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Dan Johnson Seating

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
Dan Johnson for Selig Viscount Chairs in Leather Set of 4
By Dan Johnson
Located in San Diego, CA
This is a gorgeous set of 4 dining chairs which were designed by Dan Johnson for Selig. Dramatic and curvilinear form, these chairs have the sweeping arms made of solid brass. Elegan...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Seating

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Brass

Vintage 1950s Dan Johnson Sofa/Loveseat/Settee by Pacific Iron
By Pacific Iron, Dan Johnson
Located in Asheville, NC
Elevate your home with this rare loveseat/settee, a masterpiece of mid-century design by Dan Johnson and meticulously crafted by Pacific Iron in the USA during the 1950s. Boasting a ...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Seating

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Iron

Set of 4 Brown Jordan Sol Y Luna Gazelle Chairs
By Dan Johnson, Brown Jordan
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A lovely set of 4 Brown Jordan Sol Y Luna chairs. These Gazelle chairs originally designed by dan Johnson in bronze are simply elegant. The reissue by Brown Jordan are in aluminum. ...
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20th Century American Dan Johnson Seating

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Metal

Set of Oak, Mohair and Bronze Lounge Chairs by Dan Johnson, C. 1950s
By Dan Johnson
Located in Westport, CT
Immerse yourself in mid-century modern elegance with this exquisite pair of lounge chairs by renowned designer Dan Johnson, crafted circa 1950-1959. These chairs boast a sturdy oak f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dan Johnson Seating

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Bronze

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 Seating

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Aluminum

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 Seating

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Aluminum

Dan Johnson"Viscount" Chair
By Dan Johnson, Selig
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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Brass

Dan Johnson for Selig Mid Century Brass and Walnut Viscount Chairs - Pair
By Selig, Dan Johnson
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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Aluminum, Bronze

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 Seating

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Iron

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 Seating

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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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Steel

Pair of Dan Johnson for Selig Black Lacquered High-Back Lounge Chairs, 1950s
By Selig, Dan Johnson
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 Seating

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Brass

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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Wrought Iron

Completely Restored Dan Johnson for Viscount Mid-Century Brass Armchair 1950s
By Dan Johnson, Kodawood
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 Seating

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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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Brass

Rare Dan Johnson for Shelby Williams Walnut and Aluminum Armchair, circa 1960s
By Dan Johnson, Shelby Williams
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A RARE DAN JOHNSON FOR SHELBY WILLIAMS CAST ALUMINUM AND WALNUT SWIVEL-BACK ARM CHAIR Manufactured by Crucible, circa 1960s Item # 011FPA11K-1 Built to last an eternity, this cast a...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dan Johnson Seating

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Aluminum

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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Bronze

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Dan Johnson seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Dan Johnson seating 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 seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original seating by Dan Johnson were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by Wendell Castle, John Stuart Inc., and Flair Furniture. Prices for Dan Johnson seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,125 and can go as high as $32,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,500.

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