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Finnish Mid-Century Upholstered Armchair, Finland, ca 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Throughout the Nordic countries, there's a long history of pride in craftsmanship using natural materials like wood. This beautiful armchair is a great representation of the quality ...
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Wood, Fabric

Mid-Century Upholstered Armchair with Curved Armrests, Europe, ca 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
For mid-century designers, materials were used for their own distinct; often a piece of furniture would combine only two materials or colours – creating tension and harmony without f...
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Bouclé, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Armchair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant, Mid-Century Modern, armchair features a sculptural ebonized maple frame with aubergine cotton linen blend upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Maple

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H 33 in. W 27 in. D 27 in.
Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Chrome Armchair
By George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, 1970s, chrome framed armchair features ebonized maple armrests and newly upholstered seat and back in a moss green, cotton linen blend.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

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H 31.25 in. W 25.25 in. D 23 in.
Newly Upholstered Mid-Century Modern Armchairs, Pair
Located in Miami, FL
Newly upholstered Mid-Century Modern armchairs, pair Offered for sale is a pair of newly upholstered, sleek Mid-Century Modern armchairs with sculpted wood frames and splayed tape...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Mohair Upholstered Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary pair of vintage 1960s upholstery mid-century modern armchairs in great condition handcrafted out of walnut wood and completely restored by our professional craftsmen...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Mohair, Walnut, Fabric, Upholstery, Velvet, Foam, Wood, Lacquer

Pair of Mid Century Modern Iron Armchairs, Newly Upholstered
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Pair of Mid Century Modern iron chairs. Reupholstered in fine material and fabric.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Wood Armchair Upholstered in Textile
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Add a little statement like this armchair to your living room or office. The Youban armchair features long legs with a round top that supports the design of the armrest. Unique textu...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Wood Armchair Upholstered in Textile
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Eluney lounge chair is made of solid wood, we use FCS certified wood, which provide not only high durability, but fair wages and safe work conditions for everyone involved. Beautiful...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

Italian Mid-Century Modern Set of 6 Bamboo Armchairs with Cotton Upholster
By Bonacina
Located in Firenze, IT
These six Italian Mid-Century Modern bamboo armchairs are a rare vintage set featuring great sculptural shape with a very nice intricate pattern and woven leather joints along with a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Cotton, Bamboo

Matching Pair of Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Armchairs or Lounge Chairs
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A sleek pair of decorator chairs circa 1970's. These chairs are heavy and well made. The upholstery is original and needs immediate recovering before use. Foam and padding are soft.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Italian Rattan & Rush Mid Century Modern armchair with upholstered red seat
By Franco Albini
Located in Varese, Lombardia
This wicker and rush armchair was produced in Italy in the 1950s and remains in good vintage condition: few wichers defects, the red fabric cushion has been reupholstered.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wicker, Rattan

Mid-Century Modern Style Minimal Solid Wood Armchair Upholstered in Textile
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Boldly angled arms and legs command a strong sense of style. Supportive plush cushioning, reclined at a perfect angle will undoubtedly provide superb comfort. Oilli is sure to be the...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

Stunning Pair of Chrome and Upholstered Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
By Milo Baughman
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Handsome pair of Mid-Century Modern armchairs in the style of Milo Baughman having heavy chrome curved arms and base, recently upholstered in a neutral chic nubby striped tan and whi...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Wood Armchair Upholstered in Textile
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
When it comes to design, the goal is to give each piece spirit. Our Nolia armchair and it’s poise makes a grand entrance each and every time. Come see who else we’ve brought to life....
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Cane, Wood, Paint

Pair of Danish Mid-Century Modern High Back Round Upholstered Armchairs
Located in Milford, NH
A solid pair of Danish Mid-Century Modern round high back armchairs, unsigned, with removable seat cushions and fresh bold upholstery. circa 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Newly Upholstered Contemporary Mid Century Style Armchair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid century style armchair. Reupholstered in Donghia fabric ( Discontinued).
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2010s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Milo Baughman Style Chrome Armchairs Upholstered Mid Century
By Milo Baughman
Located in East Hampton, NY
A pair of mid century Milo Baughman style chairs in chrome with original orange fabric upholstery.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Style Solid Wood Armchair Upholstered in Cerulean Textile
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
High-backed beauty with long legs looking for a participant for comfortable rest. Ameli proposes different and unique lines in its structure. Made of solid wood, personalize with fab...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Paint

Pair of Mid-Century Beige Upholstered Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of American Mid-20th Cent cube form off-white upholstered Armchairs supported on chrome feet (designed by MILO BAUGHMAN, labeled: James Inc )
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Pair Mid Century Modern Taylor Chair Co. Upholstered
By Taylor Chair co.
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
This pair of vintage bentwood armchairs are in original vintage condition with original burgundy tweed and button tufted upholstery. Structurally solid, this pair would work well wit...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Style Wood Armchair with Woven Cane Upholstered in Textile
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
This retro-inspired armchair includes an exposed wood frame with angled legs and arms that are unbelievably amazing. The upholstery, is a mix of woven threads in shades of green, and...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Cane, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Style Wood Armchair with Woven Cane Upholstered in Textile
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Immerse yourself in the depths of nature with woven cane, our mountain pallet colors and the honest wood finishes. Nara lounge chair welcomes you to a world of design and sustainabil...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Cane, Wood

Gigi Radice Mid-Century Armchair Upholstered in Serpentino Fabric
By Gigi Radice
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Armchair designed by Gigi Radice for Minotti with solid wood structure and metal legs. Upholstery in cotton with "Serpentino" print by the Italian company Dedar. Italy 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of New Upholstered Mid-Century Modern Armchairs by Lifa, West Germany, 1963
By LIFA
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Great pair of New Upholstered Mid-Century Modern armchairs by Lifa West Germany High quality German manufacturing from the 1960s We upholstered these chairs with a stunning mid...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wool, Beech

Mid-Century Beige Upholstered Armchairs, H-410 by Jindrich Halabala
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of armchairs by Czech furniture designer J. Halabala. Made in the 1930s, the design was produced in Central European furniture factories throughout the mid-20th Century. The e...
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Bentwood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Teal Seafoam Tweed Newly Upholstered Walnut Armchairs
Located in West Hartford, CT
Architectural gems are these barrel shaped midcentury chairs with new teal/seafoam colored wool fabric. Nothing short of gorgeous. Now, more than ever, home is where the heart is.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Mid-Century Upholstered Bentwood Armchair with Padded Armrests by Thonet
By Thonet
Located in Dorchester, MA
Upholstered in a soft textile in vibrant red, this Thonet armchair is classic modernist birch bentwood with a punch. The rounded seat and seat back rise above tapered legs. The perk...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Birch, Upholstery, Bentwood

Mid Century Caned Armchair with Upholstered Seat and Back
Located in Greenwich, CT
Vintage Caned Armchair newly ebonied and newly upholstered seat and back. Casters on two front legs.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Chair with Hand-Painted Pillow
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in New York, NY
Newly upholstered Mid-Century Modern chair in greige linen with a black and white hand-painted pillow. Newly refinished ebony stained legs. Very comfortable.
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Linen, Paint

Set of Four Mid-Century Upholstered Bentwood Armchairs by Thonet
By Thonet
Located in Dorchester, MA
Upholstered in a soft textile in vibrant red, these four birch armchairs are classic modernist bentwood by Thonet. Three chairs, attributed to Joe Atkinson, sport solid seat backs an...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Birch, Upholstery, Bentwood

Pair of Italian Modern Iron Upholstered Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
A sleek and very unique pair of Italian modern armchairs, the iron frame supports a wide seat, back and extra wide armrest extending to the back of the chair; newly upholstered in a ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Iron

Pair of Mid Century Wood Armchairs with Upholstered Seat Cushions from Denmark
Located in Hudson, NY
The pair of Danish modern arm chairs, shown here, were made in the 1960s. The solidly built chairs retain their original wood finish and show only slight wear. The seat and back cu...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Foam, Wood

Steelcase Mid-Century Modern Tubular Chrome Red Upholstered Arm Lounge Chairs B
By Steelcase
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Steelcase Mid-Century Modern tubular chrome red upholstered arm lounge chairs (B). Item features sleek tubular chrome frames, red tufted upholstery, upholstered armrests, original la...
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Unique Pair Mid Century Modern Cowhide Upholstered Club Chairs circa 1960s
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a beautiful pair of cowhide upholstered club chairs. They are in good condition and have nice upholstery but the webbing is different on one chair. The chairs each measure 34...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Cowhide, Walnut

Modern Linen-Upholstered Armchair with Dove Grey Oak Frame
By Mar Silver
Located in Westport, CT
This elegant linen and silk upholstered armchair with a dove grey oak frame evokes clean mid-century lines while providing a comfortable seating experience. The upholstery of the cha...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Oak, Fabric, Walnut, Linen, Silk

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs in Re-Upholstered Boucle by Guy Besnard, 1959
By Guy Besnard
Located in Almelo, NL
Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs designed and edited by Guy Besnard in re-upholstered Boucle fabric, France, 1959. This armchairs / lounge chairs would make an eye-catching addition ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Black Upholstered Tub Chair
Located in New York, NY
American Art Moderne/contemporary tub chair with black upholstered low round back supported on blond wood tapered round legs.   
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wood, Upholstery

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H 27 in. W 30 in. D 28 in.
Modern Black Hide-Upholstered Armchair with Blackened Oak Frame
By Mar Silver
Located in Westport, CT
An elegant blackened oak armchair upholstered in black hide evokes clean mid-century lines while providing a relaxing seating experience. The striking hide upholstery provides textur...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Hide, Walnut, Oak

Modern Indoor Outdoor Armchair Upholstered in Beige Outdoor Boucle
By Hommes Studio
Located in Porto, PT
Modern indoor outdoor armchair in cream Lisola armchair is a luxury seating piece. An eclectic armchair created by the most refined design with delicate materials makes it an auth...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Fabric, Faux Leather

Midcentury Sycamore Upholstered Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
3 American 1960s sycamore arm chairs having a seat & back upholstered in a light yellow floral pattern with an X-stretcher base and back (PRICED EACH).
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Sycamore

Mid-Century Upholstered Lounge Chair with Walnut Legs
Located in Dorchester, MA
With its wide winglike ams, tapered back and rounded walnut legs emerging from the upholstered body, this mid-century lounge chair has plenty of charm.  
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Textile, Walnut

1960s Upholstered Armchairs, a Pair
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of armchairs produced in the former Czechoslovakia. This 1960s design is re-upholstered in an updated white fabric, the neutral tone was chosen to compliment the rich brown of...
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Bentwood

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H 29.5 in. W 23.6 in. D 32.3 in.
Pair of Mid Century Modern McCobb Chairs Newly Upholstered in Cream Virgin Wool
By Paul McCobb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Mid Century Modern McCobb Chairs Newly Upholstered in Cream Virgin Wool Fabric. Stunning!
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Midcentury Modern Style Solid Wood Armchair Upholstered in Textile and Leather
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Irregular lines on the armrests add a touch of accent and character to this piece. Our Isu armchair feature high quality leather and unique textile textures and colors. Also customiz...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Upholstery, Wood

21st Century Modern Armchair Bouclé, Leather Upholstered & Nero Marquina Marble
By Hommes Studio
Located in Porto, PT
21st century modern armchair bouclé, leather upholstered & nero marquina marble Alice armchair Alice armchair is a luxury armchair composed by exquisite materials. This eclectic arm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Marble

Sculptural Mahogany and Upholstered Armchair
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Sculptural mahogany and upholstered arm chair circa late 1950's. This all original example has stunning flared arms and legs and original black vinyl and brass tack upholstery. Can e...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Italian Modern Upholstered High-Back Armchairs with Cross Stitches, Italy 1960s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Italian Modern furniture is defined by unique design, perfect execution, and exclusivity. Modernist Italian designers’ language was always coherent with current times and congenial t...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Bouclé, Wood

1980s Czech Upholstered Armchairs, a Pair
By Thonet-Mundus
Located in High Point, NC
Manufactured by TON, a pair of stylish and comfortable armchair in distinct Modernist style from Czech Republic, circa 1980. A timeless approach that still looks contemporary and fre...
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Vintage 1980s Czech Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Beech

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H 29.1 in. W 25.6 in. D 28.7 in.
Mid 20th Century Upholstered Chrome Cantilever Chairs - Pair
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of mid 20th century Contemporary style cantilever chairs, unbranded. Chrome frame, barrel back design, purplish blue & beige color fabric upholstered backs, arms and seats. Ma...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Pair of Fully Upholstered Armchairs
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A pair of fully upholstered armchairs. The lounge chairs have been completely restored and reupholstered in Maharam Kvadrat felted wool.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

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H 28 in. W 26 in. D 31 in.
Pair of Mid-Century Red Upholstered Slipper Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of mid-century slipper chairs with red and beige geometrically patterned upholstery and tapered walnut legs.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Nanna Ditzel Trinidad Armchair – Seat Upholstered
By Nanna Ditzel, Fredericia
Located in Berkeley, CA
The precise transparency of the Nanna Ditzel Trinidad armchair – Seat upholstered almost dissolves in a play of light and shadow, yet at the same time gives the chair a strikingly bo...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Oak

  • Nanna Ditzel Trinidad Armchair – Seat Upholstered
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H 33.46 in. W 24.02 in. D 22.44 in.
Scandinavian Cabinetmaker Upholstered Armchair, Scandinavia 1940s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Scandinavian Modern furniture reflected the Scandinavian materials and craftsmanship and mixed them with a modern style. This early modern armchair is an elegant and comfortable evid...
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Wool, Alpaca, Wood

Mitchell Gold Upholstered Armchair and Ottoman
Located in New York, NY
Chair: 29" H x 36" W x 38.5" D x Seat 18.5" H; ottoman: 15.5" H x 24" W x 19.5" D.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery

Pair of Mid-Century Lacquered Canned Barrel Back Upholstered Chairs
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1970s pair of mid-century lacquered canned barrel back upholstered chairs with scrolled arm holds. Made in the United States. Please note of wear consistent with age including ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Low Upholstered Armchair Chair by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by Harvey Probber, this comfortable armchair features a wide low seat and a curvaceous tufted back. The chair was previously reupholstered in Knoll's Rivington textile in Sa...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wood, Upholstery

1960s Danish Teak Armchair -Newly upholstered
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1960s Danish Teak Armchair - Newly upholstered
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Teak

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H 30.71 in. W 31.5 in. D 29.53 in.
Vladimir Kagan Upholstered Lucite Pedestal Armchairs
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of Kagan Lucite pedestal armchairs upholstered in a dark chocolate velvet fabric having a great sculptural look with matching arm rests. Small Lucite foot pads attached to the...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Armchairs

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Lucite

Leather-Upholstered Chair & Armchair - Spain, 1950s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Matching chair and armchair with a painted iron structure, upholstered in rich cognac-coloured leather. The armchair has black Bakelite armrests. Measurements provided below are ...
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Vintage 1950s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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  • Leather-Upholstered Chair & Armchair - Spain, 1950s
  • Leather-Upholstered Chair & Armchair - Spain, 1950s
  • Leather-Upholstered Chair & Armchair - Spain, 1950s
H 31.5 in. W 22.45 in. D 24.41 in.
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Midcentury Modern Upholstered Armchair For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic midcentury modern upholstered armchair available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, fabric and upholstery, every midcentury modern upholstered armchair was constructed with great care. Find 40 options for an antique or vintage midcentury modern upholstered armchair now, or shop our selection of 2 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a midcentury modern upholstered armchair — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right midcentury modern upholstered armchair, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern styles are of considerable interest. A.J. Iversen, Gigi Radice and James Inc. each produced at least one beautiful midcentury modern upholstered armchair that is worth considering.

How Much is a Midcentury Modern Upholstered Armchair?

Prices for a midcentury modern upholstered armchair start at $442 and top out at $8,900 with the average selling for $3,480.

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 Armchairs for You

Armchairs have run the gamut from prestige to ease and everything in between. 

Long before industrial mass production democratized seating, armchairs conveyed status and power. In ancient Egypt, the commoners took stools, while in early Greece, ceremonial chairs of carved marble were designated for nobility. But the high-backed early thrones of yore, elevated and ornate, were merely grandiose iterations of today’s armchairs. 

Modern-day armchairs, built with functionality and comfort in mind, are now central to tasks throughout your home. Formal dining armchairs support your guests at a table for a cheery feast, a good drafting chair with a deep seat is parked in front of an easel where you create art and, elsewhere, an ergonomic wonder of sorts positions you at the desk for your 9 to 5.

When placed under just the right lamp where you can lounge comfortably, both elbows resting on the padded supports on each side of you, an upholstered armchair — or a rattan armchair for your light-suffused sunroom — can be the sanctuary where you’ll read for hours. If you’re in the mood for company, your velvet chesterfield armchair is a place to relax and be part of the conversation that swirls around you. Maybe the dialogue is about the beloved Papa Bear chair, a mid-century modern masterpiece from Danish carpenter and furniture maker Hans Wegner, and the wingback’s strong association with the concept of cozying up by the fireplace, which we can trace back to its origins in 1600s-era England, when the seat’s distinctive arm protrusions protected the sitter from the heat of the period’s large fireplaces. 

If the fireside armchair chat involves spirited comparisons, your companions will likely probe the merits of antique and vintage armchairs such as Queen Anne armchairs, Victorian armchairs or even Louis XVI armchairs, as well as the pros and cons of restoration versus conservation.

Everyone seems to have a favorite armchair and most people will be all too willing to talk about their beloved design. Whether that’s the unique Favela chair by Brazilian sibling furniture designers Fernando and Humberto Campana, who repurpose everyday objects to artful effect; or Marcel Breuer’s futuristic tubular metal Wassily lounge chair; the functionality-first LC series from Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret; or the Eames lounge chair of the mid-1950s created by Charles and Ray Eames, there is an iconic armchair for everyone and every purpose. Find yours on 1stDibs right now.