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Sofà Mid-Century Italian Design Velvet and Brass
By ISA Bergamo
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Sofà Mid-Century Italian design velvet and brass, Isa Bergamo production. The velvet is original from its 1950s and below it has a photo that has been repaired, but according to o...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

  • Sofà Mid-Century Italian Design Velvet and Brass
  • Sofà Mid-Century Italian Design Velvet and Brass
  • Sofà Mid-Century Italian Design Velvet and Brass
  • Sofà Mid-Century Italian Design Velvet and Brass
H 35.44 in. W 72.84 in. D 31.5 in.
Sinuous Velvet Turquoise Sofa Midcentury Sofa Isa Bergamo Italian Design
By ISA Bergamo
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Sinuous velvet turquoise sofa midcentury sofa Isa Bergamo Italian Design. Elegant and trendy shapes, sofa of exceptional quality and elegance, totally restored.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Aluminum

White Garden Sofa Mid-century Worked Shaped Green Metal Cushion 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
White Garden Sofa Mid-century Worked Shaped Green Metal Cushion 1950s. Fabric Cushion with Leaves to make your Garden or Terrace even Greener.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Sofa Mid-Century Italian Design Arflex Attributed Metal Feet Velvet Brown 1950
By Arflex
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Original sofa Mid-Century Italian design Arflex attributed, original brown velvet, note the special design of the feet, mounting straps foam and Pirelli manufacture.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

50s 60s Cocktail Sofa Couch Mid Century Kidney Table Era Design
Located in Neuenkirchen, NI
50s 60s cocktail sofa couch mid century kidney table era design 60s Object: sofa Manufacturer: Condition: good - vintage Age: around 1950-1960 Dimensions: 180cm x 8...
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Vintage 1950s German Sofas

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Metal

50s 60s Sofa Daybed Club Sofa Mid-Century Bauhaus Kidney Table Era Design
Located in Neuenkirchen, NI
50s 60s Sofa daybed club sofa mid-century Bauhaus kidney table era design. Object: sofa bed Manufacturer: Condition: good Age: around 1950-1960 Dimensions: 174cm x ...
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Vintage 1950s German Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Authentic Pierre Jeanneret Upholstered Bridge Sofa, Mid-Century Modern, Markings
By Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Stamford, CT
Authentic Pierre Jeanneret Bridge Sofa, Mid-Century Modern, Model PJ-SI-42-B with special markings on the back of the sofa. This particular 'Bridge" model is widely considered one of...
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Vintage 1960s Indian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Teak

Adrian Pearsall Boomerang Platform Sofa Mid-century
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Pemberton, NJ
GORGEOUS ADRIAN PEARSALL BOOMERANG PLATFORM SOFA WITH BUILT IN TRIANGULAR SIDE TABLE. THIS PIECE HAS IT'S ORIGINAL NUBBY TEXTURED FABRIC IN NICE VINTAGE CONDITION. THE STRIPED VINT...
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Vintage 1960s American Sectional Sofas

Stunning Harvey Probber 4-Seat Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Harvey Probber 4-seat sofa. This stylish sofa was re-upholstered about 15 years ago and still looks great-light cleaning recommended.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Lovely Directional Curved Cloud Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely Directional curved cloud sofa in the style of Vladimir Kagan. The original fabric is a blush ballet slipper pink and still looks great-only minor signs of age. This sofa measu...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Saporiti Italia Wave 3 Seater Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Giovanni Offredi
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Outstanding Saporiti Italia wave 3 seater sofa. This amazing italian designed sofa is in very nice original condition. The brushed steel frame is in fabulous condition with only so...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Stunning Curved Sculptural Floating Sofa Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Absolutely stunning curved floating sofa with unusual sculpted walnut legs. This is a vintage piece and is very unusual almost a mystery really as we have never seen another with the...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Stylish Harvey Probber style Sofa Mid-century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stylish Harvey Probber style mid-century modern sofa. Handsome dark walnut base with slightly flared boxy arms and straight back-very mid-century. The fabric is an interesting pais...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Stunning Splayed Walnut Legs Sofa Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful sofa with magnificent splayed walnut legs. We love everything about this sofa from its winged back and swooped arms to its original striped velvet upholstery. Just look at ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Gorgeous Wide Chrome Band Sofa Mid-century Modern
By Craft Associates
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous Craft Associates wide chrome band sofa with walnut side panels. This piece retains it original bright yellow cut velvet fabric in very nice vintage condition. The thick chu...
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Vintage 1970s American Sofas

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Chrome

Unusual 2-Piece Curved Sectional Sofa Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual 2-piece curved sectional sofa. We love the wonderful space aged sculpted quality of this sectional-looks great with or with-out the molded pillows. The original fabric is dat...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

Super Seven-Piece Sectional Sofa Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fantastic seven-piece Preview sectional sofa. This set will need to be re-upholstered but that's what you designers are looking for anyway, right? The measurements of each straight p...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

Stunning 2 Piece Harvey Probber Sectional Sofa Mid-century
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful 2 piece signed Harvey Probber sectional sofa. This piece is in vintage condition with it's original floral tapesty fabric. The fabric does show some wear to the corners but...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

Lovely Two-Piece Sectional Sofa, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely two-piece sectional sofa. This sofa will need to be re-upholstered but that's what you designers are looking for anyway, right? This sectional measures 28" T x 111" L x 59" D....
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Wonderful Eight Piece Sectional Sofa Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful eight-piece sectional sofa. This set will need to be re-upholstered but that's what you designers are looking for anyway-right? We have several other sectionals in this sty...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

Rare Baker Furniture Co. Gondola Sofa, Midcentury
By Edward Wormley, Baker Furniture Company
Located in St. Louis, MO
Rare Baker Furniture Co. sculptural Gondola sofa with original striped silk fabric, circa 1960. This elegant sofa is from a one owner estate of an artist, that was filled with Baker,...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Fabulous Sculptural Modern Vladimir Kagan Bilbao Sofa Mid-Century
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
A sculptural modern sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan and inspired by the curves and undulations of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain. This sofa is one of Kagan's most Avant Garde ...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Unusual Adrian Pearsall Boomerang Walnut Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual Adrian Pearsall boomerang sofa with 2 attached tables. Yes, this sofa will need to be reupholstered but who wants 60-year-old fabric anyway? Let your imagination run wild wit...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Stylish Dunbar Style Curved Back Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful Dunbar style channel-tufted curved back sofa. This sofa has tremendous vintage appeal with its sexy curved back and stubby cone-shaped walnut legs with brass tips. It measu...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Sophisticated Erwin Lambeth Curved Walnut Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth Furniture Company, John Stuart
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Sophisticated and stylish curved mid-century modern sofa designed by Erwin Lambeth. The handsome solid walnut sides are very well preserved in their vintage condition. Just gorgeou...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Walnut, Upholstery

Stunning Milo Baughman Rosewood Case Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Simply gorgeous Milo Baughman rosewood case sofa. The back is stunning with nicely figured rosewood veneer. This piece retains its original upholstery in presentable condition-can be...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Rosewood

Stunning Signed Dunbar Three Seater Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning signed Dunbar 3 seater sofa. This piece is upholstered in it's original celery green woven wool in very nice to excellent condition. The loose seat cushions are quite firm ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Fabulous Putty Colored Leather Chesterfield Sofa Mid-century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
This gorgeous putty colored leather European Chesterfield is the perfect blend of traditional style with modern chic. The small proportions keep the heaviness of a full-size Chesterf...
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Stunning Signed Paul McCobb Long Sofa, Mid-Century Modern
By Paul McCobb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning signed Paul McCobb sofa made by Custom Craft. Great looking solid walnut legs with down filled back cushions. The upholstery is original and show some wear and fading to the...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Gorgeous Milo Baughman Signed Armless Sofa Mid-century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous signed Milo Baughman chrome base armless sofa. This piece will need reupholstery but the solid chrome frame is in great shape. The chrome base is shiny and has a mirrored ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Unusual Scandinavian Teak Bentwood Designer Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Niels Eilersen
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual Scandinavian Bentwood sofa. We just love the bentwood arms and the way the sofa is upholstered with giant square buttons. This piece will need to be reupholstered as the orig...
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Rosewood

Handsome Woven Leather Strap Brutalist Sofa Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome woven leather strap brutalist sofa from the mid-century. We just love the thick leather straps woven together to form the entire back and sides of this sofa. The straps are ...
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Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Sofas

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Leather, Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Curved Kidney Shaped Sofas Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous pair of curved kidney shaped sofas-Vladimir Kagan style. This pair retain their original fabric in presentable condition-steam cleaning is recommended if you plan on using a...
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Vintage 1980s American Hollywood Regency Sofas

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Upholstery

Excellent Pair of Kidney Shaped Sofas Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Excellent pair of kidney shaped sofas-Vladimir Kagan style. This pair is super clean and in excellent condition.
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Vintage 1980s American Hollywood Regency Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Stunning 3 Piece John Widdicomb Sectional Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning 3 piece John Widdicomb sectional sofa with 2 rosewood side tables. Wow, this set is beyond amazing, you should have seen it in its original owner's home-just gorgeous. This ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood, Rosewood

Vladimir Kagan 4 Piece Omnibus Sectional Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Vladimir Kagan Omnibus Four piece sectional. They can be arranged as pictured, or can be configured as you please. supported on Kagan’s trademark lucite bases, giving the s...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Lucite

Milo Baughman Leather Four-Piece Sectional Sofa Mid-Century
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Outstanding Milo Baughman four-piece buckskin leather and chrome sectional sofa. Wow! This vintage leather sectional is sensational with two straight pieces, one chaise piece and one...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Chrome

Sofa, Couch, Mid Century Modern-Style, Custom, Upholstery, Hardwood, Semigood
By Semigood Design
Located in Issaquah, WA
Deep-seated sofa available in the upholstery of your choice. This couch has solid maple frame construction with tenons to prevent squeaking. Hand coiled individual springs, and the f...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Hardwood

Stylish Adrian Pearsall Style Sculptural Walnut Sofa Midcentury
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stylish Adrian Pearsall style sculptural walnut sofa. It retains it's original fabric which does show age-we recommend re-upholstery. The floral back cushions are the originals and a...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Stunning Pair of Curved Kidney Shaped Sofa Midcentury
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning pair of curved kidney shaped sofas. Upholstered in a lovely textured cotton look fabric still in presentable condition, light cleaning recommended. These are in style of Vla...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Pair of Three-Piece Sectional Sofas Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning pair of three-piece curved sectional sofas. This pair will need to be reupholstered but cushions are still soft and super comfortable-seat cushions have combination foam and...
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Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

Dazzling R. Huber Curved Back Teak Sofa, Mid-Century Danish Modern
By Huber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Dazzling Mid-Century Modern Huber curved back sofa (R. Huber & Co., Canada, 1968). We love the swooping thick teak band that surrounds the top edge-very handsome. The legs are also q...
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Vintage 1960s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Excellent Milo Baughman attributed Curved Chrome Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Excellent Milo Baughman curved chromed leg sofa. Very unusual curved chrome legs on either side give this sofa tremendous mid-century appeal-very sexy! This sofa retains it's origina...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Well Designed Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa, Mid-Century Modern
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Very stylish Edward Wormley Dunbar sofa with fabulous solid walnut details . This sofa has bold interesting legs that are rounded at the feet. Reupholstery is recommended sofa fabric...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Excellent Milo Baughman Style Chrome Leg Sofa, Mid-Century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Simple yet really elegant design, the metal structure going though each armrest shows only its narrow side, giving the sofa an illusion of lightness. Gorgeous as is or reupholstered ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Milo Baughman Attributed Chrome Three-Seat Sofa, Mid-Century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic modernist fabric and chrome three-seat sofa attributed to Milo Baughman, retains original wool upholstery, in nice usable condition, soft and extremely comfortable, slight fa...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Handsome Harvey Probber Style Four-Seat Sofa, Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome Harvey Probber style four-seat sofa with black lacquered tapered legs. Original white woven fabric still looks great with only light wear-very comfortable too. Please check ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair Adrian Pearsall Kidney Shaped Curved Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fantastic pair of Adrian Pearsall for Comfort Designs curved kidney shaped sofas. Sofas retain their original upholstery in not bad condition but we would recommend they get new upho...
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Antique 1880s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery

Stunning Vladimir Kagan Curved Serpentine Cloud Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Vladimir Kagan curved serpentine cloud sofa for Directional. We are loving the Brunschwig and Fils and Dongia fabric this sofa has been re-upholstered with about 15 years ag...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Lucite

Stunning Pair Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Directional Cloud Sofas Mid-Century
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous pair of Vladimir Kagan cloud serpentine sofas made by Directional. These pair retain their original periwinkle blue ultra-suede fabric in nice vintage condition-some wear sp...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Lucite

Fabulous Sculptural Modern Vladimir Kagan Leather Bilbao Sofa Mid-century
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
A sculptural modern sofa designed by Vladimir Kagan and inspired by the curves and undulations of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain. I do have a pair of these gorgeous sofa both ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wood, Leather

Amazing Milo Baughman Style Walnut Sofa Mid-century Danish Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful Milo Baughman style thick walnut sofa. This sofa is in awesome vintage condition with its original fabulous blue striped woven fabric. The fabric is clean and free from an...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Fabulous Space Age Karpen Style Gondola Sofa, Mid-Century Modern
By Karpen of California
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Exciting Space Age Karpen style gondola sofa. Dramatic tapered legs are capped with out turned brass sabots. Re-upholstery is recommended because the fabric is dated and shows a bit ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Elegant Paul McCobb Style Brass Base Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Paul McCobb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Elegant Paul McCobb style brass stretcher base sofa. This wonderful long sofa is in very nice vintage condition-original fabric still looks clean-some minor fading. This is a very hi...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Stunning Curved Erwin Lambeth Sled Leg Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Erwin Lambeth, Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Erwin Lambeth curved back sled leg sofa. This sofa was reupholstered long ago in this wonderful sapphire blue crushed velvet and still looks great-only minor signs of age. W...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Rare N. Eilersen Danish Modern Teak Three-Seat Sofa Mid-Century
By Niels Eilersen
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Outstanding and rare N. Eilersen bentwood teak three-seat sofa. Actually this piece is very rare and hard to come by. There are very few images to refer to but I bought this from the...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Sofas

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Chrome

Lovely Pair of Kidney Shaped Curved Sofa Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely pair of curved kidney shaped sofas for Weiman-Vladimir Kagan style. This pair are the perfect size at 28" T x 89" L x 45" D with nice original fabric-cleaning recommended if y...
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Vintage 1980s American Hollywood Regency Sofas

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Upholstery

Outstanding Leif Hansen Style Curved Danish Modern Sofa Mid-Century
By Leif Hansen
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stylish and rare Danish Modern Leif Hansen style curved sofa with amazing walnut legs. This sofa will need to be reupholstered but the bones are fabulous! It measures 29"t x 103"l x ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

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Upholstery, Walnut

Stunning Vladimir Kagan 3 Piece Omnibus Sectional Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Vladimir Kagan
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning 3 piece Vladimir Kagan Design Omnibus sofa sectional. This sectional retains its original fabric and will need to be reupholstered as the fabric is worn and dated. Fully sup...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery, Lucite

Handsome 7-Piece Milo Baughman Style Sectional Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome 7-piece Milo Baughman style sectional sofa from the midcentury. This set will need to be reupholstered as the original fabric is worn and dated. This sofa measures 28" T x 3...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

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Sofa Mid Century For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic sofa mid century available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of fabric, wood and metal, every sofa mid century was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a sofa mid century, we have 12063 options in-stock, while there are 398 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect sofa mid century — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A sofa mid century, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Art Deco style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made sofa mid century has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by De Sede, Milo Baughman and Edward Wormley are consistently popular.

How Much is a Sofa Mid Century?

The average selling price for a sofa mid century at 1stDibs is $5,514, while they’re typically $1 on the low end and $175,000 for the highest priced.

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 Sofas for You

Black leather, silk velvet cushions, breathable bouclé fabric — when shopping for antique, new or vintage sofas, today’s couch connoisseurs have much to choose from in terms of style and shape. But it wasn’t always thus. 

The sofa is typically defined as a long upholstered seat that features a back and arms and is intended for two or more people. While the term “couch” comes from the Old French couche, meaning to lie down, and sofa has Eastern origins, both are forms of divan, a Turkish word that means an elongated cushioned seat. No matter how you spell it, sofa just means comfort, at least it does today.

In the early days of sofa design, upholstery consisted of horsehair or dried moss. Sofas that originated in countries such as France during the 17th century were more integral to decor than they were to comfort. Like most baroque furnishings from the region, they frequently comprised heavy, gilded mahogany frames and were upholstered in floral Beauvais tapestry. Today, options abound when it comes to style and material, with authentic leather offerings and classy steel settees. Plush, velvet chesterfields represent the platonic ideal of coziness. 

Vladimir Kagan’s iconic sofa designs, such as the Crescent and the Serpentine — which, like the sectional sofas of the 1960s created by furniture makers such as Harvey Probber, are quite popular among mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts — showcase the spectrum of style available to modern consumers. Those looking to make a statement can turn to Studio 65’s lip-shaped Bocca sofa, which was inspired by the work of Salvador Dalí.

With so many options, it’s important to explore and find the perfect furniture for your space. Paying attention to the lines of the cushions as well as the flow from the backrest into the arms is crucial to identifying a cohesive new piece for your home or office.

Fortunately, with styles from every era — and even round sofas — there’s a luxurious piece for every space. Deck out your living room with an Art Deco lounge or go retro with a nostalgic '80s design. No matter your sitting vision, the right piece is waiting for you in the expansive collection of antique, new and vintage sofas on 1stDibs.