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Scimitar Chair

Danish Scimitar Chair by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm for Bo Ex
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
A Danish "Scimitar" chair by Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm for Danish makers Bo-Ex. It is upholstered in supple tan leather with burgundy trim. It rests on a striking, curv...
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Late 20th Century Danish Minimalist Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Fabricius & Kastholm 'Scimitar' Chairs
By Jørgen Kastholm, Preben Fabricius
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of brown leather easy chairs with stainless steel frames.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Fabricius & Kastholm 'Scimitar' Chairs
  • Fabricius & Kastholm 'Scimitar' Chairs
  • Fabricius & Kastholm 'Scimitar' Chairs
  • Fabricius & Kastholm 'Scimitar' Chairs
H 25.5 in. W 32.5 in. D 27 in.
Stunning Set of Four Boris Tabacoff 'Scimitar' Chairs for MMM, France, 1960s
By Boris Tabacoff
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Boris Tabacoff for 'Mobilier Modulaire Moderne' (MMM), France from the, 1960s. Boris Tabacoff is a French designer of Bulgarian origin whom designed many futuristic looking pieces...
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Vintage 1960s French Futurist Chairs

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Chrome, Steel

Two Danish Scimitar Chairs by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm for Bo-Ex
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
A pair of striking "Scimitar" chairs by Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm for Danish makers Bo-Ex. In pale tan leather with burgundy trim on curved steel "scimitar" bases, the...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Fabricius & Kastholm, Scimitar Chairs, Original Choclate Brown Leather, 1962
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Jorgen Kastholm and Preben Fabricius for Ivan Schlechter, Denmark, 1962. A pair of Scimitar chairs, steel bases with original chocolate brown leather. Each chair has the makers embos...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather

'Scimitar' Chair by Fabricius & Kastholm for Ivan Schlecter, Signed, 1960s
By Preben Fabricius, Ivan Schlechter, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible 'Scimitar' chair by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm was made by Ivan Schlecter in the 1960s, this example is signed on its stainless steel lower frame with the Iva...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Early Leather Fabricius and Kastholm 'Scimitar' Chairs
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Beautiful and rare pair Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm 'Scimitar' lounge chairs with stainless steel frames and original black leather upholstery. Designed in 1962 with inspirati...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Rare Danish Scimitar Lounge Chairs
By Jørgen Kastholm, Preben Fabricius
Located in Atlanta, GA
Desinged by Preben Fabricius (1931-1984) and Jorgen Kastholm (1931-2007) for Ivan Schlechter, the Scimitar chair was inspired by the shape of Turkish Sword "Scimitar" and ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Pair of Rare Danish Scimitar Lounge Chairs
  • Pair of Rare Danish Scimitar Lounge Chairs
  • Pair of Rare Danish Scimitar Lounge Chairs
  • Pair of Rare Danish Scimitar Lounge Chairs
H 27.25 in. W 32.75 in. D 25 in.
Scimitar Lounge Chair by Fabricius and Kastholm
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in New York, NY
Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm Scimitar lounge chair. Black leather with a chrome-plated steel base.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm Scimitar Easy Chair by Ivan Schlecter
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare easy chair model Scimitar designed by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm. Produced by Ivan Schlecter in Denmark.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

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Scimitar chair by Fabricius & Kastholm, Denmark
By Preben Fabricius
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Scimitar chair, stainless steel and leather by Jørgen Kastholm and Preben Fabricius, designed in 1962, executed by Ivan Schlechter
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Scimitar chair by Fabricius & Kastholm, Denmark
  • Scimitar chair by Fabricius & Kastholm, Denmark
  • Scimitar chair by Fabricius & Kastholm, Denmark
  • Scimitar chair by Fabricius & Kastholm, Denmark
H 25.6 in. W 32.68 in. D 27.17 in.
Scimitar Chair by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Ivan Schlechter
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Preben Fabricius (1931-1984) and Jørgen Kastholm (1931-2007): Scimitar chair / Horseshoe chair / Model IS-63. Easy chair with leather upholstery mounted on a stainless steel base. ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Scandinavian Modern Kastholm and Fabricus Scimitar Chair
By Jørgen Kastholm, Preben Fabricius
Located in New York, NY
Jorgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricus "Simitar" chair in an exceptionally rich patinated black leather on a nickeled steel base. Edition Yvan Schlechter, stamped. Made in 1962. Scandinav...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Steel

Jørgen Kastholm and Preben Fabricius Scimitar Chair Bo-Ex
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Hamburg, DE
Designed by Jørgen Kastholm and Preben Fabricius in 1963, produced by Bo-Ex, Denmark. Matte chromed steel, shell in wood with upholstery in cognac aniline leather.
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Vintage 1960s European Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm Scimitar Chair in Black Leather
By Jørgen Kastholm, Preben Fabricius
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare Scimitar chairs designed by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm. Produced by Ivan Schlechter in Denmark.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm Scimitar Chairs by Ivan Schlecter of Denmark
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Ivan Schlechter
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm Scimitar Chairs by Ivan Schlechter in Denmark. circa 1965. This piece has been expertly upholstered in a nubby alpaca boucle.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Set of 12 Boris Tabacoff Scimitar Chairs for 'Mobilier Modulaire Moderne' 'MMM'
By Boris Tabacoff
Located in amstelveen, NL
Boris Tabacoff Scimitar chairs for 'Mobilier Modulaire Moderne' (MMM), France, 1960s. Boris Tabacoff is well known for his futuristic-looking pieces during the 1960s. These 'Scimi...
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Vintage 1960s European Space Age Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

1960s Brown Leather Scimitar Chair by Fabricius / Kastholm 'C'
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Finn Juhl, Ivan Schlechter
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Brown leather shell on chromium plated steel base by Fabricius / Kastholm, Denmark, 1962. 1960s Design classic leather scimitar chair by the iconic Danish designer duo Fabricius /...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Scimitar Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of brown leather & stainless steel chairs designed by Preben Fabricius & Jorgen Kastholm SOLD TO MARTHA ANGUS
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Vintage 1960s Danish Slipper Chairs

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Steel

  • Pair of Scimitar Chairs
  • Pair of Scimitar Chairs
  • Pair of Scimitar Chairs
  • Pair of Scimitar Chairs
H 26.25 in. W 32 in. D 23 in.
Early Matching Set of Fabricius / Kastholm Scimitar Chairs and Table
By Poul Kjærholm, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Ivan Schlechter
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Very rare set of scimitar chairs and scimitar table designed by famous Danish couple Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm. The Scimitar chair takes its name and its shape from the Tu...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

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Steel

Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chair
By Preben Fabricius, Jørgen Kastholm
Located in New York, NY
Original Fabricius and Kastholm "Scimitar" leather and steel lounge chair.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

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Steel

  • Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chair
  • Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chair
  • Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chair
  • Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chair
H 27 in. W 32 in. D 23 in.
Fabricius&Kastholm scimitar chair
By Ivan Schlechter
Located in Heesch, NL
Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm. 'Scimitar' lounge chair with stainles steel frame. Seating with original black leather upholstery. Designed 1962. Produced and stamped by Ivan S...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Fabricius&Kastholm scimitar chair
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  • Fabricius&Kastholm scimitar chair
H 25.99 in. W 32.68 in. D 27.17 in.
the Scimitar chair by Preben Fabricius & Jorgen Kastholm
Located in Sagaponack, NY
"Scimitar" lounge chair with a crescent shaped stainless steel base and red cloth upholstery Preben Fabricius & Jorgen Kastholm for Ivan Schlechter.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Slipper Chairs

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Steel

Rare Pair Scimitar Chairs by Fabricius & Kastholm 1963
By Preben Fabricius, Jørgen Kastholm
Located in New York, NY
A truly rare pair of chairs by Danish designers Fabicius 7 Kastholm, 1963. Found in their original vinyl fabric. With original label from K. Ivan Schlecter, Copenhagen, Denmark. P...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

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PVC

Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm Scimitar Chairs by Ivan Schlecter in Denmark
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare pair of easy chair model Scimitar designed by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm. Produced by Ivan Schlecter in Denmark.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Pair of French Leather and Chrome Scimitar Chairs by Boris Tabacoff
By Mobilier Modulair Moderne, Boris Tabacoff
Located in London, GB
A stunning and rare pair of vintage armchairs, these were designed by Boris Tabacoff in the 1970’s. They were made in France by Mobilier Modulaire Moderne. They have an incredible...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

BO 63 - "Scimitar" Easy Chair by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
BO 63 - "Scimitar" easy chair in original black leather with frame in steel. Maker Bo-Ex. Design 1962.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Boris Tabacoff Scimitar Dining Chairs in Blue Petrol Velvet
By Boris Tabacoff
Located in Antwerp, BE
Set of six Boris Tabacoff Scimitar dining chairs in blue petrol velvet for Mobilier Modulair Moderne MMM , France, 1960s. Heavy chromed steel base Measures: H 78 cm B 51 cm ...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Scimitar Dining Table and Chairs by Boris Tabacoff Vintage, 1970s
By Boris Tabacoff
Located in London, GB
A stunning and exceedingly rare dining suite, this was designed by Boris Tabacoff and made by Mobilier Modulaire Moderne in France during the 1970s. At the moment the glass top needs...
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Vintage 1970s French Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Scimitar Loungechair by Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm
By Jørgen Kastholm, Preben Fabricius
Located in Dronten, NL
Scimitar Loungechair by Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm for Bo-Ex. Made circa 5 years ago, marked with etching.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm Scimitar Chair by Ivan Schlecter, circa 1965
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Ivan Schlechter
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm scimitar chair by Ivan Schlechter in Denmark, circa 1965. Updated leather upholstery.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chair
By Ivan Schlechter, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in New York, NY
Early edition of the iconic Scimitar chair in stainless steel and leather by the Danish design team Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm. Produced by Ivan Schlechter, Copenhagen, cir...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chair
  • Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chair
  • Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chair
  • Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chair
H 26.5 in. W 32.5 in. D 26 in.
Kastholm "Scimitar" Chairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
An extremely rare pair of original steel and leather “Scimitar” chairs designed by Jørgen Kastholm (b. 1938) and Preben Fabricius (1931 -1984) for Ivan Schlechter. Signed base and le...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Chairs

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Steel

  • Kastholm "Scimitar" Chairs
  • Kastholm "Scimitar" Chairs
  • Kastholm "Scimitar" Chairs
  • Kastholm "Scimitar" Chairs
H 26.75 in. W 32 in. D 23.75 in.
Scimitar Chair by Kastholm & Fabricus
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Ivan Schlechter
Located in New London, CT
Limited production chair named after the shape of a Middle Eastern sword. The scimitar chair was designed in the early 1960s by Jorgen Kastholm and Prebus Fabricus and manufactured b...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

  • Scimitar Chair by Kastholm & Fabricus
  • Scimitar Chair by Kastholm & Fabricus
  • Scimitar Chair by Kastholm & Fabricus
  • Scimitar Chair by Kastholm & Fabricus
H 27 in. W 23.5 in. D 22 in.
Fabricius + Kastholm Scimitar Chairs
Located in Washington, DC
The Scimitar Chair, designed by Danish architects Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm and first shown to the public in 1963 in Copenhagen, is a distillation of an idea brought toget...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Fabricius + Kastholm Scimitar Chairs
  • Fabricius + Kastholm Scimitar Chairs
  • Fabricius + Kastholm Scimitar Chairs
  • Fabricius + Kastholm Scimitar Chairs
H 27 in. W 20 in. D 32 in.
Set of 4 Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare set of Four Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chairs. Acquired from the original owner. Originally upholstered in Orange Fabric. New Upholstery
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Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Set of Four Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare set of Four Fabricius and Kastholm Scimitar Chairs. Acquired from the original owner. Originally upholstered in Orange Fabric. New Upholstery
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Vintage 1960s Danish Slipper Chairs

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Steel

Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm Scimitar Chair
Located in New York, NY
Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm “Scimitar” chair, model no. IS-63. leather and steel. manufactured by Ivan Schlechter, Denmark. underside impressed with manufacturer’s mark...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Chairs

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Steel

Scimitar Chair by Fabricius and Kastholm for Boex
By Boex, Jørgen Kastholm, Preben Fabricius
Located in Cologne, DE
The Scimitar Chair was designed by Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm for the SAS office in Lebanon in 1963. New production by Boex, delivery time, circa 30 days.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Club Chairs

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Leather

  • Scimitar Chair by Fabricius and Kastholm for Boex
  • Scimitar Chair by Fabricius and Kastholm for Boex
  • Scimitar Chair by Fabricius and Kastholm for Boex
  • Scimitar Chair by Fabricius and Kastholm for Boex
H 25.99 in. W 32.68 in. D 27.17 in.
Scimitar Chair by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm for Bo-Ex in Cognac Leather
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Hamburg, DE
Design: Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm in 1963 Manufacturer: Bo-Ex circa 2016 Model: Scimitar Chair Frame in matt chrome-plated steel, wooden shell upholstered and covered wit...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Fabricius & Kastholm Scimitar Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chrome plated steel, matt finish, shell with brown leather covering. A beautiful iconic piece.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Chairs

  • Fabricius & Kastholm Scimitar Chair
  • Fabricius & Kastholm Scimitar Chair
  • Fabricius & Kastholm Scimitar Chair
  • Fabricius & Kastholm Scimitar Chair
H 26 in. W 32 in. D 25.5 in.
Fabricius & Kastholm Scimitar Chair , Denmark 1962
Located in Los Angeles, CA
preben fabricius & jorgen kastholm's most famous and sought after piece of design.<br /> signed with stamp on underside of base.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Slipper Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

1962 Scimitar chair Jorgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius Ivan Schlechter original
Located in Antwerp, BE
Great cognac leather easy chair by Kastholm & Fabricius. It's the original natural leather cover with great patina. The chair is marked with the Ivan Schlechter monogram in the stee...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Scimitar Lounge Chairs by Jorgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, 1962
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Jorgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius designed the IS-63 chair in 1962 for Ivan Schlechter (marks on the leather and on the leg). The Scimitar chair takes its name and its shape from th...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Scimitar Lounge Chair
By Jørgen Kastholm, Ivan Schlechter, Preben Fabricius
Located in London, GB
Model No. IS-63,  with a stainless steel base and original tan leather upholstered seat. Designed in Denmark, 1962 and manufactured in the 1960s by Ivan Schlechter.
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Vintage 1960s Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

  • Scimitar Lounge Chair
  • Scimitar Lounge Chair
  • Scimitar Lounge Chair
  • Scimitar Lounge Chair
H 25 in. W 32 in. D 21 in.
Jorgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius Scimitar Chair Bo-Ex
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Hamburg, DE
Designed by Jorgen Kastholm and Preben Fabricius in 1963, produced by Bo-Ex, Denmark. Matte chromed steel, shell in wood with upholstery in cognac aniline leather.  
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Scimitar Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the scimitar chair you’re looking for. A scimitar chair — often made from metal, animal skin and leather — can elevate any home. There are many kinds of the scimitar chair you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. A scimitar chair made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Scandinavian Modern — is very popular. A well-made scimitar chair has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Ivan Schlechter and Jørgen Kastholm are consistently popular.

How Much is a Scimitar Chair?

Prices for a scimitar chair can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $4,016 and can go as high as $67,798, while the average can fetch as much as $12,000.

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Georg Jensen furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Georg Jensen furniture there are many options to choose from, although silver editions of this piece are particularly popular. 952 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 446 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Georg Jensen were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Art Nouveau style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by and . The prices for Georg Jensen furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $19 and tops out at $269,950, while pieces like these can sell for $737 on average.

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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.

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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.

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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.