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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 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
Art Deco Style Halden Armchair Handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Deco Style Halden Armchair Brass Chenille Oak Root Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Inspired by the Norwegian border town of the same n...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

De Sede Sofa in Brown Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
De Sede, sofa, leather, Switzerland, circa 1970. This model is characterized by a voluminous, round seat whose armrests run diagonally from the backrest. This piece of furniture is ...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Pierre Chapo, Bench S18y "Love Seat", Elm Wood and Original Leather, 1970
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
S18 Loveseat by Pierre Chapo circa 1970 New webbing Original leather with a beautiful old user patina that has been cleaned and polished The cushion interiors have been filled...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Cotton, Latex, Elm

Vladimir Kagan for Weiman Signed Sectional Sofa
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Vladimir Kagan for Weiman signed sectional sofa Additional measurements: Kidney bean side depth: 41" Right side depth about 40" Edge of kidney bean side to edge of arm on righ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Two Seat Mohair 'California' Sofas, Jacques Charpentier, Paris, 1970
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Superb and exclusive pair of two seat Mohair Velvet 'CALIFORNIA' sofas freshly reupholstered with Italian luxury Mohair Velvet fabric from Dedar Milano with inset stainless steel bas...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

Prototype Salvador Dali 'Salivasofa' from 1974 with Certificate of Authenticity
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Amazing and super rare Salvador Dali lips 'Salivasofa' prototype dating from 1974. Five or six such prototypes were slowly developed in stages during the period 1972-4 by Dali in col...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Foam

Superb 'Grand Prix' lounge chairs & sofa by Sculptor Maurice Calka, Arflex, 1960
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Fabulous, super rare, and monumental sculptural form 'Grand Prix' lounge set by prestigious French sculptor Maurice Calka (1921-1999) for Arflex, Italy, 1960. The upholstery on ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel, Nickel

Adrian Pearsall Platform Sofa in Walnut and Green Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, 'Platform' sofa, fabric, walnut, United States, 1960s Adrian Pearsall is known for his rather unique sofa designs. This one is no exception. On a low base of a thic...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Hans Wegner Leather Sofa in Oak Mid Century Danish Design, 1960’s
Located in London, GB
A charming 2 seater Hans Wegner sofa in oak with its original brown leather upholstery, Danish 1960’s. An elegant piece of design by one of the most famous furniture designers of the...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Oak

Mid Century Sleeping Sofa by Martin Visser for 't Spectrum, 1960s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Sleeping sofa, designed by the famous Martin Visser in the 60's. Fabricated by 't Spectrum, The Netherlands. Simple high quality metal structure with maximum comfort. Just ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

Midcentury Living Room Set Olive Green Color by Franz Sartori for Flexform
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Rare and beautiful living room set in olive green velvet, composed of the three-seat sofa and two armchairs designed by Italian sculptor Franz Sartori for Flexform, Milan, Italy, 196...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Round Brazilian Sofa in Red Upholstery and Black Wooden Frame
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sofa, lacquered wood, fabric, Brazil, 1970s This bulky Brazilian sofa consist of a round shell that forms an oval ring around the seat. The red fabric is tufted around the shell in...
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1970s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

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

Materials

Fabric

Luigi Pellegrin for MIM Roma Sectional Sofa in Light Brown Velvet Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Luigi Pellegrin for MIM Roma, sectional sofa with two sofas and two lounge chairs, velvet, metal, polyester, Italy, 1950s This versatile lounge set by Luigi Pellegrin for MIM Roma a...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Cloud Style Sofa in New Bouclé Upholstery
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Gorgeous Serpentine Cloud sofa in the style of Vladimir Kagan. The sofa has been re-upholstered in a beautiful wool, cotton fabric. The sofa has no label because of reupholstering. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

Two Seaters Lacquered Wood Sofa Model "Carimate,"Vico Magistretti, Italy, 1970s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern two seaters lacquered wood sofa model "Carimate" by Vico Magistretti - Italy 1970s - A pair available.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Modern Danish Cabinet Maker Sofa / Settee Two-Seater, Lambswool
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern Danish cabinet maker sofa / settee two-seater, lambswool Newly upholstered in genuine lambs wool, this curved danish sofa, settee or loveseat has a beautiful f...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Oak, Lambskin, Wool

Danish Rosewood Leather Sofa
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Danish rosewood leather sofa. This sofa was reupholstered and refinished. Looks like a Brazilian style sofa but can be Danish. Super comfortable and good looking. Amazing rosewood gr...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Rosewood

Sofa Settee with Textured Fabric, Natural Walnut and Brass Details Majestic
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
Well fit for a king, Majestic collection makes no compromise on sleekness and elegance with its compact curves and see-through straw. With a shape inspired by Indochinese culture thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass

Two Black Weiman/Preview Chaise Lounge Sofas
Located in Dallas, TX
Elegant Weiman/Preview chaise lounge sofas. Each modern sculpted one arm sofa features a flowing freeform backrest with unique cutaway style design. Professionally re-upholstered in ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Tobia Scarpa Bastiano 2-Seater Sofa in Walnut and Beige Suede Leather for Knoll
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Very comfortable Bastiano 2-seater sofa designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa in 1962 for Knoll. Dark stained Walnut venered frame with light traces of use and newly upholstered cushions i...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Mid-Century French Leather Sofa
Located in High Point, NC
A leather sofa from 1950s France. A dynamic Modernist take on the loveseat: streamlined black leather creates a comfortable seat for two. The curve of the armrests provides structura...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Vintage Sofa In Light Oak, Guillerme And Chambron
Located in Brussels , BE
Vintage Sofa In Light Oak, Guillerme And Chambron
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood

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 Sofas

Materials

Leather, Teak

Rare Poetic Oswald Haerdtl Sofa Suite, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare Poetic Oswald Haerdtl Sofa Suite, Austria, 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Guillerme et Chambron, Sofa "Denis" Edition Votre Maison, circa 1970
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Guillerme et Chambron, sofa "Denis" edition Votre Maison, circa 1970. Fabric to be changed.
Category

1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Bamboo Box Sofa by Henry Olko for Willow and Reed
Located in New York, NY
Extremely chic and stylish even arm bamboo sofa, in extra clean, original condition. Marked Willow and Reed, design attributed to Henry Olko. Total H 30 x frame H 25 x seat H 16.5 in...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Bamboo

Gio Ponti Style Italian Tufted Settee in Taupe Velvet
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Gio Ponti style Italian tufted settee in newly upholstered taupe velvet. Measure: Seat depth 19".  
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Velvet

Upholstered Vintage Armchair with Sphinx Decorations, circa 1940
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Upholstered vintage armchair with sphinx shaped decorations. By unknown designer, manufactured in Spain circa 1940. In original condition, preserving a beautiful patina. Ma...
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1940s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Italian Midcentury Vintage Nappa Leather Sofa by Ferruccio Brunati, 1970s
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Handsome Italian vintage 3 seater Nappa leather sofa, incredibly comfortable and stylish! Made in Italy in the 1970s by Brunati. Nappa leather is made from full-grain, un-split an...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Feathers

Small Sofà Bamboo and Brass Italian Design Mid Century Gabriella Crespi Style
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Small sofà bamboo and brass Italian design mid century Gabriella Crespi style.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass

Roche Bobois Vintage Light Gold Crushed Velvet Upholstered Sofa
Located in New York, NY
Vintage three-seat sofa with light gold crushed velvet upholstery with two seat cushions, two back cushions, and four matching throw pillows, resting on four square wooden feet.  
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Knoll Sofa by Charles Pfister 1971 Original Sabrina Leather, #2 '2 Available'
Located in Brenham, TX
Charles Pfister designed his beautifully proportioned sofa and lounge collection in 1971. The timeless appeal and superb craftsmanship reflect his interest in "useful, sculptural, wo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

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

Materials

Brass, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Sectional Sofa
Located in Burbank, CA
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern walnut sectional sofa designed and manufactured in the United States, circa 1960s. This sofa has a design that prioritizes space, comfort, and versatilit...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Vintage Restored Mid-Century Modern 2 PC Sofa 1970’s USA
Located in North York, ON
Vintage Restored Mid-Century Modern 2 PC Sofa. Iconic American 1970’s design, masterfully restored by the Carrocel artisans in a beautiful textured off-white fabric. With rich dark w...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Danish 1940s Boesen Style Banana Form Curved Sofa or Loveseat in Pink Mohair
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful and very elegant 1940s curved two-seat sofa or in rose pink mohair wool fabric. This sofa has slightly taller legs indicating a production date closer to 1950 when taller l...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Beech, Mohair

Pearsall Loveseat Sofa Bench
Located in New York, NY
Chic bench form settee, loveseat, sofa by Pearsall for Craft Associates. This example has a plinth base which supports the platform seat, with upholstered seat and backrest. Currentl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Black Faux Leather Love Seat Sofa by Taylor Chair Co. Style D
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome Mid-Century Modern love seat length sofa in black vinyl faux leather upholstery and walnut base in the style of Wormley for Dunbar or Harvey Probber. It is in wonderful vint...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Faux Leather, Walnut

Frighetto Italian Sectional Sofa in Green Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Frighetto, sectional sofa, alcantara / ultrasuede, plastic, coated metal, Italy, 1980s Beautiful Italian sofa in soft green upholstery that embraces the sensuous curves. Due to t...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Roberto Lucci & Paolo Orlandini for Elam Sofa 'Le Farfalle'
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Roberto Lucci and Paolo Orlandini for Elam, sofa model 'Le Farfalle', chromed metal, coated metal, fabric, plastic, Italy, circa. 1970 The designer duo created a striking design t...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Dutch Throne Three Seater Sofa in Wood & Fabric, circa 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Dutch; Wood; Fabric; Throne Chair; Three-Seater Sofa; Mid-Century Modern; 1950s; Armchair; Lounge Sofa; Scandinavian Modern; Dutch Design; Mid-century modern throne three-seater ...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

ABCD Set by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Stunning sculptural ABCD set, designed by Pierre Paulin for Artifort in 1968. This amazing set consist of one 2-seat sofa and two 1-seat sofa's. The sofa's are composed of three...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé

Restored Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tufted Sofa in Cream Faux Leather
Located in North York, ON
Restored Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tufted Sofa in Cream Faux Leather. America circa 1970’s, this mid-century modern classic has been restored to its original glory. Featuring beauti...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

Danish Mid-Century Three-Seat Sofa by Ludvig Pontoppidan, circa 1950
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Beautiful sought after three-seat sofa by Ludvig Pontoppidan made in Denmark probably between late 1940s and 1950. The design is a classic Pontoppidan with slim elegant scoop-like li...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool, Teak

Forster Sofa by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Forster sofa is a midcentury inspired sofa with a loose tufted seat, loose back cushions, and piped details. The sofa rests atop a simple, rounded wood base.  
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Linen, Upholstery, Walnut

Finn Juhl Japan Series Three-Seaterss Sofa, Wood and Special Kjellerup Fabric
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Three-Seaters Sofa designed by Finn Juhl in 1957, relaunched in 2007. Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark. Finn Juhl’s partnership with the furniture manufacturer Franc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Heide Rolf Elegant Vintage Wood and Bouclé Sofa for ICF
Located in Milano, IT
Rare and beautiful 7-seater sofa designed in the 1960s by Heide Rolf for the fine ICF production. The sofa consists of 7 seats in total and a coffee table. The frame is entirely ma...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé, Wood

Modern European Sofa in Black Leatherette
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sofa, leather, lacquered metal, Northern Europe, 1970s The design is characterized by a solid construction based on sharp lines and geometrical shapes that are noticeable in the b...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Strips Sofa and Armchair Cini Boeri for Arflex, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern strips sofa and armchair by Cini Boeri for Arflex, 1970s Strips model two-seater sofa and armchair, with fully removable checkered cover, with black hinge...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Mid Century Chrome Cantilever Sofa in the style of Milo Baughman
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid century chrome cantilever sofa in the style of Milo Baughman. This sofa measures: 78 wide x 32 deep x 24 inches high, with a seat height of 16 and arm height of 24 inches All ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Danish Modern Sofa by Illum Wikkelsø
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This extraordinary modern danish executive sofa by Illum Wikkelsø is hand-crafted out of rosewood & leather combination in great condition and has been completely restored by our pro...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Leather, Foam, Rosewood, Wood, Lacquer

Mid-Century Modern Velvet Sofa, Italy 1970s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern velvet sofa - Italy 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

1960’s Greaves & Thomas Sofabed /1960’s Sofa
Located in London, Lambeth
Gorgeous model 0202 Put-U-Up Davenport four seat sofa / sofa bed by Greaves & Thomas c.1965. with a strong Danish influence . The bed mechanism works perfectly. A very stylish,...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Beech

Poul Cadovius, Model "Guvernör", Three-Seat Sofa with Rosewood Frame, Leather
Located in Hamburg, HH
Poul Cadovius, three-seat sofa, model "Guvernör" Black leather sofa in Brazilian rosewood for France & Søn. The sofa has dovetailed sled legs with woven rosewood straps along the ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Stunning Paul McCobb Style Bowtie Design Sofa Splayed Leg Midcentury
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Paul Mccobb style bowtie back sofa with splayed legs. Wonderfully designed sofa with gorgeous walnut splayed legs on front and back.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of 1980s Adrian Pearsall Cloud Sofas for Comfort Designs
Located in Asheville, NC
Pair of 1980s curved cloud sofas designed by Adrian Pearsall for Comfort Designs. These sofas feature a unique organic three-tiered sculptural design. Very reminiscent in style to si...
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Large Modern Mid-Century Italian Canapè or Sofa attr. to Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Italian Canapè or Sofa with wood legs and arms . Acid green new upholstery in perfect condition.
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood

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