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Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Silver Office Tanker Desk Chair by Gio Ponti for Goodform 1950s
By Gio Ponti, GoodForm
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Tanker Chair by Gio Ponti produced by GOODFORM Youngstown, Ohio: 1938 Industrial Swivel Tanker
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Materials

Metal, Aluminum, Steel

Art Deco Industrial Swivel Tilt Armless Desk Chair by Harter Corporation 1930/40
By Harter Furniture Company
Located in New York, NY
Classic Industrial Tanker style swivel desk chair by the Harter Corporation, circa 1930 - 1940
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Materials

Chrome, Steel

Set of Four Steelcase Industrial Tanker Chairs
By Steelcase
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Set of 4 Steelcase model 233 industrial office chairs featuring an all-steel frame with lime vinyl
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Materials

Steel

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Contemporary Scott Wilson for Coalesse SW_1 Swivel Conference Chairs, Set of 4
By Coalesse
Located in Secaucus, NJ
The Modern beauty and elegant design of the SW_1 Conference swivel chair fits seamlessly into any environment and among Mid-Century classic design. The breathable mesh back provide...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Aluminum, Steel

21st Century Contemporary Minimal White Velvet Bench With Black Lacquered Base
Located in Porto, PT
Fifih Bench is a luxury bench upholstered in velvet and wood base. A contemporary design bench is perfect for minimalist and modern interior architecture projects. Materials: Uphols...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Fabric, Velvet, Lacquer, Wood

Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' Verdigris Patinated Outdoor Sconce
By Örsjö Industri AB, Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' verdigris patinated outdoor sconce. An exclusive made for U.S. and UL listed authorized re-edition of the classic Swedish design executed in rich v...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Metal

Mid-Century European Teak Full-ish Bed, Built-in Nightstands & Black Metal Frame
By Cees Braakman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century European full-ish teak bed with built in nightstands and enameled metal frame. The bed featured an inset quilted black skai headboard. In original condition with some wea...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Metal

Vienna Art Deco Josef Hoffman Manner Eight-Piece Salon Suite Set
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Forney, TX
A rare Art Deco period eight-piece study suite set in the manner of famous Austrian architect, designer, and Vienna Secession founder Josef Hoffman (Austria, 1870-1956), circa 1920. ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Industrial 3-Piece Office Set with Desk by Norman Bel Geddes
By Norman Bel Geddes
Located in Lafayette, IN
Three pieces of iconic mid-century industrial design combine to complete this fantastic home-office suite. - Simmons dresser/desk (by renowned designer Norman Bel Geddes) - Goof F...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Aluminum, Steel

'Plissé White Edition' Pleated Textile Table Lamp by Folkform for Örsjö
By Örsjö Industri AB
Located in Glendale, CA
'Plissé White Edition' pleated textile table lamp by Folkform for Örsjö. This unique table lamp was awarded “Lighting of the Year 2022” by Residence Magazine Sweden, who called it “...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Textile

Frank Lloyd Wright S.C. Johnson 617 Desk licensed by Cassina
By Frank Lloyd Wright, Cassina
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Frank Lloyd Wright for Cassina 617 desk. Originally designed in 1936 for the S.C. Johnson Wax Company in Wisconsin. This all original example dates from the late 1980s and is signed ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Brass, Enamel, Steel

Maurice Calka for Leleu-Deshays, "Boomerang" Desk, France, 1970
By LeLeu Deshays, Maurice Calka
Located in New York, NY
“Boomerang” desk designed by Maurice Calka for Leleu. Marked: "CREATION M. CALKA EDITION LELEU DESHAYS" This desk was exhibited in the museum show "Leleu 50 ans de mobilier et de d...
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20th Century French Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Metal

Kevi Office Chair by Jørgen Rasmussen
By Jørgen Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kevi office chair designed by Jørgen Rasmussen. With height, tilt and other adjustments. New upholstered with tan aniline leather.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Leather

Kevi Office Chair by Jørgen Rasmussen
Kevi Office Chair by Jørgen Rasmussen
H 34.26 in W 18.51 in D 21.66 in
Alma Mid Century Walnut and Leather Executive Desk
By Alma Desk Company
Located in Countryside, IL
Alma Mid Century Walnut and Leather Executive Desk This desk measures: 84 wide x 40 deep x 28.75 high, with a chair clearance of 25 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in wha...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Leather, Walnut

1 of 4 Charlotte Perriand Stools for Les Arcs, France 1960s
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Echt, NL
Original Les Arcs stools in very good condition. The stools were designed by Charlotte Perriand for the Les Arcs ski resort in France. The stool are made of solid pine wood and hav...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Wood, Pine

1930s Machine Age Polished Aluminum, Air Flow, Propeller Chair by Cramer
By Cramer Company
Located in Las Vegas, NV
A rare model of executive office chair by Cramer, circa 1930s. Swivels on a streamline rolling propeller base of polished aluminum. Polished aluminum seat back. Seat adjusts up, d...
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1930s Machine Age Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Metal, Aluminum

Pr. 1940's Open Arm Lounge Club Chairs
By Alvar Aalto
Located in New York, NY
Pair of high style lounge chairs, with an architectural continuous open arm and leg structure, which supports the upholstered seat and back. The chairs are structurally sound and st...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Fabric, Wood

Pr. 1940's Open Arm Lounge Club  Chairs
Pr. 1940's Open Arm Lounge Club  Chairs
H 27.5 in W 30.5 in D 29.5 in
Late Century Japanese Cast Brass Industrial Explosion Proof Edison Table Lamp
By Kokosha
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Explosion proof cast brass desk lamp with braided cable and red glow switch. Retro-fitted with a red glow switch, UK plug and vintage Edison filament Lamp E27. Made in the 1980...
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1980s Japanese Industrial Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Bronze, Brass

Charlotte Perriand Set of 6 Kitchen Doors from an Arcs 1600 Apartment
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Charlotte Perriand Set of 6 kitchen doors from an Arcs 1600 apartment, complete with 6 handles and 12 original hinges. State of use, small high furniture, and large under sink. ...
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1960s Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Wood

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Vintage Industrial Steel Tanker's Desk USA, circa 1950
Located in Houston, TX
A handsome vintage steel Tanker's desk made in America circa 1950 with four drawers including a
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Materials

Steel

Industrial Office Tanker Desk Chair by IRGSA
By Industrias Ruiz Galindo SA (IRGSA)
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Rare swivel-tilt desk chair with original vinyl seat and seat back, solid wood base, and hard
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Hardwood

Vintage Industrial Office Tanker Desk Chair by IRGSA
Industrial Office Tanker Desk Chair by IRGSA
H 31.11 in W 24.41 in D 24.41 in
Rare Curtis Office Tanker Desk Chair - 1950's
Located in Mississauga, CA
This is a rare vintage tanker office chair that literally rolls like a dream. Extremely smooth
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1950s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Metal, Chrome

General Fireproofing Executive Tanker Desk with Task Chair
By General Fireproofing Company
Located in Van Nuys, CA
General Fireproofing Company in Ohio and a complimentary forest green covered tanker desk chair by the
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Vintage Rolling Industrial COSCO Tanker Office Desk Chair
By Cosco
Located in Chula Vista, CA
For your pleasure: 1973 Vintage Office Desk Chair by Cosco, a rolling Tanker Business Chair Colors
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Steel

Steelcase Industrial Tanker Chairs
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Steelcase available model 233 Industrial office chairs featuring an all steel frame with a green
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Materials

Steel

Steelcase Industrial Tanker Chairs
Steelcase Industrial Tanker Chairs
H 32 in W 18 in D 19 in
Steelcase Industrial Tanker Chairs
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Steelcase available model 233 Industrial office chairs featuring an all steel frame with a green
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Steel

Steelcase Industrial Tanker Chairs
Steelcase Industrial Tanker Chairs
H 32 in W 18 in D 19 in
Mid Century Modern Brushed Metal Tanker Desk By Steelcase w/ Chair
By Steelcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Industrial metal double pedestal desks by Steelcase with great mid-century modern Good Form chair
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Materials

Metal

Steelcase Model 233 Industrial Tanker Steel Office Chairs
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Steelcase available model 233 Industrial office chairs featuring an all-steel frame with a green
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Materials

Steel

Set of 4 Seafoam Green Model 233 Steelcase Industrial Tanker Chairs
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Steelcase Model 233 industrial office chair featuring an all-steel frame with a lime vinyl
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Materials

Steel

Fun Rolling Industrial Tanker Office Desk Chair CRAMER Company 1950s KANSAS
By Cramer Company
Located in Chula Vista, CA
A midcentury Classic: 1950s vintage office desk chair by Cramer Company of Kansas City, a rolling
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Metal

Industrial Tanker Office Chair by Good Form
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Aluminum and steel tanker chair by the Good Form Company, circa 1930. The chair has Naugahyde like
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Industrial Tanker Office Chair by Good Form
Industrial Tanker Office Chair by Good Form
H 30.5 in W 15.5 in D 16.5 in
Set of 4 Steelcase Industrial Tanker Chairs **Saturday Sale**
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Steelcase Model 233 industrial office Chair featuring an all steel frame with a grey vinyl top
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Materials

Steel

Classic Pair Grey Industrial Office Steel Tanker Arm Chairs by Steelcase
By Steelcase
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic pair Steelcase arm chairs, desk /office, excellent condition, superior quality and
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

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Metal

1970s SteelCase Office Chair, Refinished
By Mcdowell-Craig, Steelcase, General Fireproofing Company
Located in Alhambra, CA
Classic 1970s tanker-style office chair by SteelCase. Newly reupholstered in high quality dark grey
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Pair of 1970s Steelcase Office Chairs, Refinished
By Steelcase
Located in Alhambra, CA
Classic pair of 1970s tanker-style office chairs by Steelcase. Newly reupholstered in cream linen
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Vintage Steelcase Office Chair, Refinished in Black
By Steelcase
Located in Alhambra, CA
Classic tanker-style office chair by Steelcase. Newly refinished in a combination of black leather
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Tanker Swivel Desk Chair by GoodForm
By GoodForm
Located in Fulton, CA
Fantastic aluminum industrial modern swivel desk chair by GoodForm. Steel and aluminum construction
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tanker Desk Chair

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Tanker Swivel Desk Chair by GoodForm
Tanker Swivel Desk Chair by GoodForm
H 34 in W 21.5 in D 20.5 in
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A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of unique chairs, sofas and other seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.