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The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Italian Anatomical Sacco Armchair by Gatti, Paolini, Teodoro for Zanotta, 1968
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian anatomical Sacco armchair by Gatti, Paolini, Teodoro for Zanotta, 1968 Anatomical brown leather Sacco armchair, containing high resistance expanded polystyrene balls, with h...
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1960s Italian Vintage Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Club Chair with Walnut Banded Barrel Back and Hand-Turned, Tapered Legs
Located in Gallatin, NY
Our barrel form, fit to your body, sits atop four hand-turned and tapered legs. As the back band meets the line of the arm and joins the face frame, a three-way mitered joint unites ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Cotton, Walnut, Walnut, Walnut

Unique Pair of Walnut Armchairs in the Manner of Paolo Buffa
Located in Stamford, CT
A curvaceous pair of armchairs in the manner of Paolo Buffa. With interesting wings and carving on the arms. Newly upholstered in grey velveteen.
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1950s Italian Vintage Modern Armchairs

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Walnut

Finn Juhl Pelican Chair
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Pelican chair designed by Finn Juhl Manufactured by One Collection Finn Juhl in Denmark Pelican chair was probably the one furthest ahead of its time. When it was presented at t...
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2010s Danish Modern Armchairs

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Sheepskin, Walnut

Elba, Deckchair Inspiration for This Leather and Beechwood Indoor Lounge Chair
Located in Tradate, IT
Elba is an elegant chair whose linear design conveys a sensation of lightness, while ensuring total relaxation. Inspired by the classical deckchair, its rigid structural elements are...
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2010s Italian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Beech

Pair of 1950s White Italian Armchairs
Located in Houston, TX
A sculptural pair of 1950s Italian armchairs newly upholstered in a tweed woven white linen blend with brass legs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Blue Leather Bird Chairs by Fabricius & Kastholm for Alfred Kill, Signed 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of incredibly beautiful and rare deep blue leather Model FK 6727, 'Bird' chairs, also commonly referred to as the 'Tulip' chair, designed by Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kas...
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1960s German Vintage Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Calaca Armchair, Huanacaxtle Tropical Wood, Contemporary Mexican Design
Located in Mexico City, MX
The Calaca armchair is made of solid Huanacaxtle which is a tropical wood found in southeast Mexico. The cushion upholstery can be changed upon request according to the options of ou...
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2010s Mexican Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Hardwood

Lady E Armchair in Velvet by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in beechwood and foam. Upholstery with capitonné in fabric or leather from the collection. Metal tips available in brushed finishings from the collection. Optional golden n...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Lady E Armchair in Printed Canvas by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in beechwood and foam. Upholstery with capitonné in fabric or leather from the collection. Metal tips available in brushed finishings from the collection. Optional golden n...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Empire Armchair in Fabric by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in poplar wood and foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection. Carved lion heads and feet, antique gold leaf or brown flocked. Materials: Armchair struc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Foam

Manhattan Armchair in Dark Fabric by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
An unquestionable glam charm for the Manhattan armchair, featuring a gold frame which seems to support the armchair and a comfortable seat. Materials: Armchair structure in poplar w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Inanda Armchair in Silk and Leather by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
This new little armchair with an appealing design is characterized by an interior upholstered with the new silks from the last Roberto Cavalli collection and a leather exterior embel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Foam

Maclaine Armchair in Velvet with Bronze Metal Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
With a distinctive 1950s style, the exuberant and refined armchair lends a chic and contemporary touch to the living room. Maclaine comes in different finishing’s, in this case it is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

City Armchair in Leather with Metal Legs by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in multi-layer wood and foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection. Metal legs available in all the finishings from the collection or lacquered in the finish...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Maclaine Armchair in Black Leather and metal base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
With a distinctive 1950s style, the exuberant and refined armchair lends a chic and contemporary touch to the living room. Maclaine comes in different finishings; in this case it is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

I Love You Armchair in Leather and Wood by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in beech wood and foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection with removable lining. Materials: Chair with arms structure in beech wood and foam. Upholst...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Wood, Leather

Tahiti Armchair in Leather with Metal Legs by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
With references to the 1960s, the chair is characterized by a pebbled shape recalling the natural world and pleated elements inspired by some particular finishes of the Roberto Caval...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Wood, Leather

Lady E Armchair in Fabric and Leather by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in beechwood and foam. Upholstery with fabric or leather from the collection. Tips in brass available in brushed finishing from the collection. Optional golden nails for ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Cosmopolitan Outdoor Armchair in METAL BASE and FABRIC by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Seat cushion in poplar wood and outdoor foam. Upholstery in outdoor fabric. Metal base in outdoor finishing. Materials: Outdoor armchair seat cushion in poplar wood and outdoor f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Wood

Davis Armchair in Fabric with Bronze Finish Metal Legs by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
With its graceful lines and compact proportions, Davis armchair creates an intimate conversation areas. This refined armchair is raised off the floor on thin bronze brushed legs for ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Foam, Fabric

Davis Armchair in Leather with Bronze Finish Metal Legs by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
With its graceful lines and compact proportions, Davis armchair creates an intimate conversation area. This refined armchair is raised off the floor on thin bronze brushed legs for a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Foam

Manhattan Armchair in Fabric by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
An unquestionable glam charm for the Manhattan armchair, featuring a gold frame which seams to support the armchair and a comfortable seat. Materials: Armchair structure in poplar ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Deva Armchair in Leather by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in poplar wood and foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection. Internal back in capitonné with metal plates available in all the finishings from the collecti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Foam

Wings Armchair in White Leather with Bronze Finish Metal Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Armchair with an informal seat that recalls 1960s-1970s style. It represents an iconic piece of Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors and it is presented in different finishing, fabric and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Foam

Nest Armchair in Leather with Bronze Finish Metal Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Armchair inspired by the informal lines of the 1970s, the hips are characterized by a special pleated skin processing. Materials: Armchair structure in poplar wood and foam. Upho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Limbo Armchair in Fabric by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Chic and inviting, the Limbo armchair seduces with its vintage charm, enriched by the upholstery available in different materials of the collection. The armchair has a compact and en...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Foam

Blake Armchair in Fabric with Bronze Finish Metal Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in poplar wood and foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection. Metal feet available in all the finishings from the collection. Materials: Armchair struct...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Berchet.2 Armchair in Leather with Glossy Wenge Finish Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in poplar wood and foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection. Base in glossy wengé finishing or lacquered. Materials: Armchair structure in poplar wood ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Foam

Lady E Armchair in Printed Silk by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in beechwood and foam. Upholstery with capitonné in fabric or leather from the collection. Metal tips available in brushed finishings from the collection. Optional golden n...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Berchet Armchair in Leather with Glossy Wenge Finish Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in poplar wood and foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection. Internal back in capitonné with metal plates available in all the finishings from the collecti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Foam

Turner Armchair in Leather with Bronze Finish Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Armchair with structure in poplar wood and foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection with arms and back in capitonné with metal plates available in all the finishings...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Diva Armchair in Leather by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in poplar wood and foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection. RC “jewel logo” on the front arms in melted brass available in platinum or golden finishing. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Snake Armchair in Fabric by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Animals inspire interiors! A really aggressive armchair with the two golden snakes that act as armrests, recalling the rich details used in Roberto Cavalli world. Materials: Armc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Foam

Wings Armchair in Leather with Bronze Finish Metal Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Armchair with an informal seat that recalls 1960s-1970s style. It represents an iconic piece of Roberto Cavalli home interiors and it is presented in different finishing: fabric and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Foam

Key West Armchair in Silk and Beechwood Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
New and appealing design for the Key West swivel chair. Featuring sinuous and rounded shapes, it has an enveloping seatback in polished golden metal and a comfortable seat characteri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Maclaine Armchair in Fabric with Bronze Finish Metal Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
With a distinctive 1950s style, the exuberant and refined armchair lends a chic and contemporary touch to the living room. Maclaine comes in different finishings, in this case it is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Curacao Armchair in Fabric with Chrome Finish Metal Legs by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
A dynamic and embracing shape with sinuous lines for the Curaçao armchair. With four sloping legs with references to the 1950s, the armchair is proposed in different fabrics of the c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Key West Armchair in Silk and Wooden Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
New and appealing design for the Key West swivel chair. Featuring sinuous and rounded shapes, it has an enveloping seatback in polished golden metal and a comfortable seat characteri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Foam

Key West Armchair in Jacquard and Beechwood Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
New and appealing design for the Key West swivel chair. Featuring sinuous and rounded shapes, it has an enveloping seatback in polished golden metal and a comfortable seat characteri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Wood, Fabric

Key West Armchair in Jacquard and Leather by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
New and appealing design for the Key West swivel chair. Featuring sinuous and rounded shapes, it has an enveloping seatback in polished golden metal and a comfortable seat characteri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Foam

Fiji Armchair in Leather with Metal Frame by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
With its irresistible fifties charm revisited in a contemporary key, the Fiji chair is perfect to combine with the tables of the collection and is available with or without armrests....
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

I Love You Armchair in Fabric and Wood by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in beechwood and foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection with removable lining. Materials: Chair with arms structure in beechwood and foam. Upholster...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Maclaine Armchair in Fabric and metal base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
With a distinctive 1950s style, the exuberant and refined armchair lends a chic and contemporary touch to the living room. Maclaine comes in different finishings; in this case it is ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Fiji Armchair in Fabric with Metal Frame by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
With its irresistible 1950s charm revisited in a contemporary key, the Fiji chair is perfect to combine with the tables of the collection and is available with or without armrests. P...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Maclaine Armchair in Fabric with Metal Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
With a distinctive 1950s style, the exuberant and refined armchair lends a chic and contemporary touch to the living room. Maclaine comes in different finishings; in this case it is ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Maclaine Armchair in Grey Leather and metal base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
With a distinctive 1950s style, the exuberant and refined armchair lends a chic and contemporary touch to the living room. Maclaine comes in different finishings; in this case it is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Sharpei Armchair in Fabric and Leather by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in metal and polyurethane foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection. Legs in finishing COL. glossy wengé. Decorative spheres in all the finishings from the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Sharpei Armchair in Leather by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
The refined manufacturing of the seatback, enriched with decorative studs, is the main feature of this original armchair which combines experimentation in the design of the shapes wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Foam

Sharpei Armchair in Black Leather by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
The refined manufacturing of the seatback, enriched with decorative studs, is the main feature of this original armchair which combines experimentation in the design of the shapes wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Foam

Tahiti Armchair in Pink Fabric with Gold Finish Metal Legs by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
An unmistakable luxury-glam charm for the Tahiti armchair featuring thin, glossy gold finished legs. Available in the new jacquard fabrics with lynx pattern or Charlize print with pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Sioraf Metal Base Armchair in Fabric and Leather by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
The refined processing base, a precious asymmetrical grating with handmade brass castings, chiseled by hand and gold-plated, is the distinguishing feature of the Sioraf series. On th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Sharpei Armchair in Fabric by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
The refined manufacturing of the seatback, enriched with decorative studs, is the main feature of this original armchair which combines experimentation in the design of the shapes wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Foam, Fabric

Nail Armchair in Fabric and Leather by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in beech wood and foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection. RC logo embroidered on the back. Materials: Structure upholstery in leather CAT. A Sauvage...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Nail.2 Armchair in Fabric by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in beechwood and foam. Upholstery in fabric or leather from the collection. RC logo in cast brass available in platinum or golden finishing. Materials: Upholstery in fabri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Wood, Fabric

Papeete Outdoor Armchair in Metal with Fabric Upholstery by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Metal frame in outdoor finishing. Upholstery and cushion in outdoor fabric. Materials: Outdoor armchair metal frame in finishings for outdoor. Upholstery and cushion in fabric f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Wings Armchair in Dark Leather with Bronze Finish Metal Base by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Armchair with an informal seat that recalls 1960s-1970s style. It represents an iconic piece of Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors and it is presented in different finishing: fabric and ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Foam

Key West Armchair by Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in multi-layer wood and foam. Upholstery in leather or fabric from the collection. Back available in glossy Carbalho rose or grey color. Optional embroidered RC logo in vel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs

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Wood

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