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Set of Four Russell Woodard Sculptura Chairs
By Russell Woodard
Located in Brooklyn, NY
chairs from Russell Woodard. Great for patio or garden seating. Please confirm location.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal, Wrought Iron

Russell Woodard 'Sculptura' white outdoor armless chairs - 6 available
By Russell Woodard
Located in Asheville, NC
1950s Russell Woodard Sculptura set. Freshly painted in white gloss enamel. No bends or breaks in
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

Set of 4 Vintage Russell Woodard 'Sculptura' Low Dining Chairs
By Russell Woodard
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of 4 vintage 'Sculptura' patio low chairs in matte brown. All-steel construction with woven
Category

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Vintage Mid-Century Modern “Sculptura” Wrought Iron Chairs After Russell Woodard
By Russell Woodard
Located in west palm beach, FL
Capture the essence of mid-century modern Americana with this pair of Vintage MCM Russell Woodard
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Mid Century Modern Sculptura Lounge Rocking Chair by Russell Woodard
By Russell Woodard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and totally restored rocking lounge chair by Russell Woodard. Sand blasted and powder
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Steel

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Russell Woodard “Sculptura” Springer Chairs - a Pair
By Russell Woodard
Located in west palm beach, FL
A stunning pair of vintage MCM outdoor lounge chairs. Made by the iconic Russell Woodard and tagged
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Iron

Russell Woodard Sculptura Wrought Iron Sculptural Garden Patio Dining Arm Chair
By Russell Woodard
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Russell Woodard Sculptura wrought iron sculptural garden patio dining arm chair. Item
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Iron

Mid Century vintage green Russell Woodard Sculptura mesh dining armchairs - 4
By Russell Woodard
Located in Asheville, NC
Set of 4 authentic vintage 1960's Mid Century Modern Russell Woodard green 'Sculptura' wire mesh
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

Russell Woodard Sculptura Wire Armchair in the Style of Eames (A)
By Russell Woodard
Located in Cincinnati, OH
manufactured by the Woodard Furniture Company and designed by Russell Woodard .
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal, Wire

Russell Woodard Sculptura Wire Armchair in the Style of Eames (B)
By Russell Woodard
Located in Cincinnati, OH
manufactured by the Woodard Furniture Company and designed by Russell Woodard .
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal, Wire

Russell Woodard Sculptura Wire Armchair in the Style of Eames (C)
By Russell Woodard
Located in Cincinnati, OH
manufactured by the Woodard Furniture Company and designed by Russell Woodard .
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal, Wire

Pair of Russell Woodard Sculptura Lounge Chairs
By Russell Woodard
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of 1950’s black powder coated “Sculptura” lounge chairs by Russell Woodard. Newly powder
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal

American Mid-Century Modern Sulptura Chair Design by Russell Woodard
By Russell Woodard
Located in San Diego, CA
Designed in 1956 the solid iron chair part of the sculptura collection, by Russell Woodard we have
Category

20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

1950s Russell Woodard Black Sculptura Lounge Chairs, Pair
By Russell Woodard
Located in Miami, FL
1950s Russell Woodard Black Sculptura Lounge Chairs, Pair Offered for sale is a pair of high-back
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Russell Woodard Sculptura Springer Lounge Chairs, ca. 1950
By Russell Woodard
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Russell Woodard Sculptura Springer Lounge Chairs, ca. 1950. Original pair of rare, hard to find
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Iron

Russell Woodard Pair of White 'Sculptura' Patio Chairs
By Russell Woodard
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Russell Woodard, pair of 'Sculptura' patio chairs, wrought iron, white lacquer, United States
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Near Pair of Woodard Sculptura Lounge Armchairs Restored
By Russell Woodard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Restored near pair of Sculptura armchair lounge chairs. Totally cleaned down and powder coated
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Iron

Russell Woodard Sculptura Wrought Iron Lounge Chairs, a Pair
By Russell Woodard
Located in Esperance, NY
These Russell Woodard lounge chairs are made out of wrought iron with steel and mesh. Included in
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Steel, Wrought Iron

Russell Woodard Sculptura Wrought Iron Lounge Chairs, a Pair
Russell Woodard Sculptura Wrought Iron Lounge Chairs, a Pair
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H 31.75 in W 32.5 in D 26.5 in
Russell Woodard 'Sculptura' Patio Chair in Dark Green Lacquered Metal
By Russell Woodard
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Russell Woodard, 'Sculptura' patio chair, lacquered iron and steel, United States, 1950s The
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Steel, Iron

Russell Woodard 'Sculptura' Patio Chairs in Dark Green Lacquered Metal
By Russell Woodard
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Russell Woodard, 'Sculptura' patio chairs, lacquered iron and steel, United States, 1950s These
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Steel, Iron

Russell Woodard 'Sculptura' Patio Chairs in Dark Green Lacquered Metal
By Russell Woodard
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Russell Woodard, 'Sculptura' patio chairs, lacquered iron and steel, United States, 1950s These
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Steel, Iron

Russell Woodard 'Sculptura' Patio Chairs in Dark Green Lacquered Metal
By Russell Woodard
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Russell Woodard, 'Sculptura' patio chairs, wrought iron, dark green lacquer, United States, 1950s
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

"Sculptura" Patio Armchair by Russell Woodard
By Woodard Furniture Co., Russell Woodard
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Armchair by Russell Woodard for Woodard Furniture, c.1950s. The armchair is from Russell Woodard
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Mid Century Modern Sculptura Outdoor Dining Chairs by Russell Woodard
By Russell Woodard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous set of 4 original Sculptura chairs, 2 arm, 2 side in white paint. Molded mesh which
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal, Wire

Mid Century Modern Russell Woodard Sculptura Mesh Patio Settee & Rocking Chair
By Russell Woodard
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid century modern Russell Woodard Sculptura bench / settee / loveseat and rocker armchair. Made
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal, Iron

Set of Eight Russell Woodard "Sculptura" Black Dining Side Chairs, 1950s
By Russell Woodard
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Original Set of 8 Russell Woodard wire mesh "Sculptura" dining side chairs. Featuring handcrafted
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron, Wire

Mid Century Modern Sculptura Chaise Lounge Chair by Russell Woodard C1955
By Russell Woodard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fantastic chaise lounge chair, Sculptura by Russell Woodard c1955. Iron mesh formed over a steel
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Steel, Iron

Russell Woodard Sculptura Wrought Iron Bouncer Lounge Chair Mid-Century Modern
By Russell Woodard
Located in Wayne, NJ
Vintage Russell Woodard Sculptura wrought iron bouncer lounge chair. If you are in the New Jersey
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Set of 6 Modernist Russell Woodard Sculptura Side Chairs, Outdoor Garden
By Russell Woodard
Located in Buffalo, NY
Set of 6 Modernist Russell Woodard sculptura side chairs, outdoor garden, iron mesh and steel
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal, Steel

Russell Woodard Sculptura Wrought Iron Rocker Rocking Chair Mid-Century Modern
By Russell Woodard
Located in Wayne, NJ
Vintage Russell Woodard Sculptura wrought iron rocking chair. If you are in the New Jersey , New
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Russell Woodard Sculptura Outdoor Mesh Iron Lounge Chair
By Russell Woodard
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern Russell woodard sculptura outdoor wrought iron bench Offered is a vintage
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Iron

Set Of Six Russell Woodard Outdoor Sculptura Patio Armchairs
By Russell Woodard
Located in Southampton, NJ
A beautiful set of 6 vintage Russell Woodard Sculptura patio armchairs in rare green. Very nice
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Woodard Sculptura Garden Lounge Chairs
By Russell Woodard
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of sculptura garden lounge chairs, designed by Russell Woodard. An airy design achieved by
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Iron

Pair of Mid Century Modern Sculptura Spring Lounge Chairs by Russell Woodard
By Russell Woodard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of Sculptura Lounge Chairs by Russell Woodard c1955 with spring steel bases for
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Steel, Iron

Mid Century Modern Russell Woodard Sculptura Mesh Patio Rocking Arm Chair Rocker
By Russell Woodard
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid century modern Russell Woodard Sculptura rocking chair / rocker armchair. Made of wrought iron
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal, Iron

Russell Woodard Sculptura Wrought Iron Dining Room Side Chair Mid-Century Modern
By Russell Woodard
Located in Wayne, NJ
Vintage Russell woodard sculptura wrought iron dining side chair. If you are in the New Jersey
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Pair of Russell Woodard Sculptura Wrought Iron Dining Room Chairs Mid Century
By Russell Woodard
Located in Wayne, NJ
Vintage Russell Woodard Sculptura wrought iron Pair of Dining , side or accent chairs. If you are
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

7 - Satin Black Russell Woodard Sculptura Mesh Dining Arm Side Chairs - Restored
By Russell Woodard
Located in St. Louis, MO
Satin black Woodard sculpture mesh dining chairs with arms, restored condition. Each chair has been
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Iron

Russell Woodard Sculptura Armchairs, Wrought Iron, Circa 1950’s, MCM
By Russell Woodard
Located in San Jose, CA
Pair of original Woodard Sculptura armchairs. A versatile option for outdoor entertaining, or
Category

Vintage 1950s American American Classical Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Two Pairs of Rare Russell Woodard Sculptura Lounge Chairs C1958 4 Pieces Avail.
By Russell Woodard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Exceptional and rare design in the sculptura line. Two pairs of curved fan back mesh armchairs with
Category

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Steel, Iron

Vintage Woodard Sculptura Glider and Chair
By Russell Woodard
Located in Cumberland, RI
For your consideration is a beautiful glider by Woodard, a renowned maker of wrought iron furniture
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Iron, Wrought Iron

Mid Century Modern Sculptura Set of 4 Armchairs by Russell Woodard C1960
By Russell Woodard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous and iconic set of 4 Sculptura armchairs designed by Russell Woodard in black. Very
Category

Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal, Iron, Wire

Russell Woodard Mid-Century Modern White Mesh Sculptura High Back Lounge Chair
By Woodard Furniture Co., Russell Woodard
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Russell Woodard for Woodard mesh Sculptura high back lounge chair. Older white
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Iron

4 Mid-Century Modern Russell Woodard Sculptura Arm Dining Chairs Outdoor Indoor
By Russell Woodard, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in Wayne, NJ
Set of 4 Mid-Century Modern russell woodard sculptura dining chairs outdoor indoor. If you are in
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Pair of Woodard Sculptura Canopied Garden Chairs, C1960
By Russell Woodard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous rare pair of sculptura whimsical garden chairs by Russell Woodard. Chairs have been
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Iron

Set of Mid Century Modern Sculptura by Russell Woodard 4 Armchairs with Table
By Russell Woodard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous 5 piece set of Sculptura by Russell Woodard 4 chairs with a round mesh top table 47.5
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal, Iron

Wrought Iron Outdoor Patio Furniture Sculptura 7 Piece Set
By Russell Woodard
Located in Cumberland, RI
Woodard. The set includes a round table with a 48-inch diameter and six chairs, each with a mesh back and
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal, Iron, Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Sculptura 3 Seat Sofa with Cushions by Russell Woodard
By Russell Woodard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
with cushions. We also have the bounce lounger with cushions and a set of six dining chairs all in the
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Steel, Wire

Russell Woodard Mid-Century Modern Sculptura Wrought Iron Settee - Restored -
By Woodard Furniture Co., Russell Woodard
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Russell Woodard designed Sculptura wrought iron mesh settee. This settee to be
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Set of 4 Russell Woodard Black Sculptura Dining Room Indoor Outdoor Side Chairs
By Woodard Furniture Co., Russell Woodard
Located in Wayne, NJ
Set of 4 Russell Woodard black "sculptura" dining indoor outdoor side chairs. If you are in the New
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal

Set of 4 Russell Woodard Restored Iconic Sculptura Mesh Lounge Patio Arm Chairs
By Woodard Furniture Co., Russell Woodard
Located in St. Louis, MO
Newly restored set of four Iconic Russell Woodard Mid-Century Modern wire mesh lounge patio arm
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Steel

Set of '4' Mid-Century Russell Woodard Sculptura Mesh Sculpted Patio Armchairs
By Woodard Furniture Co., Russell Woodard
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Set of (4) mid-century Russell Woodard sculptura mesh organically sculpted Patio armchairs. Very
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Steel

Set of '10' Mid Century Russell Woodard Sculptura Mesh Sculpted Patio Armchairs
By Russell Woodard, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Set of (10) mid century Russell Woodard sculptura mesh organically sculpted Patio armchairs. Very
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Steel

Fabulous Set 6 Woodard Sculptura Mesh Patio Chair Mid-Century Modern
By Russell Woodard
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Russell Woodard. Executed in iron and woven steel, these chairs feature an intricate interlacing of steel
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Iron

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sculptura Outdoor Loveseat Lounge Chairs by Woodard
By Russell Woodard
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous matching pair of sculptura lounge settees by Russell Woodard in old paint. Priced and sold
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Steel, Iron

2 MCM Polished Aluminum Barrel Swivel Lounge Chairs Chrome Tulip Base by Woodard
By Russell Woodard, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in Topeka, KS
lounge chairs by Russell Woodard, a pair. This piece has been attributed based upon archived research
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Set of Four Mid Century Woodard Sculptura Dining Arm Chairs
By Woodard Furniture Co., Russell Woodard
Located in New York, NY
Set of four Russell Woodard designed, Woodard Sculptura dining height arm chairs. Classic Mid
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Woodard Sculptura Sofa & Chair, Professionally Restored
By Woodard Furniture Co., John Woodard
Located in Kansas City, MO
Often attributed to Russell Woodard, the Sculptura line was designed by John Woodard. This is the
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron, Wire

Vintage Russell Woodard Low Dining Table with Slate Top
By Russell Woodard
Located in Brooklyn, NY
removed easily according to buyer's preference. Pictured with matching low Woodard 'Sculptura' dining
Category

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Slate, Iron

Set of Eight Woodard Sculptura Patio Garden Poolside Dining Chairs
By Woodard Furniture Co., Russell Woodard
Located in New York, NY
Rare set of eight original Sculptura dining chairs by Woodard. The set includes two high back
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

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Russell Woodard Sculptura Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the russell woodard sculptura chair you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A russell woodard sculptura chair — often made from metal, iron and wrought iron — can elevate any home. There are many kinds of the russell woodard sculptura chair you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. When you’re browsing for the right russell woodard sculptura chair, those designed in Mid-Century Modern styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made russell woodard sculptura chair over the years, but those crafted by Russell Woodard and Woodard Furniture Co. are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Russell Woodard Sculptura Chair?

The average selling price for a russell woodard sculptura chair at 1stDibs is $2,500, while they’re typically $180 on the low end and $10,000 for the highest priced.

Russell Woodard for sale on 1stDibs

Woodard Furniture Company’s diverse offerings have included everything from pine caskets to premium patio and garden furniture over the years.

Lyman E. Woodward founded the family business Woodard Brothers (he dropped the second w for his venture’s name), later Woodard Furniture Co., in Owosso, Michigan, in 1866. Woodard Furniture produced wood furniture such as birch and oak bedroom pieces, window and door blinds and even pine caskets. Demand for the latter increased during the spread of the Spanish flu in America, and Woodard’s casket business — a new company called Owosso Casket Company — thrived, becoming the largest casket manufacturer in the world throughout the 1920s. Two U.S. presidents, William McKinley and Benjamin Harrison, were buried in Owosso caskets.

On the furniture side, Lyman’s son Lee Woodard spun off his own business as Lee L. Woodard and Sons, opening a shop with his sons, Joseph, Lyman II and Russell Woodard. During the 1930s, the new company explored the use of metal in furniture-making and introduced a wrought-iron set of patio dining furniture featuring ornate grillwork inspired by French design called Orleans in 1940. The line became a best seller and kick-started the company’s international reputation as a patio-furniture maker, even as the Woodard factory subsequently shifted toward supporting the wartime efforts in manufacturing parts for trucks and military equipment. After World War II, the business returned to making furniture. Over the years, Woodard and Sons would go on to master metallurgy in furniture making, developing expertise in wrought iron, cast aluminum and tubular aluminum for both indoor and outdoor pieces. In colder regions, wrought iron, which can be left outdoors all year round, was the material of choice in outdoor furniture designs for the Atomic Age, and vintage Woodard outdoor furniture is widely coveted by collectors today.

While the business started with more traditional styles of furnishings, the company would go on to embrace mid-century modernism. In fact, one of Woodard’s most famous pieces is 1956’s Sculptura chair, variously credited over the years to Russell and/or Joseph. The Sculptura was reportedly the first sculpted chair made without molds. Not unlike Harry Bertoia’s elegant steel-wire Side chair (also a mid-century darling) in its undulating form, the Sculptura chair, which is composed entirely of enameled woven wrought-iron wire, bears similarity to Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair for Knoll and Charles and Ray Eames’s DAX chair. The beloved Woodard chair was added to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection in 1994.

While the Woodard business is no longer in family hands, the company continues to produce fine patio furniture today and even reintroduced the Sculptura chair in 2015 as nostalgia for mid-century modernism gained steam again. 

On 1stDibs, find vintage Russell Woodard lounge chairs, dining chairs and patio furniture today.

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.