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Mid-century Lounge Chair and Stool "Rock''n Rest" by Rolf Rastad & Adolf Relling
By Adolf Relling and Rolf Rastad
Located in Brussels , BE
very good conditon
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wood

Set of Four Homecrest Swivel Rocker Outdoor Lounge Chairs
By Homecrest
Located in New York, NY
Fabulous Set of Four mid century Lounge chairs by Homecrest Lots of style and very comfortable
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal, Wrought Iron

Danish Cabinetmaker Lounge Chair with Velour Upholstery, Denmark, 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This beautiful Danish lounge chair is an early example of Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern design as
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

20th Century Italian Mid Century Rattan Rocking Chair - Vintage Lounge Chair
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A single, vintage Mid Century modern "French Riviera" rocking chair. This Italian lounge chair was
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Bamboo, Rattan

Mid Century Modern Sculptura Lounge Rocking Chair by Russell Woodard
By Russell Woodard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and totally restored rocking lounge chair by Russell Woodard. Sand blasted and powder
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Steel

Milo Baughman Mid Century Swivel Rocking Lounge Chairs, A Pair
By Milo Baughman
Located in Countryside, IL
Milo Baughman Mid Century Swivel Rocking Lounge Chairs - A Pair Each chair measures: 32 wide x
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Leather Upholstery Lounge Rocking Chair MINT!
By France & Søn, Ole Wanscher
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Danish Mid-Century Modern teak leather Upholstery Lounge rocking chair MINT!.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Leather, Teak

Danish Mid-Century Modern Wool Upholstery Tall Back Rocking Lounge Chair
By Dux of Sweden, Selig
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Danish Mid-Century Modern wool upholstery tall back rocking lounge chair.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Chestnut

Mid Century Italian Bamboo and Rattan Rocking Lounge Chair C.1960
By Franco Albini
Located in London, GB
An Italian 1960’s bamboo and rattan rocking lounge chair, In the manner of Franco Albini’s ‘Rocking
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Bamboo, Rattan

Mid-Century Modern Italian Guido Faleschini Gilt Metal Lounge Rocking Chair
By Guido Faleschini
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian Guido Faleschini gilt metal lounge rocking chair with its original
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Brass

Franco Albini Style Mid-Century Bent Bamboo and Rattan Rocking Lounge Chair
By Franco Albini
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Franco Albini style vintage mid-century bent bamboo & rattan high backed rocking or lounge chair
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Bamboo, Rattan

Danish Mid-Century Modern New Grey Wool Upholstery Rocking Lounge Chair Mint!
By John Stuart, Selig
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Danish Mid-Century Modern New Grey Wool Upholstery Rocking Lounge Chair MINT!
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Studio Made Lounge Rocking Chair in Exotic Wood
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This studio made rocking chair is a stunning work of art. It features laminated exotic hardwood
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Wood

Antique Mission Arts & Crafts Carved Solid Oak Rocking Lounge Chair Rocker vtg
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Mission Arts & Crafts Carved Solid Oak Rocking Lounge Chair Rocker vtg. Item featured is a
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Arts and Crafts Rocking Chairs

Materials

Oak

Scandinavian Modern Birch Spindle Rocking Lounge Chair, 1960's
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Mid-century rocking chair with the new boucle white upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Bouclé, Birch

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair, Adrian Pearsall Style, American, Chrome, 1950s
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair, Adrian Pearsall Style, American, Chrome, 1950s In a word
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Franco Albini & Franca Helg for Poggi, Mid-century Rocking Chair Mod. PS16, 1956
By Franco Albini and Franca Helg, Poggi
Located in Milan, IT
Franco Albini & Franca Helg for Poggi, Italian Mid-century Wooden Rocking Lounge Chair Model PS16
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Blond Wood Danish Modern Slated Back Rocking Lounge Chair New Upholstery MINT
By Dux of Sweden
Located in Rockaway, NJ
New charcoal fabric removable cushions upholstery Danish Mid-Century Modern rocking lounge chair.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Birch

Cassina Walnut Rocking Lounge Chairs Model 572 in Ivory Kalgan Lambskin, 1950s
By Cassina, Studio Tecnico
Located in New York, NY
sculpted curved armrests. Truly an iconic midcentury design, these chic lounge rocking chairs are not only
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Lambskin, Rubber, Walnut

Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Bentwood Rocking chair. This unique chair is a perfect conversation piece for any living
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Wood, Bentwood

Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair
Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair
H 42 in W 26.5 in D 32 in
Original First Owner Custom Wool Fabric Rocking Lounge Chair, Germany circa 1970
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
This 1970 rocking chair has its original first owner custom ordered funky wool fabric The chair
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Wool, Upholstery, Foam, Birch

Mid-Century Modern Leather and Plywood Lounge Rocking Chair
Located in Weesp, NL
Stylish and extremely comfortable lounge / rocking chair made in the 1970s. The chair has a
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Plywood

1940s Rocking Chaise Lounge by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An adjustable rocking chaise with caned seat and back with bent ash frame and a cushion upholstered
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Wool, Cane, Ash

Vladimir Kagan 'Rock Star' Pair of Leather Rocking Chairs, c. 1997, Signed
By American Leather, Vladimir Kagan
Located in Los Angeles, CA
American Leather (previously LeatherTech). Designed in circa 1997 and called the 'Rock Star' lounge chair
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1990s American Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Leather

Fabulous Lucite Rocking Chair by Charles Hollis Jones
By Charles Hollis Jones, Hill Manufacturing
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous Lucite rocking chair designed by Charles Hollis Jones in the 1970s and made by Hill
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Lucite

1966 Tendo Mokko Heron Highback Rocking Chair Ottoman Japan
By Mitsumasa Sugasawa, Tendo Mokko
Located in Chula Vista, CA
1960s Tendo Mokko Heron high back rocking chair lounge and footrest Japan bentwood with original
Category

Vintage 1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Bentwood

“Elipse” rocking chair by Renato Zevi, Italy, 1970
By Renato Zevi
Located in Madrid, ES
Rocking chair in bouclé fabric with chromed steel structure, designed by the well-known artist
Category

Vintage 1970s Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Steel

Kofod Larsen for Selig Mid Century Danish Walnut Rocking Lounge Chair
By Selig, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Countryside, IL
Kofod Larsen for Selig Mid Century Danish Walnut Rocking Lounge Chair This rocking chair measures
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Mid Century Modern Teak Lounge Chair & Rocking Chair Set by John Stuart
By John Stuart
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of teak lounge chairs, with one being a set chair and the other a rocker. In
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Ole Wanscher Model FD-120 Rocking Chair for France & Søn
By France & Daverkosen, France & Søn, Ole Wanscher
Located in Miami, FL
Experience the elegance of this all original vintage FD 120 rocking lounge chair, boasting a sleek
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Walter S. Chenery "Gemini" Rocking Chair for Lurashell, UK 1960
By Walter S. Chenery, Lurashell
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A beautiful "Gemini" rocking chair designed by Walter S. Chenery, manufactured by Lurashell in the
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Fiberglass, Wood

1970's Maison Jansen Chrome Hollywood Regency Rocking Chair
By Maison Jansen
Located in Burbank, CA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern rocking chair for sale. Designed by Maison Jansen in the 1970's. The
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Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Rocking Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Rare Herman Miller Rocking Chairs by Peter Protzmann
By Herman Miller, Peter Protzmann
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage pair of chrome frame rocking chairs features the stylish design of Peter Protzmann as
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Studio Cassina '572 Rocking' Chair in Ebonized Wood and Red Upholstery
By Cassina
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cassina, lounge chair model 572, darkened wood and red fabric, Italy, 1950s. This rocking chair in
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Nonna Rocking Chair by Paul Tuttle for Strässle, Switzerland, 1970s
By Paul Tuttle
Located in Almelo, NL
The ''Nonna'' armchair is the modern interpretation of a rocking chair, designed by the designer
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Homecrest Mid-century Wire Banana "Siesta" Lounge Chair, swivels & rock
By Homecrest
Located in San Jose, CA
Homecrest Siesta Bottemiller banana chaise lounge chair. Works great still made of Wrought Iron it
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Vintage 1960s American American Classical Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal, Wrought Iron

Vintage Homecrest Mid-century Wire Banana "Siesta" Lounge Chair, swivels & rock
By Homecrest
Located in San Jose, CA
Homecrest Siesta Bottemiller banana chaise lounge chair. Works great still made of Wrought Iron it
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Vintage 1960s American American Classical Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal, Wrought Iron

"Razorblade" Rocking Chair by Henning Kjærnulf for EG Møbler, Denmark 1960s
By Henning Kjærnulf
Located in Utrecht, NL
shapes, like his razorblade chair backrests, distinguish the designer from other Danish mid-century
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Rare Mid Century modern Poul Hundevad Rocking Chair
By Poul Hundevad
Located in Weesp, NL
Poul Hundevad rare mid century modern rocking chair Extremely rare oak and canvas 1950s safari
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Canvas, Oak

Ole Wanscher Brazilian Rosewood Danish Rocking Lounge Chair
By Ole Wanscher, France & Daverkosen
Located in Oakland, CA
Danish Brazilian rosewood rocking chair designed by Ole Wanscher for France & Daverkosen, circa
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Rosewood

Gerard van den Berg 'Rock' Lounge Chair for Montis
By Montis, Gerard Van Den Berg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century 'Rock' lounge chair in black leather designed by Gerard van den Berg for Montis. Iconic
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Thayer Coggin Swivel Scallop Shape Back Tilt Rocking Lounge Chair
By Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern swivel rocking lounge chair by Thayer Coggin.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Restored Stick Pencil Rattan Rocking Lounge Chair by Emerson
Located in Van Nuys, CA
A rare Art Deco era four Double Arch arm rattan rocking chair by Emerson with custom-made cushions
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Vintage 1930s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Rattan

MCM Heywood Wakefield Style Walnut Swivel Rocking Lounge Chair & Ottoman
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern Heywood Wakefield Style Walnut Swivel Rocking Lounge Chair & Ottoman Newly
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Cowhide, Leather, Walnut

Robert Haussmann Style Chrome Rocking Lounge Chair with Footstool, 1980s
By Robert Haussmann, De Sede
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautifully designed comfortable chrome tube rocking lounge chair and ottoman, covered in soft
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Gerard Van Den Berg Pair of "The Rock" Lounge Chairs
By Gerard Van Den Berg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of "The Rock" lounge chairs by Gerard Van Den Berg upholstered in caramel leather. The chairs
Category

Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Mid-Century Modern Cabinetmaker Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Europe ca 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This pair of lounge chair and ottoman is an elegant and comfortable evidence of the mastery and
Category

Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Alpaca

Vintage Edgar Bartolucci for Barwa Aluminum Rocking Pool Chaise Lounge Chair
By Barwa Associates
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Edgar Bartolucci for Barwa Aluminum Frame Rocking Pool Chaise Lounge Chair -Single. Item
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

1972 Frank Gehry 'Contour' Rocking Lounge Chair by Easy Edges Inc.
By Frank Gehry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic 1970s 'Contour' rocking lounge chair by the famous architect Frank Gehry for Easy Edges, Inc
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Masonite, Paper

Mid-Century Modern Swivel Lounge Chair in the Style of Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This versatile lounge chair functions as a swivel chair or a rocking chair ensuring optimal comfort
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Henry W. Klein Danish Mid Century Easy Rocking Chair With Teak in Red Wool
By Henry W Klein
Located in Bonita Springs, FL
Henry W. Klein. Easy chair with teak rocking frame, upholstered with red wool. Manufactured by NA
Category

Mid-20th Century Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wool, Teak

1970s Pair of Rattan Rocking and Swivel Lounge Chair with Ottoman , USA
By McGuire
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
rocking and swivel mechanism . Easy to pivot and rock! Original cushion are in very good condition
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Rattan

Mid-Century Modern Swivel and Rocking Armchair Bamboo, 1970s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Exclusive wicker and bamboo swivel rocking chair. It has a round seat with a rocking mechanism.
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Bamboo

Gio Ponti For Cassina Arnestad Bruk Lounge Chair Model 829 Mid Century Vintage
By Gio Ponti
Located in Cambridge, GB
New Stock ✅ Model 829 Hotel PDP Sorrento Italian Ash Lounge Chair by Gio Ponti for Cassina Lounge
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wool, Ash

Stunning lounge chair The Rock in black leather by Gerard Van Den Berg - Montis
By Gerard Van Den Berg
Located in Buggenhout, Oost-Vlaanderen
Great black ‘The Rock’ lounge chair + poof in its original leather. Designed by Gerard van den Berg
Category

Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Stunning lounge chair The Rock in brown leather by Gerard Van Den Berg - Montis
By Gerard Van Den Berg
Located in Buggenhout, Oost-Vlaanderen
Great brown ‘The Rock’ lounge chair its original leather.Designed by Gerard van den Berg and
Category

Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Rocking chair by R. Wengler
By Robert Wengler
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rocking chair in bamboo with cushion in Fontainebleau (colour: Maronnier) by Pierre Frey. R
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Bamboo

Rocking chair by R. Wengler
Rocking chair by R. Wengler
H 32.68 in W 28.75 in D 37.8 in
Mid-Century Teak Rocking Armchair by Ole Wanscher for France & Søn, 1950s
By France & Søn, Ole Wanscher
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 77 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This Mid Century lounge rocking chair was
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

1950s Nanna Ditzel Design Rattan Rocking Chair
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Vintage look and resolutely contemporary, this lounge rattan rocking chair " Nanny" model design by
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Rattan

1950s Nanna Ditzel Design Rattan Rocking Chair
1950s Nanna Ditzel Design Rattan Rocking Chair
H 38.59 in W 23.63 in D 37.01 in
Charles Hollis Jones Lucite, Wood & Haitian Cotton Fabric Upholstery Hill MFG
By Charles Hollis Jones, Hill Manufacturing
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern bent Lucite and wood rocking chair designed by Charles Hollis Jones in the 1970s
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Lucite, Cotton, Wood

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Midcentury Rocking Lounge Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the midcentury rocking lounge chair you’re looking for. Each midcentury rocking lounge chair for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, fiberglass and metal. Your living room may not be complete without a midcentury rocking lounge chair — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. When you’re browsing for the right midcentury rocking lounge chair, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Scandinavian Modern styles are of considerable interest. A well-made midcentury rocking lounge chair has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Charles Eames, Herman Miller and Adolf Relling and Rolf Rastad are consistently popular.

How Much is a Midcentury Rocking Lounge Chair?

A midcentury rocking lounge chair can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $1,900, while the lowest priced sells for $975 and the highest can go for as much as $12,282.

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.