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Folke Ohlsson for Fritz Hansen MCM Lounge Chair in Green Upholstery, a Pair
By Fritz Hansen, Folke Ohlsson
Located in Plainview, NY
-shaped armrests add comfort and elegance to the MCM chairs. The chairs are marked "Made In Denmark by
Category

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

Materials

Upholstery, Beech

Four Steelcase Coalesse Wrapp Side Chairs
By Marc Krusin
Located in Sheffield, MA
Designed by Spain's Marc Krusin for Coalesse. The MCM Wrapp chairs are stackable, clean and elegant
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Folding Lounge Chairs Made in Yugoslavia after Wegener c 1950/1960's
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in New York, NY
the perfect pair of MCM chairs.
Category

Mid-20th Century Macedonian Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Beech, Rope

Pair Newly Upholstered Midcentury Teak Armchairs Olive & Beige Geometric Pattern
Located in Austin, TX
Pair newly upholstered, teak MCM chairs. Measures: 23" W x 25.5" D x 36" H.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Teak

Paoli Chair Co. Black Naugahyde Chrome MCM Slipper Chairs Style Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Paoli Chair Company
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome pair of Mid-Century Modern or MCM slipper chairs in black faux leather or Naugahyde by
Category

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

Materials

Chrome

MCM Leather and Iron Butterfly Chair
Located in San Diego, CA
A very cool and comfortable MCM leather and iron butterfly chair, circa 1960s. The piece is in
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

MCM Style Wooden Boucle Fabric Chair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Midcentury style chair in a wooden frame with gold feet finish adorned with bouclé fabric back and
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Fabric

MCM Style Wooden Boucle Fabric Chair
MCM Style Wooden Boucle Fabric Chair
H 33.47 in W 22.84 in D 25.6 in
Pair of MCM Klismos Side Chairs
By Abrahams Brothers
Located in Dallas, TX
Unique, charming form, cheerful style, nice proportions.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Pair of MCM Klismos Side Chairs
Pair of MCM Klismos Side Chairs
H 33.5 in W 20 in D 20 in
Set of Four MCM Swivel Dining Chair 1960s
Located in Čelinac, BA
Swivel MCM Dining Chair Germany 1960s
Category

Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

1960's MCM Italian Design Dining Chair set
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage Midcentury Modern Italian Design Dining Chair set of 4, made in Italy 1960's / 70's. Black
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wool, Beech

1960's MCM Italian Design Dining Chair set
1960's MCM Italian Design Dining Chair set
H 31.5 in W 18.12 in D 18.12 in
Midcentury Three Seat Tandem Chairs Peter Protzman Herman Miller
By Peter Protzmann, Herman Miller
Located in Rio Vista, CA
. Unique MCM chairs with a distinctive profile. From an estate in San Francisco, CA.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

MCM Italian Bent Wood Round Back Chairs Colber & Trocadero
Located in New York, NY
Set of four deco inspired bentwood round back chairs by Colber & Trocadero, Italy. Colber
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Pine

Reupholstered Mcm Lounge Chair Set in Cowhide
Located in Medina, OH
Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair and ottoman set reupholstered in cowhide fabric. The laminate
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Cowhide, Laminate

MCM Lounge Chair Enrique Garcel Jaime Perszek
By Enrique Garcel
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Lounge Chair in the style of Enrique
Category

Vintage 1980s Art Deco Lounge Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Wood

MCM Chrome & Wood Dining Armchairs Accent Chairs Set of 2
By Bernhardt
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Offering one of our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Set of 2 MCM solid
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Italian MCM Velvet Upholstered Club Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
Great pair of Italian MCM navy velvet upholstered club chairs. Circa 1960. Perfect for today's
Category

Vintage 1960s Club Chairs

Materials

Velvet

MCM Dining Chairs Mid Century 1950s
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Set of 6 Vintage MCM Dining Chairs Mid
Category

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Walnut

Vintage Modern Highback Dining Chairs by Chromcraft, set of Six
By Chromcraft
Located in Trenton, NJ
era and timeless comfort. Visualize this distinctive set of six mcm chairs gracing your dining room
Category

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

Materials

Metal

MCM Design Style Black Bouclé Fabric and Brass Finishes Chair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Black Bouclé fabric and brass finishes chair.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

MCM Rattan Chairs by Dirk Van Sliedrecht for Rohe Noordwolde, 1950
By Dirk Van Sliedregt
Located in Marbella, ES
MCM rattan chairs by Dirk Van Sliedrecht for Rohe Noordwolde, 1950.
Category

Mid-20th Century Dutch Chairs

Materials

Bamboo

1950s MCM Heritage Faux Leather Mahogany Lounge Chair
By Heritage Furniture
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Handsome Heritage Black Faux Leather Lounge Chair Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Era Classic
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

1950s MCM Design Style Velvet And Black Lacquered Metal Swivel Chair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
1950s MCM Design Style Ocre Velvet Fabric With Black Lacquered Swivel Base Armchair composed of a
Category

21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

MCM Style Black Lacquer Wooden with Cane Back and Velvet Chair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
MCM Design style black lacquered and curved wooden structure adorned with a rattan wicker cane back
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Velvet, Cane

MCM Leather Club Swivel Chair by Century Furniture Co
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Vintage MCM Leather Club Chair by
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Leather

1960s Rattan MCM Wicker Italian Sculptural Circular Rocking Chair
By Franco Bettonica
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
On offer on this occasion is one of the most stunning and rare, rattan rocking chair you could hope
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Rattan

MCM Massimo & Lella Vignelli for Knoll Internat Handkerchief Chairs - Set of 4
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid Century Modern Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Knoll International Handkerchief Chairs in Red
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

MCM Leather Dining Chairs Ostrich Italian French by La Tour Eiffel 1887
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Rare Set of 4 MCM Italian French Style
Category

Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of MCM side chairs in steel and brown vinyl.
Located in Clifton Springs, NY
Pair of MCM side chairs in steel and brown vinyl. Minor wear on the steel. Vinyl has couple of
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Steel

MCM Scandinavian Modern Style High Back Lounge Chair & Ottoman Attr Home Chair
Located in Topeka, KS
Marvelous MCM (a.k.a. Mid-Century Modern) Scandinavian Style high back lounge chair and ottoman
Category

Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Vintage MCM 1970's Set of 4 Black Stained Wood Dining Chairs
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage Mid-Century Modern design set of 4 black stained laquered wood dining or kitchen chairs
Category

Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Vintage MCM Miles Van Der Rohe for Knoll Brno Chairs - Set of 4
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in west palm beach, FL
A spectacular set of four vintage MCM dining chairs. The iconic BRNO chairs with the flat bar
Category

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

Materials

Chrome

Pair French MCM Steiner Knoll Lounge Chairs in Sheepskin / Shearling
By Steiner, Knoll
Located in Mckinney, TX
Indulge in unparalleled relaxation with this stunning pair of truffle-colored sheepskin French MCM
Category

Mid-20th Century French Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Sheepskin

Set of Eight Vintage MCM Chinese Dining Room Chairs in Ming Style
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Set of eight Yoke high back Chinese dining room chairs in Ming style. Handcrafted vintage Mid
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Elm

Giancarlo Piretti Anonima Castelli Style MCM Smoked Lucite Folding Chair Set 3
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Countryside, IL
Giancarlo Piretti Anonima Castelli style mid century smoked Lucite folding chairs - Set of 3 Each
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Kristian Vedel Willadsen Møbelfabrik Modus MCM Rosewood Leather Lounge Chairs
By Kristian Vedel, Soren Willadsen Mobelfabrik
Located in Countryside, IL
Chairs - Pair Each lounge chair measures: 28 wide x 26 deep x 26 high, with a seat height of 14 and arm
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Kristian Vedel Willadsen Møbelfabrik Modus MCM Rosewood Leather Chairs Ottoman
By Soren Willadsen Mobelfabrik, Kristian Vedel
Located in Countryside, IL
Chairs with Ottoman Each chair measuress: 28 wide x 26 deep x 26 high, with a seat height of 14 inches
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

MCM Coastal Rattan & Wicker Low Legless or Zaisu Lounge Chairs Style Calif Asia
By Calif-Asia
Located in Topeka, KS
chairs in the style of Calif Asia, a pair. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that these are vintage
Category

Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Wicker, Rattan

1960’s MCM Chelsea Arkana Safari Chair Maurice Burke Cognac Faux Leather & Teak
By Maurice Burke, Arkana Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
Fantastic vintage Chelsea Safari Chair designed by Maurice Burke for Arkana Furniture wearing its
Category

Mid-20th Century Scottish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

MCM Spinetto Chairs by Chiavari, Italy 1950's
By Chiavari
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage Midcentury Modern Italian Design "SPINETTO" Chairs by Chiavari. Made in Italy, 1950's / 60
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Rush, Beech

MCM Spinetto Chairs by Chiavari, Italy 1950's
MCM Spinetto Chairs by Chiavari, Italy 1950's
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H 35.04 in W 16.54 in D 16.54 in
MCM Panton Junior PAIR of Kids Chairs by Verner Panton Vitra, Turquoise + Orange
By Verner Panton, Vitra
Located in Basel, BS
FREE fast shipping. Panton Junior Chairs, Pair-- in Turquoise and Orange-- Rare colors, no longer
Category

Early 2000s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic

Pair MCM Keyhole Back Orig Red Faux Leather Slipper Chairs Attr Viking Artline
Located in Topeka, KS
Stunning vintage MCM (a.k.a.) mid-century modern red slipper chairs attributed to Viking Artline, a
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather, Maple

Pair of Blue & White Upholstery Vintage MCM Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
By Baker Furniture Company, Thayer Coggin, Milo Baughman, Pace Collection
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Blue & White Upholstery Vintage MCM Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Lawrence Peabody for Richardson Nemschoff MCM Walnut Lounge Chairs - Pair
By Richardson Nemschoff, Lawrence Peabody
Located in Countryside, IL
Lawrence Peabody for Richardson Nemschoff Mid Century Walnut Lounge Chairs - Pair Each lounge
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Harvey Probber Dining Chairs MCM Set of 6
By Harvey Probber
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Probber Dining Chairs Set includes 2 larger end chairs and 4 side chairs. We also have the matching
Category

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

Materials

Chrome

Milo Baughman Style MCM in White Faux Leather Rocking Chair
By Milo Baughman
Located in Plainview, NY
A Mid Century Modern rocking chair, inspired by the iconic style of Milo Baughman. Its sturdy
Category

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

Materials

Naugahyde, Walnut

MCM Slipper Chair in Walnut & Original Green Fabric by Kroehler, USA, c. 1960's
Located in Deland, FL
American Modern piece. Ideal for MCM homes and offices this chair can blend seamlessly with a multitude of
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Mid 20th MCM Mr. Chair Lounge Chair & Ottoman by George Mulhauser for Plycraft
By George Mulhauser, Plycraft
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous Mid Century Modern “The Mr. Chair” lounge chair & ottoman by George Mulhauser for Plycraft
Category

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

Materials

Metal

MCM Heywood Wakefield Style Walnut Swivel Rocking Lounge Chair & Ottoman
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern Heywood Wakefield Style Walnut Swivel Rocking Lounge Chair & Ottoman Newly
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Cowhide, Leather, Walnut

William “Billy” Haines Brass Campaign Tufted Leather Dining Chairs MCM
By William Billy Haines
Located in Atlanta, GA
William "Billy" Haines (American, 1900-1973), circa 1950. A pair of Iconic Hollywood Regency, conceived by the father of Hollywood Regency glamour—William “Billy” Haines. The fram...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Side Chairs

Materials

Brass

Cantilever Chrome Leather Chairs MCM Mies van der Rohe Style, Set of 2
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Rohe Style Cantilever Chrome Leather Chairs Approximate Measurements in Inches 31 3/4" high at back 21
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

MCM Leather Office Chair Vintage by GUNLOCKE
By Gunlocke
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Classic Vintage MCM Black Leather Swivel
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

MCM Design SINUS Lounge Chair and Hocker by COR, Germany 1973
By Reinhold Adolf, Hans-Jürgen Schröpfer, COR
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage Midcentury Modern German Design "SINUS" Lounge Chair and Hocker by Reinhold Adolf & Hans
Category

Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

1960s MCM Green Vinyl Barrel Club Slipper Chairs, Set of 4
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Transport yourself back to the sleek and sophisticated 1930s with this exquisite dining chairs set
Category

Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather, Wood

Kipp Stewart Directional MCM Chrome Frame Tufted Cantilever Lounge Chair - Pair
By Directional, Kipp Stewart
Located in Countryside, IL
Kipp Stewart for Directional Mid Century Chrome Frame Tufted Cantilever Lounge Chairs - Pair Each
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

MCM Model 7001 Chair in Walnut by Paul McCobb for Directional, USA, c. 1950s
By Directional, Paul McCobb
Located in Deland, FL
7009 armchair designed by Paul McCobb for Directional Furniture. This chair is truly a work of art and
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

1960s MCM Rattan Wicker Pink Slipper Lounge Chairs, Set of 2
By Ficks Reed
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
chairs you could hope to find. Outstanding design is exhibited throughout. The beautiful chairs are a
Category

Vintage 1960s Philippine Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Rattan

Rare Russell Woodard Rocking chairs + Side Table, Salterini, Wrought Iron, MCM
By Russell Woodard
Located in San Jose, CA
pattern Made by Russell Woodard Circa 1960’s Made of wrought Iron chairs in great working condition Table
Category

Vintage 1960s American American Classical Rocking Chairs

Materials

Metal, Wrought Iron

MCM Hollywood Regency Button Back Oyster & Blue Harlequin Fabric Slipper Chairs
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous vintage MCM aka Mid-Century Modern or Hollywood Regency button back oyster & blue colored
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Slipper Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Eames for Herman Miller MCM Brown Padded Fiberglass Swivel Office Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Brown Padded Fiberglass Swivel Office Chair This office chair
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal

Eames for Herman Miller MCM Yellow Padded Fiberglass Swivel Office Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Yellow Padded Fiberglass Swivel Office Chair This office chair
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal

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Mcm Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of mcm chairs for sale on 1stDibs. Each of these unique mcm chairs was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, wood and metal. There are 90 antique and vintage mcm chairs for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 2 modern editions to choose from as well. Mcm chairs have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Mcm chairs made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — are very popular at 1stDibs. Many mcm chairs are appealing in their simplicity, but Milo Baughman, Baker Furniture Company and Directional produced popular mcm chairs that are worth a look.

How Much are Mcm Chairs?

Mcm chairs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $2,426, while the lowest priced sells for $550 and the highest can go for as much as $20,650.

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 celebrated 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.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. 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.

Questions About Mcm Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 3, 2023
    An MCM chair is a mid-century modern chair. The design style known as mid-century modernism emerged during the mid-20th century and was informed by European modernism, Bauhaus, International style, Scandinavian modernism and Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. Organically shaped, clean lines and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern chairs and other furniture. Find a selection of vintage mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.