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Unusual Steel Adjustable Designer Chair
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Unusual steel adjustable designer chair A very unusual piece, this chair is all made in steel, the seat can be set to 2 different heights either to suit a Bar or a Table ( very ha...
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Mid-20th Century Beaux Arts Vintage Designer Chairs

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Steel

  • Unusual Steel Adjustable Designer Chair
  • Vintage Unusual Steel Adjustable Designer Chair
  • Unusual Steel Adjustable Designer Chair
  • Vintage Unusual Steel Adjustable Designer Chair
H 42 in. W 18 in. D 18 in.
1970s Spanish Iron & Wood Designer Chair
Located in Malaga, ES
1970s Spanish wood and iron designer chair with a disproportionate small size back rest and rough weathered industrial feel that makes it stand out.  
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Late 20th Century Spanish Vintage Designer Chairs

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Iron

  • 1970s Spanish Iron & Wood Designer Chair
  • Vintage 1970s Spanish Iron & Wood Designer Chair
  • 1970s Spanish Iron & Wood Designer Chair
  • Vintage 1970s Spanish Iron & Wood Designer Chair
H 30.71 in. W 15.75 in. D 15.75 in.
Unusual Brass Adjustable Designer Chair
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Unusual brass adjustable designer chair. A very unusual piece, this chair is all made in brass, the seat can be set to 2 different heights either to suit a Bar or a Table ( very h...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Brass

  • Unusual Brass Adjustable Designer Chair
  • Vintage Unusual Brass Adjustable Designer Chair
  • Unusual Brass Adjustable Designer Chair
  • Vintage Unusual Brass Adjustable Designer Chair
H 42 in. W 24 in. D 24 in.
Unusual Copper Adjustable Designer Chair
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Unusual copper adjustable designer chair A very unusual piece, this chair is all made in copper, the seat can be set to 2 different heights either to suit a Bar or a Table ( very ...
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Vintage Designer Chairs

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Copper

Unusual Steel Adjustable Designer Chair
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Unusual steel adjustable designer chair A very unusual piece, this chair is all made in steel, the seat can be set to 2 different heights either to suit a bar or a table ( very ha...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Steel

  • Unusual Steel Adjustable Designer Chair
  • Vintage Unusual Steel Adjustable Designer Chair
  • Unusual Steel Adjustable Designer Chair
  • Vintage Unusual Steel Adjustable Designer Chair
H 42 in. W 24 in. D 24 in.
Curious Designer Chair, Unique
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid beechwood, carved and gilt gilded. Strak crocheted frame on four curly, also heavily ornate legs. An absolute eye-catcher. Seat and backrest are finished with a historical, cla...
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20th Century French Vintage Designer Chairs

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Beech

  • Curious Designer Chair, Unique
  • Vintage Curious Designer Chair, Unique
  • Curious Designer Chair, Unique
  • Vintage Curious Designer Chair, Unique
H 55.52 in. W 27.56 in. D 53.15 in.
20th Century Set of 4 Italian Designer Chairs, Wood
Located in Berlin, DE
20th century det of 4 Italian designer chairs, wood. Solid wood frame, marbled, partly decorated with gold. Extremely high quality workmanship. Backrest decorated with golden stru...
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20th Century Italian Vintage Designer Chairs

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Wood

  • 20th Century Set of 4 Italian Designer Chairs, Wood
  • Vintage 20th Century Set of 4 Italian Designer Chairs, Wood
  • 20th Century Set of 4 Italian Designer Chairs, Wood
  • Vintage 20th Century Set of 4 Italian Designer Chairs, Wood
H 34.65 in. W 18.12 in. D 27.56 in.
Curious Designer Chair, Unique
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid beechwood, carved and gilt gilded. Strak crocheted frame on four curly, also heavily ornate legs. An absolute eye-catcher. Seat and backrest are finished with a historical, cla...
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20th Century French Vintage Designer Chairs

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Beech

  • Curious Designer Chair, Unique
  • Vintage Curious Designer Chair, Unique
  • Curious Designer Chair, Unique
  • Vintage Curious Designer Chair, Unique
H 55.52 in. W 27.56 in. D 53.15 in.
Rare and Perfect Italian Designer Chair
By Gio Ponti
Located in East Hampton, NY
The most beautiful Mahogany desk chair influenced in a Gio Ponti design. Finished with sabots and a split back rest.
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Mahogany

  • Rare and Perfect Italian Designer Chair
  • Vintage Rare and Perfect Italian Designer Chair
  • Rare and Perfect Italian Designer Chair
  • Vintage Rare and Perfect Italian Designer Chair
H 34 in. W 24.5 in. D 23 in.
Pair of Designer Chairs, Bone, Black Leather, Brass
By James Mont
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Fabulous pair of designer chairs with black leather seat cushions. Chairs are partly covered in bone with brass details. Please see all pictures. Four chairs in total available. Pric...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Brass

Italian Designer, Chair, Wicker, Metal, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wicker and metal chair designed and produced in Italy, 1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Metal

French Vintage Set of Oak Designer Chairs, 1970s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Beautiful set of two vintage design armchairs with a unique and special design. These retro vintage lounge chairs were produced in the 1970s in France. The frame is made of a light-...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Oak

  • French Vintage Set of Oak Designer Chairs, 1970s
  • French Vintage Set of Oak Designer Chairs, 1970s
  • French Vintage Set of Oak Designer Chairs, 1970s
  • French Vintage Set of Oak Designer Chairs, 1970s
H 29.53 in. W 18.51 in. D 22.05 in.
exclusive original Designer Chair light blue leather Poltrona Frau Don'Do
Located in Berlin, DE
The Don’do rocking chair and the first rocking chair by Poltrona Frau is the contemporary reinterpretation of a Classic for leisure. It was designed by Jean-Marie Massaud and combine...
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20th Century Italian Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Leather

Mid Century Egg Chairs Designer Furniture 1960
By Arne Jacobsen
Located in Buxton, GB
These mid century egg chairs attributed to Arne Jacobson, would make a stylish acquisition for the contemporary home or commercial environment. The Classic Egg design Armchairs, are ...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Vintage Designer Chairs

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Fiberglass, Teak

  • Mid Century Egg Chairs Designer Furniture 1960
  • Mid Century Egg Chairs Designer Furniture 1960
  • Mid Century Egg Chairs Designer Furniture 1960
  • Mid Century Egg Chairs Designer Furniture 1960
H 40.16 in. W 28.75 in. D 21.26 in.
Ingmar Relling Designer ‘Siesta’ Lounge Chair
By Ingmar Relling
Located in Hudson, NY
An original 1960’s mid century ‘Siesta’ lounge chair by Norwegian designer Ingmar Relling. Bentwood maple forms the frame, upholstered with loose cushions in the original brown leather.
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1960s Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Leather, Maple, Bentwood

Italian Designer, Small Chair, Wicker, Metal, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wicker and metal chair designed and produced in Italy, 1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Midcentury Leather Chairs, Designer Sedus
Located in Asheville, NC
1960s style side office chairs with tubular chrome legs, molded plastic shell with sectioned and boxed attached leather upholstery. Recently shipped from the South of England.
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1960s German Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Chairs by French Designer Philippe Parent Modernist
By Philippe Parent
Located in Lyon, FR
Pair of modernist chairs by French designer Philippe Parent from the 70s. Structure in solid stained ash (original colour), clean lines in the spirit of the modernist movement. Very ...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Ash

Designer Mid-Century "Nautilus" Style Swivel Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern corkscrew lounge chairs with swivel action. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Fabric

Pierre Guariche Designer French Chair with Guild Fabric
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. The v...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Fabric

Designer Studio Crafted Rocking Chair Rocker
Located in Wayne, NJ
Studio crafted rocking chair rocker. At the front the seat height is 19 1/4". At it's lowest point, towards the back it is 10 1/8". This is made of tropical and exotic woods. This ha...
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1980s Mexican Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Wood

  • Designer Studio Crafted Rocking Chair Rocker
  • Designer Studio Crafted Rocking Chair Rocker
  • Designer Studio Crafted Rocking Chair Rocker
  • Designer Studio Crafted Rocking Chair Rocker
H 36 in. W 22.50 in. D 41.63 in.
Pair of Car Designer Pininfarina for Reflex Angelo Occasional Chairs
By pinin farina, Reflex
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning pair of RRP £1980 occasional chairs designed by the racing car manufacturer Pininfarina for Reflex Angelo The chairs are simply st...
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20th Century German Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Aluminum

Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs designer Melchiorre Bega attributed
By Melchiorre Bega
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Mid-Century Modern side chairs designer Melchiorre Bega attributed in beech wood and leatherette. Period 1940s in very good condition. Measure in cm: H 77\42, W 43, D 43.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Mid Century Suspended Bubble Chair, Modernist, Designer, Industrial Style
By Eero Aarnio
Located in Buxton, GB
Eero Aarnio Attributed suspended bubble chair. Modernist bubble chair Eero Aarnio attributed. Ceiling suspended. Chrome tubular frame. Good Condition. This is a vintage pi...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Vintage Designer Chairs

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Chrome

Luigi Serafini Italian Midcentury Designer Six Chairs 1980s Model Suspiral
By Sawaya & Moroni, Luigi Serafini
Located in bari, IT
Set of six chairs from 1984 by the Italian designer Luigi Serafini for Sawary & Moroni model Suspiral.
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Steel

Sculptural Swedish Pinewood Chair by a Unknown designer
By Roland Wilhelmsson
Located in Valby, 84
Rare Sculptural Swedish Pinewood Chair by a Unknown designer from the 1960’s/1970’s in classic Swedish sportstuga style. The chair has details that remind of pieces from designers l...
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1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Pine

Chair, Aluminum, Midcentury by the Designer R Josten Style
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A unique type of chair. Cast aluminum and steel rods make up the puzzle. Only needs a simple wood seat made for it. Designed by R Josten, circa 1970s. Only one.
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1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Aluminum

Italian Designer, Lounge Chairs, Shearling, Brass, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of shearling and brass lounge chairs designed and produced in Italy, 1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Brass

American Designer, Side Chair, Wood, Pennsylvania, USA, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wooden side chair designed and produced in Pennsylvania, United States, 1970s.  
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1970s American Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Wood

Colorful Mid-Century Modern Designer Club Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A quirky pair of club chairs that are sure to pop in any space with their playful color and patterning. An interesting Mid-Century Modern design offers comfortable seating while brig...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Upholstery

Italian Designer, Rocking Chair, Metal, Leather, Italy, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A metal and leather rocking chair, produced by an Italian designer, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern "Curva" Chair by Brazilian Designer Joaquim Tenreiro, 1960s
By Joaquim Tenreiro
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern "Curva" Chair by Brazilian Designer Joaquim Tenreiro, 1960's This stunning chair, designed circa 1960s by the great name of Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Design, ...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Hardwood

American Designer, Side Chair, Wood, Pennsylvania, USA, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wooden side chair designed and produced in Pennsylvania, United States, 1970s.  
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1970s American Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Wood

Danish Designer, Lounge Chair, Velvet, Wood, Denmark, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A velvet and wood lounge chair designed and produced in Denmark, 1940s.
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1940s Danish Organic Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Sheepskin, Wood

Swedish Designer, Slipper Chairs, Sheepskin, Wood, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of sheepskin and wood slipper chairs designed and produced in Sweden, 1940s.  
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Sheepskin, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair in Designer Linen
Located in North York, ON
Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair in Designer linen. Timeless mid-century modern design with comfortable large upholstered features. Upholstered in a textured sandy beige designer Line...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Pair Lounge Chairs Caviuna Rosewood Designer Giuseppe Scapinelli Brasil 1955
By Giuseppe Scapinelli
Located in Curitiba, PR
This beautiful pair of lounge chairs designed in the 50s its a great example of Scapinelli's style. The structures made in Caviúna wood and the curved lines showcase the best charac...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Wood

Italian Designer, Lounge Chairs, Wood, Green Velvet, Italy, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of wood and green velvet lounge chair designed and produced in Italy, 1940s.
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1940s Italian Organic Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

American Designer, Slipper Chair, Bamboo, Green Velvet, USA, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A green velvet and bamboo slipper chair designed and produced by an American designer, USA, c. 1950s.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Velvet, Bamboo

Danish Designer, Organic Lounge Chair, Velvet, Wood, Denmark, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A velvet and wood lounge chair designed and produced in Denmark, 1940s.
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1940s Danish Organic Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Sheepskin, Wood

2 Lounge Chairs, Year: 1967, Design: Horacio Baliero, Argentine Designer
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
2 Lounge chairs " Chair Madrid" year: 1967 Design: Architect Horacio Baliero and Justo Solsona Argentine Designer Material: Leather and Chrome It was exhibited at the Museum of Ar...
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1970s Argentine Space Age Vintage Designer Chairs

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Chrome

American Designer, Slipper Chairs, Rattan, Green Velvet, America, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of rattan and green velvet slipper chairs designed and produced by an American designer, United States, 1950s.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Velvet, Rattan

Designer English Swivel Lounge Chair by Brett Carter
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Designer English Swivel Lounge Chair by C Brett Carter Featuring 360-degree swivel, down stuffed cushio...
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1980s Vintage Designer Chairs

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Cotton, Down

American Designer, Lounge Chairs, Bamboo, Yellow Fabric, USA, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of bamboo and mustard yellow fabric lounge chairs designed and produced by an American designer, United States, 1960s.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Fabric, Bamboo

Italian Designer, Side Chair, Solid Stained Pine, Italy, 1950s
By Carlo Molino
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A solid pine side chair or dining chair of the Turin school, produced in Italy, c. 1950.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Pine

Swedish Designer, Lounge Chair, Solid Pine, Fabric, Sweden, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A lounge chairs. Designed and produced in Sweden, 1970s. Cushion upholstered in fabric and fitted with buttons.
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1970s Danish Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Fabric, Pine

1980s Directional Furniture Designer Swivel Chairs, Set of 2
By Milo Baughman, Directional
Located in Miami, FL
1980s Postmodern designer swivel chairs, by Directional Furniture. The chairs have been reupholstered in Kirkby Design Noir fabric, to give them a cool and luxurious look. The fabric...
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Chenille

German Designer, Lounge Chair, Yellow Mohair, Teak, Germany, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A teak and yellow mohair lounge chair designed and produced in Germany, 1950s.
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Mohair, Teak

Single Medea Chair by Italian Designer V.Nobili, 1955, Plywood
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A beautiful and famous Medea chair designed by Vittorio Nobili, in 1955. The plywood shell is veneered in teak with a beautiful grain, and is formed out of a single piece of thermo-f...
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Plywood

Pine Rocking Chair by Designer Craftsman Jeremy Broun
Located in Munich, DE
Signed high back rocking chair by woodworker Jeremy Broun.
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1970s English Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Pine

Six Italian Chairs "Nina & Santamaria" Designer Piero De Martini for Cassina
By Piero De Martini, Cassina
Located in Rovereta, SM
Rare six Italian chairs "Nina & Santamaria" designer Piero De Martini for Cassina
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Wood

Finnish Designer, Modernist Slipper Chairs, Birch, Fabric, Finland 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of organic modernist lounge chairs / slipper chairs. Designed and produced in Finland, 1940s. In vintage velvet fabric.  
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1940s Italian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Fabric, Birch

Set of Six GA Chairs from the 1950s by Swiss Designer Hans Bellmann
By Hans Bellmann
Located in Lyon, FR
Set of six GA chairs designed by Swiss designer Hans Bellmann in the 1950s for Horgen Glarus. Black lacquered tubular steel legs and thermoformed plywood seats. Fully restored, so...
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1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Steel

Swedish Designer, Slipper Chairs, Stained Beech, Rattan, Fabric, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of stained beech, rattan and orange fabric slipper chairs designed and produced in Sweden, 1950s.  
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Fabric, Rattan, Beech

Finnish Designer, Organic Lounge Chairs, Sheepskin, Stained Wood, Finland, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of organic modernist lounge chairs / slipper chairs. Designed and produced in Finland, 1940s. Reupholstered in brand new authentic shearling upholstery. Similar in style t...
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1940s Finnish Organic Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Wood, Sheepskin

Pair Mid-Century Modern Danish Designer Organic Form Lounge Chairs, Sheepskin
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair Mid-Century Modern Danish Ddesigner organic form lounge chairs, sheepskin. Honey Sheepskin, Ebony Wood. Denmark, 1950s. Measures: Seat height: 16.5 inches. Other Sc...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Sheepskin, Wood

Brazilian Designer, Side Chair, Wood, Seagrass, Brazil, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small side chair, designed and produced in Brazil, circa 1950s.
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Seagrass, Wood

American Designer, Lounge Chair, Oak, Brown Velvet, United States, 1940s
By Paul Laszlo
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An oak and brown velvet lounge chair designed and produced by an American designer, United States, c. 1940s.  
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Velvet, Oak

Finnish Designer, Lounge Chairs, Pine, Fabric, Sweden, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of pine and fabric lounge chairs designed and produced in Finland, 1970s.
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1970s Finnish Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Fabric, Pine

Finnish Designer, Lounge Chair, Velvet, Birch, Finland, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A velvet and birch lounge chair designed and produced in Finland, 1940s.
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1940s Danish Organic Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Sheepskin, Wood

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Vintage Designer Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of vintage designer chairs is available at 1stDibs. Each of these unique vintage designer chairs was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, animal skin and fabric. Vintage designer chairs have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century. Vintage designer chairs bearing Mid-Century Modern or Modern hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. Vintage designer chairs have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Norell Möbel AB, Arne Norell and Mario Bellini are consistently popular.

How Much are Vintage Designer Chairs?

Prices for vintage designer chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, vintage designer chairs begin at $206 and can go as high as $34,000, while the average can fetch as much as $3,815.

Furniture of the 20th Century

Gaetano Sciolari furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Gaetano Sciolari collection of furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular.. We stock 687 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Gaetano Sciolari were created in Europe during the 20th century in the mid-century modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by and . Prices for Gaetano Sciolari furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $153 and tops out at $28,437, while pieces like these can sell for $2,400 on average.

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 antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.

Questions About Vintage Designer Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto designed the Paimio chair for a tuberculosis sanatorium in the town of Paimio, Finland. The bent plywood chair debuted in the early 1930s. On 1st 1stDibs, shop a range of Alvar Aalto chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Eileen Gray designed the Transat chair in 1922. Its name comes from the luxury ocean liners that took passengers on transatlantic voyages during the early 20th century. Gray became inspired to create the chair after sitting in deck chairs on one such ship. Shop a range of Transat chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    George Nelson designed the coconut chair in 1956. Herman Miller continues to produce the curvy accent chair based on his original design. On 1stDibs, you can shop a collection of coconut chairs from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Surrealist designer and artist Pedro Friedeberg designed the Hand chair. He unveiled the piece in 1962 when he was only 24 years old. Many designers and furniture companies have created similar pieces since. Find a collection of Hand chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Italian-American designer and artist Harry Bertoia designed the Bird chair in 1952. It features a tubular base and a wire basket seat. Today, Knoll Furniture continues to manufacture the mid-century modern furnishing. Find a selection of Bird chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Charles and Ray Eames designed the LCW lounge chair in 1945. Its design includes five pieces of molded plywood. Herman Miller continues to produce the iconic furnishing to this day. You can find a range of LCW chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed the MR chair in 1927. The tubular steel frame and woven seat reflect the International Style that the German architect helped establish. Today, Knoll furniture manufactures the armchair. Shop a variety of MR chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The LC2 chair was designed by Le Corbusier in collaboration with Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret. The chair was released to the public in 1928 and remains popular to this day. Shop a collection of Le Corbusier’s designs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret designed the LC2 chair, also known as the Cassina armchair. Their design debuted at the 1927 Autumn Salon in Paris, France. On 1st 1stDibs, you can shop a range of Le Corbusier chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Although many people have designed airport chairs, Charles and Ray Eames are best known for creating seating for airports. The ones they produced for Chicago O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, in 1962 are especially famous. On 1st 1stDibs, shop a variety of airport chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The Papa Bear chair was designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1951 for Danish company AP Stolen. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a collection of authentic vintage and contemporary Hans Wegner Papa Bear chairs from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Philippe Starck designed the Ghost chair for the furniture maker Kartell to produce and sell in 2002. It draws inspiration from the Louis XVI upholstered armchair. You'll find a collection of Philippe Starck Ghost chairs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    Many factors like wood, construction, and patina come into play when you date a vintage chair. If you can’t find a maker’s mark or any other kind of identifying mark on the piece, consult a furniture encyclopedia or a certified expert. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a collection of vintage chairs from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To know if your vintage Eames chair is real, check for a reclining mechanism. On original chairs, the back had a permanent reclined position, so no mechanism is necessary. Also, a vintage piece is around 32 inches high, while later reproductions are normally bigger. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of expertly vetted Eames chairs.