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1970s Spanish Iron & Wood Designer Chair
Located in Marbella, ES
1970s Spanish wood and iron designer chair with a disproportionate small size back rest and rough
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Late 20th Century Spanish Vintage Designer Chairs

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Iron

Vintage 1970s Spanish Iron & Wood Designer Chair
1970s Spanish Iron & Wood Designer Chair
H 30.71 in W 15.75 in D 15.75 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
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Copper

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
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Mid-20th Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Brass

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
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Steel

Fortuny Upholstered Antique Chinese Chippendale Designer Chair
By Fortuny
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Priced each! Fortuny upholstered antique Chinese chippendale designer chair Additional
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chinese Chippendale Vintage Designer Chairs

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Mahogany

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
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20th Century Italian Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Wood

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

Materials

Beech

Vintage Curious Designer Chair, Unique
Curious Designer Chair, Unique
H 55.52 in W 27.56 in D 53.15 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

Materials

Beech

Vintage Curious Designer Chair, Unique
Curious Designer Chair, Unique
H 55.52 in W 27.56 in D 53.15 in
Italian Designer, Chair, Wicker, Metal, Italy, 1950s
Located in High Point, NC
A wicker and metal chair designed and produced in Italy, 1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Metal

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
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

American Designer, Chair, Oak, Fabric, USA, 1930s
Located in High Point, NC
A stained oak and grey beige fabric side or lounge chair designed and produced in the US, c. 1930s
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1930s American Arts and Crafts Vintage Designer Chairs

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Fabric, Oak

Pair of Designer Chairs, Bone, Black Leather, Brass
By James Mont
Located in Miami, FL
Fabulous pair of designer chairs with black leather seat cushions. Chairs are partly covered in
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1980s American Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Brass

French Vintage Set of Oak Designer Chairs, 1970s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
vintage lounge chairs were produced in the 1970s in France. The frame is made of a light-colored oak and
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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
H 29.53 in W 18.51 in D 22.05 in
3 Vintage Designer Chairs Steen Ostergaard Manufacturer Cado 60s
By Steen Ostergaard
Located in Paris, FR
3 vintage chairs by designer Steen Ostergaard (Denmark). . Manufacturer Cado - 60s . Dimensions
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Mid-20th Century Danish Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Plastic

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
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20th Century Italian Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of Designer Wooden Lounge Chairs
Located in Baambrugge, NL
A pair of designer wooden lounge chairs, crafted with precision and style. Originating from Greece
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20th Century Greek Vintage Designer Chairs

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Oak

Pair of Designer Wooden Lounge Chairs
Pair of Designer Wooden Lounge Chairs
H 45.28 in W 21.66 in D 27.56 in
Pair of Locust chairs by Torstein Nilsen for Møremøbler AS 1982
By Møremøbler, Torstein Nilsen
Located in Benalmadena, ES
this designer chair to be used as a chair or stool, a true jewel of Norwegian design.
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1980s Norwegian Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Frederic Weinberg Wicker, Wrought Iron and Brass Chairs, USA 1950s
By Frederic Weinberg
Located in Beograd, RS
renowned US designer. Chairs are made of wrought iron and wicker, with brass details on the backrests
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Brass, Wrought Iron

10 dining room chairs of the 70's - Italian Design - Timeless chair
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Milano, IT
Italian dining chairs - 10 dining chairs - Italian designer chairs Big set of ten Anonima
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Mid-century Original Vintage Chair Lupina by Niko Kralj For Stol Kamnik 1960s
By Stol Kamnik, Niko Kralj
Located in Miklavž Pri Taboru, SI
Presenting an original designer chair crafted by the renowned Yugoslav designer, Niko Kralj, this
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of 1980s "East Side" Club Lounge Chair by Ettore Sottsass and Knoll
By Ettore Sottsass, Knoll
Located in Paris, France
additional comfort to these superb designer chairs.
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Late 20th Century Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Desk Chair in Teak by Kurt Østervig for International Designers, Denmark, 1960s
By Kurt Østervig, International Designers Group
Located in Deland, FL
Introducing a rare, side/desk chair in teak by Kurt Østervig for International Designers, crafted
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Robert and Trix Haussmann Oak Dining Chairs Midcentury 1963 Set of Six, 6 Piec
By Stein Am Rhein, Robert and Trix Haussmann
Located in Basel, BS
comfortable designer chairs made of stylish Oak wood, showing beautiful wood grain. These chairs feature rare
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1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Oak

Vintage Italian Arch Reclining Lounge Chairs, Original Upholstery, Italy, 1950s
Located in PEGO, ES
Beautiful and original condition Italian Art Deco style lounge designer chairs, original retro
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Mid-20th Century Italian Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Metal

Postmodern 1970s Pair of 2 Chairs by Bruno Rey for Dietiker, 1970s
By Bruno Rey, Dietiker
Located in Basel, BS
Iconic and comfortable 1970s Swiss Designer chairs. Suitable for side chairs, accent chairs, dining
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1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Beech

Set of 6 Boomerang Chairs by Carlo Ratti, Italy, 1950s
By Carlo Ratti
Located in PEGO, ES
Set of 6 Italian Designer chairs from the 1950s by Carlo Ratti Boomerang model in their original
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Mid-20th Century Italian Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Stainless Steel Club Chairs by Jonathan Singleton, 20th Century
By Jonathan Singleton
Located in Hamburg, PA
-quality designer chairs that are both stylish and functional. These would look great in Traditional, Mid
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1990s Spanish Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Modern Designer Lounge Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
A very good pair of vintage designer lounge chairs. Very well crafted. Designer and manufacturer is
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Cane

Vintage Modern Designer Lounge Chairs
Vintage Modern Designer Lounge Chairs
H 34 in W 25.63 in D 27.5 in
Hickory Chair English Style Green leather Club Chair
By Hickory Chair Furniture Company
Located in Plainview, NY
An English style Hickory Club Chair. Crafted in timeless sophistication, this club chair exudes
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20th Century American William IV Vintage Designer Chairs

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Leather

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
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1960s German Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Metal

Pierre Guariche Designer French Chair with Guild Fabric
By Pierre Guariche
Located in Prato, Tuscany
technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. The very particular chair
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Fabric

MCM Tito Agnoli Grey Leather "Sistina" Chairs for Matteo Grassi, Set of 6
By Tito Agnoli, Matteo Grassi
Located in Madison, WI
ergonomic comfort. These are very beautifully made Italian classic elegant designer chairs. The designer
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Early Milo Baughman Lounges for James Company
By Milo Baughman
Located in Chicago, IL
A nice early pair of designer chairs by Milo Baughman. Were reupholstered sometime in the 1980s
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

American Designer, Low Foldable Chairs, Rattan, Usa, 1960s
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of bamboo, rattan and metal folding lounge chairs designed and produced in the USA, 1950s.
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1960s American Scandinavian Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Rattan

Italian Designer, Small Chair, Wicker, Metal, Italy, 1950s
Located in High Point, NC
A wicker and metal chair designed and produced in Italy, 1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Metal

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
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Mid Century Set Of 6 Black Lacquered French Dining Chairs in Oriental Style
Located in London, Park Royal
A unique set of six dining chairs, hand made, in France during the 1930's. The one off, designer
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Mid-20th Century French Vintage Designer Chairs

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Upholstery, Beech

Postmodern 1970s Set of 6 Chairs by Bruno Rey for Dietiker, 1970s
By Carlo Scarpa, Niels Koefoed, Bruno Rey, Pierre Cardin, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Basel, BS
Iconic and comfortable very UNIQUE model 1970s Swiss Designer chairs. Suitable for side chairs
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1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Upholstery, Velvet, Oak

Robert and Trix Haussmann Oak Dining Chairs Midcentury 1963 Set of Six, 8 Pcs
By Stein Am Rhein, Robert and Trix Haussmann
Located in Basel, BS
comfortable designer chairs made of stylish Oak wood, showing beautiful wood grain. These chairs feature rare
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1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Oak

Italian Designer, Side Chair, Pine, Italy, 1950s
Located in High Point, NC
A pine side chair designed and produced in Italy, 1950s. Seat height 17.75”.
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Pine

Italian Designer, Side Chair, Pine, Italy, 1950s
Located in High Point, NC
A pine side chair designed and produced in Italy, 1950s. Seat height 17.75”.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

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
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1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Aluminum

Italian Designer, Lounge Chairs, Wood, Italy, 1940s
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of stained wood and off-white bouclé fabric lounge chairs designed and produced in Italy
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1940s Italian Organic Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Wood, Fabric

American Designer, Lounge Chairs, Iron, USA, 1950s
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of iron lounge or garden chairs designed and produced in the US, c. 1950s. seat height 16”
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1950s American Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Iron

Swedish Designer, Side Chairs, Pine, Sweden, 1940s
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of pine side chairs designed and produced in Sweden, 1940s. Seat height: 18”
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Pine

Swedish Designer, Side Chair, Wood, Sweden, 1930s
Located in High Point, NC
A wood side or lounge chair designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1930s. Seat height: 15”
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1930s Swedish Folk Art Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Wood

Dutch Designer, Side Chair, Oak, Netherlands, 1940s
Located in High Point, NC
A dark-stained oak side chair designed and produced in the Netherlands, c. 1940s. 14.75” seat
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1940s Dutch De Stijl Vintage Designer Chairs

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Oak

American Designer, Side Chair, Oak, USA, 1980s
Located in High Point, NC
A laminated and carved oak side chair designed and produced in the US, c. 1980s. 16.75” seat height
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Oak

American Designer, Side Chair, Oak, USA, 1980s
Located in High Point, NC
A laminated and carved oak side chair designed and produced in the US, c. 1980s. 16.75” seat height
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Oak

American Designer, Side Chair, Oak, USA, 1980s
Located in High Point, NC
A laminated and carved oak side chair designed and produced in the US, c. 1980s. 16.75” seat
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Oak

Italian Designer, Lounge Chairs, Wood, Italy, 1960s
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of plywood and solid wood lounge chairs or slipper chairs, designed and produced in Italy, c
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Wood, Plywood

American Designer, Side Chair, Oak, USA, 1980s
Located in High Point, NC
A laminated and carved oak side chair designed and produced in the US, c. 1980s. 17” seat height
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Oak

American Designer, Side Chair, Oak, USA, 1980s
Located in High Point, NC
A laminated and carved oak side chair designed and produced in the US, c. 1980s. 17” seat height
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Oak

American Designer, Side Chair, Wood, USA, 1940s
Located in High Point, NC
A wood side chair designed and produced in the US, c. 1940s. 15” seat height
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1940s American Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Wood

American Designer, Side Chairs, Wood, USA, 1940s
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of stained wood side chairs designed and produced in the US, c. 1940s. 16” seat height
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1940s American Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Wood

American Designer, Side Chairs, Wood, USA, 1940s
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of stained wood side chairs designed and produced in the US, c. 1940s. 16” seat height
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1940s American Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Wood

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
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20th Century German Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

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Aluminum

French Designer, Lounge Chairs, Oak, France, 1950s
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of solid oak and beige shearling lounge chairs designed and produced in France, 1950s. 17.5
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Sheepskin, Oak

Scalloped Edge Lounge Chair in Designer Boucle'
Located in Dallas, TX
Unique scalloped edge lounge chair with wooden legs and brass caps. We have reupholstered in a very
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Swedish Designer, Side Chair, Pine, Sweden, 1940s
Located in High Point, NC
A pine stool designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1940s. Seat height: 18”
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Designer Chairs

Materials

Pine

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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.

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.

Questions About Vintage Designer Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 31, 2023
    There are two designers known for producing a Z-Chair. Poul Jensen unveiled his design in 1957. It features a zigzagging teak wood frame and boxy seat and back cushions. In 2011, Sawaya & Moroni introduced a sharply angled, polished stainless steel Z-Chair designed by architect Zaha Hadid. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of chairs from some of the world's top sellers.
  • 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 ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, the venerated Swiss-born architect-designer known as Le Corbusier, and collaborators Pierre Jeanneret (Le Corbusier’s cousin) and Charlotte Perriand designed the LC1 chair in the late 1920s. Its unique design allows the backrest to move as you shift positions, allowing the chair to deliver optimal support. The LC1 was part of a series that saw the trio of designers carrying out bold experiments with tubular chromed steel, just as architect and Bauhaus faculty member Marcel Breuer had executed with his cantilever Cesca chair around the same time. Find a range of Le Corbusier chairs 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
    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
    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
    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 ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    Le Corbusier designed a number of armchairs that people refer to as the Corbusier chair. His designs are spare, minimal and efficient but at the same time offer supreme comfort. Collaborating with his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, and trailblazing designer Charlotte Perriand, he devised such iconic pieces as the LC2 Petit Confort armchair and the LC4 chaise longue. Each couples a tubular chrome frame with soft, supple leather upholstery, lending an organic warmth to an industrially made piece of furniture. Find a variety of Le Corbusier chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    Charles and Ray Eames designed the Eames chair. A married couple, they were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design and have been recognized as among the most influential designers of the 20th century. They produced a line of DCW chairs together in the 1940s and went on to unveil their now iconic lounge chair in 1956. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Eames lounge chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 30, 2023
    Arnold Madsen designed the Clam chair. In the past, it was ascribed to the Norwegian retailer Martin Olsen and then the Danish architect Philip Arctander. It was only through some dogged research by a team of international design historians and collectors that it was finally correctly associated with Madsen, an upholsterer by profession who created it in Copenhagen in 1944. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Clam chairs from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy designed the Butterfly chair. The trio met while working in Le Corbusier's studio and then moved to Argentina, where they founded the Grupo Austral. In 1938, they unveiled their now iconic chair, which was inspired by a previous work called Tripolona, which they designed using inspiration from folding, collapsible chairs used by the British military. Shop a collection of Butterfly chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    Who the most famous chair designer is may refer to many different people. Arne Jacobsen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Lilly Reich, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Philippe Starck, Hans Wegner, Verner Panton and Le Corbusier have all designed iconic chairs over time. Shop a selection of antique, vintage and modern 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
    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
    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
    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
    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 ExpertJune 30, 2023
    Vladimir Kagan designed the Shield Back chair, which debuted in 1955. It features an upholstered back and seat. Cabinetmaker George Hepplewhite is also known for creating an all-wood shield back chair sometime during the mid-18th century. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of shield back chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    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.