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Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern 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.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s 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 pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by celebrated manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer 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. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture 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, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere 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
Mahogany & Cane Bergère Chair by Bernt Pedersen
Located in London, GB
A blonde mahogany framed bergère chair with caned seat back and cognac leather seat pad, designed by Danish architect, Bernt Pedersen. The bergère chair, an 18th century French des...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Leather, Cane, Mahogany

1950s fabric bergere armchairs with wooden feet
Located in Premariacco, IT
Pair of large 1950s living room or entryway armchairs, upholstered in fabric with upholstered cushion and woodworked feet. The chairs need RESTORATION and new upholstery as pictured.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Four Vintage 1970 Made in Italy Stamped Marcel Breuer Cesca Knoll Dining Chairs
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this suite of four, Mid Century Modern circa 1970's, made in Italy stamped, Marcel Breuer, Cesca armchairs with ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Chrome

Pair Italian Poltrona Frau Velvet Upholstered Club Chairs, 2ndq 20th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
Formerly upholstered in leather these chairs now in velvet and retaining the original upholstery pattern, raised on square tapering legs.
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Velvet

French Leather Upholstered with Fringe Club Chair, Mid-20th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
Having an arched backrest and closed sides with a loose down filled cushion the chair is decorated with a double row of patinated nailheads, the bottom with original fringe which rea...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Leather

Pr. of Lounge Chairs Att. to Dunbar
Located in New York, NY
Voguish pair of low lounge chairs with curvaceous arms and chunky block form front legs. These chic chairs are extremely well crafted, having solid wood fra...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Upholstery

French Bergere Walnut Caned and Upholstered Chair in Mustard Velvet
Located in Germantown, MD
Vintage French caned Bergere armchair with carved crest rail and dainty cabriolet legs. Yellow Mustard velvet upholstery in very good condition. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Cane, Foam, Walnut

New Pair of Milo Baughman Style Parsons Chairs in Designer Celadon Zebra Fabric
Located in Banner Elk, NC
Pair of new Milo Baughman style parsons chairs upholstered in high-end designer zebra fabric. Our chairs are handcrafted and upholstered from new materials and new fabric by the bes...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Poplar

Pair of circa 1940s Bergere & Flamed Hardwood Claw & Ball Feet Occasional Chairs
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely pair of circa 1940s Claw & Ball feet mahogany and bergere occasional chairs A very good looking, well made and decorative pair of occa...
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1940s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Hardwood

Pair of Vintage Armchairs in Gio Ponti Style
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
These handsome upholstered vintage Italian chairs have tight backs and loose seat cushions and are newly re-covered in a textured grey linen fabric. The splayed arm details, notched...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Linen, Walnut

Midcentury Resin and Green Velvet Armchairs, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Futuristic "Tulip" design for an out of the ordinary armchair. She dressed in bright green velvet with geometric designs. Aesthetically it presents an elegance and a design that is o...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Velvet, Resin, Plastic

Black Lacquer and Velvet Asian Modern Armchair by Hibriten after James Mont
Located in Buffalo, NY
Black lacquer and velvet Asian inspired armchair by Hibriten in the style of James Mont, Stylish and comfortable. Hand delivery avail to New York City or anywhere en route from Buffa...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Wood, Velvet

Set of Four Armchairs by Paolo Buffa
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Set of two armchairs by Paolo Buffa. Provenance: Hotel Bristol Merano. Newly Upholstered in Linen
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Linen, Walnut

Pair of Blu Velvet Gio Ponti Bergere Wingback Armchairs by ISA, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of blu velvet GIO PONTI bergere armchair, manufactured by ISA Arredamenti Bergamo, circa 1950. This model designed by Gio Ponti in the late 40s was manufactured by Cassina with...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Brass

Poltrona Bergère Anni 50-60
Located in Milano, IT
Poltrona con imbottitura a molle, rivestimento in tessuto e particolari gambe in legno. Buone condizioni. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Pair of French Mid-Centruy Gilt Iron Faux Bamboo Armchairs Grey Velvet 1980s
Located in Salzburg, AT
Light-footed and stylish armchair in bamboo design. The eccentric design of the rear foot, almost like a loop, which then merges seamlessly into the armrest and flows out towards the...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

Materials

Iron

Pair of French Mid-Centruy Gilt Iron Faux Bamboo Armchairs Offwhite Linen, 1980s
Located in Salzburg, AT
Light-footed and stylish armchairs in bamboo design. The sides and the back are decorated with a large weave, the frame parts have a bamboo structure, the frame has a ribbed profile...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Iron

Hibriten French Bergere Walnut Cane Upholstered Chairs, circa 1960, a Pair
Located in Germantown, MD
Hibriten French Bergere walnut cane upholstered chairs. Good vintage condition. Enjoy the comfort of classic French Bergere seating by Hibriten. Very comfortable seating with a mixtu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Upholstery, Cane, Walnut

Italian Mid-Century Linear Shaped Armchair Off-White Bouclé Fabric, 1950s
Located in Salzburg, AT
Straightforward design armchair from the 1950-ies Italy. The lines are striking, the object tapers down the sides, the armrests also taper, the backrest tilts back for seating comfor...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

Materials

Brass

Lovely Shaped Dutch Retro 1950's Swan Arm Chair Unusual Shape Newly Upholstered
Located in Markington, GB
Lovely shaped retro 1950's vintage 'Swan' arm chair very unusual shape. Newly upholstered in a light blue and gold coloured fabric, this chair will lighten up any room. Measurements...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Mid-Century Barrel-Form Bergeres
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Mid-century barrel style bergère armchairs upholstered in blue/gray linen. Each tub-form chair having a bowed crestrail of walnut surmounting its padded and tufted backrest. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Metal

20th Century Pair of French Reupholstered Black lacquered Lounge Armchairs
Located in Petworth,West Sussex, GB
A pair of mid 20th century French black lacquered ebonised lounge armchairs. Newly reupholstered in quality petrol blue cotton corduroy fabric. Very comfortable. France 1950s. Very c...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany, Lacquer, Paint

Surreal Pair of Italian 1950s Armchairs in Dark Blue Velvet
Located in Milan, IT
Surreal Pair of Italian 1950s Armchairs Bergeres in their original Dark Blue Velvet upholstery. Cone wooden legs
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Attributed Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet Armchairs, 1950s, Pair
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Elegant and splendid pair of Mid-Century Modern Bergere Armchairs, attributed to Gio Ponti, 1950 for ISA Editions, Bergamo. The armchairs have a new light ivory velvet upholstery.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Velvet, Beech

Italian Mid-Century Blue Cotton Wood Feet Armchairs
Located in IT
Italian mid-century blue cotton fabric wood feet armchairs. Italian pair of armchairs reupholstered with finely blu cotton fabric and buttons all around t...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Cotton, Wood

Original Light Purple Velvet Italian Midcentury Armchairs Marco Zanuso St ETRA
Located in Miami, FL
Italian midcentury pair of Armchairs in the Marco Zanuso style ETRA maker Elegant design petal flower shaped , the upholstery work is a sophisticated creation, The condition ‘’As is...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

Materials

Brass

Attributed of Paolo Buffa Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet Armchairs, 1950s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Rare pair of wingback armchairs attributed to Paolo Buffa and produced in the 1950s. The armchairs have been restored and upholstered with ivory velvet. Paolo Buffa was an Italia...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Pair of Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet "Alata" Lounge Chairs, 1950s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Pair of bergère armchairs, Alata Mod. 820 armchairs, designed by Gio Ponti for the Royal Hotel in Naples and produced by Cassina, Italy, 1950. Completely restored and recently uphols...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Velvet, Beech

Pair of Armchairs, Melchiorre Bega Style, 1950s
Located in Palermo, PA
Pair of armchairs, Melchiorre Bega (in the style of), Italian production from the 1950s. Wood and fabric. Excellent condition, no defects (see photos). Dimensions: H: 95cm; D:...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Wood, Upholstery

Midcentury Lounge Chairs-Chrome Base-Newly Upholstered in Italian Leather, Pair
Located in Banner Elk, NC
Pair of Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs (Bergeres), on chrome bases, circa 1970, newly upholstered in the absolute finest Italian leather, eight-way hand-tied button-tufted upholstery.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Velvet Bergère Chairs, 1950s
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of imposing ocher velvet bergère chairs manufactured in the 1950s, with gilt metal arched legs. The shepherdess is a large, comfortable armchair whose solid sides go up to the b...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

Materials

Metal

Bergère Chair with Black Lacquered Wood, Red/White & Black Printed Fabrics
Located in New York, NY
Decorative vintage Bergère chair designed in 100% cotton printed fabrics. Wood is black lacquer. Seat height is 18 inches. Seat cushion is filled...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Lacquer

20th Century French Pair of Gold Brass and Bronze Armchairs with Red Upholstery
Located in Miami, FL
French pair of midcentury gold brass and bronze chairs with red upholstery Very comfortable chairs with seat and back reupholstered.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Brass, Bronze

Pair of Bamboo Legged Cherry Red Velour 19th-20th Century Barrel Back Chairs
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of bamboo legged cherry red velour 19th-20th century barrel back chairs. Sleek and stylish are this Fine pair of custom quality designer armchairs in a walnut wood frame. Strong...
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Early 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Wood

1950s Upholstered Club Chairs in Gio Ponti Style
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
In the style of Gio Ponti Mid-Century pair of modern club chairs with notched out arms and deep seat cushion upholstered in linen.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

Materials

Wood, Feathers

Pair of Blue Velvet Mid Century Modern Zanuso Style Bergere Armchairs
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Blue upholstery. Metal legs. 37 1/8" h x 28 5/8" w x 33 1/2" d. Seat height 17". Condition Good condition. Dimensions 34 x 27 x 2 in
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

Materials

Brass

Poltrona Bergere Mid-Century Modern Jeans Vintage
Located in Lucca, IT
Bergere Mid-Century Modern Italia 1960 Rivestita in tessuto Jeans .Gambi in legno svasati . Completamente rivestita usando veri Jeans usati. Bellissima originale e molto comoda
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Bergère Armchairs Foam Springs Wood Velvet, Italy, 1950s
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of armchairs; foam and springs padding, velvet covering, wood legs.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bergere Chairs

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Velvet, Foam, Wood

Mid-century Modern bergere chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Mid-Century Modern bergere chairs for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage bergere chairs created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with fabric, wood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Mid-Century Modern bergere chairs made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and France pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original bergere chairs, popular names associated with this style include Paolo Buffa, Hibriten, Gio Ponti, and Ariberto Colombo. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for bergere chairs differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $650 and tops out at $18,286 while the average work can sell for $4,210.

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