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Mid-Century Platform Rocking Chair Att. to Paoli Chair Company Czechoslovakia
By Paoli Chair Company
Located in New York, NY
Classic mid-century platform rocker, in wonderful original condition, clean and ready to use. Attributed to Paoli Chair Company, made in Czechoslovakia circa 1950's. Measures: tot...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Norman Cherner Mid Century Chair
By Norman Cherner, The Cherner Chair Company
Located in Countryside, IL
Norman Cherner mid century chair The chair measures: 17 wide x 20.5 deep x 32 high, with a seat height and chair clearance of 18 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

  • Norman Cherner Mid Century Chair
  • Norman Cherner Mid Century Chair
  • Norman Cherner Mid Century Chair
  • Norman Cherner Mid Century Chair
H 32 in. W 17 in. D 20.5 in.
Mid-Century Modern Wood Vintage Chair, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Chair made by unknown designer. Manufactured in Spain, circa 1950. Wood. In original condition with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.
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Vintage 1950s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

  • Mid-Century Modern Wood Vintage Chair, circa 1950
  • Mid-Century Modern Wood Vintage Chair, circa 1950
  • Mid-Century Modern Wood Vintage Chair, circa 1950
  • Mid-Century Modern Wood Vintage Chair, circa 1950
H 36.23 in. W 15.75 in. D 16.54 in.
Lovely Set of 4 Vintage Carved Rope Dining Chairs Mid-Century Modern
By Century Furniture
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely set of 4 vintage carved rope dining chairs with original leather upholstery. We love the cerused cream colored finish along with the original leather upholstery all in nice vi...
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Vintage 1980s American Hollywood Regency Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Upholstery, Wood

Mid Century Bucket Chair on Wood Legs
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic mid century lines on this sleek bucket chair. Newly upholstered in a textured woven fabric. Solid wood frame.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

  • Mid Century Bucket Chair on Wood Legs
  • Mid Century Bucket Chair on Wood Legs
  • Mid Century Bucket Chair on Wood Legs
  • Mid Century Bucket Chair on Wood Legs
H 27 in. W 30 in. D 26 in.
Mid Century Wood Framed Arm Chairs Newly Upholstered Pair
Located in Pasadena, CA
Mid century wood framed arm chairs newly upholstered in a wool & linen fabric from Belgium.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wool, Linen, Wood

Set of Five Mid-Century Modern Wood Folding Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful set of five vintage modern folding chairs feature a stylish "X" shape base. Sleek and sturdy design with slatted seating and backrest adding to the allure. V...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Chair after Charlotte Perriand, Wood Rattan, Mid-Century Modern
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Chair designed in the style of Charlotte Perriand, made by unknown manufacturer. Wood and rattan. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, prese...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Rattan, Wood

Mid Century Gazelle Beige Wood Chair, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Chairs designed by prof. Rajmund Halas. They have been made of beechwood. They have undergone a complete upholstery renovation, the woodwork has been refreshed. Seats were dressed in...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Textile, Beech

  • Mid Century Gazelle Beige Wood Chair, Europe, 1960s
  • Mid Century Gazelle Beige Wood Chair, Europe, 1960s
  • Mid Century Gazelle Beige Wood Chair, Europe, 1960s
  • Mid Century Gazelle Beige Wood Chair, Europe, 1960s
H 32.68 in. W 13.39 in. D 14.97 in.
Oversized Beige Lounge Chairs by Century Furniture Co - A Pair
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Offering One of our recent palm beach estate fine furniture acquisitions of a Pair of very comfortable Century Furniture co oversized beige lounge chairs Approximate Measurements i...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Cotton, Wood

Mid-Century Pair of Continental Chairs with Solid Wood Frame
Located in London, GB
Pair of mid-century continental armchairs, solid wood frame with a natural horsehair seat. The wood is either oak or beech. Dimensions: H84.5 x W74 x D55 cm.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

3 Chairs in Curved Wood Fratelli Lippi Marked Mid-Century Modern
By Gio Ponti
Located in Lucca, IT
3 chairs in the curved wood Mid-Century Modern, Italian design 1950s. Marked Fratelli Lippi .
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Set of 6 Orange Chairs, Wood, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Set of 6 Orange Chairs, Wood, Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

After Charlotte Perriand N.19 Chair, Wood Rattan, Mid-Century Modern
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Chair designed in the style of Charlotte Perriand, made by unknown manufacturer, circa 1980. Wood and rattan. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age an...
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Rattan, Wood

Mucke-Melder Mid Century Tubular Steel Chair with Wood Arms
By Mücke & Melder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mucke-Melder mid century tubular steel chair with wood arms the chair is newly upholstered in a white Boucle style fabric. A compliment to any den, guest room or office setting. The...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Gerrit Rietveld Mid-Century Modern Wood Crate Chair, circa 1950
By Gerrit Rietveld
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Crate chair designed by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, executed circa 1950 by Metz and Co in Holland. In good original condition, preserving a beautiful patina. Materials Wood Dim...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Four Mid Century Wood and Lacquer Cesca-Style Chairs, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in View Park, CA
Set of 4 Mid-Century Modern unique and chic slated wood and black lacquer Cesca style chairs. Sturdy and well-made but quite light-weight. Minor moments of wear consistent with age (...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood, Lacquer

Oscar Tusquets Mid-Century Modern Leather Wood Gaulino Chair
By BD Barcelona Design, Oscar Tusquets Blanca
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Gaulino chair designed by Oscar tusquets manufactured by BD Barcelona. Solid natural varnished ash with seat in natural hide.
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Ash

6 Beech Wood & Plywood Mid-Century Modern Folding Chairs, 1950's
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
A nice set of 6 Mid-Century Modern folding chairs Constructed from solid beech wood and Plywood seats Nice aged patina.
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Vintage 1950s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Beech, Plywood

Burnt Orange Wide Wale Brushed Corduroy Tub Barrel Chair Schuford for Century
By Century Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous burnt orange wide wale brushed corduroy tub or barrel chair by Shuford Furniture a division of Century Furniture. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is vintage a...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Set of 5 German Chairs in Wood with Black Frame
Located in London, GB
Mid-century design set of 5 German chairs, circa 1955. Wood, black frames, newly upholstered. Dimension: H 77 x W 55 x D 50 cm.
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Set of 4 Mid-Century Wood and Leather Dining Chairs, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Set of 4 mid-century wood and leather dining chairs - Italy 1960s.  
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Set of 6 Charlotte Perriand n.19 Chair, Wood Rattan, Mid-Century Modern
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of 6 n.19 chair designed by Charlotte Perriand, made by unknown manufacturer. Circa 1950, France. Materials Beech wood. Rattan. In good original condition, with minor ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Rattan, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Minimal Wood Chair Upholstered in Textile
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Timeless design and minimalism, soft colors and effortless lines. The Zort dining chair will always be there to hold your back with soft cushioning. Upholstery available in various c...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Italian Mid Century Walnut Lacquered Wood and Wicker Chiavarina Chair, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern walnut lacquered wood and wicker Chiavarina chair, 1950s Chiavarina chair in walnut lacquered wood and original woven wicker seat, with turned strips on t...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood, Walnut, Wicker

Set of 6 Chinese Chippendale Dining Chairs by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Set of 6 Chinese Chippendale dining chairs by Century Furniture Faux bamboo in an antiqued finish with neutral silk blend seat cushions. Set includes two armchairs and four ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Chinese Chippendale Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Minimal Wood Chair Upholstered in Textile
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Bringing classic style and a minimalist design to your home. Naya dining chair pair well with almost any setting. These lightweight chair is constructed of solid wood, feature a high...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood, Paint

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Egg Chairs with Unusual Wood + Nickel Legs
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in New York City, NY
A pair of beautiful Modernist red velvet upholstered egg chairs with unusual turned wood splay leg base ending in polished nickeled bronze sabots. This organic chair shape is cradl...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Nickel

Mid Century Studio Craft Japanese Hand Made Chair Reed Wood
By George Nakashima Studio
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid century studio craft Japanese hand made chair slatted reed wood seat and seat back. Mostly all Japanese joints and nails. Magnificent patina. Very sturdy. Located in Brooklyn NYC.
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Reed, Hardwood

Mid Century Modern Wood Trim Lounge Chair, 1969, USA
Located in Miami, FL
Gorgeous Mid Century Modern wood leg and arm lounge chair. (Matching Sofa available).
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Set of 4 Mid-Century Modern Italian Chairs, Wood and White Fabric, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Set of 4 Mid-Century Modern Italian chairs, wood and white fabric, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Set of 6 Black Wood and Rope Chairs, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern set of 6 black wood and rope chairs, Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Set of 4 After Charlotte Perriand N.19 Chairs, Wood Rattan, Mid-Century Modern
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of 4 chairs designed in the style of Charlotte Perriand. Made by unknown manufacturer in France, circa 1980. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with ag...
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Rattan, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Plastic Wood Chairs Dialogo by Tobia Scarpa for B&B, 1970s
By B&B Italia, Tobia Scarpa
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Plastic and wood chairs Dialogo by Tobia Scarpa for B&B, 1970s Set of four chairs Dialogo in plastic and wood. The seat and back in black plastic are slightly cu...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Plastic, Wood

Four Massive, Beautiful Mid-Century Solid Wood Sprouted Chairs with Low Backs
Located in München, DE
Four massive, beautiful mid-century solid wood chairs with low backs. Great Minimalist design. Made in Germany. Frame made of dark stained solid oak. In very good original condit...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Mid Century Swedish Bent Beech Wood Hoop Chairs
By Gemla
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
Produced by Gemla of Sweden with a glossy lacquered finish over beech wood with chenille seat and back cushions Priced as a pair but also available individually
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Beech

Mid-Century Knoll Bent Wood Arm Chairs by Bill Stephens, Set of 8
By Knoll
Located in Esperance, NY
Mid-century Knoll bent wood arm chairs by Bill Stephens - Set of 8. Great opportunity to get a grouping of 8 knoll arm chairs.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Four Massive, Beautiful Mid-Century Solid Wood Sprouted Chairs with Low Backs
Located in München, DE
Four massive, beautiful mid-century solid wood chairs with low backs. Great Minimalist design. Made in Germany. Frame made of dark stained solid oak. In very good original condit...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Wood and Chrome DCM Eames Chair
By Charles Eames
Located in Toledo, OH
Mid-Century Modern ebonized wood and chrome chair by DCM Eames. Very nice condition. Dimensions: 21" depth x 19" W x 29.5" H, seat height 17.5".
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Chair / Ton, 1992
Located in Praha, CZ
- made in Czechoslovakia - made of wood, fabric - wooden parts has some signs use - good, original condition. - hight seat 45cm.
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1990s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

  • Mid-Century Chair / Ton, 1992
  • Mid-Century Chair / Ton, 1992
  • Mid-Century Chair / Ton, 1992
  • Mid-Century Chair / Ton, 1992
H 29.14 in. W 22.45 in. D 20.48 in.
Pair of Swedish Mid-Century Leather & Stained Wood Lounge Chairs
By Arne Norell, Percival Lafer
Located in Norwalk, CT
A fabulous pair of Scandinavian modern lounge chairs in stitched and tufted brick leather with stained wood frames. With unusual turned wood spindle sides. These Swedish mid-century ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Mid-Century Style Whitewash Chair
Located in Westwood, NJ
A mid-century style whitewashed finish cane back chair with linen upholstered seat accented with nailhead trim. It includes one loose cushion for the back. Dimensions 22 in. W x...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

  • Mid-Century Style Whitewash Chair
  • Mid-Century Style Whitewash Chair
  • Mid-Century Style Whitewash Chair
  • Mid-Century Style Whitewash Chair
H 30 in. W 22 in. D 29 in.
Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs, Gio Ponti atributed, Pink Maple Wood
By Gio Ponti
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Italian Mid-Century Modern side chairs, Gio Ponti atributed, pink maple wood, lacquered, restored, polished with oil and new upholstered with Wharol Haring fabric. Excellent conditi...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Set of 6 Brass & Wood Cal-Style Directors Chairs
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
Dimensions: 23W x 24D x 32.5H Seat Height: 20" Seat Depth: 19" Arm Height: 25".  
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Minimal Wood Chair with Woven Cane Backboard
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Take a seat in our Dumick chair. A large round back with woven cane will let your back rest. Long legs and a comfortable seat will give you comfort while enjoying a pleasant conversa...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Textile, Cane, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Brazilian Light Yellow Chairs in Solid Wood, Set of 4
Located in SAO PAULO, BR
Mid-Century Modern Brazilian set of 4 dinning room chairs in solid wood structure and seat with light yellow courvin (faux leather) upholstery. It has light wood detailing on the bac...
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Vintage 1960s South American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Faux Leather, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Minimal Wood Chair with Woven Cane Backboard
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
The boytes cane dining chair lends classy-casual character to the dining experience. Boytes Minimalist beech wood frame is stylishly juxtaposed with natural woven cane for striking u...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Cane, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Wood and Light Blue Fabric Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful set of two vintage modern baby blue lounge chairs. The chairs sit on a frame of richly stained wood with beautifully notched joints. These supremely comfortable lounge chai...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Wood and Woven Leather Chair Attributed to Alvar Aalto, 1950
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern wood and woven leather chair attributed to Alvar Aalto - 1950s. Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) is one of the greatest names in modern architecture and design. He was bor...
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Vintage 1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Set of 6 Dining Chairs, Wood and Raffia Rope, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern set of 6 dining chairs, wood and raffia rope, Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Set of 4 Chairs, White Wood and Black Leather, Italy, 1970s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern set of 4 chairs, white wood and black leather, Italy, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Danish Mid-Century Walnut Dining Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful Mid-Century Modern lounge chair features walnut hardwood frame and high back upholstered seat. Striking addition to home or office seating area. Please confirm item lo...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

  • Danish Mid-Century Walnut Dining Chair
  • Danish Mid-Century Walnut Dining Chair
  • Danish Mid-Century Walnut Dining Chair
  • Danish Mid-Century Walnut Dining Chair
H 31 in. W 20 in. D 22 in.
Andrianna Shamaris Mid-Century Couture Chair
By Andrianna Shamaris
Located in New York, NY
Introducing the mid-century Couture Collection. Furniture constructed by hand from start to finish. Reclaimed teak wood taken from my finest collection to produce a large comfortable...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood

Mid Century Gazelle ii Beige Velvet, Walnut Wood Chair, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Chairs designed by prof. Rajmund Halas. They have been made of beechwood. They have undergone a complete upholstery renovation, the woodwork has been refreshed. Seats were dressed in...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Textile, Beech

Mid-Century Modern Teak Wood Chair with Metalic Structure, Italy, 1950
Located in Madrid, ES
Original 1950 Italian set of six chairs made out of teak wood and metalic structure. Simple yet elegant, tipicall of the period.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Set of Four Mid Century Gazelle Beige Wood Chairs, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Chairs designed by prof. Rajmund Halas. They have been made of beechwood. They have undergone a complete upholstery renovation, the woodwork has been refreshed. Seats were dressed in...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Textile, Beech

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Folding Chairs in Exotic Tropical Wood
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1960. We offer this pair of Mid-Century Modern folding chairs in exotic tropical wood.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Palisander

Mid-Century Ico Parisi Set of 4 Wood and White Fabric Chairs, Italy, 1960s
By Ico Parisi
Located in Palermo, IT
Wonderful set of four chairs with a harmonious and geometric design with shaped and curved wood structure and padding in a precious white fabric, attributed to Ico Parisi, Italy in t...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Modern Light Blue Curved Wood and Metal Rod Chair, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern light blue curved wood and metal rod chair, 1960s Chair with light blue curved wooden structure with legs in steel rod and metal detail in the center of t...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Italian Mid-century Orange wood Chairs Serie 7 by Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen,1999
By Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Six orange chairs serie 7 by Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, 1999 Six Danish chairs serie 7 in apricot orange painted wood with steel legs and black rubber feet. Prod...
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1990s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

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Mid Century Wood Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century wood chair available at 1stDibs. A mid century wood chair — often made from wood, fabric and metal — can elevate any home. Find 9101 options for an antique or vintage mid century wood chair now, or shop our selection of 290 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century wood chair, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century wood chair is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Hollywood Regency styles are sought with frequency. Many designers have produced at least one well-made mid century wood chair over the years, but those crafted by Herman Miller, Milo Baughman and Edward Wormley are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Mid Century Wood Chair?

The average selling price for a mid century wood chair at 1stDibs is $3,150, while they’re typically $1 on the low end and $121,121 for the highest priced.

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 American 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.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s 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, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence 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.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century 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, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture 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 antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.