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Grey Velvet Italian Armchair in the Style of Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Italian armchair in the style of Gio Ponti. Italy 1950s. Upholstery in grey velvet.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Set of Eight Dining Armchair, Tufted Cotton Velvet, Midcentury Style
By Gio Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Superb midcentury style chair. Set of eight made with beautiful tuberose rose velvet. Restauration grade finishing and upholstering. Metal ring and fittings. Extremely comfortab...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet, Birch

Mid-Century Karpen Style Pink Velvet Lounge Chair
By Karpen of California
Located in Miami, FL
Fabulous vintage sculptural armchair with curved back and scissor legs, in the style of Karpen, circa 1970s. The vintage chair is in mint restored condition with refinished frame and...
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

American Mid-Century Kagan Style Navy Blue Velvet Sofa
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in New York, NY
American mid-century style sofa with abstract shape, navy blue Colefax and Fowler velvet upholstery, and button tufted backrest in the style of Vladimir Kagan.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet

Mid-Century McCobb Style Walnut and Blue Velvet Lounge Chair
By Erwin Lambeth, John Stuart
Located in Miami, FL
A vintage Mid-Century Modern armchair, designed by K.C. Lambeth for Erwin Lambeth and retailed by John Stuart, circa 1960s. The newly reupholstered walnut chair has sculptural lines ...
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Mid-Century Style Velvet Fat Channel Tufted Chunky Thick Sofa
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Elevate the level of comfort and style within your home with the Monaco sofa in lush velvet in Mauve. Though the deep color and bold design lend this sofa the ability to stand alone,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Style Black Lacquer Wooden and Velvet Sofa
Located in Halluin, FR
Black lacquer wooden feet with brass finish and psychedelic velvet sofa in a Mid-Century Modern style.
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Canapes

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Mid Century Style Italian Lounge Chair in Velvet Rose Pink
Located in London, GB
Sophia was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a lounge chair with the option of producing an...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Mid-20th Century Regency Style Velvet Sofa
Located in Great Barrington, MA
The mid-20th century sofa has wood cabriole legs with padded feet set within undulating front and side edges. The upholstered arms are fronted by inlaid curved wood panels. Seats fou...
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Mid-20th Century American American Empire Sofas

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Fabric

  • Mid-20th Century Regency Style Velvet Sofa
  • Mid-20th Century Regency Style Velvet Sofa
  • Mid-20th Century Regency Style Velvet Sofa
  • Mid-20th Century Regency Style Velvet Sofa
H 35.5 in. W 82 in. D 35 in.
Italian Mid-Century Armchairs Foot Brass Gold Velvet Yellow Zanuso Style
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Italian mid-century armchairs foot brass gold velvet yellow Zanuso style.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Style Paprika Velvet Fat Channel Tufted Chunky Thick Sofa
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Elevate the level of comfort and style within your home with the Monaco sofa in lush velvet in Paprika. Though the deep color and bold design lend this sofa the ability to stand alon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Style Italian Lounge Chair in Light Blue Velvet
Located in London, GB
Sophia was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a lounge chair with the option of producing an...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Metal

French Mid-Century Arbus Style Light Blue Velvet Upholstered Loveseat Teak Frame
By André Arbus
Located in New York, NY
French mid-century style loveseat with teak wood frame and light blue velvet Knoll upholstery (in the manner of Andre Arbus).
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Loveseats

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Velvet, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Chartreuse Crushed Velvet Lounge Club Chair Style Paul McCobb
By Paul McCobb
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous Mid-Century Modern chartreuse crushed velvet club chair or lounge chair in the style of Paul McCobb. Comprised of angled tapered wooden legs, brass colored metal feet, and i...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Impressive Set of Twelve Dining Chairs Designed by Cal-Style
Located in Dallas, TX
Dynamic and elegant design by Cal-Style in the United States, circa 1970s. Twelve stunning dining chairs with the Classic thin chrome frames supporting perfectly sized newly upholste...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Style Sectional & Chaise Tufted in Black Velvet w/ Toe-Kick
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Perfect for wide-open living rooms, this Sectional is great for any modern decor. Trend black velvet texture and tufting gives the piece an elegant look that ensures comfort while th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Velvet

Angled Mid-Century Modern Green Velvet Sofa Style Dunbar by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Topeka, KS
Wonderful and monumental 14-foot-wide angled Mid-Century Modern green velvet sofa in the style of Edward Wormley for Dunbar. It is in good vintage condition. It has been professional...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet, Foam, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Style Inspired Italian Lounge Chair ‘Sophia’ in Ivory Velvet
Located in London, GB
Sophia was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a lounge chair with the option of producing an...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Gorgeous Probber Style Orange Velvet Bench, Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous Probber style bench with new orange velvet upholstery
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Style Inspired Italian Lounge Chairs in Velvet
Located in London, GB
The Sophia chair was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a lounge chair with the option of pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Style Armchair in Black Velvet w/ Brass Finished Frame
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
A slim brass finished frame, with a pitched back, and plush cushions. It's a bold statement without being too bold, simple and Classic is the St. Pierre. A perfect piece to add to an...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Style Inspired Italian Lounge Chair ‘Sophia’ in Red Velvet
Located in London, GB
Sophia was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a lounge chair with the option of producing an...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Gio Ponti Style Lounge Chair in Textured Velvet Mid Century
By Gio Ponti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Midcentury lounge chair in the style of Gio Ponti in textured velvet and ebonized oak legs. This chair has had a ground up restoration.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Gio Ponti Style Mid-Century Modern Brass and Velvet Curved Sofa, circa 1950
By ISA Bergamo, Gio Ponti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Stylish Mid-Century Modern gray velvet and brass Italian curved sofa in the manner of Gio Ponti. Brass is in original patina, grey velvet has been upholstered and never used.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Style Tufted Accent Chair in Cream Velvet with Brass Frame
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
A slick brass frame, a slight pitched back and tufted velvet is perfect on it's own, or pair it up. Shown in cream velvet. Dimensions: 31" W x 31" D x 34" H Seat 22" D x 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Pair Mid-Century Chrome "Spring "Style Chairs in Silk Velvet
Located in Seattle, WA
Pair of springer style chairs with heavy chrome frame upholstered in beautiful silk velvet. Each pair priced at 3800. Perfect side chairs or dining chairs. These are super comfortabl...
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Mid-20th Century Chairs

Mid-Century Style Loveseat in Navy Velvet w/ Long Arm Tufting and Chrome Detail
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Elevate the level of comfort and style within your home with the Buenos Aires Sofa in Como Indigo Velvet. Though the deep color and bold design lend this sofa the ability to stand al...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet

Mid-Century Style Tufted Lounge Chair with Brass Legs in Blush Pink Velvet
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Relax in style and unparalleled comfort in our new chaise longue. The luxurious tufting and laid back silhouette is begging for a day in, lounging with a book or a cocktail. Dimen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Style Extra Long Sofa in Grey Velvet w/ Lucite Legs & Throw Pillows
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
With Classic clean lines and smooth curves comes this curved sofa. Uniquely shaped; with 5" Lucite legs put together in elegance. Comes with four matching throw pillows to add extra ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Style Diamond Tufted Lola Sofa in Beige Velvet w/ Lucite Legs
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Beautifully simple lines and tufted detail combine to create this elegant sofa. Finished here in a light belvedere beach velvet, chrome nailheads and 2" Lucite block legs. Dimen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet, Lucite

Extra Deep Mid-Century Style Sofa Hand Tufted in Navy Velvet w/ Chrome Legs
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
The new deep sofa by Modshop. Upholstered in navy velvet, hand tufted and finished with polished chrome nail heads and 7" chrome legs. With an impressive size of 11' and a generous s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Mid-Century Style Delano Sectional Tufted in Sage Velvet w/ Walnut Cone Legs
By Modshop
Located in Compton, CA
Perfect for wide-open living rooms, Modshop's Delano sectional is great for any modern decor. The sage Como velvet texture and tufting gives the piece an elegant look that ensures co...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sectional Sofas

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Velvet

Gio Ponti Style Mid-20th Century Blue Velvet and Wood Italian Pair of Armchairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in Paris, FR
Designer armchairs produced in Italy in the 1940s in the style of Gio Ponti. Recently upholstered with a high quality velvet fabric. Wood legs and very comfortable high back armcha...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Harvey Probber Style Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Tufted Velvet Lounge Chair
By Harvey Probber
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful 1960s Harvey Probber style modern lounge chair in chromed steel with seat arm and back rests in tufted teal colored velvet. Generous elegant proportions and very comfortabl...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

French Velvet Arbus Style Upholstered Daybed
By André Arbus
Located in Locust Valley, NY
A gracefully designed daybed in the style of Andre Arbus, upholstered in French velvet, circa 1950. The daybed is designed with rolled arms, loose cushions and seat pillows and a cur...
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Mid-20th Century Daybeds

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Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Style Lucy Armchair Walnut Wood Polished Brass Cotton Velvet
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
Being the first woman to run a major production company and that wasn’t afraid to take risks, Lucille Ball was once called a “waste of time” at the dramatic school. After thriving im...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Armchairs

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Cotton, Wood

Six Mid-Century Italian Style Mahogany Chairs High Back Lined Borsani Style
By Arredamenti Borsani
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Six mid-century Italian style mahogany chairs high back lined Borsani style.
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Ronson, mid century style Armchair, by Morelato
By Morelato
Located in Salizzole, IT
Ronson is a mid century style upholstered armchair made of solid ash wood. The one-piece curved backrest is supported by three legs. Padded cushion upholstered with leather or fabri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Fabric, Velvet, Ash

  • Ronson, mid century style Armchair, by Morelato
  • Ronson, mid century style Armchair, by Morelato
  • Ronson, mid century style Armchair, by Morelato
  • Ronson, mid century style Armchair, by Morelato
H 27.17 in. W 20.87 in. D 22.05 in.
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Italian Style ‘Marcello’ Lounge Chair
Located in London, GB
The high back lounge chair ‘Marcello’ was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a lounge chair ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Italian Style ‘Marcello’ Lounge Chair
Located in London, GB
The high back lounge chair ‘Marcello’ was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a lounge chair ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Italian Style ‘Marcello’ Lounge Chair
Located in London, GB
The high back lounge chair ‘Marcello’ was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a lounge chair ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Style Dining Chairs, Set of 6
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern dining chairs upholstered in black velvet. Crafted of solid wood frame stained in walnut finish. Curved back for greater support and comfort to enjoy long dinn...
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2010s European Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

  • Mid-Century Modern Style Dining Chairs, Set of 6
  • Mid-Century Modern Style Dining Chairs, Set of 6
  • Mid-Century Modern Style Dining Chairs, Set of 6
  • Mid-Century Modern Style Dining Chairs, Set of 6
H 32.29 in. W 21.66 in. D 24.81 in.
Midcentury Style Gilded Metal and Velvet Armchair
Located in Halluin, FR
Midcentury style gilded metal and velvet armchair composed of gilded tubular metal feet which came on front on which comes to rest a padded velvet comfy shell.
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

  • Midcentury Style Gilded Metal and Velvet Armchair
  • Midcentury Style Gilded Metal and Velvet Armchair
  • Midcentury Style Gilded Metal and Velvet Armchair
  • Midcentury Style Gilded Metal and Velvet Armchair
H 29.93 in. W 34.65 in. D 39.38 in.
Pair of Grey Velvet Parsons Style Stools
Located in Locust Valley, NY
A pair of parsons style stools in luxurious gray velvet.
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Velvet

Parsons Style Chairs Newly Reupholstered in Mushroom Velvet
Located in Norwalk, CT
Parsons style chairs newly reupholstered in mushroom velvet.
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet

1950s Style Italian Sofa in Soft Pink Velvet
Located in London, London
Unusual shaped sofa 1950s style Soft tone pink velvet Turned conical legs Measures: Seat height 36cm This one is in stock but others can be made to order in Italy C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

  • 1950s Style Italian Sofa in Soft Pink Velvet
  • 1950s Style Italian Sofa in Soft Pink Velvet
  • 1950s Style Italian Sofa in Soft Pink Velvet
  • 1950s Style Italian Sofa in Soft Pink Velvet
H 34.65 in. W 70.08 in. D 31.5 in.
Italian Sofa Gio Ponti Style 1960s Burgundy Velvet
By Gio Ponti
Located in Lyon, FR
Italian banana sofa in the style of Gio Ponti. Original velvet fabric (some signs of use, see photos).
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

  • Italian Sofa Gio Ponti Style 1960s Burgundy Velvet
  • Italian Sofa Gio Ponti Style 1960s Burgundy Velvet
  • Italian Sofa Gio Ponti Style 1960s Burgundy Velvet
  • Italian Sofa Gio Ponti Style 1960s Burgundy Velvet
H 31.5 in. W 35.44 in. D 59.06 in.
Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Style Swivel Barrel Back Chair
Located in West Hartford, CT
Gorgeous midcentury 360 degree swivel chair with peach colored velvet upholstery.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Michael Taylor Style Painted Chair with Chartreuse Velvet
By Michael Taylor
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Michael Taylor style painted spoon chair, newly upholstered in chartreuse velvet.
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Mid-20th Century American Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Midcentury Style Gilded Metal and Velvet Design Sofa
Located in Halluin, FR
Gilded metal feet and graphic velvet soft and comfy sofa (jungle pillows include).
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Canapes

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Style Black and White Velvet Design Sofa
Located in Halluin, FR
Black metal feet and graphic velvet soft and comfy sofa (black velvet pillows include).
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Canapes

Materials

Metal

  • Midcentury Style Black and White Velvet Design Sofa
  • Midcentury Style Black and White Velvet Design Sofa
  • Midcentury Style Black and White Velvet Design Sofa
  • Midcentury Style Black and White Velvet Design Sofa
H 31.11 in. W 92.52 in. D 36.62 in.
Italian Light-Blue Velvet, Wingback Style Armchair, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian light-blue velvet, wingback style armchair, 1950s This inviting and sophisticated light-blue velvet armchair has a strong visual aesthetic that will animate a Classic living...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

Italian Neoclassical Style Carved Bergère Chair in Leopard Velvet
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a Italian neoclassical style carved bergère chair. The frame is painted ivory with turquoise contrasting color. The leopard velvet is recent.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Inspired Italian Style ‘Marcello’ Lounge Chairs
Located in London, GB
The high back lounge chair ‘Marcello’ was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a lounge chair ...
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Midcentury Pillowtop Parsons Style Velvet Ottomans
By Billy Baldwin
Located in Lambertville, NJ
1970s ottoman in period original velvet fabric in unused condition. Billy Baldwin style form. Excellent condition.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Velvet, Hardwood

Mid-Century Modern Warren Platner Style Tufted Ottoman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This vintage tufted stool is in great condition, has a solid steel frame, and has been newly upholstered in a yellow velvet fabric. The fabulous stool features a new tufted round com...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Steel

1950s Style Velvet and Brass Feet Curved Sofa Beverly
By Montse Piquer
Located in Madrid, ES
Warm light, bikinis and rock & roll. We are at mid-1950s in California and life couldn’t be better. Finished in luxurious velvet, this midcentury piece will wrap you in an incredibly...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass

  • 1950s Style Velvet and Brass Feet Curved Sofa Beverly
  • 1950s Style Velvet and Brass Feet Curved Sofa Beverly
  • 1950s Style Velvet and Brass Feet Curved Sofa Beverly
  • 1950s Style Velvet and Brass Feet Curved Sofa Beverly
H 36.62 in. W 119.69 in. D 53.55 in.
Neo-Classical Style Italian Giltwood Bench in Leopard Velvet
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a long neo-classical style Italian giltwood bench in a turquoise leopard velvet. It dates is a mid-century piece and is Italian. The upholstery is recent and is in very good ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Benches

Materials

Velvet, Giltwood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Inspired Italian Style ‘Marcello’ Lounge Chairs
Located in London, GB
The high back lounge chair ‘Marcello’ was inspired by stylish Italian design from the 1950s and is now created by English craftsman for the 21st century. We developed a lounge chair ...
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

Midcentury Style Yellow Velvet with Brass Sabots Dining Chair Berlin
Located in Madrid, ES
Berlin chair is light but with powerful presence. A combo of glamour and retro touch makes Berlin unpretentious and irresistible. Discover a free and independent spirit that encourag...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

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Midcentury Style Velvet For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic piece of midcentury style velvet available at 1stDibs. An item from our selection of midcentury style velvet — often made from fabric, velvet and wood — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a choice in our collection of midcentury style velvet, we have 65 options in-stock, while there are 26 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect object in our assortment of midcentury style velvet — we have versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. An option in this array of midcentury style velvet, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Scandinavian Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Many designers have produced at least one well-made piece of midcentury style velvet over the years, but those crafted by Modshop, AG Barcelona and Arflex are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Midcentury Style Velvet?

A piece of midcentury style velvet can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $3,870, while the lowest priced sells for $847 and the highest can go for as much as $19,500.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe 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.

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 American 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.