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Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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
Blue Pair of Barrel Chairs, Original Fabric Vintage 1970's, France
Located in New York, NY
Amazing chairs with original 70's fabric. These are in original vintage condition. Blue Pair of Barrel Chairs, Original Fabric Vintage 1970's, France Incredible and rare to be so we...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet

Art Deco Style Modern Velvet Bar Chair or Counter Hight and Golden Details
Located in Porto, PT
Art Deco Style Modern Pattern Velvet Bar Chair or Counter Hight and Golden Details Joanne Bar Chair Joanne chair is a mid-century-style bar chair. It will enhance any space, improvi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Set of Four Børge Mogensen Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This set of oak Børge Mogensen dining chairs, Denmark, c.1950s, includes four side chairs. The chairs feature newly hand woven Danish cord seats. Dimensions: ?19.5" width 19.75" d...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Papercord, Oak

Modern Dining Chair Pink & White Leather and Gold Stainless Steel
Located in Porto, PT
Mid-Century Modern Style Dining Chair Pink & White Leather and Gold Stainless Steel Joanne Dining Chair Joanne chair is a mid-century style dining chair. It will enhance any space, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Don Shoemaker Perno Safari Chair
Located in New York, NY
Perno safari chair of exotic Cocobolo wood with original black saddle leather slings, designed by American expat Don Shoemaker and produced at his Senal Studios in Mexico circa 1960'...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Cocobolo

Alky Piretti Chairs, New Upholstered with High-end Fabric by Dedar, Italy
Located in Rijssen, NL
Giancarlo Piretti designed lounge “Alky” chairs newly re=filled and upholstered in a high-end Bouclé fabric Karakorum 007 DEDAR. A onderful heavy quality fabric The bouclé that int...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Contemporary Mark Chair in Umbra Grey Colored Aluminum, Sit Down Inscription
Located in Milan, Lombardy
The 'Mark' chair distinguishes itself from the Tanit collection, from which it only takes the frame characterized by minimal shape and weight. The frame of the series is used to acc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum, Iron

Contemporary Tanit Classic Chair in Yellow Fluorescent Coloured Aluminum
Located in Milan, Lombardy
The ‘Tanit Classic’ series features backs and seats of aluminum. The panels are variously perforated, thus creating an interesting geometric effect. Seats and backs feature a cheque...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum, Iron

1970s Marcel Breuer "Cesca" Chair, Italy, Set of 6
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition with minor signs of use - The caned string seats are in good original condition - The chrome plated parts in good condition with some signs of use - H...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Soft Pad Chairs by Eames for Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this authentic Eames for Herman Miller vintage soft pad chairs in black leather. Adjustable tilt and height with pneumatic lift. These authentic vintage exa...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

D Scan Mid-Century Danish Rosewood Dining Chairs, Set of 2
Located in Countryside, IL
D scan mid-century Danish rosewood dining chairs- set of 2 Each chair measures: 18.5 wide x 19.5 deep x 32.5 inches high, with a seat height of 17.5 inches All pieces of furnit...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Rosewood

Large Group 50 Pc. Mid Century Cafe Dining Chairs After McCobb
Located in New York, NY
Incredible lot of architectural mid century dining, cafe, side chairs, of sold wood with aluminum foot caps. Design reminiscent of Paul McCobb, we believe they were made under a comm...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Birch, Maple

Pair Signed Lion in Frost Lucite and Black Leather Arm Chairs
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1980 pair of lucite and black leather armchairs by Lion in Frost. Original leather in very good vintage condition with gathered details at the back and seats. Maker’s etched si...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Lucite

Jacques Adnet Pair of Folding Leather Chairs, France 1950's
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Jacques Adnet folding chairs in stitched black leather and black enameled frames on brass feet.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass, Steel

Adrian Pearsall Style Mid Century Walnut Lounge Chairs, Pair
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall style mid century walnut lounge chairs - Pair Each chair measures: 24.5 wide x 25.5 deep x 27.75 inches high, with a seat height of 15 inches All pieces of furn...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Ernst Moeckl Colorful 'Kangaroo' Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ernst Moeckl for Trabant, 'Z' or 'Kangaroo' armchairs , wood, Germany, design 1971 This set of colorful Kangaroo chairs is designed by Ernst Moeckl in 1971. The chair is also call...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Adjustable Bar Stools
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fully adjustable in height from 30.5, 28.5, 26.5 and 24.5 seat heights. Swiveling freely bar stools are in amazing condition. Almost no wear. Made by the Admiral Chrome Corp from Det...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Rustic Pair of French Lounge Chairs in Stained Wood and Cane
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of lounge chairs, stained beech and cane, France, 1950s This beautiful pair of armchairs from French origin feature a rush seat created by using a weaving technique where long,...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Beech, Cane

Rare Mexican Modern Chair by Don Shoemaker
Located in Round Rock, TX
Incredibly uncommon chair designed by Don Shoemaker. This beauty was designed in 1960 and referred as silla “Tubo”. Made from cocobolo, leather and tubular steel stretchers that fit ...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Cantilevered Lounge Chair by Milo Baughman, C1965
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous cantilevered spring lounge chair by Milo Baughman. Very deep comfort, fabric is in very good condition, padding could use a little increase. Chrome is very clean with no pit...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Vintage Norman Cherner Swiveling Bar Stools for Plycraft
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of rare swiveling sculptural molded dark walnut bar stools with black leatherette upholstery on the seat back and bottom. A sculptural look with black metal foot rests and det...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

'Airone' Chair in Velvet by Studio PFR for Arflex, 1955
Located in Rome, IT
An "Airone" armchair designed by studio "Studio PFR (Gio Ponti Antonio Fornaroli Alberto Rosselli)" for Arflex in 1955 New purple velvet upholstery. Iron legs with new black enamel...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Iron

Heywood Wakefield Mid Century Dog Bone Dining Chairs, Set of 4
Located in Countryside, IL
Heywood Wakefield Mid century dog bone dining chairs - set of 4 Each chair measures: 22 wide x 16 deep x 33 high, with a seat height of 17.5 inches and arm height/chair clearance ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Italian Mid Century Upholstered Office Chair in Original Brown Leather, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid century upholstered office chair in original brown leather, 1970s Office chair with swivel structure with padded seat covered in vintage leather, steel legs and sliding ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Newly Upholstered Paul McCobb Attributed Velvet Lounge Chair with Ottoman
Located in New York, NY
Newly upholstered mohair velvet Paul McCobb attributed lounge chair. Button tufted back, refinished ebonized legs. Low stylish arms and angular legs. Single welting throughout. Very ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Mohair, Velvet

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "121" Dining Chairs for Cassina, 1968, Set of 6
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "121" dining chairs for Cassina, 1968, black leather, set of six. One of the most iconic pieces of Afra & Tobia Scarpa, here presented in a rare black lacquere...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Pair Mid-Century Bamboo Chairs Brass Parts Gabriella Crespi Style 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair mid-century bamboo chairs brass Parts Gabriella crespi style 1950s.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Gijs Bakker for Castelijn Bicolor Set of 12 'Strip' Dining Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gijs Bakker for Castelijn, bicolor set of twelve 'Strip' dining chairs, wood, the Netherlands, 1974 An inventive design that consists of four curved strips that are connected to e...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

"Louis 20" Chairs by Philippe Starck for Vitra, 1990s, 17 Available
Located in Brussels, BE
"Louis 20" chairs by Philippe Starck for Vitra - 1990s - 17 available.       
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1990s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Plastic

Midcentury Bentwood Stools with New Boucle Fabric by Ludvik Volak 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
These midcentury stools were designed by Ludvik Volak in Czech Republic in the 1960s. They are made bentwood and new Boucle wool fabric. These stools would make an eye-catching addit...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Bouclé, Bentwood

Geoffrey Harcourt for Artifort Swivel Office Chair in Deep Purple Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Geoffrey Harcourt for Artifort, office chair, aluminum, upholstery, The Netherlands, 1970s This office chair was designed by Geoffrey Harcourt manufactured by Artifort in the seve...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Danish Rosewood Chair, circa 1950-Designed by Arne Vodder for Sibast
Located in Philadelphia, PA
One of a set of eleven high end Mid-Century Danish design dining chairs in rosewood and leather, 1950s. Designed by Arne Vodder. Original "SIBAST FURNITURE-MADE IN DENMARK" label.  
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Italian Easy Chairs in Bright Red
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Armchairs, beech, faux leather, Italy, 1950's Easy chairs designed in Italy. The influence of Ponti’s philosophy and the Italian modern movement is very noticeable in this chair. ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Faux Leather

Gastone Rinaldi 'DU 24' Pair of Armchairs in Leatherette and Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gastone Rinaldi for Rima, pair of armchairs 'DU 24', metal, leatherette, Italy, 1956 These Italian postwar armchairs have a sculptural appearance due to the well-constructed tubul...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Set of Six Chairs Guillerme et Chambron
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron, set of six dining chairs, oak and fabric, France, 1960s. Beautifully shaped chairs in patinated oak by French designer duo Jacques Chambron and Robert Guill...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Oak

Mid-Century Modern Brazilian Black Spaghetti Chair, set of 4
Located in SAO PAULO, BR
Set of 4 Mid-Century Modern Brazilian chairs with iron frames painted in black and newly made spaguetti seat/backrest. Firm and very resistant structures. In great condition. Appr...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Iron

Rare Jordi Vilanova Pair of 'Tartera' Rocking Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jordi Vilanova i Bosch,' Tartera' rocking chairs, boxwood, beech, and fabric, Spain, design 1961, manufacture 1960s. These two wonderful rocking chairs are made of two symmetrical s...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Beech, Boxwood

20th Century Light Crème Boucle Chair, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Chair designed by Prof. Rajmund Halas. Made of beechwood. Chair is after a complete upholstery renovation; the woodwork has been refreshed. Seat and back is dressed in crème, durable...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Beech

4 Playwood Chairs "Medea" by Vittorio Nobili, 1950s
Located in Palermo, Palermo
Medea Italian dining chairs set designed by Vittorio Nobili and production by Fratelli Tagliabue, teak veneered plywood, lacquered metal. this chair won the prestigious price “...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Iron

Pair of Light Boucle Heart Chairs, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
A set of 2 chairs type A5828. Colloquially called "heart". The furniture was designed by Helena and Jerzy Kurmanowicz. They were produced in Radomsko Woodworking Factory and we thoro...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Beech

Theo Ruth for Artifort 'Congo' Easy Chairs in Colourful Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Theo Ruth for Artifort, ‘Congo’ lounge chairs, wood, fabric, the Netherlands, 1952 Set of colorful iconic ‘Congo’ easy chairs by Theo Ruth. These chairs have a unique construction, ...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Italian Armchair from the 40s in the Style of Paolo Buffa
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Italian armchair from the 40s in the style of Paolo Buffa. The cherry wood armchair has upholstery that we have refurbished for your desired cover.
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cherry

Paul McCobb Shovel Chair for Wichendon
Located in San Francisco, CA
Paul McCobb design "Shovel" side chair model 1533 for Winchendon, Mass. A iconic and innovative chair in good original condition wood, metal frame shows wear and tear to finish but s...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Alain Gaubert Oak "Africanist" Chair, France, 1980s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This sculptural chair by French designer, Alain Gaubert is an eye-catching nod to minimalist design. The construction is as ingeniously simple as it is visually striking. The chai...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Jorge Pensi 'Toledo' Armchairs in Aluminium
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jorge Pensi, set of armchairs, aluminum, Spain, 1988 A set of Jorge Spensi's aluminum chairs of the Toledo collection. Pensi designed the 'Toledo' chairs and the 'Toledo' table for ...
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1980s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Vintage Wooden Childs Chairs CC41 1940s
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Pair of 1940s wooden childs chairs. Made from solid Deal. The chairs date from the 1940s. Each chair can be easily dismantled for storage. In vintage condition, heavily distressed an...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Beech

20th Century Light Crème Boucle Chair, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Chair designed by Prof. Rajmund Halas. Made of beechwood. Chair is after a complete upholstery renovation, the woodwork has been refreshed. Seat and back is dressed in crème, durable...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Beech

Pair of Bamboo, Iron and Fabric Folding Chair, Italy, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of folding chairs in bamboo and fabric made in Italy in the 1960s. The chairs have been restored: the fabric is new and the bamboo has been polished.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal, Iron

Foldable Spaghetti Garden Chairs Germany, 1950s
Located in Munich, DE
Set of four blue, yellow and red outdoor Spaghetti chairs with a white lacquered steel frame made by Arnold Germany in the 1950s, in a very good vintage condition. Wonderful 1950s s...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Set of 4 Yellow Rey Chairs by Dietiker, a Swiss Icon since 1971
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
Referred to as "the most successful piece of Swiss Furniture of all time" by the Swiss Museum of Design in Zurich, the Rey chair is a Swiss design icon since 1971. Designed by Br...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Italian Set of Red Villabianca Chairs by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1985
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern set of red and black Villabianca chairs by V. Magistretti for Cassina, 1985 Set of eight Villabianca chairs, with round section beech frame and graphic li...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Set of 6 Danish Teak Mid Century Modern Dining Chairs in Black Upholstery
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Set of six mid century modern danish teak dining chairs in black leather upholstery. Beautiful molded wrap around backs.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Teak

Chrome Craft Mid Century Smoked Lucite Dining Chairs, Set of 6
Located in Countryside, IL
Chrome Craft mid century smoked lucite dining chairs - set of 6 Each chair measures: 20.75 wide x 23.25 deep x 35.5 high, with a seat height of 19 inches All pieces of furniture ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Norman Cherner Walnut Plycraft Chairs, Pair
Located in West Hartford, CT
Sculptural pair of Norman Cherner Plycraft chairs made from steam form bent walnut, circa 1950's. Unique, original, iconic and coveted. Own the best.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Walnut, Plywood

Custom Barrel Tub Chairs Solid Wood Exotic Parota Organic Style of Don Shoemaker
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Pair of modern round Barrel tub chairs crafted from a solid block of exotic wood. In the style of Don Shoemaker mid-century modern organic design. Made in ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern, 8 Rey Chairs by Bruno Rey, Color Vintage Walnut, Design 1971
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
Referred to as "the most successful piece of Swiss Furniture of all time" by the Swiss Museum of Design in Zurich, the Rey chair is a Swiss design icon since 1971. Designed by Bru...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Kiko Chair in Rosewood and Leather by Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
We work with artisans who masterfully restore typical pieces from each period of our history, valuing their different preservation techniques. Teamwork has built this pioneering comp...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern Style Dining Chair Sage Green Velvet and Gold Stainless Steel
Located in Porto, PT
Mid-Century Modern Style Dining Chair Sage Green Velvet and Gold Stainless Steel Samira dining chair Samira dining chair is sophisticated in the shape of a chair. This exclusive upho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel