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Postmodern Chair by Thayer Coggin
By Thayer Coggin
Located in New York, NY
Dramatic form Postmodern chair by Thayer Coggin. This example is in original condition, the fabric
Category

Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

  • Postmodern Chair by Thayer Coggin
  • Postmodern Chair by Thayer Coggin
  • Postmodern Chair by Thayer Coggin
  • Postmodern Chair by Thayer Coggin
H 32.5 in. W 21 in. D 27 in.
Set of 4 High Back Postmodern Chairs Form Mørkøv Møbelindustri Aps, 1980s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Set of 4 high back postmodern chairs, made by Danish company Mørkøv Møbelindustri ApS who is still
Category

Vintage 1980s Danish Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

1980s Vintage Postmodern Chairs in Upholstery with Brass, a Pair
By Milo Baughman
Located in Chicago, IL
what’s important. Redo in your favorite fabric. I’ve never seen chairs like this before. Dimensions
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20th Century American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

1980s Postmodern Chairs in the Style of Vladimir Kagan, a Pair
Located in Chicago, IL
× 31"H Styles: Minimalism, Modern, Postmodern Seat height: 17.0 in Styled after: Vladimir Kagan
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20th Century American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Textile

4 Postmodern Cidue Chairs
By Cidue
Located in Denver, CO
Set of 4 Postmodern chairs with pop of purple and metallic by Cidue, Italy, circa 1980s.
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Art Deco Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

  • 4 Postmodern Cidue Chairs
  • 4 Postmodern Cidue Chairs
  • 4 Postmodern Cidue Chairs
  • 4 Postmodern Cidue Chairs
H 28 in. W 22 in. D 22 in.
Postmodern Chair and Ottoman by Thayer Coggin
By David Snyder, Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Rare geometric chair and ottoman, with a very postmodern feel. Love the linear lines and shapes
Category

20th Century Minimalist Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Postmodern Chrome Chairs Maurizio Cattelan, Italy, 1980s
By Maurizio Cattelan
Located in Den Haag, NL
Two Postmodern chairs. Design Maurizio Cattelan. High gloss Chrome base comes with the original
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Robert Venturi Chippendale Chairs for Knoll
By Robert Venturi
Located in Birmingham, AL
A pair of Postmodern chairs by Robert Venturi in black laminate and plywood with original red wool
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Wool, Laminate, Plywood

Pair of Postmodern Chairs in Cream Leather Bottega Side Chair by Frag, Italy
By Mario Bellini, Frag
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful pair of leather wrapped chairs engineered for support, harmonic sheet steel back flexes
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

1980s Postmodern Sculptural Chairs in the Style of Jaymar, a Pair
By Jaymar
Located in Chicago, IL
Super cool and comfortable postmodern chairs. Great angles, they look good from all directions. The
Category

20th Century American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Textile

Set of 2 Postmodern Minimalist French Chairs 'Lune D'argent' by Pascal Mourgue
By Pascal Mourgue
Located in Zagreb, HR
Set of 2 vintage postmodern chairs 'Lune d'Argent' (Silver Moon) by the French designer Pascal
Category

Vintage 1980s French Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set of Ten Post Modern Aluminum and Steel Dining Chairs by Cidue, Italy, 1980s
By Cidue
Located in Miami, FL
Set of ten Postmodern chairs rendered in black enameled steel frame and cold rolled aluminum seat
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel, Aluminum

Geatano Pesce "Nobody's Perfect" Chair
By Gaetano Pesce
Located in Brooklyn, NY
One-of-a-kind "Nobody's Perfect" postmodern chair designed by Gaetano Pesce for Zerodesigno. This
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Side Chairs

Materials

Resin

  • Geatano Pesce "Nobody's Perfect" Chair
  • Geatano Pesce "Nobody's Perfect" Chair
  • Geatano Pesce "Nobody's Perfect" Chair
  • Geatano Pesce "Nobody's Perfect" Chair
H 36.5 in. W 21.5 in. D 36.5 in.
Chairs in Blue Fabric & Metal Frame, 1980s
Located in Antwerp, BE
chair; Mid-Century Modern; Industrial; Minimalist; Postmodern; Chairs with blue upholstery and a
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Vintage 1980s European Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

  • Chairs in Blue Fabric & Metal Frame, 1980s
  • Chairs in Blue Fabric & Metal Frame, 1980s
  • Chairs in Blue Fabric & Metal Frame, 1980s
  • Chairs in Blue Fabric & Metal Frame, 1980s
H 27.56 in. W 20.08 in. D 20.48 in.
Pair of Curved Steel Sinus Chairs by Karl Friedrich Förster
By Karl Friedrich Förster
Located in London, GB
Statement postmodern chair by German designer, Karl Friedrich Förster. Featuring leather seat and
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Vintage 1980s German Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Postmodern Ettore Sottsass Pink Dining Chair for Leitner
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Antwerp, BE
Pink, Sottsass, Leitner, Postmodern, chair, 1980s dining chair with and expressive burl veneer
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Burl, Lacquer

Postmodern Vintage Chairs in Style of Cassina 501 Göteborg Chairs Cassina, 1980s
Located in Zagreb, HR
A set of 4 'Modres' vintage postmodern chairs, designed by Mladen Oresic and produced by TMN Jadran
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Vintage 1980s Croatian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Geatano Pesce "Nobody's Perfect" Chair
By Gaetano Pesce
Located in Brooklyn, NY
One of a kind "Nobody's Perfect" postmodern chair designed by Gaetano Pesce for Zerodesigno. This
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Resin

  • Geatano Pesce "Nobody's Perfect" Chair
  • Geatano Pesce "Nobody's Perfect" Chair
  • Geatano Pesce "Nobody's Perfect" Chair
  • Geatano Pesce "Nobody's Perfect" Chair
H 36.5 in. W 21.5 in. D 36.5 in.
Postmodern Bent Fork Chair
By Claes Oldenburg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Giant fork pop art chair - a true conversation piece. It's whimsical & functional. A win-win. Add
Category

20th Century Unknown Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

  • Postmodern Bent Fork Chair
  • Postmodern Bent Fork Chair
  • Postmodern Bent Fork Chair
  • Postmodern Bent Fork Chair
H 34.5 in. W 22 in. D 44 in.
Postmodern Steel Three-Leg Chair
By Memphis Group
Located in Miami, FL
Unique chair composed of 3 legs with a round vinyl seat, 1980s.
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

  • Postmodern Steel Three-Leg Chair
  • Postmodern Steel Three-Leg Chair
  • Postmodern Steel Three-Leg Chair
  • Postmodern Steel Three-Leg Chair
H 31 in. W 21 in. D 18 in.
Postmodern Ethnic Chair, France, 1980
Located in Lisboa, PT
Postmodern ethnic chair. France, 1980.
Category

20th Century French French Provincial Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

  • Postmodern Ethnic Chair, France, 1980
  • Postmodern Ethnic Chair, France, 1980
  • Postmodern Ethnic Chair, France, 1980
  • Postmodern Ethnic Chair, France, 1980
H 57.09 in. W 20.28 in. D 37.8 in.
Whimsical Postmodern Cardboard Sculptural Chair
By Frank Gehry
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Whimsical cardboard sculptural chair. Reminiscent of Frank Gehry. Surprisingly comfortable. Adds
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Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Paper

  • Whimsical Postmodern Cardboard Sculptural Chair
  • Whimsical Postmodern Cardboard Sculptural Chair
  • Whimsical Postmodern Cardboard Sculptural Chair
  • Whimsical Postmodern Cardboard Sculptural Chair
H 34.26 in. W 20.08 in. D 22.45 in.
Black Oak and Leather Arco Dining Chairs
Located in Antwerp, BE
Postmodern chair by Arco, The Netherlands, ebonized oak and saddle leather chairs, the 1980s
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Late 20th Century European Post-Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

  • Black Oak and Leather Arco Dining Chairs
  • Black Oak and Leather Arco Dining Chairs
  • Black Oak and Leather Arco Dining Chairs
  • Black Oak and Leather Arco Dining Chairs
H 30.32 in. W 21.66 in. D 18.9 in.
Postmodern Club Chairs, 1980
Located in Chicago, IL
Postmodern club chairs, 1980. Original ultra suede.
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Ultrasuede

  • Postmodern Club Chairs, 1980
  • Postmodern Club Chairs, 1980
  • Postmodern Club Chairs, 1980
  • Postmodern Club Chairs, 1980
H 34.000 in. W 29.000 in. D 25.000 in.
Postmodern Sculptural Scroll Lounge Chair
By Marge Carson, Milo Baughman
Located in Houston, TX
Postmodern sculptural scroll lounge chair. This stunning modernist lounge chair which terminates in
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Vintage 1980s Unknown Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Ultrasuede

  • Postmodern Sculptural Scroll Lounge Chair
  • Postmodern Sculptural Scroll Lounge Chair
  • Postmodern Sculptural Scroll Lounge Chair
  • Postmodern Sculptural Scroll Lounge Chair
H 34.25 in. W 27.25 in. D 35 in.
Postmodern Tan Leather Lounge Chair
By Mario Bellini
Located in Chicago, IL
Postmodern tan leather lounge chair. Original condition.
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Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

  • Postmodern Tan Leather Lounge Chair
  • Postmodern Tan Leather Lounge Chair
  • Postmodern Tan Leather Lounge Chair
  • Postmodern Tan Leather Lounge Chair
H 29 in. W 26 in. D 32 in.
Highback Pair of Postmodern Lounge Chairs
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Lines line lines. These gorgeous chair are begging to be modernized. The boned are great but the
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Postmodern-Inspired Accent Chair and Sculpture, Behsheen Chair
By Kouros Maghsoudi
Located in New York, NY
Chair invites you to literally get down with your guests. The Behsheen Chair comes with or without the
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2010s American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Robert Whitton Prototype Postmodern 1980’s Chair
By Robert Whitton
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Robert Whitton one off aluminum chair circa late 1980's. This architectural example has been newly
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Postmodern Deco Revival Polished Brass Arm Chair
Located in W Allenhurst, NJ
Unique fun Post-Modern arm chair. Polished brass with vinyl upholstry. Great horseshoe design with
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20th Century Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Postmodern Barrel Swivel Chairs, 1980
By Milo Baughman
Located in Chicago, IL
Postmodern barrel swivel chairs, 1980's. Original.
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Postmodern Cantilever Chrome and Black Chair, 6
Located in New York, NY
American Postmodern series of six cantilever chrome chairs, upholstered with black leather
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Postmodern White Micro Suede Lounge Chairs
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Amazing pair of vintage Postmodern lounge chairs. Features a white micro suede upholstery with
Category

Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Postmodern White Fabric Lounge Chairs, Pair
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Exceptional pair of two Postmodern lounge chairs. Each feature a white fabric with skirts and
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Fabric

1970's Postmodern Slipper Lounge Chair
Located in Chicago, IL
1970 postmodern Slipper Lounge Chair, 1970. Original upholstery in great vintage condition.
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

  • 1970's Postmodern Slipper Lounge Chair
  • 1970's Postmodern Slipper Lounge Chair
  • 1970's Postmodern Slipper Lounge Chair
  • 1970's Postmodern Slipper Lounge Chair
H 28 in. W 34 in. D 31 in.
Postmodern Pair Lounge Chairs Boucle, 1980
Located in Chicago, IL
Postmodern pair lounge chairs, 1980. Grey textured boucle.
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Bouclé

  • Postmodern Pair Lounge Chairs Boucle, 1980
  • Postmodern Pair Lounge Chairs Boucle, 1980
  • Postmodern Pair Lounge Chairs Boucle, 1980
  • Postmodern Pair Lounge Chairs Boucle, 1980
H 30.98 in. W 29 in. D 35 in.
Pair of Postmodern Suede Slipper Chairs
Located in Surbiton, GB
A pair of sculptural Postmodern slipper chairs in stone coloured suede. Dimensions (cm, approx
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Late 20th Century Unknown Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Suede

  • Pair of Postmodern Suede Slipper Chairs
  • Pair of Postmodern Suede Slipper Chairs
  • Pair of Postmodern Suede Slipper Chairs
  • Pair of Postmodern Suede Slipper Chairs
H 32.29 in. W 22.45 in. D 30.71 in.
Postmodern-Inspired Accent Chair and Sculpture, Behsheen Chair with Hole
By Kouros Maghsoudi
Located in New York, NY
Chair invites you to literally get down with your guests. The Behsheen Chair comes with or without the
Category

2010s American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Pair of Postmodern High Back Italian Chairs
Located in Surbiton, GB
Pair of late 20th Century Italian high back chairs with black lacquered wooden frames and off white
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of Postmodern High Back Italian Chairs
  • Pair of Postmodern High Back Italian Chairs
  • Pair of Postmodern High Back Italian Chairs
  • Pair of Postmodern High Back Italian Chairs
H 51.19 in. W 22.05 in. D 20.48 in.
Postmodern Chrome Sling Accent Lounge Chair
By Milo Baughman
Located in Basel, BS
Great petit brown 70s reading chair. Very stylish and chic post modern chrome sling chair style. It
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20th Century Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Brueton Postmodern Tripod Chairs, 1980’s
By Brueton
Located in Chicago, IL
Brueton post modern tripod chairs, 1980’s. Stainless steel 3 leg frames with original black
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

1980s Postmodern Arc Chairs, a Pair
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful chairs in excellent condition. These would be lovely in a living room or bedroom. Chairs
Category

Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

  • 1980s Postmodern Arc Chairs, a Pair
  • 1980s Postmodern Arc Chairs, a Pair
  • 1980s Postmodern Arc Chairs, a Pair
  • 1980s Postmodern Arc Chairs, a Pair
H 31 in. W 30 in. D 30 in.
Sottsass Inspired Memphis Milano Chair, Italian Design, Postmodern
By Ettore Sottsass
Located in Antwerp, BE
Postmodern Memphis style chair, Italy, the 1970's. As a typical characteristic of Memphis, The
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Postmodern Leather BOBO Easy Chair by Dietmar Sharping
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Postmodern black leather Bobo easy chair. Bobo was designed by German architect Dietmar Scharping
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1990s American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Sarapis Philippe Starck Chair Postmodern Minimal in Stock
By Philippe Starck, Driade
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Sarapis designed by Philippe Starck for Driade. Collectable piece of 1980s Starck works. Bar chair
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

1980s Sculptural Postmodern Distressed Leather Chair
By Jaymar
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning, sculptural, and comfortable. Still not sure if I want to sell this:) No labels but in the style of Jaymar. The leather is gorgeous but has markings as shown. Perhaps a g...
Category

Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Postmodern Barrel Back Lounge Chairs, 1980
Located in Chicago, IL
Postmodern pair of barrel back lounge chairs in brown velvet, 1980. Original upholstery.
Category

Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Velvet

  • Postmodern Barrel Back Lounge Chairs, 1980
  • Postmodern Barrel Back Lounge Chairs, 1980
  • Postmodern Barrel Back Lounge Chairs, 1980
  • Postmodern Barrel Back Lounge Chairs, 1980
H 27.50 in. W 27 in. D 26 in.
Postmodern Reclining Metal Wire Chairs, 1980
Located in Chicago, IL
Post Modern reclining metal wire chairs, 1980      
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

  • Postmodern Reclining Metal Wire Chairs, 1980
  • Postmodern Reclining Metal Wire Chairs, 1980
  • Postmodern Reclining Metal Wire Chairs, 1980
  • Postmodern Reclining Metal Wire Chairs, 1980
H 34 in. W 27.99 in. D 37.99 in.
Postmodern Sculptural Ribbon Lounge Chair, 1980
By Pierre Paulin
Located in Chicago, IL
Postmodern sculptural ribbon lounge chair, 1980. Original upholstery. In the style of Pierre Paulin.
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Vintage Postmodern Triangle Back Dining Chairs, Set of 4
Located in west palm beach, FL
A fabulous set of 4 vintage Postmodern dining chairs. A chic triangle band back design in a
Category

Late 20th Century North American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Postmodern Danish Black Leather Lounge Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Postmodern Danish Black Leather Lounge Chair This chair measures: 31 wide x 28 deep x 39.5 high
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

1970's Sculptural Postmodern Lounge Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
1970's sculptural postmodern lounge chairs. Original black vinyl upholstery and in very good
Category

Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather

  • 1970's Sculptural Postmodern Lounge Chairs
  • 1970's Sculptural Postmodern Lounge Chairs
  • 1970's Sculptural Postmodern Lounge Chairs
  • 1970's Sculptural Postmodern Lounge Chairs
H 30.980 in. W 29 in. D 34 in.
Postmodern Design Chair by Pierantonio Bonacina, Italy, 1990's
By Pierantonio Bonacina
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Postmodern Modern Italian Design dining chair by Pierantonio Bonacina, made in Italy 1990's. Steer
Category

1990s Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Postmodern Barrel Leather Chairs by Leolux, 1970
By Leolux
Located in Chicago, IL
Postmodern barrel leather chairs by Leolux, 1970. Original leather with beautiful patina. Sofa is
Category

Vintage 1970s Dutch Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Jay Stanger Sculptural Postmodern "Howard's Chair", Dated 1989
Located in Miami, FL
Jay Stanger Sculptural Postmodern "Howard's Chair", Dated 1989 Offered for sale is "Howard's Chair
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Oversized Postmodern Directional Lounge Chairs, a Pair
By Directional
Located in Chicago, IL
very well made and great statement chairs! Dimensions: 37"W × 31"D × 34"H Styles: Postmodern Seat
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20th Century American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Textile

Boucle Postmodern Tubular Lounge Chairs, 1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Boucle Post Modern tubular lounge chairs, 1970. The seat cantilevers out from the back floating
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Bouclé

  • Boucle Postmodern Tubular Lounge Chairs, 1970
  • Boucle Postmodern Tubular Lounge Chairs, 1970
  • Boucle Postmodern Tubular Lounge Chairs, 1970
  • Boucle Postmodern Tubular Lounge Chairs, 1970
H 26.000 in. W 29.250 in. D 21.000 in.
1980s, Postmodern Arc Lounge Chairs, Pair
Located in Chicago, IL
What fun lines. The arc, the button tufting, the extra wide seat…so love these chairs. In original
Category

Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Fabric

Pair TOTEM Chairs for Westnofa Design by Torstein Nilsen, Norway
By Westnofa Furniture, Torstein Nilsen
Located in Buffalo, NY
. This Fan, or TOTEM chairs feature stunning black lacquer frames. These Postmodern chair have a
Category

Vintage 1980s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Postmodern Purple Parsons Dining Chairs, 6 Chairs
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Amazing set of 6 postmodern parsons chairs. Features a purple fabric.  
Category

Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric

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Postmodern Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the postmodern chair you’re looking for. Each postmodern chair for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, fabric and wood. Find 247 options for an antique or vintage postmodern chair now, or shop our selection of 4 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the postmodern chair you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A postmodern chair made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one postmodern chair that is appealing in its simplicity, but Philippe Starck, Calligaris and Ikea produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Postmodern Chair?

Prices for a postmodern chair start at $50 and top out at $22,925 with the average selling for $2,750.

A Close Look at post-modern Furniture

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

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.