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Set of Eight Mid-Century Side Chairs, Made in Italy, 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
Set of eight side chairs in beech and black leather. Designed and made in Italy. Great original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Located in Buchanan, NY
Pair of 1950s Italian side chairs in green leather with wicker back and brass detailing. These chairs are sold in "as is" condition.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Mid-Century Modern Chiavari Brass Vintage Side Chair, 1960s, Italy
By Chiavari
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern Vintage delicate brass Chiavari side chair with renewed yellow velvet fabric seat. Also the brass side chair shows a beautiful brass patina. The condition is very ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Golden Brass Chiavari Side Chairs, 1950s, Italy
By Chiavari
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century Modern delightful pair of vintage Chiavari side chairs / chairs were made of polished solid brass furthermore the seats are newly covered with green velvet fabric. The vi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Wrought Iron Hairpin Leg Bentwood Accent Side Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-Century Modern Italian wrought iron hairpin leg bentwood accent side chair. Item features bentwood seat, slat back, wrought iron frame, hairpin legs, very nice vintage item, clea...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Brass Vintage Chiavari Side Chair, 1950s, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern delightful vintage brass Chiavari side chair 1950s, Italy, shows a brass frame and a seat, which is newly covered with green textile fabric. The vintage condition ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

2 Solid Brass Italian Mid-Century Modern 'Chiavari' Desk, Vanity or Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
2 Italian MIdcentury Modern Neoclassical Style "Chiavari" desk / vanity or side chairs in Solid Brass. The Chiavari' chair is priced and sold individually. Most people who have at...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

HENREDON Capri Mid Century Italian Neoclassical Dining Side Chairs - Pair
By Henredon
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of Mid Century Italian Provincial Neoclassical Style dining side chairs by Henredon, from their Capri line. Solid wood with carved backsplat, striped fabric upholstered seat a...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Side Chairs

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Wood, Fabric

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Gobelin Side Chairs Paolo Buffa style, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Traversetolo, IT
A couple of chic and loving Italian room chairs. Valuable items for their shape and also in combination with the precious Gobelin fabric used to cover them, original of the period a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Vintage Brass Chiavari Side Chair, 1950s, Italy
By Chiavari
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage beautiful Chiavari chair or side chair from brass with a newly covered light brown velvet fabric seat. The condition is very good with minor signs of age a...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

1950s Italian Solid Brass Chiavari High Back Vanity Side Chair Mid Century
Located in Norwich, GB
Vintage Italian solid brass Chiavari high back vanity side chair. Circa 1950. The design is based on the original 19th-century wooden design by Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi. The b...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Chiavari Faux Bamboo Brass and Upholstered Side Chair Italian Mid-Century Modern
By Chiavari
Located in North Miami, FL
This lovely polished brass Italian Mid-Century Modern Chiavari side chair has faux bamboo elements. It has just been re-upholstered in a stunning textural cut velvet crocodile white ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Mid-20th Century Italian Plywood and Aluminium Side Chairs
Located in London, GB
A pair of mid-20th century side chairs, each with a veneered plywood back and seat, with brushed aluminum supports and pad feet.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid Century Modern Beech Raffia Ladder Side Chair by Chiavari, Italy, 1940s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern Side Chair by Chiavari Italy 1940s from beech and raffia. This lightweight chair is named after the place in Italy where it was manufactured. The design is similar...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Beech

Vintage Mid-century Modern Italian Industrial Wood Side Chair, 1960s, Set of 2
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This set of two chairs was made by an Italian manufacture during the 1960s. The frame is made of anodized aluminum. The seat and backrest are made of bent plywood. The furniture made...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Industrial Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Italian Walnut Side Chairs by Colombo Sanguinetti
By Colombo Sanguineti
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1940s Mid-Century Modern pair of Italian Ebonized walnut side chairs by Colombo Sanguinetti, all original, rare and robust and very light.
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Vintage 1940s European Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut

Two Italian Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Desk Chairs by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in New York, NY
Buffa designed some of the cleanest and most elegant pieces of the post Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, 'Novecento' period. These side or desk chairs illustrate his total mastery of hi...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Beechwood Chiavari Chair 1940s Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern extra high back vintage side chair Chiavari from beechwood with partly gilded rests at the surface. The beautiful chair shows a hand - caned seat. Very good vinta...
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Vintage 1940s Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Beech

Set of Six High Backed Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs, circa 1960
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
The frame of each chair is made of solid aluminum with a padded and upholstered seat and back. Measures: 44 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 20 in.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut & Platinum Velvet Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of Mid-Century Modern atomic dining chairs were realized in Italy, circa 1950. They feature rectilinear bodies with tapered cylindrical legs in ebonized walnut capp...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut, Velvet

Pair of Italian Modern Side Chairs, circa 1950s
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This striking pair of vintage modern side chairs feature exquisite midcentury Italian design including tall sculpted seat backs, low wing-like arms, and tapered brass finish legs. Co...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

A pair of Italian Mid Century Superleggera Model Chairs, circa 1960
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A pair of Italian Mid Century Superleggera Model Chairs, Attributed to Gio Ponti, circa 1960. Black lacquer iron frame with straw seat.     
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

1970 Chiavari Patinated Bronze High Back Chairs Mid-Century Modern Italy, Pair
By Chiavari
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of Mid-Century Modern high back bronze Chiavari chairs made in Italy, circa 1970. The pair retains the original dark grey-charcoal Velvet seat under the foil and have a gothic...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Bronze

MidCentury Triangular Shape Italian Side Chairs, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of side chairs with a very rigid style and surprising design, in the characteristic Italian style of that period. The pair of chairs has a structure in lacquered beechwood with...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Beech, Walnut

Italian Design Side Chair by Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi for Chiavari, Italy 1950
By Chiavari, Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Italian design side chair by Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi for Chiavari, Italy 1950 Imagine yourself in glamor and luxury with this golden/brass chair from Chiavari. Country of o...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Mahogany Mid-Century Italian Tall Back Chairs by Pozzi and Verga
By Pozzi & Verga
Located in North Miami, FL
Rare pair of mid-century Italian tall back chairs by Pozzi and Verga, exquisitely crafted in mahogany with new boucle upholstery.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Side Chairs Probably Produced by Chiavari in Italy
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare pair of side chairs by unknown designer. Probably produced by Chiavari in Italy.
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Cane, Lacquer

  • Side Chairs Probably Produced by Chiavari in Italy
  • Side Chairs Probably Produced by Chiavari in Italy
  • Side Chairs Probably Produced by Chiavari in Italy
  • Side Chairs Probably Produced by Chiavari in Italy
H 43.31 in. W 16.15 in. D 17.72 in.
Italian Designer, Chiavari Style Side Chairs, Wood, Seagrass, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of Chiavari style side chairs, designed and produced in Italy, circa 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Seagrass, Wood

Italian Traditional Chiavari Bronze High Back Chairs Mid-Century Modern, Pair
By Chiavari
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of Mid-Century Modern high back bronze Chiavari chairs made in Italy, circa 1950. The pair retains the original red Velvet seat. Similar chairs are at the Le Crystal Room Re...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Bronze

Italian Fan-Backed Chair of Rattan and Bamboo from the Mid-20th Century
Located in Austin, TX
A fine vintage Italian fan-backed chair from the Mid-20th century of woven rattan and bamboo featuring a stylish design to the back, seat, and legs. Two available - Please enquire
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Bamboo, Natural Fiber, Cane, Rattan, Wood

Set of 6 Italian Gold Upholstered Side Chairs
By Vittorio Dassi
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 Italian 1950s walnut & maple side chairs with gold upholstered seat and back. (att: VITTORIO DASSI/Enzo Ferrari)
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Satin, Walnut, Maple

  • Set of 6 Italian Gold Upholstered Side Chairs
  • Set of 6 Italian Gold Upholstered Side Chairs
  • Set of 6 Italian Gold Upholstered Side Chairs
  • Set of 6 Italian Gold Upholstered Side Chairs
H 49.5 in. W 81 in. D 16.75 in.
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Easy Chairs, 1950s, New Upholstery
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Easy Chairs, 1950s, New Upholstery
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric

Pair of Pink Chairs by Umberto Mascagni, Italy, Mid-20th Century
By Umberto Mascagni
Located in London, GB
Pair of chairs designed by Umberto Mascagni, mid-20th century, Italy. Compact design, with great shape and silhouette. The textured vinyl upholstery is all original, and for us th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern, Italian Savonarola Chair in Walnut Polished to Wax
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Mid-Century Modern, Italian Savonarola chair in walnut polished to wax. Excellent conditions Measure cm: H 73\40, W 68, D 52.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Renaissance Revival Side Chairs

Set of 10 Italian Venetian Painted Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Set of 10 Italian Venetian (18th Century) painted and gilt trimmed side chairs with open carved backs and red upholstered seats supported by fluted legs. (PRICED AS SET)
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Rococo Side Chairs

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Giltwood

Italian Side Chair in Soft Pink Velours, 1950s
Located in Maastricht, NL
An Italian chair with a curved backrest. The chair stands on four brass legs and has a beautiful soft pink velour upholstery. The model is reminiscent of Gastone Rinaldi's model 'Du ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

  • Italian Side Chair in Soft Pink Velours, 1950s
  • Italian Side Chair in Soft Pink Velours, 1950s
  • Italian Side Chair in Soft Pink Velours, 1950s
  • Italian Side Chair in Soft Pink Velours, 1950s
H 27.56 in. W 28.35 in. D 23.63 in.
Italian Mid-Century Modern Chiavari Hall Chair Attributed to Paolo Buffa, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful Mid-Century Modern Chiavari hall chair. Attributed to Paolo Buffa. Striking Italian design from the 1950s. Solid beech, French polished with original wicker seat. In go...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wicker, Beech

Mid-Century Modern Folding Beech Vintage Chair Style Gio Ponti, 1960s, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage beech folding chair or lounge chair, which was made in 1960s in Italy. It consists of a solid brown stained and lacquered beechwood construction, while the...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Nylon, Beech

Pair of Italian Midcentury Modern Walnut Side Chairs, Circle of Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Elegant, sober and dramatic pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical walnut side chairs from circle of Gio Ponti, Italy, circa 1950. A combination of beautiful form, lines and...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut

1950s Italian Side Chair Walnut and New De Ploeg Wool Upholstery
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
Beautiful organic design Italian side chair from the 1950s in solid walnut with nice detailing in the construction and a nicely aged patina We fully restored this chair with new P...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wool, Latex, Rubber, Walnut

Pair of Italian Post-War '1950s' High Wing Back Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Post-War (1950s) high wing back side chairs with a light citron green velvet upholstery supported on metal cylindrical legs.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Side Chair Probably Produced by Chiavari in Italy
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare side chair by unknown designer. Probably Produced by Chiavari in Italy.
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Cane, Lacquer

  • Side Chair Probably Produced by Chiavari in Italy
  • Side Chair Probably Produced by Chiavari in Italy
  • Side Chair Probably Produced by Chiavari in Italy
  • Side Chair Probably Produced by Chiavari in Italy
H 43.31 in. W 16.15 in. D 17.72 in.
Pair of Folded Plywood and Leather Italian Side Chairs, 1950s
Located in Maastricht, NL
A beautiful pair of side chairs. The seat is made of folded plywood with a white leather seat pad that is attached to the seat with a beautiful wooden clasp at the top (see image 6)...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Plywood

Italian Modernist Side Chair by Vittorio Nobili for Fratelli Tagliabue
By Vittorio Nobili
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning Italian modernist side chair by Vittorio Nobili for Fratelli Tagliabue, perfect little accent chair, sculpture, retains its original patina, color and surface, minor veneer ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Set of Four Italian Neoclassic Side Chairs Having a Pierced Back
Located in New York, NY
Set of four Italian Neoclassic (19th century) side chairs having a pierced ebonized back with each intricately designed and inlaid depictions of Renaissance artists Van Dyke, Michela...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Neoclassical Side Chairs

Vittorio Nobili Medea Plywood Side Chair from Italy, 1956
By Vittorio Nobili
Located in amstelveen, NL
Medea chairs by Vittorio Nobili for Fratelli Tagliabue, Italy 1950s. These iconic Italian modern chairs have a great design. Enamelled iron bars are the frame of this chair. The seat...
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Bentwood

Set of Four Italian Post War Design 1970s Side Chairs
By Romeo Rega
Located in New York, NY
Set of four contemporary Italian postwar design 1970s chrome side chairs with dark green suede upholstered seat and back panel (by ROMEO REGA). Matching game table is dealer referen...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Side Chairs

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Chrome

Vintage Italian Regency Cherry Wood Saber Leg Dining Side Chairs, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Italian Regency cherry wood saber leg dining side chairs - a pair. Chairs feature solid wood frames, beautiful wood grain, distressed finish, shapely saber legs, quality craf...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Regency Side Chairs

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Cherry

Italy Mid-Century Modern Pair of Chairs, Solid Walnut Polished to Wax from Asolo
By Bassano's Ebanisteria
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Italy 1940s Art deco pair of chairs, solid walnut polished to wax " Asolane chairs" excellent patina elegant and very robust Measure cm: H 95\47 W 46 D 44.    
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Side Chairs

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Walnut

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chrome Lounge Armchairs, a Pair
Located in Farmington Hills, MI
We are very pleased to offer a beautiful Italian set of lounge armchairs, circa the 1950s. These minimal, mid-century chairs showcase clean lines and a distinct, geometric frame cons...
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Chrome

Gigi Radice Elegant and Trendy Pair of Side Chairs for Minotti, Italy, 1950s
By Gigi Radice, Minotti
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Amazing elegant and trendy pair of side chairs by Gigi Radice for Minotti, Italy, 1950s. The chairs have been reupholstered in a new velvet fabric by Chivasso (JAB). The chairs have...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Side Chair, Walnut, Painted Wood, Cassina, Italy, 1960s
By Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of side chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa model "121". In walnut and lacquered wood. Produced by Cassina.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut

Pair of Italian Renaissance Revival Side Chairs, 19th Century
Located in Austin, TX
A handsome pair of 19th century Italian ebonized wood chairs. The chairs of alluring shape, with slatted legs and back. The legs of a curvaceous "X" form rising to a flat seat. The b...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Renaissance Revival Side Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut & Gauffraged Velvet Ladderback Chairs
Located in New York, NY
This graphic and sophisticated pair of Mid-Century Modern ladder back chairs were realized in Italy, circa 1950. These are a rare version of the Italian ladder back chair- popularize...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Stunning 1950s Brass Chiavari Side Chairs, Italy, circa 1950
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful side chairs upholstered in red velvet with a beautifully crafted brass frame. These chairs are new old stock, they have never been used previously. The former owner still l...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Osvaldo Borsani Side Chairs
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in New York, NY
Rare Pair of Side Chairs by Osvaldo Borsani. Model # 4346/ 4350, open-grain ash frames with dark leather strapping and large patinated metal tacs. A rare and early Borsani design. T...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Wood

  • Osvaldo Borsani Side Chairs
  • Osvaldo Borsani Side Chairs
  • Osvaldo Borsani Side Chairs
  • Osvaldo Borsani Side Chairs
H 31 in. W 20 in. D 19 in.
Italian Mid Century Solid Beech and Fabric Armchair by Anonima Castelli, 1960s
By Anonima Castelli
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern solid beech and original grey fabric side chair with armrests by Anonima Castelli, 1960s. Armchair in solid beech with armrests and seat in curved wood co...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Beech

Pair of Vintage Green Skai Side Chairs with Ebonized Wood Legs, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Italy, 1950s. They feature an ebonized wood frame that is upholstered in green skai and brass feet caps and details. They might show slight traces of use since they are vintage, b...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Pair Mid-Century Hoop Chairs with Caned Seat and Back
By Salterini
Located in Miami, FL
Great Mid-Century Modern iron chairs in a striking bare metal style finish. Wonderful round frame, caned seat, strong iron legs. Vintage modern Salterini style design.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Iron

Italian 1950s Side Chairs Carlo de Carli Attributed in Brown Walnut Wax Polished
By Carlo De Carli
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Elegant Mid-Century Modern side chairs Carlo de Carli attributed in solid brown walnut, with excellent original dark green leatherete. Restored and polished to wax Measures cm: H 93...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut

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Midcentury Italian Side Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the midcentury Italian side chair you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A midcentury Italian side chair — often made from metal, wood and fabric — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer midcentury Italian side chair, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right midcentury Italian side chair, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Art Deco styles are of considerable interest. Chiavari, Marcel Breuer and Gio Ponti each produced at least one beautiful midcentury Italian side chair that is worth considering.

How Much is a Midcentury Italian Side Chair?

A midcentury Italian side chair can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,402, while the lowest priced sells for $129 and the highest can go for as much as $72,500.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe 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.

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 American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Side Chairs for You

Antique and vintage side chairs are space savers by design and wonderfully versatile pieces of seating for your dining room or wherever guests may gather.

Chairs have been indispensable pieces of furniture for a long time. We sit, therefore we deserve good seating. In Ancient Egypt, chairs were utilized in homes regardless of class, and most furniture was made of wood. Comfortable folding chairs, for example, were found in King Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Chairs evolved to be more commonplace in the 1830s, and by the Industrial Revolution, they could be found in most homes. The traditional wooden side chair might feature an upholstered back and seat and was typically used for gathering around a big dining room table. Because the side chair does not feature armrests, it could easily be tucked under the table when not in use or delicately placed in a corner for decorative purposes. Today, the side chair’s slim silhouette and armless design still offer the same level of versatility as it did in its early days. It’s supportive of a large gathering for a meal in the dining room or kitchen and serves as an accent piece (or extra seating) resting against the wall in a living room or inviting foyer.

When shopping for side chairs, think about the colors and furniture style you’ve already introduced to your living room or dining room. Keep the height of your sofa in mind, for example. If you intend to pair your sofa with your side chair when it’s not perched near the dining table, it wouldn’t hurt if the height of your side chair matches the height of your sofa. Even if your side chair will largely be used in the kitchen or dining room, it will likely be used in the living room or home entertainment area as well. When you’re thinking about the seating where meals are served in your home, benches, stools and armchairs make suitable alternatives too. And if you’re feeling adventurous, combining a variety of dining room seating options can be both aesthetically pleasing and downright practical.

Side chairs are available in a number of styles today, and this convenient seating is one of the types of chairs you should know when furnishing your new home. Explore antique and vintage side chairs on 1stDibs. Find Art Deco side chairs and mid-century modern side chairs, or search by creator to find side chairs crafted by legendary designers like Charles and Ray Eames and others.