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Italian Midcentury Office Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian 1960s swivel office chair metal frame base with the new leather upholstery.  
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Retro Italian Midcentury Office Chair
Italian Midcentury Office Chair
H 32 in W 23.5 in D 20 in
Midcentury Office Chair with Tufted Seat and Back
Located in Germantown, MD
A rare midcentury metal swiveling office chair on wheels with PU leather seat and back cushion
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal, Iron

Mid-century Office Chairs by Steelcase
By Steelcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of four armchairs by Steelcase Furniture. Polished chrome frames are sturdy and modern. Please confirm location NY or NJ
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Chrome

Retro Mid-century Office Chairs by Steelcase
Mid-century Office Chairs by Steelcase
H 32 in W 22.75 in D 23 in
Mid-Century Office Chair Czechoslovakia, circa 1960
Located in Prague 8, CZ
This armchair was made in the 1960´s. It can be used as an office chair or lounge chair. Typical
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Fabric, Wood, Beech

Mid-century Office Chairs by Stol Kamnik Bauhause Style 1980s Set of 2
By Stol Kamnik
Located in Miklavž Pri Taboru, SI
A pair of beautiful office chairs by Stol Kamnik were made in the mid-80s in Yugoslavia (designed
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Mid-20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Set of 4 Blue Velca Legnano Midcentury Office Chairs
By Velca Legnano
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This set of four Italian office chairs from the 1950s was made by Velca Legnano (for Jules Wabbes
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

1950s Mid Century Modern Office Chair by Jorge Rasmussen
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid-century office chair designed and manufactured by Jorgen Rasmussen in Denmark circa 1950s. This
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Bentwood

Pierre Jeanneret Teak Mid-Century "Office Chair" for Chandigarh, India, 1950s
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare "office chair" in teak designed by Pierre Jeanneret for his and Le Corbusier's Chandigarh
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1950s Indian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Rattan, Teak

Pair of Mid Century Office Chairs in Teak by Pierre Jeanneret for Chandigarh
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Stockholm, SE
Very rare pair matching of mid century office / dining chairs by Pierre Jeanneret in teak and
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1950s Indian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Rattan, Teak

Do More Office Chair Mid-Century Modern Industrial USA
Located in Chula Vista, CA
AMBIANIC presents Do More Office Chair Mid-Century Modern industrial era. Domore Chair Company, Inc
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Steel

Vintage Sikes Wooden Swivel Office Chair
By Sikes Chair Company
Located in Munster, IN
Industrial beauty at its most ingenious - this vintage Sikes swivel office chair is a treasure
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Vintage Sikes Wooden Swivel Office Chair
Vintage Sikes Wooden Swivel Office Chair
H 34.5 in W 21.5 in D 21.5 in
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-century rolling office chairs with modern style design. Soft plastic back rest and cushioned
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs
H 36.75 in W 24.75 in D 22 in
Mid-Century Modern Black Leather Office Chair
Located in North York, ON
Mid-Century Modern black leather office chair. America, circa 1970s. Restored in all new Italian
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Curved Leather Office Chair
Located in North York, ON
Mid-Century Modern curved leather office chair. America, circa 1970s. Original Mid-Century Modern
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Stainless Steel

GREGSON Mid 20th Century Black Vinyl Office Chair
By Gregson Manufacturing Company
Located in Charlotte, NC
A vintage Traditional style office side chair by Gregson Manufacturing, of Liberty, North Carolina
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Mid-20th Century American American Classical Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Design Leather Office Chair, Italy, 1988
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Design leather office desk chair, made in Italy, 1988
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Faux Fur Office Desk Chair
Located in North York, ON
Mid-Century Modern faux fur office desk chair. Unique white faux fur fabric resting atop polished
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1980s American Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Vintage Mid Century Modern Office Chair Chrome and Green Vinyl.
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Office Chair with Olive Green Vinyl Seat Cushioning, Chrome Toned Legs and Back. No makers
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Mid-Century Danish Modern Rosewood Desk Office Side Chair Armchair
Located in Wayne, NJ
Mid-Century Danish modern rosewood desk office side armchair. If you are in the New Jersey , New
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Other

Gordon Russell Mid Century Bauhaus Style Teak and Chrome Office chair
Located in Bishop's Stortford, GB
Gordon Russell Mid Century Bauhaus Style Teak and Chrome Office chair, reupholstered in a Boucle
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Chrome

Vintage Rolling Office Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage rolling office chair combines black vinyl upholstery with wooden armrests and a
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Vintage Rolling Office Chair
Vintage Rolling Office Chair
H 37 in W 25 in D 27 in
Mid-Century Swivel Green Office Chair by Umberto Mascagni, Italy, 1950s
By Umberto Mascagni
Located in Miklavž Pri Taboru, SI
Midcentury swivel green office chair by Umberto Mascagni made in Italy in the 1950s. The vinyl used
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Faux Leather

Mid-Century Modern Max Stacker Conference Office Chairs by Steelcase, 1970s
By Steelcase
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Max Max-Stacker office conference room chairs by Steelcase in iconic orange
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Design Skai Leather Office Chair Set, Italy, 1950s
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian Design Skai leather office armchair set of 2. Made in Italy
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Charles Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Upholstered Shell Office Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Countryside, IL
Charles Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century upholstered shell office chair This chair measures
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal, Chrome

Mid Century Modern Vintage Black Office Chair by Arne Jacobsen 1950s, Denmark
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century modern vintage black swivel office chair, which is an early model, designed by Arne
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Plywood

Mid-century office desk chairs Stol Kamnik Yugoslavia 1980s Set of 2
By Stol Kamnik
Located in Miklavž Pri Taboru, SI
The pair of very comfortable office swivel chairs created in Yugoslavia in the 1980s in the
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Mid-20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Mid Century Wooden Teak Office Dining Chair by Pierre Jeanneret Produced, 1950s
By Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare mid century wooden dining office chair in teak and rattan by Pierre Jeanneret / Le Corbusier
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1950s Indian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Rattan, Teak

Office Chair in Wood, Steel and Leather, Carlo Fongaro, Brazilian Mid-Century
By Carlo Fongaro
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
This chair is an exemplar of Brazilian design from the mid-20th century, attributed to the skilled
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Steel

Pierre Jeanneret Mid Century Wooden Office Chair in Teak & Rattan Produced 1950s
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare mid century dining / office wooden chair in teak and rattan by Pierre Jeanneret produced for
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1950s Indian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Rattan, Teak

Mid Century Executive Swivel Office Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chino Hills, CA
Discover the pinnacle of mid-century design with this exquisite Executive Swivel Office Chair by
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Mid-century office desk chairs Stol Kamnik Yugoslavia 1980s Set of 2
By Stol Kamnik
Located in Miklavž Pri Taboru, SI
The pair of very comfortable office swivel chairs created in Yugoslavia in the 1980s in the
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Mid-20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Faux Leather

Mid-Century Modern Red Office Chair Modus by Osvaldo Borsani, Italy 1970
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern Red Office Chair Modus 5 with Armrests by Osvaldo Borsani, Italy 1970s. Elevate
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Aluminum

Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Padded Fiberglass Teal Swivel Office Chair
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Countryside, IL
Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century Padded Fiberglass Teal Swivel Office Chair This swivel office
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Mid Century Modern Vintage Aluminum Office Desk Chair Ray & Charles Eames 1958
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage office chair or desk chair EA 124 by Charles & Ray Eames, which features
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Aluminum

Mid Century Modern Office Chair with arms by Saarinen for Knoll. Circa 1970s
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Mid Century Modern Office Chair with arms by Saarinen for Knoll. Circa 1970s Feature the
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Twill, Upholstery

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Rosewood Side or Office Chairs with Upholstered Seat
Located in Nantucket, MA
Pair of Mid-Century Modern solid rosewood side or office chairs with a slightly curved back for
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Mid-20th Century British British Colonial Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Upholstery

Mid Century Office Dining Chair in Teak by Pierre Jeanneret for Chandigarh 1950s
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare mid century office dining chair in solid stained teak and rattan by Pierre Jeanneret / Le
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1950s Indian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Rattan, Teak

Executive Model DoMore Swivel Desk Office Chair Model 616 c 1950/1960's
By General Fireproofing Company
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional Industrial, Mid Century swivel office, desk chair by The DoMore Chair Company. The
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Steel, Chrome

1980s Reupholstered Office Chair by Stylex, Inc. In Mid-Century Modern Fabric
Located in Medina, OH
Reupholstered office chair by Stylex, Inc. in a mid-century modern flame stitch woven fabric. This
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1980s Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Fabric

Pierre Jeanneret Office Chair
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Soho, London, GB
Office chairs from the administrative buildings of Chandigarh (PJ-SI-28-B).  
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Teak

Pierre Jeanneret Office Chair
Pierre Jeanneret Office Chair
H 28.35 in W 19.3 in D 19.69 in
Set of Five Jury, Bank of England Style Office, Desk or Dining Chairs
By Gunlocke, B.L. Marble Chair Co.
Located in New York, NY
Nice set of five oak office, or desk chairs, constricted of solid oak, all are in structurally
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Oak

Original "Thonet" Office Chair
By Thonet
Located in Medina, OH
"Thonet" office arm chair in its original fabric. "Thonet" stamped under chair. It is in great
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Upholstery, Oak, Bentwood

Original "Thonet" Office Chair
Original "Thonet" Office Chair
H 31.5 in W 22.5 in D 20 in
Neil Frankel for Knoll Mid Century Wheeled Office Lounge Chairs, Set of 6
By Knoll
Located in Countryside, IL
Neil Frankel for Knoll Mid Century wheeled office lounge chairs - Set of 6 These chairs are 28 wide
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Office Chair 3117 by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, 1960s
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Munich, DE
Rare Mid-Century Modern desk or office chair model 3117 with the rare four rolls base. Designed by
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Dark Blue Office Chair Modus 5 by Osvaldo Borsani, Italy 1970
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern Dark Blue Office Chair Modus 5 by Osvaldo Borsani, Italy 1970s. Elevate your
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Aluminum

Rare Vintage Mid-Century German Modern Office Swivel Leather Easy Chair, 1960s
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This office swivel armchair was manufactured in the Germany during the 1960s. The frame is made
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1960s German Minimalist Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal, Chrome

8 Max Pearson for Knoll Mid-Century Modern Red Tulip Swivel Dining Office Chairs
By Max Pearson, Knoll
Located in Dayton, OH
8 Max Pearson for Knoll International red wool upholstered rolling swivel chairs, circa 1960s
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Steel

Chrome Wheel Office Chair
By Kovona
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1970s, Czechoslovakia - Good original condition.
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1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Steel

Chrome Wheel Office Chair
Chrome Wheel Office Chair
H 31.11 in W 21.66 in D 23.23 in
Jorge Zalszupin Commander Office Chair
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in Washington, DC
Handsome vintage Commander Chair designed by Brazilian master Jorge Zalsuzpin. Features a rare gray
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Jorge Zalszupin Commander Office Chair
Jorge Zalszupin Commander Office Chair
H 30.71 in W 25.6 in D 22.84 in
1970s Desk/Office Chair, Italy
Located in Praha, CZ
- newly upholstered - aluminium frame
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Aluminum

1970s Desk/Office Chair, Italy
1970s Desk/Office Chair, Italy
H 19.69 in W 23.63 in D 24.41 in
Edward Wormley Executive Office Chair
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Wormley for Dunbar “In Clover” 932 Executive chair button tufted leather, solid walnut base, brass
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Leather, Wood

Edward Wormley Executive Office Chair
Edward Wormley Executive Office Chair
H 35.5 in W 34 in D 23.5 in
Pair of Pierre Jeanneret Office Chairs
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Soho, London, GB
Pair of office chairs from the administrative offices of Chandigarh (PJ-SI-28-B).  
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Cane, Teak

Pair of Pierre Jeanneret Office Chairs
Pair of Pierre Jeanneret Office Chairs
H 19.69 in W 19.3 in D 28.35 in
Herman Miller High-Back Office Chair
By Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Herman Miller high-back soft pad office chair in black leather, great condition. Stamped with date
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Herman Miller High-Back Office Chair
Herman Miller High-Back Office Chair
H 38.5 in W 24 in D 25.5 in
Clifford Pascoe Desk or Office Chair on Swivel Base
By Clifford Pascoe
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful swiveling office/desk chair designed by Clifford Pascoe and produced by Modern Masters
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Textile, Wood

Vintage Office Chairs Set of Three
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Three office chairs from the 1960 s. Chairs can be sold separately. Chairs are fully functional and
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Metal

Vintage Office Chairs Set of Three
Vintage Office Chairs Set of Three
H 33.5 in W 19 in D 19 in
Office Conference Chairs Leather by Cabot Wrenn
By Cabot Wrenn
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Set of 4 Leather Office Conference Chairs by
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Leather

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair Dimensions. 19 1/2 W ; 18 D ; 30 H Seat Height. 17.
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Wood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
H 30 in W 19.5 in D 30 in
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern chair Dimensions. 18 W ; 37 H ; 17D.
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Wood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
H 37 in W 18 in D 17 in
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Mid-Centuryr Modern Chair Dimensions. 22 1/2 W ; 23 1/2 D ; 32 H Seat Height. 18.
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Retro Mid Century Office Chair

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Wood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair
H 32 in W 22.5 in D 23.5 in
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Retro Mid Century Office Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal retro mid century office chair for your home. Frequently made of wood, metal and fabric, every retro mid century office chair was constructed with great care. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect retro mid century office chair — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. Each retro mid century office chair bearing Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Hollywood Regency hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one retro mid century office chair that is appealing in its simplicity, but Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller and Knoll produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Retro Mid Century Office Chair?

Prices for a retro mid century office chair start at $1 and top out at $204,071 with the average selling for $1,826.

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 legendary 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.

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 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 unique chairs, sofas and other seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.