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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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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
Modern Laurence Dining Chair, DEDAR Beige Chenille, Handmade Portugal Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Laurence Chair, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Laurence moderndining chair wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood, Wool

Fledermaus Chair by Josef Hoffman (Model 728)
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fledermaus Chair by Josef Hoffmann for Jacob and Josef Kohn, crafted in bent beechwood with wooden spheres at the joinery points (Model 728). An example of exceptional bentwood craft...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Beech

Unique Modern Piece of Werner Schmidt, 1990 "Faltsessel" Beechwood Folding Chair
Located in Vienna, AT
This unique piece is a prototype, that never went in production. Material used is beechwood. Technical data Width 57 cm (22.44 inch) Height 83 cm (32.68 inch) Depth 47 cm (18.5 inch...
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Late 20th Century Austrian Modern Chairs

Materials

Beech

Prouve for Vitra Standard Chair/ 3 available!
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Jean Prouve Standard Chair designed originally in 1934 and later produced by Vitra. Three Chairs available! Priced individually! These chairs date to about 2000, at some point the...
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Early 2000s German Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Valérie Dementhon Avant-Garde Pair of Side Chairs Edition NORD-SUD France 1990s
Located in Tilburg, NL
Valérie Dementhon Avant-Garde Pair of Side Chairs Edition NORD-SUD France 1990s This is a very special sculptural pair of side chairs by Valérie Dementhon (1965 -) for French high-e...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Resin, Wood

Unique Pair of Richard Lee 'Bathsheba' Side Chairs in Oak and Hazel UK 1994
Located in Tilburg, NL
Unique Pair of Richard Lee 'Bathsheba' Side Chairs in Oak and Hazel, United Kingdom, 1994. This is a truly unique pair of English side chairs by cabinetmaker Richard Lee who is a st...
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Late 20th Century British Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Bentwood

21st Century, Modern, Maçka Chair, Stainless Steel Structure & Upholstery
Located in İstanbul, İstanbul
Maçka, defined by its juxtaposed simple geometrical forms, is a seating collection consisting of dining & corner chairs, bar stool and love & lounge benches. The designs elegantly re...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Set of 6 solid wood "Oscar" chairs with natural leather fabric
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

Materials

Leather, Wood

Oscar Small Dining Chair, in Special Bouclé Fabric, Handcrafted by Duistt
Located in Leça da Palmeira, PT
Oscar Small Dining Chair, in Special Bouclé Fabric, Handcrafted by Duistt Inspired by the poetic curved lines of Oscar Niemeyer’s architecture, Oscar armchair allures for its sensua...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Custom Made Dining Chair with Curved Ergonomic Back For Exceptional Comfort
Located in NEW YORK, NY
This stylish and versatile piece of furniture is known for its contemporary design and exceptional comfort. Created to blend modern aesthetics with ergonomic functionality, key featu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Chair AXE by WOO
Located in Kyiv, UA
Axe is a chair with a T-shaped back and a rounded line of armrests. A combination of laconic aesthetics and uncompromised comfort for a home or public space. Soft textile cladding is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ukrainian Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Chair AXE by WOO
Chair AXE by WOO
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Modern Grand Pouf White Cotton Bouclé Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Grand Pouf, Modern Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by GF Modern. A comfy pouf stool with a luxurious touch. Upholstered in white cotton bouclé fabric, Grand stands out ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Bouclé, Oak

Contemporary Velvet Dining Armchair with Solid Wood Frame In Walnut Finish
Located in NEW YORK, NY
The armchair is a contemporary seating option that combines modern aesthetics with functional design. This chair features a solid wood base and is upholstered in high performance lu...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Phantom, sedia interamente rivestita, Stefano Bigi Design Studio per Eroato
Located in Meda, IT
Grazie alle forme sottili e lineari, la sedia Phantom si presenta leggera e slanciata, ma non nasconde le sue caratteristiche forme sinuose.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Arches II Dining Chair, Walnut & Tan, InsidherLand by Joana Santos Barbosa
Located in Maia, Porto
The Arches II dining chair is designed in the likeness of the architectural scale that suggests a crossing through the structures of a utopian city, organized by the principles of sy...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Oak, Walnut

Set of six chairs Guillerme et Chambron
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
a set of 6 chairs in oak and fabric
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1970s Vintage Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Contemporary Dining Chair with Minimalist Aesthetic, Water Repellent Boucle'
Located in NEW YORK, NY
This minimalist dining chair exemplifies modern sophistication and comfort. It features a fully upholstered design, providing a seamless, elegant look that harmoniously blends with c...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Midcentury Modern Style Barstool With Cane Backrest & Brass Detailing
Located in NEW YORK, NY
The barstool brings the timeless elegance of the 50's to a new contemporary design level. This barstool maintains the classic design elements while offering the elevated seating need...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Maple Wood Steel Plank Plane Lounge Chair Bench Attr. Jason Meyers
Located in Houston, TX
An artisanal ookmatched lacquered maple hardwood and steel plane plank chair bench Provenance: Christel DeHaan's Linden House
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Early 2000s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of wicker egg chairs by Bonacina 1960s
Located in Padova, IT
Leader in the production of this type of object, each piece by Bonacina is handcrafted by skilled craftsmen who, with care and experience, bend the reeds, weave and intertwine the ma...
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1960s Italian Vintage Modern Chairs

Materials

Wicker

Caillou Chair
Located in Faenza, Ravenna
Precious velvets that are unmistakable to the touch, geometric and refined textures that chase the elegant structure, or again, leather with all the character.
Category

2010s Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fir

Set of 8 Tito Agnoli x Matteo Grassi Model Sistina Oxred Leather Dining Chairs
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
A set of 8 dining chairs for Matteo Grassi. This is a stunning, large set of dining chairs. These chairs are designed by Tito Agnoli for Matteo Grassi, and they are a part of the Sis...
Category

20th Century Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Customizable DIning Chair Designed For Exceptional Comfort
Located in NEW YORK, NY
This stylish and versatile piece of furniture is known for its contemporary design and exceptional comfort. Created to blend modern aesthetics with ergonomic functionality, key featu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Modern Laurence Dining Chairs, Nubuck Leather, Handmade Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Laurence Chair, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Laurence leather dining chair ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Customizable Designer Chair with Curved Backrest and Ergonomic Design
Located in NEW YORK, NY
This beautifully crafted, elegant piece of furniture combines classic design elements with modern comfort and versatility. Its high-quality materials, customizable options, and metic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Modern Laurence Dining Chairs, DEDAR Velvet, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Laurence Chair, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Laurence leather dining chair was created with the artistic intent of reimagining the image of women within the contemporary furniture design. With an elegant and daring silhouette, this DEDAR velvet...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Modern Laurence Dining Chairs, DEDAR Velvet, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Laurence Chair, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Laurence leather dining chair was created with the artistic intent of reimagining the image of women within the contemporary furniture design. With an elegant and daring silhouette, this Dedar velvet...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Modern Laurence Dining Chairs, Leather, Handmade in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Laurence Chair, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Laurence leather dining chair ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Modern Anjos Dining Chairs Set/6, Leather Oak, Handmade Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Anjos Chair, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Anjos dining chair draws inspirat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood, Oak

Customizable Designer Chair In Scratch-Resistant PU Leather
Located in NEW YORK, NY
This minimalist chair is a striking piece of furniture that combines modern aesthetics with traditional craftsmanship. Chair Overview Design Contemporary Style: The Frank Chair feat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Faux Leather

Pair of Vintage 'Plia' Folding Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli
Located in Zagreb, HR
''The Symbol of a new era focused on plastic.'' That is how the Plia chair was presented in 1967 at the Fiera del Mobile in Milan. Designed by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli,...
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1960s Italian Vintage Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Utopia Outdoor Armchair by Lara Bohinc, Lavender, Cork, Garden
Located in Holland, AMSTERDAM
This armchair has a ballooning cellular form, as if constantly growing outwards, multiplying itself to overtake the surrounding space and embodies a Utopian dream of abundant, ever growing nature. There are four lilac armchairs...
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2010s English Modern Chairs

Materials

Cork

Contemporary Nelligan Chair
Located in Mexico City, MX
The Nelligan chair emerges as an unfinished structure, rooted within the internal confines of the solidity of a cube. This latter, envisioned as the epitome of stability, stands in s...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Modern Laurence Dining Chairs, XL Size, Nubuck, Handmade Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Laurence Chair, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Laurence leather dining chair ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Lula Chair, Stripe Silk & Black Lacquer by Christian Siriano
Located in New York, NY
Made to order silk and lacquer accent chair designed by Christian Siriano. Fabric: Black/grey stripe silk (available in custom fabric) Base: Black Lacquered Maple (available in cust...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Maple, Silk

Lucien Dining Chair, Ivory Bouclé & Wood by Christian Siriano
Located in New York, NY
Made to order wood & bouclé dining chair designed by Christian Siriano. Fabric: Ivory Bouclé (available in custom fabric) Base: Red Oak Wood (available in custom finish) Dimensions...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Bouclé, Oak

Modern Laurence Dining Chairs, XL Size, Nubuck, Handmade Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Lisboa, PT
Laurence Chair, Contemporary Collection, Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Designed by Rute Martins for the Contemporary Collection, the Laurence leather dining chair ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

BLOC Cube Upholstered Lucite Chair in Burgundy by Caroline Chao
Located in New York, NY
As seen in: Sight Unseen, Interior Design Magazine, Surface Magazine BLOC Cube Chair is part of a five-piece collection of sculptural upholstered and mixed-material furniture. BLOC ...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Acrylic, Foam, Lucite, Wood

Shaker Modern Dining Chair by AMBROZIA, Black Leather, Walnut & Black Steel
Located in Drummondville, Quebec
The Shaker modern dining chair is handmade to order from our unique Ambrozia black textured steel tubing frame. Available in a large variety of premium vinyls colors or leather in op...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Tumbona Alza, Mexican Contemporary Lounge Chair by Emiliano Molina for Cuchara
Located in Ciudad De México, ME
La Tumbona Alza se manifiesta como un espacio en sí. Fiel a lo que Cuchara trata de mantener como punto de partida: la búsqueda de la ergonomía emprendida en caminos de lo elemental ...
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2010s Mexican Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Oak, Walnut

Shaker Modern Side Chair by AMBROZIA, Utah Mink Leather, Walnut & Black Steel
Located in Drummondville, Quebec
The Shaker modern dining chair is handmade to order from our unique Ambrozia black textured steel tubing frame. Available in a large variety of premium vinyls colors or leather in op...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Lois Dining Chair, Shearling & Ratan by Christian Siriano
Located in New York, NY
Made to order ivory shearing seat and ratan back designed by Christian Siriano. Fabric: Ivory Shearling (available in custom fabric) Base: Maple (available in custom finish) Dime...
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2010s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak, Sheepskin

Modern Robert Marinelli Le Caprice Designer Shagreen Desk Arm Chair
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Modern Robert Marinelli Le Caprice Designer Shagreen Desk Arm Chair
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Bold Dining Chair - Barnum 10
Located in Milano, Lombardia
A testament to a new level of modern design, The Bold Dining Chair seamlessly blends form and function, elevating any dining experience with its refined elegance. Decades of design ...
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2010s Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Bouclé, Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Black Bar Stool Suede Upholstery Wood Base & Polished Brass
Located in Porto, PT
Moa Azure Bar Stool is a mid-century modern stool with a square velvet seat with unique softness and refinement tops a pyramidal foot in wood marquetry with polished brass details. H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Pair of Verner Panton Design Within Reach Vitra 727 White Side Accent Chairs
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
A pair of Verner Panton Design Within Reach Vitra 727 side accent chairs. A lovely piece of design featuring a single piece construction. These chairs have an organic, but abstract p...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic

Repose Bar Stool w. Backrest, Tan Leather & Aged Brass Powdered Coating Frame
Located in Alcoy, Alicante
The “Repose” contemporary stool belongs to a collection that revisit the director chair collection, serene pieces where exclusivity and precision are shown in small details such as t...
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2010s Spanish Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Contemporary Dining Chair 'Flock CS2' by Noom, Wool Pink Fabric
Located in Paris, IDF
Designer: Kateryna Sokolova Materials: wood, plywood, metal, molded foam, textile Available in a wide range of colors and other finishes and fabrics on request. Dimensions: H 78 cm, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ukrainian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wool, Bouclé

Set of Four No.811 Chairs, Josef Hoffmann, 1960s
Located in London, GB
A vintage set of four beech Model 811 chairs designed by Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann in the mid to late 1920s. The chair was featured on the front cover of Thonet-Mundus' catal...
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1960s Italian Vintage Modern Chairs

Materials

Linen, Beech

Set of 4 Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Black Cushioned Dining Armchairs
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
A set of 4 Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin armchairs. A wonderful set of whimsically patterned armchairs. These chairs are finished with a playful pat...
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20th Century American Modern Chairs

Materials

Polyester, Wood

Iconic Eero Aarnio Giant Ball Chair
Located in New York, NY
he Leather Ball Chair Designed by Eero Aarnio 1963 Designed by Eero Aarnio 1963 Designed by Eero Aarnio 1963 Designed by Eero Aarnio 1963 The Ball Chair was designed in the early 196...
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2010s Finnish Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

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

Materials

Leather, Velvet, Polyester, Wood

Guillerme et Chambron, Set of 6 Oak Chairs, Edition Votre Maison, circa 1960
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Guillerme et Chambron, set of six oak chairs. Edition Votre Maison, circa 1970. the fabric is in good condition  
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Mid-20th Century French Modern Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Baleri Italia Juliette Stackable Chair in Black Steel by Hannes Wettstein
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Out of the frenetic turmoil of Wettstein’s design activity, one day emerged the idea of a chair; defying all known logic, the structure of the back, curved forwards. With this idea a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Modern Classic Dining Chairs with Nail Trim Detailing By Munna Design
By Munna Design Studio
Located in NEW YORK, NY
This Chair is the epitome of serenity inducing design. With an embracing silhouette and luxurious deep seat, its sensuous curves and comfortable back perfectly adapt to the body. The...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Fen Hua Chair by objective OBJECT Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Fen Hua Chair by objective OBJECT Studio Dimensions: D 48 x W 56 x H 95 cm Materials: Limestone, wood. objective OBJECT an embodiment of our archite...
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2010s Chinese Modern Chairs

Materials

Limestone

Wen Chair by objective OBJECT Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Wen Chair by objective OBJECT Studio Dimensions: D 45.5 x W 53.5 x H 78.5 cm Materials: Wood. objective OBJECT an embodiment of our architectural e...
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2010s Chinese Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Graffiti Project Chair by Wonwoo Koo
Located in Geneve, CH
Graffiti Project Chair by Wonwoo Koo Dimensions: D 75.4 x W 37 x H 83.9 cm. Materials: Oak wood veneer. Different color options are available: black, beige, white gray, blue or oran...
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2010s South Korean Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

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, building and garden elements, more furniture and collectibles and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, fabric and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Modern chairs made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and Scandinavia pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original chairs, popular names associated with this style include Finn Juhl, Jover + Valls, Emeco, and Kartell. 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 $25 and tops out at $103,950 while the average work can sell for $2,723.

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