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Mid Century Modern Reclining Lounge Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning, Mid-Century Modern, reclining lounge chair features a elegant, walnut frame that slides
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Mid-20th Century American Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

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H 39.5 in. W 28 in. D 30 in.
"Oscar" Mid-Century Modern Reclining Armchair by Nello Pini for Novarredo, 1959
Located in Brussels, BE
"Oscar" Mid-Century Modern Reclining Armchair by Nello Pini for Novarredo, 1959 Measures: Width 69
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Mid-Century Modern Recliner by Folke Ohlsson for Dux in Teak
By Dux of Sweden, Folke Ohlsson
Located in Belmont, MA
This mid-century modern easy chair / recliner by Folke Olsson is upholstered with the original faux
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Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Design Institute Of America Recliner
By Design Institute America
Located in Pasadena, TX
A mid century modern recliner made by the Design Institute of America. A flatbar chrome frame with
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Vintage 1970s American Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

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H 37 in. W 39 in. D 57 in.
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs/ Recliners Style Marco Zanuso, Italy
By Marco Zanuso
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern reclining armchairs in the style of Marco Zanuso's Lady
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Italian Midcentury Reclinable Lounge Chair or Armchair, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Original Mid-Century Modern reclinable lounge chair or chaise longue. This extremely comfortable
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Iron

Italian Midcentury Reclinable Lounge Chair or Armchair, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Original Mid-Century Modern reclinable lounge chair or chaise longue. This extremely comfortable
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Folke Ohlsson DUX Reclining Lounge Chair
By Folke Ohlsson, Dux of Sweden
Located in Brooklyn, NY
optimal comfort in any setting. This Mid-Century Modern recliner is sure to add style and grace to any
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Reupholstered Danish Mid-Century reclining chair designed by Henry Walter Klein
By Bramin Mobler, H.W. Klein
Located in Berlin, DE
Reupholstered Danish Mid-Century Modern reclining chair designed by Henry W. Klein The chair has a
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Teak

Teak Reclining Chair by Hjellegjerde Møbler
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Norwegian furniture maker Hjellegjerde Møbler. Both comfortable and stylish, this Mid-Century Modern
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Teak

Signed Milo Baughman Chrome & Brown Suede Lounge Recliner for Thayer-Coggin 1976
By Thayer Coggin, Milo Baughman
Located in St. Louis, MO
Rarely seen Milo Baughman Mid-Century Modern recliner lounge chair with channeled suede cushions
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Milo Baughman Sculpted Walnut Reclining Chair for Thayer Coggin
By Thayer Coggin, Milo Baughman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
. This comfortable Mid-Century Modern recliner features a newly upholstered seat rest in a soft wool
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Wood, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Recliner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A vintage reclining chair with tufted back and elegant walnut frame, perfect for adding Mid-Century
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

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H 43 in. W 28 in. D 28 in.
Mid-Century Recliner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
American made Mid-Century Modern lounge chair with reclining function. Fun vintage fabric over a
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Walnut

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H 39.25 in. W 31.5 in. D 39 in.
Mid-Century Modern Ekornes Stressless Leather Recliner
By Ekornes Stressless
Located in Port Jervis, NY
The most comfortable recliner ever made. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. Locks in
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Vintage 1980s Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Oak

Modern Mid-Century Odalisque, Reclining Female Nude.
Located in Cotignac, FR
A mid 20th century modern work on paper of a female nude by Andre Petroff. Signed with monogram
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Mid-20th Century Modern Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal, Crayon, Watercolor, Gouache

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Selig Recliner Reclining Lounge Chair After Baughman
By Selig
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern chrome Selig recliner lounge chair after Milo Baughman. Item features
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid 20th Century Scandinavian Modern Teak Reclining Leather Armchair
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 20th century Scandinavian modern teak reclining leather armchair circa 1960. Solid teak show
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Reclining Lounge Chair
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Rosewood Danish modern lounge chair, circa 1960's. High back on lounge chair provides extra support
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Teak, Fabric

Italian Mid-Century Modern Diminutive Reclining Armchairs in Lacquered Wood
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern pair of diminutive reclining adjustable armchairs with a lacquered wood
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Marco Zanuso Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet Reclining Armchair, 1950s
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Reclining armchair designed by Marco Zanuso in the 1950s, the armchair has been restored and
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

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Iron

Reclined Nude - Original Lithograph - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Nude is an original drawing in pencil realized by n unknown artist. Hand-signed (Illegible). Good condition except for some foldings. The artwork represents a nude figure through...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

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

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Fabric, Wood

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H 38 in. W 30 in. D 27.5 in.
Midcentury Italian Modern Selig Chrome Reclining Recliner Lounge Chair
By Selig
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Midcentury Italian modern Selig chrome reclining recliner lounge chair, circa mid-20th century
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Reclined - Charcoal By Mino Maccari - Mid 20th Century
By Mino Maccari
Located in Roma, IT
Reclined is an original Charcoal Drawing realized by Mino Maccari in mid-20th Century. Good
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Mid-20th Century Modern Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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Charcoal

Mid-Century Modern Bronze Sculpture of a Nude Reclining Woman by Harvey Weiss
By Harvey Weiss
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A wonderful stylized mid-century modern nude sculpture of a reclining figure. Attributed to
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Framed Signed Ellie Gibbel Reclining Nude 8/125
By Ellie Gibbel
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a framed, Ellie Gibbel signed "Reclining Nude" print, numbered 8/125. In
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Reclining Lounge Chair with Ottoman by Selig
By Selig
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Exceptional chrome frame reclining armchair and ottoman imported from Italy by Selig Manufacturing
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Christian Sorensen Sucupira Reclining Chair Pull Out Stool
By Møbelfabriken Gorm, Christian Sorensen
Located in Matosinhos, PT
Mid-Century Modern Christian Sorensen Sucupira reclining chair with pull out stool for Gorm Möbler
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet, Hardwood

Mid Century Cubist Sculpture, Reclining Woman
Located in Lambertville, NJ
The hand painted plaster sculpture on tan marble base of a reclining woman in cubits style. The
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Marble

Reclined Nude - Drawing by Jean Delpech - Mid 20th century
By Jean Delpech
Located in Roma, IT
Reclined Nude is a drawing in watercolor, realized in the Mid-20th Century by Jean Delpech (1916
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Paper

Reclined Nude - Drawing by Jean Delpech - Mid 20th century
By Jean Delpech
Located in Roma, IT
Reclined Nude is a drawing in watercolor realized in the Mid-20th Century by Jean Delpech (1916
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Reclined Nude - Drawing by Jean Delpech - Mid 20th century
By Jean Delpech
Located in Roma, IT
Reclined Nude is a drawing in watercolor, realized in the Mid-20th Century by Jean Delpech (1916
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Reclined Nude - Drawing by Jean Delpech - Mid 20th century
By Jean Delpech
Located in Roma, IT
Reclined Nude is a drawing in watercolor realized in the Mid-20th Century by Jean Delpech (1916
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Paper

Reclined Nude - Drawing by Mino Maccari - Mid 20th Century
By Mino Maccari
Located in Roma, IT
Reclined Nude is an original Pencil Drawing realized by Mino Maccari in mid-20th century. Good
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Pencil

Reclined Nude - Drawing by Mino Maccari - Mid 20th Century
By Mino Maccari
Located in Roma, IT
Reclined Nude is an original Charcoal and Watercolour Drawing realized by Mino Maccari in mid-20th
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Charcoal, Watercolor

Reclined Nude - Drawing by Mino Maccari - Mid 20th Century
By Mino Maccari
Located in Roma, IT
Reclined Nude is an original Pen Drawing realized by Mino Maccari in mid-20th century. Good
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Pen

Reclined Nude - Drawing by Mino Maccari - Mid 20th Century
By Mino Maccari
Located in Roma, IT
Reclined Nude is an original Charcoal and Watercolour Drawing realized by Mino Maccari in mid-20th
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Charcoal, Watercolor

Pair of Mid-Century Reclining Arm Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
These line tufted mid century arm chairs feature a wooden base that slopes up forming comfortable
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Wood

Reclined Nude - Drawing by Mino Maccari - Mid 20th Century
By Mino Maccari
Located in Roma, IT
Reclined Nude is an original China Ink Drawing realized by Mino Maccari in mid-20th century. Good
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

Reclined Nude - Drawing by Mino Maccari - Mid 20th Century
By Mino Maccari
Located in Roma, IT
Reclined Nude is an original China Ink Drawing and Watercolour realized by Mino Maccari in mid-20th
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

Pair of Italian Mid Century Reclining Armchairs
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of reclining Italian armchairs, in the style of Gio Ponti, circa 1950. The structure is
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

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H 34.65 in. W 29.14 in. D 27.56 in.
Nello Pini Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet Reclining Armchair by Novarredo, 50
By Novarredo Livorno, Nello Pini
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Reclining armchair designed by Nello Pini for Novarredo in the 1950s, the armchair has been
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Teak Frame Danish Style Reclining Lounge Chair by Guy Rodgers
By Guy Rogers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful mid century Manhattan reclining lounge chair by British manufacturer Guy Rodgers. A
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Teak

Mid Century Danish Modern Swivel Reclining Lounge Chair in Brown Leather
Located in Philadelphia, PA
swiveling base chair, reclining mechanism, and chocolate brown leather cushions. Very well cared for and
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Reclining Nude - Pen Drawing by Angelo Sabbatani - Mid-20th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Reclining Nude is an original pen drawing realized by Angelo Sabbatani. (1922-1974). The artwork
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Pen

Near Pair Mid Century Scandinavian Reclining Elm Chairs
Located in Troy, MI
Near pair mid century Scandinavian Reclining elm chairs This mid century near pair of
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Elm, Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Framed Emil Weddige Signed Lithograph of Reclining Nude 21/60
By Emil Weddige
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a framed lithograph of a reclining nude, signed by Eddie Weddige
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

Materials

Paper

Mid Century Danish Cognac Brown Leather Swivel Reclining Chair on Chrome Base
Located in Llanbrynmair, GB
A stylish mid century brown leather Swivel chair on heavy chrome base. A large chair with good
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Recliner by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
By Thayer Coggin, Milo Baughman
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This beautiful mid-century recliner was designed by Milo Baughman and manufactured by Thayer Coggin
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Modern Reclining Nude Female Figure
Located in Soquel, CA
Elegant nude by Spanish artist Diaz Cruz (Spanish, 20th Century). This modernist figurative depicts
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Masonite, Oil

Reclined Nude - China Ink and Watercolor By Mino Maccari-Mid 20th century
By Mino Maccari
Located in Roma, IT
Reclined Nude is an original China Ink Drawing and watercolour realized by Mino Maccari in mid-20th
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Mid-20th Century Modern Nude Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Watercolor, Ink

Pair of Mid-Century Reclining Patio Lounge Arm Chairs w/ Extendable Foot-Rests
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of American Mid-Century reclining patio chairs. This pair of vintage iron patio chairs from
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

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Iron

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Recliner
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Recliner This chair measures: 26 wide x 62
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mid century Pair of Italian Reclining Armchairs, Florence, 1940s
Located in Firenze, IT
Comfortable seat reclining with three step movements, solid larch sculptured structure, newly
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Set of Four Mid Century Reclining Lawn or Patio Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of four mid-century modern wood reclining lawn or patio chairs from England. Classic and
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Vintage 1940s English Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Mid-century Wingback Recliner Lounge Chairs, Renzo Franchi, 1950's, Italy
Located in New York, NY
Mid-century Wingback Recliner Lounge Chairs, Renzo Franchi, 1950's, Italy Reclining lounge chairs
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Cherry

Scandinavian Modern Leather Recliners with Ottomans
By Göte Möbler Nässjö
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of high back, Scandinavian modern, stressless recliners with matching ottomans, made in Norway
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Mid Century 1970s Ingmar Relling Black Leather Reclining Chaise Lounger
By Ingmar Relling, Knut Relling, Westnofa Furniture
Located in Llanbrynmair, GB
give a sturdy yet soft comfortable seating, designed by one of great designers of the mid-century
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Chaise Longues

Materials

Leather, Beech

Vinyl and Walnut Mid-Century Modern Chaise Lounge
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pairing a vibrant upholstery with walnut legs and frame, this Mid-Century Modern chaise lounge
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

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Upholstery, Walnut

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Mid Century Modern Reclining For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the mid century modern reclining you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each mid century modern reclining for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, fabric and metal. Find 498 options for an antique or vintage mid century modern reclining now, or shop our selection of 1 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century modern reclining, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Each mid century modern reclining bearing Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Modern hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one mid century modern reclining that is appealing in its simplicity, but Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin and De Sede produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mid Century Modern Reclining?

A mid century modern reclining can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,850, while the lowest priced sells for $275 and the highest can go for as much as $36,000.

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 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 antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.

Questions About Mid Century Modern Reclining
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

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

  • 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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 12, 2021
    There are many colors available for painting a mid-century modern home and it is a matter of preference. You can choose from a range of colors that are closely associated with mid-century modernism — popular pairings include orange and brown or chartreuse and gray, for example. Find a wide variety of mid-century modern furniture, decorative pieces, serveware and lighting on 1stDibs today.
  • 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

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