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Modern Furniture Design

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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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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Cane Chair by Rodrigo Lobato Yáñes
Located in Geneve, CH
Cane chair by Rodrigo Lobato Yáñes Series: Yo Jaguar Dimensions: H 27.4” x W 28.5” x D 33.8" Materials: Steel round tube, steel elbow pipe, electrostatic paint, brass sheet Pla...
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2010s Mexican Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass, Steel

Pouf Pill S by Houtique
Located in Geneve, CH
Pouf Pill S by Houtique Dimensions: H 45 x D 35 cm Materials: Velvet upholstery and 30cm fringes Pill Pouf S Art Deco style pouf with wood structure and velvet fabric. 2 fiber...
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2010s Spanish Modern Chairs

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Velvet

Set of Chieftain Armchair and Chieftain Stool in Wood and Leather by Finn Juhl
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Chair designed by Finn Juhl in 1949, relaunched in 2002. Chieftain footstool designed by Finn Juhl in 1953, relaunched in 2015. Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark. Th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Umberto Asnago for Giorgetti "Peggy 63970" Lounge Chairs, Set of 2, Italy 1990,
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A pair of impressive lounge chairs with a “throne like” appearance, designed by Umberto Asnago for Giorgetti in the 1990’s. The chairs are made of a wooden frame and new taupe velve...
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1990s Italian Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Velvet, Wood

18 Venetian Folding-Patio-Garden Chairs in Steel, Brass and Red Fabric, 1980s
Located in Almelo, NL
Set from 18 Venetian folding-patio-garden chairs designed and produced in Italy during the 1980s. The chairs are made from red strong fabric for the seat and backrest. The frame is m...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Chairs

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Brass

Katy Dining Chair
Located in Westport, CT
Dining chair with dark Wenge stained beech legs and fully upholstered seat and back. This chair can be customized in any way including COM.    
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2010s European Modern Chairs

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Wood, Fabric

EATER, modern steel black dining Chair 'without Cushion' by oitoproducts
Located in Kyiv, UA
We've always wanted to create a chair with two legs. After long experiments with different sizes, angles, the cross-section of the pipes, we found the golden mean. It's hard to surp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ukrainian Modern Chairs

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Steel

De Sede Ds-9090 Beanbag in Black by De Sede Design Team
Located in New York, NY
Beanbags have long been part of the De Sede inventory. With the DS-9090 the Swiss manufacture has now gone one step further. Launched in 2018, a beanbag was created in which casual s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Laurence Bar Chair with Armrests Wood Turquoise Textured Fabric Stainless Steel
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Wooden chair with armrests fully upholstered in turquoise woven textured fabric. Footrest in polished stainless steel. Laurence bar chair with armrests M103980 Turquoise woven ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Classic Brown and Brass Memento Chair, Jesse Sanderson
Located in Geneve, CH
Classic brown and brass memento chair, Jesse Sanderson Original signed chair by Jesse Sanderson Materials: Leather, Steel Dimensions: W 43 x D 50 x H 80 cm Seating height: 47 c...
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2010s Dutch Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Shaker Modern Chair by Ambrozia, Walnut, Black Steel, Leather and Shearling
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 Shearling back. Featuring subtile solid wood inser...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Lila Stool by Lilia Cruz Corona Garduño
Located in Geneve, CH
Lila stool by Lilia Cruz Corona Garduño Series: White Dimensions: H 11'' x W 15.7'' x D 12.6" Materials: Lost wax aluminium casting Platalea studio was born out of a passion fo...
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2010s Mexican Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Black Leather Dining Chair with Mocha Stained Ash Wood Leg, Poltrona Frau
Located in Tulsa, OK
Diva dining chair by Poltrona Frau This chair has a curled top on the backrest which is a stylish reference to the classics objects. The folds on the corners of the seat as well ...
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2010s Italian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

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 dimensio...
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2010s European Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Fabric

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 chair has been designed to be ve...
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2010s South African Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Laurence Chair with Armrests Wood Yellow Cotton Velvet
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Wooden chair with armrests fully upholstered in yellow cotton velvet. Laurence chair with armrests M102568 yellow cotton velvet Made in Portugal.
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Africa" Dining Chairs for Maxalto, circa 1975
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Africa" dining chairs for Maxalto circa 1975. Rarely seen set of eight chairs. The Artona series was the first line produced by Maxalto, the specialist divis...
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20th Century Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Set of 2 Splash Lounge Chair by Melis Tatlicibasi
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 splash lounge chair by Melis Tatlicibasi Materials: Velvet or boucle upsholery, natural wood, painted brass or silver Please contact us. Dimensions: W 50 x w 57 x H 87 c...
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2010s Turkish Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Ash Oxbend Bench by Fernweh Woodworking
Located in Geneve, CH
Oxbend bench by Fernweh Woodworking Dimensions: H 30" x W 48" x D 17" 4 feet wide Seat: W 48” x D 17” x 16.5” high at front Backrest: 29.5” high at center, 30” high on ends ...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

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Ash

Reeves Swivel Bar Stool with Ash legs stained Walnut, Leather and Brass Accents
Located in Westport, CT
Swivel bar stool with Ash legs stained Walnut #2 and brushed brass accents. Seat and back shown upholstered in green leather. Available in bar and counter height. Wood, stain and met...
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2010s Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

TECHNO Chair in Steel and Plexiglass with a Cement Base by Dimoremilano
Located in Milan, IT
Chair with base in cement and brushed steel with backrest in plexiglass held by three chromed metal screws decorated with engraved stars and cushion upholstered in Tiger Silver fabri...
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2010s Italian Modern Chairs

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Cement, Metal, Steel

Shaker Counter Stool Chair by Ambrozia, Walnut, Sandle Vinyl & Brindle Cowhide
Located in Drummondville, Quebec
The shaker modern counter stool chair is handmade to order from our unique Ambrozia black textured steel tubing frame and a premium vinyl upholstered seat & a beautiful cowhide back....
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Chairs

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Steel

Contemporary Dining Chair by Fabio Arcaini Velvet Leather Nabuk
Located in Modugno, IT
Dalia dining chair, a wood padded structure with multi density foams. The seat has swooden frame with interwooden belts and comes in a velvet, leather or nabuk. Dalia is available...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Oak, Walnut, Leather, Fabric, Velvet, Ebony

Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH Magistretti 03 01 Armchair in Red Lacquered Beech
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Vico Magistretti in 2003, the Magistretti 03 01 chair combines the warmth of wood and the timeless elegance of the design language of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH (GTV) wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Paula Dining Chair
Located in Westport, CT
Dining chair with upholstered seat, back and legs. Shown in grey and blue velvet fabric. Brass sabots, polished or brushed. Can be customized to your specifications or COM.
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2010s Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Handmade Italian Garden Chairs in Midnight Blue
Located in New York, NY
Powder-coated metal frame in anthracite for outdoor use Handmade woven back with marine rope. Upholstered seat in midnight blue fabric for outdoor use. Dimensions: Width: 53 cm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Bradshaw Leather and Stamped Brass Occasional Contemporary Chair
Located in Westport, CT
Extraordinary leather and etched brass occasional or lounge chair. Handcrafted in Europe. COM available.  
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2010s Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

In Stock in Los Angeles, Set of 6 Kong Polished Aluminum Chairs, Philippe Starck
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Set of 6 hand-polished, aluminum dining chairs (includes 2 one-armchairs and 4 chairs) Starck first designed the Kong chair for the Chinese restaurant Kong in Paris. The one armed c...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Marble Ionik Stool by Oeuffice
Located in Geneve, CH
Marble Ionik stool by Oeuffice Edition: 12 + 2AP 2014 Dimensions: 25 x 26 x 42 cm Materials: Arabescato Robico marble, Chiampo stone, Biancone marble Kapital is a series of li...
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2010s English Modern Chairs

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Marble

Secreto Armchair in Beechwood Emerald Green Velvet Upholstery, Made in Italy
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Secreto is a little armchair to use with dining table or in a living room, modern and traditional at the same time. Inspired to the traditional Windsor chair with a clear brief brill...
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2010s Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Beech

Secreto Armchair in Beechwood, Purple Velvet Cushion, Made in Italy
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Secreto is a little armchair to use with dining table or in a living room, modern and traditional at the same time. Inspired to the traditional Windsor chair with a clear brief brill...
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2010s Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Beech

Secreto Armchair, Contemporary Design Inspired by Traditional Winsor Chairs
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Modern and traditional, at the same time. Important table armchair; elegant and informal at once. A compact upholstered lounge chair for the living room if necessary. Moulded on a cl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Paint, Beech

Vienna Little Armchair, Contemporary Design Inspired by Straw Traditional Chairs
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Vienna is an extraordinarily comfortable and elegant armchair designed by Emmanuel Gallina who loves to quote Brancusi when saying that “simplicity is complexity resolved”. Inspired ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Beech, Straw

Secreto Armchair, Contemporary Design Inspired by Traditional Winsor Chairs
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Modern and traditional, at the same time. Important table chair; elegant and informal at once. A compact lounge chair for the living room if necessary. Moulded on a clear brief: “cre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Paint, Beech

Vienna Chair, Contemporary Design Inspired by Straw Traditional Chairs
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Vienna is an extraordinarily comfortable and elegant chair designed by Emmanuel Gallina who loves to quote Brancusi when saying that “simplicity is complexity resolved”. Inspired to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Straw, Beech

Vienna Chair, in Beach Wood and Straw, Beige Full Grain Leather Padded Seat
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Vienna is an extraordinarily comfortable and elegant chair designed by Emmanuel Gallina who loves to quote Brancusi when saying that “simplicity is complexity resolved”. Inspired to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Straw, Beech

Secreto Armchair in Beechwood, Anthracite Grey Felt Cushion, Made in Italy
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Secreto is a little armchair to use with dining table or in a living room, modern and traditional at the same time. Inspired to the traditional Windsor chair with a clear brief brill...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Beech, Velvet

Secreto Armchair, Contemporary Design Inspired by Traditional Winsor Chairs
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 necessary. Moulded on a clear brief: “creating an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Beech, Paint

Vienna Little Armchair Canaletto, Minimalist Design and Tradition
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Vienna is an extraordinarily comfortable and elegant armchair designed by Emmanuel Gallina who loves to quote Brancusi when saying that “simplicity is complexity resolved”. Inspired ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Beech, Straw

Vienna Chair, Contemporary Design Inspired by Straw Traditional Chairs
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Vienna is an extraordinarily comfortable and elegant chair designed by Emmanuel Gallina who loves to quote Brancusi when saying that “simplicity is complexity resolved”. Inspired to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Beech, Straw

Molteni&C Chelsea Chair Rodolfo Dordoni Design Dark Grey Fabrics
Located in New York, NY
A dining chair without arms that carries the essence of contemporary design and the memory of tradition. 100% made in Italy Solid wood structure Perfect seating solution for bot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Flat Bar Brno Armchair, Volo/Black Leather Upholstery & Gold Frame
Located in East Greenville, PA
Designed by Mies van der Rohe for his renowned Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, the Brno chair reflects the groundbreaking simplicity of its original environment. The design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Gold Plate, Steel

Tubular Brno Arm Chair, Ultrasuede/Black Onyx Upholstery & Satin Chrome Frame
Located in East Greenville, PA
Designed by Mies van der Rohe for his renowned Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, the Brno Chair reflects the groundbreaking simplicity of its original environment. The design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Steel

Flat Bar Brno Arm Chair, Knoll Velvet/Aviator Upholstery & Gold Frame
Located in East Greenville, PA
Designed by Mies van der Rohe for his renowned Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, the Brno Chair reflects the groundbreaking simplicity of its original environment. The design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Gold Plate, Steel

Tubular Brno Arm Chair, Ultrasuede/Mink Upholstery & Satin Chrome Frame
Located in East Greenville, PA
Designed by Mies van der Rohe for his renowned Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, the Brno Chair reflects the groundbreaking simplicity of its original environment. The design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Steel

Tahiti Armchair in Leather by Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors
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 Chairs

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Wood, Leather

HOLLY HUNT Luna Dining Chair in Walnut Dusk Finish with Upholstered Seat
Located in Chicago, IL
HOLLY HUNT Luna dining chair in walnut dusk finish with upholstered seat. At the top of its class in finish and construction, this chair is the quintessential side chair design. Easi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

HOLLY HUNT Shadow Dining Chair in Aluminum Frame with Leather Upholstered Seat
Located in Chicago, IL
HOLLY HUNT Shadow dining chair in aluminum frame with leather upholstered seat. Marrying the decadence of design and the challenge of mechanical engineering, the Shadow Counter stool...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Molteni&C Barbican Chair Rodolfo Dordoni Design Brown Leather
Located in New York, NY
A chair suitable for all types of interiors. 100% made in Italy Solid wood structure Perfect seating solution for both residential and hospitality spaces Design Rodolfo Dordoni.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Leather

Molteni&C Woody Chair Set of 2 Francesco Meda Design Natural Wood
Located in New York, NY
Woody sums up the essence of contemporary design and recalls tradition. Two chairs 100% Made in Italy A minimal stylised structure in solid wood. Perfect seating solution for ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Wood

Molteni&C Woody Chair Set of 2 Francesco Meda Design Black Stained Wood
Located in New York, NY
Woody sums up the essence of contemporary design and recalls tradition. Two chairs 100% made in Italy A minimal stylised structure in solid wood. Perfect seating solution for ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Flat Bar Brno Arm Chair, Knoll Velvet/Sandstone Upholstery & Gold Frame
Located in East Greenville, PA
Designed by Mies van der Rohe for his renowned Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, the Brno Chair reflects the groundbreaking simplicity of its original environment. The design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Gold Plate, Steel

Tubular Brno Arm Chair, Sabrina/White Leather Upholstery & Satin Chrome Frame
Located in East Greenville, PA
Designed by Mies van der Rohe for his renowned Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, the Brno Chair reflects the groundbreaking simplicity of its original environment. The design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Steel

Four Seasons Barstool, Volo/Parchment Leather & Gold Base
Located in East Greenville, PA
Originally created for the Four Seasons Restaurant at the Seagram Building in New York, this design is believed to be a collaborative effort between Mies, who designed the building, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Steel

Four Seasons Barstool, Volo/Black Leather & Gold Base
Located in East Greenville, PA
Originally created for the Four Seasons Restaurant at the Seagram Building in New York, this design is believed to be a collaborative effort between Mies, who designed the building, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Steel

Fried Egg Monochrome Chair, by Hans Olsen from Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
A unique asymmetrical lounge chair, designed by the highly acclaimed Danish architect, Hans Olsen in the 1950s. Fried Egg is also available in an exclusive anniversary edition with s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

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Foam

Fried Egg Chair Sheep Chair, by Hans Olsen from Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
A unique asymmetrical lounge chair, designed by the highly acclaimed Danish architect, Hans Olsen in the 1950s. Fried egg is also available in an exclusive anniversary edition with s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

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Foam

Fried Egg Three Tone Chair, by Hans Olsen from Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
A unique asymmetrical lounge chair, designed by the highly acclaimed Danish architect, Hans Olsen in the 1950s. Fried egg is also available in an exclusive anniversary edition with s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

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Foam