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Set of 3 Brown Jordan American Mid-Century Outdoor Aluminum Beach / Sand Chairs
By Brown Jordan
Located in New York, NY
Pair of American mid-century outdoor aluminum beach / sand chairs with latticed backs and seats in
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Club Chair and Ottoman Set
By Roche Bobois
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage set by Roche Bobois features an oversized and cushioned club chair, as well as a large
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Metal

Mole Ottoman, Sergio Rodrigues, Rosewood and Grey Leather
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Houston, TX
de Janeiro, 2000, pp. 47-52, ill. pp. 50 (color), 252 (color, ottoman), 258 (color, chair). P.S
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Mole Ottoman, Sergio Rodrigues, Rosewood and Leather 50'
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Houston, TX
(color, ottoman), 258 (color, chair). P.S. Colors may vary. Buyer pays shipping cost.
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Space Copenhagen Swoon Ottoman
By Fredericia, Space Copenhagen
Located in Berkeley, CA
Space Copenhagen swoon ottoman to supplement the swoon chair; creating a sophisticated lounge set
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and P...

Materials

Oak

  • Space Copenhagen Swoon Ottoman
  • Space Copenhagen Swoon Ottoman
  • Space Copenhagen Swoon Ottoman
  • Space Copenhagen Swoon Ottoman
H 15.94 in W 24.8 in D 20.67 in
Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig & Gino Maggioni Ottoman in Plywood and Rope
By Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig, Gino Maggioni
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig & Gino Maggioni, ottoman or stool, beech plywood, braided rope, Italy
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Rope, Beech, Plywood

Mid-Century Danish Modern Ebony & Leather Swivel Lounge Chair & Ottoman Set
By Takashi Okamura and Erik Marquardsen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
matching ottoman. Heavy well-made set with black ebony wood bases. Price includes the set. Ottoman measures
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Vintage 1980s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Recliner Chair & Ottoman Set
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Discover timeless sophistication with our Mid-Century Modern Chrome-Plated Recliner Chair and
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal, Steel, Chrome

  • Mid-Century Modern Chrome Recliner Chair & Ottoman Set
  • Mid-Century Modern Chrome Recliner Chair & Ottoman Set
  • Mid-Century Modern Chrome Recliner Chair & Ottoman Set
  • Mid-Century Modern Chrome Recliner Chair & Ottoman Set
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H 39 in W 31 in D 34 in
Lounge Chair and Its Footstool
Located in Brussel, BE
Set of lounge chair and its foot stool.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Metal

  • Lounge Chair and Its Footstool
  • Lounge Chair and Its Footstool
  • Lounge Chair and Its Footstool
  • Lounge Chair and Its Footstool
H 26.78 in W 30.71 in D 34.26 in
Luciano Frigeri Lounge Chair and Ottomann "SAMURAI", Italy, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
" lounge chair and ottoman, an Italian midcentury design by Luciano Frigerio. Crafted in the 1960s, this
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Mid-20th Century Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather, Suede, Walnut

Vintage Leather Lounge Chair and Ottoman Set
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage lounge chair and ottoman set is full of bold Mid-Century Modern style. Vibrant pink
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Leather Lounge Chair & Ottoman by HICKORY CHAIR
By Hickory Chair Furniture Company
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Leather Low Profile Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Hickory Chair Company Phenomenal pieces. Very comfortable
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Mahogany, Leather

Mid Century Leopard Print Tulip Chair and Ottoman Set After Pierre Paulin, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Deland, FL
Drawing from the influences of Pierre Paulin's Mushroom series is this unique chair and ottoman
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Vintage 1960s American Hollywood Regency Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Midcentury Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Sold as Chair +Ottoman Set
Located in Los Angeles, CA
ottoman will take 7 yards of fabric, fabric cost is not included. Price is for chair and ottoman. One set
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Mid-Century Club Chair and Ottoman by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dorchester, MA
This classic mid-century club chair by Harvey Probber offers a comfortable rest with down-filled
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Mahogany, Textile, Down

1960s Set of 2 Mid-Century Biscuit Tufted Lounge Chair & Ottoman
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid-century biscuit tufted lounge chair and ottoman designed and manufactured in the United States
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Italian Art Deco Club Chair and Ottoman Set
By Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An Italian art deco chair and ottoman set. Oversized club chair with a classic deco silhouette and
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Club Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Westnofa / Vestlandske Bentwood and Leather Chairs with Ottoman
By Ingmar Relling
Located in Tucson, AZ
beauty of this very comfortable set of two chairs and an ottoman.
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Vintage 1960s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Beech

Pair, Mid Century Vintage Leather Safari Chairs and Ottoman, Denmark 1960's
Located in Round Top, TX
Pair of Mid Century modern brown leather safari chairs and ottoman from Denmark. Leather seat
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Mahogany French Campaign Style Lounge Chair & Ottoman Set Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
French Campaign style mahogany lounge armchair and matching ottoman with button tufted black
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Mid Century Italian Modern Chrome Flat Bar Lounge Chair & Ottoman Set
By Giovanni Offredi
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A very well made lounge chair and ottoman from Italy circa 1970's. It features a solid chrome
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Vintage Lounge Chair and Ottoman Set by Pace Mariani
By Pace Manufacturing
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage lounge chair and ottoman set by Pace Mariani features a cushioned, oversized design
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Lounge Chair and Ottoman Set by Paolo Nava Prive
By Paolo Nava
Located in Brooklyn, NY
and ottoman set by Paolo Nava Prive is a true statement piece. Please confirm item location with
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Mid-20th Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Italian Aluminum Lounge Chair & Ottoman- Set
Located in Los Angeles, CA
W36.5 D33 H35 SW23 SD23 SH15 AH20 Ottoman W25 D25 H13.5 Italian Aluminum Lounge chair and ottoman
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid century Leather Chrome Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Sigurd Ressell
By Sigurd Ressell
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
canvas is tight. Canvas is good on chair and the ottoman. Chair and matching ottoman sold as a set
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Vintage 1960s Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Vintage Brown Leather Recliner and Ottoman Set
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This recliner and ottoman set features a combination of rich brown leather and a light wooden frame
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Stylish John Widdicomb Rolling Lounge Chair and Ottoman Mid-Century Modern
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stylish John Widdicomb rolling lounge chair and ottoman. This chair is beyond comfortable with a
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Brown Jordan Cantilevered Outdoor Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 2 Piece
By Brown Jordan
Located in Basel, BS
Rare designer, sleek cantilevered outdoor lounge chair and matching ottoman set, perfect for your
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Vintage Leather Recliner and Ottoman Set
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This recliner and ottoman set features a combination of brick-red leather and a light wooden frame
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Brown Felt Upholstery Attributed
By Harvey Probber
Located in Deland, FL
Equal parts style and comfort this exquisite chair and ottoman set, attributed to the iconic Harvey
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Felt

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall for Craft Assoc. Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Wilmington, DE
What a find. Offered is a beautiful Mid-Century Modern lounge chair and ottoman, designed by Adrian
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century French Lounge Chair with Ottoman, a Pair
Located in High Point, NC
A wooden armchair with ottoman from France, produced circa 1960. A chic pair, this modern set
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Hardwood

Percival Lafer Brazilian Mahogany Sling Chairs and Ottoman Set
By Percival Lafer
Located in Oakland, CA
Pair of mid-century Brazilian Mahogany lounge chairs and ottoman designed by Percival Lafer, circa
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Gio Ponti Style Sculptural Pair of Mid Century Lounge Chairs and Ottoman
Located in Bernville, PA
beautiful solid walnut .The set of chairs comes with the hard to find matching ottoman. Height 30 width 28
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Pair of Mid Century Modern Lounge Chairs with Ottoman
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Freehold, NJ
This set of mid century modern chairs feature solid wood construction, original walnut finish
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Leather Lounge Chair & Ottoman Set Mid-Century Modern OY BJ Dahlqvist AB Finland
By OY BJ Dahlqvist
Located in Wayne, NJ
Finish leather and Bent wood Lounge Chair & Ottoman Mid-Century Modern by OY BJ Dahlqvist AB
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

1960s Mid-Century Womb Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Detroit, MI
The mid century classic modern Saarinen for Knoll Womb lounge chair and ottoman was designed by
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Restored Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Custom New Cushions
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Incredibly vibrant and elegant edition of the classic Herman Miller Eames lounge chair and ottoman
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Retro Modern Sofa and Chair Set with Ottoman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
seating set, (NY or NJ). Chair dimensions: 25 W 32.5 D 29.25 H 15 SH ottoman: 23.5 W 20 D 13 H.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

Materials

Chrome

Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Refinished Wood
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Eames lounge chair and ottoman. Manufactured by Herman Miller, signed and guaranteed
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Restored Mid-Century Modern Plycraft White George Mulhauser Mr. Chair & Ottoman
By George Mulhauser, Plycraft
Located in Chattanooga, TN
ottoman. There are two chairs and ottoman sets available. Opt to buy one set or both chairs with ottomans
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

1st Gen Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Rosewood
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in San Diego, CA
1950's Eames Lounge Chair in Rosewood and Ottoman for Herman Miller is a collector's item. This chair
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Rosewood

Vintage Danish Mid-Century Leather Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Hans Olsen
By Hans Olsen
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a beautiful Scandinavian modern easy chair and its ottoman "Model 500" in leather and
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Italian Mid-Century Modern Complete Suite Chairs with Ottomans, Settee and Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Italian Mid-Century Modern suite, which includes: a pair of arm chairs with matching ottomans, a
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

Materials

Upholstery, Fabric, Wood

Eames 670 Lounge Chair & 671 Ottoman in Beata Heuman Linen Cotton
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
the juxtaposition of this mid-century icon and the more traditional toile. The set is from the early
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames Rosewood and Leather Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Herman Miller, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
chair and ottoman as a set.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Frank Gehry Easy Edges Chairs and Ottomans
By Frank Gehry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frank Gehry pair of easy Edges chairs and ottomans. Easy Edges, Inc. Canada/USA, 1972. Laminated
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Masonite, Paper

  • Frank Gehry Easy Edges Chairs and Ottomans
  • Frank Gehry Easy Edges Chairs and Ottomans
  • Frank Gehry Easy Edges Chairs and Ottomans
  • Frank Gehry Easy Edges Chairs and Ottomans
H 29.25 in W 23.25 in D 39 in
Arne Karlsen and Peter Hjort Leather and Cane Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Arne Karlsen and Peter Hjorth 1, Interna Denmark
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Oak and leather lounge chair and ottoman set by Arne Karlsen and Peter Hjort, for Interna, c.1960s
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Oak, Leather

Danish Modern Ekornes Sofa, Reclining Chair, Ottoman and Lounge Chair, Set
By Ekorness
Located in Chicago, IL
Chair and Ottoman and Lounge Chair - 4 Piece Set Mid-Century Modern leather Ekornes Amigo
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Vintage 1970s Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

Materials

Leather, Wood, Teak

High Style Mid Century Reading Chair w/ Ottoman by Heywood Wakefield
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Circa 1950 modern Heywood Wakefield reading chair with stylished pouf ottoman. The chair featuring
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wood

Midcentury Safari Chair and Ottoman, Denmark circa 1960s
Located in Round Top, TX
Mid Century modern safari chair and ottoman from Denmark. Canvas seat and back set on hard wood
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Canvas, Beech

Southwood Vintage Mahogany Upholstered Wingback Chair and Ottoman Set, C 1970s
By Southwood & Co.
Located in Germantown, MD
. Chair was used with cover all the time. Ottoman has more wear than the chair itself as it was not
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Pair of French Mid-Century Modern Leather Lounge Chairs & Ottoman, Pierre Paulin
By Pierre Paulin
Located in New York, NY
A Rare and Important Set of 2 French Late Mid-Century Modern armchairs / Lounge Chairs and 1
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather

Tommi Parzinger design for Willow & Reed Lounge Chair and Ottoman Set
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Sculpted rattan lounge chair and ottoman designed by Tommi Parzinger for Willow & Reed of New York
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Rattan

Mid Century Modern Papa Bear Lounge Chair & Ottoman by Hans Wegner, c1950s
By Hans J. Wegner, A.P. Stolen
Located in Chino Hills, CA
—from mid-century modern to contemporary. The ottoman echoes the chair's design and materials
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

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

Materials

Metal

MCM Plycraft Lounge Chair and Ottoman New Upholstered, 2 Piece Set
By Plycraft
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern Plycraft Lounge Chair and Ottoman New Upholstered Leather - 2 Piece Set The
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Iconic Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Model 670 & 671
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in San Diego, CA
Authentic and iconic Herman Miller / Eames walnut and black leather lounge chair and ottoman
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Leather

Pair, Mid Century Brown Leather Lounge Chairs with Ottoman, Denmark circa 1970
Located in Round Top, TX
Pair of mid-century modern brown leather lounge chairs with ottoman. These lounge chairs have a
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Beech

Mid-Century Norwegian Leather Chair + Ottoman by Jan Eckhardt, 1960s
Located in København K, DK
its exceptional design, durability, and one-of-a-kind history, this armchair and ottoman set is sure
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Vintage 1970s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

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Mid Century Chair And Ottoman Set For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the mid century chair and ottoman set you’re looking for. Frequently made of metal, animal skin and fabric, every mid century chair and ottoman set was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a mid century chair and ottoman set, we have 51 options in-stock, while there are 1 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a mid century chair and ottoman set — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century chair and ottoman set, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Art Nouveau or Scandinavian Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made mid century chair and ottoman set has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Brown Jordan, Walter Lamb and Charles and Ray Eames are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Chair And Ottoman Set?

Prices for a mid century chair and ottoman set can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $995 and can go as high as $19,652, while the average can fetch as much as $4,800.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.