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Post-Modern Chairs

POSTMODERN STYLE

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

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Style: Post-Modern
David Mazel Tov LifeGuard Chair, Handcrafted Maple Coastal Inspiration Seating
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This chair is named in honor of the famous lifeguard. David Mazel Tov is a design focused on perspectives and it allows two people to co-exist in a space with different points of vie...
Category

2010s Canadian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Rattan, Maple

Egge Lounge Chair by Atra Design
By ATRA
Located in Geneve, CH
Egge lounge chair by Atra Design Dimensions: D 83.9 x W 105.6 x H 62.9 cm Materials: boulé fabric, brass Atra Design We are Atra, a furniture brand produced by Atra form a mexi...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Set of 4 Sheepskin WNG Chairs by Mazo Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 sheepskin WNG chairs by Mazo Design Dimensions: W 60 x D 50 x H 76 cm Materials: oak, sheepskin. Also available: DAW/Royal, KVADRAT/Hallingdal & Fiord, BUTE/Storr, KVADR...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Other

Frag Italy Set of Four '4' Stitched Leather Side Chairs Style of Mario Bellini
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An Italian set of four (4) red burgundy stitched leather side or dining chairs by design company Frag. Made in Italy as marked. 100% leather. Similar in style to the Cassina leather ...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

2 Gliss 920 Chairs by Claudio Dondoli & MarCo Pocci, 'Price is for 1 Chair'
Located in London, GB
Price is for 1 chair, happy to sell singly or as a pair. The Gliss 920 armchair, designed and manufactured in Italy by Claudio Dondoli and Marco Pocci of the Archirivolto studio f...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Chrome Frame Lounge Chair After Baughman
Located in New York, NY
Chic and stylish club, lounge chair having bright chrome D shaped continuous arm, leg elements, and upholstered seats and back rests. The chair is in very fine, original, clean and r...
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Mid-20th Century American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Postmodern Steelcase Office Desk Dining Chair
Located in New York, NY
Chic architectural side chair by noted American furniture maker, Steelcase. The chair features an orange tweed continuous seat and back, with white plastic exterior shell, on chrome ...
Category

1970s American Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Red Top, Ink Dining Chair by Masaya
Located in Geneve, CH
Red top, ink dining chair by Masaya Dimensions: W54 x D58 x H63/79 cm Materials: brass Also available: different colors (gold, polished brass. black, painted brass) and material...
Category

2010s Thai Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Set of 6 Blue and Beechwood Chairs by Farstrup Furniture
Located in Belmont, MA
Farstrup furniture. Six (6) chairs Farstrup furniture. Conference chairs made of polished lacquered beech wood with armrests, stackable, seats and backs covered with blue wool fabric.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Wool, Beech

Kolho Natural Dining Chair by Made By Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Kolho natural dining chair by Made By Choice with Matthew Day Jackson Kolho Collection Dimensions: 54 x 54 x 77 cm Materials: Oak ( Oak veneered plywood natural oak, stained black...
Category

2010s Finnish Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Birch, Plywood

Post Modern Swiss Design Seconda Chairs by Mario Botta for Alias, 1980s
Located in Renens, CH
Set of 6 Seconda chairs by Mario Botta for Alias, 1980s The Seconda chair (1982) is an iconic piece of design, with use of materials that are typical for Botta’s furniture and lam...
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1980s Swiss Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Black Ala Lounge Chair by Atra Design
By ATRA
Located in Geneve, CH
Black Ala lounge chair by Atra Design Dimensions: D 50 x W 46.9 x H 76.9 cm Materials: leather pads, mahogany Available in mahogany or teak. Available in other color. Atra Desi...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Murtoli Sculpted Chair by Jean Grisoni
Located in Geneve, CH
Murtoli sculpted chair by Jean Grisoni Dimensions: D 40 x W 40 x H 85 cm Materials: bronze Patinated bronze chair. Jean Grisoni In recent years, art furniture has become Jea...
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2010s French Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Bronze

Post-Modern Luxury Jaimé Tresserra Casablanca Office Armchair, 1987, Spain
Located in Antwerp, BE
Jaime´ Tresserra Casablanca armchair; Office chair; Tresserra collection; Cognac leather seating; Spanish furniture design; Walnut; Postmodern Luxury Manager's desk chair 'Casabl...
Category

1980s Spanish Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Set of Four Black Leather CAB 412 Chairs by Mario Bellini for Cassina
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A set of four of 20th century Italian design icons in black saddle leather, the CAB 412 chair by Mario Bellini for Cassina. When first produced in 1977, the CAB was the first chair t...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of Gerrit Rietveld for Cassina Postmodern Black Zig Zag Chairs
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
From Le Shoppe Too in Michigan, this pair of Zig Zag chairs are made by Cassina, circa the 1980's. The sculptural wood bases are finished in black and make a nice addition to any mod...
Category

1980s Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Funky Stool Made in 467 Minutes by Minute Manufacturing
Located in Geneve, CH
Funky stool made in 467 Minutes by Minute Manufacturing Dimensions: 42 x 42 x 56 cm Materials: Waste materials Such as cardboard tubes, plastic boxes, leather, clay Minute Manu...
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Clay, Plastic

Kolho Natural Black Dining Chair by Made By Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Kolho Natural black dining chair by Made By Choice with Matthew Day Jackson Kolho Collection Dimensions: 54 x 54 x 77 cm Materials: Oak ( Oak veneered plywood Natural Oak, Stained...
Category

2010s Finnish Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Plywood, Birch

Arco Chair by Dovain Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Arco Chair by Dovain Studio Dimensions: H 85 x W 60 x D 55 x SH 49 cm Materials: Velvet, Wood, Brass detail Dovain Studio Creative direction by Sergio Prieto, a Spanish artist-...
Category

2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Worm Bench III by Clap Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Worm Bench III by Clap Studio Dimensions: D 65 x W 104 x H 50 cm Materials: Plywood, foam CMHR, iron Available in different colors. Custom modules convinations available 8 x curved ...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Iron

Matching Pair of Mid-Century Post Modern Black Rattan Armchairs
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A sculptural pair of armchairs circa 1980's. These feature black rattan frames with light grey tweed cushions.
Category

1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Rattan

Red Rose Lounge Chair by Masanori Umeda for Edra
Located in San Francisco, CA
A three-legged velvet upholstery red rose lounge chair on solid aluminum legs by Masanori Umeda for Edra. Italy, 1990s.
Category

1990s Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Handsculpted Brass Chair, Twigy, Masaya
Located in Geneve, CH
Chair by Masaya Dimensions: 65 x 53 x 50 cm Brass Handsculpted.  
Category

2010s Thai Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Adriano e Paolo Suman Giorgetti Constructivist Armchair, 1984
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Fantastic constructivistic shaped Postmodern armchair designed by designer duo Adriano e Paolo Suman, manufactured by Giorgetti Spa, Italy, 1984. This chair is from the Matrix series...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Plywood

White Femur Dining Chair by Atra Design
By ATRA
Located in Geneve, CH
White Femur dining chair by Atra Design Dimensions: D 58.5 x W 45 x H 85 cm Materials: fabric, walnut Available in leather or fabric seat and in other colors. Atra Design We a...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Set of 4X4, Chair & Object by Studio Verbaan
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4-X4, Chair & Object by Studio Verbaan Custom and Handmade Limited Edition of 12 Dimensions: D 70 x W 70 x H 42 cm (chair), D 45 X W 45 X H 32 cm (object) Materials: Oak w...
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Layered Steel Seat X by Hyungshin Hwang
Located in Geneve, CH
Layered steel seat X by Hyungshin Hwang Dimensions: D 33 x W 27 x H 42 cm Materials: stainless steel Layered Series is the main theme and concept of work of Hwang, who continues...
Category

2010s Korean Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Mario Sabot Sculptural Chairs by Max Papiri
Located in Antwerp, BE
Black lacquer with red edges by Max Papiri, functional art, collectible design Designed on request by and for the private home of Mario Sabot. The intriguing design shows straight ...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood

Set of 6 Postmodern Black Metal and Velluto Dining Chairs by Cattelan Italia
Located in Milano, IT
Set of six 1980s Italian postmodern dining chairs in black metal. The chairs are produced by the famous manufacture of Cattelan Italia designer Maurizio Cattelan. The chairs are made...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Ruud-Jan Kokke Slat Chair, the Netherlands, 1986
Located in Utrecht, NL
Designed by Ruud-Jan Kokke, this slat chair was produced by the Dutch manufactory Spectrum, in 1986 as part of their series called “Kokke-Chairs”. The frame is manually assembled ...
Category

1980s Dutch Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Post Modern Italian Lacquered Set of Four Dining Chairs
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Set of 4 Postmodern lacquered white dining room chairs. Marked made in Italy, in the style of Saporiti. Minor blemishes to the lacquer is at a minimum. Pictured. Size: Seat height i...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Naugahyde, Hardwood

Mario Botta Rare 1982 Chrome Seconda Chairs Italy Alias
Located in San Diego, CA
Mario Botta Seconda Metal - Chrome armchairs Memphis for Alias Italy, 1982 edition with chrome and black leather is a rare version of the Iconic Seconda Mario Botta char. The Seconda...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Brass Sculpted Brass Chair, Misaya
Located in Geneve, CH
Brass sculpted brass chair, Misaya. Dimensions: W 54 x L 58 x H 79 cm (seating: 63). Hand-sculpted chair in brass.  
Category

2010s Thai Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Set of 4 Nuage Armchairs by Pendhapa
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 Nuage armchairs by PENDHAPA Dimensions: D100 x W95 x H70 cm each Materials: Solid black javanese teak, Fabric Weight: 50 kg each Can be made with a base in Solid Oak / POA....
Category

2010s Singaporean Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Stool Made in 296 Minutes by Minute Manufacturing
Located in Geneve, CH
Stool Made in 296 Minutes by Minute Manufacturing Dimensions: W 42 x D 42 x H 46 cm Materials: Waste materials Such as cardboard tubes, plastic boxes, leather, clay Minute Man...
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic, Leather, Clay

Bla' Station, Condeco Chair by Johan Lindau, 2003
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bla' Station Condeco chair Design: Johan Lindau, 2OO3 Chair. Frame of solid oak Very comfortable with extraordinary shaped geometrical structure. Leather and wood in excellent ...
Category

Early 2000s Scandinavian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Alejandro Estrada Bamboo Dining Chairs for Piegatto
By Piegatto
Located in Antwerp, BE
Bamboo dining chairs by Estrada Plywood contour or "S-chair". A tribute of the Guatemalan designer Alejandro Estrada to the iconic Gerrit Rietveld "Zig-Zag" chair, produced by Piegat...
Category

Early 2000s Guatemalan Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Bamboo, Plywood

Laakso Dining Chair, Black by Made By Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Laakso dining chair, black by Made By Choice with Saku Sysiö Dimensions: 56 x 50 x 69 cm Materials: Solid Ash Finishes: Natural Ash / Painted Black Also Available in Oak, Uphol...
Category

2010s Finnish Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Ash

Kastu Black Cognac Leather Chair by Made By Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Kastu black cognac leather chair by Made By Choice Dimensions: 46 x 49 x 81 cm Materials: Plywood Standard finishes: Natural wood / painted black Also available: Kastu black ch...
Category

2010s Finnish Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Plywood, Leather

Set Of 2 Sahara Sheepskin TMBO Lounge Chairs by Mazo Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Set Of 2 Sahara Sheepskin TMBO lounge chairs by Mazo Design Dimensions: W 90 x D 68.5 x H 87 cm Materials: Oak, Sheepskin. Also Available: ROMO/Linara, DAW/Royal, KVADRAT/Remix, KVAD...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Other

Pair of First Chairs by Michele de Lucchi for Memphis
Located in Vienna, AT
Pair of iconic "First Chairs" designed by Michelle de Lucchi for Memphis Milano 1983 in good condition, some scratches to the seat. Priced individually.
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Post Modern Side or Dining Chair by Maurice Villency
Located in New York, NY
Chic high style post modern side, or dining chair, often attributed to Pierre Cardin, we believe it is actually Maurice Villency. This example is in very good, original estate condit...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

6 Cognac Leather Ed Archer Chairs by Philippe Starck for Driade / Aleph
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
The Ed Archer dining chair was designed by Philippe Starck in 1986 for Driade / Aleph. The cognac leather “full dress”, that reaches the floor, strongly opposes to the only polished ...
Category

1990s Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Simplon Dining Chair by Atra Design
By ATRA
Located in Geneve, CH
Simplon dining chair by Atra Design Dimensions: D 47.5 x W 54.1 x H 84.8 cm Materials: white oak wood, boucle linen fabric Seat material available in leather or fabric. Atra De...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak, Fabric

Set of 3 Stackable Chairs Designed by Mario Bellini for Heller, Italy
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice set of 3 stackable chairs designed by Mario Bellini for Heller great colors and condition its like new, made in Italy. Grey, white & black.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic

1/6 Postmodern 1980s Memphis Style Chair, Plywood and Blue Melamine Veneer 1980s
Located in Zagreb, HR
Postmodern chair from the 1980s-1990s Manufactured in Italy by an unknown manufacturer Unique design 6 chairs are available, the price is for one! For buying more than 1 chai...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Post-Modern Pair of Easy Chairs in Chrome and Plastic Wire
Located in Antwerp, BE
Unusual Post-modern Rene Herbst style chairs, France, 1960s Modernist inspired piece designed like a closed chaise longue. The partial translucency of the plastic wire give away ...
Category

1960s European Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Admani Bench by Pendhapa
Located in Geneve, CH
Admani bench by Novocastrian Dimensions: D 126 x W 45 x H 42 cm Materials: Solid black javanese teak, Hand loom Silk Weight: 60 kg The vision behind our collaboration with Hel...
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2010s Singaporean Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Franco Bizzozzero - Enrico Pellizoni 10 Orange Leather "Bizzy" Stacking Chairs
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Model: Bizzy chair. A set of ten chairs by Italian designer Franco Bizzozero for Enrico Pellizzoni. With sleek and clean lines, this design features a trim chromed sled base, and fin...
Category

Early 2000s Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set of 2 Just Rose, Kolho Original Lounge Chairs, MDJ Kuu by Made By Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2, Just Rose, Kolho Original Lounge Chair, MDJ KUU by Made By Choice with Matthew Day Jackson Kolho Collection Dimensions: 70 x 60 x 70 cm Materials: Plywood Also Availa...
Category

2010s Finnish Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Birch, Plywood

Oak and Sipo Solid Wood Handcrafted Contemporary Design Armchair
Located in Paris, FR
Created by French graphic artist and designer Daniel Guillotin, the "Chêne et Sipo" Altesachair is the career artist and creative director's variable design to his dark wood and plex...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Oak

Trono Block Black Chair by Umberto Bellardi Ricci
Located in Geneve, CH
Trono block black chair by Umberto Bellardi Ricci Dimensions: D 14.5" x W 14.5" x H 16.5 in Materials: l-beam and dedar upholstery. Umberto Bellardi Ricci is an Italian sculptor...
Category

2010s American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Misty Beige Salvador Chair by Nelson Araujo
Located in Geneve, CH
Misty Beige Salvador chair by Nelson Araujo Dimensions: D 47 x H 75 cm Materials: Wood, velvet and foam. Also available: Terracota colour available Nelson de Araújo, graduated ...
Category

2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Foam, Wood

Set Of 2 DEDAR/Linear TMBO Lounge Chairs by Mazo Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Set Of 2 DEDAR/Linear TMBO Lounge Chairs by Mazo Design Dimensions: W 90 x D 68.5 x H 87 cm Materials: Oak, Textile Also Available: ROMO/Linara, DAW/Royal, KVADRAT/Remix, KVADRAT...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Other

Trono Block Beige Chair by Umberto Bellardi Ricci
Located in Geneve, CH
Trono Block Beige chair by Umberto Bellardi Ricci Dimensions: D 14.5" x W 14.5" x H 16.5 in Materials: l-beam and Pierre Frey upholstery. Umberto Bellardi Ricci is an Italian sculpt...
Category

2010s American Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set of 4 Sahara Sheepskin TMBO Lounge Chairs by Mazo Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Set Of 4 Sahara Sheepskin TMBO Lounge Chairs by Mazo Design Dimensions: W 90 x D 68.5 x H 87 cm Materials: Oak, Sheepskin. Also Available: ROMO/Linara, DAW/Royal, KVADRAT/Remix, K...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Other

Postmodern artists Stools, Italian Design, wabi-sabi inspired, 1950's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Post-modern; Italy; Mid-century modern; Wabi-Sabi; Oriental; Memphis; Organic modern; Postmodern set of stools with curved seating made as a special commission by an Italian artist...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Ceramic, Leather

Kim Chair by Michele de Lucchi for Memphis-Milano, 1980s
Located in Renens, CH
The Kim chair was designed by the Italian architect Michele de Lucchi in 1987: De Lucchi was one of the co-founders of the Postmodern design group Memphis, headed by Ettore Sottsass....
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

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