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Modern Chairs

MODERN STYLE

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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 principals 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 chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames 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 furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Style: Modern
Caratos Dining Chairs in Sage-colored Velvet by Maxalto - Available Now
Located in Tulsa, OK
Caratos is a series of upholstered dining chairs by Maxalto, with a die-cast aluminum frame that have contemporary lines. These chairs are upholstered in a sage-colored velvet and th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron, Metal

Set of 8 Exotic Argentine Rosewood Counter Stools from Costantini, Umberto
Located in New York, NY
The Umberto Counter stool is one of Costantini’s best selling original seating designs featuring a modern, low, carved solid wood back with a tight seat.. Available now as shown in w...
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2010s Argentine Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Guglielmo Ulrich Chair
Located in San Francisco, CA
A small vanity stool with beech legs. Tufted buttons complete the cute look of this diminutive chair. The structure is sound and the wooden legs have been lightly refinished. This pi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Modern Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Beech

Tan Sling Hanging Swing Chair Genuine Ochre Leather 21st Century Modern
Located in Johannesburg, ZA
Stripped away from all excess, this hanging chair has a circular frame with the sheets of soft leather hanging loose within it, to create a sleek, sexy, and oh so comfortable experie...
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2010s South African Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Chrome Frame With Beige Cowhide Back + Seat Dining Chair, KNOLL
Located in Tulsa, OK
Spoleto Chair By Knoll Ufficio Tecnico, Knoll International's in-house team of engineers and designers, introduced the award-winning Spoleto chair in ...
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2010s Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

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

Materials

Lacquer

Bellus Chair
Located in Istanbul, TR
Bellus Dining Chair Delight in the sophisticated and delicate silhouette of the Bellus Dining Chair. With the intricate, gleaming metal frame and beautifully curved back, the Bellus ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

Parma Chair
Located in Istanbul, TR
Parma Dining Chair An elegant modern art deco design brings a timeless silhouette and exudes luxury within the home. Black lacquer frame with elegant polished bronze details and acco...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel, Metal, Brass

Modern Chair Gropius CS1 in Dedar Karakorum Boucle Fabric by Noom
Located in Paris, FR
Noom furniture collection is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus School in Germany. Ideas of functionalism and conciseness, the combination of craft and art, buildings and objects formed by a composition of simple geometric shapes, are still relevant. Noom furniture is a tribute to the great thinkers who formed the modernist principles and brought them to life. The designer has “gathered” the shape of this chair from the cylinders. All products in the collection are called by names of famous modernist artists and architects. Designer: Kateryna Sokolova Materials: Textile, foam rubber, wood, plywood Fabrics: Dedar Karakorum...
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2010s Ukrainian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wool, Bouclé

Contemporary Chair in Solid Wood, Upholstered in Leather or Textiles with Arms
Located in Vila Cordeiro, São Paulo
Dry chair collection. The Dry chair concept is to work in a mixture of distinct references resulting in a modern classic in a dance between the retro and the modern. A heavy and i...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Laminate, Hardwood

Cantilevered 'Shadow Chair' in Mirror-Polished Stainless Steel
Located in London, GB
Without a shadow of a doubt, a statement chair that captures the attention with its gravity defying abilities. Playing on trompe l'oeil and a classic cantilever design, the Shadow Chair...
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2010s British Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Isola Chair by Brajak Vitberg
Located in Geneve, CH
Isola chair by Brajak Vitberg Dimensions: 43 x 55 x 120 cm Materials: Dichroic glass Can be made in Satin glass finish. Bijelic and Brajak are two architects from Ljubljana, ...
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2010s Slovenian Modern Chairs

Materials

Glass

Reeves Swivel Bar Stool W/ Ash legs stained Walnut, Leather & Brass Finish.
Located in Westport, CT
Swivel bar stool with Ash legs stained Walnut #2 and satin brass finish accents. Seat and back shown upholstered in green leather. Available in bar height, counter height or custom h...
Category

2010s Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Sun Bubble Hanging Swing Chair Modern Steel In / Outdoor Black, 21st Century
Located in Johannesburg, ZA
The bubble hanging swing chairs’ round shape creates a cozy feel. The is available in modern patterns that are striking in its visual appeal. The ch...
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2010s South African Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Modern Organic Chair in Solid Wood, Upholstered Flexible Seating
Located in Vila Cordeiro, São Paulo
Collana chairs and armchairs collection. A collection developed to create items that explore the union between aesthetics, ergonomics and comfort, ba...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Fiberglass, Hardwood

Chair Dining Room Armchair Gold Cast Bronze Mirror Polished Collectible Design
Located in Ancona, Marche
"Alpemare" is an exclusive sculptural armchair made of cast bronze, in a very limited series of 12 pieces. Its construction takes place in the same foundry that built the majestic doors of the baptistery in piazza del duomo in Florence. The sinuous shapes interpenetrate as if they were of liquid metal, creating a beautiful fluid and reflective effect. The Alpemare chair has participated in the most important art and design fairs: The Salon Art...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Bronze

Outdoor Oil-Treated Oak Wood Armchair with Arabesque-Inspired Carved Backrest
Located in Cairo, EG
Outdoor oil-treated oak wood armchair with arabesque-inspired carved backrest. Take comfortable relaxation inside out with our Patio Armchair. Our outdoor armchair is made from trea...
Category

2010s Egyptian Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak, Upholstery

"Xilte" Armchair
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
The "Xitle" chair is part of ADN Studio´s Volcan collection. This collection seeks to go back to basics. It is a subtle and refined interpretation of the archytypical modern furnitur...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

Perspective II Dining Chair, Velvet, InsidherLand by Joana Santos Barbosa
Located in Maia, Porto
Our perception of space is influenced by perspective. The Perspective II dining chair is an exercise that gathers both two and three dimensions in one single object. As if we were looking to its own drawing, the lines of the minimalist dining chair perform an inflection and visually appear as converging in order to give the illusion of depth. An intentional way of having the flat image of the drawing transported to the object and not the other way around. Entirely handcrafted, the Perspective II dining chair gathers the best of Portuguese contemporary design with the ancient techniques applied by InsidherLand team of talented Portuguese artisans. Product details Metal: handcrafted structure in stainless steel finished with golden bath...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Jean Dining Chair
Located in Westport, CT
Dining chair with dark wenge stained beech legs and fully upholstered seat and back. Can be customized to your specifications or COM. Wood, stain, finish, fabric and custom dimension...
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2010s European Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Fabric

Collins Bar Stool with Ebony and Leather Back and Seat
Located in Westport, CT
Bar stool with an elegant metal structure. Seat and back finished in beautiful polished ebony or oak and upholstered in leather. Available in bar and counter height. Customizable t...
Category

2010s Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Secreto Armchair, Contemporary Design in solid natural beech made in Italy
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Modern and traditional, at the same time. Important table chair; elegant and informal at once. A lounge chair for the living room if necessa...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Beech, Paint

"Bruna" Minimalist Armchair in Painted Steel and Blue Velvet Handwoven
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Alessandra Delgado was once thinking about wire. What would emerge if one started to fold lengths of wire randomly? Bruna armchair is the materialization of these thoughts. The armch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Sedia COME in tessuto con braccioli, base in metallo. By Legame Italia.
Located in Pistoia, IT
Progettata dal designer brasiliano Ricardo Antonio, allievo di Oscar Niemeyer, la sedia COME si contraddistingue per il design leggero ed elegante, grazie ad una scocca sottile e con...
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2010s Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Vintage French School Chairs, Set of Four
Located in High Point, NC
A set of four vintage school chairs with high armrests manufactured in France circa 1950. These authentic metal chairs feature low backrests and ...
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1950s French Vintage Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Artifort Black Mushroom Lounge Chair by Pierre Paulin in STOCK
Located in New York, NY
Mushroom medium F 560 The Mushroom armchair is one of the world’s most famous designs. Designer Pierre Paulin distinguished himself with this armchair in the original shape, bright colours and revolutionary manufacturing technique for the time. The idea for the Mushroom came to Pierre Paulin while he was watching women...
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2010s Dutch Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Philippe Starck Costes Chair Driade Aleph, 1980
Located in Den Haag, NL
Armchair early model "Costes" by designer Philippe Starck, Driade of the 1980s edition. Structure in black lacquered steel tube. Black lacquered finish. Seat height 47cm. Label of th...
Category

1980s French Vintage Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Set of Six Charlotte Perriand Dordogne Chairs for Robert Sentou, France c1950
Located in London, GB
CCharlotte Perriand (1903-1999), a key figure of European modernism, famously started her career with a rebuff from Le Corbusier’s studio: “We don’t embroider cushions here.” Not det...
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Mid-20th Century French Modern Chairs

Materials

Pine, Straw

Senufo Tabouret in Burned Walnut by Arno Declercq
Located in Geneve, CH
Senufo Tabouret in burned walnut by Arno Declercq Dimensions: W 34 x D 34 x H 45 cm Materials: burned and waxed African walnut and oak Arno Declercq Belgian designer and art de...
Category

2010s Belgian Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

New Design "Ball" Chair Leather Upholstery
Located in Madrid, ES
High gloss black lacquering, leather upholstery, stainless steel base. Dimensions 92 x 90 x 85 cm 36.2 x 35.4 x 33.5 in Weight 37 kg 81.6 lbs.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

8x Shaker Modern Chairs by Ambrozia, Walnut, Dark Brown Leather, White Cowhide
Located in Drummondville, Quebec
The shaker chair is handcrafted to order from our unique Ambrozia black textured steel tubing frame with a genuine leather seat and Cowhide back. Featuring subtile solid wood inserti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Shaker Modern Chair by Ambrozia, Walnut, Dark Brown Leather, White Cowhide
Located in Drummondville, Quebec
The shaker chair is handcrafted to order from our unique Ambrozia black textured steel tubing frame with a genuine leather seat and Cowhide back. Featuring subtile solid wood inserti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Marc Held, Fauteuil en cuir Réédition Prisunic 2021, Série Limité 250 pièces
Located in AIX-LES-BAINS, FR
Marc Held est né en 1932 Remarqué par les médias français et étrangers qui lui consacrent de nombreux articles, il est amené à collaborer en 1966 avec Prisunic pour qui il dessine un...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Modern Eleanor Dining Chairs Nubuck Leather Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Eleanor Chair, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Named after Queen Eleanor of Avis, this piece contains all the virtues of its inspiration. Pr...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Bouclé, Velvet, Beech, Oak

Italian modern black Chair Spaghetti by Giandomenico Belotti for Alias, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern black Chair Spaghetti by Giandomenico Belotti for Alias, 1980s Chair mod. Spaghetti with rectangular and elastic seat and back made from black scooby threads. The str...
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Modern Margot Dining Chairs Nubuck Leather Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Margot Chair, Modern Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by GF Modern. Margot is all about comfort, and the soft, graceful lines add a modern feel. This wooden chair exceed...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Bouclé, Velvet

Moroso Side Chair by Patricia Urquiola
Located in Pasadena, CA
These chairswere fabricated in Italy by the recognized Moroso factory to the designs of the recognized Spanish designer, Patricia Urquiola. These particular examples are of the top l...
Category

Early 2000s Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Modern Mary Bar Stools Nubuck Leather Brass Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Mary Bar Stool, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Mary is anything but ordinary. Simplicity and comfort for relaxing moments, without forgetti...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

Papillonne Brass Chair with Pillow 'Set of 4'
By LAGU
Located in İSTANBUL, TR
Papillonne chair comes to your living room with its details, combining comfort with elegance. It is also suitable for combining with your dining table. The chair cushion can be produ...
Category

2010s Turkish Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Glossy stacking chair by Gerd Lange for Drabert, 1980s
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Black glossy stacking chair SM400 by Gerd Lange for West German manufacturer Drabert, 1980s. Gerd Lange's chairs have been extremely successful.He had a decisive influence on the des...
Category

1980s German Vintage Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Modern Set/6 Maia Dining Chairs, Caramel Leather, Handmade by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Maia Chair, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, Maia sets the new standard for contemp...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal, Brass

Modern Set/6 Eleanor Dining Chairs, Outdoors Fabric, Handmade by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Eleanor Outdoors Chair, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Named after Queen Eleanor of Avis, this piece contains all the virtues of its inspir...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Bouclé, Velvet, Beech, Oak

VIDAL GRAU, Pair of Chairs 1980
Located in Madrid, ES
VIDAL GRAU, Pair of chairs Production Spain approx. 1980 Pair of chairs with 24 kt golden metal tubular structure, seat and armrests in black leather, upper part of the backrest in m...
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20th Century Spanish Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

21st Century Dahalia Armchair in Brown Jacquard Fabric by Etro Home Interiors
Located in Cantù, Lombardia
Fabric and colour. The two founding themes of the fashion Maison are among the main peculiarities of the Dahlia armchair, a piece of furniture with contemporary lines that takes insp...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

21st Century Ratio.2 Armchair in Green Velvet by Etro Home Interiors
Located in Cantù, Lombardia
A perfect mix between modernity and tradition, Ratio is a soft and welcoming armchair, characterized by decorative stitching, an expression of Etro Home Interiors’ sartorial quality....
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Willy Rizzo C2 70s Production Chromed Steel Frame Gray Vintage Leather Set of 4
Located in IT
Willy Rizzo chairs C2 70s production with chromed steel frame and gray vintage leather seats. Set of 4 chairs. The seat has been re upholstered with vintage leather. The chairs are...
Category

Late 20th Century European Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

New Design Taller Chair in Aged Gold Color
Located in Madrid, ES
General Information Size Dim. (cm) Dim. (in) Wgt. (kg) Wgt. (lbs) Taller 52 x 53 x 102 20.5 x 20.9 x 40.2 7 15.4 Materials and colors Structure: Resin reinforced with fiberglas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Resin

New Design Lower Chair in Aged Gold Color
Located in Madrid, ES
General Information Size Dim. (cm) Dim. (in) Wgt. (kg) Wgt. (lbs) Ref. Lower 52 x 53 x 82 20.5 x 20.9 x 32.3 6.5 14.3 Materials and colors. Structure: Resin reinforced with fibe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Resin

Pair of Mink Brown Velvet Upholstered Metal Armchair New
Located in Madrid, ES
Mink brown velvet upholstered metal armchair new. Data sheet: -Design armchair, multipurpose. -Seat and back in wood and foam rubber, upholstered in mink brown velvet 19 fabric -...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Pierre Jeanneret ‘Library’ chair, model no. PJ-SI-51-A, France/India, 1956
Located in London, GB
Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967) is recognised as a pivotal figure in modernism. His collaborations with his cousin Le Corbusier are especially significant, particularly their codificati...
Category

1950s French Vintage Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Pair New Spanish Chair, Metal, Green Velvet Upholstery
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair New Spanish chair, metal, green velvet upholstery. -Metal frame finished in black epoxy paint and finished in matte gold detail -Seat and back upholstered in pink velvet -Oth...
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2010s Spanish Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Pair New Spanish Chair, Metal, Blue Velvet Upholstery
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair New Spanish chair, metal, blue velvet upholstery. -Metal frame finished in black epoxy paint and finished in matte gold detail -Seat and back upholstered in pink velvet -Othe...
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2010s Spanish Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Pair of Dark Turquoise Velvet Upholstered Metal Armchair New
Located in Madrid, ES
Upholstered dark turquoise armchair new. DATA SHEET: -Design armchair, multipurpose. -Seat and back in wood and foam rubber, upholstered in mink brown velvet 19 fabric -Tapered m...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Pair of Metal Velvet Upholstered Metal Armchair New
Located in Madrid, ES
Upholstered Metal Armchair New Data sheet: -Design armchair, multipurpose. -Seat and back in wood and foam rubber, upholstered in mink brown velvet 19 fabric -Tapered met...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Chairs

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Velvet

New 4 Gray Velvet Upholstered Chairs with Floral Back
Located in Madrid, ES
New 4 gray velvet upholstered chairs with floral back Data sheet: -Design chair, multipurpose. -Metal frame finished in black epoxy paint -Seat and back upholstered in gray velve...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Chairs

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Metal

Eight German Chairs of the 20th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Eight German chairs Of the 20th century In gilded metal, decorated with plant motifs and masks. Upholstered seats and back. Signs of use. Dimensions: 96.5 x 45 x 42 cm. THE PRICE IS...
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20th Century German Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

New Design Chair in Aged Gold Color
Located in Madrid, ES
General information Dimensions (cm): 58 x 57 x 90 Dimensions (in): 22.8 x 22.4 x 35.4 Weight (kg): 9 Weight (lbs): 19.8 Materials and colors Structure: Resin reinforced with fibergl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Resin

Tree New Spanish Chairs in Blue " Pavo Real "
Located in Madrid, ES
Tree New Spanish Chairs in Blue " Pavo Real " beautiful new Spanish chairs 73cm x 57cm x 41cm Brand new
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Modern chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Modern 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 chairs created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating, more furniture and collectibles, building and garden elements and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, metal and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Modern chairs made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and North America pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original chairs, popular names associated with this style include Kartell, Emeco, Philippe Starck, and Jasper Morrison. 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 chairs differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at £20 and tops out at £106,899 while the average work can sell for £2,064.

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