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BoConcept Imola Danish Lounge Chair
Located in Dronten, NL
From the striking details to the graceful sweeps of its curves, the Imola armchair is a true design icon. Roomy enough for you to curl up in, yet so elegant it doesn’t seem over the ...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

  • BoConcept Imola Danish Lounge Chair
  • BoConcept Imola Danish Lounge Chair
  • BoConcept Imola Danish Lounge Chair
  • BoConcept Imola Danish Lounge Chair
H 43.31 in. W 37.41 in. D 38.98 in.
Original Karl Springer Chairs, Stainless Steel and Brass
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Original Karl Springer chairs, stainless steel and brass. Four chairs available. Three chairs have a cognac leather seat, one chair has a white vinyl seat. Chairs have not been po...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Jacques Charpentier, Pair of Armchairs in Leather, 1970s
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Jacques Charpentier for Rochebobois, attributed to Pair of armchairs in leather standing on a in polished stainless steel. Seat and back garnished with cushions in coffee bean co...
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Vintage 1970s European Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of 1974 Raphael Raffel Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 1974 Raphael Raffel armchairs. The chairs have an off-white linen blend upholstery with a stainless steel tripod shaped frame.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Pair of 1974 Raphael Raffel Armchairs
  • Pair of 1974 Raphael Raffel Armchairs
  • Pair of 1974 Raphael Raffel Armchairs
  • Pair of 1974 Raphael Raffel Armchairs
H 31 in. W 28 in. D 21 in.
Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs in Metal
Located in North York, ON
Pair of vintage Mid-Century Modern armchairs in metal. Polished stainless steel frame and black perforated vinyl material. Restored and reupholstered. Price includes complimentary...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Blue Vintage Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Flat Bar Brno Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
These vintage modern Brno flat bar chairs are sleek and timeless. Chairs feature cantilevered, heavy stainless steel flat-bar frames. The seat, backrest and the arched armrests newly...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Eichholtz Bora Bora Birdcage Chairs, Gold
Located in Paris, FR
Astonishing Bora Bora chair with gold finished stainless steel cage featuring a velvet quilted button black seat pad. Combining luxury and glamour, this high-end chair is a modern tr...
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Late 20th Century Dutch Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Eichholtz Bora Bora Birdcage Chairs, Gold
  • Eichholtz Bora Bora Birdcage Chairs, Gold
  • Eichholtz Bora Bora Birdcage Chairs, Gold
  • Eichholtz Bora Bora Birdcage Chairs, Gold
H 59.85 in. W 27.17 in. D 27.17 in.
Warren Platner for Knoll Lounge Chairs in Red Wool Boucle, Near Mint Set of Four
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This near-mint condition set of four (4) Warren Platner for Knoll lounge chairs (Model 1715L) are upholstered in a gorgeous red wool boucle fabric over a nickel plated polished steel...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Midcentury Italian Set of 6 Chairs on Wheels with their Original Fabric, 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian set of 6 office or desk chairs on wheels with their original velvet fabric.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Black Leather Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Flat Bar Brno Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
These vintage modern Brno flat bar chairs are sleek and timeless. Chairs feature cantilevered, heavy stainless steel flat-bar frames. The seat, backrest and the arched armrests previ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Christian Daninos Bubble Lucite Chair
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1970s Christian Daninos Bubbler Lucite chair Brand New black wool upholster Edition Forme Nouvelles Great vintage condition This model of chair can be seen at the Museum of De...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Christian Daninos Bubble Lucite Chair
  • Christian Daninos Bubble Lucite Chair
  • Christian Daninos Bubble Lucite Chair
  • Christian Daninos Bubble Lucite Chair
H 55.12 in. W 47.25 in. D 35.44 in.
Tugendhat Pair of Chair Designed by Mies Van Der Rohe and Lilly Reich
Located in Meyrin, CH
Tugendhat pair of chair designed by Mies Van Der Rohe and Lilly Reich, the fabrics are new.
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Vintage 1970s American Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Oscar Niemeyer White Armchair and Ottoman "Brazilia ON1" Model
Located in Paris, FR
Oscar Niemeyer Fauteuil et ottoman modèle Brazilia ON1, couleur noir Édition mobilier international circa 1975 Très rare fauteuil et son ottoman modèle Brazilia ON1 à assises et ...
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Oscar Niemeyer Armchair and Ottoman Model "Alta", circa 1975
Located in Paris, FR
Oscar Niemeyer armchair and ottoman model "Alta", circa 1975 Rare fireside chairs and its ottoman model "Alta" with adjustable seats and backrests in thick cushions upholstered in...
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Vintage 1970s Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Italian Steel and Fabric Wave Sofa and Armchair, by Giovanni Offredi, 1974
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian steel and fabric wave sofa and armchair, by Giovanni Offredi, 1974. Beautiful Wafe set, composed of a two seats sofa and an armchair, with a stainless steel structure and an ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Pair White Leather & Stainless Steel Swivel Chairs by Gardner Leaver
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of swivel armchairs designed by Gardner Leaver for Steelcase. Ivory leather with frames of heavy polished stainless steel, not chrome. Both chairs are in very good to excellen...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Gerard Lardeur Armchair, Creation 1974, Edition 2019
Located in Paris, FR
Gérard Lardeur, 1931-2002 Armchair, date of creation 1974, edition 2019. Stainless steel and plexiglass. Measures: Height 80 cm, width 70 cm, depth 70 cm. Model made by the...
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Vintage 1970s French Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Italian Modern Black and Chrome Cord Bauhaus Chairs by René Herbst
Located in Philadelphia, PA
1980s edition of the Sandows chair designed by Rene´ Herbst. An iconic Classic from the Bauhaus period. The feature polished stainless frames with elasticated cords. Plenty of extra ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Set of Paul Tuttle "Arco" Leather Lounge Chairs for Strassle, Switzerland, 1976
Located in Antwerp, BE
Leather loungers, Switzerland Vintage leather loungers by Paul Tuttle, Model Arco, 1976. Switzerland. Polished chrome-based with beautiful arched armrests. Grey leather sling seat ...
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Vintage Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Flat Bar Brno Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
These vintage modern Brno flat bar chairs are sleek and timeless. Chairs feature cantilevered, heavy stainless steel flat-bar frames. The seat, backrest and the arched armrests newly...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Desk Chair with Tropical Print by Brueton
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid-Century Modern desk chair or side chair with cantilevered steel frame in chrome. Chair has streamlined profile with curved armrests and floating seat design. Newly upholstered in...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Walter Knoll Leather Art Collection Chair by Rudolf B. Glatzel
Located in Voorburg, NL
The graceful Art Collection chair is an icon with a marvellous sit. Heavy stainless steel brushed frame with classic Black Leather upholstery. This cantilever chair was designed by R...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Cantilevered Brno Armchairs by Mies van der Rohe
Located in New York, NY
A classic International style armchair from the Brno collection designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1930, comprised of a single piece of bent tubular chrome-plated steel as the f...
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Vintage 1970s American Armchairs

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Stainless Steel, Chrome

Rare Pair Cumberland Stainless Steel and Leather Armchairs
Located in Pasadena, TX
Cumberland Furniture Corp Two vintage Cumberland stainless steel and leather armchairs. 2 Pairs Available. Measures: SH: 17" x AH 25.5"
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Nicos Zographos Bucket Chair
Located in Pasadena, TX
A vintage bucket chair designed by Nicos Zographos and made by Zographos. High back design in black Zographos leather with five-star stainless steel tilt, swivel bases.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Vintage Nicos Zographos Bucket Chair
  • Vintage Nicos Zographos Bucket Chair
  • Vintage Nicos Zographos Bucket Chair
  • Vintage Nicos Zographos Bucket Chair
H 38 in. W 29 in. D 28 in.
1970s Solid Stainless Steel Frame Upholstered Armchairs
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice cantilever armchairs, circa 1960s solid polished stainless steel, arms with original light yellow silky fabric, very nice and comfy, four available sold individually, buyer has ...
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Late 20th Century American Art Deco Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Multicolored Vintage Sitting Set Rud Thygesen Johnny Sorensen Denmark c 1989
Located in Vienna, AT
A multicolored vintage sitting set consisting of 1 table and 3 chairs Model "Dark Horse", which was designed by by Rud Thygesen & Johnny Sorensen and executed by Botium, Denmark, ci...
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Late 20th Century Danish Modern Armchairs

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Steel, Stainless Steel, Chrome

Pair Chrome Lounge Armchairs Manner of Milo Baughman
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Pair chrome lounge armchairs manner of Milo Baughman
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Late 20th Century American Armchairs

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Stainless Steel, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Italian Set of 6 Chairs on Wheels, 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian set of 6 chairs on wheels with their original velvet fabric.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe MR20 Armchairs, circa 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The MR20 armchair was first shown in 1927 by Mies van der Rohe at the German Association of Craftsmen, or 'Werkbund' exhibition at the Stuttgart Weissenhof Estate. Mies was inspired ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Vintage Mies van der Rohe Brno Armchairs
Located in Cathedral City, CA
A wonderful pair of vintage Brno chairs by Mies van der Rohe. Made of chrome-plated metal and original light gray green fabric upholstery. Please note that the upholstery is old and ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel, Chrome

Pair of Vintage Mies van der Rohe MR Armchairs by Stendig
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of vintage MR armchairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, manufactured and imported by Stendig. Designed in 1927, this pair dates from 1987 and is in fantastic vintage condition. ...
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Vintage 1980s International Style Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Brno Stainless Steel Chairs for Knoll, 1970
Located in Hamburg, PA
A pair of Classic Brno flat bar chairs by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll. The chairs are made from solid stainless steel. Signed underside KP. There are some occasional fine scratches t...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Mies Van Der Rohe For Knoll Thin Pad Brno Chair
Located in Pasadena, TX
A mid century modern tubular Brno chair designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and made by Knoll. This is the rarer version with the thin pad seat and back. A stainless steel frame u...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Side Chairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Mies Van Der Rohe For Knoll Thin Pad Brno Chair
  • Mies Van Der Rohe For Knoll Thin Pad Brno Chair
  • Mies Van Der Rohe For Knoll Thin Pad Brno Chair
  • Mies Van Der Rohe For Knoll Thin Pad Brno Chair
H 31.5 in. W 22.75 in. D 22.5 in.
Pair of Moon Chairs by Stanley Jay Friedman for Brueton
Located in Hingham, MA
Pair of Moon chairs designed in 1986 by Stanley Jay Friedman for Brueton. Roundabout frame of mirror polished tubular No. 304 stainless steel arm chairs in the Memphis style. Seat a...
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Kappa Attr. Pair of Leather and Stainless Armchair
Located in Grenoble, FR
Pair of 1970s leather and stainless steel armchair attributed to Kappa edition in perfect condition new leather.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Six Chrome Dining Chairs by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
Located in San Leandro, CA
Mint set of six Chrome frame High Back Dining Chairs by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin (labeled). Chairs have been recently reupholstered in Silver Grey Shirred Silk Velvet. Set c...
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Vintage 1970s American Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome, Stainless Steel

Set of Eight Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe Flat Bar Brno Chairs
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Eight cantilever armchairs upholstered gray and beige fabric, with Knoll upholstery labels
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Vintage 1970s American Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel, Chrome

Pair of MR Armchairs by Mies van der Rohe - 2 pairs available
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of MR Armchairs, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll, circa 1978. These sculptural chairs were designed in 1927 and have become an icon of modernist design. This pair...
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Vintage 1970s German Armchairs

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Stainless Steel, Chrome

Four Knoll Mies van der Rohe Brno Chairs
Located in San Mateo, CA
Four Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Flat bar Brno chairs made by Knoll. These have polished stainless steel frames. These should be reupholstered, the foam has hardened in the seats. There...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Dining Room Chairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Four Knoll Mies van der Rohe Brno Chairs
  • Four Knoll Mies van der Rohe Brno Chairs
  • Four Knoll Mies van der Rohe Brno Chairs
  • Four Knoll Mies van der Rohe Brno Chairs
H 31.25 in. W 22.5 in. D 22 in.
Pair of Eclipse Lounge Chairs by Jay Spectre
Located in San Leandro, CA
Pair of Eclipse Lounge Chairs by Jay Spectre. Cerused White Oak frames with Stainless Steel legs. Original upholstery is in good, clean condition.
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Late 20th Century American Lounge Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

An "Easy 1" Chair in Stainless Steel by Jonathan Singleton
Located in New York, NY
An "Easy 1" Chair in Stainless Steel by Jonathan Singleton. USA, c.1980s. A gorgeous armchair in stainless steel and leather. Relaxed recline to the back with a seat of beautifully d...
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Late 20th Century American Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Pair of Milo Baughman Chrome Armchairs
Located in North York, ON
Suited to any contemporary space setting, this pair of armchairs serve as a pure sampling of Mid-Century elegance and minimalism. Featuring sleek, linear stainless steel frames that ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Pair of Milo Baughman Chrome Armchairs
  • Pair of Milo Baughman Chrome Armchairs
  • Pair of Milo Baughman Chrome Armchairs
  • Pair of Milo Baughman Chrome Armchairs
H 30 in. W 20.75 in. D 24.25 in.
Cor Sinus Lounge Chair Reinhold Adolf Hans Jürgen Schröpfer, 1976
By COR
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Comfortable large 'Sinus' lounge chair designed by Reinhold Adolf & Hans Jürgen Schröpfer, manufactured by COR Germany, 1976. The chair has a brushed steel frame and chocolate brown ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Four Mies Van Der Rohe For Knoll Gray Leather Brno Chairs
Located in Pasadena, TX
A set of four mid century modern Brno chairs designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and made by Knoll. Flatbar stainless steel frames with gray leather upholstery and arm pads.
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Late 20th Century American Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Executive Armchairs with Casters by Nicos Zographos
Located in Highland, IN
These elegant armchairs by Nico Zographos are not only very attractive, they are incredibly well constructed. Supported by a stainless steel five star base with casters, the adjustab...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Charles Pollock Executive Armchair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
wonderful executive armchair designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll in 1956, in our favorite brown leather upholstery with black arms on a four star stainless steel swivel base with r...
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Vintage 1970s American Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Charles Pollock Executive Armchair
  • Charles Pollock Executive Armchair
  • Charles Pollock Executive Armchair
  • Charles Pollock Executive Armchair
H 32 in. W 26 in. D 28 in.
Set of Four Camel/Brown Leather Armchairs Designed by Walter Knoll, 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
These beautiful set of four brown leather armchairs designed by Rudolf Bernd Glatzel for Walter Knoll, from the Art collection series. Structure made off heavy stainless steel, brush...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Paul Tuttle for Flexform lounge chair in chrome and black leather
Located in Antwerp, BE
Post-modern Scissor chair in stainless steel and black leather by Paul Tuttle for Flexform Italia widely known as being designed by Paul Tuttle and manufactured by Flexform Italia...
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Vintage 1980s European Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Imago Chairs by Mario Bellini for Vitra Mid Century Modern
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a pair of Imago office armchairs designed by Mario Bellini for Vitra. Chrome-plated steel frame with burgundy leather. Signed by Mario Bellini. 9/11/86.
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel, Chrome

Original Edition Brazilia Armchair by Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Original Brazilia armchair, circa 1970, by Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012); mobilier International (editor). Structure formed of two stainless steel angled blades joining under the seat, ...
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Vintage 1970s French Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Original Edition Brazilia Armchair by Oscar Niemeyer
  • Original Edition Brazilia Armchair by Oscar Niemeyer
  • Original Edition Brazilia Armchair by Oscar Niemeyer
  • Original Edition Brazilia Armchair by Oscar Niemeyer
H 33.47 in. W 28.35 in. D 42.13 in.
Pair of MR Armchairs by Mies van der Rohe - Great Saddle Leather
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of MR Armchairs, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll, circa 1978. These sculptural chairs were designed in 1927 and have become an icon of modernist design. This pair...
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Vintage 1970s German Armchairs

Materials

Chrome, Stainless Steel

Mies van der Rohe Brno Tubular Lounge Chair in Leather
Located in Hudson, NY
Knoll Studio leather Brno chair.
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Late 20th Century American Bauhaus Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Ron Arad - Well Tempered Chair
Located in New York, NY
Well tempered (decorative) chair by Ron Arad edited by Vitra in 1989.<br /> Only 100 items were made
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Late 20th Century French Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Iconic Eero Saarinen Knoll Womb Chair
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Iconic Eero Saarinen for Knoll womb chair circa mid 1970's. This example is done in Knoll chartreuse boucle and has been impeccably restored. Red also has another womb chair done in ...
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Vintage 1970s American Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel, Chrome

  • Iconic Eero Saarinen Knoll Womb Chair
  • Iconic Eero Saarinen Knoll Womb Chair
  • Iconic Eero Saarinen Knoll Womb Chair
  • Iconic Eero Saarinen Knoll Womb Chair
H 36 in. W 39 in. D 29.5 in.
Pair of Chrome Cube lounge chairs by Milo Baughman-Thayer Coggin
Located in San Leandro, CA
Rare pair of "cube" lounge chairs with their original upholstery by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin.
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Vintage 1970s American Armchairs

Materials

Chrome, Stainless Steel

Pair of Lounge Chairs by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
Located in New York, NY
A pair of chic lounge chairs with flat bar chromed steel frames by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. American, circa 1970. Please call for availablity.
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Vintage 1970s American Lounge Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel, Chrome

Rare Leather Lounge Chairs by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
Located in San Leandro, CA
Pair of rare high back Lounge chairs by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin, freshly reupholstered in tufted Christian Liagre leather.
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Vintage 1970s American Lounge Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel, Chrome

Set of four Italian Chrome chairs by Gastone Rinaldi
Located in San Leandro, CA
Set of four sculptural chrome "Sabrina" chairs by Gastone Rinaldi for Rima, Italy. Upholstered molded foam cushions included.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel, Chrome

Pair of Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Armchairs
Located in Kansas City, MO
Original pair of Milo Baughman chairs. These are a dining height. Would make great occasional chairs. Super high quality solid brushed stainless steel frames.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

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Late 20th Century Stainless Steel Armchairs For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of late 20th century stainless steel armchairs is available at 1stDibs. Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Art Deco late 20th century stainless steel armchairs are consistently popular styles. Late 20th century stainless steel armchairs have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Knoll, Oscar Niemeyer and Breutton` are consistently popular.

How Much are Late 20th Century Stainless Steel Armchairs?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $5,488, while they’re typically $495 on the low end and $28,282 highest priced.

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.