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Mid-Century Modern Arm Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This retro walnut lounge chair features sculpted hardwood frame and quality vintage fabric. The
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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H 37.75 in W 24.75 in D 32 in
Alfred Christensen Style, Danish Mid-Century Modern Arm Chair, Shearling, Elm
By Alfred Christensen
Located in Stamford, CT
Alfred Christensen Style, Swedish Mid-Century Modern Arm Chair, Shearling, Beech Lounge chair
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Sheepskin, Elm

Mid-Century Modern, Arm Chair in Wood and Patinated Cognac Leather, 1950
By Josef Frank, Anna-Lülja Praun
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
seat and the back. The cognac colored leather has a beautiful patina. The chair is in great condition
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchair
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Arm Chair. Dimensions. 23 w ; 20 d ; 41 h.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Mid Century Modern Teak Wood Arm Chair by Westnofa
By Westnofa Furniture
Located in Detroit, MI
This vintage mid century modern arm chair was made in Norway by Westnofa circa 1968. The elegant
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Robert Kayton Assoc. Arm Chair
By Robert Kayton
Located in New York, NY
Robert Kayton & Associates (American, XX) mid-century modern arm chair manufactured by the Kingston
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Beech

Chrome Cantilever Sling Chairs
By Marcel Breuer, Cosco
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of mid-century modern arm chairs made by Cosco Home Products. Made of strong polished chrome
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

  • Chrome Cantilever Sling Chairs
  • Chrome Cantilever Sling Chairs
  • Chrome Cantilever Sling Chairs
  • Chrome Cantilever Sling Chairs
H 39.5 in W 21.5 in D 24.25 in
Curved-Arm Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-century modern arm chairs with wood trim and bowed arms. Very comfortable club chairs with
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood

  • Curved-Arm Lounge Chairs
  • Curved-Arm Lounge Chairs
  • Curved-Arm Lounge Chairs
  • Curved-Arm Lounge Chairs
H 26 in W 32.5 in D 31 in
Mid-Century Modern Butterfly Wingback Chair
Located in Sheffield, MA
-century modern. arm chair. Read Less.
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Vintage 1950s European Hollywood Regency Club Chairs

Materials

Linen, Mahogany

Poul Jensen Z Style Arm Chair
By Poul Jensen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sculpted frame mid-century modern arm chair with two removable cushions. Great shape with sled leg
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Walnut

  • Poul Jensen Z Style Arm Chair
  • Poul Jensen Z Style Arm Chair
  • Poul Jensen Z Style Arm Chair
  • Poul Jensen Z Style Arm Chair
H 32 in W 27.5 in D 30 in
Mid-Century Italian Modern Tufted Mohair and Chrome Lounge Chairs
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Luxurious pair of Mid-Century Modern arm chairs with polished chrome frames and tufted back and
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Vintage Walnut Lounge Chairs by Jens Risom Design
By Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning pair of Mid-Century Modern arm chairs by Jens Risom Design feature extremely thick
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Midcentury Upholstered Wood Lounge Chair by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Detroit, MI
This beautiful vintage Mid-Century Modern arm chair was designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (English
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Post Modern Brass Gold Bent Chrome Cantilever Chair Attributed to Thonet
By Anton Lorenz, Thonet
Located in Madison, WI
Mid Century Modern Arm Chair attributed to Iconic Italian Designer Anton Lorenz for Thonet c 1960
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Roger Sprunger Jack Larsen Dunbar Guest Chairs
By Roger Sprunger, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair of Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Guest Arm Chairs A pair of Mid-Century Modern arm chairs
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Mid Century Modern Green Armchairs with Tufted Seat Back
Located in Freehold, NJ
This pair of mid century modern arm chairs features vintage green, white & yellow checked
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery

Scandinavian Modern Teak Armchairs by Harbo Sølvsten 1950s, Set of 2
By Knud Andersen, J.C.A. Jensen
Located in Asaa, DK
Scandinavian Modern Teak Armchairs by Harbo Sølvsten 1950s, Set of 2. Pair of Danish mid-century
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Bouclé, Teak

Mid-Century Channel Back Armchair W/ Ebonized Walnut Legs & Marmalade Upholstery
Located in New York, NY
This refined Mid-Century Modern arm chair was realized in the United States circa 1950. Sitting on
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Pair of Mid Century Modern Ebonized Walnut Lounge Chairs in Holly Hunt Fabric
Located in New York, NY
This stunning and graphic pair Mid Century Modern arm chairs were realized in the United States
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Vintage Danish Teak Armchair by Tove & Edvard Kindt-Larsen 1950s
By Gustav Bertelsen, Tove & Edvard Kindt-Larsen
Located in Asaa, DK
-century modern arm chair in solid teak with original black leather upholstery designed in 1957. Round
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Modern Walnut Upholstered Arm Lounge Chair
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Milford, NH
A fine example of a mid century modern trapezoid walnut upholstered arm lounge chair with removable
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Ruby Red High Back Barrel Chair Fairfield Chair Co., c. 1960s
By Fairfield Chair Company
Located in Deland, FL
. The chair sits on an artisan sculpted walnut frame wrapping around the back, ensuring attention from
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wood

Angular Mid Century Modern Slant Arm Lounge Chair
By Kroehler Mfg. Co., Dunbar Furniture
Located in Garnerville, NY
drastically slanted arm of the chair. Loose back cushion. Circa 1960-65. The front and back legs are made of a
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Brass

Pair Vintage Mid-Century Modern Walnut Arm Chair Lounge Chair by United Chair Co
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair vintage Mid-Century Modern walnut arm chair lounge chair by United Chair Co. Item features
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish Vamdrup Stolefabrik Teak Arm Chair
By Vamdrup Stolefabrik
Located in west palm beach, FL
A fantastic vintage Danish arm chair. Made by the coveted Vamdrup Stolefabrik group. Marked Made in
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Low Profile Arm/Accent Chair
Located in Wilmington, DE
Vintage mid-century tufted-back swivel rocker club chair. Offered is a vintage mid-century
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric

Mid Century Danish Modern Lounge Arm Chairs - a Pair
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pair Mid Century Danish Modern Chairs. New foam and upholstery.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Brutalist Arm Chairs
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Clarksboro, NJ
This listing is for a pair of Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Brutalist Arm Chairs. Featuring a
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Modern Walnut Upholstered Reclining Arm Lounge Chair
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Milford, NH
A fine mid century modern walnut reclining arm lounge chair with footrest designed by Adrian
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Danish Leather Arm Chairs
Located in North York, ON
These mid-century modern Danish Leather lounge chairs are a stunning combination of classic Danish
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Milo Baughman Parsons Style Ivory Bouclé Chairs with en suite Ottoman c. 1970s
By Milo Baughman
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Parsons style Mid Century Modern arm chairs with matching en suite Parsons style ottoman newly upholstered
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Bouclé, Upholstery

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Open Arm Walnut Lounge Chairs
Located in Wilmington, DE
Pair of Mid-Century Modern walnut open arm lounge chairs Offered is a beautifully pair of
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Scroll Arm Swivel Lounge / Arm Chairs, Faux Shearling
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Mid-Century Modern scroll arm swivel lounge / arm chairs, Faux Shearling Low profile
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Sheepskin, Bouclé, Wood

Gorgeous Dunbar Arm Chair Edward Wormley Mid-century Modern
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous Dunbar chair designed by Edward Wormley. This lovely chair was reupholstered in a salmon
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Set of 4 Mid-Century Modern Salterini Curve Back Outdoor Arm Chairs
By Salterini
Located in Wilmington, DE
Set of 4 Mid-Century Modern Salterini curve back outdoor arm chairs Offered is a set of 4 Mid
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Rounded Walnut Arm Chairs with Orange Upholstery
By Jens Risom
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Rounded Walnut arm chairs with Orange Upholstery. Very Nice Pair of
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Naugahyde, Walnut

Mid-Century Danish Recliner Arm Chair
Located in Hudson, NY
A mid-century Danish recliner arm chair. Upholstered in a black felt fabric with a button tufted
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

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  • Mid-Century Danish Recliner Arm Chair
  • Mid-Century Danish Recliner Arm Chair
H 38 in W 30 in D 27.5 in
Vintage Mid Century Danish Modern Teak Wood Lounge Club Arm Chair Domino Mobler
By Domino Møbler
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage mid century Danish modern teak wood lounge club arm chair. Item features solid teak wood
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wood, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Curved Angled Back Dining Arm Chairs - a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-Century Modern walnut curved angled back dining arm chairs - a pair. Item features sleek curved
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut

Vintage Mid Century Modern Blue Upholstered Chrome Swivel Base Club Arm Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid Century Modern Blue Upholstered Chrome Swivel Base Club Arm Chair. Item features blue
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Style Burnt Orange Walnut Arm Chairs
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Clarksboro, NJ
This listing is for a pair of Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Style Burnt Orange Walnut Arm
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Polished Chrome Rail Back Lounge/ Arm Chair
Located in New York, NY
This stunning and sculptural lounge/arm chair designed in the manner of the esteemed American
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Wood Frame Vinyl Upholstered Lounge Arm Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-Century Modern walnut wood frame vinyl upholstered lounge arm chair. Item: features cream
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Mid Century Atomic Ranch Thonet Style Arm Chairs
By Thonet
Located in W Allenhurst, NJ
Awesome retro bentwood arm chairs in the style of Thonet and Heywood Wakefield. Nice red leather
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Mahogany Arm or Desk Chair Upholstered in Black Leather
Located in Los Angeles, CA
elliptical shapes and mid-century modern lines make this a stylish addition to any desk or seating
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Fantastic Probber Style Angular Arm Lounge Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fantastic angular pair of Probber style lounge chairs. Smart looking walnut legs and base. We love
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Thonet Bentwood Birch Lounge Arm Chairs
By Thonet
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Thonet bentwood birch lounge arm chairs. Has original medium pastel
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Birch, Bentwood

Pair Stendig Arm Chairs, Switzerland, New Luxurious Boucle, Mid-Century Modern
By Charles Stendig, Stendig Co.
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair Stendig arm chairs, Switzerland, New Sheepskin Boucle, Mid-Century Modern A rare pair of
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Chrome

France & Søn Mid Century Danish Modern Sigvard Bernadotte "Model 132" ARM CHAIR
By France & Søn
Located in Las Vegas, NV
France & Søn Mid Century Danish Modern Sigvard Bernadotte "Model 132" ARM CHAIR Sigvard Bernadotte
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Button Back Arm Chair by Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in New York, NY
This effortlessly elegant and timeless Mid Century Modern chair was realized by the legendary
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Fantastic Danish Modern Paddle Arm Teak Lounge Chair Mid-Century
By Kurt Østervig
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fantastic Danish modern paddle arm teak lounge chair. This piece retains its original woven
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

Rare Design Bent Wire Frame Wood Arm Mid-Century Modern Dining Side Chair
By Jean Royère, Clifford Pascoe
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice rare modernist design Mid-Century Modern dining side armchair.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal, Wire

Mid Century Modern Cityscape Fabric Desk Arm Side Chair with Castors Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Wayne, NJ
Chrome cityscape fabric desk arm side chair with castors by Paul Evans Inc. Has a metallic stripe
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Danish Mid Century Johannes Andersen Arm Chair - 022432
By Johannes Andersen
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Vintage Danish mid-century modern, made in the 1950's - Recently refurbished The piece is more
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Teak

New Wool Upholstery Danish Mid-Century Modern Rocking Lounge Arm Chair Mint!
By Selig, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Rockaway, NJ
New Wool upholstery Danish Mid-Century Modern rocking lounge arm chair mint!
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

Paolo Buffa Style, Mid-Century Modern, Arm, Lounge Chairs, Mahogany, Oak, Velvet
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Style Arm / Lounge Chairs, Mahogany and Oak Two mid-century
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany, Oak

1950's Pair Mid Century Modern Danish Walnut Upholstered Barrel Arm Chairs
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a pair of vintage danish barrel back armchairs, dating to the mid 1950's. I
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Vintage 1950s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Scroll Arm Traditional Lounge / Swivel Chairs, bouclé
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Mid-Century Modern scroll arm traditional lounge / swivel chairs, bouclé. Very comfortable
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Bouclé, Wood

Century Furniture Mid Century Cane and Walnut Dining Chairs - Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Century Furniture Mid Century Cane and Walnut Dining Chairs - Set of 6 Each armless chair measures
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Walnut

19th Century Arm Chair
Located in Dallas, TX
Its a beautiful comfortable chair for you to relax, real soft .
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Antique Mid-19th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

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Mid Century Modern Arm Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of mid century modern arm chairs available for sale. The range of distinct mid century modern arm chairs — often made from wood, fabric and metal — can elevate any home. We have 606 antique and vintage mid century modern arm chairs in-stock, while there are 8 modern editions to choose from as well. Mid century modern arm chairs have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Mid century modern arm chairs bearing Mid-Century Modern or Scandinavian Modern hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made mid century modern arm chairs over the years, but those made by Charles and Ray Eames, Milo Baughman and Herman Miller are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Mid Century Modern Arm Chairs?

Prices for mid century modern arm chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, mid century modern arm chairs begin at $1 and can go as high as $68,000, while the average can fetch as much as $2,799.

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 unique chairs, sofas and other seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.

Questions About Mid Century Modern Arm Chairs
  • 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 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.