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Dan Johnson Furniture

American, 1918-1979

While most postwar furniture designers were looking to the future, Dan Johnson found inspiration in the past. The mid-century modern maverick is remembered for his beautiful armchairs, lounge chairs and dining tables with designs that are reminiscent of ancient Rome.

The American furniture designer began his career in the late 1940s by creating solid wood pieces like desks and dining chairs for California furniture manufacturer Hayden Hall. By the early 1950s, he was designing chairs and tables for American furniture importer and producer Selig. In 1955, Johnson moved to Rome on an apartment design commission. While there, he launched Dan Johnson Studio with the goal of bringing a modern approach to the Roman furniture of antiquity.

The pieces from this era of Johnson’s career are characterized by their sculptural metal designs. His most famous work was the elegant Gazelle line, sold in America by Selig. It features dining tables, coffee tables and multiple chair designs that involve a green “Pompeian Verde” patina, metal framing and traditional caning techniques. Due to a high manufacturing cost, the production line was limited and is highly exclusive today.

Another popular design by Johnson for Selig in the 1950s was the Viscount chair. More typical of the mid-century style, it was made with a wood frame, polished brass accents and orange leather upholstery. In the 1960s, Johnson designed a similar aluminum chair for American furniture manufacturer and distributor Shelby Williams, this one with blue upholstery.

Johnson died in 1978. The Gazelle armchair is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and Denver Art Museum, and a prototype of the Gazelle lounge chair is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Interior designers regularly use Johnson’s furniture for upscale outdoor spaces in California and New York.

On 1stDibs, find Dan Johnson seating, tables, desks and more.

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Creator: Dan Johnson
Set of 4 Brown Jordan Sol Y Luna Chairs
By Brown Jordan, Dan Johnson
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A lovely set of 4 Brown Jordan Sol Y Luna chairs. We’ve had these chairs powder coated as they were in rough condition when we found them. The color has a hint of glitter to it. Plea...
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20th Century American Dan Johnson Furniture

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Metal

Aluminum "Sol y Luna" Side Table by Dan Johnson for Brown Jordan
By Dan Johnson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Aluminum "Sol y Luna" Side Table by Dan Johnson for Brown Jordan, Midcentury, USA W 24” x D 14.75” x H 13.5” FDV10938 *Wear consistent ...
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1960s American Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Aluminum

Aluminum "Sol y Luna" Dining Chairs by Dan Johnson for Brown Jordan
By Dan Johnson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Aluminum "Sol y Luna" Dining Chairs by Dan Johnson for Brown Jordan, Midcentury, USA H 33.5” x W 20.5” x D 21.5” / Seat Ht 17.25” Arm Ht ...
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1960s American Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Aluminum

Aluminum "Sol y Luna" Armless Dining Chairs by Dan Johnson for Brown Jordan
By Dan Johnson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Aluminum "Sol y Luna" Dining Chairs by Dan Johnson for Brown Jordan, Midcentury, USA H 33.5” x W 20.5” x D 21.5” / Seat Ht 17.25” FDV109...
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1960s American Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Aluminum

Set of Ten Mid-Century Viscount Chairs by Dan Johnson, c. 1950's
By Dan Johnson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of ten Mid-century Viscount chairs with brass, light brown leather and rich walnut wood by Dan Johnson. Made in Denmark, c. 1950's. Dimensions: 29"H x 20.5"W x 20"D
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1950s Danish Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Brass

Dan Johnson for Shelby Williams Aluminum Armchair - rare variation
By Dan Johnson, Shelby Williams
Located in Chicago, IL
Cast aluminum chair designed by Dan Johnson for Shelby Williams. Manufactured by Crucible Products. This appears to be a early variation where no wood arms were ever attached. As T...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dan Johnson Furniture

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Aluminum

Dan Johnson"Viscount" Chair
By Selig, Dan Johnson
Located in Highland, IN
Often incorrectly attributed to Danish designer Ib Kofod-Larsen, these elegant chairs are an early design by American architect Dan Johnson. They were produced and distributed by Sel...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Brass

Dan Johnson for Hayden Hall Maple Chest of Drawers, 1946–47
By Dan Johnson, Hayden Hall 1
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare 1946–1947 mid-century modern three-drawer chest or dresser in maple by Dan Johnson for Hayden Hall. Early piece in a prescient contemporary-looking minimalist geometric style...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Wood, Maple

Rare Dan Johnson Side Tables for Hayden Hall Furniture
By Dan Johnson
Located in San Francisco, CA
An early design by American Dan Johnson (1918-1979) for Hayden Hall Furniture, a pair oak side tables with cantilevered tops and striking triangul...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Oak

Dan Johnson Aluminum Chaise Lounge by Brown Jordan
By Brown Jordan, Dan Johnson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The iconic design of this lounge, by Dan Johnson is timeless. Brown Jordan reissued this chair with his design... a compliment to any outdoor setting, by the pool, or garden. Dan ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dan Johnson Furniture

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Aluminum

Dan Johnson for Selig Mid Century Brass and Walnut Viscount Chairs - Pair
By Dan Johnson, Selig
Located in Countryside, IL
Dan Johnson for Selig Mid Century Brass and Walnut Viscount Chairs - Pair Each chair measures: 22 wide x 19 deep x 28 high, with a seat height of 17.75 and arm height/chair clearanc...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Brass

Dan Johnson for Shelby Williams Crucible Chair
By Shelby Williams, Dan Johnson
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Dan Johnson for Shelby Williams Crucible Chair having cast aluminum and wood frame on upholstered seat and back. Beautiful lines on this seldom found chair. In amazing original vinta...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dan Johnson Furniture

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Aluminum, Bronze

Dan Johnson High-Back Lounge Chair with Brass Accents for Selig
By Dan Johnson, Selig
Located in Los Angeles, CA
High-Back lounge chair designed by Dan Johnson for Selig and manufactured in Denmark circa 1950’s. Featuring a beautifully carved walnut-stained beechwood frame with five slats accen...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Brass

Pair of deep red leather 'Viscount' chairs by Dan Johnson for Selig
By Dan Johnson
Located in Kleinburg, ON
This stunning armchair is a rare example of Dan Johnson’s Viscount design for Selig, featuring a sleek brass frame and a rich cognac leather upholstery. The chair has a distinctive m...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Gazelle 10B chairs in all cast aluminium by Dan Johnson
By Dan Johnson
Located in Kleinburg, ON
The Gazelle chair was designed by Dan Johnson in 1958 as part of a series of chairs that Johnson developed during and after completing a commission to design an apartment in Rome. Jo...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Aluminum

Dan Johnson, Lounge Chair, Iron, Fabric, USA, 1950s
By Dan Johnson, Pacific Iron
Located in High Point, NC
A black-painted iron and off white fabric lounge chair, designed by Dan Johnson and produced by Pacific Iron, USA, 1950s. 16” seat height
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Iron

Dan Johnson, Slipper Chair, Iron, Fabric, USA, 1950s
By Dan Johnson, Pacific Iron
Located in High Point, NC
A black-painted iron and off white fabric slipper or lounge chair, designed by Dan Johnson and produced by Pacific Iron, USA, 1950s. 15” seat height
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Iron

Dan Johnson “Viscount” Cognac Leather and Brass Accent Armchair for Selig
By Dan Johnson, Selig
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid Century Modern “Viscount” armchair designed by Dan Johnson for Selig in Denmark circa 1950’s. This elegant design features a newly refinished wa...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Dan Johnson for Selig Black Lacquered High-Back Lounge Chairs, 1950s
By Dan Johnson, Selig
Located in San Francisco, CA
rare pair of 1950s black lacquered high-back upholstered lounge chairs by Dan Johnson for Selig. Features elegantly tapered opposing curvilinear lines with a distinctive yet timel...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Brass

Completely Restored Dan Johnson for Viscount Mid-Century Brass Armchair 1950s
By Kodawood, Dan Johnson
Located in St. Louis, MO
Dan Johnson "Viscount" for Kodawood, distributed by Selig, armchair or desk chair, circa 1950s. Refinished in dark ebony stain with new foam, orange leather and polished brass. Arm h...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dan Johnson Furniture

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Brass

Restored Wrought Iron Chair and Ottoman by Dan Johnson for Pacific Iron, USA
By Dan Johnson
Located in Deland, FL
Classic design meets modern materials. This ultra-rare chair and ottoman set, designed by Dan Johnson and produced by Pacific Iron between the late 40's and early 50's, has recently ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Dan Johnson Leather Sling Chair
By Dan Johnson
Located in Chicago, IL
Dan Johnson leather sling chair, Tubular bent steel with leather sling, newer production from a rare series from the 1950's, exact period correct ...
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Dan Johnson Furniture

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Steel

Dan Johnson Walnut and Brass Viscount Chair by Selig
By Dan Johnson
Located in Wilton, CT
This Dan Johnson Viscount chair is in its original condition. It has a lovely patina and has kept its structural integrity due to its fine workmanship. Upholstered in its original bl...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Brass

Dan Johnson, Slipper Chair, Iron, Bouclé, USA, 1950s
By Dan Johnson, Pacific Iron
Located in High Point, NC
A bouclé and iron slipper chair designed by Dan Johnson and produced by Pacific Iron, USA, 1950s.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Iron

Wrought Iron Lounge Chairs by Dan Johnson for Pacific Iron
By Dan Johnson, Pacific Iron
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, lounge chair set by Dan Johnson for Pacific Iron features an armchair and slipper chair with minimal wrought iron frames with ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dan Johnson Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Dan Johnson Dining Table and or Desk
By Dan Johnson
Located in Chicago, IL
Dan Johnson dining table and or Desk for Arch Industries Inc. Designed 1958, manufactured by Dan Johnson Studio, Rome Italy. Travertine Marble Top with wrought iron base and sheath ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Travertine, Bronze, Wrought Iron

Rare Dan Johnson for Shelby Williams Walnut and Aluminum Armchair, circa 1960s
By Dan Johnson, Shelby Williams
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Built to last an eternity, this cast aluminum chair was designed by Dan Johnson for Shelby Williams and still retains the original manufacturer tag from Crucible Products. It retains...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Aluminum

Dan Johnson "Satyr" Table
By Dan Johnson
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Three-leg satyr table by Dan Johnson. Bronze base with new glass top, inspired by images of Greco-Roman mythological figures.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Dan Johnson Furniture

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Bronze

Dan Johnson “Viscount” Brass Accent & Cognac Leather Armchair for Selig
By Dan Johnson, Selig
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid Century Modern “Viscount” armchair designed by Dan Johnson for Selig in Denmark circa 1950’s. This elegant design features a newly refinished wa...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Brass

Pair of bronze Gazelle chairs Dan Johnson
By Dan Johnson
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of bronze "Gazelle" armchairs model 20B. These amazingly sculptural chairs were designed and cast in solid bronze by Dan Johnson circa 1950s. Iconic mid-century silhouette tha...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Bronze

Dan Johnson for Hayden Hall Solid Maple Desk, 1947
By Hayden Hall 1, Dan Johnson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is one of Dan Johnson’s earliest and rarest designs, made for Hayden hall of Alhambra, California. The form is classic California midcentury. Made fro...
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1940s American Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Maple

Dan Johnson "Gazelle" Table
By Dan Johnson
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Iconic sculptural dining table designed by Don Johnson Studio, 1956. New glass top. A matching set of eight Gazelle dining chairs also available.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dan Johnson Furniture

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Bronze

Dan Johnson Gazelle Dining Table, model 33B
By Dan Johnson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dan Johnson gazelle dining table, model 33B, Dan Johnson Studio, USA 1956
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1950s American Vintage Dan Johnson Furniture

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Bronze

Dan Johnson furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Dan Johnson 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 to choose from in our collection of Dan Johnson furniture, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Dan Johnson were created in the modern style in united states during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by William Billy Haines, Karpen of California, and Allan Gould. Prices for Dan Johnson furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $24,000 and can go as high as $35,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $29,500.

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