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Plycraft Furniture

While the history of Plycraft is marred by scandal and lawsuits, the American furniture manufacturer produced charming lounge chairs and other seating during the mid-century modern era that are sought after by collectors today.

Paul Goldman founded Plycraft in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1953 — he had secured military contracts for the manufacturing of bentwood products during World War II and was able to move into the commercial market thereafter. While Plycraft counted fiberglass boats among its early offerings, its primary focus switched to furniture when what we now call mid-century modernism hit its stride and more designers began to explore the possibilities of bentwood furniture thanks to the revolutionary work of Alvar Aalto and Michael Thonet. Goldman was Plycraft’s principal designer, but George Mulhauser and Norman Cherner were also enlisted to create furniture for the brand.

In 1952, a designer named John F. Pile, who was working in the studio of Herman Miller design director George Nelson, conceived what he called the Pretzel chair in walnut and birch. Pile’s seat, which was inspired by European modernist design, proved too costly to manufacture and it had structural problems. So the illustrious Michigan furniture maker subcontracted Plycraft to produce the Pretzel chair — an agreement that was short-lived owing to a dispute between Plycraft and Herman Miller.

Goldman subsequently tapped Norman Cherner — an innovative architect, designer and professor at Columbia University who was recommended by Nelson — to create an iteration of the Pretzel chair that would be stronger and cost-efficient to manufacture.

Cherner submitted a comfortable, curvaceous update to the Pretzel chair in molded plywood but was told by Plycraft that the project was being scrapped and his drawings shelved. Months later, Cherner was shocked to stumble upon his redesigned chair in a furniture showroom in New York under the Plycraft name. Cherner sued Plycraft and won — the Cherner chair later appeared in a Norman Rockwell painting on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

In the late 1950s, designer George Mulhauser created the Mr. Chair for Plycraft, an adjustable, tilting, swivel armchair with a matching ottoman. Mulhauser was also a designer in George Nelson’s studio and is credited with having conceived the iconic Coconut lounge chair for Herman Miller. With its tufted leather seat and shell crafted from a single sheet of plywood, the Mr. Chair lounge — part of a line of seating for which Mulhauser was commissioned — bears a resemblance to the now-legendary Eames lounge chair, which was designed by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller. Mulhauser’s chair was very successful for Plycraft. A model was even spotted on an episode of Star Trek.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Plycraft seating, tables and more.

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Creator: Plycraft
Mid-Century Modern George Mulhauser Pair of Scroll Chairs by Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
Le Shoppe Too presents a beautiful set of George Mulhauser for Plycraft pair of Scroll chairs. Done in a beautiful olive green distressed leather and finish. In very good condition. ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Plycraft Furniture

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Leather

Rare Early Edition Plycraft Swivel Wooden Egg Chair, 1950s, USA
By Plycraft
Located in Miami, FL
Amazing rare early edition Plycraft wooden chair. Oversized and swivels. Fabric is original. Needs recovering and some TLS, but is structurally sound. Our guys can total restore for ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Swivel Faux Leather and Wood Armchairs by Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in San Francisco, CA
Plycraft style leather armchairs feature beautiful bentwood shell design, rich cognac vintage leather upholstery, and metal swivel base. The classic Mid-Century Modern design is perf...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Plycraft Furniture

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Metal

Pair of Norman Cherner for Plycraft Pretzel Chairs
By Plycraft, Norman Cherner
Located in Asheville, NC
Pair of “pretzel” walnut chairs designed by Norman Cherner for Plycraft. One armless and one armchair. Some light scuffing/scratching/small areas of veneer repair from age appropriat...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Walnut

Set of 6 Bent Plywood Dining Chairs by Cherner for Plycraft
By George Mulhauser, Plycraft
Located in New York, NY
Rare set of six bent plywood chairs designed by Cherner for Plycraft. This set consists of four side chairs and two armchairs. The chairs are in excellent original condition, showing...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Plycraft Furniture

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Upholstery, Plywood

Vintage Pair Pretzel Walnut-Plywood Armchairs Norman Cherner Plycraft, Restored
By Norman Cherner, Plycraft
Located in Philadelphia, PA
U.S.A. (1920–1987) A pioneer both in molded plywood and prefab housing, Norman Cherner studied and taught at the Columbia University Fine Arts Department and was an instructor at the...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Walnut, Plywood

George Mulhauser Leather Ottoman Chrome Star Base for Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Munich, DE
Ottoman by George Mulhauser for Plycraft´, USA, 1960s. Steel and faux black leather. Measures: H 40 x W 54 x D 61 cm.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Steel

Vintage Sculptural "Pretzel" Dining Chairs by Norman Cherner for Plycraft
By Norman Cherner, Plycraft
Located in Burbank, CA
Stunning vintage sculptural "Pretzel" dining chairs designed by Norman Cherner for Plycraft in the United States, circa 1960s. This incredible design utilizes a molded plywood frame ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Walnut

George Mulhauser, "Sultana" Chaise Loungue, Moulded Plywood, Fabric, USA, 1960s
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A very rare "Sultana" daybed. Designed by George Mulhauser, manufactured by Plycraft, USA. Features dark-stained moulded plywood, red fabric updated at some point in recent time. ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Fabric, Plywood

George Mulhauser "Scroll" Swivel Chair for Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare armchair designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft Co. in the United States circa 1950s. This extraordinary swivel chair has been sturdily constructed with laminated walnut bent...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Walnut

George Mulhauser "Scroll" Sculpted Arm Chair for Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare armchair designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft Co. in the United States circa 1950s. This extraordinary swivel chair has been sturdily constructed with laminated walnut bent...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Leather, Walnut, Scrap Wood

20th Century George Mulhauser Reclining Lounge Chair in Wood and Leather '50s
By George Mulhauser, Plycraft
Located in Turin, Turin
George Mulhauser, born in 1922, was known for his pioneering molded plywood designs and iconic lounge chairs. Graduating in 1953 from Pratt Institute with a degree in Industrial Desi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Metal

George Mulhauser “Mr” Chair and Ottoman
By George Mulhauser, Plycraft
Located in Philadelphia, PA
George Mulhauser for Plycraft "MR" lounge chair and ottoman. Very clean example! Vinyl in great shape with no rips or tears, even retains it's original headrest! Walnut veneer is cle...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Metal

Mid Century 1960s Plycraft Mr. Chair Lounge Chair George Mulhauser
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Baltimore, MD
Finely crafted vintage mid century, Plycraft's "Mr. Chair" lounge chair beautifully designed by George Mulhauser, for Plycraft, 1960's, swivel lounge chair. Features a stunning profi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Naugahyde, Walnut

George Mulhauser Bentwood Swiveling Lounge Chair and Ottoman for Plycraft
By Plycraft
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Great midcentury lounge chair and ottoman manufactured by Plycraft, designed by George Mulhauser. Stylish bentwood frames covered in a vintage faux-leather upholstery. Both the chair...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Bentwood

Eames Style Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Leather, Plycraft, Classic Modernist
By Plycraft, Lou App
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage Plycraft lounge chair and ottoman, Amazing original condition, Extremely comfortable, Seldom seen version with wood back connectors. Hand delivery avail to new York City or a...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Chrome

1960s George Mulhauser for Plycraft 'Mr. Chair' Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Delray Beach, FL
This vintage mid-century lounge chair and ottoman was designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft, USA, 1960's. Features molded walnut shells and bases with beautiful details to the wo...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Wood

Norman Cherner Pretzel Dining Side Arm Chair Made by Plycraft 1960's
By Plycraft, Norman Cherner
Located in Wayne, NJ
Norman Cherner pretzel dining chairs, made by Plycraft in the 1960's.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Wood

1960s Plycraft Mr.Chair Lounge Chair Ottoman Vintage Mid-Century Icon Mulhauser
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Hyattsville, MD
USA, c.1960s. Mr. Chair Bentwood lounge chair & ottoman for Plycraft by George Mulhauser in Walnut w/ Original Black Upholstery, USA Fair vintage condition. Chair mount mechanism ha...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Naugahyde, Walnut

Vintage Plycraft Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Plycraft
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage Plycraft lounge chair and ottoman Mid-Century Modern swivel lounge chair and matching ottoman by Plycraft. Tufted caramel leather with bentwood walnut wood frame. Chair...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Plycraft Furniture

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Walnut

Rare Sculptural Arm / Lounge Chair by Norman Chener for Plycraft
By Plycraft
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A sculptural bent wood framed arm chair / lounge chair with ribbed black leatherette upholstery. This rare form shares it's DNA with the other pieces designed by Norman Chener with a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Norman Cherner "Pretzel" Chair for Plycraft
By Norman Cherner, Plycraft
Located in Burbank, CA
Amazing vintage "Pretzel" chair designed by Norman Cherner for Plycraft in the United States, circa 1960s. This incredible design utilizes a molded plywood frame that provides a slee...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Set of 6 George Mulhauser Swivel Chairs for Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 George Mulhauser swivel chairs for Plycraft. Walnut frames with fabric covered seats. Scrolled arms.
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Iconic Mr. and Mrs. Chairs with Ottoman by George Mulhauser for Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in San Diego, CA
Iconic "Mr. & Mrs. Chair" with ottoman by George Mulhauser for Plycraft, circa 1960s. This is the second version of the set that was introduced to provide an alternative smaller chai...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Plycraft Furniture

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Naugahyde, Plywood

Classic Mid Century Pretzel Arm Chair by Norman Cherner for Plycraft
By Norman Cherner, Plycraft
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic mid century Pretzel arm chair by Norman Cherner for Plycraft: Great original condition, Retains original seat and back padded cushion fabric, Extremely comfortable, Sculptura...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Naugahyde, Plywood

Norman Cherner Plycraft 1965 Walnut Upholstery Set, Four '4' chairs MCM Classic
By Plycraft, Norman Cherner
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Iconic Pretzel side chairs (set of four) designed by Norman Cherner and made by Plycraft, 2 are still retaining original labels. Laminated walnut construction with older recovered bl...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Walnut Plywood 'Mrs' Lounge Chair by George Mulhauser for Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in London, GB
A pair of American walnut plywood lounge chairs from the 1960's by American designer George Mulhauser. This larger version is seen with the more rarely wooden legs. The smaller famou...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Silk, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern "Pretzel" Armchair by Norman Cherner for Plycraft
By Plycraft, Norman Cherner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern "Pretzel" armchair by Norman Cherner for Plycraft.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Wood, Birch, Bentwood

Plycraft Chair and Ottoman in the Style of the Eames 670 Lounge Chair
By Plycraft
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Nice Plycraft chair and ottoman in the style of the famous Eames 670/671 Lounge chair in ottoman. Chair and ottoman are in nice shape and retain the original Plycraft tags on the bot...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern 10 Pretzel Dining Chairs by Norman Cherner for Plycraft
By Plycraft, Norman Cherner
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern Set of 10 Pretzel chairs/Armchairs by Norman Cherner for Plycraft U.S.A. (1920–1987) A pioneer both in molded plywood and prefab housing, Norman Cherner studied...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Plywood

George Mulhauser Leather & Walnut Swivel Chair with Ottoman for Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dimensions 39in H x 35in W x 32in D Seat Height: 15.50in Ottoman: 16in H x 23in W x 19.50in D.  
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Walnut, Leather, Wood

Restored Pair of Bent Ply Faux White Tufted Leather George Mulhauser Mr. Chairs
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Chattanooga, TN
There's something indescribably awesome about these Mulhauser chairs in tufted white upholstery. Cool, casual and comfortable in their skin. Anywhere they go, is exactly where they'r...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Metal

1960s Modernist Tilt / Swivel Lounge Chairs designed by Murphy Miller, Plycraft
By Murphy Miller Inc., Plycraft
Located in Buffalo, NY
A stunning pair 1960s lounge chairs by Murphy Miller. Button tufted upholstery, these gently used swivel lounge chairs boasts winged walnut armrests and original vinyl upholstery. Ni...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Metal

George Mulhauser Red Sultana Chairs, Pair
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
Crafted with cherry red lacquered walnut bentwood and a complementary creamy white leather upholstered seat. Swirling lines in the arms give this piece a memorable, artistic flair, h...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Faux Leather, Walnut, Plywood, Lacquer

Mid Century George Mulhauser for Plycraft "Mr. Chair" & Ottoman
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Beautiful mid-century lounge chair & ottoman designed by George Mulhauser and manufactured by plycraft. This vintage chair and ottoman have a distinctive design and excellent represe...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Set of Norman Cherner Pretzel Dining Chairs, Made by Plycraft, USA, 1960s
By Norman Cherner, Plycraft
Located in London, GB
A set of four original Norman Cherner pretzel dining chairs, made by Plycraft, USA, in the 1960s. Bentwood frames. Priced for the set. In very good original vintage condition. Ships ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Plycraft Furniture

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Wood

Iconic Mid Century Cherner Plycraft Bent Ply Chair
By Norman Cherner, Plycraft
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Mid Century bent plywood chair designed by Norman Cherner for Plycraft with original Plycraft label, dated 1964. This example is in very good, original condition, showing only...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Plywood

1950s Brown Wooden Walnut Plywood Chair by Norman Cherner
By Norman Cherner, Plycraft, George Nelson
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Plywood side chair, walnut by Norman Cherner, USA, 1950. This sculptural side chair comes in plywood on wooden legs and very good original condition. Manufactured by Plycraft in 1...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Walnut, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair by Murphy Miller
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A stunning 1960s lounge chair by Murphy Miller. This gently used swivel lounge chair boasts winged walnut armrests and vinyl upholstery. A vintage gem that has an unusual swivel meta...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Faux Leather, Walnut

Swivel Chair by Mulhauser for Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in New York, NY
Rare and unusual form not often seen, designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft. Swivel upholstered chair in orange vinyl with bent ply shell, cast aluminium joinery, on pedestal bas...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Plywood

George Mulhauser for Plycraft Sultana Chairs, Set of Four
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and stylish set of four Mid-Century Modern "Sultana" dining or club chairs By George Mulhauser for Plycraft, USA, 1960s Measures: 23" W x 21" D x 23.5" H. Seat height...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Bentwood, Lacquer, Upholstery

Norman Cherner for Plycraft Mid Century Walnut Round Expanding Dining Table
By Plycraft, Norman Cherner
Located in Countryside, IL
Norman Cherner for Plycraft mid century walnut round expanding dining table This table measures: 42 wide x 42 deep x 29.25 inches high, with a chair clearance of 25.5 inches, each...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Iconic Space Age Version Mr. Chair and Ottoman by George Mulhauser for Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Iconic space-age version of the Mr. Chair and matching ottoman by Plycraft. This molded ply lounge chair/ottoman is designed by George Mulhauser and made by Plycraft features stylish...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Norman Cherner Plycraft Chair Upholstered in Cowhide and Painted
By Plycraft, Norman Cherner
Located in Miami, FL
Norman Cherner Plycraft chair Upholstered in Cowhide and painted Offered for sale is a painted bentwood and laminated wood chair designed by Norman Cherner for Plycraft Furniture ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Cowhide, Wood

George Mulhauser for Plycraft Sultana Dining Set, 1960s
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and stylish Mid-Century Modern "Sultana" dining set By George Mulhauser for Plycraft USA, 1960s Table measures: 41.75" W x 41.75" D x 26" H. Knee clearance: 25" H. C...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Formica, Bentwood

George Mulhauser for Plycraft Sultana Dining Table, 1960s
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and stylish Mid-Century Modern "Sultana" dining table By George Mulhauser for Plycraft USA, 1960s Measures: 41.75" W x 41.75" D x 26" H. Knee clearance 25" H. Blue...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Formica, Bentwood

Plycraft Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Plycraft, Avanti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unique bentwood frame lounge chair with ottoman made by Plycraft in the 1960s. Great form and comfort. Please confirm location NY or NJ.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Bentwood

Vintage Walnut "Scroll" Swivel Armchairs by George Mulhauser for Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Burbank, CA
Rare vintage "Scroll" swivel armchairs designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft Co. in the United States, circa 1950s. These extraordinary swivel armchairs have been constructed wit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Norman Cherner Pretzel Armchair for Plycraft Walnut Upholstery 1960s MCM Classic
By Plycraft, Norman Cherner
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Iconic Pretzel armchair designed by Norman Cherner and made by Plycraft, still retaining original label. Laminated walnut construction with older recovered blue upholstery. Surprisin...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

George Mulhauser for Plycraft Cognac Leather Desk Chair
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in Denver, CO
A rare, limited-production executive desk chair by George Mulhauser for his "Mr. Chair" series for Plycraft. Two-piece molded plywood seat and back upholstered in original cognac le...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

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Leather, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Plycraft Reclining Arm Lounge Chair & Ottoman
By Plycraft
Located in Esperance, NY
Mid-Century Modern Plycraft reclining arm lounge chair & ottoman. Ottoman measurements are: H: 14.75” Width: 22 1/2” Depth: 19 1/2”.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Metal

1965, Mid-Century Modern Mr Chair & Ottoman by George Mulhauser for Plycraft
By Plycraft
Located in Las Vegas, NV
George Mulhauser for plycraft lounge chair with ottoman circa 1965. Designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft, the "Mr. Chair" lounge chair and ottoman is stylish, sophisticat...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Plycraft Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Plycraft furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Plycraft furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Plycraft furniture to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 36 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Plycraft were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Bernhardt, Charles Pollock and Ficks Reed when they are looking for additional options. Plycraft furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $595 and tops out at $12,127, while pieces like these can sell for $3,775.

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