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Mid-Century Modern Benches

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Gio Walnut Bench in Bouclé
Located in Stamford, CT
Elevate your space with airy innovation. The Gio Bench is inspired by Gio Ponti – a visionary leader in Italian design. This floating cushion perches on top of solid brass pillars an...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Convex Bench in Natural Bouclé by Stamford Modern
Located in Stamford, CT
Artfully balanced. This handcrafted bench has a lightweight aesthetic with solid construction. The prim, rectangular cushion is beautifully upholstered in soft natural bouclé, restin...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Bouclé, Oak

Pair of Swivel Benches by Charles Hollis Jones from the "Waterfall" Line
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful pair of molded waterfall style benches designed by Charles Hollis Jones and manufactured by Hudson-Rissman. The benches are in excellent original condition, the seat is up...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Naugahyde, Lucite

Stamford Modern's Crescent Bench in Midnight Blue Mohair
Located in Stamford, CT
The Crescent Bench floats effortlessly, poised on brass fingertips. Inspired by 20th-century visionaries like Vladimir Kagan and Gio Ponti, this bench offers a unique perspective. Th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Wooden Slatted Bench / Marble Side Table, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century wooden slatted bench / marble side table - Italy 1970s.  
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Marble

Black Lacquered Wood, Brass & Cane Seating Bench Mid-Century Modern Asian Style
Located in Miami, FL
Chinoiserie inspired Mid-Century Modern rectangular seating bench in Black Lacquer. The Bench features a wooden frame with woven cane backrest. The legs have brass covers. Completely...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Gio Walnut Bench in Charcoal Bouclé
Located in Stamford, CT
Elevate your space with airy innovation. The Gio Bench is inspired by Gio Ponti – a visionary leader in Italian design. This floating cushion perches on top of solid brass pillars an...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Civil Bench 057 by Pierre Jeanneret for Cassina
Located in Berlin, DE
Civil bench 057 by Pierre Jeanneret for Cassina. Assembly, consists of three consecutive seat elements supported by a single frontal crossbar and two side supports positioned in the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Rattan, Wood

Custom Cerused Oak Bench/ Cocktail Table on Sabre Legs
Located in New York, NY
Custom cerused oak bench/cocktail table on sabre legs. Please note that this item is customizable. It can be crafted in a variety of woods and finishes.
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Oak

Mid-Century Modern Window Bench
Located in Westwood, NJ
Mid-Century Modern style greyed walnut window bench with out flaring supports and a shelf stretcher base. Dimensions: 60" W x 18" D x 23" H.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Walnut

Midcentury Style Upholstered Armed Bench
Located in New York, NY
Two arm custom made midcentury style bench with brass legs, buttons and seaming. This piece is showroom sample and available for immediate purchase. Can also be custom ordered in any...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Stamford Modern's Crescent Bench in Brass and Velvet
Located in Stamford, CT
The Crescent Bench floats effortlessly, poised on brass fingertips. Inspired by 20th century visionaries like Vladimir Kagan and Gio Ponti, this bench offers a unique perspective. Th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Charlotte Perriand Cansado Bench, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Bench designed by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1950. Manufactured by Steph Simon (France), circa 1950. Wood, lacquered metal frame and legs. Provenance: Cansado, Mauritania (Africa...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Metal

Three Adrian Pearsall Sculptural Stools / Benches in Bouclé
Located in New York, NY
Three Adrian Pearsall sculptural stools / benches. The sculptural frames are walnut with cushioned seats done in Bouclé.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Bouclé, Walnut

DC Sculptural Walnut Bench
Located in Stamford, CT
Upward curves and downward slopes – the DC bench has a fluid sense of motion that captures the spirit of mid-century modern design. A linen cushion delicately floats out over the edg...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Linen, Walnut

Wonderful Transitional Chrome Velvet Stool Nickel Bamboo Jansen Bench
Located in Roslyn, NY
Perfect seating for the transitional or Classic rooms, this chrome / nickel stool with purple velvet fabric top done in bamboo chinoiserie design are so versatile that can be used in...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Nickel

Restored French Mid-Century Stained Pine, Brass & Corduroy Long Bench, 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This beautiful French 1950's long bench featuring stained pine, brass, and corduroy was just restored and is ready for immediate use. The soft and beautiful corduroy fabric features ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Nicos Zographos Museum Bench with Bronze Base
Located in St. Louis, MO
Leather tufted museum bench by Nicos Zographos with bronze base, circa 1965. Leather shows wear but no holes, bronze has patina. Label. Midcentury, Florence Knoll style.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Bronze

Pair of Midcentury Benches
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Mid-Century Modern style bench crafted out of wood has been fully restored and features brass corner accents with bamboo carved design. The bench also has a newly ebonized lacquer ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Charlotte Perriand Cansado Bench in Mahogany Wood Bench
Located in Chicago, IL
Bench designed by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1950. Manufactured by Steph Simon (France), circa 1950. Mahogany wood, lacquered metal frame and legs. Provenance: Cansado, Mauritania...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

John Vesey Aluminum and Walnut Folding Directoire Bench, circa 1958
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Such an incredible rare example of precision design of the 1950s, by John Vesey Inc, this aluminum Classic Folding Bench in the Directoire style is in high-demand and sought after by...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Aluminum

Milo Baughman Style Stool
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This styish x-form polished steel bench is very much in the manner of pieces created by Milo Buaghman for his "flat-bar" collection. Note: The piece has recently been uphostered ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Ico Parisi Teak Bench, Italy 1950s
Located in Palermo, IT
Very rare bench attibuted to Ico Parisi in 1950s. The low seat is made of teak with burnished brass details Restored, sanded and oil finished. Wear consistent with age and use.    
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wood

Pair of Vintage Vogue Rattan Olive Green Bamboo and Rattan Benches or Stools
By Vogue Rattan
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of vintage olive green bamboo and rattan stools or benches made by Vogue Rattan. Original stripped Linen Fabric. Makers Mark underneath, Vogue Rattan.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Bamboo, Rattan

Extra Long Heavy Vintage Maple Wood Slatted Bench
Located in East Hampton, NY
A French extra long thick block maple wood slatted bench in the Charlotte Perriand style.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Maple

Seltz France attr. to Pierre Chapo Curved Benches, Set of 2
Located in Renens, CH
Set of two elmwood benches produced by Seltz France attributed to Pierre Chapo. These benches are intended to fit around a 110 cm - 140cm round table. Dimensions: Width: 140 cm ...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Elm

Horse Hide Bench by Theodore Alexander
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Horse Hide Bench by Theodore Alexander Striking bench or footstool with a concave cushion upholstered in horse hide and bordered with brass tacks over horse form metal legs with a b...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Hide

Scout Long Bench in Blackened Oak and Satin Brushed Brass by Steven Bukowski
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The scout bench has a slim design, allowing it to be tucked into small spaces with a minimal footprint. Shown in blackened/ebonized oak and brass. Domestic hardwood species availa...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Pair French Modern Neoclassical Gilt Iron Benches, Style of Jean-Michel Frank
Located in New York, NY
Elegant Pair of French Mid-Century Modern neoclassical benches / stools in the style of Jean Michel Frank. The pieces are in a classic curile form in gilt wrought iron with the seats...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wrought Iron

Bench by Harvey Probber in Ketchup / Mustard in Oak, USA 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Bench by Harvey Probber in red and yellow with oak base. Excellent original condition.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Foam, Latex, Rubber, Wood

Sexy Bench by Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful and sexy bench design by the iconic Charles Hollis Jones, made of solid brass.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Petite Brass Hairpin Ottomans in Oyster Velvet by Montage
Located in Wilton, CT
The perfect addition to any space! Wonderfully proportioned pair of ottomans upholstered in a supple Oyster Velvet of the highest quality; 100% cotton. These work in a multitude of s...
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2010s Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Curvilinear Wood Benches with Upholstered Seats
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Curvilinear wood benches with upholstered seats.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Brass Faux Bamboo Bench
Located in North Miami, FL
A beautifully designed bench having a faux bamboo brass base. Modernized and complimented with a tufted leather upholstery Elegant and modern in design.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Milo Baughman Rosewood Coffee Table Platform Bench in Rosewood
Located in Chicago, IL
Milo Baughman rosewood coffee table platform bench model 475, In highly figured rosewood with recessed black enameled base. [Labels on the underside Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin-Hig...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Rosewood

Arthur Umanoff for Madison Furniture Mid Century Modular 2 Seater Bench
Located in Countryside, IL
Arthur Umanoff for Madison Furniture mid century modular 2 seater bench Bench measures: 65 wide x 23 deep x 33 high, with a seat height of 19 inches All pieces of furniture can b...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Chrome

Stamford Modern's Architectural Brass Bench in Royal Alpaca
Located in Stamford, CT
The Architectural Bench is light and angular with impeccable lines. The extra-long cushion upholstered in Royal Alpaca is uplifted with an antiqued brass frame. Paul McCobb’s design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Vilhelm Lauritzen Bench, Denmark. 1937
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Vilhelm Lauritzen, Scandinavian Modern A very rare bench by Vilhelm Lauritzen made for Gladsaxe Town Hall, Söborg, Denmark, 1936-1937. This model was also used for the Danish Embass...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Two French Parchment Benches in the Style of Marc du Plantier
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of midcentury style stools / benches with wrought iron frame and parchment seats exhibiting the influences of French Art Deco, modernism and a sober neoclassical spirit....
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wrought Iron

Tommaso Barbi Coffee Table Bench
Located in Chicago, IL
Coffee table / bench covered in original Skai PU leather with chrome trim by Tommaso Barbi, 1970. Marked "Made in Italy". Matching side tables shown in last photo available separatel...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Chrome

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Turquoise Triangular Shaped Ottoman Bench
Located in North York, ON
Vintage Mid-Century Modern turquoise triangular shaped ottoman bench. All original, USA, circa 1970's. Distressed aged turquoise vinyl with tufted design. Completed with sleek walnut...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Wonderful Pair Milo Baughman Style Chrome X Base Bench Stools Midcentury
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful pair of Milo Baughman chrome X base stools. We love the large scale size of these measuring 21" T x 23” W x 21" D. The tops were upholstered in white faux leather a few yea...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Chrome

1950s Walnut Long John Bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Classic 'Long John Bench' in walnut with drawer and laminated solid wood hairpin legs.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Walnut

Custom Square Brass Pointe Leg Bench or Stool
Located in New York, NY
Custom Pointe' leg bench or stool, shown in 18” square velvet with tapered brass legs ending in a ball foot with buttons and seaming. Available in any size or shape custom made to or...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Rolling Lucite Benches
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Lucite vanity stools featuring a spiral bottom sitting on four rolling wheels in a bronze finish. The top also has a square vinyl pad. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ.).
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Lucite

1970s Harter Black Vinyl and Steel Double Seat Bench
Located in Garnerville, NY
Black vinyl upholstered and steel frame single seat double bench by Harter Furniture Company. Circa 1970. Fantastic anywhere in the home or office. Good overall condition. Structural...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Brass Base Bench Covered with Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric
Located in Ferndale, MI
Polished brass base supports Jack Lenor Larsen covered cushion.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Walnut Chaise Lounge by Craft Associates
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Chaise lounge designed by the American designer Adrian Pearsall. The structure of the cocktail lounge is made of walnut in a beautiful curved shape and covered in white chenille fabr...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Chenille, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Architectural Brass Bench in the style of Harvey Probber
Located in Round Rock, TX
A wonderful architectural brass bench reminiscent of designs by Harvey Probber, Paul McCobb, and Edward Wormley. This would be a great addition to any Mid-Century Modern, or conte...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Iron Bench by Frank & Sons
Located in Framingham, MA
Lovely upholstered 1950's bench by Frank & Sons of Iron, wood & fabric. The iron legs are original - I can repaint the frame if you wish (no charge) just ask... The fabric is very n...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Iron

Bench Designed by Lauri Järveläinen, Finland, 1930s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Painted birch with pewter. Provenance: Designed for the Kino-Palatsi cinema in Tampere, Finland. The cinema itself was designed by architect Bertel Strömmer. Private Finnish...
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1930s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Pewter

Mid Century Carved Oak Bench by Baker Furniture Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Carved oak bench by Baker Furniture Company. Perfect for the end of a bed. Wood is detailed beautifully and in strong and sturdy condition but upholstery fabric is original and in ro...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Pair of Faux Bamboo White Wash Finish Yellow Black Plaid Upholstery Benches
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of mid century modern white wash painted faux bamboo benches.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Upholstery

Canaletto Walnut Bench with Carved Top by Miduny, Made in Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Named a 2018 Best of Year Awards Honoree by Interior Design Magazine. KG bench merges mannerism with engineering. Carved out of the finest solid Noce Canaletto (Black Walnut) the sin...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Walnut

Lucite and Mongolian fur Bench
Located in Ballard, CA
An eye catching bench made with an upholstered seat floating on a Lucite base, affixed with custom engineered hardware. Custom sizes and finishes available.
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Metal

Leather and Teak Midcentury Danish Modern Floating Sofa
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Sharp Danish Mid-Century Modern teak and leather floating low profile sofa.  
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Leather, Teak

Restored Vintage Bench in Red Lacquered Wood
Located in Milano, IT
Beautiful three-seater bench in red lacquered wood, made in the 30s of fine Italian manufacture. The bench has a solid and durable structure in red lacquered wood that gives an eleg...
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1930s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Modern Slatted Bench
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A simple and stylish piece of Mid-Century Modern design, this vintage slat bench combines a wooden top with dark metal legs. Please confirm item location with seller (NY/NJ).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wood

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