafer's explicit intention to marry industrially crafted furnishings with an artisanal touch is
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Late 20th Century Brazilian Sofas

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Wood, Leather, Fiberglass, Foam

Pair of "MP-05" Armchair by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
designer Percival Lafer. Originally designed as a variation on the MP-03 armchair, the MP-05 presents a
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of Brazilian Mp-5 Midcentury Lounge Chairs by Percival Lafer, 1970s
By Percival Lafer
Located in Clifton, NJ
In his designs, Percival Lafer sought ergonomy and comfort. This pair of MP-5 lounge chairs by
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Faux Leather, Cedar

Midcentury Armchairs MP-13 by Percival Lafer in Hardwood & Beige Leather, Brazil
By Percival Lafer
Located in New York, NY
Available today, this Brazilian armchair set, model MP-13, designed by Percival Lafer in Hardwood
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Pair of "MP-13" Armchairs, Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Design
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The MP-13 armchair, a rare model created in 1963, is a stunning piece of furniture that boasts a
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Pair of "MP-51" Armchair, Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Design
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
of art. The design of the MP-51 armchair is the brainchild of Percival Lafer, a renowned Brazilian
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wood

'MP-79' Center Table, by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Design
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The MP79 center table, designed by the illustrious Percival Lafer, stands as a paragon of mid
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

Materials

Limestone

Sofa 'MP-41' in Hardwood, by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Design
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The MP-41 sofa, a quintessential piece by the renowned designer Percival Lafer, is a masterstroke
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Sofa MP-131 in Jatobá Wood, by Percival Lafer, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
By Percival Lafer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
'MP-131' an air of modernity that transcends time. Lafer's genius comes to life in the harmonious
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Late 20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Hardwood, Faux Leather

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Lafer Mp For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the lafer mp you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, animal skin and leather, every lafer mp was constructed with great care. There are 90 variations of the antique or vintage lafer mp you’re looking for, while we also have 1 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a lafer mp — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A lafer mp is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern and Modern styles are sought with frequency.

How Much is a Lafer Mp?

Prices for a lafer mp start at $950 and top out at $35,235 with the average selling for $6,500.

Percival Lafer for sale on 1stDibs

When it comes to mid-century furniture, the innovative work of the Brazilian Modernists has often been overlooked, including the designs of prolific maker Percival Lafer. Lafer studied architecture at São Paulo’s Universidade Mackenzie. After he graduated, his father passed away suddenly, leaving a furniture business that Lafer took over with his brothers.

Taking up the mantle, Lafer made the jump from architecture to furniture design in 1961, putting a focus on thoughtfully designed pieces available at affordable prices. That year, he introduced his supremely popular MP-1 chair, a plush piece of furniture made with iron and wood that he has riffed on throughout his entire career. The silhouettes of his lounge chairs, armchairs and other seating were distinct from streamlined American and European mid-century modernism, taking on casual, puffed forms thanks to his use of polyurethane layers as padding. He combined such contemporary industrial materials with local natural ones, namely Brazilian hardwoods, which delighted customers around the world as Lafer became one of the country’s leading exporters of furniture.

Lafer has continued to design furniture throughout his career, branching into sofas, tables and lighting. He was at the forefront of mechanical furniture movements, debuting the MP-7 sofa, which could turn into a twin bed, in 1965, the first such piece on the market. One of his most intriguing projects was the MP Lafer, a two-seat fiberglass roadster designed to emulate British sports cars. Some 4,300 units were produced over its 16-year manufacturing run in the ’70s and ’80s, with several ending up in the collections of major car museums.

Still, Lafer’s biggest claim to fame is his seating, which he continues to design, drawing inspiration from modern shapes and local materials. In 2017, a retrospective of his work was organized as part of the São Paulo Design Weekend.

Find a collection of authentic Percival Lafer furniture on 1stDibs.

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.