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DOOQ Mid-Century Modern Pouf Ottoman, Burnt Orange, Silk Fringes La Folie
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
With voluptuous curves and perfect poise, the Mid-Century Modern inspired La Folie Pouf Ottoman
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and...

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Silk, Velvet

DOOQ Mid-Century Modern Pouf Ottoman with Wine Velvet, Silk Fringes La Folie
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
With voluptuous curves and perfect poise, the Mid-Century Modern inspired La Folie Pouf Ottoman
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and...

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Silk, Velvet

Dooq Mid-Century Modern Pouf Ottoman with Dijon Velvet, Silk Fringes La Folie
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
With voluptuous curves and perfect poise, the Mid-Century Modern inspired La Folie Pouf Ottoman
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and...

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Silk, Velvet

DOOQ Mid-Century Modern Pouf Ottoman with Rich Velvet, Silk Fringes La Folie
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
With voluptuous curves and perfect poise, the Mid-Century Modern inspired La Folie Pouf Ottoman
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and...

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Silk, Velvet

Pair of Round Mid-Century Modern His & Her Poufs
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Pair of newly upholstered poufs with one a bit smaller than the other. They swivel too. Smaller of
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric, Hardwood

Italian Mid-Century Large Pouf, 1950s
Located in Meda, MB
Rectangular mid-century ottoman of the 1950s with new upholstery and velvet. The feet are in brass.  
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Large Pouf, 1950s
Italian Mid-Century Large Pouf, 1950s
H 18.51 in W 59.85 in D 36.62 in
1950s Mid-Century Modern Brass and Dedar Fabric Italian Poufs or Stools
By Dedar
Located in Aci Castello, IT
complemented the clean lines and minimalist aesthetic of mid-century designs. The seating surface of the poufs
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

Round Mid Century Modern Blue Upholstery Ottoman Foot Stool Bench Pouf MINT!
By Ficks Reed, McGuire
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Round Mid Century Modern Blue Upholstery Ottoman Foot Stool Bench Pouf MINT!
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Bamboo

Mid-Century Modern c1970s Round White Naugahyde Tufted Pouf Ottoman Bench Mint!
By Harvey Probber, Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern c1970s round white Naugahyde tufted pouf ottoman bench mint!
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Naugahyde

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rattan Pouf Stool Franco Albini attr Italy, 1950s
By Franco Albini
Located in Vienna, AT
A mid century modern vintage rattan pouf or stool, which was designed attributed to Franco Albini
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Rattan

Mid-Century Modern Brass Soufflé Pouf Rolling Stool Ottoman, Karl Springer Style
By Karl Springer
Located in Pemberton, NJ
This sophisticated Mid-Century Modernist soufflé pouf is in the manner of Karl Springer, it
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

Trio of Mid Century Italian Modern Poufs or Ottomans, Set of 3
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A vintage 1980's set of three poufs. All in very good original condition. Price includes set of 3.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rattan Pouf in the Style of Albini 1960s
By Franco Albini
Located in Vienna, AT
We present a very elegant woven rattan pouf or ottoman designed in the style of Franco Albini
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Rattan

Pair of Mid Century Modern Ottomans or Poufs by Pier Luigi Colli, Italy 1950s
By Pier Luigi Colli
Located in Beograd, RS
In this listing you will find a stunning pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern hand-hammered and gilt
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Alabaster, Wrought Iron

Pop Art Boxing Shoe Mid-Century Pouf, Ottoman, 1970s, Switzerland
By De Sede
Located in Den Haag, NL
Boxing Shoe Mid-Century Pouf, Ottoman, 1970s, Switzerland With Large Pockets on each side, perfect
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Faux Leather

Pair of Red Mid-Century Modern Ottomans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Modern ottomans in brilliant red upholstery and chrome. Featuring an elegant
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Custom Ottoman
Located in Southampton, NJ
An unusual custom Mid-Century Modern tufted ottoman in vibrant Sunflower raw silk upholstery with
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Silk, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Custom Ottoman
Mid-Century Modern Custom Ottoman
H 15.5 in W 38 in D 38 in
Franco Albini Mid-Century Rattan, Bamboo and Wicker, Pouf, Ottoman, Italy 1960s
By Franco Albini
Located in Roma, IT
unique stools will make a great addition to a Mid-Century organic porch or French Riviera style project
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan

Northern European Mid Century Yellow Fabric and Beech Pouf or Footrest, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Northern European Mid-Century Modern yellow fabric and beech pouf or footrest, 1960s Pouf or
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric, Beech

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Ottoman
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid century modern walnut ottoman manufactured in the United States, circa 1950s. Looking for the
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Ottoman
Mid-Century Modern Walnut Ottoman
H 17.5 in W 27 in D 19.25 in
Mid-Century Modern Brown Leather Ottoman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Plush vintage modern ottoman upholstered in a rich brown leather. Versatile size and shape allows
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Leather

Northern European Mid Century Green Fabric Pouf or Footrest and Bench Legs 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Northern European mid-century modern green fabric pouf or footrest and bench legs 1960s Bench or
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric, Wood

Italian Mid Century Barcelona Pouf by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll, 1970s
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern white leather Barcelona pouf or footrest by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Steel

The Freeform Ottoman by Stamford Modern
By Stamford Modern
Located in Westport, CT
Introducing the Freeform Ottoman by Stamford Modern – Where Elegance Meets Organic Beauty Elevate
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and P...

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Brass

Pouf Luigi Caccia Dominioni 'Pouf 1' around 1960
By Azucena, Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Berlin, DE
This exceptional, unique pouf, known as model 'Pouf 1', was designed by Milanese architect and
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Wool, Wood

Pouf Luigi Caccia Dominioni 'Pouf 1' around 1960
Pouf Luigi Caccia Dominioni 'Pouf 1' around 1960
H 15.75 in W 44.49 in D 44.49 in
Pair of Milo Baughman Style Ottomans Bench Mid Century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
and classic button style detailing. The understated elegance of the Mid-Century Modern design makes
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric

Italian Mid Century Pair of Green Fabric and Wooden Legs Poufs or Stools, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern pair of green fabric and wooden legs poufs or stools, 1960s. Pair of
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric, Wood

Leather Cocktail Ottoman Table by CENTURY FURNITURE
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
CENTURY FURNITURE Approximate Measurements in Inches 21" high x 38" deep x 50" wide Condition Report In
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Leather, Wood

Pouf Turquoise Velvet Smooth Circular Midcentury Modern Italian Design 1960s
Located in Palermo, IT
Circular shaped pouf made of smooth velvet in shades of turquoise. Made in Italy in the 60s
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Sheep Brass Stool, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Mid-Century Modern Sheep Brass Stool, 1950s The frame have great patina.
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Sheep Brass Stool, 1950s
Mid-Century Modern Sheep Brass Stool, 1950s
H 14.97 in W 21.26 in D 16.93 in
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Adjustable Angle Ottoman Footstool with Wooden Legs
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern adjustable angle ottoman footstool with wooden legs. Item features
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Metal

Franco Albini Italian Rattan Pouf / Ottoman
By Franco Albini
Located in New York, NY
Italian mid-century rattan pouf / ottoman with an open design and rounded shape. (FRANCO ALBINI)
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Wood, Rattan

Mid-Century Modern Oversized Faux-Ostrich Ottoman
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern oversized faux-ostrich ottoman. Nice tapered walnut legs having an "X" stretcher
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Faux Leather, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Style Woven Rush Ottomans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern style, ottomans / stools / benches feature walnut and ash tapered legs with
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and P...

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Rattan, Ash, Walnut

Vintage Upholstered Mid-Century Modern Ottoman Stool
Located in North York, ON
Vintage Upholstered Mid-Century Modern ottoman stool. Newly restored in dark grey fabric and sleek
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric, Wood

Norco Mid Century Modern Sculpted Footstool Ottoman Tapered Leg Black Vinyl Seat
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Norco Mid Century Modern Sculpted Footstool Ottoman with Tapered Legs and Black Vinyl Seat. Circa
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Wood

DOOQ Organic Modern Powder Pouf Malibu in Rich Cotton Velvet
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
proportions and strong curves with softness and Fine detailing resulting in a must-have piece. The Mid-Century
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and...

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Silk, Velvet

DOOQ Organic Modern Blue Pouf Malibu in Rich Cotton Velvet
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
proportions and strong curves with softness and Fine detailing resulting in a must-have piece. The Mid-Century
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and...

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Silk, Velvet

DOOQ Organic Modern Red Pouf Malibu in Rich Cotton Velvet
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
proportions and strong curves with softness and Fine detailing resulting in a must-have piece. The Mid-Century
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and...

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Velvet, Silk

DOOQ Organic Modern Coral Pouf Malibu in Rich Cotton Velvet
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
proportions and strong curves with softness and Fine detailing resulting in a must-have piece. The Mid-Century
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and...

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Silk, Velvet

DOOQ Organic Modern Beige Pouf Malibu in Rich Cotton Velvet
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
proportions and strong curves with softness and Fine detailing resulting in a must-have piece. The Mid-Century
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and...

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Silk, Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Ottoman by John Stuart
By John Stuart
Located in Brooklyn, NY
-Century stool ottoman the perfect addition to any modern interior. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ).
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Faux Leather, Walnut, Lacquer

Mid-Century Modern Upholstered X-Stretcher Ottoman
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Upholstered ottoman from the early 1970s. X stretcher design. Have 3 that are slightly different. However, once reupholstered they will match.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Velvet, Hardwood

Navy Blue Suede Mid-Century Modern Ottoman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Introducing our Mid-Century Modern ottoman, hand-crafted from wood and in great condition. This
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Metal

Navy Blue Suede Mid-Century Modern Ottoman
Navy Blue Suede Mid-Century Modern Ottoman
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H 16 in W 30 in D 19 in
Mid-Century Modern Cow Hide Upholstered Round Bench
Located in North Bergen, NJ
A Mid-Century Modern cow hide upholstered round bench or ottoman raised on a metal X-form base.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Mid Century Modern Walnut Ottomans- Set of 2
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Pair of mid-century walnut ottoman designed and manufactured in the United States circa 1970s
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric, Walnut

Patchwork Saddle Leather Pouf, Morocco
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous new production brown leather pouf from Morocco. Square patchwork design in a thick saddle
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and P...

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Leather

Mid-Century Modern Ottomans, Fully Refurbished, Yugoslavia, 1960s
Located in Beograd, RS
In this listing you will find two Mid-Century Modern Ottomans or Stools. The stools are fully
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Vintage 1960s Serbian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

Footstool pouf Year 1940
Located in Bastia Umbra, IT
Pouf poggiapiedi Anni '40.  Rivestito con pelliccia ecologica / faux fur degli anni '70, colore
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fur

Footstool pouf Year 1940
Footstool pouf Year 1940
H 15.75 in W 23.63 in D 14.97 in
Footstool pouf Year 1940
Located in Bastia Umbra, IT
Pouf poggiapiedi Anni '40.  Rivestito con pelliccia ecologica / faux fur degli anni '70, colore blu
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fur

Footstool pouf Year 1940
Footstool pouf Year 1940
H 40 in W 63 in D 50 in
Italian Mid-Century Modern Hex Bamboo and Boucle Ottomans
Located in Dallas, TX
Stylish Italian Mid-Century Modern style hexagonal style bamboo and Boucle ottomans. Creates a
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric, Bamboo

Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Brass Ottoman Footstool
By Paul McCobb
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Only 1 available. Fabulous satin brass ottoman - footstool- bench. Reupholstered in a vintage style 1960s weave fabric with fabulous coloring that contrasts greatly with the brass. S...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

Leather Patchwork Pouf, 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Den Haag, NL
Very nice leather patchwork pouf. In an sand color. Comes with storage under the lit. And of
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Leather

Leather Patchwork Pouf, 1970s
Leather Patchwork Pouf, 1970s
H 16.93 in W 21.26 in D 21.26 in
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Vinyl Storage Ottomans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This matching pair of ottomans make a beautiful modern addition to any living room, and offer a
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric

Danish Mid-century Modern stool reupholstered in grey sheep skin
Located in Berlin, DE
Danish Mid-century Modern stool reupholstered in grey sheep skin This ottoman/pouf/ stool was
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Sheepskin, Wood

De Sede Pouf 1970s
By De Sede
Located in Antwerp, BE
A beautiful leather patchwork pouf from the 1970s, produced by Swiss company De Sede who is famous
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Leather

De Sede Pouf 1970s
De Sede Pouf 1970s
H 15.75 in W 31.5 in D 31.5 in
Pair of Mid-Century Modern White Faux Snakeskin Ottomans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful pair of vintage modern ottomans feature a faux snakeskin vinyl upholstery. Stylish
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Faux Leather

Karl Springer Pouf Ottomans
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
c. 1980s. Both have been reupholstered in mohair from fishman's fabrics. Featuring a comfortable upholstered seat with a steel base and hidden rubber ball castors for super smooth mo...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Mohair

Karl Springer Pouf Ottomans
Karl Springer Pouf Ottomans
H 18 in W 25 in D 25 in
Mid-Century Modern Ottoman in Mahogany by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Belmont, MA
Mid-Century Modern 1950s ottoman, designed by Harvey Probber, with a rectilinear mahogany frame and
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Mahogany

Pair of Chromed Mid-Century Modern Stools Ottomans
Located in Miami, FL
Chromed metal stools with vinyl seats.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Metal, Chrome

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Mid Century Modern Poufs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of mid century modern poufs available for sale. Frequently made of fabric, wood and metal, all mid century modern poufs available were constructed with great care. We have 1682 antique and vintage mid century modern poufs in-stock, while there are 301 modern editions to choose from as well. There are all kinds of mid century modern poufs available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern mid century modern poufs are consistently popular styles. De Sede, Marie Burgos Design and Franco Albini each produced beautiful mid century modern poufs that are worth considering.

How Much are Mid Century Modern Poufs?

Mid century modern poufs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $1,768, while the lowest priced sells for $54 and the highest can go for as much as $22,000.

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.

Finding the Right ottomans-poufs for You

Antique and vintage ottomans and poufs add comfort and style to any living room, game room, home office or minimalist lounge space. An ottoman is a short seat or footstool that is also often used to store items. A pouf is similar, but it’s typically more petite than an ottoman, usually without the storage space inside.

When one thinks of the Ottoman Empire, it’s easy to overlook the iconic seat named for the region. The ottoman — originally an upholstered seat or small bench without a back or arms — was a family’s main seating furniture, a way to merge floor seating with cushions and mats. It wasn’t until they were brought to Europe from Turkey, during the 18th century, that it became popular to join ottomans with other pieces of furniture, such as at the base of a chair. Eventually, these footrests were transformed into storage furnishings to organize quilts and blankets or other textiles. Furniture makers crafted their ottomans with lids that revealed a hidden cupboard, which rendered them both comfortable and practical.

Poufs, which appeared in France during the 1840s, are also of the low-platform seating variety. These versatile furnishings have been made available in all manner of shapes and sizes over time, and depending upon their firmness can be used as a side table should an occasion call for an extra one. However, your average ottoman is almost always firmer than a pouf, and even if the plush pouf in your living room feels sturdy, it’s probably not the best surface for your early-evening cocktail.

Both ottomans and poufs can help create an inviting and warm atmosphere in your living space. For the smaller rooms that are characterized by a casual feel, a shaggy or woven wool pouf might be a better choice, as it’s likely to be more compact and floor-cushion-like than an ottoman. The latter are often larger and more table-like and are comparatively a good fit for a more formal room such as a library or a study. Today, you might find that an ottoman works well in your bedroom, where there isn’t room for a sofa, or perhaps it can serve as a reliable perch in front of your vintage vanity table.

Whatever your seating needs are, find a collection of antique, new and vintage ottomans and poufs in varying styles on 1stDibs that include neoclassical, Industrial and mid-century modern. From the bright colors and bold patterns deployed by Milan-born designer Lorenza Bozzoli to the classy leather furnishings created at family-run Brooklyn, New York, atelier Moses Nadel, there is an endless range of these lovable low stools that merge seamlessly with most decor.

Questions About Mid Century Modern Poufs
  • 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 ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The years that encompass the mid-century modern period are roughly 1933 until 1965, but most experts argue, however, that the mid-century modern period correlates specifically to the years following World War II. The mid-century modern period in America saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history. Shop a wide and beautiful range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs now.
  • 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 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 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 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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    Yes, mid-century modern is timeless, in the opinion of many experts. Many characteristics of furniture and decorative accents produced in this style remain popular today. Among them are silhouettes marked by organic forms and clean lines, the promotion of functionality and the use of natural materials like teak, rosewood and oak and synthetic materials such as steel, fiberglass and molded plywood. On 1stDibs, shop a large collection of mid-century modern furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    Yes, some rattan is mid-century modern. Designers of the mid-century modern movement often preferred to use natural materials, including rattan, in their designs. However, not all rattan furniture was made during this period. Rattan was also a popular material for furniture produced during the Victorian era and continues to be used to produce furniture today. Shop a wide range of rattan furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, the tulip table is considered a mid-century modern design. This table shape has become an iconic statement of the era with a simple sculptural attitude and a practical nature. The first tulip table was created by Eero Saarinen, a noted Finnish designer who was a leader in mid-century modern home decor. Shop a collection of Saarinen furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 15, 2019

    Art Deco is not mid-century modern. Art Deco began just before World War I and was inspired by cubism. Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality.

  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Mid-century modern furniture combines sleek lines with organic shapes.

  • 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 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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Mid-century modern furniture is so popular largely because its characteristics align well with the trends and tastes that are dominant today. Many people love its simple look defined by clean lines, and the use of natural materials also adds to its popularity. In addition, designers created mid-century modern furniture to be as functional as it is visually appealing, making pieces executed in the style simple, convenient and comfortable to use. Find a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    There is not a single year that is mid-century modern. The style emerged during the 1940s and 1950s and remained dominant through the 1960s and into the early 1970s. Some notable designers who contributed to the development of the mid-century modern style include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Isamu Noguchi and George Nelson. Shop a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Mid-century home decor is characterized by clean lines, geometric shapes and materials like wood and tweed.

  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 3, 2023
    Some iconic chairs from the mid-century modern era include the Egg chair by Arne Jacobson, the La Chaise by Charles and Ray Eames and the Womb chair by Eero Saarinen. With their clean lines, organic shapes and simple details, these chairs reflect some of the key features of the style. Shop a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Some of the most famous mid-century modern furniture designers were Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Paul Evans, Poul Kjærholm, Florence Knoll, George Nakashima, Giò Ponti, Hans Wegner, Charlotte Perriand, Sergio Rodrigues and Eero Saarinen.

  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019
    The defining characteristics of mid-century modern furniture design include simplicity, an emphasis on organic forms, clean lines and a mix of both natural and man-made materials. The mid-century modern style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is used to describe the work of furniture designers who believed that good design was an essential part of good living. Both neutral tones and bold Pop art colors can typically be found in mid-century modern interiors, which usually include light-filled spaces. An integration of floor-to-ceiling windows and abundant access to the outdoors renders prominent a connection with nature, which owes in part to the ideas of celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright, an inspiration for mid-century furniture designers. Popular mid-century modern designers include Ray and Charles Eames, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and others. Find vintage mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.