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Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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
Pair of Metal Chairs by Rudolf Wolf, Black Leather Upholstery, Netherlands
Located in London, GB
Pair of chairs designed by Rudolf Wolf for Elsrijk, re-upholstered in black leather. Netherlands, mid-20th century. The chairs have a simple minimal design with the bent metal rod...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel

René Gabriel Armchairs in Oak, Mid-Century Modern, France, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
French; French Design; Mid-Century Modern; armchairs; chairs; side chairs; René Gabriel; 1950s; oak; fabric; Pierre Jeanneret; Charlotte Perriand; Wabi-Sabi; French Mid-Century Mo...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood, Fabric, Oak

Pierre Jeanneret, Rare Armless Easy Chair, Chandigarh, 1955
Located in Antwerp, BE
Pierre Jeanneret; Le Corbusier; Armless easy chair; India; Chandigarh; 1955; 1950s; Mid-Century Modern; cane; teak; wood; rattan; side chair; dining room chair; This very rare ar...
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1950s Indian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Teak, Cane, Wood

Borge Mogensen J39 Set of 4 Dining Chairs, Total Current Availability Is 16
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful set of dining chairs in light beech wood and paper cord. This is model J-39 by Borgen Mogensen for FDB Mobler. The chairs are very sturdy, the wood and paper cord is in ex...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Rope, Beech

1980s Czech Bentwood Boucle Armchairs by Ton, a Pair
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of upholstered armchairs from 1980s Czechia. Typical of its era, this sitting chair is composed with concise, yet approachable minimalism. Reupholstered with a creamy off-whit...
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1980s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Bentwood

Pair of Sculptural Chairs in Braided Natural Fiber
Located in Isle Sur Sorgue, FR
These chairs are perfect decoration pieces. They are all handmade with natural fiber yet strong and solid. They were featured in a French decoration magazine last summer (2020) as an...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Seagrass

Ruud Jan Kokke Chair 40, The Netherlands, 1990
Located in amstelveen, NL
Re-edition of the Chair 40, Ruud Jan Kokke, the Netherlands, 1990. Unlimited quantities to order. Made of birch and magnolia wood. On the frame, he applied wickerwork of thin but ...
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2010s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Birch

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 Side Chairs

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Iron

Danish Chair Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielsen for Soborg Mobelfabrik 317
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Original Danish chair designed by Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard-Nielsen for Soborg Mobelfabrik, Denmark. Model Number 317. Originally designed in 1956, this is an early edition. Made...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Papercord, Teak

Pair of Pink Chairs by Umberto Mascagni, Italy, Mid-20th Century
Located in London, GB
Pair of chairs designed by Umberto Mascagni, mid-20th century, Italy. Compact design, with great shape and silhouette. The textured vinyl upholstery is all original, and for us th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Rare Erik Kirgegaard Model 52 Walnut Armchair with Blue Tweed Seat
Located in New York, NY
Stunning walnut Model 52 chair by Erik Kirkegaard for Høng Stolefabrik. Reupholstered seat in blue tweed. Measurements: W: 22 1/2" D: 21" H: 29 1/4" Seat height is 18".
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Teak, Upholstery

Mid-Century Black Suede Safari Chair
Located in London, GB
A Mid-Century teak and black suede safari chair. Northern Europe, Circa 1950.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Suede, Teak

Dutch Design Industrial Plywood Chairs, 1960s
Located in Voorburg, NL
Very comfortable Industrial plywood chairs, produced in Holland in the 1960s. These Dutch design chairs have a dark grey tubular metal frame and beautifully curved plywood seats and ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Steel

Mid Century Modern Organic Rattan Chair Janine Abraham Dirk Jan Rol France 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern chair or side chair from hand crafted woven wickerwork in a beautiful shape attributed to Janine Abraham and Dirk Jan Rol, 1960s France. A stunning side chair in b...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Rattan

Emiel Veranneman Osaka Chair De Coene Belgium 1968
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Beautiful 'Osaka' chair designed by Emiel Veranneman and manufactured by De Coene, Belgium 1968. The Osaka dining chair was designed by Emiel Veranneman and usd at the Belgian pavili...
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1970s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Strap Side Chair for Widdicomb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A cotton webbed side chair with solid mahogany sculptural frame and cast brass legs by iconic Mid Century designer T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for the Widdicomb Furniture company noted fo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Mahogany

Pair of Herman Miller Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of early 1950s Mid-Century Modern Eames LCM lounge chairs by Herman Miller in good condition and newly restored. These chairs feature a sleek modern design, original bentwood ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel

Set of 8 Goatskin "JMF" Dining Chairs, Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
The famous Jean Michel Frank Model in cream goatskin- superb condition.
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Goatskin

Set of Four Danish Mid-Century Modern Oiled Walnut Side Dining Chairs
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Set of 4 solid and steady Danish mid-century modern oiled walnut side chairs in style of Risom.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Set of Twelve Dining Chairs, Design by Vittorio Dassi, Italy, 1950s
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This set of twelve dining chairs was designed by Vittorio Dassi and manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. The frame of this elegant dining set is made of rosewood and contrasts perfec...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Sculptural Mid-Century Armchair
Located in Weesp, NL
Elegant and stylish midcentury Afromosia (African teak) and leather chair designed by Bob og Dries van den Bergh for Tranekær Mobler, Denmark. This spectacular design is a jewel in ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Naugahyde Chairs Attrib Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, side chairs atrributed to Jens Risom feature walnut frames with caramel brown Naugahyde upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut

Midcentury High Back Ladder Green Velvet Italian Chiavari Chairs, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Beautiful pair of chiavarine chairs, with a seat dressed in green velvet. High quality of the "Chiavari" chairs in very good original condition. Perfect sculptural side chairs made ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Velvet, Wood, Beech

Multiple Galvanitas S20 Stackable Black and Grey Plywood Chairs, Netherlands
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Large stock of the Industrial and stackable Galvanitas S20 plywood chair in Prouve style. The black / charcoal plywood seats are in good condition. The grey frames have slight scratc...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Steel

Arabesque Organic Shape Chair Designed by Folke Jansson, Sweden
Located in Antwerp, BE
Arabesque lounge chair designed by Folke Jansson for S M Wincrantz, Skövde, Sweden. 1955. This chair is from the first edition with wooden feet. An extremely impressive lounge cha...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Two Tony Paul for Raymor Ice Cream Parlor Group Chairs
Located in Buffalo, NY
Nice pair of Tony Paul for Raymor twisted iron black metal chairs. Open metal framework, with four leg cross support. Round seat covered in original cream color vinyl.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Blackout Gazelle Collection Drinks Table
Located in Stamford, CT
Demure curves pair with unexpected sharpness. This solid walnut table has a lightweight aesthetic balanced on strong, hand-sculpted legs. Featuring an ebonized finish for a natural a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut

Pair of 1970s Italian Vintage Chairs in Original Black Leather with Chrome Frame
Located in London, GB
A pair of 1970s Italian armchairs with chrome frame and original black leather upholstery attributed to Willy Rizzo. Chrome frame shows some marks and leather upholstery shows marks ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Chrome

Small Modern Lounge Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage upholstered lounge chair with sculptural armrests and walnut frame. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with dealer.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

1950's Pair of Italian Chairs by Ico and Luisa Parisi for Ariberto Colombo
Located in Paris, FR
A set of two 20th century collectible chairs designed by the iconic duo Ico and Luisa Parisi for Ariberto Colombo in the mid-1950s. This classic design is highlighted by the curved b...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Beech

Unusual Brazilian Modern Jacaranda Wood Chairs
Located in Long Island City, NY
Brazilian-modern jacaranda chairs with leather sling seats complete with buckles, bentwood back frame and trumpet shaped legs. Underseat is made up of a sophisticated buckle with a h...
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20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Pair Mid-Century Italian Slipper Chairs Bouclé Covered by Vittorio Dassi, 1950s
Located in Salzburg, AT
Pair of excentric loafers chairs by Vittorio Dassi from the 50's. The legs are flared and taper down quite narrowly, which makes the chairs look sleek-elegant and light-footed. The s...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Bouclé, Wood

Mario Bellini “Bull” Side Chairs for Cassina, Set of Six, 1990s
Located in Renens, CH
Set of six Bull dining chairs in dark brown leather by Mario Bellini for Cassina. The Bull chair is built up as a tubular frame over which thick saddle leather is fitted; the leat...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Metal

Set of 4 Midcentury Ward Bennett Brickel Associates Ash & Leather Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates, elegant leather armchairs. Made from ash wood and stained in a walnut finish, upholstered in leather. Stunning set of chairs, leather...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Ash, Leather

Italian Side Chair in Soft Pink Velours, 1950s
Located in Maastricht, NL
An Italian chair with a curved backrest. The chair stands on four brass legs and has a beautiful soft pink velour upholstery. The model is reminiscent of Gastone Rinaldi's model 'Du ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Brass

Set of Four Eames / Girard La Fonda Side Chairs by Herman Miller
Located in Highland, IN
This set of four side chairs are the result of the collaboration between Charles and Ray Eames and Alexander Girard when he was designing the interior of La Fonda Del Sol restaurant....
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fiberglass, Upholstery

Pair of Auxiliary or Desk Armchairs, Attributed De Coene Frères, Belgium, 1940s
Located in Girona, ES
Pair of auxiliary or desk armchairs, solid cherrywood, French polish. New seat and mauve wool upholstery. Attributed to De Coene Frères. Belgium, circa 1940 Measures: Seat hei...
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1940s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wool, Cherry

Modernist Midcentury Wicker and Iron Chairs, Set of Two, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Fine pair of modernist midcentury wicker and iron chairs. This is a rare set of two from Austria 1950s. We renewed the wicker seats and backrests to refresh the beautifully sculpted ...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Metal

Contemporary Dining Chair, Lacquer / Velvet
Located in New York, NY
Handcrafted dining chair with black matte lacquered base. Minimal design with a Nordic twist. Upholstery in velvet in variety of colors and also in leather upon request. COM is also...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood, Lacquer

Pr. Mid Century Chairs by Richard McCarthy for Selrite Ca. 1950’s
Located in New York, NY
Pair of architectural mid century side chairs by noted designer Richard McCarthy for Selrite Furniture. The chairs has unusual and chic faux reptile upholstery, wrought iron frame, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

One Brass Flat-Bar Brno Chairs by Mies Van Der Rohe
Located in Pasadena, TX
A vintage Brno chair designed by Mies van der Rohe. These chairs were a special order with bronze flat bar frames for a prominent law firm in Texas. Reupholstery is recommended. ...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Set of 4 Teak Dining Chairs by Erik Buch for Funder-Schmidt & Madsen, Odense
Located in Hingham, MA
Set of four 1950’s dining chairs designed by Erik Buch for Funder-Schmidt & Madsen, Odense, Denmark. Two chairs have brand marks and two have paper labels on the underside. Molde...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Teak

Pair of Oak Chairs in Style of Axel Einar Hjorth, Sweden, 1950's
Located in Den Haag, NL
Pair of oak chairs in style of Axel Einar Hjorth, Sweden 1950's.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Oak

Unusual Set of Six Whiskey Barrel and Hammered Iron Pub Chairs
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual set of six whiskey barrel and hammered iron pub chairs. All handmade, cut barrels, legs attached, custom hand-forged decorative backs, perfect for card table, wine tasting ch...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Iron

La Fonda Dining Chairs by Eames for Vitra, Original Fabric, Fiberglass, 1960s
Located in amstelveen, NL
La Fonda chairs by Eames for Vitra, Orange, Fiberglass, 1960s. This lovely set of two La Fonda armchairs are the absolute eye catcher in every stylish room. They come in there ori...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Abalone, Wool, Fiberglass

‘Strip’ Chairs with Armrests in Dark-Brown Ashwood by Gijs Bakker for Castelijn
Located in Voorburg, NL
Very rare set of ‘Strip’ dining chairs with armrests, designed in 1974 by Gijs Bakker for Castelijn in the Netherlands (marked). Only a limited amount of these chairs were made with ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Wood

Jack Crebolder Turner Lounge Chair Harvink the Netherlands, 1982
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful sculptural “Turner” lounge chair designed by Jack Crebolder for Harvink, The Netherlands 1982. This chair is also nicknamed “Cobra”. Although the chair by view may suggest ...
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1980s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Metal

Egon Eiermann, Folding Chair Model SE 18, for Wilde + Spieth, Designed 1952
Located in London, GB
Egon Eiermann (designer), Germany Wilde+Spieth (manufacturer), Germany SE18 folding chair, designed 1952 Beech frame with laminated beech plywood seat and back. Clear lacquered ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Plywood

Pair of 1950s Chairs with Pink Velvet Upholstery and Metal Feet
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of Italian made chairs from the 1950s. Seat and back newly upholstered with pink velvet. Metal feet have been restored and painted in black.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller DCMs in White Ash
Located in Kansas City, MO
Two Eames DCMs (Dining Chair Metal) in white ash with chrome legs. Minor scratches and wear to edges upon close inspection. Overall very good to excellent condition. Signed.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Ash

Danish Modernist Designer, Side Chairs, Oak, White Fabric, Denmark, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of side chairs by an unknown Danish designer. Produced in Denmark, 1960s. The carved and joined oak frame is paired with an organic overstuffed seat. Newly reupholstered. ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Oak

Set of 6 TH. Harlev Model 205 Side Chairs for Farstrup
Located in Norwalk, CT
A set of (6) Danish mid-century dining chairs in beige wool upholstery with "A" frame sides in teak wood. These model 205 chairs are designed by Th. Harlev for Farstrup.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wool, Teak

1 Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Leather Desk Conference Chair
Located in Pasadena, TX
1 Ward Bennett for Brickel and associates barrel-back leather chair 4-star anodized bronze base swivel conference room chair in a rich brown leather. Chair swivels and is hei...
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1970s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather

Set of Four Black Leather Chairs by Cattelan Italia
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Set of four black leather dining chairs by Cattelan Italia similar to leather chairs by Mario Bellini for Cassina.
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of Mid-20th Century Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli Plia Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Design classic Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli Plia chair with rare woven wicker and walnut on chromed base. With the Plia chair, the designer, Giancarlo Piretti, revolutionized the c...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Chrome

Set of Four Side Chairs
Located in Echt, NL
Beautiful set of four side chairs Frame: Maple. Upholstery: Naugahyde. From now on all large and fragile overseas transports from Cadmium will be handled by the Tramo Group. Tram...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Naugahyde, Wood

Director or Savonarola Style Chairs in Burl Wood with Brass Accents by Widdicomb
Located in Dallas, TX
Gorgeous chairs by Widdicomb, burl wood frames, brass accents including stretchers, feet, accents. New upholstery in Romo velvet. Selling as a pair. 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Kai Kristiansen Chair
Located in Bastrop, TX
Kai Kristiansen desk chair. Measures: 30" x 20" x 19" "Fire" dining chair from the 1960´s designed by Kai Kristiansen for Schou Andersen. The comfortable chair with it´s straig...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Upholstery, Wood

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