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Contemporary Chair in Natural Solid Wood, Upholstered Leather, with Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Dry chair collection. The Dry chair concept is to work in a mixture of distinct references resulting in a modern classic in a dance between the retro and the modern. A heavy and i...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Laminate, Hardwood

Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood Upholstered Seating with Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

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Textile, Upholstery, Hardwood

Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood Upholstered Seating with Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Textile, Upholstery, Hardwood

Vintage Pair of French Chairs with Arms Upholstered Velvet Rubelli, 1950
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Elegant and seductive pair of French chairs; they are made with a sturdy black lacquered wood; the structure is very solid; the legs, compact and strong, have a slim and pleasant des...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet

Pair of Hollywood Upholstered Club Chairs With Swept Arms
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Hollywood shantung silk upholstered club chairs. Each features swept arms terminating in outward turned volutes and bear splayed ebonized walnut legs tapering toward bottom.
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Vintage 1940s French Club Chairs

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Walnut

Chair and Ottoman with Upholstered Arms by Directional Furniture
By Directional
Located in New York, NY
Elegant chair and ottoman with upholstered arms and walnut legs by Directional Furniture, American, 1960s. Newly reupholstered in gray velvet by Lobel Modern. This is a very chic ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Pair of Upholstered Armchairs with Carved Arms as Hands
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of upholstered armchairs with carved arms as hands, originating in England, circa 1880.
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Antique 1880s English Late Victorian Chairs

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Wood

Pair Upholstered Art Deco Chairs with Bentwood Arms
Located in Troy, MI
Pair of circa late 1930s / early 1940s Art Deco upholstered armchairs with dark gray linen upholstery with dramatic bentwood arms. New upholstery. Sold and priced as a pair. Arms ar...
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Vintage 1930s Unknown Art Deco Armchairs

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Wood, Upholstery

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality lounge furniture cannot be overstated. Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other seating — 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 styles in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other furnishings — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring 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.