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Cor is Latin for heart, and COR furniture exemplifies the qualities at the heart of exceptional design: practicality, comfort and style. The company's sofaslounge chairs and coffee tables capture the essence of the best of mid-century modernism. Simple silhouettes, quality materials and function-first designs ensure that vintage COR furniture is still in high demand with collectors all over the world.

COR was founded in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany, in 1954 by Leo Lübke — in the name of his son, Helmut — and the Prince of Bentheim-Tecklenburg, a northern German county. Nearly a couple of decades prior, in 1937, a manufacturer of bedroom furniture called Interlübke was established by Leo and his brother Hans. The latter’s son Horst, who was managing partner from 1972, retired during the 1990s and his son Helmut Lübke joined Interlübke and shifted the brand’s focus toward modular furniture systems. During the 1980s, the Prince of Bentheim-Tecklenburg left COR and the Lübke family became its sole owner. In 2006, COR-Interlübke retail locations opened their doors.

COR made its mark in 1959 with a sleek modular seating system consisting of five parts called Quinta, which was created by designer Michael Bayer. The upholstered line boasted clean, angular contours and appealed to the day's ever-broadening flexible interior design sensibilities. It remained in production until 1978. The success of the Quinta was followed by the 1964 Conseta system, which featured a sofa and other pieces of seating designed by Friedrich Wilhelm Möller

The following decades saw more successful collaborations with designers like Peter Maly and Luigi Colani. The latter, a German industrial designer born Lutz Colani, created a range of gorgeous organically shaped Space Age seating for BASF and Fritz Hansen, serveware for Rosenthal and worked on automobile designs for Fiat. Colani designed the popular Orbis line for COR during the 1970s. 

In 2000, the Arthe sofa by Wulf Schneider was awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award from the North Rhine-Westphalia Design Centre.

COR is still owned and operated by the Lübke family’s parent company Gebrüder Lübke GmbH & Co. KG and continues to produce furniture at the Rheda-Wiedenbrück factory, sourcing leather from southern Germany and upholstery from Italy. The company partnered with Jehs+Laub, a renowned Stuttgart-based studio, in 2010.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage COR seating, tables and more.

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COR Trio Sofa by Team Form Ag for COR Furniture, Germany, 1970s
By COR, Team Form AG
Located in amstelveen, NL
This comfortable new upholstered sectional sofa was designed by the Swiss Designers Group Team Form AG and produced in the 1970s by COR, Germany. All sections of the sofa can be arr...
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage COR

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Mohair

Seating as Minimalist Sculpture, 4 Elements by Uredat, 1969, Mohair Upholstery
By COR, Klaus Uredat
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Amazing, museum quality, modular 'CORBI' seating set, composed of four elements, designed by Klaus Uredat for 'COR', Germany, 1969 complete with the original purchase invoice dated 1972. After receiving many requests to do so, we have carefully unpicked and removed the original custom order pop art upholstery and have now recovered the set in a more neutral, high quality mohair upholstery. A rare, beautiful and highly sculptural pure elemental design, the large dimensions of each .Corbi' seating element allow for them to be used equally as either individual lounge chairs or as a modular sofa. This particular set is a must for serious collectors, this set comes complete with the original German purchase invoice from 1972, which also confirms the additional expense of the custom order upholstery, we have carefully unpicked and kept the original upholstery fabric should the buyer wish to retain it for provenance (please see photos 14 and 15 which illustrate the set with it's original upholstery). The sculptural 'Corbi' modular lounge chair was designed in 1969 and only remained in limited scale production for a few years up to circa 1974. Today this super elegant design is both very popular and now extremely difficult to find due to the passage of time and the limited total production numbers so a large set of elements such as this, is really a rare opportunity. Each 'Corbi' element is composed of two independent Minimalist sculptural forms, one base element and one cylindrical seat back. With the base elements positioned end to end, day beds may...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage COR

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Mohair, Foam, Wood

COR Swing Leather Lounge Chair by Reinhold Adolf & Hans-Jürgen Schröpfer, 1976
By Reinhold Adolf, Hans-Jürgen Schröpfer, COR
Located in Vienna, AT
COR Swing Leather Lounge Chair by Reinhold Adolf & Hans-Jürgen Schröpfer, 1976 Original Swing chair + ottoman with its original smooth and unharmed aniline leather. The original lea...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage COR

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Steel

Pair of Velvet Sedia Lounge Chairs by Horst Brüning for COR, Germany, 1960s
By COR, Horst Bruning
Located in Izegem, VWV
Wonderful pair of mid-century modern Sedia clubchairs designed by Horst Brüning for COR, Germany. Shell and loose cushions upholstered in soft cream velvet on a four-star aluminium b...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern COR

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Aluminum

COR Trio Modular Sofa by Team Form AG (Green)
By COR, Team Form AG
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
The COR Trio modular sofa designed by Team Form AG. This green edition with teddy fabric is an edition from approximately the 1970s. This configuration consist out of three modules ...
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1970s Swiss Space Age Vintage COR

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Upholstery

  • COR Trio Modular Sofa by Team Form AG (Green)
  • COR Trio Modular Sofa by Team Form AG (Green)
  • COR Trio Modular Sofa by Team Form AG (Green)
  • COR Trio Modular Sofa by Team Form AG (Green)
H 25.99 in W 59.06 in D 118.12 in
COR Trio Modular Sofa In Brown Teddy By Team Form AG, 1970s
By Team Form AG, COR
Located in ABCOUDE, UT
The iconic modular sofa COR trio, executed in the original brown teddy fabric. The Cor Trio design was created in 1972 by Team Form AG in Switzerland for COR, and is still popular to...
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1970s Vintage COR

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Upholstery

COR Sinus Leather Lounge Chair by Reinhold Adolf & Hans-Jürgen Schröpfer, 1976
By Reinhold Adolf, Hans-Jürgen Schröpfer, COR
Located in Vienna, AT
First Edition 'Sinus' lounge armchair by Reinhold Adolf & Hans-Jürgen Schröpfer for Cor, Germany 1976 Original and rare Sinus chair + ottoman with its original smooth and unharmed a...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage COR

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Steel

COR Trio Modular Sofa In Beige Teddy By Team Form AG, 1970s
By Team Form AG, COR
Located in ABCOUDE, UT
The iconic modular sofa COR trio, executed in the original light beige teddy fabric. The Cor Trio design was created in 1972 by Team Form AG in Switze...
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1960s Vintage COR

Materials

Upholstery

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Cor furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

COR furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of fabric and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of COR furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by COR were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Luigi Colani, Burkhard Vogtherr, and Dieter Rams. Prices for COR furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $709 and can go as high as $28,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,046.

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