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


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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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


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

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Apollo Dining Chair, Dark Brass Frame and Ivory Boucle by Lara Bohinc, in Stock
By Lara Bohinc
Located in London, GB
The Apollo dining chair creates its own graceful simplicity, by presenting its fine metal loops outwards at each side, rather than to the front. The structural loops are configured t...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Chairs

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Metal, Brass

"Julia" Chair in Ebony Finish Solid Wood and Customized Handwoven
By Alessandra Delgado
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
When she created Julia chair, Alessandra Delgado wanted a piece with delicate features, exploring the curves of the wood with a design inspired by the master designer Joaquim Tenreir...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Canvas, Wood, Velvet, Polyester

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

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Brass

Ghidini 1961 Love Chair Malachite in Polished Brass by Nika Zupanc
By Nika Zupanc, Ghidini 1961
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Love is all around. Clench yours tight, hold it close, and bestow on it the shiny perch it so wishes it deserved. Love chair for Ghidini 1961 provides a sumptuously soft landing for ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Brass

Taupe Open Pore Leather Mex Cube Ottoman, Cassina
By Cassina
Located in Tulsa, OK
Mex Cube, designed by Piero Lissoni for Cassina sets out to be a system marked by extreme versatility as well as unsurpassed quality construction. Cushion structure starts with tubul...
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2010s Italian Modern Chairs

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Leather

Mono Block Chair, Isac Elam Kaid
Mono block chair - Isac Elam Kaid Each chair is unique and hand-sculpted by Isac Elam Kaid Dimensions: 76 W x 61 D x 61 H cm Materials: Casting cement, epoxy resin, mixed-media ...
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2010s Canadian Modern Chairs

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Cement

Paula Dining Chair
By Unknown
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

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Brass

Ensemble of 3 Mono Block Chairs, Isac Elam Kaid
Ensemble of 3 mono block chairs, Isac Elam Kaid Each chair is unique and hand-sculpted by Isac Elam Kaid Dimensions: 50 W x 61 D x 61 H cm Materials: Casting cement, epoxy resin, ...
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2010s Canadian Modern Chairs

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Cement

Contemporary Rattan Dining Chair Set of 8, Walnut/Cream Linen
By Unknown
Located in New York, NY
The simple yet sophisticated chair features a solid wood structure in walnut finish with varnish. Upholstered seat in cream linen and back in natural rattan canvas. Anti-noise sl...
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2010s South American Modern Chairs

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Rattan, Wood

Osprey Lounge Chair with Walnut Frame and Leather Upholstery
By Phloem Studio
Located in Stevenson, WA
Phloem Studio osprey lounge chair is a modern contemporary lounge chair with a exposed solid walnut hardwood frame that cradles an upholstered shell, with leather upholstery. The fra...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Hardwood

Langston Bar Chair with Walnut Legs and Brass Stretcher
By Unknown
Located in Westport, CT
Upholstered in velvet or leather, a Classic design radiates from this chair’s modern lines. The Langston bar chair features solid walnut legs with brass accents.
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2010s Modern Chairs

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Brass

Green Covered Modern Wing Chair with Walnut, Cassina
By Cassina
Located in Tulsa, OK
The P22 armchair is a modern tribute to classic forms of the past. It is a balanced combination of timeless design and comfort, an inviting armchair that stands out also for its mode...
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2010s Italian Modern Chairs

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Walnut

'Set of 8, Shaker Chair by Ambrozia, Walnut, Black Steel, Leather & Cow Hide
By AMBROZIA
Located in Drummondville, Quebec
Here' s a set of 8 Shaker modern chair. They are handmade to order from our unique Ambrozia black textured steel tubing frame with a leather upholstered seat and Cow Hide Hair back. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Chairs

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Steel

10 Chair in Lucite and Steel by Jacques Charpentier
By Jacques Charpentier
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
10 transparent Lucite chairs with chrome structure Designed by Jacques Charpertier, circa 1970. Small production retailed and produced By Jacques Charpentier. Good condition.  
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1970s French Vintage Modern Chairs

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Lucite

6 Custom Upholstered Bar Stools
Custom made bar stools in a dark green velour, with brass trim, five with backs, one without. Measurements are estimated.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Fabric

Myla Bar Chair
By Unknown
Located in Westport, CT
The Myla bar chair features a classic design with bright cotton velvet, contrasting piping and brass accents. Standard fabric options are velvet and leather. COM available. Metal d...
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2010s Modern Chairs

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Brass

"Oscar" Minimalist Chair in Solid Jequitibá Wood and Handwoven
By Alessandra Delgado
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
When she created Oscar chair, Alessandra Delgado was inspired by the master architect Oscar Niemeyer´s work. The Oscar chair is made of solid wood and although very sturdy it is ligh...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Wood, Leather, Canvas, Velvet, Polyester

Francis Easy Chair with Walnut Frame and Leather Upholstery
By Phloem Studio
Located in Stevenson, WA
Phloem Studio Francis easy chair is a modern contemporary oversized easy chair with a exposed solid walnut hardwood frame with an upholstered shell seat and back, with leather uphols...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Hardwood

Ghidini 1961 Leporello Senior Dark Durmast Barstool in Brass by Paolo Rizzatto
By Ghidini 1961, Paolo Rizzatto
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Bar stool in brass and dark durmast The height-adjustable stool, subject of which you can appreciate the adaptability with a gesture, in different contexts and users, becomes a prec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Brass

Langston Dining Chair
By Unknown
Located in Westport, CT
Upholstered in velvet or leather, a Classic design radiates from this chair’s modern lines. The Langston dining chair features solid walnut legs with brass accents. COM available.
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2010s Modern Chairs

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Brass

Contemporary "Lane" Leather, Brass & Wood Sling Chair by Alex Drew & No One
By Alex Drew & No One
Located in Ferndale, MI
The “Lane” lounge chair is from the 2018 collection of Alex Drew & No One. Inspired by traditional craftsmanship while incorporating a modern edge, AD&NO's work plays on light, textu...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Aluminum, Copper, Metal, Brass

Bubble Hanging Swing Chair
By Joanina and David Pastoll
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 Modern Chairs

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Steel

Sling Hanging Swing Chair
By Joanina and David Pastoll
Located in Johannesburg, ZA
Stripped away from all excess, this hanging chair has a circular frame with a single sheet of leather or fabric hanging loose within it, to create a sleek, sexy, and oh so comfortabl...
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2010s South African Modern Chairs

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Steel

Molteni&C D.156.3 Armchair in Glossy Black Lacquered Wood & Chenille, Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, this armchair, designed by Gio Ponti and produced for Altamira, an American company founded by the nephew of the Spaniard De Cuevas, was di...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Chenille

Molteni&C D.235.2 Montecatini Dining or Studio Chair in Leather by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection, this dining or office chair is a re-make of the D.235.2 designed initially in 1935 by Gio Ponti for the first Montecatini building at Largo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

Molteni&C Miss Woven Dining Chair in Natural Ashwood by Tobia Scarpa
By Molteni & C, Tobia Scarpa
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection is a re-make of the Miss chair, designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in 1986. The form is linked to a system of soft, unbroken, linear rhythms....
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Ash

Molteni&C D.154.2 Armchair in Velvet by Gio Ponti
By Molteni & C, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, this armchair, was designed for one of the projects closest to Gio Ponti’s heart, the villa of the Planchart collectors in Caracas, (1953-1...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Velvet

Molteni&C D.151.4 Armchair in Linen Fabric by Gio Ponti
By Molteni & C, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection, the D.151.4 armchair, is a designed coming from Gio Ponti passion about nautical furnishings. Gio Ponti gained direct experience in four oc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Linen

Molteni&C D.151.4 Armchair in Boucle Fabric by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection, the D.151.4 armchair, is a designed coming fro Gio Ponti passion about nautical furnishings. Gio Ponti gained direct experience in four oce...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Bouclé

Molteni&C D.153.1 Armchair in Leather by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, this armchair is a re-make of the D.153.1 designed initially in 1934 by Gio Ponti his own residence in Via Dezza in Milan. This re-editi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Leather

Molteni&C D.153.1 Armchair in Velvet by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection, this armchair is a re-make of the D.153.1 designed initially in 1934 by Gio Ponti his own residence in Via Dezza in Milan. This re-editi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

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Linen

Molteni&C D.156.3 Armchair in Glossy Black Laquered Wood & Leather by Gio Ponti
By Molteni & C, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection, this armchair, designed by Gio Ponti and produced for Altamira, an American company founded by the nephew of the Spaniard De Cuevas, was di...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Molteni&C D.151.4 Armchair in Chenille Fabric by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection, the D.151.4 armchair, is a designed coming from Gio Ponti passion about nautical furnishings. Gio Ponti gained direct experience in four oc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Chenille

Molteni&C D.156.3 Armchair in Glossy Black Lacquered Wood and Canvas, Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, this armchair, designed by Gio Ponti and produced for Altamira, an American company founded by the nephew of the Spaniard De Cuevas, was di...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Canvas

Molteni&C D.156.3 Armchair in American Walnut structure & Chenille by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection, the D.156.3 armchair, designed by Gio Ponti and produced for Altamira, an American company founded by the nephew of the Spaniard De Cuevas,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Chenille

Molteni&C D.156.3 Armchair in Glossy Black Lacquered Wood and Linen by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, this armchair, Designed by Gio Ponti and produced for Altamira, an American company founded by the nephew of the Spaniard De Cuevas, was di...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Linen

Molteni&C D.235.1 Montecatini Dining or Studio Chair in Aluminium by Gio Ponti
By Molteni & C, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection, this dining or office chair is a re-make of the D.235.1 designed initially in 1935 by Gio Ponti. Gio Ponti designed everything for the firs...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Angle Chair in Maharam Envy Fabric with Hardwood Frame by TRNK
By TRNK
Located in South El Monte, CA
The Angle chair is a simple, sculptural statement piece. Designed in-house by TRNK, we sought out to create a chair that is comfortable, statement-making and small-space friendly by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Hardwood, Fabric

Angle Chair in Maharam Ultramarine Fabric with Hardwood Frame by TRNK
By TRNK
Located in South El Monte, CA
The Angle chair is a simple, sculptural statement piece. Designed in-house by TRNK, we sought out to create a chair that is comfortable, statement-making and small-space friendly by ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Hardwood

Arc Chair in Twine Velvet with Hardwood Frame by TRNK
By TRNK
Located in South El Monte, CA
The Arc chair is a simple, sculptural statement piece. Designed in-house by TRNK, we sought out to create a chair that is comfortable, statement-making and small-space friendly by ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Hardwood

Arc Chair in Sienna Velvet with Hardwood Frame by TRNK
By TRNK
Located in South El Monte, CA
The Arc chair is a simple, sculptural statement piece. Designed in-house by TRNK, we sought out to create a chair that is comfortable, statement-making and small-space friendly by ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Hardwood

Metal Organic Loop Chair by Julian Mayor
By Julian Mayor
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The organic loop chair is a welded mirror stainless steel work by British artist Julian Mayor. Conceived as four loops with three surfaces represented in the mirror steel, these surf...
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2010s English Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rossana Orlandi Sdraia Durmast Chair by Matteo Casalegno
By Rossana Orlandi
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Matteo Casalegno Research and aesthetics, materials and function, experimentation and techniques are the basis of his work. He studies new forms of expression, some...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Seletti "Snakes" Upholstered Armchair by Toiletpaper Magazine
By Seletti, Toiletpaper
Located in New York, NY
The traditional design of these 1950s style seats are upholstered with unexpected surreal images. The images of the Toiletpaper magazine invade furniture and become comfortable objec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Polyester

Glenda Chair by Julian Mayor
By Julian Mayor
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Glenda chair is a welded mirror stainless steel work by British artist Julian Mayor. The welding lines create a counterpoint to the mirrored structure and the heat distortion add...
Category

2010s English Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rossana Orlandi Sdraia Larch Chair by Matteo Casalegno
By Rossana Orlandi
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Matteo Casalegno Research and aesthetics, materials and function, experimentation and techniques are the basis of his work. He studies new forms of expression, some...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Seletti "Revolver" Upholstered Armchair by Toiletpaper Magazine
By Toiletpaper, Seletti
Located in New York, NY
The Traditional design of these 1950s style seats are upholstered with unexpected surreal images. The images of the Toiletpaper magazine invade furniture and become comfortable objec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

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Polyester, Wood

Normann Copenhagen Medium Silo Pouf by Hans Hornemann
The Silo pouf takes its name from its simple cylindrical shape, which forms a strict contrast to the vibrant upholstery. Luxurious, woven textiles from the Italian manufacturer Imate...
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21st Century and Contemporary Lithuanian Modern Chairs

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Plywood

Seletti "Lipsticks" Upholstered Armchair by Toiletpaper Magazine
By Toiletpaper, Seletti
Located in New York, NY
The Traditional design of these 1950s style seats are upholstered with unexpected surreal images. The images of the Toiletpaper magazine invade furniture and become comfortable objec...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Polyester

Seletti "Revolver" Upholstered Occasional Chair by Toiletpaper
By Toiletpaper, Seletti
Located in New York, NY
Mix and match the wildest graphics designed by Toiletpaper and get the most iconic dining room of all. - Material: Fabrics in polyester, frame in wood with polyurethane padding an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

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Polyester, Wood

Seletti "Shit" Upholstered Occasional Chair by Toiletpaper
By Toiletpaper, Seletti
Located in New York, NY
Mix and match the wildest graphics designed by Toiletpaper and get the most iconic dining room of all. - Material: fabrics in polyester, frame in wood with polyurethane padding an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

Materials

Polyester, Wood

Fernando Copper Chair by Julian Mayor
By Julian Mayor
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Fernando chair is a welded mirror finish copper work by British artist Julian Mayor. The welding lines create a counterpoint to the mirrored structure and the heat distortion add...
Category

2010s English Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Seletti "Snakes" Upholstered Occasional Chair by Toiletpaper
By Toiletpaper, Seletti
Located in New York, NY
Mix and match the wildest graphics designed by Toiletpaper and get the most iconic dining room of all. - Material: fabrics in polyester, frame in wood with polyurethane padding an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

Materials

Polyester, Wood

Seletti "Flowers" Upholstered Armchair by Toiletpaper Magazine
By Toiletpaper, Seletti
Located in New York, NY
The Traditional Design of these 1950s style seats are upholstered with unexpected surreal images. The images of the Toiletpaper magazine invade furniture and become comfortable objec...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

Materials

Polyester, Wood

Seletti "Shit" Upholstered Armchair by Toiletpaper Magazine
By Toiletpaper, Seletti
Located in New York, NY
The Traditional design of these 1950s style seats are upholstered with unexpected surreal images. The images of the Toiletpaper magazine invade furniture and become comfortable objec...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

Materials

Polyester, Wood

Seletti "Lipsticks" Upholstered Occasional Chair by Toiletpaper
By Toiletpaper, Seletti
Located in New York, NY
Mix and match the wildest graphics designed by Toiletpaper and get the most iconic dining room of all. - Material: Fabrics in polyester, frame in wood with polyurethane padding an...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

Materials

Polyester, Wood

Rossana Orlandi Sdraia Walnut Chair by Matteo Casalegno
By Rossana Orlandi
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Matteo Casalegno Research and aesthetics, materials and function, experimentation and techniques are the basis of his work. He studies new forms of expression, some...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Lupo Chair with Steel Chair Frame and Fur Coat Seat by Atelier Von Pelt
By Rossana Orlandi
Located in Milan, IT
A black steel chair frame. A fur coat (wolf, goat) in size M/ L. The coat has straps attached to convert it into a seat, thus making the chair functional and complete. Materials: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

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