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Mid-Century Modern Wrought Iron Footstools

Mid-Century Modern Square Footstool C. 1960
Located in West Chester, PA
Square upholstered foot stool on brass capped tapered legs. circa 1960 Box 16x16x10
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Metal, Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Pier Luigi Colli Wrought Iron Foot Stool
By Pier Luigi Colli
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern wrought iron hammered dotted design gold leaf finish foot stool
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Iron

Bamboo Rattan Wicker Swivel Footstool in the Paul Frankl's Style. Circa 1970s
By Paul Frankl
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Bamboo Rattan Wicker Swivel Footstool /Ottoman in the Paul Frankl's Style by Classic Rattan
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Signed Maurizio Tempestini for John Salterini Ottoman Foot Stool Circa 1960s
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Peabody, MA
Italian rope and wrought iron ottoman designed by Maurizio Tempestini for John Salterini, circa
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Newly Upholstered Wrought Iron Stool by Frederic Weinberg, Signed
By Frederic Weinberg
Located in Berlin, DE
leatherette upon wrought iron frames, with label. Ideal for use as stool, footstool or ottoman. Diameter of
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Maurizio Tempestini Salterini Clamshell Orange Slice Footstool Stool Ottoman
By Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Clifton Forge, VA
Here is a hard to find footstool or ottoman that was designed by Maurizio Tempestini and made by
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Italian Midcentury Throne Armchair or Lounge Chair with Bench or Ottoman
Located in New York, NY
combine modern neoclassical with a fantasy neo-Baroque sensibility that predates post-modernism and the
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wrought Iron

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'Plissé White Edition' Pleated Textile Table Lamp by Folkform for Örsjö
By Örsjö Industri AB
Located in Glendale, CA
'Plissé White Edition' pleated textile table lamp by Folkform for Örsjö. This unique table lamp was awarded “Lighting of the Year 2022” by Residence Magazine Sweden, who called it “...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Textile

New Black Wrought Iron Curule Bench with Cushion, Savonarola, Throne
Located in Miami, FL
New black wrought iron curule bench with cushion, Savonarola, Throne. Cushion included.
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21st Century and Contemporary European Neoclassical Benches

Materials

Iron

Shearling 'Strapontin' Stool by Design Frères
By Design Frères
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Shearling 'Strapontin' stool by Design Frères. Chic and understated.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Stools

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Iron

Watercolors on Paper "Cinema Al Forte Dei Marmi" Maurizio Tempestini, 1939
By Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Rome, IT
Unique Maurizio Tempestini watercolor one of a set of 11 dedicated to "Forte dei Marmi" Cinema al Forte dei Marmi -variante- Watercolors on paper, titled, signed and framed 193...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Paper

Salterini Style Marble Top Coffee Table
By Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Inspired by the timeless craftsmanship of mid-20th century Italian-American designer Maurizio Tempestini for the Salterini company, this coffee table brings a touch of sophistication...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Marble, Metal

Lacquered Intricate Wrought Iron Bench with White Frey Mohair Top, France, 1950
By Gilbert Poillerat
Located in New York, NY
Unique intricate wrought iron bench. Black enamel (new). New Pierre Frey Teddy upholstery. In the style of Gilbert Poillerat. This bench will ship out of France and can be returned ...
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Vintage 1950s French Benches

Materials

Wrought Iron

Rare Set of Four Maurizio Tempestini White Lacquer Iron Frame and Mesh Chairs
By John Salterini, Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare set of four Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini white lacquer over wrought iron framed and iron mesh outdoor dining chairs. Minimalist design with open arms and linear form, iron ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Mid Century Salterini “Radar” Outdoor Dining Set
By John Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Wonderful Mid Century five piece set by Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini .Four classic “Radar” chairs have sculpted hoop wrought iron framework with wire mesh seats. Table also clas...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Tony Paul Attributed Stools, Woven Wicker, Solid Beech, United States, 1950s
By Tony Paul
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
Set of three stools with a handwoven wicker top and solid beech legs attributed to the famous American designer Tony Paul. Produced in the late 1950s these stools are in their ori...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wicker, Beech

Maurizio Tempestini John Salterini "Ribbon" Oval Dining Table in Wrought Iron
By Maurizio Tempestini, John Salterini
Located in Miami, FL
Maurizio Tempestini John Salterini "Ribbon" Oval Dining Table in Wrought Iron Offered for sale is a Maurizio Tempestini for Salterini garden furniture "Ribbon Back" oval dining tabl...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Iron, Wrought Iron

Michael Taylor for Baker Ottoman or Footstool on Brass Casters
By Michael Taylor
Located in St. Louis, MO
Vintage Michael Taylor for Baker Furniture Co. ottoman with brass castors. Original ebonized finish and upholstery, seat raised on brass cylinders. Label.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Brass

Large original CHATY Sun Wall Mirror, 1950s 90cm 35.4"
By Atelier Design
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Large sun wall mirror by CHATY Vallauris, Alpes-Maritimes, France, 1950s. Patinated gold. Diameter : 35.4" (90cm), Depth : 1.4" (3.5cm). Stamped "Chaty Vallauris AM" on the cardboard...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Metal

Petite Double Bench Banquette Attributed Maurizio Tempestini, circa 1940
By Maurizio Tempestini
Located in Vienna, AT
Elegant petite long banquette attributed to Maurizio Tempestini, Italy circa 1940 Original yellow silk upholstery with French motive flower design, which is in very good condition w...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Very Large original CHATY Sun Wall Mirror, 1950s 100.5cm 39.6"
By Atelier Design
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Very large sun wall mirror by CHATY Vallauris, Alpes-Maritimes, France, 1950s. Patinated dark green and gold. Rare in size and colors. Diameter : 39.6" (100.5cm), Depth : 1.3" (3.5cm...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Metal

Restored Paul Frankl Vertically Stacked Split Rattan Planter
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Original Paul Frankl rattan wastebasket featuring a stacked rattan basket fixed to a mahogany base. This basket comes from a Paul Frankl house in Encino California. Please contact th...
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Vintage 1950s Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Materials

Rattan

Footstool in Chrome and Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Footstool or ottoman, chromed metal, cognac leather, Europe, 1980s Simplistic and sturdy footstool executed in a chromed metal base and cognac leather. This piece is a wonderful and...
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Vintage 1980s European Post-Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Footstool in Chrome and Cognac Leather
Footstool in Chrome and Cognac Leather
H 17.33 in W 24.02 in D 24.02 in

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Paul McCobb Planner Group All Round Square Stools Winchendon, Mid-Century Modern
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in Topeka, KS
round rod wrought iron base with an S-spring and foam seat cushion attached by flat tabs on the frame
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Cleo Baldon Campign "X" Stool of Wrought Iron and Oak with Original Naugahyde
By Cleo Baldon
Located in San Diego, CA
and sturdy fumed oak bars, enameled iron base with Naugahyde original pad.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Iron

Vintage Mid-Century Frederic Weinberg Mustard Yellow Stool
By Frederic Weinberg
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage Mid-Century Frederic Weinberg mustard yellow stool. Original leather upholstery
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Iron

French Iron and Leather Vanity Bench by Marc Duplantier
By Marc du Plantier
Located in New York, NY
French Mid-Century Modern neoclassical wrought iron bench with seat covered in leather. Good form
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Danny Ho Fong Tropi-cal Rattan and Wrought Iron Mid-Century Ottoman Footstool
By Danny Ho Fong
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Danny Ho Fong Tropi-Cal rattan and wrought iron mid-century ottoman footstool. Item features
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Iron

Stool with Wrought Iron Legs and Leopard Upholstered Top
By Frederic Weinberg
Located in New York, NY
wrought iron legs show cosmetic wear to the paint finish, normal and consistent with age. Diameter of pad
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Vintage Russell Woodard Sculptura Metal Mesh Wrought Iron Ottoman Footstool
By Russell Woodard
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Russell Woodard Sculptura metal mesh wrought iron ottoman footstool. Item features iron
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Arthur Umanoff Woven Rush & Iron Stools 1950's
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in Southampton, NJ
A trio of classic modern 1950's iron benches or stools designed by Arthur Umanoff for Raymor
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Two Leopard Upholstered Footrest Ottoman Stools on Iron Hairpin Legs
By Frederic Weinberg
Located in New York, NY
Chic stylish upholstered stools on wrought iron hairpin legs. Offered and priced individually, but
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Iron & Rolled Seat Bar Stool by Cleo Baldon for Terra Furniture
By Cleo Baldon
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Iron & Rolled Seat Bar Stool by Cleo Baldon effortlessly combines rugged industrial aesthetics
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Wrought Iron

3 Iron & Rolled Seat Bar Stool by Cleo Baldon for Terra Furniture
By Cleo Baldon
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Iron & Rolled Seat Bar Stool by Cleo Baldon effortlessly combines rugged industrial aesthetics
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Russell Woodard Original "Sculptura" Black Iron Mesh Ottoman, 1950s
By Russell Woodard
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Larger American Mid-Century Modern Russell Woodard black wrought iron and black mesh stool. Corner
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Iron

Footstool Ottoman Bench by Allan Gould
By Allan Gould
Located in New York, NY
Iron and woven cord footstool, ottoman by Allan Gould. Classic midcentury architectural form, hard
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Stool by Frederc Weinberg
By Frederic Weinberg
Located in South Charleston, WV
/leatherette upon wrought iron frames, with label remaining on one piece (the orange one). Simple iron
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

Stool by Frederc Weinberg
Stool by Frederc Weinberg
H 17.5 in Dm 22 in
Pair of Cleo Baldon Stools for Terra
By Cleo Baldon
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A nice pair of Cleo Boldson stools for Terra with black leather cushion which is the original upholstery.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Pair of Cleo Baldon Stools for Terra
Pair of Cleo Baldon Stools for Terra
H 16 in W 18.5 in D 16 in
Salterini Vintage Patio Set by Mario Tempestini for Salterini, Six Pieces
By John Salterini
Located in Long Island, NY
A six-piece Salterini wrought iron patio set, in the Mid-Century Modern style. Designed by
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

1960s Iron and Fabric Low Footstool
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1960s iron base and fabric top low footstool. The footstool has the original fabric with a
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Wrought Iron

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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.