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Danish Modern 3 Swoop Decorative Plate
By Holmegaard
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Oblong and irregular in shape this coveted Holmegaard 3 Swoop Dish is made of blown glass and has the faintest sky blue tint. A quality piece of decorative midcentury glass that woul...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and V...

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Glass

Swoop Armchair
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This occasional chair has beautiful bentwood arms that has a look of elegance when viewed from the side. Finished in white oak and leather. Professional, skilled furniture restor...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Oak

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H 35 in. W 24 in. D 19.5 in.
Post War Swoop Arm Rattan Armchair, Pair
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Rare swoop arm rattan dining room chair pair. Each chair features an arched seat back and unique swoop arm design. Cushions made to order included. The cushions pictured are good v...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Rattan

Midcentury Swoop Arm Rattan Armchair with Triple Pole Back
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Vintage swoop arm rattan dining room chair pair. the chair features a triple pole back seat back and unique swoop arm design. Cushions made to order included. All cushions are C....
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Rattan

Restored Single-Strand Glass Top "Swoop Arch" Rattan Side Table
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Mid-century one-strand two-tier rattan side table with glass top. Table features wicker wrapped accents with unique bent pressed legs. Professionally restored in 2019. All rattan, ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Rattan

Restored Two-Tier "Swoop Arch" Rattan Side Table with Glass Top
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Mid-century 1-strand two-tier rattan side table with glass tops. The table features wicker wrapped accents with unique bent pressed legs. Professionally restored in 2019. All rattan...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Rattan

Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century Walnut Swoop Lounge Chair
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall style mid century walnut swoop lounge chair The chair measures: 29 wide x 33 deep x 36 high, with a seat height of 16 inches and arm height of 22 inches All pie...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Vintage Murano Green Glass Swoop Bowl
Located in Austin, TX
Vintage Italian Murano glass bowl in a deep, translucent green. Superb craftsmanship.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Murano Glass

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H 2.5 in. W 8 in. D 5.75 in.
Jere Brass 'Swoop' or Wave Wall Sculpture
By Curtis Jere
Located in Highland, IN
This wall sculpture from the Jere studio consists of a bundle of brass wire rods formed into a curvatious wave or "swoop" shape. There are two hangers on the back which allow it to b...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Brass

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H 18.5 in. W 52 in. D 3.5 in.
Swooping Tripodal Metal Base Lamp with Acrylic Shade and Brass Ring Finial
Located in New York, NY
Rewire to US Standards with in-line dimmer included in price. Measures: Base diameter 10" Shade diameter 16 ".
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Restored "Swoop Arch" Rattan Side Table with Glass Top
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Midcentury 1-strand rattan side table with a glass top. The table features wicker wrapped accents with unique bent pressed legs. Professionally restored in 2019. All rattan, bamboo...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Rattan

Restored Single Strand Two-Tier "Swoop Arch" Rattan Side Table
By Paul Frankl
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Midcentury single strand two-tier rattan side table with mahogany tops. Table features wicker wrapped accents with unique bent pressed legs. Restored to new for you. All rattan, ba...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Wicker, Rattan

MCM Bentwood Swoop Arc Floor Lamp Amber Plastic Bubble Globe Shade
By Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Laurel Lamp Company, Nova Lighting
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous Mid-Century Modern bentwood swoop or arc floor lamp. Comprised of a bentwood stem, black painted iron base, and an adjustable amber plastic bubble globe shade. Beautiful con...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Iron, Brass

Restored Mid-Century Swoop Armchair Stick Rattan, Set of Two
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Vintage stick rattan swoop dining room chair, set of two. Each chair features a stick rattan seat and unique swoop arm design. We only purchase and sell only the best and finest ra...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wicker, Rattan

Swooping Mid-Century Teak and Brass Table Lamp, circa 1960s
Located in Portland, OR
Comprised of teak and brass, this Mid-Century table lamp features many popular themes of the day, including bent wood and mixed media. The organic scroll of the teak reaffirms the na...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Modernist Swoop Arm Lounge Chair Circa 1950s
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage Modern lounge chair with graceful swooping paddle arms, professionally restored frame and upholstery. The upholstery is a thick weave of various shades of black and an earthy...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Midcentury Modern Swoop For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal midcentury modern swoop for your home. Frequently made of natural fiber, rattan and brass, every midcentury modern swoop was constructed with great care. Your living room may not be complete without a midcentury modern swoop — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. Each midcentury modern swoop bearing Mid-Century Modern or Scandinavian Modern hallmarks is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made midcentury modern swoop over the years, but those crafted by Curtis Jere are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Midcentury Modern Swoop?

Prices for a midcentury modern swoop can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $265 and can go as high as $2,400, while the average can fetch as much as $1,100.

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.