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Chairs For Sale
Pair Vintage Cafe Style Dining Chairs by Thonet
Located in Trenton, NJ
Step into the charm of yesteryear with this vintage pair of Bentwood Thonet Cafe Chairs, a delightful blend of classic design and enduring appeal. Crafted with bentwood seatbacks tha...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Green Plastic Chairs 4875 by Carlo Bartoli for Kartell 1970s, Set of 8
Located in Padova, IT
Oustanding and rare set of 8 yellow plastic chairs 4875 model, designed by Carlo Bartoli and produced by Kartell 1970s. In Good condition, wear consistent with age and use.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Plastic

Rare pair of "El Rey" by Mats Theselius, 1999
Located in Stockholm, SE
Brass frame, seat and back in crocodile patterned prime leather. Leatherclothes-wound armrests. Limited edition of 360 chairs produced in 1999. This is chair #234 and #235. Excellent...
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1990s Swedish Modern Chairs

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Brass

Luigi Vaghi for Former Set of Eight Dining Chairs in Ash & White Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Luigi Vaghi for Former, set of eight dining chairs, stained ash, fabric, Italy, 1960s. A characteristic 'T-chair' design; simplistic yet very strong in lines and proportions. Wonder...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Fabric, Ash

Set of 6 Antique Thonet Bent Wood Bistro Chairs w Pattern
Located in New York, NY
Four of these iconic chairs share a classic design, while the two end chairs feature arms. All feature a matching raised pattern. Please see photos. Despite their age, the set remain...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Chairs

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Bentwood

Set 8 Regency Dining Chairs Two Arms Six Sides
Located in Potters Bar, GB
Wonderful Set of 8 (6 + 2) Regency Rosewood / Simulated Dining Chairs. Here we Have a Quality Set of Dining Chairs, the Front and Back legs Being of a Sabre Form. The Carver Chairs F...
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1980s Regency Vintage Chairs

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Rosewood

1970s Antonin Suman Set of Four Dining Chair by TON
Located in Praha, CZ
- Carefully refurbished - Newly upholstered white boucle fabric - high of seat 46 cm
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1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

Materials

Bouclé, Wood

Fibreglass La Fonda Chair by Charles & Ray Eames for Vitra, 1960s
Located in Bruxelles, BE
La Fonda chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Alexander Girard’s La Fonda del Sol restaurant in New York, 1960s. The chair has a gra...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Aluminum

1970's Italian oak and rattan dining chairs ...
Located in Brecht, BE
a great set of 12 dining chairs, made in Italy during the 1970's, great vintage design and in very good vintage condition, oak and rattan ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chairs

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Rattan, Oak

French Togo Chair in Green Leather by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset, 1974.
Located in Eindhoven, Noord Brabant
The Togo was designed by Michel Ducaroy in 1973 for Ligne Roset. It is the first chair ever made only of foam and leather. The innerwork consists of foam in 5 different densities. Th...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Foam

Klismos black chair
Located in IT
Classic and elegant Klismos customizable dining chairs with saber legs, black lacquered wood and leather seats. Available in other colors and upholstery. Italian artisanal production...
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2010s Italian Greek Revival Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Black Leather and Monk Dining Chair for Molteni, Set of 8
Located in Vicenza, IT
Set of eight “Monk” dining chairs designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Molteni in 1973. Made of black leather and ash wood. Fully restored in Italy. Interesting is the ‘flat’ s...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Leather, Ash

Carlo Bartoli for Kartell Mod.4875 Plastic Chair, Italy, 1970s
Located in Naples, IT
Modern Italian white plastic chair with rounded seat and back, Mod." 4875" by Carlo Bartoli for Kartell, 1970s. The circular chair legs are ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Plastic, Rubber

Gio Ponti Superleggera chairs Cassina Italy 1957
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare set of 6 original Superleggera (super light) chairs designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina in Italy in 1957. The 699 Superleggera, which has been a star in Cassina's ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Cane, Ash

Set of 6 Harry Bertoia for Knoll Wire Side Chairs Tan Leather Mid Century Modern
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
A set of 6 Harry Bertoia for Knoll wire side chairs. A wonderful set of clean, chic Bertoia wire side chairs featuring lovely beige leather seat ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Minimal Style, Solid Wood Stool, Textiles or Leather Seatings, Caning Backboard
Located in Vila Cordeiro, São Paulo
The Wing chair solid wood collection, flexibility, modern aesthetics, comfort and softness are the keywords for this collection. The concept is inspired by the B-52 plane design, this inspiration gave us the freedom to create a collection where the design appropriate subtle elements, harmonic transitions and thin but resistant wood thicknesses, that gave life to a unique and contemporary collection. Our studio objective was to abstract most of the figurative elements and arrive in the very sweet spot in this design, the “cream”, driving the details in a three dimensional way. All our objects are drawn using the Da Vinci's "golden section", and the wing collection is not an exception, this assures pleasing proportions and contrast between each design part that composes the object in a deep study in the thicknesses and the relationship between each component sizing. The Wing chairs and stools are crafted with passion using premium materials and the latest technologies in furniture manufacturing, with a very precise quality control, on its beauty there is the subtle variations between the wood veins in a real living item without ethnic appeal yet been warm resulting in well-rounded comfortable pieces, delicate in design and sturdy in construction. All this qualities converge in and merge in a collection made to participate in the life of our clients as a breeze, comfortably, pleasant, harmonic and positive. We offer a caning back solution and a solid back option, stools and chairs versions. There are three solid wood tonalities as standard and a solid Ebonized black, we also offer wood harmonisation if needed, so we work the tonality to approximate a particular target. All woods and materials are certified and responsibly sourced and manufactured. Listing features the black ebonized solid wood stool...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

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Textile, Cane, Wood, Hardwood, Leather

1960s Italian “Plia” Clear Lucite Folding Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima
Located in San Gabriel, CA
1960s clear lucite and chrome "Plia" folding chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli. Made in Italy. Labeled on underside of each chair. One set of two available.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Metal

1950s Danish Rosewood Dining Chairs in Manner of Jacob Kjaer
Located in Oakland, CA
Set of 6 dining chairs in manner of Jacob Kjaer, crafted of rosewood with minimal slatted backs, upholstered in the original saddle leather. The chairs are in good original conditio...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Mario Marenco "Sapporo" Chairs for Mobil Girgi, 1970, Set of 4
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Mario Marenco "Sapporo" chairs for Mobil Girgi, reddish-brown leather and beech, Italy, 1970, set of four. The iconic "Sapporo" chair consists of a particular backrest, conceived wi...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Modernist Organic Vintage Three Foldable Dining Chairs Beech Mesh Chrome, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
Modernist organic vintage three vintage chromed metal, beech and Viennese mesh dining chairs or chairs, 1970s, Italy. A wonderful set of three (3) dining chairs with a chromed met...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Chairs

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Metal

Vintage Italian Duncan Phyfe Style Solid Wood Dining Chairs, Set of 5
By Duncan Phyfe
Located in Lake Worth, FL
For FULL item description click on CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this page. Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Set of 5 Vintage Italian Provincial...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Chairs

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Modern Black Bast Chiavari Dining Chairs, Italy 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern black bast chiavari dining chairs, Italy 1960s. This set of 8 wooden dining chairs was designed and produced by Italian fu...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Wicker, Wood

1960s Danish Teak Dining Chairs in Black Velvet
Located in Praha, CZ
- In the style of Kai Kristiansen - Newly upholstered in Black Velvet - Carefully refurbished - Height of seat 45 cm
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Velvet, Teak

Chaise Lounge Wood & Wicker by Palecek
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A PALECEK Anglo Indian Style Solid Wood & Wicker Chaise Lounge Approximate Measurements in Inches 35...
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1980s Anglo-Indian Vintage Chairs

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Cotton, Wood, Wicker

1950s Design Oak Wooden And Velvet Seat Set of 6 Chairs
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Magnificent and unusual set of 6 chairs 1950s Guillerme et Chambron attribute design in oak wooden structure and velvet seat  
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Oak

Dining Room Chairs Model 31 Made In Rosewood By Kai Kristiansen From 1960s
Located in Lejre, DK
A set of four dining room chairs, model 31, designed by the renowned Danish designer Kai Kristiansen around the 1960s. These exquisite chairs are crafted with rosewood frames by Scho...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Guillerme & Chambron Set of Four Dining Chairs in Oak and Striped Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guillerme et Chambron for Votre Maison, set of four dining chairs, oak, fabric, France, 1960s Beautifully shaped chairs in patinated oak by French designer duo Jacques Chambron and ...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Fabric, Oak

Suite of Six Vintage Style Folding Steamer Dining Chairs Great Look and Feel
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely suite of six slatted folding steamer chairs A very good looking well made and decorative suite ...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Oak

Warren Platner for Knoll Lounge Chair
Located in New York, NY
Sculptural and graceful iconic lounge chair model 1705 by Warren Platner designed in 1962 for Knoll International. Upholstered in luxurious rust ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Wooden Dining Chairs "Golem" by Vico Magistretti, Italy 1969
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern black Lacquered wooden dining chairs Golem by Vico Magistretti, Italy 1969. Stunning set of 4 dining chairs „Golem SD51“ designed by Vico Magistretti for Poggi in 1969. The unique frame of the chairs are made of black high lacquered wood and the seats have a black high quality leather upholstery. These chairs are very elegant in its graceful lines and at the same time they embody a linear simplicity. The element that serves as the backrest is lightly profiled to adjust to the seated position. It is one of the very few cases in which the reference to the past is not through the recovery of anonymous types and models, as Magistretti was used to doing. He revisited this formal typology with the collection of Koube chairs designed for the Japanese brand...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Leather, Wood, Walnut

Set of Six Paul Evans Cantilevered Dining Chairs for Directional, 1970s
Located in Hamburg, PA
A Mid-Century Modern set of 6 Paul Evans cantilevered dining chairs for Directional. This set includes two armchairs and four side chairs. These ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Mid Century Modern Set of Outdoor Wicker Chairs and Side Tables, 60s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern Set of Patio and Garden Wicker Chairs and Side Tables, 60s. A lovely patio and garden set of 1 wicker chairs and 2 small side tables in different sizes from the...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Wicker

Vintage Danish Teak Dining Chairs by Kjærnulf for Vejle Møbelfabrik, 1960s
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage danish teak dining chairs by Kjærnulf for Vejle Møbelfabrik 1960s Set of four dining chairs in teak designed by Danish architect Henning/Hen...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Chairs

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Teak

Set of Eight Matteo Grassi Italian Black Leather Dining Chairs
Located in Ferndale, MI
Eight dining chairs by Matteo Grassi . Chairs are covered in saddle thick black leather over a steel frame . Marked Matteo Grassi on underside , incised stamp on rear cross stretcher...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather

Mid-Century Modern to Modern Oak Maroon Vinyl Rolling Game or Dining Chairs
Located in Topeka, KS
Wonderful Mid-Century Modern to modern rolling game or dining chairs comprised of oak frames, maroon vinyl seats and backs, brass sabots, and casters. Beautiful condition, keeping in...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Modern Chairs

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Faux Leather, Oak

Emanuele Rambaldi, 6 Dining Chairs Leggerissima Model, Figli Di Sanguineti, 1951
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
A very rare set of six dining chairs ''Leggerissima'' (ultralight) model designed by Emanuele Rambaldi and manufactured by Figli di Sanguineti G.B. Made of beech painted in a ros...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Cane, Beech

Set of Six Chinese Dining Chairs in Ming Style
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage set of Chinese in Ming style dining chairs in solid wood. Glossy redwood frames - two with arms, and four without. Includes teal color...
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1970s Belgian Ming Vintage Chairs

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Wood

Set of Six Ico Parisi Mid-Century Modern Italian Mahogany Dining Chairs, 1960s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Six chairs mod. 110 by Ico Parisi. Italy, 1961. Produced by Sons of Amedeo Cassina, Meda. Mahogany wood. The chairs have been polished with shellac and have a new leather upholstery.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Walnut, Leather

White Arch Bench by Karstudio
Located in Geneve, CH
White Arch bench by Karstudio. Materials: FRP. Dimensions: 120 x 40 x 43 cm. *This piece is suitable for outdoor use. Both display ways make it the ...
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2010s Chinese Modern Chairs

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Fiberglass

Pair of Pierre Jeanneret Office Chairs
Located in Soho, London, GB
Pair of office chairs from the administrative offices of Chandigarh (PJ-SI-28-B).  
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cane, Teak

19th Century Mahogany Pair of Library Armchairs
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A very fine quality pair of 19th century mahogany French Empire library armchairs having well figured Top rails over enclosed swept arms with car...
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Early 19th Century French Empire Antique Chairs

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Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brown Beech Six Gio Ponti Style Dining Chairs, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage six dining chairs or chairs from beech in the style of Gio Ponti 1960s Italy. A wonderful set of six dining chairs in stained dark brown color with newly ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Fabric, Beech

Linen Dining Chairs by Directional Furniture Co, Set of 6
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A 1991 Set of 6 Linen Dining Chairs by DIRECTIONAL Furniture Co Se...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Linen

Set of 8 Antique Shield Back Dining Chairs
Located in London, GB
A lovely set of eight antique shield back dining chairs in the Sheraton style. They were made in England, and date from around the 19...
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1930s British Sheraton Vintage Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Set of 6 Revolt Chairs by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel, Netherlands, 1956
Located in Steenwijk, NL
The 'Revolt' chair was designed by Friso Kramer for Ahrend de Cirkel. An award winning design that has become an icon of Dutch industrial design from the 1950's. This solid chair has...
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1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Metal

Contemporary Asian Klismos Leg Water Lilly Dining Chairs Set of 8
Located in Lake Worth, FL
For FULL item description be sure to click on CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this listing. Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Set of (8) Contemporary Art Deco Klismos Tapered Leg Water Lilly Pattern...
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1980s Vintage Chairs

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Wood, Cotton

Mario Marenco "Sapporo" Chairs for Mobil Girgi, 1970, Set of 14
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Mario Marenco "Sapporo" chairs for Mobil Girgi, cognac leather and beech, Italy, 1970, set of fourteen. The iconic "Sapporo" chair consists of an individual backrest, conceived wi...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Antique 1880 Arts & Crafts Metamorphic Library Steps Original Carpet Upholstery
Located in GB
We are  delighted to offer for sale this lovely antique Arts & Crafts Victorian metamorphic library steps chair in oak with period upho...
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1880s English Arts and Crafts Antique Chairs

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Oak

Set of 6 Meribel Dining Chairs by Charlotte Perriand, France, circa 1950s
Located in Geneva, CH
Set of 6 dining chairs, model Meribel, designed by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1960. Manufactured by Steph Simon (France) Ashwood base and legs, and original straw seat, curved back, l...
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1950s French Vintage Chairs

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Straw, Ash

Guglielmo Ulrich Attributed Italian Art Deco Dinning Room Chairs, 1940
Located in Rome, IT
Set of four chairs with a wonderful backrest and a very particular upholstery used for the seat, elegant and linear as in the style of Guglielmo Ulrich. Four chairs attributed to Gu...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Velvet, Beech

Helge Sibast, Sibast Furniture Set of Four Danish No.8 Teak Cantilever Armchairs
Located in London, GB
Helge Sibast. Sibast Furniture. A set of four No.8 Danish teak cantilever armchairs. Original label underneath - "Sibast Furniture. Made in Denmark". Originally designed in 1953. Wit...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Chairs

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Teak

Set of 8 Unilabor Chairs MT 552, Geraldo de Barros, 1960s, Brazilian Design
Located in New York, NY
This incredible set of eight MT 552 chairs designed by Geraldo de Barros (1923-1998) and manufactured by Unilabor has a frame in solid rosewood with cane backrests and seats. Because...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Cane, Rosewood

Broyhill Brasilia Dining Chairs Original Set of 10 Mid-Century Modern, 1962-1970
Located in Topeka, KS
Iconic Mid-Century Modern Broyhill Brasilia original set of 10 dining chairs, 2 arm and 8 sides. Dark walnut and new dark blue/black upholstery. In fabulous vintage condition apart from one side chair that had a broken back rail that has been repaired by our experienced staff. Please see photos, circa 1962-1970. Their iconic sculpted design inspired by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer is extremely desirable and sought after. Finding an original set of ten is rare! They have been re-upholstered in a fabric that is an ongoing debate here as to whether it is blue or black. Depending on the light some of us say blue and some say black, but either way, they are absolutely stunning. They are comprised of deep sultry walnut and the backs of the chairs bear the elegant triple Brasilia arches. Their high backs, tapered legs and sturdy frame unify their comfort. These will be wonderful encompassing any dining room table. The Brasilia Collection is Mid-Century Modern in style but borders on Brutalist although it would be beautiful in an Industrial or modern country setting as well. It is no coincidence that The Brasilia collection design is very architectural in style. It was introduced to the public at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 and drew its inspiration from the architecture of the newly created and majestic Capital of Brazil, Brasilia. The brochure for Brasilia by Broyhill Premier says…….”Brasilia…the city…by its daring and beauty has revolutionized architecture and opened vast new horizons of design. From this inspired dream, Broyhill Premier drew inspiration for the furniture grouping which bears the Fine young name: BRASILIA.” This line was extremely popular with the furniture buying public and is still sought out today. Broyhill ended production of this successful line sometime in the 1970s...
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Mid-20th Century American Chairs

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Walnut

Hans Wegner GE-284A Highback Lounge Chair, Treated Oak
Located in Berkeley, CA
Designed by Hans Wegner, the 284A high back lounge chair provides clean, crisp lines for the modern home. The chair is handcrafted at GETAMA’s factory in Gedsted, Denmark by skilled ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Oak

Vanity Seat in Grey Lacquer by Robert Kuo, Limited Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vanity seat. Grey lacquer. Handmade. Wood base. Lacquer is a technique that dates back to the Shang dynasty, circa 1600-1100 B.C. These pieces are made with at least 60 coats of org...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Chairs

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Lacquer

Six Erik Buch Refinished Dining Chairs in Solid Teak, Custom Upholstery
Located in Knebel, DK
Six Erik Buch Refinished dining chairs in solid teak, custom upholstery The chairs feature a solid teak frame and are as all of Erik Buchs chairs characterized by high-quality mat...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Teak

Biedermeier Black Wood and Green Velvet Dinning Room Chairs, 1830
Located in Rome, IT
Four beautiful Biedermeier chairs with an unmistakable design, black shellac for the structure and a beautiful green and white velvet for the seat, note the particular design of the ...
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1830s Austrian Biedermeier Antique Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Set of 6 "Model 101" Dining Chairs, Designed by Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This set of four chairs was designed by Guiseppe Gibelli for Fratelli Maspero and manufactured by Sormani in Italy, Mariano Comense in the 1960s. The "Elisabetta" model is made of oa...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chairs

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Faux Leather, Palisander

Shop Antique and Vintage Chairs on 1stDibs: Lounge Chairs, Dining Chairs and Other Seating for Sale

Chairs are an indispensable component of your home and office. Can you imagine your life without the vintage, new or antique chairs you love?

With the exception of rocking chairs, the majority of the seating in our homes today — Windsor chairs, chaise longues, wingback chairs — originated in either England or France. Art Nouveau chairs, the style of which also originated in those regions, embraced the inherent magnificence of the natural world with decorative flourishes and refined designs that blended both curved and geometric contour lines. While craftsmanship and styles have evolved in the past century, chairs have had a singular significance in our lives, no matter what your favorite chair looks like.

“The chair is the piece of furniture that is closest to human beings,” said Hans Wegner. The revered Danish cabinetmaker and furniture designer was prolific, having designed nearly 500 chairs over the course of his lifetime. His beloved designs include the Wishbone chair, the wingback Papa Bear chair and many more.

Other designers of Scandinavian modernist chairs introduced new dynamics to this staple with sculptural flowing lines, curvaceous shapes and efficient functionality. The Paimio armchair, Swan chair and Panton chair are vintage works of Finnish and Danish seating that left an indelible mark on the history of good furniture design.

“What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts,” said Ray Eames

Visionary polymaths Ray and Charles Eames experimented with bent plywood and fiberglass with the goal of producing affordable furniture for a mass market. Like other celebrated mid-century modern furniture designers of elegant low-profile furnishings — among them Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Finn Juhl — the Eameses considered ergonomic support, durability and cost, all of which should be top of mind when shopping for the perfect chair. The mid-century years yielded many popular chairs.

The Eameses introduced numerous icons for manufacturer Herman Miller, such as the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, molded plywood dining chairs the DCM and DCW (which can be artfully mismatched around your dining table) and a wealth of other treasured pieces for the home and office. 

A good chair anchors us to a place and can become an object of timeless appeal. Take a seat and browse the rich variety of vintage, new and antique chairs on 1stDibs today. 

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