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Slat Bench By Martin Visser

Martin Visser Style Pine Slat Bench or Coffee Table by Laboremus Viborg
By Martin Visser
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Mid-Century pine slat bench or coffee table by Danish manufacturer Laboremus Viborg
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Pine

Passe Partout slatted ash bench by Walter Antonis for Arspect 1970s
By Walter Antonis
Located in Stavenisse, NL
their pieces. The BZ benches by Martin Visser for ‘t Spectrum were produced in the same factory as this
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Minimalist Benches

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Blue and White Lounge Chair
By Martin Visser
Located in Weesp, NL
Stylish blue and white reupholstered Mid-Century Modern lounge chair designed by Martin Visser for
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Blue and White Lounge Chair
Mid-Century Modern Blue and White Lounge Chair
H 26.38 in W 30.71 in D 31.5 in

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Bespoke Italian Travertine Oval Dining Table
Located in London, London
Travertine dining table Two pedestals Oval Made to order in Italy. Size can be customised to a maximum length of 250cm. Can also be made in a circular one pedestal version.
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Martin Visser SZ13 Tan Leather Sectional Seating Group
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Exceptional 3 piece Martin Visser SZ13 sectional seating group with original frame and new leather seating. Consists of a left arm seat (SZ13), no arm (SZ12) and right arm (SZ13) sea...
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Custom Made Walnut and Shearling Round Ottoman
Located in London, GB
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Contemporary Minimal Round Coffee Center Table in Travertine Stone Natural Pores
Located in Porto, PT
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Pair of Handcrafted Architectural Oak Tables
Located in London, GB
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Pair of Handcrafted Architectural Oak Tables
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H 20.87 in W 14.18 in D 18.12 in
1950's Amazing "Magic Box' Organiser Bureau Compact Plywood Ateliers Genestar
By Mummenthaler and Meier
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
This 'Magic Box' organising desk has been produced by various manufactures in Europe in the 1950's and 1960's Commonly this desk is known as produced in Switzerland by Mummenthale...
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Marc Held for Prisunic Molded Fiberglass Bed w Lighted Nightstands c. 1966
By Marc Held, Prisunic
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Be the envy of your friends with this rare and sought after piece of the Pop-Art movement history by Parisian designer Marc Held. In 1966 Held collaborated with Prisunic to design an...
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Mario Bellini "Le Bambole" Sofa for B&B Italia, Faux-Fur, 1972
By B&B Italia, Mario Bellini
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Mario Bellini "Le Bambole" three-seater sofa for B&B Italia, faux-fur, foam and metal, Italy, 1972. The search for a new shape for upholstered furniture: all parts are shaped like a...
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Guillerme & Chambron Extendable Dining Table in Solid Oak
By Votre Maison, Guillerme et Chambron
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron for Votre Maison, extendable dining table, oak, 1960s Rectangular shaped dining table with inlayed top. This extendable table in solid oak comes with two optio...
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Rainer Daumiller Thick Round Solid Pine Rounded Edge Dining Table Without Leaf
By Hirtshals Savvaerk, Rainer Daumiller
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Samson Berman Monumental Platform Seating Suite
By Samson Berman
Located in South Charleston, WV
Samson Berman studio, NY, USA, circa 1955. Integrated illuminated tandem chair platform, walnut, brass, lighting. 121.5 wide x 41.5 deep and changeable height of 101 inches tall. La...
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XL Hand Waxed Pine Dining Table by Rainer Daumiller for Hirtshals Savvaerk
By Hirtshals Savvaerk, Rainer Daumiller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Extra large hand waxed solid pine dining table designed by Danish Mid-Century master Rainer Daumiller for Hirtshals Savvaerk. In original condition with a few light signs of wear, co...
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‘Strip’ Chairs with Armrests in Dark-Brown Ashwood by Gijs Bakker for Castelijn
By Gijs Bakker, Castelijn
Located in Voorburg, NL
Very rare set of ‘Strip’ dining chairs with armrests, designed in 1974 by Gijs Bakker for Castelijn in the Netherlands (marked). Only a limited amount of these chairs were made with ...
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Pair of Vintage Barcelona Lounge Chairs and Ottoman by Selig
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Selig
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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Wall Mounted Console by Osvaldo Borsani for ABV
By Arredamenti Borsani, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in New York, NY
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Slat Bench by Martin Visser for 'T Spectrum bz81, the Netherlands, 1965
By 't Spectrum, Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wenge slat bench designed by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum for "Stedelijk Museum" in Amsterdam. The
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Bz81 Slat Bench by Martin Visser for ‘T Spectrum, the Netherlands, 1965
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wenge slat bench designed by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum for "Stedelijk Museum" in Amsterdam. The
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Slat Bench by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Model BZ82, 1960s.
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in Schagen, NL
Superb Dutch design slat bench in Wenge wood, designed by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum Bergeijk
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wenge

Large Wenge Mid-Century Modern Slat Bench by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum, 1960
By 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Large wenge Mid-Century Modern slat bench. Design by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum. Striking
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Martin Visser BZ 81/82 Wenge Slat Bench
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Minimal Wenge Mid-Century Slat Bench by Martin Visser. Original condition with some wear consistent
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Martin Visser BZ 81/82 Wenge Slat Bench
Martin Visser BZ 81/82 Wenge Slat Bench
H 11.75 in W 63 in D 16.5 in
Martin Visser "BZ" Slatted Bench, The Netherlands 1960s
By Martin Visser
Located in Utrecht, NL
Museum-like and minimalist, the BZ slatted bench was designed by Martin Visser in 1960, for the
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Martin Visser Wenge Slat Bench
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Midcentury wenge slat bench designed by Martin Visser for t' Spectrum, Netherlands. Super heavy and
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Martin Visser Wenge Slat Bench
Martin Visser Wenge Slat Bench
H 11.75 in W 78.75 in D 23.5 in
Martin Visser BZ72 Slat Bench, ’T Spectrum, Netherlands, 1960
By Martin Visser
Located in London, GB
Wooden wenge slat bench, model BZ72, designed by Dutch architect Martin Visser in 1960 for the
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20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Martin Visser slat bench in Wenge BZ82 for 't Spectrum 1965
By Martin Visser
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice wenge wooden slat bench / table designed by Martin Visser for â??t Spectrum in 1965. This
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Martin Visser BZ82 Slat Bench 't Spectrum, 1965
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Nice large slat bench designed by Martin Visser, manufactured by 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Holland 1965
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Martin Visser BZ82 Slat Bench 't Spectrum, 1965
Martin Visser BZ82 Slat Bench 't Spectrum, 1965
H 11.82 in W 78.75 in D 23.63 in
Martin Visser slat bench black ebonized 't Spectrum 1965
By 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Martin Visser
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice and early slat bench designed by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Holland 1965
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Slat Bench Bz82 by Martin Visser for ‘T Spectrum, The Netherlands 1965
By 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wenge slat bench designed by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum for "Stedelijk Museum" in Amsterdam. The
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Black BZ82 Slat Bench with Sliding Shelf by Martin Visser for 'T Spectrum, 1960s
By 't Spectrum, Martin Visser
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This BZ82 slat bench was designed on request of Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, by Martin Visser. It
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Antique 1660s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Model 'BZ82' Wooden Slat Bench or Sofa by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum, 1960s
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in Steenwijk, NL
The largest slat sofa by Martin Visser is the 'bz82'. This particular one is of black lackered
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Maple

Slat Bench by Fratelli Saporiti in Wood, Metal and Brass, Italy, 1950s
By Saporiti, Fratelli Saporiti
Located in Amsterdam, NL
and luxurious alternative to the benches by Martin Visser or Charlotte Perriand.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Martin Visser Custom Made Bookcase 't Spectrum, Holland, 1965
By Martin Visser
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Spectrum, also the famous slat bench designed by Martin Visser where this bookcase was inspired on and made
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Metal

Bench by Gijs Bakker and Wim Wilson
By Gijs Bakker
Located in PARIS, FR
resembles the better known one created by Martin Visser but differs in particular in the square sections of
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Bench by Gijs Bakker and Wim Wilson
Bench by Gijs Bakker and Wim Wilson
H 11.82 in W 16.93 in D 59.06 in
BR 02 sleeper sofa by Martin Visser for ’t Spectrum, The Netherlands, 1958
By 't Spectrum, Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Martin Visser BR02 sofa that can be transformed into a daybed of 70 x 190 cm, by pulling the
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Nesting or Coffee Tables "Twello" by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum, Dutch Design
By 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Super rare nesting tables by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum the Netherlands from 1956. This set was
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Nesting Tables and Stacking Tables

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Metal

Martin Visser for 't Spectrum 'BR49' Lounge Sofa or Daybed The Netherlands 1950s
By 't Spectrum, Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This sofa is model BR 49, often referred to as Model BR39/49, a design by Martin Visser for 't
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Martin Visser for 't Spectrum 'BR49' Lounge Sofa or Daybed The Netherlands 1950s
By 't Spectrum, Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This sofa is model BR 49, often refered to as Model BR39/49, a design by Martin Visser for 't
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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'Osaka' Two-Seat Sofa in Black Leather by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum, 1960s
By 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Martin Visser
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designed in 1969, this black leather and chrome frame 'Osaka' two-seat sofa settee by Martin Visser
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Settees

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Ochre Yellow Martin Visser style Sofa, Sleeper or Daybed, the Netherlands 1950s
By Gelderland, Martin Visser, Rob Parry
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Midcentury sofa, sleeper or daybed in the style of Martin Visser, Rob Parry, Friso Kramer, Wim
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Martin Visser for 't Spectrum DD02 "Bergeyk" Wall Shelf, Desk or Vanity Table
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in Amsterdam, NL
"Bergeyk" was designed by Dutch designer and architect Martin Visser for ‘t Spectrum in the Netherlands in
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Metal

“Osaka” Brown Leather Lounge Chair by Martin Visser for ’t Spectrum, Dutch, 1969
By Martin Visser, Friso Kramer, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Brown leather lounge chair by Martin Visser for ’t Spectrum model Sz08 “Osaka”, made and designed
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Early "BR02" Sofa or Daybed by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum, Dutch Design, 1958
By Martin Visser, Rob Parry, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in Amsterdam, NL
"BR02" sofa with armrests that can be transformed into a daybed by Martin Visser. Produced by 't
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

1x Nagoya Brown Leather Lounge Chair by Martin Visser for ’t Spectrum, Dutch '69
By Martin Visser, Friso Kramer, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in Amsterdam, NL
We currently have 1 (one) chair available. On sale! Brown leather lounge chair by Martin Visser
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Martin Visser for 't Spectrum KW80 Wengé Sideboard / Credenza, the Netherlands
By 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Martin Visser, 't Spectrum
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning sideboard from the Dutch midcentury by Martin Visser. Produced by 't Spectrum in the
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Metal

Martin Visser for ’t Spectrum Wool and Wenge Lounge Chair sz74, Dutch Modern
By 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Coen de Vries, Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
White wool and wenge lounge chair by Martin Visser for ’t Spectrum model sz74, The Netherlands 1969
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wenge, Fabric

Mid-Century Modern BZ71 Slat Bench by Martin Visser for 'T Spectrum, 1960s
By Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Mid-Century Modern BZ71 slat bench by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum 1960s. Solid black stained
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Ash

Large Wenge Mid-Century Modern Slat Bench by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum
By 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Offered by Amsterdam Modernism: Large wenge Mid-Century Modern slat bench by Martin Visser for 't
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood, Fabric, Wenge

Martin Visser BZ71 Slat Bench 't Spectrum, 1960
By Martin Visser
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Nice small slat bench designed by Martin Visser, manufactured by 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Holland
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Beech

Martin Visser BZ82 Slat Bench 'T Spectrum Holland, 1965
By Martin Visser
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Nice large slat bench model BZ82 designed by Martin Visser, manufactured by 't Spectrum Bergeijk
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Dutch 1960 Slat Bench Designed by Martin Visser for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
By Martin Visser
Located in Markington, GB
Dutch designed by Martin Visser slat bench in Wenge wood, very similar to the Bench Charlotte
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Martin Visser BZ82 Wenge Bench 't Spectrum Holland, 1965.
By Martin Visser
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice minimalist slat bench model BZ82 designed by Martin Visser and manufactured by ‘t
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Martin Visser for ‘t Spectrum "BZ 81" Wenge Slat Bench, 1960s Dutch Design
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum
Located in The Hague, NL
Minimalistic Dutch design wenge slat bench designed by Martin Visser for ‘t Spectrum in 1961's
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood, Wenge

Martin Visser for ‘t Spectrum "BZ 81" Wenge Slate Bench, 1960s Dutch Design
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum
Located in The Hague, NL
Minimalistic Dutch design wenge slat bench designed by Martin Visser for ‘t Spectrum in 1961's
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood, Wenge

SZ02 Black Leather Lounge Chair by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Designed in 1964 by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum in the Netherlands. Metal frame and black saddle
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Martin Visser for 't Spectrum 'BR49' Lounge Sofa or Daybed The Netherlands 1950s
By 't Spectrum, Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This sofa is model BR 49, often referred to as Model BR39/49, a design by Martin Visser for 't
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

“Nagoya” Leather Lounge Chair by Martin Visser for ’t Spectrum, 1969
By 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Friso Kramer, Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Cognac leather lounge chair by Martin Visser for ’t Spectrum model Sz09 “Nagoya”, made and designed
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

“Nagoya” Brown Leather Lounge Chair by Martin Visser for ’t Spectrum, Dutch 1969
By 't Spectrum Bergeijk, Friso Kramer, Martin Visser
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Brown leather lounge chair by Martin Visser for ’t Spectrum model Sz09 “Nagoya”, made and designed
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Slatted Bench by Martin Visser
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in London, GB
Minimalist slatted bench by acclaimed Dutch designer Martin Visser for 't Spectrum. Its sharp
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wood

Slatted Bench by Martin Visser
Slatted Bench by Martin Visser
H 11.82 in W 63 in D 23.63 in
Mid-Century Martin Visser Slat Bench Model BZ72 Spectrum, 1960s Dutch Design
By Martin Visser, 't Spectrum Bergeijk
Located in Udenhout, Noord Brabant
Mid-Century wenge slat bench BZ72 designed by Martin Visser for the 'Stedelijk Museum' in Amsterdam
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Wenge

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Martin Visser for sale on 1stDibs

Martin Visser was a Dutch furniture-designer and art-collector. Visser started designing at a young age, but most of all he was an art collector. His collection contains works of a cobra, Anselm Kiefer and Keith Haring. His focus was on young and promising artists. The Kröller-Müller museum accommodates over 400 works of Vissers art-collection. Vissers's career as a designer started at department store De Bijenkorf. From 1955, he became head of production and design of ’t Spectrum. For this company, Visser designed numerous items, including the table.

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.