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One Pair of 1980s Bent Wood Laminate Armchairs
Located in Camden, ME
One pair of 1980s bent laminate arm chairs by Alba Industries.
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Laminate

Rare Eero Saarinen 'Grasshopper' Armchair in Laminated Birch, 1946
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A rare and substantial Eero Saarinen 'Grasshopper' armchair designed in 1946. This piece retains
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Birch

Curved Laminated Wood Armchair in Green Cashmere by Giuseppe Pagano, c. 1940s
By Giuseppe Pagano Pogatschnig
Located in New York City, NY
Curved Laminated Wood Armchair by Giuseppe Pagano, Italy, c. 1940s. This stunning armchair was
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Red and White Armchair, Original Condition, Czechia, 1960s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Pair of midcentury armchairs. Original preserved condition Source: Czechia Material: lacquered
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Mid-century modern Coat Rack by Carlo di Carli for Fiarm - 1960s
By Carlo De Carli
Located in Brussels , BE
Mid-century modern Coat Rack by Carlo di Carli for Fiarm - 1960s
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Plastic, Laminate, Walnut

Original Pair of Mid-Century Armchairs by Miroslav Navratil, Czechia, 1950s
By Miroslav Navratil
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Original pair of midcentury armchairs by Miroslav Navratil. Source: Czechia Period: 1950-1950
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Beech

Danish Modern Teak Bentwood Sculptural Armchair
By Peter Hvidt
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unique Danish organic-form lounge chair composed of layers of laminated and bent wood finished with
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Teak, Bentwood

Original Mid-Century Wingchair, Miroslav Navratil, Laminat, Czechia, 1950s
By Miroslav Navratil
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Original midcentury wing chair. Designer: Miroslav Navratil Source: Czechia Period: 1950-1959 Material: Laminat, Tubular construction Well preserved condition.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

20th Century Danish Hansen Side Armchair by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen
By Peter Hvidt, Fritz Hansen, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A light-brown, vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish wooden side armchair, designed by Peter Hvidt
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Beech, Mahogany, Teak, Plywood

Brazilian Modern Armchairs in Hardwood & Cane by John Graz, 1950s, Brazil
By John Graz
Located in New York, NY
can blend into almost any type of contemporary, Mid-Century Modern, boho chic, or modern environment
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Cane, Hardwood, Wood

Cherner Armchair
By The Cherner Chair Company, Norman Cherner
Located in Berkeley, CA
laminated wood base. Armchairs are available with upholstered seat pads in variety of finishes and veneers.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Walnut

Cherner Armchair
Cherner Armchair
H 31.5 in W 26.5 in D 21.5 in
Miroslav Navratil Armchair Czech Republic, 1950
By Miroslav Navratil
Located in Praha, CZ
Miroslav Navratil armchair made in Czech Republic, circa 1950. The item is in good original
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Miroslav Navratil Armchair Czech Republic, 1950
Miroslav Navratil Armchair Czech Republic, 1950
H 32.29 in W 24.41 in D 28.35 in
arflex armchair baronet model design marco zanuso 1964
By Marco Zanuso
Located in taranto, IT
very rare armchair model "baronet", Arflex production of 1964 on a design by marco zanuso, produced
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

1960 Navratil Armchair and Coffee Table, Czechoslovakia
By Miroslav Navratil
Located in Praha, CZ
- Wooden base, laminate upholstered shell. - Wooden veneered coffee table. - Designed for the
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Danish Modern Armchairs by Hans Olsen for Bramin, 1950s. Set of 2.
By Bramin Mobler, Hans Olsen
Located in Asaa, DK
Danish Modern Armchairs by Hans Olsen for Bramin, 1950s. Set of 2. Pair of Danish Mid-Century
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Oak

Norman Cherner Armchair
By The Cherner Chair Company, Norman Cherner
Located in Berkeley, CA
laminated wood base. Armchairs are available with upholstered seat pads in variety of finishes and veneers.
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Walnut

Norman Cherner Armchair
Norman Cherner Armchair
H 31.5 in W 26.5 in D 21.5 in
Armchairs by Bill Stephens
By Knoll, Bill Stephens
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A pair of armchairs with bentwood laminated frames and arm rests.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Armchairs by Bill Stephens
Armchairs by Bill Stephens
H 31 in W 23 in D 21 in
Set of Eight Unique Chrome Paul Evans Studio Dining Armchairs 1973
By Paul Evans
Located in Camden, ME
An original 60 year old set of eight unique chrome armchairs on coasters by Paul Evans produced at
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Cherner Armchair with Metal Base
By Norman Cherner, The Cherner Chair Company
Located in Berkeley, CA
seat is made of laminated plywood of graduated thickness, from 15 plys to 5 plys at the perimeter of
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Walnut

Cherner Armchair with Metal Base
Cherner Armchair with Metal Base
H 31.5 in W 18.5 in D 21.5 in
Horseshoe Armchair by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A first production rare walnut laminated and sculpted horseshoe back dining chair, with a flared
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Rosewood, Upholstery, Walnut

Horseshoe Armchair by Edward Wormley
Horseshoe Armchair by Edward Wormley
H 30 in W 24.5 in D 20 in
Cantilever Armchair by Miroslav Navratil from the 1960s
By Miroslav Navratil
Located in Wien, AT
This well-known cantilever armchair by Miroslav Navratil from the 1960s has been completely
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Walnut

Audoux Minet beech and rope armchair Vibo Vesoul edition 1950
By Vibo, Adrien Audoux and Frida Minnet
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
design that gives the impression that the armchair is suspended in mid-air. It will be the centerpiece of
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Rope, Beech

Alvar Aalto Early ‘Mod. 31′ Armchair, Finland 1930s
By Wohnbedarf, Alvar Aalto
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Alvar Aalto ‘Mod. 31' Armchair, Finland 1930s. Early edition manufactured by O.y. Huonekalu-ja
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Vintage 1930s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Plywood

Pair of Armchairs by Móveis de Madeira Pailar, 1960s
By Móveis de Madeira Pailar
Located in New York, NY
The Slatted Armchairs were produced by the Brazilian company Móveis de Madeira Pailar in the 1950s
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Le Zoie "Trentaperdieci" Armchairs Designed by Michele Dal Bon
Located in Milano, IT
lounge furniture consisting of a two-seat sofa, two armchairs in solid iron and leather and laminated
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Presidential Armchairs, Brazilian Design by Jorge Zalszupin, Rosewood, c.1959
By Jorge Zalszupin, L'Atelier San Paulo
Located in New York, NY
. Made from molded Rosewood laminated wood, the wide armchairs offer a throne-like comfort, with a light
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Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Brasiliana Armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin, 1965, Brazilian Midcentury
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in New York, NY
The iconic Brasiliana is a series composed of a sofa and armchair designed by Jorge Zalszupin (1922
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Rosewood, Fabric

Jan Bočan Pair of Bent Walnut and Wool Conference Hall Armchairs
By Jan Bočan
Located in London, GB
Date of manufacture: Before 1972 Materials: Bent laminated walnut wood and wool Width: 66 cm Depth
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wool, Walnut

MP-71 Armchair with ottoman by Percival Lafer, 1970s, Brazilian Midcentury
By Percival Lafer
Located in New York, NY
In his designs, Percival Lafer sought ergonomy and comfort. The MP-71 armchair, from 1973/1974, is
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Cedar

Three Original Arne Jacobsen Armchairs in Orange Mod. 3207 of 1982
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in München, DE
Three original Arne Jacobsen armchairs made of laminated plywood Mod. 3207. chrome-plated tubular
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Vintage 1980s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen Armchair "Model 1748" for Fritz Hansen
By Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, Peter Hvidt
Located in Utrecht, NL
deriving from the early 20th century design movements give this chair its elegance. This armchair shows the
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Vintage 1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Dinamarquesa Chair, Carlo Fongaro, Brazilian Modern, 1970s. Single Piece
By Carlo Fongaro
Located in New York, NY
produced by Probjeto, who signed one of the most popular lines of modern Brazilian furniture in the 1970s
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Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Chair 4050, calles Revolt Chair by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, 1954
By Friso Kramer, Ahrend de Cirkel
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
milan triennale. the frame made of steel u-profiles carries a seat plate and backrest made of laminate
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

André Sornay chair
By Andre Sornay
Located in LYON, FR
Pair of 60's armchairs by designer and editor André Sornay, famous Lyon cabinetmaker and master of
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Laminate, Beech

André Sornay chair
André Sornay chair
H 28.75 in W 24.41 in D 25.6 in
Restored Wingchair, Miroslav Navratil, Imitation Giraffe Fur, Czechia, 1950s
By Miroslav Navratil
Located in Horomerice, CZ
reupholstered the item. This item features classic Mid-Century Modern (MCM) design elements. Elements
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Strip Chair with Armrests by Gijs Bakker for Castelijn, the Netherlands, 1970s
By Gijs Bakker, Castelijn
Located in Steenwijk, NL
have been produced. It is made out of 8 bended strips of lacquered laminated wood. An outstanding piece
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Ash, Beech

Expertly Restored - George Mulhauser "Scroll" Sculpted Arm Chair for Plycraft
By George Mulhauser, Plycraft
Located in Los Angeles, CA
mid-century modern elegance. This chair is perfect to incorporate a luxurious and artistic touch into
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut, Scrap Wood

Mattson Original Eva lounge chair from 1962
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Berlin, DE
Bruno Mathsson reading chair, originally designed in 1934 in laminated beech bent wood with linen
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Bentwood

Mattson Original Eva lounge chair from 1962
Mattson Original Eva lounge chair from 1962
H 32.29 in W 27.96 in D 23.63 in
George Mulhauser Designed Plycraft Walnut Black Leather Lounge Chair Ottoman
By Plycraft
Located in Essex, MA
stacked laminated plywood swivel tilting walnut lounge chairs, and ottomans in the style of Eames. They
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Hans J wagner Model CH 07 Shell Chair for Carl Hansen & Son. Vintage
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Paris, FR
Hans J. Wegner. Shell chair, model CH-07, black-varnished moulded laminated wood shell, seat and
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Wingback 36/401 cantilever lounge chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Kleinburg, ON
modernism. Designed in 1933, this chair features a cantilevered frame made of laminated birch wood that
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Birch, Bentwood

Hvidt & Molgaard-Nielsen for Fritz Hansen AX 6060 Chairs, Set of 2, 1950s
By Peter Hvidt, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in London, GB
chairs are constructed from a frame of pressed beech wood laminated, allowing for a combination of sleek
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Beech

Pair Edward Wormley for Dunbar Model 5480 Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
in mixing materials into sophisticated, architectural forms. Employing dark stained laminated
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Bentwood

Arne Jacobsen Model 3208 Lily
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
. The chair is made from laminated sliced veneer and is the result of an extremely complicated moulding
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Oak

Arne Jacobsen Model 3208 Lily
Arne Jacobsen Model 3208 Lily
H 31.9 in W 25.2 in D 20.5 in
Arne Jacobsen Model 3208 Lily
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
. The chair is made from laminated sliced veneer and is the result of an extremely complicated moulding
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Oak

Arne Jacobsen Model 3208 Lily
Arne Jacobsen Model 3208 Lily
H 31.9 in W 25.2 in D 20.5 in
Brazilian Midcentury 511 Dining Table by Jorge Zalszupin, L'Atelier, 1959
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in New York, NY
laminated Rosewood top, with gorgeous iron details that appear in the fitting with the base. Much more
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Antique 1650s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Iron

Pair of Swiveling Barrel Back Chairs by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A pair (2) of continuous arm swivel chairs in laminated walnut having tan button tufted leather
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen "FD144" Easy Chair, Denmark, 1953
By Peter Hvidt, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Located in Utrecht, NL
button tufting, giving a classic look. This chair is a Danish mid-century piece to its core, uniting
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Set of Two Lounge Chairs designed by Marco Zanuso, 1962 Italy, Model "Woodline"
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Antwerp, BE
MARCO ZANUSO ICONIC set of two armchairs model "WOODLINE" for Arflex Italy, 1962. Wooden structure
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Frank Ghery Hat Trick Arm Chairs for Knoll
By Frank Gehry, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
the Frank Gehry: New Furniture Prototypes show at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Inspired by
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Maple

Frank Ghery Hat Trick Arm Chairs for Knoll
Frank Ghery Hat Trick Arm Chairs for Knoll
H 33.5 in W 23.25 in D 21.75 in
Magnus Olesen Stacking Armchair Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern, 1970s
By Magnus Olesen, Rud Thygesen and Johnny Sorensen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage armchair by Magnus Olesen, Denmark. Curved laminated oakwood design with light grey
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Wool, Oak, Plywood

Jorge Zalszupin's Presidential Lounge Chair, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Design
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The "Presidencial" lounge lounge armchair is a true icon of Brazilian modern design, created by the
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Postmodern White Laminate Metal Coffee Table End Table Casters Style Brian Kane
By Brian Kane
Located in Topeka, KS
will work well with your modern or mid-century modern décor and look fabulous in your industrial loft
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Steel

Mid Century Lounge Chair by Ludvik Volak
By Ludvik Volak
Located in Tarleton, GB
Mid century lounge chair This is the iconic armchair named "Bratislava" as it was originally
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Abalone, Cotton, Foam, PVC, Beech, Plywood

Mid Century Lounge Chair by Ludvik Volak
Mid Century Lounge Chair by Ludvik Volak
H 31.11 in W 20.48 in D 27.17 in
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rosewood&Leather Lounge Chair Model 800 by Hans Olsen
By CS Møbler, Hans Olsen
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
is a example of Mid-Centure Modern era. The signature is stamped on a wooden beam under the seat
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Mid Century Modern 2 Seat sofa table Bruce Hannah and Andrew Morrison for Knoll
By Knoll, Bruce Hannah & Andrew Morrison
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid Century Modern 2 Seat armchair sofa with middle white laminate table by Bruce Hannah and Andrew
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

20th Century Italian Vintage Walnut Writing Desk & Armchair by Amleto Sartori
By Amleto Sartori
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century modern Italian office set of a writing desk and an armchair made of hand
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Metal, Brass

Pair Vintage Mid-Century Modern Red Cone Chairs Verner Panton for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Verner Panton
Located in Topeka, KS
Magnificent vintage mid-century modern pair of red Cone chairs by Verner Panton for Fritz Hansen
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Sheet Metal

Artona by Afra & Tobia Scarpa – Walnut veneer laminate desk and chair
By Maxalto, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
The desk elements made of walnut laminate with different color hardwood overlay. The top in burr
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Leather, Wood

Square Italian Mid Century Sofa Table with Slate Top Attributed to Tobia Ccarpa
By Tobia Scarpa
Located in Salzburg, AT
wife Afra Scarpa. Significant products created during this period are the sofa "Bastiano", the armchair
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofa Tables

Materials

Slate

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Mid-Century Modern Laminate Armchairs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of mid-century modern laminate armchairs available for sale. Frequently made of wood, fabric and laminate, all mid-century modern laminate armchairs available were constructed with great care. Mid-century modern laminate armchairs 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 laminate armchairs made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — are very popular at 1stDibs. Mid-century modern laminate armchairs have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Thonet, Dunbar and Walter Gropius are consistently popular.

How Much are Mid-Century Modern Laminate Armchairs?

Mid-century modern laminate armchairs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $2,600, while the lowest priced sells for $658 and the highest can go for as much as $18,750.

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.