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Office Chair in Wood, Steel and Leather, Carlo Fongaro, Brazilian Mid-Century
By Carlo Fongaro
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
subtle genius, encapsulates the essence of mid-century modern design—where utility meets artistry
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Steel

1970s Italian Bordeaux Leather & Wood Open Arm Turning Office Desk Chair
Located in Carimate, Como
Beautiful and elegant Italian Mid-Century Modern leather and solid wood office desk chair.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

1960s Italian Walnut Wood Newly Upholstered Open Armchair Office Desk Chair
Located in Carimate, Como
legs, sides and back. Ideal as office desk chair as well as side or bedroom chair.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Clifford Pascoe Desk or Office Chair on Swivel Base
By Clifford Pascoe
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful swiveling office/desk chair designed by Clifford Pascoe and produced by Modern Masters
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Textile, Wood

Two Dutch Mid-Century Modern Desk Chairs by Wim Rietveld
By Wim Rietveld
Located in New York, NY
Two Dutch Mid-Century Modern desk or side chairs in enameled steel and wood by the architect son of
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair Dimensions. 19 1/2 W ; 18 D ; 30 H Seat Height. 17.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Wood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
H 30 in W 19.5 in D 30 in
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern chair Dimensions. 18 W ; 37 H ; 17D.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Wood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
H 37 in W 18 in D 17 in
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Mid-Centuryr Modern Chair Dimensions. 22 1/2 W ; 23 1/2 D ; 32 H Seat Height. 18.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Wood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
H 32 in W 22.5 in D 23.5 in
Mid-Century Modern Fish-String White Painted Desk Chair, One Of A Kind
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
American one of a kind Mid-Century Modern fish-string white painted desk chair.         
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Lucite, Polystyrene, Wood

Modern Leather Desk Chair
Located in Westwood, NJ
A sophisticated take on the traditional desk chair, with a curved, open back and softly upholstered
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and...

Materials

Leather, Wood

Modern Leather Desk Chair
Modern Leather Desk Chair
H 30 in W 25 in D 26 in
Modern Director's Desk Chair
Located in Westwood, NJ
style with a modern twist. Ideal for a chic home office, a corporate space, or as a statement piece in
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Office Chair...

Materials

Leather, Wood

Modern Director's Desk Chair
Modern Director's Desk Chair
H 37 in W 23 in D 23.25 in
Vintage Mid Century Modern Walnut Toned Chair.
Located in Seattle, WA
Possibly Leather or Vinyl Seat Covering. Possibly Elliot’s of Newbury , No Makers Mark. Circa 1960s- 1970s. Vintage Condition Consistent with Age as Pictured. Dimensions. 19 W ; 20 ...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Wood

Vintage Mid Century Modern Herman Miller Blue Chair
Located in Seattle, WA
This Herman Moller Chair with Black Edging on upholstery. Possibly Leather or Vinyl Seat . Possible Fiber Glass Backing. Makers Mark and Serial Number are on the Bottom. Wear and Tea...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood

High back office chair
Located in Brussels , BE
High quality and very comfortable office chair.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

High back office chair
High back office chair
H 41.74 in W 27.56 in D 19.69 in
Original Steelcase Office Armchair
By Steelcase
Located in Medina, OH
in today's modern furniture. Take a look at the wood frame, with its Art Deco vibes a curve appeal
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Original Steelcase Office Armchair
Original Steelcase Office Armchair
H 31.5 in W 24 in D 19 in
Set of 6 Swivel Tilt Office Desk Dining Chairs After Saarinen C. 1970s
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional set of six vintage swivel, tilt office, desk, or dining chairs in original commercial
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Arne Vodder Mid-Century Modern Armchair Denmark
By Arne Vodder
Located in Weesp, NL
Mid-Century Modern Arne Vodder Denmark armchair Elegant and stylish set of armchairs model 431
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Arne Vodder Mid-Century Modern Armchair Denmark
Arne Vodder Mid-Century Modern Armchair Denmark
H 34.26 in W 26.38 in D 24.41 in
Vintage Mid Century Modern Spindled Drexel Declaration Captain’s Chair.
Located in Seattle, WA
Walnut Toned wood, possibly vinyl seat cushioning. Beautiful design and wood grain. Rounded back
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Edward Wormley Executive Office Chair
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley Excellent 1 Tufted Leather Upholstery Walnut Wood Brass 35.5" H x 34" W
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Edward Wormley Executive Office Chair
Edward Wormley Executive Office Chair
H 35.5 in W 34 in D 23.5 in
Midcentury Modern Design Office Chair set by Wim Rietveld for Kembo, 1950's
By Gispen Kembo
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage Midcentury Modern Dutch Design Office Arm Chair set of 6 by Wim Rietveld for Kembo. Made in
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Fully Restored Thonet Office Chair, 1930s, Czechoslovakia
By Thonet
Located in Prague 8, CZ
This chair was made by Thonet in the former Czechoslovakia in the 1930´s. THONET brand embossed on the underside of the seat. The chair was renovated and is in excellent condition. ...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood

Paul McCobb Model 1530 Mid-Century Modern Chair, Early Winchendon Label
By Winchendon, Paul McCobb
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic Paul McCobb Model 1530 Mid-Century Modern Chair, Retains early Winchendon Modern label. Pre
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Vintage 1950s American Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Wood, Maple

Pierre Jeanneret PJ-SI-30-D Committee Chair / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Zürich, CH
the historic traces and value. Authenticity: That is an authentic Mid-Century piece from Chandigarh
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Teak, Leather

Scand Modern Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Black & Chrome Office Chair by Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Topeka, KS
Scandinavian Modern or mid-century modern style home office or den. Fritz Hansen was founded in 1872, when
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Pierre Jeanneret Committee Chair PJ-SI-30-C Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Zürich, CH
the historic traces and value. Authenticity: That is an authentic Mid-Century piece from Chandigarh
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Cowhide, Fur, Teak

1960 Vintage Office Chair Anonima Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Biella, IT
chair with whells very solid structure but here are signs of use in the wood.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal, Aluminum

Fabricius + Kastholm Executive Office Chair for Walter Knoll
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant modernist design. Wood construction with leather and chrome plated steel armrest with
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Mid-20th Century German Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

Pierre Jeanneret PJ-SI-32-C Low Committee Chair / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Zürich, CH
and value. Authenticity: That is an authentic Mid-Century piece from Chandigarh designed by Pierre
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Office Chair 3117 by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 1960s
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in PARIS, FR
Office chair, model 3117. It is part of the first 5 editions, unique chair of collection. Designed
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Steel

3 Arne Jacobsen "Series 7" Desk Chairs by Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Give your office space a mid-century spin with these classic Arne Jacobsen desk chairs by Fritz
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Desk Chair in Leather and Wood, Style: Art Deco, France, 1930
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Art Deco Armchair Wood and leather Year: 1930 Country: France If you are looking for a desk chair
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood, Leather

Desk Chair Style: Art Deco, France, Material Wood and Leather, 1930
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Art Deco desk chair Material: leather and wood Year: 1930 Country: France If you are looking for a
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Wood

RESTORED DANiSH ARNE VODDER FOR SIBAST MODEL 419 HARDWOOD LEATHER OFFICE CHAIR
By Arne Vodder
Located in GB
office chair which is the finest example available anywhere in the world today Please note the delivery
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Hardwood

Vintage Danish Desk Chair, 1960s
Located in ŚWINOUJŚCIE, 32
Vintage Danish wooden armchair from 1960s. Elegant and sculptural Danish Mid-Century Modern
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Vintage Danish Desk Chair, 1960s
Vintage Danish Desk Chair, 1960s
H 33.47 in W 25.6 in D 23.63 in
American Desk Armchair, 1950
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Art Deco desk chair Wood Year: 1950 If you are looking for a desk chair to match your desk, we
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood

American Desk Armchair, 1950
American Desk Armchair, 1950
H 31.5 in W 23.63 in D 18.9 in
Arthur Elrod Custom Desk
By Arthur Elrod, Pace Furniture Company
Located in Chicago, IL
Arthur Elrod Custom desk, Manufactured by Pace; features a red lacquered Desk Top with three pencil
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Arthur Elrod Custom Desk
Arthur Elrod Custom Desk
H 29 in W 68 in D 34.5 in
Single Midcentury Desk Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This elegantly simple desk chair features beautiful dark walnut wood and comfortable upholstery
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Single Midcentury Desk Chair
Single Midcentury Desk Chair
H 31.5 in W 23 in D 19.5 in
1935, W.H. Gispen by Gispen Culemborg, Office Chair 356, Bakelite Armrests
By Gispen Culemborg
Located in Amsterdam IJMuiden, NL
This item is part of the private collection of Casey Godrie and is situated in his private house. Ask him for competitive shipping quotes. His incredible Dune Villa, Amsterdam Beach...
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Vintage 1930s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Teak Wood Inlay Work Desk
By Mid Century Antiques
Located in New York, NY
Elevate your home office or workspace with our exquisite wood inlay work desk, a stunning addition
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2010s Indian Mid-Century Modern Desks

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Wood, Teak

Teak Wood Inlay Work Desk
Teak Wood Inlay Work Desk
H 30 in W 53 in D 20 in
Mid-Century Design Chair No.515 by Oswald Haerdtl for Thonet
By Thonet, Oswald Haerdtl
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Mid-century design chair no.515 by Oswald Haerdtl for Thonet.
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Faux Leather, Wood

Italian Design : Fully Restored 1950s Desk Chair with Armrests
Located in Rome, IT
Introducing a rare find from the 1950s, this desk chair embodies iconic Italian design. Crafted
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Iron

Mid-Century Vintage Blue Mini Swivel Armchair, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
been sanded and powder coated in black matte. - new wooden armrests made of high quality beech wood
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Vintage 50s Boomerang Desk Chair by Carlo Ratti
By Carlo Ratti
Located in Rome, IT
Italian-designed '' Boomerang '' Desk Chair by Carlo Ratti. This modern and playful chair exudes
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Brass, Iron

Executive Desk Chair by Robert John, Circa 1960
By Robert John
Located in Rochester, NY
Executive desk chair by Robert John. Rolling / swiveling / adjustable tilting. All original
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Pair of Ward Bennett Desk Chairs
By Brickel Associates, Ward Bennett
Located in Chicago, IL
, tilt/swivel desk chairs designed by Ward Bennett for Brickel: solid chrome and wood base structural
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk C...

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Chrome

Pair of Ward Bennett Desk Chairs
Pair of Ward Bennett Desk Chairs
H 33 in W 25 in D 23.25 in
1960s Desk or Side Bentwood Chair by Ton, Czechoslovakia
By Thonet
Located in Praha, CZ
- Carefully refurbished - Newly upholstered - beech wood - armrests Dimension: 44 cm
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood, Beech, Bentwood

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen 'Oxford' Desk Chairs
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, pair of 'Oxford' desk chairs model 3272, aluminium, wood, fabric
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Vintage 1960s British Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Italian Mid-Century Design Medea Chair by Vittorio Nobili for Tagliabue Brothers
By Vittorio Nobili
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Italian iconic mid century design single "Medea" chair. This fantastic chair is made of bent oak
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Artist Industrial Style Vintage Desk Chair with Rustic Character
Located in Yonkers, NY
the bill. Easily imagine it in a loft setting paired with a reclaimed wood desk, or as a statement
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Mid-20th Century Indonesian Industrial Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Wood

1960s Desk or Side Beech Chair by Ton, Czechoslovakia
By Thonet
Located in Praha, CZ
- good original condition with minor signs of use - high of seat 47 cm - armrests 77 cm
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood, Beech

1960s Leather Palisander Side or Desk Chair, Denmark
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition with minor signs of wear - High of seat 45 cm.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Ico Paris Executive Desk Chair for Mobli Italiani Moderni Rome
By Ico Parisi
Located in Weesp, NL
Elevate your office space with this rare, mid century modern desk chair designed by the renowned
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Pierre Jeanneret Set of 12 Committee Chairs PJ-SI-30-C / Authentic Mid-Century
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Zürich, CH
sets too. Authenticity: These are an authentic Mid-Century pieces from Chandigarh designed by Pierre
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Cowhide, Fur, Teak

Desk Chair by Gideon Kramer for Seattle Space Tower, US, 1962
By Gideon Kramer
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare desk chair by Gideon Kramer created 1962 for the worlds fair in Seattle. Height is adjustable.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Chairs 60° in Leather and Wood, Italian
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
large amount of furniture, from the end of the 19th century to the mid-20th century. In 1970, the brand
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Chairs 60° in Leather and Wood, Italian
Pair of Chairs 60° in Leather and Wood, Italian
H 36.23 in W 16.93 in D 17.72 in
Set of 12 Chairs 50° in Leather and Wood, Italian
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
clientele demanded a large amount of furniture, from the end of the 19th century to the mid-20th century
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Set of 8 Chairs 50° in Leather and Wood, Danish
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
century to the mid-20th century. In 1970, the brand Rigolleau Argentina made pieces authorised by Lalique
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Set of 8 Chairs 50° in Leather and Wood, Danish
Set of 8 Chairs 50° in Leather and Wood, Danish
H 34.65 in W 16.93 in D 16.93 in
Desk Chair Style: Art Deco, France, 1930
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Art Deco desk chair Wood Year: 1930 Country: France If you are looking for a desk chair to match
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wood

Desk Chair Style: Art Deco, France, 1930
Desk Chair Style: Art Deco, France, 1930
H 35.44 in W 22.84 in D 18.12 in
Desk Chair Style: Art Deco, France, 1920
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
large amount of furniture, from the end of the 19th century to the mid-20th century. In 1970, the brand
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Wood

Desk Chair Style: Art Deco, France, 1920
Desk Chair Style: Art Deco, France, 1920
H 31.5 in W 22.05 in D 21.26 in
Cityscape Leather Desk Chair with Castors by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
-upholstered in a caramel color leather. With castors, it makes a great desk chair with the back accent
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Brass, Chrome

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Mid Century Modern Office Desk Wood For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the mid century modern office desk wood you’re looking for. A mid century modern office desk wood — often made from wood, metal and brass — can elevate any home. There are 2154 variations of the antique or vintage mid century modern office desk wood you’re looking for, while we also have 60 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century modern office desk wood, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century modern office desk wood made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — is very popular. A well-made mid century modern office desk wood has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by George Nelson, Herman Miller and Ico Parisi are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Modern Office Desk Wood?

A mid century modern office desk wood can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $3,274, while the lowest priced sells for $1 and the highest can go for as much as $140,000.

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.

Questions About Mid Century Modern Office Desk Wood
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    There is no single color wood that is mid-century modern. Designers working in the style employed a variety of finishes, though purplish reds, mid-yellows, light browns and medium dark browns were among the most commonly used. Teak wood was an especially popular material, not only due to its warm medium hue but also due to its strength and the beauty of its natural grain. Shop a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.

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