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Selig Rocking Chairs

American

As an importer and producer, the Selig furniture company helped popularize timeless and elegant postwar designs in the United States.

Selig created Danish-inspired chairs, sofas and other furnishings for the home that were cutting-edge, contemporary and airy. The brand was also among the first to introduce Scandinavian and European modern styles to Americans in the 1950s and 60s. The company imported and manufactured furniture known for its extraordinary design and style using high-quality, enduring and seductive materials.

Selig was founded in 1931 by Mandell Selig and Samuel Wexler. The pair started the business during the challenging economic times of the Great Depression prior to World War II. By the 1960s, under the leadership of Wexler's son, Robert, Selig peaked with manufacturing factories in five American cities.

Selig’s importing business had a meaningful impact on Italian furniture manufacturers. Wexler, the junior, had a hand in advancing and growing the manufacturing sector of the country’s Udine region. Due to this contribution, the Italian government saw fit to knight Robert Wexler with the title of “Cavaliere.”

After nearly four decades of influencing seating and lounging preferences in the United States with sophisticated mid-century modern and Scandinavian modern furniture — including its own chrome rocking chairs and leather club chairs — Selig sold to Simmons, the mattress company, in 1970, thus dissolving. Much of what they produced and imported is still available despite no longer being manufactured, and many collectors seek original Selig furniture.

On 1stDibs, find an array of vintage Selig furniture that includes lounge chairs, armchairs, tables and more.

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Creator: Selig
Vintage Sculptural Rocking Chair by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig Denmark
By Selig, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Bring home an iconic chair from one of the biggest names in Mid-Century Scandinavian Modern design with this breathtaking sculptural rocking chair made by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig o...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Selig Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Hardwood, Beech

Italian modern tiger print rocking armchair Ellipse Renato Zevi for Selig, 1970s
By Renato Zevi, Selig
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern tiger print rocking armchair Ellipse Renato Zevi for Selig, 1970s Rocking armchair mod. Ellipse. The structure is in chromed metal and is composed of two side ellipses...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Selig Rocking Chairs

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Metal

Chrome Rocking Chair by Selig
By Selig
Located in Dorchester, MA
This fabulous rocking chair, made in Italy, imported by Selig, sets a deeply comfortable swoop of cushion on a polished chrome frame between oval rockers. Th...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Selig Rocking Chairs

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Chrome

Ib Kofod-Larsen Sculptural Rocking Chair for Selig, Denmark, 1960s
By Selig, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Miami, FL
Rare Mid-Century Danish Modern rocking chair, model 650-15, designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig in Denmark, circa 1960s. This elegant rocker has a walnut-s...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Selig Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Renato Zevi for Selig Mid Century Chrome Elliptical Rocking Chairs, A Pair
By Renato Zevi, Selig
Located in Countryside, IL
Renato Zevi for Selig Mid Century Chrome Elliptical Rocking Chairs - A Pair Each chair measures: 27.75 wide x 42 deep x 31 high, with a seat height of 17 inches and arm height of ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Selig Rocking Chairs

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Chrome

Renato Zevi White Tiger Pattern Fabric Chrome Rocking Chair for Selig Ellipse
By Selig, Renato Zevi
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful midcentury rocking chair designed in Italy during 1970s. The piece is a very modernist Italian example, the "Ellipse" by Renato Zevi for Selig, designed with the strong ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Selig Rocking Chairs

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Cut Steel, Chrome

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Selig rocking chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Selig rocking chairs 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 Selig rocking chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original rocking chairs by Selig 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 rocking chairs by Verner Panton, Illum Wikkelsø, and Niels Eilersen. Prices for Selig rocking chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,470 and can go as high as $6,495, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,588.
Questions About Selig Rocking Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    A Selig chair is a chair imported by or produced by Selig, an American furniture company. Selig created Danish-inspired chairs, sofas and other furnishings for the home that were cutting-edge, contemporary and airy. The brand was also among the first to introduce Scandinavian and European modern styles to Americans in the 1950s and 60s. The company imported and manufactured furniture known for its extraordinary design and style using high-quality, enduring and seductive materials. On 1stDibs, shop an assortment of Selig chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Selig Furniture was founded in Massachusetts in 1931. It grew to become a well-known brand and leader in contemporary furniture in the mid-20th century. This put Selig at the forefront of the mid-century modern movement. Its sleek high-end designs produced in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries introduced this style to the United States, where it became quite popular. Shop a collection of Selig furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 15, 2023
    No, Selig is not still in business. In 1970, Simmons purchased the American manufacturing company and dissolved it. The Selig furniture company helped popularize timeless and elegant postwar designs in the U.S. by creating Danish-inspired chairs, sofas and other furnishings for the home that were cutting-edge, contemporary and airy. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Selig furniture.

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