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Pair of Mid-Century Chrome Chairs, Nowy Styl, circa 1980's
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Czechoslovakia Made of chrome, fabric With aged patina Re-polished Original condition.
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Vintage 1980s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Chrome Chairs and Table in Style of Milo Baughman
By Milo Baughman
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modern set consisting of four upholstered chrome chairs and a square chrome table with glass top, in the style of Milo Baughman. In good vintage condition, with some we...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

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Chrome

Chrome and Vinyl Dinning Chairs 'Set of 4 in White'
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This set of midcentury chrome chairs are perfect for your gaming/ entertainment room. With a simple yet sleek design, these chairs will fit with any entertainment space. Comfortable ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Chrome Craft Mid Century Smoked Lucite Dining Chairs, Set of 6
By Chrome Craft
Located in Countryside, IL
Chrome Craft mid century smoked lucite dining chairs - set of 6 Each chair measures: 20.75 wide x 23.25 deep x 35.5 high, with a seat height of 19 inches All pieces of furniture ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Dining Chairs
Located in Raleigh, NC
A classic set of cantilevered armchairs in the style of Marcel Breuer and Mies Van Der Rohe. These have a wrap around tube frame with newly upholstered seat and back. The rust colore...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

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H 30 in. W 22 in. D 22 in.
Mid-Century Chrome Cantilevered Chairs - Set of 4
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stylish and unusual set of 4 cantilevered mid-century chairs. Chrome frame. Offset oval-shaped seats combined with sleek bases give these chairs a unique and striking visual profile....
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Fabric Chair
Located in Toledo, OH
Mid-Century Modern chrome framed upholstered chair in the style of Milo Baughman. Off-white fabric in very nice condition with some minor stains. Dimensions: 34" depth x 26" W x 29" ...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Mid Century Chrome Pair of Lounge Chairs
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Amazing heavy chrome pair of mid century chairs. Both have recently been reupholstered and left in excellent condition. Chrome base has very minimal signs of use. Great for any Mid-C...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

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H 32 in. W 33.5 in. D 36 in.
Pair of Mid-Century Upholstered Chrome Swivel Chairs
Located in New York City, NY
Pair of mid-century yellow upholstered chrome swivel chairs with a white enameled star base.
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Mid-20th Century Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Italian Chrome Chairs
Located in Stamford, CT
1980s pair of Mid-Century Italian chrome chairs.  
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20th Century Chairs

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Chrome

4 Italian Mid Century Cantilever Chairs Cowhide & Chrome
By Matteo Grassi
Located in Buxton, GB
These Mid Century Italian Cantilever Dining Chairs are of a stylish design attributed to Matteo Grassi. The frame is Chrome Tubular, with a curved central base. The gorgeous cowhide ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Conference Chairs in Steel and Red Wool by Chrome Craft
By Chrome Craft
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Super cool and equally comfortable pair of conference or desk chairs from Chrome Craft probably late 1970s. Came out of the offices of J. Walter Thompson of New York. Solid and sturd...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Rocking Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish midcentury rocking chair features heavy flat chrome construction and shapely frame design. Unique patterned upholstery is tufted for added style, plush padding makes thi...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Chrome

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H 36.5 in. W 26.75 in. D 40.5 in.
Swedish Mid-Century Modern Leather Chrome Accent Chairs, a Pair
Located in Seattle, WA
Beautiful Swedish Mid-Century Modern leather chair. The chair has a thick cognac brown leather upholstery and a chrome steel frame. The leather is in excellent vintage condition with...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal, Chrome

Viko Baumritter Mid-Century Chrome and Walnut Office Chair
By Viko Baumritter
Located in Countryside, IL
Viko Baumritter mid century chrome and walnut office chair The chair measures: 17.5 wide x 25 deep x 29 inches high, with a seat height of 17 inches. All pieces of furniture c...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Style Black and Chrome Chairs, a Pair
Located in Wichita, KS
These mid-century style chairs shine with chrome legs and arms and black fabric that is in great shape. A beautiful addition to any mid-century, modernist, or eclectic style of design.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Cantilever Lounge Chair
By Paul Tuttle
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1970s, Mid-Century Modern, flat bar, chrome cantilever, airport style, lounge, slipper chair with vinyl upholstery in the manner of Paul Tuttle or Milo Baughman.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Four Mid Century Modern Polished Chrome Dining Chairs
By Directional
Located in Hollywood, FL
The channeled upholstered seat above a chrome base.
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Vintage 1970s American Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Tubular Chrome Rocking Chair
By Charles Stendig
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage metal and vinyl rocking chair features a stylish chrome frame with unique circular rockers. Vintage vinyl covering is sculpted for ergonomic comfort, making this a great...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Chrome

Mid Century Modern Ultra Suede Chrome Club Chairs
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of mid century modern, club, lounge chairs in the style of Milo Baughman feature flat bar chrome bases with fully upholstered bodies and cushions in cream ultra suede. The chair...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Chrome

Harvey Probber Mid Century Wicker and Chrome Cantilever Dining Chair
By Harvey Probber, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Located in Baltimore, MD
An amazing vintage model D43 wicker and chrome cantilever chair designed by Preben Fabricius & Jorgen Kastholm for Harvey Probber in Denmark. A rare chair of Probber chairs featuring...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Chrome Lounge Chairs
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern pair of lounge chairs feature a heavy flat bar chrome frame and thick padded seats. The unique sloped armrests and tufted backrest add to the midcentury ...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Chromed Black Leather T Chairs, Katavolos, Kelley, Littell, Laverne
By Douglas Kelly, Ross Littell and William Katavolos, Laverne International
Located in MIlano, IT
Mid-century chromed black leather T chairs, Katavolos, Kelley, Littell, Laverne. Eight model T chairs, with chromed and enamelled steel frame with support seats in black leather. V...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Wood and Chrome DCM Eames Chair
By Charles Eames
Located in Toledo, OH
Mid-Century Modern ebonized wood and chrome chair by DCM Eames. Very nice condition. Dimensions: 21" depth x 19" W x 29.5" H, seat height 17.5".
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Desk Chair with Woven Upholstery, c. 1970's
By Milo Baughman
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid-Century Modern desk chair or side chair with chromed cantilevered frame in the style of Milo Baughman. Newly upholstered in a woven textile by Rogers & Goffigon fabric in hues of...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Unusual Orange Chrome Lounge Chair Mid-Century Modern
By Selig
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning large-scale chrome lounge chair. We have restored this piece with new foam and high end orange woven fabric. Just gorgeous in person.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Mid Century Modern Polished Chrome & Chocolate Leather Swivel Chair on Castors
Located in New York, NY
This graphic and refined Mid Century Modern swivel chair was realized in the United States circa 1970. It features an open form design with raised sides that create arm rests and a r...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Mid Century Chairs Curved Chromed Aluminum Leather Nabuk 1970s Set of 4
Located in Palermo, IT
Set of 4 curvilinear dining chairs by an unknown designer with tubular chromed steel structure, seat and back upholstered in cream-colored nubuck leather. Produced in the 70s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Set of Six Chrome Craft Dining Chairs, Gray Acrylic Backs and New Velvet Seats
By Chrome Craft
Located in Kansas City, MO
Set of 6 chrome craft high back dining chairs. Chrome frames with thick grey Lucite backs and new gray velvet seats. A striking and very cool set.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Mid Century Chrome Loewenstein Cantilever Chairs Marcel Brewer Style
By Hank Loewenstein
Located in Baltimore, MD
A stunning set of six vintage, Cantilevered chrome frame armchairs designed by Hank Loewenstein. In the manner of Marcel Brewer Cesca chairs. A beautiful modernist cantilever design ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Chrome Steelcase Swivel Lounge Chairs Mid-Century Orange Mohair
By Steelcase, Gardner Leaver
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Amazing pair of Platner style chromed steel swivel lounge chairs with orange mohair. These chairs are so gorgeous in person-i just want to take a bite out of them-like yummy candy. T...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Tubular Leather Sling Lounge Chair
Located in Esperance, NY
Mid-Century Modern chrome tubular leather sling lounge chair.
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid Century Low-Back Lounge Chair in Chrome, Belgium
By Airborne International, Olivier Mourgue
Located in Voorburg, NL
A rare low backed version of a Mid century Lounge chair with heavily chromed steel frame and upholstered in black faux leather. The chair is numbered. Designed, circa 1975 in Belgium...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome, Steel

Four Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Velvet Dining Chairs
By Comfort Designs, Inc., Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Handsome set of four dining chairs designed by Adrian Pearsall for Comfort Designs. These chairs have been newly upholstered in a luxurious gray velvet and rest on chrome bases. Labe...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Paoli Chair Co. Black Naugahyde Chrome MCM Slipper Chairs Style Florence Knoll
By Florence Knoll, Paoli Chair Company
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome pair of Mid-Century Modern or MCM slipper chairs in black faux leather or Naugahyde by Paoli Chair Co. done in the style of Florence Knoll. Original tag on one chair dated 19...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

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Chrome

Milo Baughman Mid Century Chrome Cantilever Lounge Chairs - Pair
By Milo Baughman
Located in Countryside, IL
Milo Baughman Mid Century Chrome Cantilever Lounge Chairs - Pair These chairs measure: 28.5 wide x 30.5 deep x 28 inches high, with a seat height of 17 and arm height of 25.5 inch...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid Century Black Leather and Chrome Slipper Lounge Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid century black leather and chrome slipper lounge chair Chair measures: 22.5 wide x 30 deep x 32.5 high, with a seat height of 17 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in w...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Tub Lounge Chairs by Flair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern Chrome Tub Lounge Chairs by Flair Designer: Flair Manufacture: Flair
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Excellent Chrome Flat Bar Lounge Chair, Mid-Century Modern
By Flair
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Excellent chrome flat bar lounge chair. This chair has been newly reupholstered within the last year with a handsome woven grey fabric-looks quite nice. The chrome flat bars are soli...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Style Chrome Lounge Chair
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage modern heavy chrome lounge chair features unique Mid-Century design in a comfortable package. Upholstered armrests, plush fabric cushions and lounge style seat design ma...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Cantilever Chrome Tufted Cube Lounge Chair
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous Milo Baughman style cantilever chrome tufted lounge chair. Single solid bar chromed steel form the legs and hold the tufted cube shaped wide seat.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Set of Mid-Century Modern Chrome Dining Chairs
Located in Bronx, NY
Set of Mid-Century Modern chrome dining chairs. The arm chairs are 33" in height, 23" in width and 24" in depth. The side chairs are 35" in height, 18" in width and 24" in depth. The...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Vintage Mid-Century Chrome & Leather Flat Bar Director Style Arm Chairs, a Pair
Located in Esperance, NY
Vintage mid-century chrome & leather flat bar director style arm chairs - a pair.
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Vintage Mid Century Polished Chrome Frame Rolled Back Dining Chairs, Set of 4
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Mid Century Modern polished chrome frame rolled back dining chairs - set of 4. Set includes (4) side chairs, polished chrome frames, upholstered back and seat, curved sleek b...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Set 4 Lucite Chrome Folding Side Chairs Italy 1960s Castelli
By Castelli
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a phenomenal set of four folding side chairs, made of chrome and lucite, by Castelli, made in Italy, circa the 1960s. In very good vintage condition. The di...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Set of Four Mid-Century Modern T Chairs in Chrome and Cognac Leather.
Located in Washington, DC
Set of four Mid-Century Modern T chairs in chrome and cognac leather.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Modern Set of Red Velvet and Chromed Chairs, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern set of red velvet and chromed chairs, 1970s Set of four chairs with chromed structure, padded on seat and back and covered in original brick red velvet, 1...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Milo Baughman Style Mid Century Chrome Tufted Lounge Chairs, Pair
By Milo Baughman
Located in Countryside, IL
Milo Baughman style mid century chrome tufted lounge chairs - pair. Each chair measures: 25 wide x 44 deep x 38 high, with a seat height of 16 and arm height/chair clearance 21.5 ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid Century Modern Chromed Foldable Vintage Chairs by Marcello Cuneo 1970 Italy
By Marcello Cuneo
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century modern vintage set of 4 chairs designed by Marcello Cuneo 1970s Italy and produced by Mobel. The frame of the foldable chairs is chrome-plated and the upholstery is cover...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

John Stuart Chrome Arm Vintage chairs Desk Lounge Dining Mid-Century Modern
By John Stuart
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Mid Century Modern John Stuart chrome armchairs with stickers underneath, pictures. The chrome is in good condition however the original upholstery will need to be replaced. ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Set of 4 Mid Century Tubular Chrome Faux White Leather Sling Dining Chairs
By Cassina
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Set of 4 mid century tubular chrome faux white leather sling dining chairs. Matching set all in good condition very clean set. Great for use as dining chairs or side chairs. Style of...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Mid 20th Century Chrome and Leather Chair with Stool
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 20th century chrome and leather chair with stool circa 1960. Good quality lounging chair with matching stool for when you need to put your feet up. Chair fitted with a recl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather

Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Mid Century Chrome Lounge Chair
By Thayer Coggin, Milo Baughman
Located in Countryside, IL
Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Mid Century Chrome Lounge Chair The chair measures: 32.5 wide x 32 deep x 29 high, with a seat height of 17 inches and arm height of 21 inches ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Milo Baughman Style Mid Century Chrome Lounge Chairs, Set of 2
By Milo Baughman
Located in Countryside, IL
Milo Baughman style mid century chrome lounge chairs - Set of 2 Each chair measures: 30.5 wide x 30 deep x 27 inches high, with a seat height of 18 inches and an arm height of 25....
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Thonet Style Chrome Frame Rocking Chair
By Thonet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This sleek modern rocking chair features a tufted vinyl seat with stylish chrome frame. Mounted wooden rockers ensure a fluid rocking motion, while padded armrests and high back seat...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Chrome Frame Tufted Lounge Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant pair of Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs feature heavy chrome frames with royal blue tufted upholstery. Sleek design with angled backrest and low armrests for added comfort. ...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Italian Modern Tufted Mohair and Chrome Lounge Chairs
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Luxurious pair of Mid-Century Modern arm chairs with polished chrome frames and tufted back and seat (reminiscent of the flat bar lounge chairs by Milo Baughman but an Italian design...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Adrian Pearsall for Comfort Designs Mid Century Chrome Lounge Chair
By Adrian Pearsall, Comfort Designs, Inc.
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Comfort Designs mid century chrome lounge chair The chair measures: 28.5 wide x 33.5 deep x 27.5 high, with a seat height of 17 inches and arm height/chair cle...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern French Rocking Chair with a Chrome Base
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern rocking chair features a heavy flat bar chrome frame and upholstered seating. The stylish white and blue fabric over the thick padded seating provide ma...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of DIA Baughman Style Chrome High Back Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs
By Design Institute America
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Handsome pair of high back dining chairs manufactured by Design Institute of America. These heavy and high quality chairs have a clean, classic look with thin chrome frames and uphol...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

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Mid Century Chrome Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century chrome chair available at 1stDibs. Each mid century chrome chair for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, chrome and fabric. If you’re shopping for a mid century chrome chair, we have 4833 options in-stock, while there are 28 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer mid century chrome chair, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Each mid century chrome chair bearing Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Scandinavian Modern hallmarks is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made mid century chrome chair over the years, but those crafted by Milo Baughman, Knoll and Thayer Coggin are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Mid Century Chrome Chair?

Prices for a mid century chrome chair start at $1 and top out at $36,000 with the average selling for $2,969.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.