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Black Lacquer Wooden and Velvet Lounge Armchair
Located in Halluin, FR
Black lacquer wooden feet with brass finish and psychedelic velvet lounge armchair Mid-Century Modern style.
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

  • Black Lacquer Wooden and Velvet Lounge Armchair
  • Black Lacquer Wooden and Velvet Lounge Armchair
  • Black Lacquer Wooden and Velvet Lounge Armchair
  • Black Lacquer Wooden and Velvet Lounge Armchair
H 30.71 in. W 26.78 in. D 27.56 in.
Black Lacquer Wooden and Velvet Lounge Armchair
Located in Halluin, FR
Black lacquer wooden feet with brass finish and velvet lounge armchair Mid-Century Modern style.
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

  • Black Lacquer Wooden and Velvet Lounge Armchair
  • Black Lacquer Wooden and Velvet Lounge Armchair
  • Black Lacquer Wooden and Velvet Lounge Armchair
  • Black Lacquer Wooden and Velvet Lounge Armchair
H 30.32 in. W 27.96 in. D 31.11 in.
1960s Pair of Padded Armchairs, Yellow and Black, Steel, Upholstery, Italy
Located in Girona, ES
Spectacular pair of armchairs, black steel compas feet with polished brass nuts and bolts. Continuous arms around the back, new padded upholstery in yellow mustard bouclé fabric. ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Briance Chairs, Black Nickel by Bourgeois Boheme Atelier
By Bourgeois Boheme Atelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These elegant chairs have cast brass legs which have been black nickel-plated and a distinctive curved back. The chairs are very comfortable, perfect in size and are ideal as small-s...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of Briance Chairs by Bourgeois Boheme Atelier
By Bourgeois Boheme Atelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These elegant chairs have cast brass legs and a distinctive curved back. The chairs are very comfortable, perfect in size and are ideal as small-scale side chairs. The beauty of the ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Dining Armchair, Tufted Fiore Italian Leather, Midcentury Style, Luxury Details
By Gio Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Great and comfortable dining chair in fiore leather. This successful dining chair is now offered in primo fiore leather. Source of leather is a top tannery in Vicenza (one of the tw...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Italian Midcentury Floral Black Velvet Armchair by Gigi Radice for Minotti
By Minotti, Gigi Radice
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing and comfortable Italian Mid-Century Modern Loungechair with new top quality black Velvet with floral ornaments and birds. It features a solid wooden frame with elegant brass ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Dining Armchair Classic Blue 2020 Fiore Leather, Midcentury Style Luxury Details
By Gio Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Elegant and comfortable dining chair in Italian fiore leather. This successful dining chair is now offered in primo fiore leather. Here pictured in a Classic Blue primo fiore. Leath...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Brass Handle Armchair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar desk or dining chair with tapered legs and brass handle or handhold, circa 1950s. Shown in all original condition with vintage Asian style fabric, has mi...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Brass

Dining Armchair Mountbatten Rose Fiore Leather Midcentury Style, Luxury Details
By Gio Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Timeless and comfortable dining chair in Italian fiore leather. This successful dining chair is now offered in primo fiore leather. Here pictured in a soft and trendy Mountbatten ros...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Brass

Dining Highback Armchair Reynolda Green Fiore Leather Midcentury, Luxury Details
By Osvaldo Borsani, Gio Ponti
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Highback and comfortable dining chair in Italian fiore leather. This successful dining chair is now offered in primo fiore leather. Here pictured in a soft midcentury sage green. Ver...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Brass

Italian Armchair Mid-Century Design 1950s Green Brass Feat
By Gio Ponti
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Italian Armchair Mid-Century Design 1950s Green Brass Feat
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Lupino Armchair Cotton Velvet Brass Legs
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
This midcentury armchair is part of the Lupino family, who was inspired by one of the most talented women from the mid-20th century. Ida Lupino was not only a famous movie actress, s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Designer Armchair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful Mid-Century Modern armchair with a walnut frame and brass footing caps, this chair features a beautiful combination of materials for a vintage look that is full of charac...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Modern Designer Armchair
  • Mid-Century Modern Designer Armchair
  • Mid-Century Modern Designer Armchair
  • Mid-Century Modern Designer Armchair
H 30.5 in. W 25.5 in. D 26 in.
Italian Mid-Century Green Velvet Armchairs with Brass Structure, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century green velvet armchairs with brass structure, 1950s Armchairs with paw in brass and covered in green velvet. Comfortable and beautiful armchairs to furnish your ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern French Riviera Bamboo and Brass Armchairs, 1960s
Located in Paris, FR
This pair of bamboo armchairs from the Mid-Century Modern French Riviera period is bursting with nostalgia. A beautiful brown bamboo structure with brass accents and bouclette wool s...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern French Riviera Bamboo and Brass Armchairs, 1960s
Located in Paris, FR
This pair of bamboo armchairs from the Mid-Century Modern French Riviera period is bursting with nostalgia. A beautiful brown bamboo structure with brass accents and graphic chevron ...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Pink Velvet and Brass Italian Armchair, circa 1950
By Gio Ponti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Gio Ponti style Italian armchair, recently upholstered in pink velvet, brass feet are in original patina.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid century Armchairs Footrests Smooth Velvet Lacquered Metal Brass Italy 1950s
Located in Palermo, IT
Set of 2 armchairs and 2 footrests upholstered in multicolored smooth velvet with feet in black lacquered metal and brass, Italian production of the 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Oak and Aged Brass Light Weight Frame Armchair
By Peter Ghyczy, Ghyczy
Located in Swalmen, NL
This Mid-Century Modern 'Audrey Safary (S12)’ is a comfortable armchair designed and locally produced by GHYCZY. Designer and architect Peter Ghyczy created this iconic airmchair in ...
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2010s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Lacquered Oak and Brass Light Weight Frame Armchair
By Peter Ghyczy, Ghyczy
Located in Swalmen, NL
This Mid-Century Modern 'Audrey Safary (S12)’ is a comfortable armchair - designed and locally produced by GHYCZY. Designer and architect Peter Ghyczy created this iconic chair in 20...
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2010s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

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

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Brass

Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Brass and Black Velvet Italian Armchairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Two particular armchairs made in Italy in the 1950s, they have been upholstered, brass it's in original patina.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid Century Pair of Armchairs Green Velvet Metal Brass Italian Design 1960s
Located in Palermo, IT
Elegant set of 2 small armchairs upholstered in smooth velvet in green shades, with metal feet and brass tips. Italian production from the 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal, Brass

Pair of French Mid-Century Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful 1950s armchair with brass accent. New upholstered.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

  • Pair of French Mid-Century Armchairs
  • Pair of French Mid-Century Armchairs
  • Pair of French Mid-Century Armchairs
  • Pair of French Mid-Century Armchairs
H 33 in. W 30 in. D 24.5 in.
Pair Mid-Century Italian Armchairs Blue Velvet Melchiorre Bega Feet Wood Brass
By Melchiorre Bega
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair mid-century Italian armchairs blue velvet Melchiorre Bega feet wood brass. Of great elegance and refinement, for a unique and inimitable environment, they have been totalmnet...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

1950s Set of two Mid-Century Modern Purple Velvet and Brass Italian Armchairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Two armchairs made in Italy in the fifties in the manner of Gio Ponti, they have been recently upholstered in a gorgeous purple velvet. solid brass feet are in original patina.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Style Armchair in Black Velvet w/ Brass Finished Frame
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
A slim brass finished frame, with a pitched back, and plush cushions. It's a bold statement without being too bold, simple and Classic is the St. Pierre. A perfect piece to add to an...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Brass and Black Velvet Italian Armchairs, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Two upholstered Mid-Century Modern armchairs made in Italy in the 1950s in the style of Giò Ponti, black velvet has red finiture, brass is in original patina.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Brass Armchair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
America, c1940's Dimensions: 21" W x 21" D x 33" H, 18" SH.
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Vintage 1940s North American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

  • Brass Armchair
  • Brass Armchair
  • Brass Armchair
  • Brass Armchair
H 33 in. W 21 in. D 21 in.
Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Brass and Velvet Italian Armchairs, circa 1950
By Gio Ponti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Stylish Mid-Century Modern armchairs in the manner of Giò Ponti. Brass is in original patina, grey velvet has been upholstered, never used.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

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

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Metal

Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Brass and Orange Velvet Armchairs, circa 1960
By Gigi Radice
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Two armchairs in the style of Gigi Radice made in Italy in the 1960s, they are recently upholstered in an amazing orange velvet.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Flat Bar Brass Armchairs DIA 1970s Baughman Style
By Design Institute America
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a gorgeous pair of flat bar brass armchairs, by The Design Institute of America, circa 1970s, in the style of Milo Baughman. In very good vintage condition....
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Style Gene Armchair Bouclé Polished Brass Nails
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
Gene’s prominent cheekbones and her striking good looks helped propel her to stardom. Her talent was recognized along her career, and Gene was nominated for an Academy Award for Best...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Armchairs

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Bouclé, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Armchairs Yellow Color ISA Bergamo Design Brass Feet
By Arredamenti ISA
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Mid-Century Modern pair of armchairs yellow color ISA Bergamo design brass feet.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

ISA Bergamo Pair of Armchairs Italian Design Mid-Century Modern Brown Brass Feet
By ISA Bergamo
Located in Palermo, Sicily
ISA Bergamo pair of armchairs Italian design Mid-Century Modern brown brass feet.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Fringes Scarlet Armchair Walnut Wood Cotton Velvet Brass Nail
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
Scarlet is a bright and vivid reddish color that emanates passion, love and seduction. Inspired by such color, Ottiu designed the Scarlet Mid-Century Modern Armchair. Its eclectic an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Italian Armchairs with Pucci Style fabric and Brass Feet a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Clothed in Pucci inspired fabric these two arm chairs are exquisite and exciting. They will add an element of interest in any decor. These chairs were produced in that magical perio...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery

Italian Mid-Century Modern Striped Velvet Armchairs
Located in Austin, TX
Italian Mid-Century Modern period pair of armchairs in original velvet and striped velvet upholstery with black lacquered steel and brass legs. Original upholstery shows a little wea...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Pair Mid-Century Italian Armchairs Mario Franchioni for Framar 1950 Brass Feet
By Framar
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair mid-century Italian armchairs Mario Franchioni for Framar 1950 brass feet. Velvet Jab 100% Cotton .
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Brazilian Rosewood Armchairs
By Sergio Rodrigues, Percival Lafer
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration, a Mid-Century Modern pair of Brazilian rosewood armchairs. Solid Brazilian rosewood with brass accents and leather cushions. One chair retains original label....
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Style Lucy Armchair Walnut Wood Polished Brass Cotton Velvet
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
Being the first woman to run a major production company and that wasn’t afraid to take risks, Lucille Ball was once called a “waste of time” at the dramatic school. After thriving im...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Armchairs

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Cotton, Wood

Pair of Armchairs Mid-Century Modern Italian Design, 1950s Green Brass Feet Wood
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair of particular armchairs Italian Mid-Century design, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wool, Cotton, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Italian Armchairs 1960s by Anonima Castelli
By Anonima Castelli
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of very stylish and extremely comfortable Italian midcentury armchairs or by Anonima Castelli, original from the 1960s with polished brass details on the legs. The seats are u...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass, Iron

Radice & Minotti Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet Armchair, 1950s
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
Radice & Minotti armchair, completely refitted and restored In the new Italian velvet upholstery, with solid legs in hand-worked brass. The "Conchiglia" armchair by Radice & Minotti ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

20th Century Italian Vintage Brass Armchair, 1970-1980
Located in Paris, FR
A beautifully crafted 20th-century statement large vintage armchair or side accent chair composed of polished solid gold brass and designed with a curve rounded backrest, panels and ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Armchairs by Arredementi ISA Bergamo
By Arredamenti ISA
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
This pair of mid-century armchairs by Arredementi ISA Bergamo feature fully upholstered tight seats and backs with slightly rolled arms, supported on brass legs. Simple and elegant...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Italian Armchairs by Cesare Lacca
By Cesare Lacca
Located in London, GB
Pair of armchairs with brass legs and shaped back, reupholstered in grey linen.   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Armchairs Guglielmo Ulrich Attributed Design, 1960s
By Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in Bochum, NRW
Italian armchairs, Guglielmo Ulrich attributed design, 1960s, Mid-Century Modern. Wood structure with brass-bronze feet, upholstery in luxurious Rubelli blue-grey velvet. Very comfo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Aldo Morbelli Mid-Century Modern Pair of Light Beige Armchairs
By Aldo Morbelli
Located in Madrid, ES
A midcentury Italian pair of armchairs designed by Aldo Morbelli in the 1950s. Reupholstered in Kvadrat light beige fabric. Brass feet. Smart and elegant. Impeccable.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Pair of Italian Armchairs by Cesare Lacca
By Cesare Lacca
Located in London, GB
Pair of armchairs with brass legs and shaped back, reupholstered in grey linen.   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Outstanding Pair of Mid-Century Modernist Armchairs Attributed To Zanuso
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Kingston, NY
This outstanding pair of Mid-Century Modernist armchairs attributed to Zanuso feature the original upholstery in black vinyl, and brass feet at the base. The brass legs have been ref...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Scarlet Armchair Cotton Velvet Walnut Wood
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
Scarlet is a bright and vivid reddish color that emanates passion, love, and seduction. Inspired by such color, Ottiu designed the Scarlet Mid-Century Modern Armchair. Its eclectic a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Armchairs

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Brass

Marco Zanuso Mid-Century Modern "Lady" Italian Armchairs Edited by Arflex
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of "Lady" armchairs with stool designed by Marco Zanuso and edited by Arflex. Structure made of wood and brass legs. Italy, 1960s Dimensions: W 89 x D 77 x H 40/85 cm Stoo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Visconti Armchair Cotton Velvet Walnut Wood
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
“I like melodrama because it is situated just at the meeting point between life and theater.” Quoting Luchino Visconti, a cinema director and a screenwriter, Ottiu’s designers create...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of Armchairs Mid-Century Italian Design Grey Very Elegant
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Fabulous chic and elegant Mid-Century Italian design armchairs, restored with silver satin fabric, and wool parts, the design and shapes are really extraordinary, brass feet are poli...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Armchairs by ISA Bergamo, Set of Two, 1950s
By ISA Bergamo
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of 20th century vintage Italian club armchairs designed with a high comfortable backrests and buttons manufactured by ISA Bergamo. In fully restored condition with new foam padd...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Classic Greek Key Brass Armchair
By Mastercraft
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A classic Greek key armchair, made in Italy and distributed by Mastercraft. Made of brass with a curved back, the chair is stylish and very comfortable. Brass frame has patina, uphol...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

  • Classic Greek Key Brass Armchair
  • Classic Greek Key Brass Armchair
  • Classic Greek Key Brass Armchair
  • Classic Greek Key Brass Armchair
H 31 in. W 26 in. D 27 in.
Croix I Armchair with Brass Feet
By Mambo Unlimited Ideas
Located in Lisbon, PT
Delicate seaming in diagonal shapes throughout Croix upholstered back contrast with the smooth seating. Stylish and elegant, this armchair is extremely comfortable in its’ perfect fi...
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2010s Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

  • Croix I Armchair with Brass Feet
  • Croix I Armchair with Brass Feet
  • Croix I Armchair with Brass Feet
  • Croix I Armchair with Brass Feet
H 33.86 in. W 28.35 in. D 29.93 in.
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Mid Century Armchair Brass For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the piece of mid century armchair brass you’re looking for. Was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, brass and fabric. Find 414 options for an antique or vintage item from our selection of mid century armchair brass now, or shop our selection of 71 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Whether you’re looking for newer or older items, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right choice in our collection of mid century armchair brass, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Louis XVI styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one object in our assortment of mid century armchair brass that is appealing in its simplicity, but ISA Bergamo, Gigi Radice and Edward Wormley produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mid Century Armchair Brass?

Prices for a piece of mid century armchair brass can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $499 and can go as high as $36,000, while the average can fetch as much as $4,650.

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.