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Set of 4 Mid Century Chairs
Located in Vosselaar, BE
Great set of midcentury chairs. Combining traditional craftmanship and natural materials with a
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Elm

Set of 4 Mid Century Chairs
Set of 4 Mid Century Chairs
H 29.14 in W 18.51 in D 17.33 in
Norman Cherner Mid Century Chair
By The Cherner Chair Company, Norman Cherner
Located in Countryside, IL
Norman Cherner mid century chair The chair measures: 17 wide x 20.5 deep x 32 high, with a seat
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Wood

Norman Cherner Mid Century Chair
Norman Cherner Mid Century Chair
H 32 in W 17 in D 20.5 in
Carlo de Carli Italian Midcentury Chair
By Carlo De Carli
Located in bari, IT
Italian midcentury chair Boomerang model by Carlo De Carli designer.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

Carlo de Carli Italian Midcentury Chair
Carlo de Carli Italian Midcentury Chair
H 31.5 in W 15.75 in D 19.69 in
Pair of Elegant Mid-Century Chair Guglielmo Ulrich Attributed
By Guglielmo Ulrich
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair of elegant mid-century chair Guglielmo Ulrich attributed.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Satin, Wood

Pair of Walnut Nakashima Style Midcentury Chairs
By George Nakashima Studio
Located in Westport, CT
Pair of George Nakashima style walnut midcentury chairs.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Swedish Leather and Wood Mid Century Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of leather and wood mid century chairs. Great design and quality. Wonderful and rare color.
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Mid-century chair EMC Furniture 60's
By EMC Furniture
Located in GOOR, NL
Expertly crafted in the iconic mid-century style, the Mid-century chair EMC Furniture 60's is the
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Teak

Mid-century chair EMC Furniture 60's
Mid-century chair EMC Furniture 60's
H 31.5 in W 28.75 in D 30.71 in
Sculptural American Midcentury Chairs
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
A pair of sculptural American Midcentury chairs with solid walnut frames and upholstered in a soft
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Cotton, Fabric, Walnut

Midcentury Chair from Sonnet, Made in Austria
Located in Vienna, Austria
Midcentury chair from Sonnet, Austria is composed of metal tubing brazed together. The legs are
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Chair from Sonnet, Made in Austria
Midcentury Chair from Sonnet, Made in Austria
H 31.89 in W 15.75 in D 17.72 in
Set of Three Folding Midcentury Chairs from Sweden, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
Set of three folding midcentury chairs from Sweden, 1970s. Very practical.
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Beech Midcentury Chairs, 3 Pieces, 1950s, Well Preserved Condition
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Czech midcentury chairs, 3 pieces. Material: Beech Period: 1950-1959 Original preserved
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Beech

Set of 6 Pedini Fano Mid-Century Chairs Italian design 1960s
Located in Palermo, IT
Set of 6 Pedini Fano Mid-Century chairs, Italian design 1960s Curved and shaped beech plywood
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Vintage 1960s Chairs

Materials

Plywood

Pair of Midcentury Chairs, Denmark, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- very confortable pair of midcentury chairs.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Pair of Midcentury Chairs, Denmark, 1970s
Pair of Midcentury Chairs, Denmark, 1970s
H 31.5 in W 25.2 in D 28.35 in
Leatherette Chrome Midcentury Chairs, 4 Pieces, 1950s, Well Preserved Condition
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Czech midcentury chairs, 4 pieces. Material: Leatherette and chrome-plated steel Period: 1950
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

1960s Mid Century Chair and Ottoman Styled After Herman Miller
By Herman Miller
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid-century chair and ottoman designed and manufactured in the United States circa 1960s. This
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Vladimir Kagan Style Weiman Nautilus Mid Century Chairs - Pair
By Weiman
Located in Countryside, IL
Vladimir Kagan Style Weiman Nautilus Mid Century Chairs - Pair Each lounge chair measures: 36 wide
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Chairs by Giovanni "Nino" Zoncada, circa 1950's
Located in Pasadena, CA
Chic pair of sculptural Italian mid-century chairs by Nino Zoncada, circa 1950's. Chairs have
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Vintage 1950s Italian Chairs

Materials

Brass

Set of Three Midcentury Chairs Tatra Designed by Frantisek Jirak, 1950s
By Frantisek Jirak, Tatra
Located in Praha, CZ
Set of three midcentury chairs Tatra designed by Frantisek Jirak, 1950s, comfortable.
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Vintage 1950s Slovak Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Chromcraft Star Trek Mid Century Chairs - Set of 4
By Chromcraft
Located in Countryside, IL
Chromcraft Star Trek Mid Century Chairs - Set of 4 Each chair measures: 22 wide x 27 deep x 37.75
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto Africa Mid Century Chair
By Maxalto, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Countryside, IL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto Africa Mid Century Chair This chair measures: 22 wide x 18 deep x
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Sculpted Mid-Century Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-century modern lounge chairs with wild sculpting shape. Funky 1960s style form for home or
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric

Sculpted Mid-Century Chairs
Sculpted Mid-Century Chairs
H 31.5 in W 34 in D 31.5 in
Arne Vodder Style Midcentury Chair Reupholstered in Abstract Blue and Ecru
By Arne Vodder
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful midcentury chair, in the style of Arne Vodder. Oak frame, seat and back reupholstered
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut

Danish Mid-Century Chair
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Beech wood chair, circa 1960's. Perfectly petite, darling striking profile with original cream
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Beech

 Danish Mid-Century Chair
 Danish Mid-Century Chair
H 29 in W 18 in D 19 in
Italian Mid-Century Chair in Oak and Leather by Palange for Montina, 1960s
By Werther Toffoloni and Piero Palange, Montina
Located in Roma, IT
Gorgeous mid-century chair in oak wood with black leather seat. This charming and unique chair was
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood, Leather, Oak

Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto Africa Mid Century Chairs - Set of 4
By Maxalto, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Countryside, IL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto Africa Mid Century Chairs - Set of 4 Each chair measures: 22 wide
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Chair by Baumritter
By Baumritter
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Striking baby blue slipper chair by Baumritter. Simple mid-century style with tufted back and
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric

Mid-Century Chair by Baumritter
Mid-Century Chair by Baumritter
H 30 in W 24 in D 24 in
Mid-Century Chair / Ton, 1992
Located in Praha, CZ
- made in Czechoslovakia - made of wood, fabric - wooden parts has some signs use - good, original condition. - hight seat 45cm.
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1990s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Chair / Ton, 1992
Mid-Century Chair / Ton, 1992
H 29.14 in W 22.45 in D 20.48 in
Mid-Century Chair in Ebonized Walnut Base with Holly Hunt Fabric
Located in New York, NY
This elegant midcentury chair was realized in the United States circa 1950. It features cylindrical
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Vintage 1950s American Art Deco Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Set of Six Mid Century Chairs
Located in Bridgewater, CT
Look at the picture for now.
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Set of Six Mid Century Chairs
Set of Six Mid Century Chairs
H 37.5 in W 16.5 in D 16.5 in
Finn Andersen Style Mid-Century Chair
By Finn Andersen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This barrel back chair with sculpted walnut frame is a mid-century mate to the famous tub chair by
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Walnut

Finn Andersen Style Mid-Century Chair
Finn Andersen Style Mid-Century Chair
H 27.5 in W 30 in D 30.5 in
Whimsical Mid-Century Chairs in Black Leather
Located in Milano, IT
Whimsical set consisting of four fine Italian-made leather chairs belonging to the 1960s. The frame
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Whimsical Mid-Century Chairs in Black Leather
Whimsical Mid-Century Chairs in Black Leather
H 29.93 in W 22.45 in D 24.02 in
Mid Century Chair, Rajmund Halas, Poland, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Chair designed by Prof. Rajmund Halas. Made of beechwood. Chair is after a complete upholstery
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Beech

Mid Century Chair, Rajmund Halas, Poland, 1960s
Mid Century Chair, Rajmund Halas, Poland, 1960s
H 29.93 in W 17.72 in D 16.54 in
Midcentury Chair Pagholz, Germany, 1970s
By Elmar Flötotto, Pagholz
Located in Praha, CZ
Good original condition with signs of use Made in Germany Measure: Seat hight 45cm Completely cleaned Revitalizing oil applied
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

 Midcentury  Chair Pagholz, Germany, 1970s
 Midcentury  Chair Pagholz, Germany, 1970s
H 32.68 in W 20.48 in D 20.48 in
Mid-Century Chair by Folke Ohlsson for DUX
By Dux of Sweden, Folke Ohlsson
Located in Nashville, TN
Lounge chair with a high backrest and thick padded cushions. Features sculpted arm rests and angled
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Set of Five Stockable Mid-Century Chairs
Located in Vienna, AT
Five chairs, stackable, metal frame, seat and top rail veneered varnished beech. H. 76 Sh. 44 cm
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Set of Five Stockable Mid-Century Chairs
Set of Five Stockable Mid-Century Chairs
H 26.78 in W 18.12 in D 18.51 in
Set of Four Original Midcentury Chairs, Jitona Sobeslav, Beech, Czechia, 1950s
By Jitona
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Set of Four Original Mid-Century Chairs. Maker: Jitona Sobeslav Source: Czechia Period: 1950
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Beech, Plywood

Four Restored Midcentury Chairs, Antonin Suman, Beech, Walnut, Czechia, 1950s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
upholstery. This item features Classic Mid-Century Modern (MCM) design elements. Elements of MCM interior
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Beech, Walnut

Midcentury Chair by Antonin Suman
By Antonín Šuman, TON a.s.
Located in Vienna, AT
Beech bentwood plywood seat designed in the 1960s by Antonin Suman for TON (former Thonet). Used but still very good condition. Up to 4 pieces available, additional ones on request....
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Beech, Bentwood

Midcentury Chair by Antonin Suman
Midcentury Chair by Antonin Suman
H 30.71 in W 17.33 in D 19.69 in
Yellow Mid Century Chair, Fameg Factory, Poland, 1960s.
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Comfortable chair A6150 produced in the late 1960s by the Furniture Factory "Fameg" in Radomsko
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Textile, Beech

Set of Four Mid-Century Chairs, Brazil Modern
Located in Barcelona, ES
Set of four chairs in “caviúna” wood, cane and upholstery, unknown designer, produced by “Hall
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Cane, Hardwood

Set of Four Mid-Century Chairs, Brazil Modern
Set of Four Mid-Century Chairs, Brazil Modern
H 34.26 in W 16.93 in D 19.69 in
Chiavari Italian Midcentury Chairs in Brass
By Chiavari
Located in bari, IT
Set consisting of four iconic Chiavari (chiavarine) chairs in brass from the 1950s. The seats have
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Chiavari Italian Midcentury Chairs in Brass
Chiavari Italian Midcentury Chairs in Brass
H 29.53 in W 17.72 in D 16.54 in
Set of Four French Midcentury Chairs
Located in Long Island City, NY
In beechwood with its original red vinyl upholstery.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Beech

Set of Four French Midcentury Chairs
Set of Four French Midcentury Chairs
H 32.88 in W 16.5 in D 18.75 in
Mid-Century Chair by Horst Romanus Wanke, 1960s
Located in Hamburg, DE
This chair by Horst Romanus Wanke is a really special and rare piece. The high backrest makes the
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wood

Midcentury Chair (1960)
Located in Wien, AT
Objekt: Sessel Entwurf: unbekannt, um 1960 Modell-Nummer: - Ausführung: unbekannter Möbelhersteller, um 1960 Maße in cm (H x B x T): 79 x 48 x 51 Material: Buchenholz, Aluminium verc...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Midcentury Chair (1960)
Midcentury Chair (1960)
H 31.11 in W 18.9 in D 20.08 in
1950s Danish Mid Century Chair
Located in ŚWINOUJŚCIE, 32
Danish low back chair from 1950s. Wooden armrest and turned legs with brass feets. Requires
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

1950s Danish Mid Century Chair
1950s Danish Mid Century Chair
H 36.23 in W 27.56 in D 31.5 in
Mid-Century Chair by Branco & Preto (attr.), Brazil 1950s
By Branco & Preto
Located in Utrecht, NL
This rare mid-century Brazilian armchair is attributed to the design collective Branco and Preto
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Mid-Century Chair by Chierowski, in Green Velvet, 1960s
By Jozef Chierowski
Located in WARSZAWA, 14
The 200-125 VAR chair, also known as the Aga Chair, is a famous project by Jozef Chierowski. Its
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair of Mid Century Chairs
Located in Houston, TX
An unusually beautiful pair of vintage lounge chairs from Italy. Made of solid wood with an
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20th Century Italian Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Mid Century Chairs
Pair of Mid Century Chairs
H 34.5 in W 24 in D 27 in
Midcentury Chair in Oak & Leatherette, Czechoslovakia, 1960s
Located in Zohor, SK
Great single chair produced in Czechoslovakia in 1960s. The chair has a strong oak construction in
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Faux Leather, Oak

Midcentury Chair in Blond Wood, Czechoslovakia, 1960s
Located in Zohor, SK
Great single chair in typical midcentury design. Produced out of oak wood in blond stain. Beautiful
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Oak

Mid-Century chairs with gilded metal footing, 1970's
Located in Brussels , BE
Set of six chairs with red fabric and golden gilded metal.
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Vintage 1970s Chairs

Materials

Metal

Italian Mid-Century Chairs in Suede and Black Metal Frame
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Red low seat Italian chair in suede and black metal frame 1970s. Completely restored red suede
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Bbpr Set of 12 Wooden Mid-Century Chairs in Bouclé
By Studio BBPR
Located in Milano, IT
Beautiful set composed of 12 chairs, designed by the group of designers and architects B.B.P.R. in
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Bouclé, Wood

Set of Six Mid Century Chairs, Rajmund Halas, Poland, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Chair designed by Prof. Rajmund Halas. Made of beechwood. Chair is after a complete upholstery
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Beech

Vittorio Nobili Walnut and Velvet Italian Mid-century Chairs, 1955
By Vittorio Nobili
Located in Rome, IT
Simple materials but fantastic and unique design for these 4 chairs by Vittorio Nobili. Truly
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Set of Four 1960's Scandinavian Mid Century Chairs
Located in Brno, CZ
This is a set of four Mid-Century dining chairs. The designer and producer of these chairs are
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Vintage 1960s German Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Ash

Rare Midcentury Chair Ladislav Rado for Knoll Drake
By Ladislav Rado, Knoll & Drake, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Very rare and beautiful side chair designed by Ladislav Rado for the short lived one year
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass, Steel

Midcentury Chairs Designed by Marc and Pierre Simon
By Marc and Pierre Simon
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Model "Deauville" designed for the liner France in 1962, edited by Airborne.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Carlo Ratti Italian Midcentury Chairs Form the Fifties
By Carlo Ratti
Located in bari, IT
Pair of 50's bentwood chairs Designer Carlo Ratti.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood, Bentwood

Four Midcentury Chairs, French or Italian, in Walnut
Located in Aalsgaarde, DK
Four fantastic and rare chairs, made in France or Italy. The chairs are in walnut and leather seats
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Walnut

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Mid Century Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of mid century chairs for sale on 1stDibs. Each of these unique mid century chairs was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, fabric and metal. We have 55030 antique and vintage mid century chairs in-stock, while there are 1299 modern editions to choose from as well. Mid century chairs have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of mid century chairs to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Art Deco mid century chairs are of considerable interest. There have been many well-made mid century chairs over the years, but those made by Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames and Milo Baughman are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Mid Century Chairs?

Prices for mid century chairs start at $1 and top out at $3,500,000 with the average selling for $3,415.

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 Mid Century Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021
    A mid-century chair is a piece of seating furniture that was designed at any point during the middle of the 20th century. Mid-century modern furniture 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. The mid-century period provided an excellent opportunity to experiment with both functional and decorative forms. Mid-century modern chairs were made with a variety of natural and synthetic materials, combining leather, wood, and cane with chrome, steel, and plastic. Shop a range of vintage mid-century chairs on 1stDibs today.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if a chair is mid-century, look for labels and markings that indicate its maker. Then, use trusted online resources to determine when the company was active. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer can be of assistance when dating chairs. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. Find a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Wassily chairs are indeed considered mid-century modern. Although the chair was initially designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925, it was re-released in the 1960s. Shop a collection of mid-century modern goods from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    The difference between mid-century and mid-century modern comes down to specificity. When it comes to furniture and architecture, for example, mid-century refers to works that emerged during the middle of the 20th century, usually between 1950 and 1970. The more specific descriptor, mid-century modern, is used to refer to a particular style of design that emphasizes simplicity, organic forms and clean lines. Mid-century modern furniture designers generally drew on the architectural work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Bauhaus design, Scandinavian modernism and more. Any piece of furniture produced during the 1950s and ’60s can be referred to as mid-century, but only those with specific characteristics are mid-century modern. That said, when enthusiasts of furniture and architecture use the shorter of the two phrases, they may indeed be referring to modernist works created during that period in history. On 1stDibs, find a wide variety of mid-century modern furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 3, 2023
    Some iconic chairs from the mid-century modern era include the Egg chair by Arne Jacobson, the La Chaise by Charles and Ray Eames and the Womb chair by Eero Saarinen. With their clean lines, organic shapes and simple details, these chairs reflect some of the key features of the style. Shop a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 26, 2021
    A mid-century sofa is any sofa created during the mid-20th century. Mid-century modern sofas are pieces of seating furniture that embody the venturesome attributes that we associate with mid-century modern furniture — while not all sofas designed in the mid-century modern style are the same, they frequently have a low profile and are characterized by gentle curves, clean lines and an organic shape. Mid-century furniture is a timeless classic due to its elegant simplicity. Shop a collection of antique, vintage, and contemporary mid-century sofas from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 17, 2023
    No, the 1970s are generally not considered to fall within the era identified as mid-century. With respect to mid-century modern design, while there is some debate between collectors and design experts about the specific time period that saw the emergence of the style, most furniture enthusiasts agree that by the late 1960s, interest in MCM had largely declined. Writer Cara Greenberg, who coined the term “mid-century modernism,” suggests that “the period from the end of World War II to 1960 – from V-J Day to JFK – was the heyday of innovative furniture design in America.” Mid-century modern furniture is characterized by clean lines and inviting, organic shapes. Furniture makers of the era believed that good design was an essential part of good living. Find a variety of vintage mid-century modern furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century artwork is any piece of art produced during the middle of the 20th century. It includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, collages, pottery and other media. You'll find a large selection of mid-century artwork from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid-century modern decor was popularized during the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would suggest that the style emerged during the years that followed World War II. This style of decor is typically characterized by sleek lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation and high functionality. Find the finest mid-century modern furnishings and more on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid-century furniture is furniture created within the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would argue that the style began to emerge in the postwar years. This style of furniture is known for its sleek lines and organic shapes. The creators most frequently associated with mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living. Mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century jewelry is a style of jewelry that rose in popularity along with the mid-century modern design movement. Pieces from this era typically feature bold, geometric designs. Shop a variety of mid-century jewelry and accessories from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The mid-century modern style emerged primarily in the years following World War II. This style of decor is characterized by sleek lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation and high functionality. Creators of mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living, and mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern refers to the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 22, 2019

    Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality. Mid-century modern furniture is distinguishable by its lack of decoration or extravagance and its use of clean lines, organic curves and variety of natural materials.

    1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern furniture refers to pieces designed during the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 25, 2024
    The years that encompass the mid-century modern period are roughly 1933 until 1965, but most experts argue, however, that the mid-century modern era correlates specifically to the years following World War II. These years in America saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history. Vintage mid-century modern furniture — including tables, chairs, desks and case pieces — are often organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple. 

    Postwar architects and designers in the United States were animated by new ideas and new technology during the era of mid-century modernism. Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century furniture designs manufactured by the likes of Knoll and Herman Miller

    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. 

    Knoll became 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 soon became desirable for the home. Similarly, Michigan’s Herman Miller is best known for its iconic mid-century modern furniture, and while the company focused on the office, people loved its designs for their homes, too.

    Find vintage mid-century modern furniture for sale on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Yes, Eames is mid-century modern. In many ways, Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and they have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century. Some of the couple's most famous mid-century modern designs include the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman, the Eames Molded Plywood chair and the Eames Fiberglass chair. Shop a wide range of Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 3, 2024
    The years between 1950 and 1960 are typically considered mid-century. Some people also include the 1970s in the definition. Remember that the term mid-century furniture refers to pieces produced during the middle of the 20th century. It is different from mid-century modern, the name for a furniture style that emerged primarily in the years following World War II and 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. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of mid-century furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if furniture is mid-century modern, examine the piece, looking for labels and markings that indicate who produced it. Then, consult trusted online resources to determine when the maker was active and what styles of furniture they made. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. A knowledgeable dealer or certified appraiser can help you determine if a particular piece is genuine mid-century modern or a reproduction. Shop a range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Mondrian’s art is believed to be one of the great inspirations for the mid-century modern approach to minimalism. His artworks were not just a departure from figurative works, but a new look at abstract art as well. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    To identify mid-century lamps, look for a manufacturer's label or stamp on the base or the shade. You can use trusted online resources to determine when the company or artisan was active. Some lamps may also have a date stamp that you can use for identification purposes. Pieces dating from the late 1950s through the early 1970s are mid-century in terms of their age. A mid-century modern lamp will show off hallmarks of the design style, such as curvy hourglass or globe forms. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer may also be able to help with the identification. Find a range of mid-century lamps on 1stDibs.