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Set of Four Mid-Century Tulip Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A set of four tulip chairs that pop with Mid-Century Modern style and a bright peach color. A
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Set of Four Mid-Century Tulip Chairs
Set of Four Mid-Century Tulip Chairs
H 32.5 in W 24.5 in D 20 in
Mid-Century Modern Black Tulip Chair
Located in North York, ON
Mid-Century Modern black tulip chair. Featuring original acrylic design with newly upholstered
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Acrylic

Mid-Century Modern Black Tulip Chair
Mid-Century Modern Black Tulip Chair
H 31.5 in W 19 in D 20 in
Eero Saarinen Tulip Dining Chair Knoll International Mid Century Space Age
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Berlin, BE
One of the Most famous designs of the mid Century. The tulip seriesClassic Tulip dining chairs
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Eero Saarinen Tulip Dining Chair Knoll International Mid Century Space Age
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Berlin, BE
One of the Most famous designs of the mid Century. The tulip seriesClassic Tulip dining chairs
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Set of 4 Mid-Century White Tulip Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Set of 4 white resin tulip style side chairs with vinyl seat cushions and painted metal X-shaped
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

mid century modern swivel tulip chairs by Cal-Style Furniture, circa 1980s
Located in Houston, TX
Stylish mid century modern swivel tulip chairs by Cal-Style Furniture, circa 1980s. Recently
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Vintage 1980s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Set of 4 Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Set of 4 Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, 1970s
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Plastic

Set of 4 Knoll Saarinen Mid Century Modern 1970s White Tulip Dining Chairs
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
A set of 4 Knoll tulip chairs. An iconic set of vintage tulip chairs designed by Eero Saarinen for
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

Natural Wicker/Rattan Mid Century Tulip/Barrel Chairs W/ Fishing Upholstery Pair
Located in Clifton Forge, VA
Here are a sweet pair of natural wicker occasional chairs in an appealing mid century tulip or
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wicker

4 Mid Century Modern Maurice Burke Model 115 Tulip Star Shell Dining Chairs
By Maurice Burke
Located in Dayton, OH
Four original mid century Burke Inc. tulip shell chairs featuring the iconic star design in white
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Mid Century Leopard Print Tulip Chair and Ottoman Set After Pierre Paulin, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Deland, FL
Drawing from the influences of Pierre Paulin's Mushroom series is this unique chair and ottoman
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Vintage 1960s American Hollywood Regency Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Mid Century Modern Tulip Br50 Dining Chairs by Knoll - Set of 4
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Elevate your dining experience with our Mid Century Modern Tulip BR50 Dining Chairs by Knoll. A
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fiberglass

Tulip Chair by Laverne
By Laverne International, Erwine & Estelle Laverne
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
White tulip chair by Erwin and Estelle Laverne for Laverne International in very good condition.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fiberglass

Tulip Chair by Laverne
Tulip Chair by Laverne
H 50.01 in W 44.89 in D 24.02 in
Mid-Century Swivel Club Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of vintage modern club chairs on a tulip shape swivel base. Round barrel back with sculpting
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric

Mid-Century Swivel Club Chairs
Mid-Century Swivel Club Chairs
H 31.75 in W 31.5 in D 34.5 in
Poul Kjærholm PK 9 Tulip Chair
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Mjöhult, SE
PK 9 dining chair by Poul Kjærholm in patinated, black leather with steel frame. circa 1960s
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Poul Kjærholm PK 9 Tulip Chair
Poul Kjærholm PK 9 Tulip Chair
H 29.93 in W 21.66 in D 19.69 in
Eero Saarinen Tulip Desk Chair by Knoll
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A early production non swiveling Eero Saarinen designed white tulip desk or dining chair with
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Plastic

Eero Saarinen Tulip Desk Chair by Knoll
Eero Saarinen Tulip Desk Chair by Knoll
H 32 in W 19.25 in D 21.5 in
PK 9 Tulip Chair by Poul Kjærholm
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjærholm PK 9 - 'Tulip' chair in patinated natural leather with steel frame. E. Kold
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather

PK 9 Tulip Chair by Poul Kjærholm
PK 9 Tulip Chair by Poul Kjærholm
H 30.32 in W 22.84 in D 22.84 in
Set of 8 "Tulip" Chairs by Knoll
By Knoll
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Set of 8 "Tulip" chairs designed by Eero Saarinen (1910 - 1961) and manufactured by Knoll. Glass
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Set of 8 "Tulip" Chairs by Knoll
Set of 8 "Tulip" Chairs by Knoll
H 31.5 in W 26.38 in D 22.45 in
4 Vintage Mid Century Modern Swivel "Tulip" Chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Knoll
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a rare set of four vintage authentic swivel Tulip armchairs designed by Eero Saarinen in
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fiberglass

Mid-Century Modern Tulip Swivel Side or Dining Chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A beautiful vintage tulip chair designed by Eero Saarinen and produced by Knoll Associates. A nice
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Maurice Burke Tulip Style Pedestal Chairs
By Maurice Burke
Located in Ferndale, MI
Not the usual Saarinen Knoll knock off chair from Burke . This pair of pedestal chairs are a more
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fiberglass

Eero Saarinen Knoll Studio Set of Four (4) Mid Century Classic Tulip Armchairs
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
scuffs, scratches, rub marks to frames. Cushions could use cleaning, few pulled threads. All chairs
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Artifort Pierre Paulin Little Tulip Swivel Chair in STOCK
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in New York, NY
equilibrium between the little tulip dining chair and the large Tulip armchair. The Tulip midi, at the time
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2010s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric

Mid Century Burke Side Chair
By Burke, Inc.
Located in Pasadena, TX
By Burke of Dallas Texas, iconic design and first cousin to Saarinen's tulip chairs. Starburst base
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fiberglass

Mid Century Burke Side Chair
Mid Century Burke Side Chair
H 31 in W 20 in D 20 in
Tove Kindt-Larsen Tulip Rattan Lounge Chair
By Tove & Edvard Kindt-Larsen
Located in Shakopee, MN
heavily discounted price.** Tulip is a classic lounge chair in rattan and wicker. It was designed by
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Mid-20th Century Indonesian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Rattan

Tulip Chair in Cream/Camel Leather by Fabricius & Kastholm
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Warminster, GB
Tulip chair model: FK 6725 in cream/camel leather designed by Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather

1970s Saarinen Tulip Chairs by Knoll, Set of 4
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Esperance, NY
1970s Saarinen Tulip chairs by Knoll, set of 4.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Plastic

Pair of Mid-Century Swivel Tulip Armchairs by Pierre Paulin, NL circa 1965
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Beautiful pair of dark brown mid-century swivel Tulip armchairs by Pierre Paulin. Made around 1965
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

8 Max Pearson for Knoll Mid-Century Modern Red Tulip Swivel Dining Office Chairs
By Max Pearson, Knoll
Located in Dayton, OH
8 Max Pearson for Knoll International red wool upholstered rolling swivel chairs, circa 1960s
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Mid-Century Little Tulip Armchairs by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1980s
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Almelo, NL
Mid-Century Little Tulip Armchairs in Bouclé by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, The Netherlands 1980s
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A dining chair with an upholstered seat and white enameled cast iron pedestal base.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Iron

Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen
Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen
H 32 in W 19 in D 21.25 in
Tulip chair by Erwin and Estelle Laverne
By Erwine & Estelle Laverne
Located in Utrecht, NL
Rare moulded fibre glass arm chair on steel base by American designer couple Estelle and Erwin
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Tulip chair by Erwin and Estelle Laverne
Tulip chair by Erwin and Estelle Laverne
H 50.4 in W 46.46 in D 29.53 in
Burke Saarinen Style Tulip Chair, circa 1965
By Eero Saarinen, Maurice Burke, Arkana Furniture
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Modeled after Eero Saarinen's Tulip series, The Arkana shell chair was designed by Maurice Burke in
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Pierre Paulin Lounge chair '' Big Tulip '' Artifort 1960s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Den Haag, NL
Beautiful Big Tulip Lounge chair .Pierre Paulin designed this iconic chair in 1965 . for Artifort
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wool

Pierre Paulin F551 Big Tulip chairs Artifort 1959
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
lounging. The Tulip chairs feature an oval headrest and a sturdy solid steel cross base. The chairs have
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Vintage Modern Tulip Back Parlor Arm Chairs
Located in North York, ON
Pair of vintage Modern Tulip Back Parlor arm chairs. This rare mid-century modern design has been
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Wood, Fabric

FK6725 Tulip chair by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Walter Knoll
Located in PRAHA 5, CZ
Designed by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm for Alfred Kill International in 1960s, manufactured by Walter Knoll. Made of fiberglass shell covered by white leather on aluminum tri...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Set/12 Little Tulip Armchairs by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1980s
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Almelo, NL
Mid-Century Set/12 Little Tulip Armchairs by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, The Netherlands 1980s The
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Late 20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

Tulip Dining Chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, 1970s, Set of 6
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Lasne, BE
Set of 6 chairs in fiberglass, aluminum and black leather. Knoll sticker on underside of seat. Seat
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Vintage 1970s Central American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Tulip Dining Chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, 1970s, Set of 4
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Lasne, BE
Set of 4 chairs in fiberglass, aluminium and fabric. Stamped under the legs. Seat height 47cm. Wear
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Vintage 1970s Central American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Vintage Reupholstered Pierre Paulin Big Tulip Chair, for Artifort, 1960s
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Renens, CH
Vintage reupholstered Pierre Paulin big tulip chair, for Artifort, 1960s A lounge chair by
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Tulip Dining Chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International, 1970s, Set of 6
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Lasne, BE
Set of 6 chairs in fibreglass, aluminium and fabric. The chairs turn on themselves. The original
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Vintage 1970s Central American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Prospettive Luna Swivel Saarinen Style Aluminum Blue Mid Century Club Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Prospettive Luna Swivel Saarinen Style Aluminum Blue Mid Century Style Dining Club Chair Designed
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair Of Mid-Century Modern Chrome Cantilever Slipper Lounge Chairs
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of incredibly sexy, late mid-century modern, slipper, lounge chairs in the style of Milo
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Rock Swivel Lounge Chair
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Charleston, SC
blossoming tulip. An overstuffed cushion runs down along the edge of the seat back adding a sculptural, and
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Lounge chair "F545" "BIG TULIP" by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, Netherlands 1980s
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in DE MEERN, NL
Introducing the SKAI Leather Lounge Chair "F545" Big Tulip, a stunning piece of mid-century modern furniture
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Vintage 1980s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Pierre Paulin First Edition "Big Tulip" for Artifort Lounge Chairs
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Pair of Pierre Paulin First Edition "Big Tulip" for Artifort lounge chairs.
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20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Set 4 mid century 1960’s chairs by Maurice Burke for Arkana after Eero Saarinen
By Maurice Burke, Arkana Furniture
Located in London, GB
Arkana ’Tulip’ chair, but there are 4 legs rather than a single stem. Not being able to find any
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Original Iron Shellback Clamshell Lawn & Patio Chairs Mid Century Modern 1940s
Located in Monrovia, CA
1940s Original Iron Clamshell Shellback Patio Lawn Chairs Mid Century Modern. These Chairs Are In
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Iron

Rare Pierre Guariche Variant Tulip Cast Aluminium Chair, 1950s, France
By Pierre Guariche
Located in London, GB
A rare variant Pierre Guariche cast aluminium Tulip / Tulipe chair, dating from the 1950s. In good
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum, Iron

Tulip Chair & Ottoman by Erwine and Estelle Laverne for Laverne International
By Erwine & Estelle Laverne, Laverne International
Located in Buffalo, NY
This incredible design is a Model 120 LF 'Tulip' lounge armchair by Erwine and Estelle Laverne for
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

1940s Original Iron Clamshell Shellback Patio Lawn Chairs Mid Century Modern
Located in Monrovia, CA
1940s Original Metal Clamshell Shellback Patio Lawn Chairs Mid Century Modern. These Chairs Are In
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Iron

2 MCM Polished Aluminum Barrel Swivel Lounge Chairs Chrome Tulip Base by Woodard
By Russell Woodard, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome vintage MCM (Mid-Century Modern) polished aluminum and chrome tulip base barrel swivel
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Mid Century Modern Swivel Lounge Chair & Ottoman Stendig Style Newly Upholstered
By Stendig Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid Century Modern Swivel Tulip Base Lounge Chair & Atomic Style Ottoman Stendig Style Newly
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Early Pierre Paulin Big Tulip, Model 'F545', Chairs for Artifort
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
This pair of large Tulip chairs by Perre Paulin are in very nice condition, having been totally
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

1970's Pierre Paulin Inspired Blue Flower Textile Tulip Swivel Chair by TopForm
By Pierre Paulin, Topform
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1970's blue tulip swivel chair by TopForm, inspired by Eero Saarinen and Pierre Paulin. This
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

FK6725 Tulip Chair by Fabricius and Kastholm '2 Available'
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Munich, DE
Showroom models in good condition. With swivel bases. These chairs have been designed 1968 and
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather

Vintage Boris Tabacoff tulip dining chairs set of 12 - 1960s
By Boris Tabacoff
Located in Leuven, Vlaams Gewest
Rare set of 12 tulip base dining chairs by Boris Tabacoff. These elegant chairs feature black skai
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Pair Adrian Pearsall Barrel Form Swivel Chairs Brown Fur Upholstry Tulip Bases
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This pair of chairs is one of Adrian Pearsall's most iconic and rare designs, and these are great
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Aluminum

Herbert Saiger for Russell Woodard Polished Aluminum Tulip Chair with Ottoman
By Russell Woodard, Herbert Saiger
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Introducing the Herbert Saiger for Russell Woodard Mid-Century Modern Polished Aluminum Tulip
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Vintage 1960s Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

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Mid Century Tulip Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the mid century tulip chair you’re looking for. A mid century tulip chair — often made from metal, plastic and fabric — can elevate any home. Find 325 options for an antique or vintage mid century tulip chair now, or shop our selection of 3 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the mid century tulip chair you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right mid century tulip chair, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one mid century tulip chair that is appealing in its simplicity, but Eero Saarinen, Knoll and Pierre Paulin produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mid Century Tulip Chair?

Prices for a mid century tulip chair start at $195 and top out at $21,235 with the average selling for $3,318.

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 Tulip Chair
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, the tulip table is considered a mid-century modern design. This table shape has become an iconic statement of the era with a simple sculptural attitude and a practical nature. The first tulip table was created by Eero Saarinen, a noted Finnish designer who was a leader in mid-century modern home decor. Shop a collection of Saarinen furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021
    A mid-century chair is a piece of seating furniture that was designed at any point during the middle of the 20th century. Mid-century modern furniture 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. The mid-century period provided an excellent opportunity to experiment with both functional and decorative forms. Mid-century modern chairs were made with a variety of natural and synthetic materials, combining leather, wood, and cane with chrome, steel, and plastic. Shop a range of vintage mid-century chairs on 1stDibs today.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if a chair is mid-century, look for labels and markings that indicate its maker. Then, use trusted online resources to determine when the company was active. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer can be of assistance when dating chairs. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. Find a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 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.