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Niko Kralj Furniture

Slovene, 1920-2013

Although now dubbed the King of Slovenian Design, Niko Kralj was for many years one of the great unsung heroes of industrial design.

The late architect and furniture designer Kralj was known for groundbreaking seating and tables that seamlessly blend functionality with an elegant economy of line. He received little recognition outside his own country, despite registering 120-plus patents and models, including those for the Mosquito bar stool — named for its winglike seat and first produced in 2012 — and a number of inventive “foldables,” like the Rex coffee table and Rex daybed for children.

Sleek and space-saving, Kralj's iconic foldable Rex rocking chair was created in 1956 — it epitomizes his sleek and laconic minimalism, conveying a sense of strength and fluidity, both in its pleasingly geometric open form and its gracefully arching folded silhouette. A contemporary version of Kralj’s mid-century masterwork is produced by the Ljubljana-based furniture company Rex Kralj.

Over the course of his career, Kralj also established close ties with such design giants as Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Olof Pira and Ilmari Tapiovaara, all proponents, like him, of an aesthetic that inhabits the sweet spot between elegant simplicity and pragmatism.

Today, Kralj’s timeless rocking chairs are in the collections of a number of international museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen’s Designmuseum Denmark and the National Technical Museum Prague.

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Creator: Niko Kralj
Rex Rocking Chair Black Oak, Solid frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The frivolous member of Rex Kralj’s foldable furniture series. This chair exudes relaxation and comfort, rocking in rhythmic motion at home as well as in working environments. Niko K...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Oak

Rex Folding Rocking Chair // Niko Kralj // Mid Century // Plywood Chair
By Niko Kralj
Located in Budapest, HU
Timeless design Rex rocking chair by Niko Kralj for Impakta Les, 1970s This model Rex folding rocking chair was designed by Niko Kralj in Slovenia in 1956, with this particular p...
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20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Beech

Mosquito Dining Chair in Black Oak, Wooden Frame and Plywood, Mid-Century Modern
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Named after its wing-like seat, the Mosquito Chair is a genuine eyecatcher, an elegant piece with a touch of poetry. This innovative design proved too demanding for 1950s manufacturi...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Oak

1960 Wood Chair Natural Oak, Solid Frame + Plywood, MidCentury Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Designed at a time when the combination of solid wood and plywood led to an unbeatable type of chair, the 1960 wood chair embodies retro chic and is built to last. The chair is easy ...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Oak

Mosquito Dining Chair in Walnut, Wooden Frame and Plywood, Mid-Century Modern
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Named after its wing-like seat, the mosquito chair is a genuine eyecatcher, an elegant piece with a touch of poetry. This innovative design proved too demanding for 1950s manufacturi...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Walnut

Mosquito Dining Chair in Natural Oak, Wooden Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Named after its wing-like seat, the Mosquito chair is a genuine eyecatcher, an elegant piece with a touch of poetry. This innovative design proved too demanding for 1950s manufacturi...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Oak

Rex Lounge Chair in Black Oak, Solid Frame and Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
A chair that has served generations and the cornerstone of Rex Kralj’s foldable furniture collection. To date, over two million Rex lounge chairs have been produced. Niko Kralj's mas...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Oak

Rex Coffee Table in Natural Oak, Solid frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The story of the Rex furniture collection begins in the 1950s with the Rex foldable chair. Its design incorporates innovation, functionality and beauty. Niko Kralj stretched the boun...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Oak

4455 Dining Chair with Metal Frame, Solid Oak Backrest and Black Plywood Seat
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The 4455 chair has an airy appearance thanks to the open space between the armrests and seat. With its distinctive formal presence, the 4455 Chair is completely at home in modern arc...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Metal

Rex 120 Lounge Chair Natural Walnut, Solid Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The Rex 120 is as stylish today as when it was first produced in 1953. This high-end piece of the Rex Collection displays effortless minimalism and airiness. Produced without comprom...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Walnut

Plywood Armchair 'Rex 120' Designed by Niko Kralj, Slovenia, 1950s
By Stol Kamnik, Niko Kralj
Located in Zagreb, HR
Notable Slovenian designer Niko Kralj was influenced by Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern design. His most famous work is the foldable plywood chair 'Rex', and this is a model that he...
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Mid-20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Plywood

Mosquito Dining Chair, Leaf Green Oak, Wood Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Named after its wing-like seat, the Mosquito chair is a genuine eyecatcher, an elegant piece with a touch of poetry. This innovative design proved too demanding for 1950s manufacturi...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Oak

CC Stool in Natural Walnut, solid wood frame and curved seat, H44 cm, D40 cm
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The CC Stool is similar in design and finish to the CC Table and is a perfect match. Ideal for occasional seating, this item is an elaborate take on a wooden stool. With a solid wood...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Walnut

Mosquito Dining Chair in Cobalt Blue, Wooden Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Named after its wing-like seat, the Mosquito Chair is a genuine eyecatcher, an elegant piece with a touch of poetry. This innovative design proved too demanding for 1950s manufacturi...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Mosquito Chair in Vermillion Red Oak, Wooden Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Named after its wing-like seat, the Mosquito chair is a genuine eyecatcher, an elegant piece with a touch of poetry. This innovative design proved too demanding for 1950s manufacturi...
Category

2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Oak

1960 Wood Dining Chair Black Oak, Solid Frame + Plywood, MidCentury Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Designed at a time when the combination of solid wood and plywood led to an unbeatable type of chair, the 1960 wood chair embodies retro chic and is built to last. The chair is easy ...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Oak

Shell Lounge Square Chair in Natural Walnut with upholstery seat in leather
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
With a square frame holding two shells, the Shell Square Lounge is an interesting blend of striking geometric lines in metal and softly curved plywood. Niko Kralj elevated the Shell ...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Walnut

Rex 120 Lounge Chair Natural Oak Solid Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The Rex 120 is as stylish today as when it was first produced in 1953. This high-end piece of the Rex Collection displays effortless minimalism and airiness. Produced without comprom...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Oak

Rex Coffee Table in Black Oak, Solid frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The story of the Rex furniture collection begins in the 1950s with the Rex foldable chair. Its design incorporates innovation, functionality and beauty. Niko Kralj stretched the boun...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Oak

CC Stool in Black Oak, solid wood frame and curved seat, height 44 cm, D40 cm
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The CC stool is similar in design and finish to the CC table and is a perfect match. Ideal for occasional seating, this item is an elaborate take on a wooden stool. With a solid wood...
Category

2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Oak

1960 Wood Chair Natural Walnut, Solid Frame + Plywood, MidCentury Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Designed at a time when the combination of solid wood and plywood led to an unbeatable type of chair, the 1960 wood chair embodies retro chic and is built to last. The chair is easy ...
Category

2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Walnut

1960 Chair in Natural Oak with Metal Frame and Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Geometric lines meet smooth curves in the 1960 chair. The fluent curves of the plywood are supported by a square frame, which creates a lightweight chair with a dynamic feel. The 196...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Oak

1960 Chair in Black Oak with metal frame and Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Geometric lines meet smooth curves in the 1960 Chair. The fluent curves of the plywood are supported by a square frame, which creates a lightweight chair with a dynamic feel. The 196...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Oak

Iconic Vintage Folding Rex Lounge Chair by Niko Kralj
By Niko Kralj
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic vintage folding Rex lounge chair by Niko Kralj (1920-2013). Niko Kralj is one of the central figures of Slovenian post-war industrial design. This chair is in the perman...
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1950s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Niko Kralj Furniture

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Plywood, Sheepskin, Wood

Iconic Vintage Folding Rex Lounge Chair by Niko Kralj
By Niko Kralj
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic vintage folding Rex lounge chair by Niko Kralj (1920-2013). Niko Kralj is one of the central figures of Slovenian post-war industrial design. This chair is in the perman...
Category

1950s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Wood, Plywood, Sheepskin

Rex Lounge Chair in Natural Oak, Solid Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
A chair that has served generations and the cornerstone of Rex Kralj’s foldable furniture collection. To date, over two million Rex lounge chairs have been produced. Niko Kralj's mas...
Category

2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Oak

Mid-Century Modern Beech Vintage Pair of Armchairs by Niko Kralj 1952 Slovenia
By Niko Kralj
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century Modern pair of vintage armchairs designed by Niko Kralj, which are foldable! Niko Kralj (1920-2013) This presented pair of Rex chairs are great design pieces and exhibit...
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Mid-20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

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Beech, Plywood

Rex Rocking Chair Natural Oak, Solid Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The frivolous member of Rex Kralj’s foldable furniture series. This chair exudes relaxation and comfort, rocking in rhythmic motion at home as well as in working environments. Niko K...
Category

2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Oak

Post War Slovenian Design Rex Foldable Rocking Chair by Niko Kralj, 1950s
By Niko Kralj
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
This model Rex folding rocking chair was designed by Niko Kralj in Slovenia in 1952, with this particular piece thought to have been produced during the 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Plywood, Sheepskin, Beech

Rex Dining Chair in Natural Oak, Solid Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The story of the Rex furniture collection begins in the 1950s with the Rex foldable chair. Its design incorporates innovation, functionality and beauty. Niko Kralj stretched the boun...
Category

2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Oak

CC Stool in Natural Oak, solid wood frame and curved seat, height 44 cm, D40 cm
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The CC stool is similar in design and finish to the CC table and is a perfect match. Ideal for occasional seating, this item is an elaborate take on a wooden stool. With a solid wood...
Category

2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Oak

Rex Dining Chair in Black Oak, Solid Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The story of the Rex furniture collection begins in the 1950s with the Rex foldable chair. Its design incorporates innovation, functionality and beauty. Niko Kralj stretched the boun...
Category

2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Oak

Rex 120 Lounge Chair Black Oak, Solid Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
By Niko Kralj
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The Rex 120 is as stylish today as when it was first produced in 1953. This high-end piece of the Rex Collection displays effortless minimalism and airiness. Produced without comprom...
Category

2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Oak

Iconic Vintage Folding Rex Lounge Chair by Niko Kralj
By Niko Kralj
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic vintage folding Rex lounge chair by Niko Kralj (1920-2013). Niko Kralj is one of the central figures of Slovenian post-war industrial design. This chair is in the perman...
Category

1950s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Niko Kralj Furniture

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Sheepskin, Wood, Plywood

Lounge Chair by Niko Kralj for Stol Kamnik, 1950s, Pair
By Niko Kralj, Stol Kamnik
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Designer: Niko Kralj Manufacturer: Stol Kamnik Period: 1950’s Country of Manufacture: Slovenia/Yugoslavia Attribution Marks: This piece has an attribution mark such as a manufact...
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1950s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Iron

"Niko Kralj for Stol "REX Folding Beech Bentwood Armchair, 1950s
By Niko Kralj
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Early Niko Kralj Stol Rex blonde beech bentwood single folding chair. Featuring molded beech plywood with contoured back and cutouts. Comfortable. Classic. Minimalist. Easy to stor...
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Mid-20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Beech, Plywood

Set of Three Chairs Lupina Designed by Niko Kralj, 1970s
By Niko Kralj, Stol Kamnik
Located in Praha, CZ
- Very comfortable - Marked by label - Rare type.
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1970s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Metal

Folding Chair "Rex" Designed by Niko Kralj, Slovenia, 1952
By Niko Kralj
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Folding chair "Rex." Designed by Niko Kralj. Slovenia, 1952. Plywood, dark brown.
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Mid-20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Plywood, Wood

Mid Century Modern Vintage Red Folding Armchair Rex by Niko Kralj 1952 Slovenia
By Niko Kralj
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century Modern vintage foldable Arm Chair from orange lacquered plywood and beechwood. The Arm Chair is in very good original condition - executed in 1950s. All measures are app...
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Mid-20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Niko Kralj Furniture

Materials

Beech, Plywood

Niko Kralj furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture by Niko Kralj are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Niko Kralj furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 9 vintage editions of these items, while there are 27 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Niko Kralj were created in Slovenia during the 21st century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by and s. The prices for Niko Kralj furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $373 and tops out at $2,049, while pieces like these can sell for $693 on average.

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