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Vintage Brueton Mid-Century Modern Tubular Steel Cat Eye Chairs, a Pair
By Brueton
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Brueton Mid-Century Modern tubular steel cat eye chairs - a pair. Item features brushed
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

Orange Tubular Accent Lounge Chairs
Located in London, GB
guests, these chairs offer both style and comfort. Bring a touch of mid-century modern charm to your home
Category

Vintage 1970s Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Mid Century Gray Leather Chrome Tubular Lounge Chairs by Cy Mann
By Cy Mann
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of beautiful cantilevered gray leather lounge or office chairs with chrome tubular frames by
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Arne Norell Leather and Chrome Tubular Safari Danish Mid-Century Modern Chair
By Arne Norell
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Rare Arne Norell Safari Chair. Tubular chrome and brown leather. Labeled.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Tubular Leather Lounge Chair with Ottoman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
modernise leather chair front he 1970's , some scratches on leather chair located in France
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Tubular Leather Lounge Chair with Ottoman
Tubular Leather Lounge Chair with Ottoman
H 33.47 in W 28.75 in D 27.56 in
Jørgen Kastholm Tubular Lounge Chair in Leather
By Jørgen Kastholm
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jørgen Kastholm, lounge chair, metal and leather, Denmark, 1960s. This modern armchair is designed
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

TON Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair with Sculptural Frame
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Magda Sépová for TON, lounge chair, fiberglass, fabric, coated steel, Czechoslovakia, 1962 This
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

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

Materials

Chrome

Tubular leather lounge chair, Steiner, France 1970's
By Pascal Mourgue, Steiner, Kwok Hoi Chan
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Tubular lounge chair with canvas seating and black leather cushion by Steiner. The cushion has been
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Tubular Sling Chairs by John Mascheroni model 424
By John Mascheroni
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of sling chairs by John Mascheroni. The fabric is original and in bad shape, torn so
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Lounge Chair by Directional
By Directional
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Funky bubble chair made by Directional. Tufted orange Naugahyde cushions on polished tubular frame
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Lounge Chair by Directional
Mid-Century Lounge Chair by Directional
H 33.75 in W 30.25 in D 37 in
Mid-Century Modern Bruno Mathsson Lounge Chair and Ottoman by DUX
By Dux of Sweden, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A stunning vintage modern lounge and ottoman covered in tufted black leather with a tubular chrome
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Jørgen Kastholm Pair of Tubular Lounge Chairs in Leather
By Jørgen Kastholm
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jørgen Kastholm, pair of lounge chairs, metal and leather, Denmark, 1960s. This modern pair of
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pr. Tubular Chrome and Woven Plastic Cantilevered Lounge Chairs
By Lloyd Loom
Located in New York, NY
Pair of cantilevered lounge chairs having tubular chrome frames and continuous plastic wicker style
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Cantilever Lounge Chair by Sam Larsson for Dux, 1972
By Sam Larsson, Dux of Sweden
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning and rare Mid-Century Modern cantilever lounge chair. Design by Sam Larsson for Dux of
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Wicker Mid-Century Modern 514 Lounge Chair by Dirk van Sliedrecht, 1961
By Gebroeders Jonker Noordwolde, Dirk Van Sliedregt
Located in Amsterdam, NL
tubular steel base. This wonderful Mid-Century Modern 514 lounge chair by Dirk van Sliedrecht is in very
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Tubular Metal Lounge Chairs from the Pace Collection
By Pace Collection
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Pair of tubular armchairs from Pace Collection featuring matte black finished metal frame with
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Lounge Chair with Metal Legs, Italy 1960s
Located in Utrecht, NL
, a charm that would likely be called ‘the mid-century modern style’. Even after decades, interior
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

TON Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair with Sculptural Frame in Red Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Magda Sépová for TON, lounge chair, fiberglass, fabric, coated steel, Czechoslovakia, 1962 This
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Le Corbusier LC4 black Leather Chaise Lounge Chair
By Le Corbusier
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
A modern style of Le Corbusier LC4 chaise lounge. Designed by Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier
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Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Richard Neutra Attribution, Lounge Chairs, Tubular Steel, Velvet, USA, 1940s
By Richard Neutra
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of tubular steel and beige velvet lounge chairs produced by J. A. Bozung and design
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

American Designer, Lounge Chairs, Tubular Steel, Green Velvet, USA, 1930s
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of tubular steel and green velvet lounge chairs designed and produced in the United States
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Vintage 1930s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

Danish Mid-Century Modern Ox Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Hans Wegner, Jørgensen
By Erik Jørgensen, Hans J. Wegner
Located in Stamford, CT
Danish Mid-Century Modern Ox Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Hans Wegner, Jørgensen Hans J. Wegner 'Ox
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Byron Botker for Landes Customizable Lounge Chairs with Tubular Frames
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Byron Botker for Landes, lounge chairs, blue fabric, chrome-plated steel, United States, 1970s A
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome, Steel

Pair of Art Deco Tubular Chrome Lounge Chairs in Silver Faux Leather
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern pair of Art Deco tubular chrome lounge chairs in black leather.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Vintage Pierre Paulin Style Leather Steel Tubular Lounge Sling Chair, 1960s
By Erik Magnussen, Pierre Paulin, Pierre Thielen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
European midcentury modern leather sling lounge chair. Steel tube base with natural brown patinated
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal, Steel, Chrome

Mid Century Caramel Brown Leather Lounge Chairs by Stendig 1960s
By Stendig Co.
Located in Detroit, MI
This stunning pair of vintage mid century modern lounge chairs were produced by Stendig circa 1960
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Mario Bellini 'Cab' Lounge Chair, Tubular Steel and Leather by Cassina
By Mario Bellini, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
inviting, cab lounge is a restatement of the cab chair concept. Nothing short of a masterpiece of
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Tubular Chromed Lounge Chair With Brown Cognac Leather By Lindlöfs. Sweden 1960s
By Lindlöfs möbler
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful lounge / easy chair in aged brown / cognac leather and chrome tubular frame designed by
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Byron Botker for Landes Lounge Chairs with Tubular Frames in Light Pink
By Byron Botker, Landes Manufacturing Co.
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Byron Botker for Landes, lounge chairs, pink fabric, chrome-plated steel, United States, 1970s A
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Mid-Century Lounge Chair in The Style of Martin Visser, 1960s
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
Modernist lounge chair produced in Holland during the 1960s. The design could be Martin Visser for
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern White Iron Deck-Chair, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern white iron deck-chair, 1960s Deck-chair in white painted iron. The
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal, Iron

MCM Tubular Chrome Lounge Chairs by Chromcraft with Rich Oxblood Seats, c. 1960s
By Chromcraft
Located in Deland, FL
Chrome plated steel tubular frames support original oxblood tufted vinyl seats. Circa 1960s
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Green Tubular Lounge Chair by Kho Liang Ie for Stabin Holland, Model 703, 1968
By Kho Liang Ie, Stabin
Located in Schagen, NL
This lounge chair was designed by Kho Liang Ie for Stabin Holland in 1968. It features a tubular
Category

Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Modernist Lounge Chairs, by Martin Eisler, Brazilian Mid-Century Design
By Martin Eisler
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
This pair of lounge chairs designed by Martin Eisler showcase the mid-century modern Brazilian
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Mid-century Lounge Chair with ottoman by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
By Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
reflects the synthesis of form and function that is the hallmark of mid-century modern furniture. The chair
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Velvet, Hardwood

Pair Of Sling Lounge Chairs By Peter Hoyte Mid Century Vintage Retro MCM
By Peter Hoyte
Located in Cambridge, GB
New Stock ✅ Pair Of Sling Lounge Chairs By Peter Hoyte Mid Century Vintage Retro MCM Pair of
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Vintage 1960s British Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Other, Chrome

Jay Spectre Century Eclipse Salmon Pink Post Modern Chrome Club Lounge Arm Chair
By Jay Spectre
Located in Dayton, OH
A beautiful pair of two "Eclipse" club / library / lounge chairs by Jay Spectre for Century Chair
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Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid Century Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Murphy Miller for Plycraft c 1950’s
By Murphy Miller Inc., Plycraft
Located in New York, NY
Classic Mid Century lounge chair and ottoman designed by Murphy Miller for Plycraft, circa 1950’s
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Midcentury Knoll Tubular BRNO Chairs, a Pair
By Knoll
Located in west palm beach, FL
Iconic pair of MCM Knoll chairs. The tubular version of the coveted BRNO design. A cantilevered
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

Copacabana Lounge Chair
By Mathieu Matégot, Gubi
Located in Berkeley, CA
The Copacabana lounge chair was created in 1955 by Mathieu Matégot. The low Copacabana lounge chair
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Copacabana Lounge Chair
Copacabana Lounge Chair
H 27.5 in W 33.5 in D 25.5 in
Italian Upholstered Chairs with Tubular Metal, Italy, ca 1970s
Located in Utrecht, NL
: These lounge chairs will be packaged and shipped with the greatest care and attention to make sure you
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Vtg IRE Furniture Skillingaryd Swedish Modern Purple Leather Sling Lounge Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage IRE Furniture Skillingaryd Swedish Modern Purple Leather Sling lounge chair. Item features
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs by Carl Gustaf Hiort Af Ornäs, Finland
By Puunveisto OY
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare pair of Scandinavian Modern lounge chairs, model “Lehti” (leaf) designed by Carl Gustaf Hiort
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

'Forum Group' by Harter Slipper Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning pair of mid-century modern slipper lounge chairs feature plush bright red velvet
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Vintage Modern Lounge Chair w/Ottoman by Donald Knorr for Vista of California
By Donald Knorr
Located in San Diego, CA
Lounge chair and ottoman by Donald Knorr for Vista of California. While most pieces in this line
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass, Steel

Stressless Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stressless reclining lounge chair and ottoman. Elegant mid century Scandinavian style design with
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Late 20th Century Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

1960s Suspended Rattan Lounge Chair
By John Risley
Located in London, GB
A striking, large scale lounge chair with an enamelled tubular steel frame and suspended seat in
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

1960s Suspended Rattan Lounge Chair
1960s Suspended Rattan Lounge Chair
H 61.42 in W 30.71 in D 393.71 in
1970's Tubular Chrome Framed Adjustable Cantilever Chair by Pierson of France
Located in High Wycombe, GB
Tubular Chrome Framed Cantilever Chair With an Adjustable Reclining Backrest with Brown Leather
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Modernist Rosewood and Leather Lounge Chair
By Sergio Rodrigues, Roche Bobois
Located in New York, NY
Very stylish and chic low lounge chair with solid rosewood sides, and back, supporting top grade
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Rosewood, Leather

Ekornes Stressless Reclining Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Ekornes Stressless
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ekornes Stressless reclining lounge chair and ottoman. Elegant mid century Scandinavian design with
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Late 20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Blue Pair Armchairs Viko Baumritter 1959 USA
By Viko Baumritter
Located in Baltimore, MD
A gorgeous matching pair of lounge chairs by Viko Baumritter, USA, circa 1959. These Mid-Century
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Ekornes Stressless Reclining Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Ekornes Stressless
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ekornes Stressless reclining lounge chair and ottoman. Elegant mid century Scandinavian design with
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Late 20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

'Safari' Lounge Chair in Black Vinyl
Located in Waalwijk, NL
'Safari' lounge chair, vinyl, lacquered wood, metal, United Kingdom, circa 1965 This well
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Vintage 1960s British Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

'Safari' Lounge Chair in Black Vinyl
'Safari' Lounge Chair in Black Vinyl
H 27.96 in W 24.81 in D 25.99 in
Ekornes Stressless Reclining Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Ekornes Stressless
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ekornes Stressless reclining lounge chair and ottoman. Elegant mid century Scandinavian design with
Category

Late 20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Vintage P40 lounge chair by Osvaldo Borsani
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Milano, IT
Borsani P40 Lounge Chair - Italian Collectible Furniture - Mid Century Armchair Designed in 1956
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal, Stainless Steel

Vintage P40 lounge chair by Osvaldo Borsani
Vintage P40 lounge chair by Osvaldo Borsani
H 35.44 in W 28.35 in D 35.44 in
Chrome and Canvas Lounge Chairs Italy 1970
By Douglas Kelly, Ross Littell and William Katavolos
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Stunning shaped and super quality pair of lounge chairs made by unknown designer and manufacturer
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Chrome and Canvas Lounge Chairs Italy 1970
Chrome and Canvas Lounge Chairs Italy 1970
H 31.5 in W 24.81 in D 29.53 in
Vintage tube steel and leather lounge chair
Located in Heerhugowaard, NL
Vintage low easy chair, age and origin unknown, estimated 1970s. This lounge chair has a frame
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Vintage tube steel and leather lounge chair
Vintage tube steel and leather lounge chair
H 31.5 in W 38.98 in D 35.44 in
De Sede Green Leather Lounge Chair/Ottoman
By De Sede
Located in Chicago, IL
upholstery on tubular feet, also features a tubular back.
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Vintage 1980s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Lounge Chair by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Brussels, BE
Vico Magistretti lounge chair for Cassina model "Veranda", circa 1980. The inner steel frame
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Lounge Chair by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
Lounge Chair by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
H 42.52 in W 36.62 in D 59.06 in
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Mid Century Modern Tubular Lounge Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century modern tubular lounge chair available at 1stDibs. A mid century modern tubular lounge chair — often made from metal, chrome and animal skin — can elevate any home. Find 77 options for an antique or vintage mid century modern tubular lounge chair now, or shop our selection of 1 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the mid century modern tubular lounge chair you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right mid century modern tubular lounge chair, those designed in Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian Modern styles are of considerable interest. Bas Van Pelt, Steelcase and Tord Bjorklund each produced at least one beautiful mid century modern tubular lounge chair that is worth considering.

How Much is a Mid Century Modern Tubular Lounge Chair?

Prices for a mid century modern tubular lounge chair can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $389 and can go as high as $9,450, while the average can fetch as much as $2,485.

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 celebrated 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.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of unique chairs, sofas and other seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.

Questions About Mid Century Modern Tubular Lounge Chair
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Wassily chairs are indeed considered mid-century modern. Although the chair was initially designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925, it was re-released in the 1960s. Shop a collection of mid-century modern goods from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 3, 2023
    Some iconic chairs from the mid-century modern era include the Egg chair by Arne Jacobson, the La Chaise by Charles and Ray Eames and the Womb chair by Eero Saarinen. With their clean lines, organic shapes and simple details, these chairs reflect some of the key features of the style. Shop a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.