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Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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

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

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

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

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

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

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Organic Modern Soft and Comfortable Upholstery Armchair Malibu in COM
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
COM Upholstery, fabrics not included. Like a warm embrace, Malibu Round Sofa welcomes you to stay within and relax. An elevated homage to the golden age of midcentury design and or...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Bouclé, Velvet

Ignazio Gardella, Lounge Chair, Brass, Metal, Yellow Velvet, Gavina, Italy 1957
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early and adjustable "Digamma" lounge chair designed by Ignazio Gardella for Gavina, Italy 1957. The chair features a yellow velvet upholstery, metal, with brass feet.  
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal, Brass

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" Lounge Chairs for Cassina, 1969, Set of 2
Located in Rovereta, SM
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" lounge chairs for Cassina, black leather and metal, 1969, set of two. Although technically designed in the 1960s, the "Soriana" model by the Italian duo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Armchair Weaved Copper Texture, Silk Orange Fringes
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
With voluptuous curves and perfect poise, the Mid-Century Modern inspired La Folie Lounge Armchair exalts passion and fantasy as if you were in a burlesque show at Moulin Rouge. Let ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chenille, Silk

Organic Modern Armchair Havana in Solid Walnut and Soft Dijon Cotton Velvet
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
Celebrating a one night affair in the Caribbean paradise, Havana armchair insinuates the pleasures of a bohemian lifestyle with its flirtatious and see through shapes, reminding us o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Walnut, Velvet, Rattan

Tulip Group Lounge Chairs in Rosewood by K M Wilkins for G-Plan of England
Located in Chattanooga, TN
This incredible set was purchased new in Glasgow, Scotland in 1970. We acquired from the original owners who kept them in pristine condition. Designed by K.M. Wilkins for G-Plan of E...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Velvet, Rosewood

Circular Contemporary Armchair in Black Oakwood and Natural Cane
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary lounge chair. The seat is upholstered in 100% cotton velvet and the back in woven cane. The darkened wood structure provides strength and lightness to the piece. Materi...
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2010s Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Velvet, Cane, Wood

Reupholstered Lounge Chairs with Sculptural Ash Wooden Frame France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Set of two lounge chairs, in patinated solid ash and Reupholstered bleu velvet, France, 1960s. The grain of the wood is nicely visible, especially on the wide sculpted armrests. Thes...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Ash

Erton Armchair from the 1950's
Located in Brooklyn, NY
beautiful armchair edited by Erton in the 1950's, all original condition.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Pierre Chapo Model "S10" Sahara Chair, 1960s, France
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A 1960s model "S10", also known as a "Sahara" chair, by the leading French modernist designer of the period, Pierre Chapo, whose work is highly sought after today. Produced in sol...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Elm

XXL Monumental Wingback Armchair in Walnut and Bouclé Fabric, France 1930s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large monumental midcentury wingback armchair in walnut and re-upholstered bouclé fabric, France 1930s. This monumental Xl size armchair - lounge chair would make an eye-catching add...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Walnut

Exclusive Bernard Govin for Saporiti Luxe 1970s 'Cube' Armchair Pair
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare and sought after gorgeous sculptural pair of 1970s Bernard Govin for Saporiti Italia cube armchairs. Reupholstered in a sleek steel grey velvet. Black wood plinth base. Meas...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Mid Century Modern Bisou Armchair with Bouclé Off-White Upholstery, Wood base
Located in Lisbon, PT
Swooping curves, softly returning arms, and sculptural shape define the Bisou Armchair. The tight but soft seat and back along with clean seam detailing give this piece a clean, tail...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Ash

Set of Four Wrought Iron Garden Patio Chairs by Salterini
Located in New York, NY
Rare set of four dining height arm chairs, by noted American metalworker John Salterini. The chairs feature decorative foliate backs, curlicue arms, metal mesh seats, and the signatu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wrought Iron

Contemporary Armchair in Black Oakwood and Boucle Fabric
Located in New York, NY
The seat is upholstered in high quality boucle fabric and the back in woven cane. The darkened wood structure provides strength and lightness to the piece. Dimensions: Width 34” x d...
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2010s Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Bouclé, Cane, Wood

Pair of Paolo Buffa Mid-Century Modern Italian Bouclè Armchairs, 1950s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Beautiful pair of lounge armchairs designed by Paolo Buffa, Italy, 1950s. The structure is in oak wood and has been polished with shellac, maintaining the original patina. The seat a...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Bouclé, Oak

Ea 216 Soft Pad Desk Chair by Charles & Ray Eames for ICF, 1970s
Located in Lasne, BE
Leather armchair with aluminum base and castor. stamped under the seat Herman Miller ICF . Adjustable in height. Wear due to time and age of the chair (see photo) Seat height 54cm.
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1970s Central American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Faux Leopard Fur Hand Carved High Back Witco Tiki Thrown King Chairs
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Take a walk on the wild side, or maybe just have a seat there with scepter in hand. Each thrown has been recovered in high-quality, cruelty free, faux-fur that very much resembles th...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Cedar

Mushroom Armchair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1980's
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very comfortable and cosy Artifort Mushroom chair, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 60’s. This particular chair is fabricated in the 80's Covered with cute wool fabric, color pi...
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1990s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Bouclé

Joaquim Tenreiro for Laubisch & Hirth, Pair of Armchairs, 1940's
Located in PARIS, FR
Pair of armchairs realized in Pau Marfim ebenisé and cotton fabric of coral color. The backrest is hexagonal, the armrests curved and the legs tapered cylindrical section. The quali...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Hardwood

Armrest Chair, 1990s
Located in Ljubljana, SI
Wassily Chair style Period of production: 1990s Designer: Marcel Breuer Manufacturer: Italy, 1990s Style: midcentury modern, classic design Materials: metal frame, silicon cord,...
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1990s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal, Chrome, Iron

Iconic Eero Aarnio Ball Chair by Adelta
Located in Dronten, NL
Original ball chair designed by Eero Aarnio and manufactured by Adelta, Finland. The Ball chair was designed in 1963 and debuted at the Cologne Furniture Fair in 1966. The chair is ...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Sweden Vintage Armchair in Wood and Leather att. to Gunnar Asplund
Located in Milano, IT
Important vintage Swedish wooden armchair designed in the 1950s attributed to designer Gunnar Asplund. The armchair is very important: its structure is entirely made of wood, suppor...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

1950s Gio Ponti Attributed Armchair for Casa & Giardino Newly Upholstered
Located in Chicago, IL
1950s Gio Ponti attributed tub-style accent armchair on short tapered wood legs, newly reupholstered in a jacquard velvet fabric. The newly installed (2022) fabric is DEDAR Tiger...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Jacquard, Velvet, Wood

Pair of Italian Massive Brass Chairs by Chiavari, Upholstery Pink Velvet
Located in Rijssen, NL
Pair of refined Italian campanino classic Chiavari chairs, circa 1950s. Massive brass with upholstered with pink velvet. In very good condition. We are able, to reupholster these ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Austrian Midcentury Roland Rainer Beech Stacking Armchairs
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian midcentury beechwood stacking Armchairs in very good slightly restored and refinished condition. The Seats and perforated backrests are made of bent plywood . This iconic s...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Beech, Plywood

Pair of Sculptural Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs Style of Ponti, Italy
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of sculptural Italian midcentury arm club or lounge chairs, rendered in orange ultra suede with splayed brass legs, ISA, Italy, circa 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Italian Midcentury Horn Tub Chair with Gilt Rams' Heads and New Upholstery
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian vintage horn tub chair from the mid 20th century, with gilt rams' heads and new upholstery. Created in Italy during the midcentury period, this tub chair features an elega...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Horn, Upholstery

Midcentury Walnut High-Back Armchair and Ottoman by Anna-Lülja Praun
Located in Almelo, NL
Beautiful pair of walnut high-back armchair and ottoman designed by Anna-Lülja Praun in 1950s. These armchair and ottoman has a solid walnut wood frame with reupholstered high qualit...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Walnut

Swivel Egoísta Armchair with Solid Walnut, Rattan and Mustard Yellow Velvet
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
With its name being the direct translation of selfish in Portuguese, this armchair revolves around its own universe. Within a refined, elegant and distinctive frame, resembling the n...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Design, Haussmann Armchair, Green, by Robert & Trix Haussmann
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
The Haussmann chair is a vibrant timeless piece of comfort and elegance. This unique three-leg chair premiered at the "Haussmann Expo 64" and was designed by Robert & Trix Haussma...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer Black B64 Cesca Chairs, Italy, 1970
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Cesca chairs, model B64. Sale in pairs. Ten units available (five pairs). Tubular structure in black lacquered steel in excellent condition. Black lacquered beech wood frames an...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Armchairs, France, 1950's
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Pair of armchairs, France 1950's. Geometrical shapes and tapered feet in gilded metal. The armchairs are reupholstered with Bisson Bruneel fabric.    
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Stunning Pair of Mid-Century Modern Oak Leather Armchairs Style of Hans Wegner
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Stunning Pair of Mid-Century Modern oak leather horseshoe armchairs style of Hans Wegner. Beautiful Solid Oak chairs with a walnut brown finish - Thick Cane wrapped backrests with re...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Cane, Oak

Pair of Industrial Egg Chairs in Aluminum and Leather, France 1970's
Located in New York, NY
France, 1970's A sleek pair of modernist armchairs in welded aluminum with cloutage details and leather upholstery.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Important Pair of Osvaldo Borsani P71 Armchairs in Walnut, Tecno, Italy, 1954
Located in The Hague, NL
This important pair of armchairs was designed by Osvaldo Borsani and produced by Tecno in Como, Italy in 1954. The very rare P71 was one of the first designs produced by Tecno after ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Chenille, Upholstery, Walnut

Peg Lev Armchair, Michel Arnoult, 1968, Midcentury Brazilian
Located in Clifton, NJ
Michel Arnoult (1922-2005) defended that good design should be accessible to everyone. To this end, he has always invested in industrial and assembly processes that could lower the c...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Cowhide, Leather, Hardwood

Guglielmo Veronesi Pink Silk Velvet Pearl Lounge Chair, ISA Bergamo, Italy, 1950
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Guglielmo Veronesi Pink Silk Velvet Pearl ('Perla") Lounge Chair, ISA Bergamo, Italy, c. 1950; The I.S.A. (Industria Salotti e Arredamenti) factory, also known as ISA, ISA Bergamo an...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

De Pas D'urbino Lomazzi Italian Sofa "Piumino" by Dall'Oca, 70s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
These “Piumino” seats are an exceptional model of the trio of Milanese architects, known throughout the world for their ingenious extensions. The shape and size are the most captivat...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Synthetic, Faux Leather

Gio Ponti Model 516 Pair of Lounge Chairs, Cream White Painted Walnut, 1950
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of armchairs, model “516”, originally designed by Ponti for the furnishing of Tranatlantico Conte Biancamano, Manufactured by Figli di Amadeo Cassina (Cassina), Italy, c. 1950 ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Textile, Walnut

Modern Armchair Beige Velvet Brown & Golden Details Polished Brass
Located in Porto, PT
Mid-Century Modern Style armchair beige velvet, brown & golden details, polished brass Kongo Armchair is a Mid-Century Modern armchair. It’s an accent armchair designed to add elega...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Liberty Armchair High Back, Polished Brass and Pink Jacquard Velvet Cushions
Located in Oporto, PT
Inspiration: The sculptural forms of the 30s inspired the Liberty Collection. The tubular and steel structures that have marked those years are combined with a new inspiration that...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass, Metal

Iron Armchair with Jacaranda by Geraldo de Barros, Brazil, 1955, Unilabor
Located in Houston, TX
Geraldo de Barros (1923-1998) Iron single armchair Manufactured by Unilabor Brazil, 1955. Iron frame, fabric upholstered. Measurements: 55 cm x 65 cm x 75 h cm 21.6 in x 2...
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1950s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Iron

Pair of Chrome & Leather Armchairs by Vittorio Introini for Mario Sabot, 1970s
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Chrome & Leather Armchairs by Vittorio Introini for Mario Sabot, 1970s, Italy Sold per pair Two pairs available.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Armchair
Located in Montelabbate, PU
Mid-century armchair.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Contemporary Rattan Armchairs Offered in Mud Velvet
Located in New York, NY
Handcrafted of wooden structure with a retro pattern design and high armrests. The arms attached to the back made of woven Vienna straw provides a sense of continuity. Materials & ...
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2010s Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Very Large Rattan Armchair
Located in Isle Sur Sorgue, FR
Spectacular leaf shaped handmade XXL rattan armchair. Very decorative piece even standing on it own. If you are looking for a chair that every guest will talk about. It can also be u...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Rattan

Lounge Armchair with Soft Mustard Yellow Cotton Velvet and Silk Fringes La Folie
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
With voluptuous curves and perfect poise, La Folie exalts passion and fantasy as if you were in a burlesque show at Moulin Rouge. Let yourself be drawn by this flirtatious feeling of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Silk, Velvet

Joe Colombo Iconic ‘Elda’ Lounge Chairs in Black Leather and Fiberglass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Joe Colombo for Comfort, pair of lounge chairs ‘Elda’, fiberglass, leather, Italy, design 1963, later production. The ‘Elda’ chair is one of the most well-known designs of Italian...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Marc Held for Knoll Int Culbuto Highback Armchair and Ottoman, Black Leather
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Marc Held, France / USA for Knoll International a Culbuto highback armchair and ottoman. Designed in 1967 and produced in limited numbers from moulded lacquered fibreglass and black ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Pair of Sesann Armchairs by Gianfranco Fratinni in Leather for Cassina Italian
Located in Lyon, FR
Pair of Sesann armchairs designed by the Italian designer Gianfranco Fratinni for Cassina in 1969. Chrome-plated tubular steel frame and brown leather seat. Vintage Cassina edition....
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Andre Vandenbeuck Pair of 'Aluline' Lounge Chairs in Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Andre Vandenbeuck for Straessle, pair of easy chairs, metal, black leather, Switzerland, 1960s These well-designed easy chairs are produced by Strassle in the 1960s. Functional and ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Bamboo Peacock Armchair, 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian bamboo Peacock armchair. Signs are due to age and use. Cost for restoration on request.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Rattan

1950s Bentwood Armchairs by Jindrich Halabala, a Pair
Located in High Point, NC
Bentwood upholstered armchairs by Czech furniture designer J. Halabala, circa 1950. A Mid-Century Modern silhouette, re-upholstered in a natural white. The cushioned seat is parenthe...
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Bentwood

Pair of Nanna Ditzel ND83 Lounge Chairs for Søren Willadsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Nanna Ditzel ND83 lounge chairs for Søren Willadsen, Denmark, c.1950s. These 1952-designed chairs by Ditzel feature oak frames and back supports that connect to the splayed l...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Teak

Gio Ponti Midcentury Rare Italian Bouclè Armchairs "Casa E Giardino" 1936, Pair
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Rare pair of armchairs by Gio Ponti for "Casa e Giardino", 1936. The armchairs have been restored and upholstered with a fine wool blend Bouclè fabric, with goose down cushions.
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Bouclé, Beech

Carl Malmsten and Yngve Ekström Pair of "Caryngo' Chairs in Oak with Canvas
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carl Malmsten and Yngve Ekström for Swedese, pair of "Caryngo' chairs, oak, canvas, Scandinavia, 1960s Carl Malmsten and Yngve Ekström pair of "Caryngo' chairs with an oak frame and...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Canvas

Carl Malmsten High Back Chair in Walnut and Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carl Malmsten, high back chair, walnut, brass, leather, Sweden, 1940s. Rare high back chair designed by Swedish designer Carl Malmsten. This chair exhibits a warm walnut frame wh...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

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