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Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Tulsa, OK
. * * * Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa. Above average vintage condition and structurally
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa, Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Raleigh, NC
A stunning gondola form sofa from Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates. Newly upholstered in an ivory
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall 'Gondola Sofa' in Brown Fabric for Craft Associates, USA, 1950s
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Berlin, DE
Iconic sofa model 2408 / 'Gondola' sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, 1950s. One of the
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall 2000-S Gondola Sofa
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Hanover, MA
SATURDAY SALE Original Adrian Pearsall gondola sofa by Craft Associates model 2000-S with walnut
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut

Adrian Pearsall 2000-S Gondola Sofa
Adrian Pearsall 2000-S Gondola Sofa
H 29 in W 110 in D 30 in
Mid Century Velvet Gondola Sofa By Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, c1960s
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chino Hills, CA
Gondola Sofa designed by the iconic Adrian Pearsall and expertly crafted by Craft Associates during the
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Wood, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola sofa.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Midcentury Adrian Pearsall for Craft Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Large Mid-Century Modern gondola sofa attributed to Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Features
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Style Midcentury Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style midcentury walnut gondola sofa This sofa measures: 101 wide x 33 deep x 27
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa The sofa measures: 103 wide x 33 deep x 27 high
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century gondola sofa This sofa measures: 88 wide x 33 deep x 26.5
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Gondola Sofa by Adrian Pearsall, America circa 1960
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Culver City, CA
America circa 1960 Gondola Sofa by Adrian Pearsall made for Craft Associates recently reupholstered
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Linen, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall style Gondola Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Baltimore, MD
Mid-century modern stunning, beautiful, high-quality long gondola walnut framed sofa Adrian
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in North York, ON
Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Walnut Gondola sofa. By iconic mid-century modern designer
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century walnut Gondola sofa This sofa measures: 93 wide x 34 deep x
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Gondola Green Print Sofa
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in New York, NY
Model 2408-S, or the Gondola sofa, for Craft Associates. Original mid-century printed green
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Modern Atomic Walnut Gondola Sofa Couch 96"
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Dayton, OH
Adrian Pealsall mid century modern / atomic era sofa or couch featuring traditional gondola form
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall 'Platform Gondola' Sofa in Walnut and Red Upholstery
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, ‘Platform Gondola’ sofa, fabric, walnut, wood, United States
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

MCM Adrian Pearsall Style Gondola Sofa & Club Chair Newly Upholstered
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Style Gondola Sofa & Club Chair Set Newly Upholstered in
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Chenille, Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Gondola Style Sofa Pearsall Attributed Oatmeal Upholstery
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Gondola style sofa pearsall attributed oatmeal upholstery.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Marble Floating Long Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Long Gondola Sofa - Daybed Stunning Mid-Century Modern Long
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Carrara Marble

Gondola Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Palm Springs, CA
An incredible gondola form sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Fame has been
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Style Flexsteel Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Flexsteel
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall Style Flexsteel Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa This sofa measures: 106 wide x 33
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Walnut Frame Stamps Theme Upholstery Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern walnut frame stamps theme blue upholstery gondola sofa.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Wonderful Adrian Pearsall Style Tufted Gondola Sofa Walnut Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome Adrian Pearsall style tufted gondola shaped sofa with walnut trim and legs. This sofa will
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Style Gondola Sofa
By Bassett Furniture, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Wilmington, DE
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall style Gondola sofa Offered is a gorgeous vintage Mid
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Sculptural Walnut Gondola Sofa, Fully Restored Midcentury
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Outstanding Adrian Pearsall fully restored gondola sofa. This piece has been totally overhauled and
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut

Vintage Walnut "Gondola" Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Wonderful vintage walnut “Gondola” sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates in United
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa This sofa measures: 103 wide
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Gondola Sofa This sofa measures: 102 wide
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Expertly Restored Adrian Pearsall Armless Gondola Sofa for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Medina, OH
The epitome of mid-century modern design is the Armless Gondola designed by Adrian Pearsall for
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Bouclé, Cotton, Foam, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Sculpted Gondola Sofa 2408
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Wilmington, DE
beautifully all original 'Gondola' sofa (model 2408) designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Sculpted Gondola Sofa 2408
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a beautifully restored 'Gondola' sofa (model 2408) designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

1960s Vintage Gondola Sofa in the Manner of Adrian Pearsall with Scalloped Base
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning sofa and it’s comfortable. The wood scalloped base is precious!! Use as is or redo in your
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Original Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Gondola Sofa Upholstered in Italian Leather
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Saint Louis, US
This lengthy low sitting Gondola sofa is a treasure in any space. The temptation to sprawl oneself
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Mid Century Gondola Sofa in Textured Chenille
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A Mid-Century Modern “gondola” sofa in the style of Adrian Pearsall. Complete with tufted arms and
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Mid-20th Century Space Age Sofas

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Fabric, Chenille, Upholstery, Wood

Danish Modern Teak Gondola Scandinavian Sofa, 1980s
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Basel, BS
Solid Teak frame Original Danish Mid Century Modern very long Gondola Sofa. This design is pleasing
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20th Century Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Teak, Upholstery

Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in San Francisco, CA
An iron-framed gondola sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Fully restored. The
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Vintage 1950s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Iron

Adrian Pearsall Mid Century Modern Walnut Flame Stitch Platform Sofa 110"
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Dayton, OH
Adrian Pearsall mid century modern / atomic era floating platform sofa or couch featuring the
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Gondola Sofa with Brass Details
By James Mont, Adrian Pearsall, Baker Furniture Company
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Mid-Century Gondola sofa by Baker Furniture. Sofa has super clean lines with a bit of Asian flair
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Satin

Mid Century Danish Modern Teak Sofa Loveseat Adrian Pearsall Style Scandinavian
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Basel, BS
Solid Teak frame Original Danish Mid Century Modern very long Gondola Sofa. This design is
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Teak

14 Foot Long Adrian Pearsall 2834-S Sofa for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Hanover, MA
Extraordinary one of a kind 1960 vintage custom order extra long floating cloud gondola sofa on
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Naugahyde, Walnut

Gondola Sofa by Karl-Erik Ekselius for J.O. Carlsson
By Adrian Pearsall, J.O. Carlsson, Karl-Erik Ekselius
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Adrian Pearsall's Gondala sofa, with three wide cushions and cane arms. Please confirm location.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut

Luigi Tiengo Surfboard Gondola Sofa for Cimon
By Cimon, Hella Jongerius
Located in Hanover, MA
Strikingly sculptural vintage early 1960s gondola sofa with floating surfboard upholstered back
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Vintage 1960s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool, Walnut

Luigi Tiengo Surfboard Back Gondola Sofa for Cimon
Located in Hanover, MA
Strikingly sculptural vintage early 1960s gondola sofa with floating surfboard upholstered back
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Vintage 1960s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut, Wool

Luigi Tiengo Sofa in Walnut and Blue Raf Simons Fabric for Cimon Montréal, 1963
By Luigi Tiengo, Cimon, Raf Simons
Located in The Hague, NL
gondola sofa is striking from all angles and can seat three/four people. The sofa has been fully
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Vintage 1960s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wool, Bouclé, Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

Pair of Adrian Pearsall Gondola Lounge Chairs
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Houston, TX
Pair Of Adrian Pearsall Gondola Lounge Chairs. This iconic pair of sculptural gondola lounge chairs
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Mohair, Walnut

Pair of Adrian Pearsall Gondola Lounge Chairs
Pair of Adrian Pearsall Gondola Lounge Chairs
H 44.5 in W 37.25 in D 23.5 in
Adrian Pearsall 'Gondola' Button-Tufted Chairs for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Dallas, TX
mid-century “Atomic Age.” Adrian Pearsall is credited with the creation of long and low gondola sofas
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall per Craft Associates Mid-Century ArmChairs, 1970
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Rome, IT
his taste for exaggeratedly high-backed armchairs and gondola-shaped sofas; all characterized by
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Velvet, Beech

Adrian Pearsall Per Craft Associates Mid-Century Dormeuse, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
specializes in wooden furniture, which will become Pearsall's hallmark in its coffee tables and sofas. During
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Superb gondola sofa by Adrian Pearsall. Newly reupholstered. Walnut side tables and base. Super
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa
H 28.5 in W 144 in D 36 in
Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage sculptural Gondola sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates USA, circa 1965
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa
Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa
H 30 in W 103 in D 33 in
Fantastic Lime Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Mount Penn, PA
Great shape fabric waffle design upholstered couch made by Adrian Pearsall, during the 1970s. In
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Sculptural Gondola Sofa by Adrian Pearsall
Located in Dallas, TX
Lounge on this luscious gondola sofa by Adrian Pearsall from the 1960s. Freshly reupholstered and
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Adrian Pearsall Style Gondola Sofa by Bassett Prestige
By Bassett Furniture
Located in New London, CT
long gondola-shaped sofa is trimmed in the classically Pearsall - like solid light walnut. Frame.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut, Fabric

Midcentury Pearsall Style Sofa by Rowe
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Norcross, GA
Beautiful gondola style sofa in the style of Adrian Pearsall made by Rowe. Sofa has been re
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut

Rare Adrian Pearsall Iron Sofa
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Merced, CA
Offered by F & F Vintage, rare iron framed ‘gondola’ sofa/daybed designed by Adrian Pearsall for
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Iron

Rare Adrian Pearsall Iron Sofa
Rare Adrian Pearsall Iron Sofa
H 30 in W 102 in D 30 in
Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa, circa 1960
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Culver City, CA
Adrian Pearsall Gondola sofa, circa 1960. Newly upholstered in Maharam fabric on original walnut
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa for Crafts Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Adrian Pearsall Gondola sofa for Crafts Associates.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Wood, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall 'Gondola" Sofa for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautifully restored Adrian Pearsall 'Gondola" sofa model 2408 for Craft Associates. This sofa and
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Classic Adrian Pearsall Gondola sofa for Craft Associates refinished and re-upholstered in
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

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Pearsall Gondola Couch For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal pearsall gondola couch for your home. Each pearsall gondola couch for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, fabric and walnut. There are many kinds of the pearsall gondola couch you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. A pearsall gondola couch made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made pearsall gondola couch over the years, but those crafted by Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates and Bassett Furniture are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Pearsall Gondola Couch?

The average selling price for a pearsall gondola couch at 1stDibs is $6,118, while they’re typically $1,650 on the low end and $19,500 for the highest priced.

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 sofas for You

Black leather, silk velvet cushions, breathable bouclé fabric — when shopping for antique or vintage sofas, today’s couch connoisseurs have much to choose from in terms of style and shape. But it wasn’t always thus. 

The sofa is typically defined as a long upholstered seat that features a back and arms and is intended for two or more people. While the term “couch” comes from the Old French couche, meaning to lie down, and sofa has Eastern origins, both are forms of divan, a Turkish word that means an elongated cushioned seat. Bench-like seating in Ancient Greece, which was padded with soft blankets, was called klinai. No matter how you spell it, sofa just means comfort, at least it does today.

In the early days of sofa design, upholstery consisted of horsehair or dried moss. Sofas that originated in countries such as France during the 17th century were more integral to decor than they were to comfort. Like most Baroque furnishings from the region, they frequently comprised heavy, gilded mahogany frames and were upholstered in floral Beauvais tapestry. Today, options abound when it comes to style and material, with authentic leather offerings and classy steel settees. Plush, velvet chesterfields represent the platonic ideal of coziness

Vladimir Kagan’s iconic sofa designs, such as the Crescent and the Serpentine — which, like the sectional sofas of the 1960s created by furniture makers such as Harvey Probber, are quite popular among mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts — showcase the spectrum of style available to modern consumers. Those looking to make a statement can turn to Studio 65’s lip-shaped Bocca sofa, which was inspired by the work of Salvador Dalí. Elsewhere, the furniture of the 1970s evokes an era when experimentation ruled, or at least provided a reason to break the rules. Just about every area of society felt a sudden urge to be wayward, to push boundaries — and buttons. Vintage leather sofas of that decade are characterized by a rare blending of the showy and organic.

With so many options, it’s important to explore and find the perfect furniture for your space. Paying attention to the lines of the cushions as well as the flow from the backrest into the arms is crucial to identifying a cohesive new piece for your home or office.

Fortunately, with styles from every era — and even round sofas — there’s a luxurious piece for every space. Deck out your living room with an Art Deco lounge or go retro with a nostalgic '80s design. No matter your sitting vision, the right piece is waiting for you in the expansive collection of unique sofas on 1stDibs.