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Italian Plywood Dining Chairs, 1940s
By Vittorio Nobili
Located in Antwerp, BE
Early Mid-Century Modern dining chairs, solid oak and plywood, Italy, 1940s Unknown and unusual
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak, Plywood

Italian Plywood Dining Chairs, 1940s
Italian Plywood Dining Chairs, 1940s
H 30.71 in W 18.51 in D 18.51 in
Mid-Century Modern Thonet Bentwood Plywood Birch Dining Chair 10 Available
By Thonet
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
(1) Mid-Century Modern Thonet bentwood birch dining Chair with handle. Has original label. Good
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Birch, Bentwood

Plywood Dining Chairs by Carlo Ratti, Italy, 1950s
By Industria Legni Curvati, Carlo Ratti
Located in Barcelona, ES
Four dining chairs designed in 1950s by Carlo Ratti and produced by Industria Legni Curvati, Italy
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Italian Mid-Century Plywood Nutwood Chairs by Velca Legnano, 1960s
By Velca Legnano
Located in Morazzone, Varese
. The chairs are comfortable and can be used for many different type of use, as dining chairs, side
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Rex Dining Chair in Natural Oak, Solid Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
designed mid-century architect and designer Niko Kralj in 1956. With over two million chairs produced, the
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Rex Dining Chair in Black Oak, Solid Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
designed mid-century architect and designer Niko Kralj in 1956. With over two million chairs produced, the
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Kofod Larsen Mid Century Penguin Wrought Iron and Bent Plywood Dining Chairs, S
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Countryside, IL
Kofod Larsen mid century penguin wrought iron and bent plywood dining chairs - Set of 8 Each
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Teak, Bentwood

MCM Thonet #1216 Dining Chair Bent Oak Plywood Saddle Seat Single Bow
By Thonet
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome vintage Mid-Century Modern Thonet #1216-S17-B1 dining chairs comprised of bent oak plywood
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak, Plywood

Set of Three Mid Century Swedish Modern Molded Birch Plywood Chairs Dowels Legs
By Norman Cherner, Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson, Herman Miller
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Set of Three Mid Century Swedish Modern Molded Birch Plywood Chairs Dowels Legs.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Early Eames DCM Birch Plywood Dining Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Nice set of early 1950s DCM chairs, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. These are
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Set of 6 Bent Plywood Dining Chairs by Cherner for Plycraft
By George Mulhauser, Plycraft
Located in New York, NY
Rare set of six bent plywood chairs designed by Cherner for Plycraft. This set consists of four
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Plywood

Set of Six Mid Century Modern Chairs with Sculpted Plywood Back
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice set of Mid-Century Modern solid frames moulded plywood backs chairs with newly
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Birch

Carlo Ratti Molded Plywood Dining Chairs, 16 available
By Carlo Ratti
Located in Pound Ridge, NY
Rare and large grouping of early Carlo Ratti molded plywood chairs ; seat height, tapered iron leg
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Iron

Six Molded Plywood Chairs, 1950s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Set of six dining chairs with great allure, from the two tones of wood to the exaggeratedly tapered
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Six Molded Plywood Chairs, 1950s
Six Molded Plywood Chairs, 1950s
H 31.5 in W 17.33 in D 16.54 in
Set of 4 MCM Thonet #1216 Dining Chairs Bent Oak Plywood Saddle Seat Single Bow
By Thonet
Located in Topeka, KS
Marvelous vintage Mid-Century Modern Thonet #1216-S17-B1 dining chairs comprised of bent oak
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak, Plywood

Mid Century Modern Green Four Dining Room Chairs or Chairs 1950s Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage dining room chairs or chairs from green lacquered beech and plywood
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Set of 8 MCM Thonet #1216 Dining Chairs Bent Oak Plywood Saddle Seat Single Bow
By Thonet
Located in Topeka, KS
Marvelous vintage Mid-Century Modern Thonet #1216-S17-B1 dining chairs comprised of bent oak
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak, Plywood

Mid-Century Bentwood Plywood Chairs Stackable by Royal Germany Set of 4
By Royal
Located in Munich, Bavaria
This bentwood plywood chairs are produced by ROYAL in Germany around 50ties/60ties. The chair has
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Wood, Lacquer

Dutch Design Industrial Plywood Chairs, 1960s
Located in Voorburg, NL
Very comfortable Industrial plywood chairs, produced in Holland in the 1960s. These Dutch design
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Dutch Design Industrial Plywood Chairs, 1960s
Dutch Design Industrial Plywood Chairs, 1960s
H 30.32 in W 17.33 in D 19.69 in
Dutch Design Industrial Plywood Chairs, 1960s
Located in Voorburg, NL
Very comfortable industrial plywood chairs, produced in Holland in the 1960s. These Dutch design
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Dutch Design Industrial Plywood Chairs, 1960s
Dutch Design Industrial Plywood Chairs, 1960s
H 34.26 in W 20.87 in D 20.87 in
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International Set of Four Dining Chairs Plywood Velvet
By Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, set of four dining chairs, coated iron, plywood, velvet
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Iron

Mid-Century Dining Chair by Stol Kamnik from Yugoslavia, 1980s
By Stol Kamnik
Located in Miklavž Pri Taboru, SI
Really rare vintage dining chairs from the 80s. Made in Yugoslavia at the famous manufacture "Stol
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Mid-20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Friso Kramer Set of Eight 'Revolt' Dining Chairs in Metal and Blue Plywood
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, set of eight dining chairs, model 'Revolt', lacquered plywood
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Plywood dining chairs Esse by Gigi Sabadin for Stilwood Italy 1973s Set of 4
By Gigi Sabadin, Stilwood
Located in Miklavž Pri Taboru, SI
The set of 4 dining chairs "Esse" designed by Italian designer Gigi Sabadin for Stilwood in 1973 is
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Four Red Beech Dining Room Chairs or Chairs 1950s Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage dining room chairs or chairs from red lacquered beech and plywood 1950s
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Set 4 Norman Cherner / Plycraft Dining Chairs. Classic Mid Century Modern
By Plycraft, Norman Cherner
Located in Buffalo, NY
Set 4 Norman Cherner / Plycraft Dining Chairs. 2 side chairs and 2 armchairs .Nice original
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Green Mid-Century Modern Six Vintage Dining Chairs, 1950s, Vienna, Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern set of six green vintage dining chairs or chairs, which were designed and
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Early DCW Dining Chair in Walnut by Charles & Ray Eames for Evans Plywood, 1940s
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Evans Products Company
Located in Vorst, BE
The DCW (=Dining Chair Wood) chair was designed by Charles and Ray Eames around 1945. This is a
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Set of 6 Italian Plywood Dining Chairs with New Mohair Wool Upholstery 1960's
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Rare set of 6 Italian dining chairs with beautiful plywood curved detailing from the 1960's The
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Twelve Vintage Bicolor Beech Dining Chairs Franz Schuster
By Franz Schuster
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern twelve ( 12 ) bicolor beech vintage armchairs or dining chairs by Franz Schuster
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Industrial Plywood Marko School Chairs, Netherlands, 1960s
By Marko
Located in Voorburg, NL
Very comfortable Industrial Marko Plywood school chairs, produced by Marko Holland in the 1960s
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller Plywood DCW Dining Chairs, 1950s Set of 2
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in London, GB
most iconic chair designs of the 20th century. The plywood chairs feature a distinctive silhouette
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Beech Brown Twelve Vintage Dining Chairs, Franz Schuster
By Franz Schuster
Located in Vienna, AT
A beechwood bicolor brown Mid-Century Modern vintage set of 12 dining chairs / chairs designed by
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Carlo Ratti Set of Four Dining Chairs of Plywood and Metal
By Carlo Ratti, Industria Legni Curvati
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carlo Ratti for Industria Legni Curvati, set of four dining chairs, plywood with a teak fineer and
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Plywood Stacking Chairs attrb. Roland Rainer, c.1950
By Roland Rainer
Located in Surbiton, GB
Plywood stacking chairs attributed to Austrian architect Roland Rainer. There are 7 chairs
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Vintage Stackable Mid-Century Dining Chairs, Adam Stegner for Pagholz Flötotto
By Pagholz Flötotto, Adam Stegner
Located in Zagreb, HR
Mid-Century Modern stackable dining chairs or visitor chairs with a wooden base and molded
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood, Plywood

Mid-Century Stackable Bentwood and Metal Dining Chairs by Braun Lockenaus
Located in Zagreb, HR
An example of Mid-century modern production and craftsmanship, the chair features a bent plywood
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1990s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Stackable Bentwood and Metal Dining Chairs by Braun Lockenaus
Located in Zagreb, HR
An example of Mid-century modern production and craftsmanship, the chair features a bent plywood
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1990s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Beech Bicolor Dining Room Chairs Roland Rainer Austria 1952
By Roland Rainer
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern timeless set of eight vintage dining room chairs model P7 from beech designed by
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Beech Bicolor Dining Chairs Roland Rainer 1952 Vienna
By Roland Rainer
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern set of 4 vintage beech bicolor dining chairs model P 7 by Roland Rainer designed
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Mid Century Danish Teak Wood & Black Vinyl Dining Chairs
Located in Detroit, MI
This set of four vintage mid century Danish modern teak wood dining chairs are circa 1960. These
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Green Vintage Dining Chairs by Carl Auböck 1956 Vienna
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern set of 2 green vintage dining chairs was designed by Carl Auböck 1956 Vienna and
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Four Plywood Dining Chairs
Located in Antwerp, BE
Set of four dining chairs,1950s. Measures: Height seat 42 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood, Plywood

Four Plywood Dining Chairs
Four Plywood Dining Chairs
H 32.29 in W 18.9 in D 20.48 in
Mid Century Modern Vintage Eight Green Beech Stackable Dining Chairs 1950 Vienna
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern eight vintage dining chairs from beechwood 1950s Vienna in green color tone
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Four Vintage Green Beech Dining Chairs, circa 1956, Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern set of four vintage dining chairs executed by E. & A. Pollak, Austria, which
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Red Beech Dining Room Chairs 1950s Vienna Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage red beech set of 14 dining chairs, which were designed and executed in
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Blue Twelve Dining Chairs Roland Rainer 1952 Vienna
By Roland Rainer Emil & Alfred Pollack
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern twelve ( 12 ) dining chairs or chairs from beechwood and plywood in ocean blue
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Red Silver Ten Dining Chairs Theo Häberli Switzerland 1960s
By Theo Häberli
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage dining chairs model chaise lyre by Theo Häberli 1960s. The rare set of
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Set of 6 Dining Room Chairs by Carlo Ratti in Plywood and Metal, Italy, 1954
By Carlo Ratti, Società Compensati Curvati
Located in Uithoorn, NL
We fully restored this set by adding new small pieces of veneer (where needed) to all the chairs
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Set of Four Mid Century Dining Chairs by Thonet
By Thonet
Located in New York, NY
Chic set of four dining chairs, made in the USA, circa 1950's , manufactured by Thonet. The chairs
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Mid century dining chairs by Radomír Hofman, 1960´s, set of 2
By Thonet, Radomír Hofman
Located in Prague 8, CZ
An interesting model of mid century upholstered bentwood dining chairs designed by Radomír Hofman
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Wood, Bentwood, Plywood

Vintage Mid-Century Dining Chairs: Elegance in Barrel Back Design
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Introducing our exquisite collection of eight vintage mid-century dining chairs, showcasing expert
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Cor Alons for Gouda Den Boer Plywood Dining Chairs, the Netherlands 1950s
By Cees Braakman, Gouda Den Boer, Cor Alons
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Dining chairs by the Dutch mid-century designer Cor Alons for Gouda Den Boer the Netherlands, made
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Birch

Mid Century dining chairs by Radomír Hofman, 1960´s, set of 4
By Radomír Hofman
Located in Prague 8, CZ
An interesting model of mid century bentwood dining chairs. Designed by Radomír Hofman for TON
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Beech, Bentwood, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern White Vintage Dining Chairs by Theo Häberli, 1960 Switzerland
By Theo Häberli
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern set of 7 white vintage dining chairs by Theo Häberli model Chaise Lyre. This
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Mid Century Modern Dining Room Chairs by Roland Rainer 1952 Vienna Austria
By Roland Rainer
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern Dining Room Chairs model P7 , which were designed by Roland Rainer for the
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Midcentury Danish Bent Plywood Dining Chairs
By Plycraft
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Mid-Century Modern aesthetic. Lightweight dining chairs are perfect for apartments or other small
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Teak, Bentwood, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Set of Four Dining Chair Roland Rainer, 1952, Austria
By Roland Rainer
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern set of four bicolor dining chairs, which were designed by Roland Rainer and
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Brown Dining Room Chairs Franz Schuster 1959 Set of Twelve
By Franz Schuster
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern set of 12 stackable bicolored dining room chairs designed by Franz Schuster
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Beech Vintage Dining Chairs Franz Schuster Vienna Up to 18
By Franz Schuster
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage dining chairs or chairs from natural lacquered solid beechwood and
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood, Beech

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Mid Century Plywood Dining Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal mid century plywood dining chair for your home. Frequently made of wood, plywood and metal, every mid century plywood dining chair was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a mid century plywood dining chair, we have 378 options in-stock, while there are 15 modern editions to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the mid century plywood dining chair you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century plywood dining chair, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Industrial style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made mid century plywood dining chair has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames and Charles Eames are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Plywood Dining Chair?

Prices for a mid century plywood dining chair can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $141 and can go as high as $90,000, while the average can fetch as much as $2,711.

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.