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Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Cloud Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall mid century cloud sofa Sofa measures: 124 wide x 72 deep x 31.5 inches high
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Cloud Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Cloud Sofa
H 31.5 in W 124 in D 72 in
Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa, Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Raleigh, NC
A stunning gondola form sofa from Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates. Newly upholstered in an ivory
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa The sofa measures: 103 wide x 33 deep x 27 high
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century gondola sofa This sofa measures: 88 wide x 33 deep x 26.5
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Tulsa, OK
. * * * Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa. Above average vintage condition and structurally
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Sculptura Sofa Loveseat
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Tulsa, OK
Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Sculptura Sofa Loveseat Iconic Adrian Pearsall Sculptural Sofa
Category

20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery

Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in North York, ON
Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Walnut Gondola sofa. By iconic mid-century modern designer
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century walnut Gondola sofa This sofa measures: 93 wide x 34 deep x
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Walnut and Marble Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall mid century walnut and marble sofa The sofa measures: 112 wide x 35 deep x 29
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Marble

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Cloud Sectional Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Cloud Sectional Sofa This sectional sofa measures: 128 wide x 71 deep
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Unusual Adrian Pearsall Boomerang Walnut Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual Adrian Pearsall boomerang sofa with 2 attached tables. Yes, this sofa will need to be
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Armless Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Napa, CA
This well taken care of armless sofa by American furniture designer, Adrian Pearsall will surely
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Armless Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Armless Sofa
H 28 in W 76 in D 32 in
1970s Mid Century Modern Chrome Sofa Attributed to Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid-century modern chrome sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall and manufactured by Craft Associates in
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Amazing patched burlwood platform base sofa. The base has been refinished and the sofa has been
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood

Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
H 27 in W 32 in D 124 in
Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Marble Floating Long Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Long Gondola Sofa - Daybed Stunning Mid-Century Modern Long
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Carrara Marble

Pair Adrian Pearsall Kidney Shaped Curved Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fantastic pair of Adrian Pearsall for Comfort Designs curved kidney shaped sofas. Sofas retain
Category

Antique 1880s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Baltimore, MD
Mid-century modern stunning, beautiful, high-quality long gondola walnut framed sofa model 2640-S
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall 2408 Platform Sofa Fully Restored
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in San Marcos, CA
This is a beautiful and authentic Adrian Pearsall 2408 sofa circa 1960’s. It has been fully
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Curved Sofa / Settee, Adrian Pearsall Style, Three-Seater
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern Curved Sofa / Settee, Adrian Pearsall Style, Three-Seater Curvaceous three
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Walnut Frame Stamps Theme Upholstery Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern walnut frame stamps theme blue upholstery gondola sofa.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Floating Back Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful long, low, and deep, brown leather floating back sofa by Adrian Pearsall. This sofa has
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Floating Back Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Floating Back Sofa
H 28.5 in W 126.5 in D 32 in
Mid-Century Vintage Adrian Pearsall Sofa by Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
-century design master Adrian Pearsall. Manufactured for his Craft Associates brand of Wilkes-Barre
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Cork and Stainless Steel Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Tulsa, OK
Beautiful, unique Adrian Pearsall for Comfort Designs stainless steel, cork, and velvet sofa. I
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Tavertine Side Table Boomerang Leg Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Tulsa, OK
Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Tavertine Side Table Boomerang Leg Sofa Good vintage condition
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Large Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Dallas, TX
The story is that this sofa was purchased by Elvis Presley for a friend who lived in Dallas in the
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Large Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
Large Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa
H 25 in W 168 in D 29 in
Adrian Pearsall Style Flexsteel Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Flexsteel
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style Flexsteel Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa This sofa measures: 106 wide x 33
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Stunning Adrian Pearsall Tufted Sofa Hollywood Regency Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Adrian Pearsall button tufted sofa in the Hollywood Regency style. This piece has been
Category

Vintage 1960s American Hollywood Regency Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Wonderful Adrian Pearsall Style Tufted Gondola Sofa Walnut Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome Adrian Pearsall style tufted gondola shaped sofa with walnut trim and legs. This sofa will
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Style Prestige Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Bassett Furniture
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a gorgeous vintage Mid-Century Modern sofa, in the style of Adrian Pearsall for Bassett
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Midcentury Adrian Pearsall for Craft Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Large Mid-Century Modern gondola sofa attributed to Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Features
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Outstanding Adrian Pearsall Boom-a-range Cloud Sofa Craft Associates Mid-Century
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Model 3600-8 Craft Associates "Cloud" sofa, circa 1970, designed by Adrian Pearsall. Having
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Faux Leather, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Cloud Sofa by Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates, USA, 1970s
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Deland, FL
Introducing a rare and iconic "Cloud" sofa designed by the influential Adrian Pearsall. Audacious
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Mid Century Danish Modern Teak Sofa Loveseat Adrian Pearsall Style Scandinavian
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Basel, BS
Solid Teak frame Original Danish Mid Century Modern very long Gondola Sofa. This design is
Category

20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Teak

Adrian Pearsall Style Midcentury Walnut Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style midcentury walnut sofa This sofa measures: 122 wide x 32 deep x 28 inches
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Style Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Bassett Furniture
Located in Wilmington, DE
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall style Gondola sofa Offered is a gorgeous vintage Mid
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Sofa in the Manner of Adrian Pearsall, Circa 1950
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Mid-Century Modern sofa in the manner of Adrian Pearsall. Walnut with slate inlay end tables
Category

Vintage 1950s American Sofas

Materials

Wood

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Cloud Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Cloud Sofa This sofa measures: 123 wide x 70 deep
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Armless Sofa
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates mid century armless sofa This sofa measures: 96 wide x 32
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola sofa.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Unusual Two-Piece Adrian Pearsall Sofa Sectional Boomerang Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual Adrian Pearsall two-piece boomerang sectional sofa with two attached tables. One table has
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Style Midcentury Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style midcentury walnut gondola sofa This sofa measures: 101 wide x 33 deep x 27
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa This sofa measures: 102 wide
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Sofa in Ocher Yellow Striped Upholstery
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, sofa, American walnut, fabric, United States, 1960s. This beautifully shaped sofa
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Grand Boomerang Sofa
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Grand Boomerang Sofa This sofa measures: 122 wide
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Wingback Sofa
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Wingback Sofa This sofa measures: 77.5
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Sofa on Chrome Plinth Base, 1970
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chicago, IL
Adrian Pearsall Sofa on Chrome Plinth Base, 1970. Original upholstery and new chrome plinth base
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Adrian Pearsall Sofa in Walnut and Rose Leatherette
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, sofa, walnut, leatherette, United States, 1960s Beautiful sofa created by the
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut, Faux Leather

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Ebonized Boomerang Sofa
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates mid century ebonized boomerang sofa This sofa measures: 123
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Mid Century Adrian Pearsall Crushed Red Velvet Sectional Sofa Set - 2 Piece Set
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Crushed Red Velvet Sectional Sofa Set - 2 Piece Set This
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Stylish Adrian Pearsall Style Sculptural Walnut Sofa Midcentury
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stylish Adrian Pearsall style sculptural walnut sofa. It retains it's original fabric which does
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Midcentury Danish Modern Adrian Pearsall Style 3 Cushion Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern sofa, in the style of Adrian Pearsall. Features 3 removable seat cushions, and sits
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut

Wing Wingback Sofa by Adrian Pearsall in orange fabric
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Berlin, DE
Lightly wing sofa by Adrian Pearsall with two arm rests. Including new upholstery according to your
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Sculpted Gondola Sofa 2408
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates sculptural sofa 2408 Offered is a
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa in Walnut and Green Upholstery
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, 'Platform' sofa, fabric, walnut, United States, 1960s Adrian Pearsall is known
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Grand Boomerang Sofa in Crème Wool Bouclé
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, 'Boomerang' sofa, model '1600-S', reupholstered in Pierre
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé, Walnut, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Sofa in Checkered Upholstery with Side Tables
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, sofa with side tables, in checkered upholstery and walnut, United States, 1960s
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Sculpted Gondola Sofa 2408
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a beautifully restored 'Gondola' sofa (model 2408) designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Sofa in Mohair, C 1950s
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Westport, CT
Experience timeless elegance with this vintage sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, circa
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Walnut

MCM Adrian Pearsall Style Gondola Sofa & Club Chair Newly Upholstered
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Style Gondola Sofa & Club Chair Set Newly Upholstered in
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Chenille, Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall For Craft Associates Sectional Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pasadena, TX
A mid-century modern sectional sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall and made by Craft Associates. Two
Category

Vintage 1950s American Sectional Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

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Mid Century Sofa Adrian Pearsall For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the mid century sofa adrian pearsall you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A mid century sofa adrian pearsall — often made from wood, fabric and walnut — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect mid century sofa adrian pearsall — we have versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A mid century sofa adrian pearsall, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency or Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Many designers have produced at least one well-made mid century sofa adrian pearsall over the years, but those crafted by Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates and Comfort Designs, Inc. are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Mid Century Sofa Adrian Pearsall?

A mid century sofa adrian pearsall can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $6,324, while the lowest priced sells for $10 and the highest can go for as much as $29,700.

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 sofas for You

Black leather, silk velvet cushions, breathable bouclé fabric — when shopping for antique or vintage sofas, today’s couch connoisseurs have much to choose from in terms of style and shape. But it wasn’t always thus. 

The sofa is typically defined as a long upholstered seat that features a back and arms and is intended for two or more people. While the term “couch” comes from the Old French couche, meaning to lie down, and sofa has Eastern origins, both are forms of divan, a Turkish word that means an elongated cushioned seat. Bench-like seating in Ancient Greece, which was padded with soft blankets, was called klinai. No matter how you spell it, sofa just means comfort, at least it does today.

In the early days of sofa design, upholstery consisted of horsehair or dried moss. Sofas that originated in countries such as France during the 17th century were more integral to decor than they were to comfort. Like most Baroque furnishings from the region, they frequently comprised heavy, gilded mahogany frames and were upholstered in floral Beauvais tapestry. Today, options abound when it comes to style and material, with authentic leather offerings and classy steel settees. Plush, velvet chesterfields represent the platonic ideal of coziness

Vladimir Kagan’s iconic sofa designs, such as the Crescent and the Serpentine — which, like the sectional sofas of the 1960s created by furniture makers such as Harvey Probber, are quite popular among mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts — showcase the spectrum of style available to modern consumers. Those looking to make a statement can turn to Studio 65’s lip-shaped Bocca sofa, which was inspired by the work of Salvador Dalí. Elsewhere, the furniture of the 1970s evokes an era when experimentation ruled, or at least provided a reason to break the rules. Just about every area of society felt a sudden urge to be wayward, to push boundaries — and buttons. Vintage leather sofas of that decade are characterized by a rare blending of the showy and organic.

With so many options, it’s important to explore and find the perfect furniture for your space. Paying attention to the lines of the cushions as well as the flow from the backrest into the arms is crucial to identifying a cohesive new piece for your home or office.

Fortunately, with styles from every era — and even round sofas — there’s a luxurious piece for every space. Deck out your living room with an Art Deco lounge or go retro with a nostalgic '80s design. No matter your sitting vision, the right piece is waiting for you in the expansive collection of unique sofas on 1stDibs.