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Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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
Adrian Pearsall Sculpted Walnut & Boucle Tweed Sofa for Craft Associates
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Adrian Pearsall sculpted walnut & boucle tweed sofa for Craft Associates.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Foam, Walnut

De Sede DS-19 'Pagoda' Sectional Sofa, 1970s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Rare De Sede Ds-19 modular sofa. Also known as the De Sede 'Pagoda'sofa. The sofa is in original condition and the leather shows a nice patina. The high quality, thick buffalo leathe...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Danish 1940s Banana Shaped Curved Sofa Style of Royere
Located in Ridgefield, CT
Beautiful and very elegant 1940s curved three-seat sofa in red wool fabric. The sofa has springs in the seat and the backrest and the cushions are nice and firm and the sofa very stu...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool, Beech

Modern Mid-Century Modular Curved Grey Sofa with Side Tables and Gold Details
Located in Porto, PT
Modern mid-century modular curved grey sofa with side tables and gold details Cluedo sofa This rounded sofa and its round ottomans offer a modern-chic vibe to any modern living room ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Danish 1940's Finn Juhl Style Settee or Loveseat
Located in Ridgefield, CT
Superbly elegant Finn Juhl style sofa or settee attributed to Slagelse Mobelvaerk, Denmark made sometime in the 1940s. Perfectly balanced lines and proportions providing for a solid ...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool, Beech

Adrian Pearsall 'Cloud' Sofa in Fabric and Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall for Crafts Associations, ‘cloud’ sofa, fabric, walnut, United States, 1960s The ‘cloud’ sofa by Pearsall features a long, asymmetrical seat with sinuous lines. The b...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Sofa in Yellow Velvet Gold & Wood Details
Located in Porto, PT
Mid-Century Modern Curved Serpentine Sofa in Yellow Velvet with Gold & Wood Details Giulia Sofa Giulia sofa is a mid-century style sofa. This luxury sofa promises to be the absolute...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Stainless Steel

De Sede DS-70 Sofa
Located in San Antonio, TX
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern De Sede DS-70 sofa in a dark rich brown color (almost black) with patina, circa 1970s, Switzerland. De Sede is renowned for its high-quality, handcrafted...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Set of Two Lauriana Sofas by Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Dronten, NL
Pair of Lauriana 2-seater sofas designed in 1978 by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia. Dark chocolate brown removable velvet upholstery with camel leather piping. Mounted on a ste...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Harvey Probber Cubo Sectional Sofa
Located in Chicago, IL
Cubo sofa by Harvey Probber. This large sofa consists of 4 seating sections that fit into 1 chrome base and 3 individual ottomans. Original vinyl shows wear.         
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

Saporiti Large Sofa in Green-Blue Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Saporiti, sofa, upholstered in green-blue textured fabric, metal legs, Italy, 1960s Large sofa manufactured by Saporiti. This sofa is designed to be sleek, elegant and an eye-catc...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Pierre Chapo S22 Lounge Sofa, France, 1967
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Nice small 2 seater lounge sofa model S22 designed by Pierre Chapo and manufactured in his own workshop, France 1967. This two-seated sofa illustrates the technical prowess of the 48...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Elm

Midcentury Sofa/Daybed Designed by Miroslav Navratil, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Czechoslovakia - 1960s - very good, original condition - Adjustable.   
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Comfort Design Mid Century Pencil Rattan Sofa
Located in Countryside, IL
Comfort Design Gabrielle Crespi style mid century pencil rattan sofa The sofa measures: 108 wide x 35.5 deep x 28.5 high, with a seat height of 16 inches and an arm height of 26.5...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Rattan

Candelaria Contemporary Sofa by AD HOC
Located in Mexico City, MX
A conversational sofa built by a unique assembly process of three separate elements, with a subtle visual effect intended to create a classic, but infinitely bold piece. Inspired by ...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

1960's Chocolate Suede Patchwork Percival Lafer Sectional Sofa
Located in Miami, FL
This 1960's Chocolate Suede Patchwork Percival Lafer Sectional Sofa come with 7 pieces including an ottoman and a corner piece. Modern Brazilian sofa is very versatile with strong su...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Suede, Rosewood

Carlo Scarpa ‘Cornaro’ Sofa, Italy, 1973
Located in Rotterdam, NL
'Cornaro' sofa by Carlo Scarpa for Simon Gavina, Italy 1973. Stunning round Mahogany wooden frame and thick upholstered cushions. The cushions are reupholstered in a high quality com...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Mahogany

ISA Bergamo Sofa in Red Floral Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
ISA Bergamo, sofa in red floral upholstery, Italy, 1950s This sofa is an iconic example of Italian design from the 1950s. Organic and sculptural, this two-seat sofa is anything but ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Adrian Pearsall Mohair Sofa for Craft Associates Inc.
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Adrian Pearsall. Manufacturer: Craft Associates Inc. Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Walnut, Mohair. Condition: This Adrian Pearsall mohair sofa for Cra...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Walnut

Austrian Art Deco Sofa in Walnut
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sofa-bed, walnut, fabric, Austria, 1930s An Art Deco sofa with loose cushions to turn it easily into a daybed. The design features a sturdy, strong walnut veneered frame with larg...
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1930s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Italian Sofa by Gaetano and Osvaldo Borsani in Wood and Original Fabric
Located in Milano, IT
Beautiful vintage sofa by Gaetano and Osvaldo Borsani of the early '900.Ottima Italian manufacture, very good condition and original.The sofa has a beautiful and sturdy structure in ...
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1920s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Poltrona Frau Kennedee Mid Century Italian Leather Sectional Sofa
Located in Countryside, IL
Poltrona Frau Kennedee mid century Italian leather sectional sofa This sectional measures: 168 wide x 37.5 deep x 26.5 inches high, with a seat height of 15 and arm height of 20.5 i...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Italian Easy Chair in Two-Tone Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Curved easy chair, yellow and blue fabric, brass, Italy, 1950s. Round and comfortable easy chair with sloping sides. The seating is designed as a shell that embrace the sitter won...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass

Italian Sofa Reupholstered in Grey Fabric with Brass Legs 1950s
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sofa, reupholstered in grey fabric, brass, Italy, 1950s This large settee is an example of Italian design from the 1950s. Organic and sculptural, this sofa is anything but minimalis...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass

Danish 1940s Curved Banana Shape Loveseat in Yellow Mohair
Located in Ridgefield, CT
Viggo Boesen style banana shaped or curved Loveseat made in Denmark, around late 1930's or early 1940's. This small sofa will make a strong statement in any room. Beautiful round vol...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Beech

Willy Rizzo for Mario Sabot Sectional Corner Sofa in Cognac Suede
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Willy Rizzo for Mario Sabot, sectional corner sofa, suede, Italy, 1970s. Grand modular corner sofa by Italian designer Willy Rizzo for Mario Sabot. This sofa is executed in beaut...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Suede

Vintage Percival Lafer MP-41 Series Brazilian Leather Sofa
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
Stunning Loveseat with solid jatobah frame and original leather upholstery, designed by Percival Lafer and manufactured by Lafer Furniture, Brazil, during the 1970s. Light wear and p...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Ole Wanscher Senator 166 Teak 2-Seater Sofa for France & Søn, 1960 Denmark
Located in The Hague, NL
Two seater sofa designed by Ole Wanscher for France & Søn in Denmark, 1960's. Model ’Senator 166’, originally marked on the frame. This Senator series maintains features a study te...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wool, Teak

Guillerme et Chambron "Denis" Sofa Loveseat, circa 1960s French
Located in New York, NY
The "Denis" sofa in oak by Guillerme et Chambron is emblematic of the French duo's oeuvre. Curved sides hug the sitter, creating a functional yet highly comfortable experience. Reuph...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Oak, Upholstery

Soriana Two-Seater Sofa by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, Italy, 1970s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Soriana sofa by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, Italy, 1970, The sofa is reupholstered in a beautiful boucle by Bisson Bruneel, giving it a very luxurious and residential appearance...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé

Excellent Milo Baughman Style Chrome Leg Sofa, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Simple yet really elegant design, the metal structure going though each armrest shows only its narrow side, giving the sofa an illusion of lightness. Gorgeous as is or reupholstered ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Sofa, Foam Velvet and Beech, Italy 1950s Italian Prodution
Located in Milano, IT
Sofa; foam padding, velvet covering, beech wood structure. Good conditions; may show light signs of wear; may have gone through restoration works.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Foam, Beech

Italian Modern Sculptural Sofa
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stylish, sculptural loveseat in warm tan vinyl with brass tack accents and tapered legs. Impeccable Italian modern design echoes of it's mid-century origins. Impressive sofa for hom...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Midcentury Design Leather Sofa
Located in Praha, CZ
- Two-seat dark brown leather sofa - Czechoslovakia - 1960s - Very good original condition - Four wooden legs - Very comfortable.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Hans Mitzlaff 1950s Boomerang Sofa for Eugen Schmidt, Germany 1953 Cherrywood
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Rare Hans Mitzlaff Boomerang sofa or bench for ES Eugen Schmidt, Germany 1950s it was designed in 1953 here in solid cherrywood frame, cushions were made a few years ago and are stil...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Mid-Century Design Black Leather Sofa, 1970s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
Very good, this vintage item has no defects, but it may show slight traces of use.
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Wood

Rare Solid Walnut Arden Riddle Four-Seat Sofa, USA, 1967
Located in Berlin, DE
Hard to find four-seat by Arden Riddle made in 1967 with new high quality Mark Alexander fabric in excellent condition.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

1960s Wingback Sofa by Bovenkamp, Holland
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Beautiful 1960s wingback sofa by Bovenkamp, Holland, newly re-upholstered in a beautiful Holland and sherry boiled wool from Italy.
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20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood

Dutch Oakwood Modernist Lounge Sofa by Bas Van Pelt
Located in Antwerp, BE
Original oakwood lounge sofa by Bas Van Pelt; Seating group; Easy Chairs; Dutch Modernism; Producer: Schaik en Berghuis   Arm length; 56cm Bas van Pelt Bas J. van Pelt, Dutch f...
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1940s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Oak

Midcentury Adjustable Sofa, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of wood, fabric - Good condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood, Fabric

Lovely Small Aged Tan Brown Leather Sofa and Matching Armchair Two-Piece Suite
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this very nice sofa and armchair suite in tan brown leather with removable scatter cushions A good looking decorative and comfortable suite, th...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Curved Back Sofa, 1970s
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding Mid-Century Modern curved back sofa By Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Furniture USA, 1970s Button-tufted upholstery, with chrome legs. Measures: 90.25" W x 33.5...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Sofà Vintage, 1960s
Located in Milan, IT
Vintage sofa, made in the sixties, Italian manufacture. The sofa features brass feet with pink fabric upholstery.   
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley Model 6329 Janus Sofa, Jack Lenor Larsen Flamestitch Velvet 1960s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Edward Wormley Model 6329 Janus sofa, Jack Lenor Larsen Flamestitch velvet 1960s. Made in Berne, Indiana. Iconic v-angled design from seminal Janus Collection by Edward Wormley. Labe...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mahogany, Velvet

Italian Midcentury Curved Sofa Casa e Giardino Design Gio Ponti
Located in Palermo, Palermo
Wonderful Italian curved sofa attributed to Casa e Giardino design Gio Ponti. Good good original condition, wood legs and original velvet. Armchairs available, together you can cre...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

'Down' Sofa by Carlo Bartoli for Rossi di Albizzate, 1970s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Carlo Bartoli Down (Blob) sofa set, 1970s, Italy. The most amazing seating set in excellent original condition. Reupholstered in a fantastic striped grey and white fabric. The bas...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Vintage Florence Knoll Three-Seat Rosewood Sofa
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern sofa by Florence Knoll for Knoll, model 2553 RW. This piece was designed with a custom rosewood frame and original red crimson textile fabric. Seat cushions are su...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Rosewood

Alberto Rosselli Sofa Group For Saporiti 'Confidential', Italy 1970
Located in Vienna, AT
Sofa and chair ensemble by Alberto Rosselli for Saporiti, “Confidential”, with an extraordinary, fluffy white wool upholstery, Italy, 1970. Very good condition. Large sofa and 2 s...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Mario Bellini 'Amanta' Modular Sofa in Original Beige Striped Fabric, 1966
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, 'Amanta' sectional sofa, fabric and fiberglass, Italy, 1966. Grand and bulky sofa that offers seating to your entire family. The "Amanta" modular sof...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Fiberglass

De Sede DS 14 Sofa in Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
De Sede, sectional sofa model 'DS 14', patinated cognac leather, 1970s This comfortable leather sofa is made by quality manufacturer DeSede in Switzerland. Known for its craftsman...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Dutch Three-Seat Sofa with Ash and Metal Frame
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Three-seat sofa, ash, metal, the Netherlands, 1960s Minimal three-seat sofa. The angled seat is placed upon a sleek, squared-off frame that is made out of cubic armrests and thin ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Metal

Very Early S-73 Compact Sofa by Eame, ICF Licensed by Herman Miller, 1958
Located in Munster, NRW
This S-73 Compact Sofa version is a very early and rare version produced in the late 1950s by the italian herman miller licensee ifc . we have renewed the upholstery and covered it w...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

De Sede Settee and Ottoman in Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
De Sede, settee and ottoman, model 'DS 14', patinated cognac leather, 1970s This comfortable leather settee and ottoman are made by quality manufacturer De Sede in Switzerland. Kn...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Gianfranco Frattini Pair of 'Sesann' Sofas in Blue Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina, pair of 'Sesann' sofa, dark blue leather and chrome plated steel, Italy, 1969 These postmodern sofas are designed by Gianfranco Frattini. The 'Ses...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Chrome

French Sofa after Jean Prouve, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sofa by unknown manufacturer in France, circa 1950, designed in the manner of Jean Prouve. Lacquered metal base and wood. The cushion are original. In good original condit...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Osvaldo Borsani Customazible 'D70' Sofa for Tecno
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, sofa 'D70', in steel, brass, fabric upholstery, Italy, 1954 Osvaldo Borsanis sofa 'D70' was presented at the Triennale of Milan in 1954 where it won the...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass, Steel

1980´s Leather Sofas from Nelo by Åke Fribytter in Super Condition
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A stunning pair of sofas model 'Kroken' for Nelo, designer Ake Fribytter. Distributed by Roche Bobois in France in the 70s and 80s.
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1990s Danish Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Modern Hexagon Sofa in Venice Marigold Velvet and Polished Brass Veneer Toe Kick
Located in Compton, CA
Unlike any other chair we have designed before, the Hexagon chair places as much emphasis on its geometrics as it does on comfort. Featuring a 4" brass veneered toe kick and luxuriou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass