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Mid-Century Modern Seating

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
Pair of Loop Chairs by Willy Guhl for Eternit, 1990s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Stunning set of 2 fiber cement Loop chairs by Willy Guhl for Eternit, the 1990s. Iconic design.
Category

1990s European Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Cement

Deep 1970s Howard Keith Diplomat Sofa
Located in London, London
Diplomat sofa By Howard Keith Very similar to the Durant sofa by Kelly Wearstler Smaller version than usually seen Chrome legs Deep seating Seat height 42cm Upho...
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Late 20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Fabric

Mustard Boucle Mushroom Ottoman
Located in Vallejo, CA
A handmade mushroom shaped ottoman, upholstered in a mustard yellow colored curly boucle fabric. Perfect for using as a footstool or extra occasional seating. A comfortable cushioned...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric

Ignazio Gardella, Lounge Chair, Brass, Metal, Yellow Velvet, Gavina, Italy 1957
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early and adjustable "Digamma" lounge chair designed by Ignazio Gardella for Gavina, Italy 1957. The chair features a yellow velvet upholstery, metal, with brass feet.  
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Metal, Brass

Groovy Lounge Chairs Boucle Off-White 1980's
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Very beautiful Groovy chairs from the 80's. New upholstery in a off-white boucle. You can place them together as a sofa or separate as lounge chairs. Beautiful design!
Category

1980s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé

Modular Sofa by Jean Prevost 1970
By Jean Prevost
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Rare Modular sofa by Jean Prevost From 1970 - 1975.
Category

20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric

New Handmade Counter Chair State with Black Powder-coated base, Blue Upholstery
Located in Lisbon, PT
Elegant and light Counter Chair State that is comfortable and versatile. Its upholstery here is seen in velvet (several color options) and powder coated metal structure in Black (mor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Retrofuturism 70s Style Pink Velvet & Polished Brass Base Accent Chair Manhattan
Located in Madrid, ES
Manhattan accent chair speaks about a wild party in lates 70s, a time of hyper-self-expression and experimentation. A symbol of hedonism. Explores the themes of tension between pa...
Category

2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Walter Knoll Pair of Lounge Chairs in Off-White Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Walter Knoll for Walter Knoll & GmbH, lounge chairs, model 369, fabric, metal, Germany, design 1956. Pair of iconic '369' lounge chairs designed by Walter Knoll in 1956. This pio...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

Organic Modern Soft and Comfortable Upholstery Armchair Malibu in COM
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
COM Upholstery, fabrics not included. Like a warm embrace, Malibu Round Sofa welcomes you to stay within and relax. An elevated homage to the golden age of midcentury design and or...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé, Velvet

Set of Six Italian Dining Chairs in Elm and Cognac Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Dining chairs, elm, saddle leather, Italy, 1960s. Elegant set of six Italian dining chairs. The design of these chairs shows organic lines beautifully expressed by the used mater...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Elm

TH Brown Danish Bar Stool in Dark Ash - Australian Iconic Designer Piece
Located in Adelaide, SA
The TH Brown Danish bar stool was designed by Peter Brown and first manufactured from early 1960, and remains an iconic, timeless Australian design masterpiece to this day. The beaut...
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2010s Australian Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Ash

1950's Alf Svensson ''Teve'' Lounge Chairs in Beech and Sheepskin
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of swedish modern lounge chairs in beech and sheepskin by Alf Svensson for x, 1950´s. New shearling upholstery and restaured.
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Beech

Organic Modern Off-White Boucle Upholstery Wood Base Naked Modular Sofa Combo 1
Located in Lisbon, PT
Naked sofa reveals sculptural and organic shapes meant to embrace the user and encourage to stay seated in this cozy and comfortable piece. With comfort as the constant starting-poin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" Lounge Chairs for Cassina, 1969, Set of 2
Located in Rovereta, SM
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" lounge chairs for Cassina, black leather and metal, 1969, set of two. Although technically designed in the 1960s, the "Soriana" model by the Italian duo...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Set of Six Scandinavian Midcentury Oak Chairs, circa 1950
Located in Brussels, BE
Elegant set of six scandinavian chairs, circa 1950. Oak, new upholstery off-white boucle fabric . Dimensions: 105cm H, 46 cm W, 48 cm D, seat height 48 cm. Good original condition...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Wool, Wood

Sample Sale, High Back Dining Chair, Woven Danish Cord, Walnut, Mid-Century
Located in Issaquah, WA
*This listing is for a lightly used Rian high back chair in walnut with natural Danish cord. There are four sample sale chairs available and all are in excellent, like new condition....
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Cord, Hardwood

Tulip Group Lounge Chairs in Rosewood by K M Wilkins for G-Plan of England
Located in Chattanooga, TN
This incredible set was purchased new in Glasgow, Scotland in 1970. We acquired from the original owners who kept them in pristine condition. Designed by K.M. Wilkins for G-Plan of E...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Velvet, Rosewood

Swivel Armchair with Soft Velvet and Brass Detail Panorama
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
Swivel armchair with soft cotton velvet by Pierre Frey in Kiwi and Dijon color and satin brass detail. New and Made to Order. If you are planning on ordering an upholstery item wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Original Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass RAR Rocking Chair in Navy Blue
Located in Washington, DC
Original vintage rocking chair by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Base is original and not a replica. Shock mounts are in good shape. The chair was acquired from Herman Miller...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Zinc

Marius & Marius 3-Seater Sofa by Mario Marenco for Arflex, 1970s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Cognac leather 3-seater sofa produced by Arflex in the 70s. Designed by Mario Marenco. Wooden base. The seat, back, and armrests are made of padded cushions.
Category

1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" Two-Seat Sofa for Cassina, 1969, Italy
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
An Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" two-seater sofa manufactured by Cassina in Italy and designed in 1969. A unique design that after 50 years is hugely in-demand by interior designers...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Midcentury Chrome Jules Heumann for Metropolitan Pair Cantilever Lounge Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
Gorgeous pair midcentury cantilever lounge chairs by Jules Heumann for Metropolitan Furniture, circa 1970. Newly upholstered in a soft blue wool, with high polish chrome base. Meas...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

8 Sculptural Form 'Oro' Dining Chairs by Raoul Guys, 1951, Airborne, France
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Exquisite and extremely rare set of eight 'oro' dining chairs designed by sculptor and designer Raoul Guys in 1951 for 'Airborne' ,France. These chairs were commissioned by Air Franc...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Pair of 'Elettra' Lounge Chairs by BBPR, Arflex, Italy 1953, Compasso D'Oro 1954
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Stunning and rare pair of original period 'Elettra' lounge chairs by the famous ground breaking architect studio partnership BBPR (Gianluigi Banfi (1910-1945), Lodovico Barbiano di B...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Long Bench, Cantilever, Mid-Century Style, Custom, Danish Cord, Woven, Hardwood
Located in Issaquah, WA
Mid-century inspired, hardwood and woven Danish cord bench. Standard length for this bench is 63.25", it can be made any length from 48" - 70". The Danish cord has the perfect amou...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Cord, Hardwood, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Armchair Weaved Copper Texture, Silk Orange Fringes
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
With voluptuous curves and perfect poise, the Mid-Century Modern inspired La Folie Lounge Armchair exalts passion and fantasy as if you were in a burlesque show at Moulin Rouge. Let ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Chenille, Silk

Set of Six Zig Zag Chairs in Plexiglass, France, 1970’s
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Zig Zag chairs in plexiglass in beautiful pink color with transparency.Interesting minimaliste design.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Plexiglass

Lawrence Peabody Wingback Lounge Chairs for Richardson Nemschoff
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Lawrence Peabody. Manufacturer: Nemschoff. Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Elm, lThick Weave Fabric. Condition: These Lawrence Peabody Wingback lounge c...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Elm

Poul Hundevad High Back Lounge Chair
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Poul Hundevad. Manufacturer: Uknown. Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Teak, Leather. Condition: This Poul Hundevad high back lounge chair is in excellent...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Teak

Seating as Minimalist Sculpture, 4 Elements by Uredat, 1969, Mohair Upholstery
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Amazing, museum quality, modular 'CORBI' seating set, composed of four elements, designed by Klaus Uredat for 'COR', Germany, 1969 complete with the original purchase invoice dated 1...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Mohair, Foam, Wood

California Modern Sofa with Coffee Table Set by Martin Borenstein
Located in Los Angeles, CA
California Modern sofa with coffee table set by Martin Borenstein.
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Set of Italian Midcentury Rattan Bowl Chairs with Side Table and Magazine Rack
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of Italian midcentury Rattan bowl chairs with side table and magazine rack Beautiful set of Italian mid-century rattan furniture consisting of two bowl chairs, a side table and ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Arnold Madsen, Lounge Chair, Wood, Fabric, Denmark, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A lounge chair or "clam chair" designed by Arnold Madsen and produced in Denmark 1940s-1950s. It features stained wood, vintage fabric. Previously attributed to Philip Arctander.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Reupholstered Lounge Chairs with Sculptural Ash Wooden Frame France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Set of two lounge chairs, in patinated solid ash and Reupholstered bleu velvet, France, 1960s. The grain of the wood is nicely visible, especially on the wide sculpted armrests. Thes...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Ash

Basurto 03 Contemporary Wooden Stool with Leather details
Located in Mexico City, MX
A tribute to the architectural style that characterized Mexico City during the mid-20th century. Inspired by its lines, symmetry, volumes and shapes, each piece is a miniature abstra...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Hardwood

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 Seating

Materials

Fabric, Teak, Upholstery

12 'Chelsea' Dining Chairs by Introini, Saporiti 1966, Upholstery Fully Restored
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Very rare large set of 12 walnut wood 'Chelsea' dining chairs by Italian designer Vittorio Introini . The upholstery has been fully restored including new Pantera foam throughout and...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

Circular Contemporary Armchair in Black Oakwood and Natural Cane
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary lounge chair. The seat is upholstered in 100% cotton velvet and the back in woven cane. The darkened wood structure provides strength and lightness to the piece. Materi...
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2010s Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Velvet, Cane, Wood

De Pas, D’Urbino & Lomazzi for BBB Bonacchina 'Gomma' Pair of Lounge Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gionathan de Pas & Donato D’Urbino & Paolo Lomazzi for BBB Bonacchina, lounge chairs, model 'Gomma', polyurethane, fabric, Italy, circa 1969. Eccentric pair of lounge chairs desi...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Fiberglass

Mid-Century Modern Off-white Bouclé Malibu Round Sofa Soft Cotton Velvet details
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
Like a warm embrace, Malibu Round Sofa welcomes you to stay within and relax. An elevated homage to the golden age of midcentury design and organic architecture, it radiates through ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé, Velvet

12 Brass Leg Dining Chairs by Louis Sognot for Arflex, Italy 1959, Published
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Fabulous set of twelve dining chairs designed by famed French artist, decorator and designer Louis Sognot (1892-1970) in 1959 for Arflex, Italy. The seating on this set of twelve c...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass, Steel

Reupholstered ‘Alky’ Lounge Chairs in the Style of Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chairs, fabric, metal, Italy, 1970s These lounge chairs strongly remind of Giancarlo Piretti’s ‘Alky’ lounge chair (1969), yet they feature characteristic differences. Wher...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

Erton Armchair from the 1950's
Located in Brooklyn, NY
beautiful armchair edited by Erton in the 1950's, all original condition.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

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 Seating

Materials

Aluminum, Iron

Dietiker Rey Counter Stool with Back, Mid-Century Modern, by Bruno Rey, 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. This is the cou...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

French Designer, Lounge Chairs or Arm Chairs Solid Oak, Shearling, France, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of solid oak and shearling / sheepskin upholstery lounge chairs / arm chairs designed and produced in France 1950s.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Sheepskin, Oak

1960s Thayer Coggin Wingback Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Pair of wingback lounge chairs by Thayer Coggin. Solid walnut frame and newly upholstered. Labeled.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Børge Mogensen Teak on Steel Frame Side Chairs, Denmark, 1950's
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very sleek side chairs designed by Borge Mogensen, manufactured by soborg mobelfabrik, Denmark, 1950s. Teak on steel frames.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Mario Bellini for Cassina Cab 415 Buffalo Cognac Leather Sofa/Bench Italy, 1980s
Located in Almelo, NL
A beautiful rare out-of-production Mario Bellini Model 415 'Cab' two seat sofa in incredible thick Patinated Buffalo Cognac leather, by Cassina (signed), designed in the 1970s, this ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

XXL Monumental Wingback Armchair in Walnut and Bouclé Fabric, France 1930s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large monumental midcentury wingback armchair in walnut and re-upholstered bouclé fabric, France 1930s. This monumental Xl size armchair - lounge chair would make an eye-catching add...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Walnut

Edward Wormley 'New York' Sofa in Orange Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture / DUX of Sweden, sofa model 5316, fabric, beech, metal, United States, design 1952 This three-seat sofa was designed by Edward Wormley for Dunb...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

Chippy Heath Telephone Seat Mid-Century Modern Teak Gossip Bench
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Chippy telephone seat Mid-Century Modern gossip bench, made in England. The Mid-Century Modern teak gossip bench has it's original orange fabric on the seat! Truly remarkable that th...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Teak

Vico Magistretti "122" Chairs for Cassina, 1967, Set of 8
Located in Lonigo, IT
Vico Magistretti for Cassina "122" chairs for Cassina, 1967, set of eight. The "122" chairs designed by Vico Magistretti in 1967 have a sculptural design, created with a wooden st...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Beech, Plywood, Leather

Pierre Chapo Model "S10" Sahara Chair, 1960s, France
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A 1960s model "S10", also known as a "Sahara" chair, by the leading French modernist designer of the period, Pierre Chapo, whose work is highly sought after today. Produced in sol...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Elm

Iconic Super Rare Original Edition 'Libro' Chair by Gruppo Dam, Busnelli, 1970
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Amazing and super rare original edition of the iconic ,radical 'libro' chair designed in 1970 by Gruppo DAM (Designer Associati Milano) in collaboration with the avant garde design g...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass, Steel

'Africa' Mid-Century Italian Dining Chairs by Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Maxalto
Located in London, GB
A set of six dining chairs, the scarce 'Africa' model. Designed by Italian designers Tobia and Afra Scarpa. Italy, c1975. Walnut, ebony, brass and black leather. An ex...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Vintage Set of 6 Cane Cesca Chairs by Marcel Breuer
Located in Las Vegas, NV
All original, Vintage set of armless Cesca chairs Marcel Breuer for Knoll. They are finished in ebonized beech and cane. Originally designed in 1928, this is a truly Classic and time...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

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