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Mid Century GIA 7.52 Carats Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Platinum Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One Mid Century GIA 7.52 Carats Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Platinum Ring. Featuring one GIA
Category

Vintage 1960s Unknown Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Pair of Custom Mid Century Style Hairpin Leg Benches
By Mid Century Antiques
Located in New York, NY
upholstered seats. Shown in 28" x 18" x 16" tall. To be done COM any size. Can be most any height and cushion
Category

21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Custom Midcentury Style Hairpin Leg Bench
By Mid Century Antiques
Located in New York, NY
seats. Shown in 28" x 18" x 16" tall. To be done COM any size. Can be most any height and cushion
Category

21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Pair of Custom Midcentury Style Hairpin Leg Benches
By Mid Century Antiques
Located in New York, NY
COM any size. Can be most any height and cushion thickness. Can be professionally packed and shipped
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Pair of Custom Midcentury Style Hairpin Leg Benches
By Mid Century Antiques
Located in New York, NY
COM any size. Can be most any height and cushion thickness. Can be professionally packed and shipped
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Pair of Custom Midcentury Style Hairpin Leg Benches
By Mid Century Antiques
Located in New York, NY
upholstered seats. To be done COM any size. Can be most any height and cushion thickness. Can be
Category

21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Pair Custom Hairpin Leg Benches
By Mid Century Antiques
Located in New York, NY
order COM any size. Can be made as a single bench as well. Produced in most any height and cushion
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Pair Custom Hairpin Leg Benches
Pair Custom Hairpin Leg Benches
H 17 in W 24 in D 16 in
Cushion of Mid - 18th Century French Needlework
Located in London, GB
A very charming mid 18th century French needlework panel, depicting a collection of flowers and
Category

Antique Mid-18th Century French Pillows and Throws

Materials

Textile

Mid-Century French Bouclé Cushioned Papasan Chair
Located in High Point, NC
Made in France in the mid-20th century, this rattan frame lounge chair is topped with a soft bouclé
Category

20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Bouclé, Rattan

Mid Century Italian Blue Glass Cushion Mirror
Located in London, GB
Mid Century Italian blue glass cushion mirror An impressively scaled mid-century Italian cushion
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian More Mirrors

Materials

Wood, Mirror

Mid Century Italian Blue Glass Cushion Mirror
Mid Century Italian Blue Glass Cushion Mirror
H 50.01 in W 43.71 in D 3.15 in
Mid-Century Modern Tight Cushioned Accent Bench
Located in Greenwich, CT
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern furniture, this tight cushioned accent bench is built to order and
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Lacquer

Mid Century Italian Blue Glass Cushion Mirror
Located in London, GB
Mid century Italian blue glass cushion mirror An impressively scaled mid-century Italian cushion
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian More Mirrors

Materials

Glass

Mid Century Italian Blue Glass Cushion Mirror
Mid Century Italian Blue Glass Cushion Mirror
H 48.63 in W 44.1 in D 3.15 in
Mid-Century Modern Three-Cushion Blue Sofa
Located in Wilmington, DE
This is a midcentury sofa with blue upholster and wooden legs.
Category

Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Pencil Leg 4 Cushion Sofa
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern pencil leg 93" 4 cushion sofa Offered is an unrestored mid-century modern
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Antique Swedish carriage cushion cover face. Mid 19th century.
Located in Moreton-In-Marsh, GB
Size: 2ft 4in x 1ft 10in (71 x 56cm). Antique Swedish carriage cushion cover face. Mid 19th
Category

Antique 1840s Swedish Western European Rugs

Materials

Wool

Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Style 3 Cushion Sofa
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern Dunbar style sofa 85" Offered is a Mid-Century Modern sofa with tapered legs
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Mid Century Teak Daybed with Dedar Cushions, 1960s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
cushions. The bolster and the two other cushions are also new and they are upholstered with stunning
Category

Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

Materials

Fabric, Bouclé, Teak

French Mid-Century Provençal Rush Armchair with Matching Ottoman and 2 Cushions
Located in Santa Monica, CA
French Mid-Century Provençal Rush Armchair with Matching Ottoman and 2 Cushions
Category

Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Rush

Mid-Century Modern Armchair W New Seat & Back Cushions
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modern, oak armchair with new cushions.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Oak

Pair Mid Century Cane Bentwood Cantilever Chairs White Cushions
Located in Baltimore, MD
An attractive stylish pair of mid century cane bentwood cantilever chairs, based on a design by
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

An Italian Curule Stool w/Neoclassic Fabric Seat Cushion, Mid 20th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian painted wood stool with upholstered seat from the mid 20th century. This vintage stool
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Stools

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Viko Baumritter Mid Century Walnut Lounge Chair, No Cushions
By Viko Baumritter
Located in Countryside, IL
Viko Baumritter mid century walnut lounge chair - no cushions The chair measures: 28 wide x 29
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Mid-Century Modern 3 Cushion Vikko Open Arm Walnut Sofa
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century 3 cushion vikko sofa Offered is an unrestored Mid-Century Modern sofa. The sofa can
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood

Russell Woodard Aluminum Mid-Century Table 4 Chairs and Cushions
By Russell Woodard
Located in Miami, FL
Russell Woodard aluminum mid-century table 4 chairs and cushions Offered for sale is an iconic
Category

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

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century White Wash Wicker Cushioned Lounge Chair And Ottoman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-century, white wash wicker, lounge, armchair with matching ottoman is perfect for lazy days on
Category

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

Materials

Upholstery, Wicker

19.30 Carat Cushion Cut Green Tourmaline Diamond Gold Mid-Century Cocktail Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
of 26 round brilliant cut diamonds along both shoulders. The ideal mid-century cocktail ring. 1
Category

Mid-20th Century Cocktail Rings

Materials

White Diamond, Tourmaline, Diamond, White Gold, 14k Gold, Gold

Mid-20th Century MCM Tropitone Outdoor Chairs with Vinyl Straps & Cushions Set 6
By Tropitone
Located in Topeka, KS
. Circa, Mid-20th Century. NOTE: If you love this set of 6 outdoor chairs by Tropitone, we have an
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Turquoise Lawson 4 Cushion Sofa Attr Milo Baughman James Inc.
By James Inc., Milo Baughman
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous vintage mid-century modern turquoise Lawson style 4 cushion sofa attributed to Milo
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Wood

Jana Entry Bench, Upholstered Cushion Version - Walnut Mid-Century Modern
By Pete Deeble
Located in Long Beach, CA
The Jana entry bench is an original design, rooted in my love of all things modern, mid century
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Walnut

Mid-Century Leather Tufted Sofa w/ Loose Cushions
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Handsome English leather tufted sofa with tight tufted back and two loose seat cushions. The sofa
Category

Vintage 1940s English Chesterfield Sofas

Materials

Leather

Mid-Century Modern Groovy Geometric 3 Cushion Open Arm Walnut Sofa
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern geometric 3 cushion open arm walnut sofa Offered is a restored Mid-Century
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Lucite Chairs with Upholstered Cushions
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of chairs features a solid lucite construction and tufted upholstery seat which offer a sleek, modern flare to any home or office space. Please confirm item location (NY...
Category

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

Materials

Lucite

Antique Swedish carriage cushion, filled and ready for use. Mid 19th century.
Located in Moreton-In-Marsh, GB
. Mid 19th century. This beautiful carriage cushion has a truly outstanding design with a single large
Category

Antique 1840s Swedish Western European Rugs

Materials

Wool

Vintage Suzani Pillow Cases, Cushion Covers, Mid-20th Century
Located in Istanbul, TR
They do not come with inserts but bags made to the size to accommodate insert materials. Linen in the back Dry clean only Size: 79 x 59 cm / 31.1 x 23.23 in 74 x 58 cm / 29.13 x ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Uzbek Suzani Central Asian Rugs

Materials

Cotton

Restored Mid-Century Slatted Wood Bench with Green Vinyl Cushion
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Introducing our exquisite Mid-Century Slatted Bench, a perfect fusion of vintage charm and modern
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Foam, Lacquer, Upholstery, Walnut, Wood

Mid 20th century aesthetic movement inspired brass hall cushion mirror
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Good quality cushion mirror in the aesthetic movement taste, circa 1950. Pressed brass decorative
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Aesthetic Movement Wall Mirrors

Materials

Brass

MCM Leather Club Swivel Chair by Century Furniture Co
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Century Furniture Co With a full 360 swivel and a down surrounded foam cushion for maximum comfort without
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Leather

Mid-Century French Carved Giltwood Cushion Mirror with Mirrored Insets
Located in Dallas, TX
throughout. The cushion mirror is in excellent condition commensurate with age and use and adorns a rich
Category

Mid-20th Century French Wall Mirrors

Materials

Mercury Glass, Giltwood

Douglas Entry Bench Upholstered Cushion Walnut Mid-Century Modern Shoe Storage
By Pete Deeble
Located in Long Beach, CA
. It's an original design, but inspired by Mid Century Modern/Scandinavian sensibilities. It measures
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Wood Lounge Chair with Upholstered Cushions, Europe 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
seat and backrest cushions. At the heart of the aesthetic is the early mid-century design culture
Category

Vintage 1940s European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Cowhide, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Extendable Armchair Two-Tone Birch Blue Velvet Cushions
Located in Weiningen, CH
Mid-Century Modern extendable armchair two-tone birch blue velvet cushions.
Category

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Velvet, Birch

Pair Chinese Chippendale Arm Chairs by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Set of 2 Chinese Chippendale dining chairs by Century Furniture Faux bamboo in an antiqued
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Chinese Chippendale Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Cushion of Mid-18th Century French Needlework with a Black Ground
Located in London, GB
A cushion of mid-18th century French needlework with a black ground with exceptionally fresh colors.
Category

Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Pillows and Throws

White Garden Sofa Mid-century Worked Shaped Green Metal Cushion 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
White Garden Sofa Mid-century Worked Shaped Green Metal Cushion 1950s. Fabric Cushion with Leaves
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Armchair by Knoll Antimott Cushions Orange Tones Stripes
By Knoll Antimott
Located in Weiningen, CH
Mid-Century Modern armchair by Knoll Antimott cushions in various orange tones stripes new
Category

Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Silk, Birch

Danish mid-century teak framed sofa with original spring coil cushions
By France & Daverkosen, Grete Jalk
Located in DK
cushions with spring coils. The cushions are upholstered with the original green fabric designed by Grete
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Italian Mid-Century White Iron Garden Armchairs with Fabric Cushions, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century White iron garden armchairs with fabric cushions, 1960s Pair of garden
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Iron

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cherrywood Stools with Green Cushions, Vienna, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
shellac hand polished. Renewed cushions which are covered with a high-quality textile green fabric by
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Fabric, Cherry

Italian Mid-Century Modern Bamboo Pair of Lounge Rotative Armchairs with Cushion
Located in Miami, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern bamboo pair of lounge rotative armchairs with cushion It´s very
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Bamboo

Mid-Century Tapiovaara Inspired Off-White Spindle Rocking Chair w/ Gold Cushions
By Ilmari Tapiovaara
Located in Los Angeles, CA
upholstered gold velvet cushions, frame is in good original condition with visible wear, consistent with its
Category

Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Manou Dark Thick Wrapped Bamboo Foot Stool with Floral Cushion
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Manou bamboo stool with floral fabric cushion. In original condition with some visible
Category

Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Fabric, Bamboo

Rattan Bamboo Daybed Black Linen Cushion Mid Century Modern Style MINT
By Ficks Reed, McGuire, Paul Frankl
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Rattan Bamboo Daybed Black Linen Cushion Mid Century Modern Style MINT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Unknown Modern Daybeds

Materials

Upholstery, Rattan

Mid-Century Modern Italian Bamboo and Rattan Lounge Set w/ Reversible Cushions
Located in Atlanta, GA
Excellent quality Mid-Century Modern bamboo and rattan lounge set of Italian design. The oversized
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

Materials

Leather, Bamboo, Rattan

1970s Mid-Century Modern Red Lacquered Armchairs with White Boucle Cushions
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Step back into the 1970s with our captivating pair of mid-century modern armchairs, expertly
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Bouclé, Foam, Lacquer, Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Style Pencil Splayed Leg 93" 4 Cushion Sofa
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern Pencil Leg 93" 4 Cushion Sofa Offered is an unrestored Milo Baughman mid
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Set of Eight Tapestry Pillows Cushions Mid-17th Century Flemish Baroque Verdure
Located in BUNGAY, SUFFOLK
These pillows or cushions are made from two complete borders of a 17th century verdure tapestry so
Category

Antique Mid-17th Century European Baroque Textiles

Materials

Tapestry

Vintage Pair of Mid-Century Steel Armchairs with Custom Cushion and Saber Legs
Located in Atlanta, GA
custom cushions. Created during the mid-century period, each of this pair of steel armchairs features an
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Orange Cotton Upholstery Ottoman on Casters & Cushions - Pair
Located in Miami, FL
seat cushion and the four casters work smoothly.  
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Wood, Cotton, Foam, Plastic

18th Century Needlework Dog Cushion
Located in Salisbury, GB
A beautiful cushion made from a rare and unusual 18th century hand embroidered stitched fragment of
Category

Antique Mid-18th Century English Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen, Silk, Feathers

18th Century Needlework Dog Cushion
18th Century Needlework Dog Cushion
H 16.5 in W 18.5 in D 5 in
High Back Danish Armchair in Solid Oak & Leather Cushion, Mid Century, 1950s
Located in Odense, DK
Such a beautiful high back armchair in solid oak and leather seating from the 1950s. Skillfully handcrafted by a Danish cabinetmaker in the 1950s. The armrest is round shaped and th...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

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Mid Century Cushions For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of mid century cushions available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique mid century cushions was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, wood and metal. There are 648 antique and vintage mid century cushions for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 44 modern editions to choose from as well. Mid century cushions have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Scandinavian Modern mid century cushions are consistently popular styles. Many mid century cushions are appealing in their simplicity, but Berber Tribes of Morocco, Pamela Print and George Nelson produced popular mid century cushions that are worth a look.

How Much are Mid Century Cushions?

Prices for mid century cushions start at $42 and top out at $45,000 with the average selling for $1,534.

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 Cushions
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century is considered the middle of the century, however as it pertains to furniture and design, mid-century is an American design movement known for its modern style, construction and the Modernist movement. It is typically simple and clean lines without embellishments. Shop a range of mid-century modern designs on 1stDIbs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Most experts agree that mid-century modern correlates specifically to the years following World War II. It has grown in popularity in the decades since, particularly due to the media and cultural institutions that have promoted the truly innovative era of design. Not only did the MoMA promote modern furniture, but pieces are prominently visible on the set of very popular television shows such as Mad Men. Shop a wide and beautiful range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.