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Kent Coffey Perspecta Mid Century Walnut Dining Chairs - Set of 6
By Kent-Coffey
Located in Elkton, MD
Great set of 6 Kent Coffey Perspecta Mid Century Walnut Dining Chairs
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Kent Coffey Perspecta Walnut Nightstands - Set of 2
By Kent-Coffey
Located in Clarksboro, NJ
This listing is for a pair of Mid-Century Modern Kent Coffey Perspecta Walnut Nightstands
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Wood, Rosewood, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Kent Coffey Perspecta Walnut Nightstands - Set of 2
By Kent-Coffey
Located in Clarksboro, NJ
This listing is for a pair of Mid-Century Modern Kent Coffey Perspecta Walnut Nightstands
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Wood, Rosewood, Walnut

Modern Perspecta Kent Coffey Dresser
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern server features nine drawers with wood sculpted pulls on a set of sturdy legs by
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Walnut

Modern Perspecta Kent Coffey Dresser
Modern Perspecta Kent Coffey Dresser
H 31.25 in W 64.25 in D 19 in
Kent Coffey Perspecta Mid Century Walnut Dining Chairs, Set of 6
By Kent-Coffey
Located in Countryside, IL
Kent Coffey perspecta mid century walnut dining chairs - Set of 6 These chairs measure: 23.75
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Kent Coffey Perspecta Mid Century Walnut Dining Chairs, Set of 6
By Kent-Coffey
Located in Countryside, IL
Kent Coffey Perspecta mid century walnut dining chairs - Set of 6 These chairs measure: 20.5
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Kent Coffey Perspecta Dining Table
By Kent-Coffey
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique midcentury walnut dining table is set on two sturdy industrial style metal pedestal
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Walnut

Kent Coffey Perspecta Midcentury Walnut and Rosewood Armoire/Highboy
By Kent-Coffey
Located in Wilton, CT
Offering a sweet piece of nostalgia with this iconic Kent Coffey Perspecta midcentury Armoire
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Rosewood, Walnut

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Mid-Century Modern Kent Coffey Perspecta Walnut Nightstands - Set of 2
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Located in Clarksboro, NJ
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Kent Coffey Perspecta Mid Century Walnut Dining Chairs, Set of 6
By Kent-Coffey
Located in Countryside, IL
Kent Coffey Perspecta mid century walnut dining chairs - set of 6 Each chair measures: 19.5 wide
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Mid-Century Modern Kent Coffey Perspecta Walnut Dining Chairs - Set of 6
By Kent-Coffey
Located in Clarksboro, NJ
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Located in Trenton, NJ
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Set of 6 Mid Century Walnut Dining Chairs by Kent Coffey
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Located in Redding, CT
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Kent Coffey "Perspecta" Bedroom Set
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Located in Brooklyn, NY
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H 31 in W 77.5 in D 20.5 in
Stunning Midcentury Kent Coffey Perspecta Bedroom Set
By Kent-Coffey
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This impressive vintage modern bedroom set by Kent Coffey features a two-tone design with walnut
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Mid-Century Kent Coffey Perspecta Cats-Eye Walnut Dining Chairs, Set of 6
By Kent-Coffey
Located in Clarksboro, NJ
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Perspecta Set For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal perspecta set for your home. A perspecta set — often made from wood, walnut and fabric — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect perspecta set — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. When you’re browsing for the right perspecta set, those designed in Mid-Century Modern styles are of considerable interest.

How Much is a Perspecta Set?

A perspecta set can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,595, while the lowest priced sells for $1,295 and the highest can go for as much as $6,500.

Kent-Coffey for sale on 1stDibs

Established in 1907 by Finley H. Coffey and Dr. A.A. Kent, a contemporary and competitor of furniture makers John Bernhardt and James Broyhill, the Kent-Coffey Manufacturing Company in Lenoir, North Carolina, developed a name for itself by designing and mass-producing durable, affordable and stylish bedroom furniture, dressers, tables and other items.

Consider Kent-Coffey a precursor to IKEA, with sturdy oak and mahogany furniture rather than particleboard structures and an American-design bent rather than a Swedish one. The company's mid-century modern furniture, under the leadership of Finley’s son Harold, took off. A magazine ad from the era for the brand’s Perspecta collection positioned a minimalist bedroom set front and center, with its walnut and rosewood dresser, an elegant nine-drawer piece that rested on tapered legs and featured gorgeous sculptural details carved into its drawer fronts, occupying most of the page’s real estate. The materials for Kent-Coffey furniture were sourced locally, as the company touted its relationship with the Lilly Company in nearby High Points, North Carolina, as a supplier of its mahogany, for example.

In 1964, Kent-Coffey Manufacturing Company was sold to Magnavox (but reportedly operated as a wholly owned subsidiary thereafter), and later, in 1983, the company became part of the furniture branch of the Singer Company (of the sewing-machine fame). Singer shuttered its furniture division in the late 1990s.

Today, as is the case with most of the sophisticated furniture designed in postwar America, work that originated at Kent-Coffey is hard to come by. 

Previously owned walnut headboards and vintage bedroom dressers with Formica tops from the company’s Perspecta line and sandalwood continental dressers, for example, are highly valued by collectors. Kent-Coffey’s various mid-century modern lines — such as Goldenaire and Town House — were always clearly branded with identifiers such as drawer markings or stamps on the underside of its coveted end tables.

Find vintage Kent-Coffey case pieces and cabinets, nightstands and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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

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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.