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Early Set of 3 Verner Panton Cone Swivel Dining Chair Mid Century Modern
By Verner Panton
Located in Pemberton, NJ
. Iconic chairs, comfortable as side chair or dining chair. Out of this world! designed in 1958 by Verner
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel

Russell Woodard Woven Spun Fiberglas MCM Swivel Seat Lounge Arm Dining Chair
By Russell Woodard
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Russell Woodard Woven Spun Fiberglas MCM swivel seat lounge arm dining chair. Item features swivel
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Mid-Century Fiberglass Dining Chairs Styled After Eero Saarinen
By Eero Saarinen
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Beautiful mid-century dining chair set of four styled after Eero Saarinen; This set features four
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Set of 4 MOD Mid-Century Yellow Flower Power Dining Height Swivel Stools
By Gastone Rinaldi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 4 sunshine yellow swivel stools with chrome flower base. They are newly upholstered seats
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Set of Four Chromcraft Swivel Dining Chairs In Black Vinyl
By Chromcraft
Located in Berkeley, CA
Set of period perfect 1960s Chromcraft lounge chairs. This set wears its original black vinyl
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Set of Ten Chromcraft Swivel Dining Chairs In Black Vinyl
By Chromcraft
Located in Berkeley, CA
Set of period perfect 1960s Chromcraft lounge chairs. This set wears its original black vinyl
Category

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

Materials

Aluminum

Set of Eight Chromcraft Swivel Dining Chairs In Black Vinyl
By Chromcraft
Located in Berkeley, CA
Set of period perfect 1960s Chromcraft lounge chairs. This set wears its original black vinyl
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Style ICF Office UNA Aluminum & Mesh Swivel Armchairs, a Pair
By ICF Milano 1
Located in Secaucus, NJ
evolution of the metropolitan chairs fits seamlessly into any environment and among Mid-century classic
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Vintage Rattan Swivel Chairs after Ficks Reed- set 4
By Ficks Reed
Located in Trenton, NJ
style, these armchairs exude mid-century flair with their rattan construction and swivel feature, adding
Category

Late 20th Century Unknown Bohemian Swivel Chairs

Materials

Bamboo, Rattan, Wood

Shelby Williams MCM Swivel Bucket Chairs Red Vinyl Faux Leather & Chrome X Base
By Shelby Williams
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome pair of Shelby Williams Mid-Century Modern swivel bucket chairs with chrome X base. Newly
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Modern Stanley Felderman for Haworth Collaborate Red Swivel Side Chairs, Pair
By Haworth
Located in Secaucus, NJ
or guest chairs. Fits seamlessly into any environment and among mid-century classic design
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2010s American Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Contemporary Modern Source Jump Swivel Multiuse Chair Brand New, 8 Available
Located in Secaucus, NJ
The Source Jump is a versatile and elegant swivel chair which delivers relaxed comfort and
Category

2010s American Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Pair Vintage Mid-Century Modern Red Cone Chairs Verner Panton for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Verner Panton
Located in Topeka, KS
Magnificent vintage mid-century modern pair of red Cone chairs by Verner Panton for Fritz Hansen
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Sheet Metal

Vladimir Kagan Pair of Corkscrew Swivel Chairs for Directional in Bouclé, Signed
By Vladimir Kagan, Directional
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Newly reupholstered in a soft and nubby white bouclé, this pair of 'Corkscrew' swivel chairs by
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Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Bouclé

Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kashtolm Swivel Chairs for Walter Knoll 1970s Signed
By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Walter Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible set of four swivel lounge chairs by Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm for Walter
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Vintage 1970s German Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Suede

Modern Pearson Lloyd for Coalesse Bob Swivel Chairs by Walter Knoll - Set of 4
By Coalesse, Pearson Lloyd
Located in Secaucus, NJ
The Bob guest swivel chair's modern beauty and smart design fit seamlessly into any environment and
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2010s American Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

Set of 6 Black Lacquer Italian Postmodern Memphis Style Dining Chairs Red Seat
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Set of 6 black lacquer Postmodern Italian Memphis style dining chairs with red seats. Item features
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Qualis Chair by Emilio Ambasz for Tecno, 1991
By Tecno, Emilio Ambasz
Located in Budapest, HU
The Qualis Chair designed by Emilio Ambasz for Tecno in 1991 combines comfort and style. The chair
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Other

Qualis Chair by Emilio Ambasz for Tecno, 1991
Qualis Chair by Emilio Ambasz for Tecno, 1991
H 31.5 in W 19.69 in D 24.81 in
1960's Pair of Robin Day Rotating Chairs
By Robin Day
Located in Paris, FR
A super stylish pair of 20th-century vintage chairs in expertly restored condition by the notable
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

1960's Pair of Robin Day Rotating Chairs
1960's Pair of Robin Day Rotating Chairs
H 19.69 in W 19.69 in D 19.69 in
Set of 2 Kill International FK6725 leather chairs by Fabricius & Kastholm
By Alfred Kill International, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Ludwigslust, DE
. These chairs are used as office chairs or dining room chairs. This Kill version is the older original
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Leather

Set of Five Mid-Century Swivel Dining Chairs by I V Chair Company Brooklyn Ny
By Thonet
Located in New York, NY
Fun set of five swivel base mid-century dining height chairs. The set consists of five chairs, each
Category

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

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Mid Century Modern Tans and Brown Tufted Vinyl Dining Swivel Chairs - Set of 4
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Exceptional vintage mid century modern swivel dining chairs in casters. Each chair features a tan
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Tulip Swivel Side or Dining Chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
mid 60's chairs in impeccable condition. This chair features a cast aluminum swiveling bases
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Space Copenhagen Swoon Dining Chair, Swivel Base
By Fredericia, Space Copenhagen
Located in Berkeley, CA
Space Copenhagen Swoon dining chair, swivel base is the smallest upright version of Swoon, is a
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Ch...

Materials

Oak

4 Arne Jacobsen Swiveling Oxford Dining Chairs, Denmark
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A set of four swiveling upholstered Oxford dining chairs in a tightly woven dark purple contract
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

1980s Pair of Lucite and Chrome Swivel Dining Chairs
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Chula Vista, CA
1980s pair of lucite and chrome plated dining chairs swivel feature after Charles Hollis Jones Made
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Cognac Overman High Back Swivel Dining Chairs, set of 4
By Overman
Located in Boynton Beach, FL
Awesome set of 4 dining chairs by Overman. Made in Sweden. High ergonomic Contoured back rests
Category

Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

4 Mid Century Modern Maurice Burke Model 115 Tulip Star Shell Dining Chairs
By Maurice Burke
Located in Dayton, OH
Four original mid century Burke Inc. tulip shell chairs featuring the iconic star design in white
Category

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

Materials

Metal

4 Vintage Mid Century Modern Swivel "Tulip" Chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll
By Knoll
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a rare set of four vintage authentic swivel Tulip armchairs designed by Eero Saarinen in
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Set of Six Eero Saarinen Swivel Arm Dining Chairs on Wheels
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of Six Eero Saarinen Swivel Arm Dining Chairs on Wheels, Reupholstered with Great Plains Fabric
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Set of 4 High Back Swivel Dining Chairs by Overman Sweden
By Overman
Located in New York, NY
Rare set of 4 sculpted high back swivel dining chairs by Overman of Sweden. Extremely comfortable
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Impressive Set of Six Iconic Vintage Smoked Lucite Swivel Dining Chairs, 1970s
By Roche Bobois
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stunning set of six Mid-Century Modern space age swivel dining chairs features smoked lucite
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Ward Bennett Swivel Office or Dining Chairs for Brickel Associates - set of fou
By Ward Bennett, Brickel Associates
Located in Miami, FL
Set of four mid-century modern swivel office or dining chairs with original fabric designed by Ward
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Bronze

Mid-Century Charles Eames for Herman Miller Fiberglass Dining Chairs in Orange
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Here we have an iconic design classic from the Mid-Century Modern period. This vintage fiberglass
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set of Nine Swivel Dining Chairs by Antarenni Ny, Wrought Iron, Retro Vintage
Located in Miami, FL
Great set of nine dining chairs, wrought iron and fabric, chairs swivel. Made in NY by Antarenni
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal, Iron

Set of 4 Herman Miller Eames Orange Pad Swivel PKC1 aluminum base Dining Chairs
By Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Buffalo, NY
aluminum base Dining Chairs.Nice original condition, minor blemishes to naugahyde (see photo) Classic Mid
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Iron, Aluminum, Metal

Set of Four Swivel Chairs by Tapiovaara
By Ilmari Tapiovaara
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Set of four swivel dining chairs by Ilmari Tapiovaara. Hob nailed patinated steel base supports
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set of 4 Chromcraft Sculpta Swivel Chairs
By Chromcraft
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
An original set of 4 Chromcraft Sculpta self centering swivel chairs in Black leather and polished
Category

Mid-20th Century American Space Age Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Set of 4 Chromcraft Sculpta Swivel Chairs
Set of 4 Chromcraft Sculpta Swivel Chairs
H 37.41 in W 22.05 in D 27.17 in
Six Mid Century Modern Faux Bamboo Cast Aluminum Dining Chairs by Phyllis Morris
By Phyllis Morris
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A complete set of six dining chairs designed by Phyllis Morris circa 1960's. These feature cast
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Vintage 1960s American Hollywood Regency Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Set of Four Wrought Iron Swivel Chairs
By Arthur Umanoff
Located in New York, NY
). Interesting wraparound backrests, unusual to find swivel dining height chairs. Design after Umanoff, McCobb
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Set of Four Wrought Iron Swivel Chairs
Set of Four Wrought Iron Swivel Chairs
H 33 in W 17.75 in D 21.75 in
Set of 4 Vintage Rattan Chairs with Swivel Base
Located in Freehold, NJ
pedestal base with swivel. Matching glass top dining table available separately. Dimensions: 20.25w 18d
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Mid-20th Century American Bohemian Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Rattan

Theo - Dining/Swivel Chair
Located in Durban, ZA
Meet Theo – a finely crafted dining/occasional chair blending artistry and functionality, going
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2010s South African Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Theo - Dining/Swivel Chair
Theo - Dining/Swivel Chair
H 35.44 in W 25.6 in D 25.6 in
High Back Swivel Chairs by Osvaldo Borsani & Valeria Fantoni
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in New York, NY
Polished aluminum, steel, fabric. Rare custom dining/ desk chairs designed by father & daughter and
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Vintage Tulip Swivel Chairs After Eero Saarinen for Knoll - Set of 6
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Tulip Swivel Chairs Styled After Eero Saarinen for Knoll International - 3 Armchairs and 3
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Mid-20th Century American Space Age Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Plastic

Six Vintage Eames Herman Miller Swivel Shell Chairs on Casters 1970s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Baltimore, MD
Authentic rare Mid-Century Modern iconic molded fiberglass pivoting shell office or dining chairs
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

10 Tina Swivel Chairs by Arik Levy for Softline, Italy, 1979
By Arik Levy
Located in GRENOBLE, FR
Lot of 10 “Tina” model swivel chairs by Arik Levy for Softline, 1979 and made in Italy. White
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

1970s Swivel Tulip Leather Chairs Eero Saarinen for Knoll, Set of 4
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
On offer on this occasion is one of the most stunning, timeless, tulip swivel chairs you could
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Lucite Chromcraft Dining Set Tulip Glas Dining table & 4x leather Chairs
By Chromcraft
Located in Munich, Bavaria
space age era. The beautiful tulip swivel chairs are beautiful sculptured with a thin body shape. The
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

1950s Dining chairs, Eero Saarinen, Knoll International
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in Neuss, NW
chairs, 2 of which are swiveling. Quality Features: accomplished design: perfect proportions and
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Lane Venture Rattan Bentwood Swivel Chairs and Table Set on Casters, circa 1970s
By Lane Furniture
Located in Germantown, MD
lock. Swivel chairs. Thick Glass Table top comes loose, but is very stable when in place. Spacious 48
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Rattan, Glass, Bentwood

Set of Eight Bert England Midcentury Swivel Steel Armchairs
By Bert England
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Amazing set of eight Mid-Century Modern office desk armchairs by Bert England for Stow Davis. These
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

1958, Eames, EA 107 for Herman Miller, Static Non Swivel Alu Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam IJMuiden, NL
. :-) Alu chair with the typical elegant legs of the Ea 107. In quite good condition; the upholstery has no
Category

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Eames EA108 Black Netweave Dining Chair by Vitra
By Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Vitra
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Comfortable dining chairs in very good condition with normal light wear. Lightweight chrome-plated
Category

Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Eames EA108 Black Netweave Dining Chair by Vitra
Eames EA108 Black Netweave Dining Chair by Vitra
H 32.29 in W 22.84 in D 24.41 in
MCM Chromcraft Ribbed Black Vinyl Faux Leather & Chrome Dining Chairs Set of 6
By Chromcraft
Located in Topeka, KS
. Circa, Mid 20TH Century. Dining chairs EXTRORDINAIRE!!! This is an AMAZING set of six dining chairs by
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Richard Schultz Dining Chairs for Knoll in Original Oyster White Wool 1961
By Richard Schultz, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Set of four dining or game table swivel chairs designed by Richard Schultz for Knoll. These chairs
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wool

Walter Knoll Low-Back Oxford Dining Chairs Set of Six
By Walter Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Walter Knoll Low-Back Oxford Chairs Set of Six Two with Arms Four Armless features five star bases
Category

Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Multiple Eames Aluminum Group EA108 Dining Chairs Charcoal Netweave Mesh, Vitra
By Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Vitra
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Comfortable dining and/or conference chair EA108 belonging to the iconic Aluminium Series designed
Category

Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Other

Set of Four MCM Swivel Dining Chair 1960s
Located in Čelinac, BA
Swivel MCM Dining Chair Germany 1960s
Category

Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Multiple Eames Aluminum Group EA108 Dining Chairs in White Netweave Mesh, Vitra
By Charles Eames, Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Comfortable dining and/or conference chair EA108 belonging to the iconic Aluminium Series designed
Category

Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome, Other

Verner Panton 'System 1-2-3' Standard Dining Chair in Fabric for Verpan
By Verpan, Verner Panton
Located in Glendale, CA
Verner Panton 'system 1-2-3' standard dining chair in fabric for Verpan Verner Panton was one of
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal, Aluminum, Steel

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Swivel Mid Century Dining Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the swivel mid century dining chair you’re looking for. A swivel mid century dining chair — often made from metal, fabric and plastic — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a swivel mid century dining chair, we have 128 options in-stock, while there are 3 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect swivel mid century dining chair — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. When you’re browsing for the right swivel mid century dining chair, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Louis XVI styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made swivel mid century dining chair over the years, but those crafted by Eero Saarinen, Knoll and Herman Miller are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Swivel Mid Century Dining Chair?

The average selling price for a swivel mid century dining chair at 1stDibs is $2,995, while they’re typically $182 on the low end and $15,000 for the highest priced.

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.

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.