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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

Fabio Lenci Hyaline Adjustable MCM Lounge Chair Glass Black Leather 1970s MINT!
By Mario Bellini, B&B Italia, Pace Collection, Fabio Lenci, Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Italian Mid-Century Modern super comfortable adjustable sling upholstery hyaline chair by Fabio Lenci, 1974.
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Glass

Folke Ohlsson for Fritz Hansen MCM Lounge Chair in Green Upholstery, a Pair
By Folke Ohlsson, Fritz Hansen
Located in Plainview, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Modern lounge or easy chairs designed by Folke Ohlsson (Sweden, 1919-2003
Category

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

Materials

Upholstery, Beech

Edward Wormley Dunbar MCM Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric
By Dunbar Furniture, Jack Lenor Larsen, Edward Wormley
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Lounge chair and ottoman with Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric The
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Mid Century Modern 1950’s Lounge Chairs by Sherman Bertram
By Sherman Bertram
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Spectacular pair of MCM lounge chairs designed by Sherman Bertram in the 1950’s. The chairs have no
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Vintage MCM Wire Mesh Swivel Chairs and Ottomans After Woodard - Set of 4
Located in west palm beach, FL
Vintage pair of MCM lounge chairs and ottomans. Chic wire mesh on two high back swivel chairs with
Category

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

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Upholstered Club Chair
By Kroehler Mfg. Co.
Located in Trenton, NJ
add chic mid-century style with this stylish and comfy mcm lounge chair? Elevate your home decor with
Category

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

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Upholstered Club Chair
Mid-Century Upholstered Club Chair
H 31 in W 30.5 in D 35 in
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

Pair French MCM Steiner Knoll Lounge Chairs in Sheepskin / Shearling
By Knoll, Steiner
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

Kristian Vedel Willadsen Møbelfabrik Modus MCM Rosewood Leather Lounge Chairs
By Kristian Vedel, Soren Willadsen Mobelfabrik
Located in Countryside, IL
Kristian Vedel for Willadsen Møbelfabrik Modus Mid Century Danish Rosewood and Leather Lounge
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

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

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

MCM Milo Baughman Chrome Flat Bar Floating Cube Lounges, Pair
By Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid Century Modern Milo Baughman Chrome Flat Bar Floating Cube Lounges Fully Restored & Custom
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Kipp Stewart Directional MCM Chrome Frame Tufted Cantilever Lounge Chair - Pair
By Kipp Stewart, Directional
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 Design SINUS Lounge Chair and Hocker by COR, Germany 1973
By COR, Hans-Jürgen Schröpfer, Reinhold Adolf
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

Brown Jordan Chaise lounge chairs with cushions, wheels, adjustable back, MCM
By Brown Jordan
Located in San Jose, CA
Set of 2 beautiful chaise lounge chairs by Brown Jordan with cushions Made of cast Aluminum On
Category

Vintage 1980s American American Classical Chaise Longues

Materials

Metal

MCM Oversized Flare-Arm Leather Lounges by Dennis Christianson for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Dennis Christiansen
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern Oversized Flare-Arm "Merlot" Leather Lounges By Dennis Christianson for Dunbar
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

MCM Arthur Umanoff for Directional Chrome Sled Lounge Chair Newly Upholstered
By Directional, Arthur Umanoff
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern Arthur Umanoff for directional chrome base sled lounge chair newly upholstered
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Jean Gillon Jangada MCM Brazilian Rosewood Leather Lounge Chairs Ottomans - Pair
By Jean Gillon
Located in Countryside, IL
Jean Gillon Jangada Mid Century Brazilian Rosewood and Leather Lounge Chairs with Ottomans - Pair
Category

Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mcm Walnut Barrel Swivel Lounge Chair
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates mid-century walnut barrel swivel lounge chair. This chair
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Lawrence Peabody R Nemschoff MCM Ebonized Walnut Cane Lounge Chairs, Pair
By Richardson Nemschoff, Lawrence Peabody
Located in Countryside, IL
Lawrence Peabody for Richardson Nemschoff Mid Century Ebonized Walnut and Cane Lounge Chairs - A
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Cane, Walnut

Greaves & Thomas Pair Of Green Lounge Chairs Mid Century Vintage Retro MCM
By Greaves and Thomas
Located in Cambridge, GB
New Stock ✅ Greaves and Thomas Pair of Green Lounge Chairs Mid Century Vintage Retro MCM A
Category

Vintage 1960s British Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chenille, Foam, Teak

Illum Wikkelsø for CFC Silkeborg MCM Danish Rosewood Genius Lounge Chairs - Pair
By Illum Wikkelsø, CFC Silkeborg
Located in Countryside, IL
Illum Wikkelsø for CFC Silkeborg Mid Century Danish Rosewood Genius Lounge Chairs - Pair Each
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Rosewood

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates 2174C MCM Walnut Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates 2174C Mid Century Walnut Lounge Chair with Ottoman The chair
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Vintage MCM Sears Symphony Coll by Drexel Green Upholstered & Cane Lounge Chair
By Sears, Roebuck & Company, Drexel
Located in Topeka, KS
Lovely vintage MCM (Mid-Century Modern) Sears & Roebuck by Drexel Symphony Collection lounge chair
Category

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

Materials

Fabric, Wood

MCM Mulhauser for Plycraft "Mr. Chair" Lounge Newly Upholstered in Plaid Leather
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid Century Modern George Mulhauser for Plycraft "Mr. Chair" Lounge Newly Upholstered in Burberry
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

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

Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin MCM Cantilever Steel Tufted Lounge Chair - Pair
By Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Located in Countryside, IL
Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Mid Century Cantilever Steel Tufted Lounge Chairs - Pair Each
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair Of Sling Lounge Chairs By Peter Hoyte Mid Century Vintage Retro MCM
By Peter Hoyte
Located in Cambridge, GB
New Stock ✅ Pair Of Sling Lounge Chairs By Peter Hoyte Mid Century Vintage Retro MCM Pair of
Category

Vintage 1960s British Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Other, Chrome

Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates MCM 2231-C Walnut Wingback Lounge Chairs - Pair
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century 2231-C Walnut Wingback Lounge Chairs - Pair Each
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

MCM Heywood Wakefield Ashcraft Rattan Lounge Chairs Newly Upholstered - Set of 2
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Mid Century Modern Rare Heywood Wakefield Ashcraft Rattan Lounge Chairs Newly Upholstered
Category

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

Materials

Bamboo, Rattan

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates MCM Walnut and Boucle Lounge Chairs - Pair
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut and Boucle Lounge Chairs - Pair Each
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Bouclé, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates MCM Slim Jim Highback Lounge Chair, Pair
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates midcentury Slim Jim Highback Lounge Chair - Pair Each chair
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Vintage MCM George Nelson 5476 Lounge Chair for Herman Miller Fuchsia Fabric
By Herman Miller, George Nelson
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome vintage MCM (a.k.a.) Mid-Century Modern 5476 lounge chair designed by George Nelson for
Category

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

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

John Wisner for Ficks Reed MCM Brass and Rattan Pagoda Lounge Chairs - Pair
By Ficks Reed, John Wisner
Located in Countryside, IL
John Wisner for Ficks Reed Mid Century Brass and Rattan Pagoda Lounge Chairs - Pair Each lounge
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Illum Wikkelsø Niels Eilersen Capella Model No 4 MCM Teak Lounge Chairs - Pair
By Illum Wikkelsø, Niels Eilersen
Located in Countryside, IL
Illum Wikkelsø for Niels Eilersen Capella Model No. 4 Mid Century Teak Lounge Chairs - Pair Each
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Teak

Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard Nielsen MCM Teak and Rattan Lounge Chairs - Pair
By Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, Peter Hvidt
Located in Countryside, IL
Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard Nielsen Mid Century Teak and Rattan Lounge Chairs - Pair Each chair
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Rattan, Teak

MCM Arm Lounge Chairs Tapered Legs & Brass Sabots Style Folke Ohlsson for DUX
By Folke Ohlsson
Located in Topeka, KS
Lovely vintage MCM or Mid-Century Danish Modern armchairs or lounge chairs with tapered legs
Category

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

Materials

Brass

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

Arnold Madsen Madsen and Schubell MCM MS-30 Danish Teak Easy Lounge Chair
By Madsen & Schubell, Arnold Madsen
Located in Countryside, IL
Arnold Madsen for Madsen & Schubell Mid Century MS-30 Danish Teak Easy Lounge Chair The chair
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

Pair Of G Plan E Gomme Redford Lounge Chairs Mid Century Vintage Retro MCM
By V.B. Wilkins
Located in Cambridge, GB
New Stock ✅ Pair of G Plan E Gomme Redford Lounge Chairs Mid Century Vintage Retro MCM A
Category

Vintage 1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Bouclé, Foam, Oak

Arne Hovmand Olsen for P Mikkelsen MCM Teak Lean Back Lounge Chairs, Pair
By Arne Hovmand-Olsen
Located in Countryside, IL
Arne Hovmand Olsen for P Mikkelsen mid-century teak lean back lounge chairs - pair. Each chair
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

MCM Tubular Chrome Lounge Chairs by Chromcraft with Rich Oxblood Seats, c. 1960s
By Chromcraft
Located in Deland, FL
Chrome plated steel tubular frames support original oxblood tufted vinyl seats. Circa 1960s. ---Dimensions--- Width: 20.25 in / 51.44 cm Depth: 24 in / 60.96 cm Height: 31.25 in / ...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

MCM Walnut & Ash Frame with Pink Fabric Lounge Chair Style of Dux or Kroehler
By Dux of Sweden, Kroehler Mfg. Co.
Located in Topeka, KS
Lovely vintage Mid-Century Modern lounge chair with walnut & ash frame and original pink fabric in
Category

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

Materials

Fabric, Ash, Walnut

Pair of MCM Model 5936 Lounge Chairs on Casters by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Houston, TX
A pair of model 5936 lounge chairs on casters designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. With the
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Vintage Hans Wegner CH22 Carl Hansen & Son Oak Lounge Easy Chairs MCM, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Hans Wegner CH22 Carl Hansen & Son Oak lounge easy chairs - a Pair. Item features woven
Category

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

Materials

Rope, Teak

Kristian Vedel Willadsen Møbelfabrik Modus MCM Rosewood Leather Chairs Ottoman
By Soren Willadsen Mobelfabrik, Kristian Vedel
Located in Countryside, IL
Kristian Vedel for Willadsen Møbelfabrik Modus Mid Century Danish Rosewood and Leather Lounge
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

1970s MCM Knoll Poppy Orange Wool & Chrome Bertoia Diamond Armchair
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Basel, BS
This listing is for a highly sought after, Classic, authentic custom made orange wool full cover Knoll Bertoia Diamond chair. **The textile is a stunning fabric, and it was custom ma...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

MCM Streamline Modern Industrial Royal Blue Vinyl & Chrome Adjustable Chaise
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome streamline modern, Mid-Century Modern, or Industrial style royal blue & vinyl or faux leather and chrome chaise or daybed with adjustable head or back rest. Wonderful condit...
Category

20th Century American Industrial Chaise Longues

Materials

Chrome

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates MCM Walnut Wingback Chair and Ottoman
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Wingback Chair and Ottoman The chair measures: 33.75 wide x 31 deep x 43 high, with a seat height of 18 inches and arm height...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

MCM Le Corbusier LC4 Chaise by Charlotte Perriand & Pierre Jeanneret for Cassina
By Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand Cassina
Located in Plainview, NY
LC4 model chaise lounge is an iconic MCM design piece. The Corbusier chaise was designed in 1928 for
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

Materials

Metal, Chrome

MCM Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller Aluminum Group High Back Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Topeka, KS
Marvelous vintage MCM (a.k.a. Mid-Century Modern) Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller Aluminum
Category

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

Materials

Aluminum

MCM Corona Chair by Paul Volther for Erik Jørgensen Newly Upholstered in Leather
By Erik Jørgensen, Poul Volther
Located in Chicago, IL
stainless-steel frame that swivels, creating a lounge chair that is both comfortable and visually striking
Category

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

Materials

Metal

Acton Schubell IB Madsen for Madsen Schübel MCM Danish Pragh Chair and Ottoman
By Ib Madsen and Acton Schubell, Madsen & Schubell
Located in Countryside, IL
Acton Schubell and IB Madsen for Madsen and Schübel Mid Century Danish Pragh Lounge Chair and
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

John Lubberts Lambert Mulder for Tomlinson MCM Cane Walnut Slipper Chair - Pair
By Tomlinson, John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder
Located in Countryside, IL
John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder for Tomlinson Mid Century Cane and Walnut Slipper Chairs - Pair Each chair measures: 28 wide x 24 deep x 28.25 high, with a seat height of 17 inches...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Cane, Walnut

De Pas Durbino & Lomazzi for Poltronova MCM Leather Joe Baseball Glove Chair
By Poltronova, Gionathan de Pas & Donato D’Urbino & Paolo Lomazzi
Located in Countryside, IL
De Pas Durbino & Lomazzi for Poltronova Mid Century Leather Joe Baseball Glove Chair-1970s This chair measures: 65 wide x 44 deep x 33.5 high, with a seat height of 16.5 inches All...
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

John Lubberts Lambert Mulder Tomlinson MCM Cane and Walnut Slipper Chair, Pair
By John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder, Tomlinson
Located in Countryside, IL
John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder for Tomlinson midcentury Cane and Walnut Slipper Chairs - Pair Each chair measures: 27 wide x 24 deep x 28.25 high, with a seat height of 17 inche...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery, Cane

H Brockmann Petersen for Louis G Thiersen MCM Teak Horseshoe Chairs, Pair
By H. Brockmann-Petersen
Located in Countryside, IL
H Brockmann Petersen for Louis G Thiersen mid century Teak Horseshoe Chairs - Pair. Each chair measures: 23 wide x 18 deep x 27 high, with a seat height of 18 and arm height/chair...
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

MCM Royal Blue & Blue Green Recliner & Ottoman Attributed to Selig Monroe Chair
By Selig
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous vintage Mid-Century Modern tone on tone royal blue & iridescent green striped recliner and ottoman attributed to Selig Monroe chair. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind tha...
Category

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

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

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Mcm Lounge For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the mcm lounge you’re looking for. A mcm lounge — often made from fabric, wood and metal — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect mcm lounge — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A mcm lounge made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — is very popular. A well-made mcm lounge has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Milo Baughman, Directional and Jamestown Lounge Company are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mcm Lounge?

The average selling price for a mcm lounge at 1stDibs is $3,123, while they’re typically $1,295 on the low end and $12,000 for the highest priced.

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.