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Pair of Carved Nordic Monk Chairs
Located in Venice, CA
Unique pair of solid oak monk chairs with intricate carvings in Norse style. Hand crafted and
Category

Vintage 1950s Norwegian Aesthetic Movement Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

  • Pair of Carved Nordic Monk Chairs
  • Pair of Carved Nordic Monk Chairs
  • Pair of Carved Nordic Monk Chairs
  • Pair of Carved Nordic Monk Chairs
H 33 in W 22.5 in D 22.5 in
Swedish Monk Chair 1930s
By Monk Designs
Located in Čelinac, BA
This is a handmade chair made in Sweden 1930s.Made of solid oak.
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

  • Swedish Monk Chair 1930s
  • Swedish Monk Chair 1930s
  • Swedish Monk Chair 1930s
  • Swedish Monk Chair 1930s
H 34.26 in W 22.45 in D 19.69 in
Set of 4 Tobia & Afra Scarpa Monk Chairs
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in San Francisco, CA
This beautiful set of 4 Scarpa Monk chairs in stunning black patinated leather and wood are unique
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

  • Set of 4 Tobia & Afra Scarpa Monk Chairs
  • Set of 4 Tobia & Afra Scarpa Monk Chairs
  • Set of 4 Tobia & Afra Scarpa Monk Chairs
  • Set of 4 Tobia & Afra Scarpa Monk Chairs
H 29.8 in W 20.3 in D 18.5 in
Six Monk Chairs Design Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy, 1974
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in taranto, IT
wonderful set of 6 Monk Chairs designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy, 1974. Wood
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of teak handencraved chairs with three legs. Monk chairs.
Located in BARCELONA, ES
The wonderful traditional "monk chair", made in Sweden around 1900, is an extraordinary piece that
Category

Antique 19th Century Armchairs

Materials

Oak

Set Of 6 Afra And Tobia Scarpa Monk Chairs For Molteni Italy 1974
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in ABCOUDE, UT
Fantastic set of 6 ‘Monk’ chairs designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy 1974. This
Category

Vintage 1970s Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 8
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" chairs for Molteni, canvas and walnut, Italy, 1974, set of eight. The
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Canvas, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 6
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" chairs for Molteni, canvas and walnut, Italy, 1974, set of six. The
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Canvas, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 4
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" chairs for Molteni, canvas and walnut, Italy, 1974, set of four. The
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Canvas, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 12
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" chairs for Molteni, canvas and walnut, Italy, 1974, set of twelve
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Canvas, Walnut

Pair of Carved Swedish Monk Chairs in Solid Oak
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of chairs, solid oak, Sweden, 1950s Sculptural pair of nordic monk chairs in stained, solid
Category

Vintage 1950s Swedish Medieval Armchairs

Materials

Oak

  • Pair of Carved Swedish Monk Chairs in Solid Oak
  • Pair of Carved Swedish Monk Chairs in Solid Oak
  • Pair of Carved Swedish Monk Chairs in Solid Oak
  • Pair of Carved Swedish Monk Chairs in Solid Oak
H 34.65 in W 27.56 in D 19.69 in
Swedish Monk Chair
Located in Göteborg, SE
This chair was made in Sweden at the beginning of the 1900s. The style is called National
Category

Vintage 1930s Swedish Brutalist Armchairs

Materials

Oak

  • Swedish Monk Chair
  • Swedish Monk Chair
  • Swedish Monk Chair
  • Swedish Monk Chair
H 34.26 in W 22.45 in D 19.69 in
Afra and Tobia Scarpa Pair of 'Monk' Chairs for Molteni, Italy, circa 1974
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in New York, NY
Afra and Tobia Scarpa Pair of 'Monk' Chairs for Molteni, Italy, circa 1974 A simplified and solid
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Antique English Monk's Chair Bench Oak Converts to Folding Table Round 19th C
Located in Tyler, TX
Rare Mid-19th Century Antique carved Oak "Monk's Chair"~~Converts to folding round table
Category

Antique Late 19th Century English Renaissance Revival Side Tables

Materials

Oak

19th Century Convertible Pair of Monk's Chair or End Table, Foldable Armchair
Located in Miami, FL
19th century convertible monk's chair is cleverly engineered to provide two uses. Seat back down
Category

Antique Late 19th Century French Renaissance Armchairs

Materials

Velvet, Oak

19th Century Convertible Pair of Monk's Chair or End Table, Foldable Armchair
Located in Miami, FL
19th century convertible monk's chair is cleverly engineered to provide two uses. Seat back down
Category

Antique Late 19th Century French Renaissance Armchairs

Materials

Velvet, Oak

Carved Monk Chair in Solid Oak, Wabi Sabi, Swedish, Early 20th Century
Located in Odense, DK
A sculptural vintage Monk chair made in solid oak with a comfortable seat cushion. Carved by a
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Oak

Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Molteni Set of Six 'Monk' Chairs in Leather
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, set of six 'Monk' dining chairs, walnut, leather, Italy, 1974
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Modern Italian Dining Table set - Metallic Brown finish - Monk Chairs
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Spinzi, Molteni
Located in Milano, IT
dining set, made with a set of four Monk chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni and a contemporary
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

Materials

Metal

7 'Monk' Chair by Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni, Italy 1974
By Tobia Scarpa, Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Argelato, BO
Seven Canvas and wood chairs model Monk, Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy It is one of the
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

set of 4 Monk chair, Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Monk is all about the expressive quality of the materials: domestic walnut, natural ash, leather
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Textile, Wood

Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Molteni Set of Four 'Monk' Chairs in Black Leather
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, set of four 'Monk' dining chairs, walnut, black leather, Italy
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Set of 6 Swedish Monk Chairs with Bouclé Seats, Wabi Sabi, Early 20th Century
Located in Odense, DK
A set of 6 sculptural vintage Monk chairs made in solid oak. Carved by a Swedish cabinetmaker in
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Bouclé, Oak

Antique Gothic Revival Monk Chair Oak and Velvet Upholstered, ca. 1900, Europe
Located in Andernach, DE
Unique, very wide antique oak chair made entirely by hand around 1900. Most likely France or
Category

Antique 1890s German Gothic Revival Side Chairs

Materials

Wood, Oak

Set of 4 'Monk' Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy 1974
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Tobia Scarpa, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Argelato, BO
Set of 4 leather and wood chairs model Monk, Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Set of 6 'Monk' Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molten, Italy 1974
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Tobia Scarpa, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Argelato, BO
Set of 6 canvas and wood chairs model Monk, Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy It is one of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Set of Four Monk Chairs for Molteni, circa 1974
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Chicago, IL
The particular feature of this model is the support structure composed of two equal trestles in solid wood attached to shaped metal tubing, creating a single element for the seat and...
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

"Monk" Black Leather & Walnut Timber Chairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Molteni
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
The Monk chair, designed in 1974, is a classic piece that reflects the Scarpa's attention to
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

8 matching Monk Chairs in canvas by Afra e Tobia Scarpa for Molteni Italy
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Buggenhout, Oost-Vlaanderen
Matching set of 8 Monk dining chairs with a striking combination of the original canvas and warm
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Original Carved "Monk´s Chair" in Solid Oak, Romantic Era, Sweden
Located in Odense, DK
Wonderful traditional "Monk´s chair" made in Sweden around 1900. Made from solid Scandinavian oak
Category

Antique Early 1900s Swedish Romantic Armchairs

Materials

Oak

Set of Four Italian Scarpa 'Monk' Mid-Century Dining Chairs
Located in London, GB
A set of four fabric 'Monk' chairs, by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Molenti. Italy, c1970s. Original
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Monk Black Chair for Molteni, Italy, 1974
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in London, GB
met studying architecture at the Univer­sity luav di Venezia, grad­u­at­ing in 1957. The Monk chair
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Swedish primitive monk chair Sweden, early 20th century Each chair is unique in its composition
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Chairs

Materials

Oak

  • Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chair
  • Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chair
  • Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chair
  • Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chair
H 34 in W 22.5 in D 20.75 in
Rare Vintage Monk Dining Chairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Italian Collectible
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
Offered for sale is a rare set of four "Monk" dining chairs, designer by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Canvas, Wood

Vintage, Collectible, Rare Italian Monk Dining Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
6 Dining Chairs - Monk by Afra e Tobia Scarpa Offered for sale is a rare set of six "Monk" dining
Category

Vintage 1970s Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Walnut

Pair of Japanese Kyokuroku Folding Chairs
Located in Kastrup, DK
Pair of Japanese red lacquered folding meditation armchair for monks. Pair of kyokuroku chairs in
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Ming Chairs

Materials

Brass

  • Pair of Japanese Kyokuroku Folding Chairs
  • Pair of Japanese Kyokuroku Folding Chairs
  • Pair of Japanese Kyokuroku Folding Chairs
  • Pair of Japanese Kyokuroku Folding Chairs
H 41.34 in W 33.47 in D 22.84 in
Afra & Tobia Scarpa attributed Pair of Dining Chairs in Black Leather
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Berlin, DE
connections like the 'Monk' chairs. The walnut frame shows the black metal joints like a decorative aspect
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Tobia Scarpa Mastro Chairs for Molteni Pair
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Vancouver, BC
the same structural principle as the Monk chair, but in a new dialect, shape and feel that only the
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

  • Tobia Scarpa Mastro Chairs for Molteni Pair
  • Tobia Scarpa Mastro Chairs for Molteni Pair
  • Tobia Scarpa Mastro Chairs for Molteni Pair
  • Tobia Scarpa Mastro Chairs for Molteni Pair
H 30.32 in W 19.69 in D 18.51 in
Afra & Tobia Scarpa Set of Eight 'Monk' Dining Chairs in Leather and Ash
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, set of eight 'Monk' dining chairs, ash, black lacquered wood and
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood, Ash

Good Oak Wainscot Chair Monk’s Table
Located in Heathfield, GB
A good oak monk’s table with original timbers throughout. This is a beautiful side table with a
Category

Antique 17th Century Chairs

Materials

Oak

Pair of Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Swedish primitive monk chairs Sweden, early 20th century Each chair is unique in its composition
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Armchairs

Materials

Oak

  • Pair of Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chairs
  • Pair of Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chairs
  • Pair of Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chairs
  • Pair of Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chairs
H 34.5 in W 22 in D 20.75 in
Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Swedish primitive monk chair Sweden, early 20th century Hand crafted artisanal chair unique in its
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Armchairs

Materials

Oak

  • Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chair
  • Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chair
  • Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chair
  • Carved Nordic Oak Corner Chair
H 34.5 in W 22.25 in D 20.75 in
Pair of Carved Nordic Corner Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Swedish primitive monk chairs Sweden, early 20th century Each chair is unique in it’s composition
Category

Early 20th Century Swedish Armchairs

Materials

Oak

  • Pair of Carved Nordic Corner Chairs
  • Pair of Carved Nordic Corner Chairs
  • Pair of Carved Nordic Corner Chairs
  • Pair of Carved Nordic Corner Chairs
H 34.25 in W 22.5 in D 20 in
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 8
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, red leather and beech, Italy, 1974, set of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 14
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, red leather and beech, Italy, 1974, set of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 16
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, red leather and beech, Italy, 1974, set of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 10
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, black leather and beech, Italy, 1974, set of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 10
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, red leather and beech, Italy, 1974, set of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 12
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, red leather and beech, Italy, 1974, set of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 10
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, cognac leather and beech, Italy, 1974, set of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Beech

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 16
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, black leather and beech, Italy, 1974, set of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Monk Dining Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, 1970s Set of 10
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lasne, BE
Set of 10 chairs in black leather and wood designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa. Model: Monk. Seat
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 14
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, black leather and beech, Italy, 1974, set of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 12
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, black leather and beech, Italy, 1974, set of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 8
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, black leather and beech, Italy, 1974, set of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Set of 6 Monk leather Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy 1974
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni, Tobia Scarpa, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Argelato, BO
Set of 6 leather and wood chairs model Monk, Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy It is one of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa English Red Leather Monk Dining Chair for Molteni, Set of 6
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Vicenza, IT
Set of six “Monk” dining chairs designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Molteni in 1973. Made of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa English Red Leather Monk Dining Chair for Molteni, Set of 10
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Vicenza, IT
Set of ten “Monk” dining chairs designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Molteni in 1973. Made of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Black Leather and Monk Dining Chair for Molteni, Set of 14
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Vicenza, IT
Set of fourteen “Monk” dining chairs designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Molteni in 1973. Made of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Cognac Leather Monk Dining Chair for Molteni, 1973, Set of 4
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Vicenza, IT
Set of four “Monk” dining chairs designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Molteni in 1973. Made of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

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Monks Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the monks chair you’re looking for. Frequently made of wood, animal skin and leather, every monks chair was constructed with great care. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect monks chair — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A monks chair, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Scandinavian Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni and Robert Thompson each produced at least one beautiful monks chair that is worth considering.

How Much is a Monks Chair?

The average selling price for a monks chair at 1stDibs is $6,243, while they’re typically $585 on the low end and $33,800 for the highest priced.

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