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Fabulous Pair of Chrome Barrel Back Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Flair
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous pair of chrome cantilevered barrel back chairs. This pair is super clean and have shiny
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Barrel Back Chrome Lounge Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Flair
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning pair of barrel back chrome flat bar lounge chairs. These chairs are in vintage condition
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

1990s Baker Furniture Barrel Swivel Chairs
By Milo Baughman, Baker Furniture Company
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
the chairs nice to look at 360 degrees. The chairs feature a comfortable sculpted barrel back design
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1990s North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Ultrasuede, Wood

Mid-Century Barrel Back Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern swivel club chairs. String barrel back armchairs with tufted backs
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric

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H 25 in. W 29.5 in. D 30 in.
Unique Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Side Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern lounge chair features a unique barrel backrest that slants downward
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Faux Leather

Pair of Metropolitan Barrel Back Lounge Chairs, Mid-Century Modern
By Metropolitan, Jules Heumann
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous pair of Metropolitan wide seat barrel back lounge chairs designed by Jules Heumann. These
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Barrel Chairs by Metropolitan in Green Velvet
By Metropolitan
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning pair of mid-century Metropolitan barrel chairs on bronzed metal frame and newly
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Barrel Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary set of Mid-Century Modern dining room chairs in great condition has been newly
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

  • Mid-Century Modern Barrel Dining Chairs
  • Mid-Century Modern Barrel Dining Chairs
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H 26 in. W 22 in. D 21 in.
3 Finch Furniture Thomasville Mid-Century Modern Walnut Barrel Back Armchairs
By Thomasville
Located in Dayton, OH
Three 1959 occasional armchairs by Finch Furniture for Thomasville Chair Company. Made from walnut
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Swivel Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This gorgeous pair of vintage modern lounge chairs feature sleek black vinyl upholstery. Unique
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Faux Leather

Mid-Century Modern Swivel Barrel Back Lounge Chair Newly Upholstered
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern swivel barrel back lounge chair newly upholstered in a high end olive green
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Mohair

Mid-Century Swivel Barrel Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-century swivel barrel chairs redone in velvet with walnut base.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

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H 28 in. W 30 in. D 30 in.
Mid Century Barrel Swivel Chairs
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid-century barrel swivel chairs were designed and manufactured in the united states circa 1960s
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

  • Mid Century Barrel Swivel Chairs
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H 30.5 in. W 34 in. D 34 in.
Unusual Pair Milo Baughman Style Barrel Back Swivel Chair Metropolitan Furniture
By Metropolitan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual pair of Milo Baughman style barrel back swivel chairs by Metropolitan Furniture co. We have
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Barrel Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A stunning pair of midcentury style club chairs. This sleek and comfortable pair rests on tapered
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Naugahyde

  • Pair of Mid-Century Barrel Chairs
  • Pair of Mid-Century Barrel Chairs
  • Pair of Mid-Century Barrel Chairs
  • Pair of Mid-Century Barrel Chairs
H 30.25 in. W 32.25 in. D 25 in.
Mid-Century Danish Modern Sculpted Walnut Barrel Back Club Lounge Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-century Danish Modern sculpted walnut barrel back club lounge chair. Item features a solid wood
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut

1960's Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Lounge Chair
By Edward Wormley
Located in Burbank, CA
Vintage barrel-back Mid-Century Modern club chair for sale. Very solidly built, and very
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Modern Atomic Barrel Back Club Chairs Newly Upholstered, Pair
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern Atomic Barrel back club chairs newly upholstered - pair This is a fantastic
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
-Century Modern lounge chairs make the perfect addition to any modern interior. Please confirm item
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather

Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Ethan Allen Swivel Club Chair
By Ethan Allen
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Ethan Allen swivel club chair Offered is a Mid-Century Modern
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Mid Century Modern Swivel Barrel Chair by Thayer Coggin
By Thayer Coggin
Located in Sarasota, FL
Thayer Coggin swivel barrel chair with chrome base in grey flannel. Excellent condition!
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric, Wool

Mid-Century Danish Modern Finn Andersen Barrel Back Club Chair
By Selig
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-century Danish modern barrel back club chair Offered is a vintage mid-century Danish modern
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Walnut

Fully Restored Mid-Century Modern Barrel Backed Club Chairs
Located in Bronx, NY
Fully restored Mid-Century Modern barrel backed club chairs. The feet are original with self
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Club Chairs

Materials

Cotton

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
By Milo Baughman
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant pair of barrel back lounge armchairs with chrome tube frames. Great size and
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid Century Kroehler pair of Barrel Chairs
By Kroehler Mfg. Co.
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Gorgeous pair of tufted barrel chairs with sculpted walnut base. Great condition and super
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This gorgeous pair of vintage modern lounge chairs feature two overstuffed removable cushions and
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Mid-Century Danish Modern Finn Andersen Barrel Back Club Chair
By Selig
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Danish Modern Finn Andersen barrel back club chair Offered is a vintage mid-century
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Walnut

Pair Newly Lacquered in Black Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Chairs
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning, newly lacquered in black, barrel back chairs with new feather cushions. Lacquer color is
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood, Lacquer, Feathers

Pair of Barrel Back Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice sun pattern fabric lounge chairs.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Mid-Century Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic 1970s Mid-Century Modern swiveling lounge chairs with unique vintage upholstery complete
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Upholstery

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  • Mid-Century Barrel Back Swivel Chairs
H 30.5 in. W 26.5 in. D 24.5 in.
Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Barrel Shape Frame Lounge Chair
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Danish Mid-Century Modern teak barrel shape lounge chair newly upholstered in basket weave silver
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern Tufted Velvet Barrel Back Club Chairs 'Pair'
Located in Wilmington, DE
Pair of Mid-Century Modern tufted club chairs Offered is a pair of club chairs. They are
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Green Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
Located in Dallas, TX
A fabulous pair of Mid-Century Modern barrel back club/lounge chairs, dating from the 1970's
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Style Barrel Back Swivel Chair
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This midcentury style chair features comfortable barrel back design and swivel base. Fabric and
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Pair Mid-Century Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
Located in Trenton, NJ
This impressive pair of matching Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs feature rounded barrel like seat
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

  • Pair Mid-Century Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
  • Pair Mid-Century Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
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H 27.5 in. W 33 in. D 26.5 in.
Harvey Probber Swivel Barrel Back Lounge Chairs Mid-century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
GORGEOUS PAIR OF HARVEY PROBBER STYLE SWIVEL BARREL BACK LOUNGE CHAIRS. THESE CHAIRS RETAIN THEIR
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Organic Swivel / Barrel Lounge Chairs, White Bouclé, Nautilus
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern Organic Swivel / Barrel Lounge Chairs, White Bouclé, Nautilus Pair of Nautilus
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Purple Barrel Back Club Lounge Chairs, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman style purple barrel back club lounge chairs, a pair. Item features
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Pair Mid-Century Modern Blue Barrel / Swivel Chairs, American Designer, Boucle
By Milo Baughman
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair Mid-Century Modern Blue Barrel / Swivel Chairs, American Designer, Boucle 26.75" H x 32.25
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Bouclé, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Barrel Club Chair Attributed to Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, club chair attributed to Harvey Probber features a round, barrel shape, walnut
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Fabric, Rosewood, Walnut

Pair Mid-Century Modern Barrel / Swivel / Lounge Chairs, Green Velvet, Nautilus
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair Mid-Century Modern Barrel / swivel / lounge chairs, green velvet, Nautilus Opposing organic
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Wood, Velvet

Directional Mid Century Barrel Swivel Lounge Chairs
By Directional
Located in Countryside, IL
Directional mid century barrel swivel lounge chairs These chairs measure: 28 wide x 33 deep x 26
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Modern Dark Grey Velvet Barrel Back Lounge Chair
By Milo Baughman, Baker Furniture Company
Located in Houston, TX
Single modern grey velvet barrel back club chairs. Recently refinished and freshly upholstered in
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Velvet

Paul Laszlo Upholstered Slipper Lounge Chair Barrel Wingback Mid-Century Modern
By Paul Laszlo
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-Century Modern Paul Laszlo upholstered barrel back lounge chair. Item features heavy solid wood
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Club Chairs by Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Wilmington, DE
Pair of Mid-Century Modern barrel back club chairs by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Yellow Vinyl and Oak Barrel Back Side Chair
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome Mid-Century Modern rosewood stained oak barrel back side chair with its original lemon
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Faux Leather, Oak

Pair of Black Lacquer Brass Hardware Horse Shoe Barrel Back Lounge Chairs
By Baker Furniture Company, Hickory Chair Furniture Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of nice black lacquer horse shoe shape Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Blue Boucle Swivel / Barrel Chairs, Edward Ferrell
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Mid-Century Modern blue boucle swivel / barrel chairs, Edward Ferrell. Pair of newly re
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Bouclé

Pair of Mid-Century Danish Modern Selig Barrel Back Swivel Club Chairs
Located in Wilmington, DE
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Barrel back swivel club chairs Offered is a pair of vintage Mid
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Lovely Adrian Pearsall Barrel Back Walnut Lounge Chair Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely Adrian Pearsall sculptural walnut barrel back lounge chair. The upholstery is in decent
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Swivel Club Chairs or Lounge Chairs Walnut Base
By Milo Baughman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A super comfy matching pair of barrel back lounge chairs circa 1960's. These feature swiveling
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Mid Century Peacock Barrel Wicker Rattan Chair, C.1960, Italy
Located in London, GB
Mid century Peacock Barrel wicker rattan chair. C.1960 Italy In good condition, with general
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wicker, Rattan

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Danish Lounge / Club / Barrel Chairs, Boucle, 1950s
By Fritz Hansen
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Mid-Century Modern danish lounge / club chairs, boucle, Denmark, 1950s Low profile pair of
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bouclé, Ebony

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Chairs
By Hans J. Wegner
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning set of two vintage modern armchairs boast sculpted Walnut frames and white cloth
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Teak

  • Mid-Century Modern Walnut Chairs
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H 30.25 in. W 32.25 in. D 25 in.
Mid Century Barrel Chairs Styled After Milo Baughman
By Milo Baughman
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Fantastic vintage pair of barrel chairs styled after Milo Baughman was designed and manufactured in
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Style Black Suede Barrel Dining or Side Chair, a Set of 4
Located in Plainview, NY
A set of four Mid-Century Modern style barrel chairs. The stylish chairs are made of black suede
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21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Vintage Modern Pink Barrel Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A stylish pair of vintage modern barrel back chairs with a fluffed backrest and a thick padded seat
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric

  • Vintage Modern Pink Barrel Chairs
  • Vintage Modern Pink Barrel Chairs
  • Vintage Modern Pink Barrel Chairs
  • Vintage Modern Pink Barrel Chairs
H 28.5 in. W 30 in. D 30.50 in.
Fabulous Pair Harvey Probber Style Barrel Back Lounge Chairs Mid-century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous pair of Harvey Probber style barrel back chairs. Lightly tufted original yellow velvet
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Spectacular Pair of Mid-Century Modern Barrel Back Club Chairs, Asian Influenced
By Michael Taylor
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Spectacular Mid-century modern pair of Asian influenced club chair . The vintage fabric is
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Stylish Pair Lawrence Peabody Barrel Back Tub Chair Selig, Mid-Century Modern
By Lawrence Peabody
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous pair of Lawrence Peabody barrel back tub chairs by Selig. Both chairs will need to be
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

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Midcentury Modern Furniture Barrel Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the midcentury modern furniture barrel chair you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A midcentury modern furniture barrel chair — often made from fabric, wood and upholstery — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a midcentury modern furniture barrel chair, we have 843 options in-stock, while there are 9 modern editions to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the midcentury modern furniture barrel chair you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right midcentury modern furniture barrel chair, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Scandinavian Modern styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one midcentury modern furniture barrel chair that is appealing in its simplicity, but Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin and Vladimir Kagan produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Midcentury Modern Furniture Barrel Chair?

Prices for a midcentury modern furniture barrel chair can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $20 and can go as high as $54,400, while the average can fetch as much as $3,500.

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 legendary 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.

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 antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.