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Post-Modern Dining Room 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
Mario Bellini Set of Four Black 'Cab' Dining Chairs in Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mario Bellini for Cassina, set of four 'cab' dining chairs model 412, black leather, Italy, 1976 Conceptually, the chair was designed to become marked and shaped over time by its us...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Robert Venturi Post-Modern 'Chippendale' Chair for Knoll International, c. 1985
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This rare and sought after collectors chair is called the 'Chippendale' chair in the 'Grandmother' fabric pattern by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown for Knoll International, ci...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Laminate, Plywood

Frank Gehry Dinette Featuring 2 Cross Check Chairs and a Face off Dining Table
Located in Highclere, Newbury
A Frank Gehry compact dining set featuring 2 bentwood maple ply Cross Check chairs matched to a maple and glass Face Off dining table manufactured by Knoll International. Original...
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1990s American Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Glass, Beech

Vintage Dining Chairs by Belgo Chrom, Set of 4, 1980s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Set of four elegant dining room chairs manufactured by Belgochrom. Nicely designed metal frames with elegant legs. Uphosltered in grey fabric with powdercoated frames. Belgochr...
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1980s Belgian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Post-Modern Pair of Sóley Folding Chairs by Valdimar Hardarson for Kusch+Co.
By Kusch+Co, Valdimar Hardarson
Located in Doornspijk, NL
The Sóley chair is a real international design Classic from one of the least populated countries in the world: Iceland. The folding armchair’s design is dominated by two geometric sh...
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1980s Icelandic Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Westnofa Set of Four Norwegian Designer 80s Modern Dining or Game Chairs
Located in Palm Springs, CA
This rare and outstanding example of good, modern Norweigian design came from a very upscale palm Springs Country Club residence. They have been newly upholstered in a very high end ...
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1980s Norwegian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Verner Panton, Pantonic Chair, Model 5020, for Haag, 1992
Located in London, GB
Verner Panton (designer), DK/CH Haag (manufacturer) Pantonic Chair (model 5020), designed 1992 Moulded plywood, blue lacquered finish An exciting, lively chair, and remarkabl...
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1990s Swiss Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood

Folding Dining Chair by Calligaris, Italy 1980s, Postmodern Design
Located in Zagreb, HR
Vintage Italian designer folding dining chair produced in the 1980s by Calligaris Very elegant postmodern design, the round-shaped seat is made of cherry wood, the frame is made o...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Post Modern Style Ten Beech Leather Red Black Silver Dining Chairs Italy 1980s
Located in Vienna, AT
Post-modern style set of ten vintage dining chairs of chairs from beech, leather and metal in the colors red, black and silver designed and made in Italy, 1980s. Wonderful ten vintag...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

DIA Chrome Chinese Chippendale Style Dining Chairs, Set of Six
Located in Garnerville, NY
A wonderful set of six chrome and upholstered dining chairs by Design Institute of America. A modernist rendition of a classic Chinese Chippendale chair. The set of six is comprised ...
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1970s American Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel, 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...
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2010s Thai Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Post Modern Sculptural Steel and Bent Plywood Bar Stools, circa 1980s
Located in Miami, FL
Unique pair of postmodern barstools, rendered in a sculptural architectural welded steel powder coated frame with a hand molded bent plywood seat, circa 1980s, Italy.
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

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...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Birch, Plywood

Pair of Alea Dinning Chairs by SEM
Located in Geneve, CH
Pair of Alea dinning chairs by SEM Dimensions: D53 x W50 x H83 cm Material: Matt lacquered finish beech with leather cushion. 'Alea' is a very particular chair, born from an ide...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Atra Dining Chair by Atra Design
By ATRA
Located in Geneve, CH
Atra dining chair by Atra Design Dimensions: D 59.3 x W 57 x H 78.1 cm Materials: leather, mahogany, charcoal walnut Atra Design We are Atra, a furniture brand produced by Atra...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany, Leather, Walnut

Massimo Vignelli for Knoll Intl 'Handkerchief' Chairs, Signed, Set of Twelve
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This classic Post-Modern design by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Knoll International is called the 'Handkerchief' stacking chair, labelled underneath with early production (original...
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1990s American Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Massimo Vignelli for Knoll Intl 'Handkerchief' Stacking Chairs, Signed, 20 Avail
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This classic Post-Modern design by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Knoll International is called the 'Handkerchief' stacking chair, labelled underneath with early production (original...
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1990s American Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

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...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Plywood, Birch

Yrjö Kukkapuro Cloud Chair Set of 6, Sky Blue and Teal, Avarte Finland, 1984
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Yrjö Kukkapuro Cloud Chair Set of 6, Sky Blue and Teal, Avarte Finland, 1984.
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Stainless Steel

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...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Cognac September Dining Chair by Ox Denmarq
Located in Geneve, CH
Cognac September dining chair by Ox Denmarq Dimensions: D 54 x W 48 x H 80 cm Materials: leather, black powder coated steel Also available: different colors available. Ox Denma...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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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 ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Brueton Moon Chair
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish "Moon" chair by Brueton dates to the 1980s and it definetly makes a statment with its form and finish. Note: We have four of these chairs available. Note: Seat cus...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Suite of Six Bicast Leather Contemporary Dining Chairs with Custom Made Covers
Located in GB
We are delighted to this suite of six bicast leather dining chairs with custom made fabric covers These a good functional set of chairs, they are comfortable and very contemporary...
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20th Century English Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Faux Leather

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...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Naugahyde, Hardwood

Pietro Costantini Dining Chairs
Located in Antwerp, BE
White Postmodern dining chairs by Pietro Costantini, Italy, 1980s.
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood, Leather

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...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Oak, Fabric

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...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

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...
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Early 2000s Guatemalan Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Bamboo, Plywood

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 ...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum

Vintage Postmodern Dining Chairs, 1980s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Italian metal postmodern dining chairs with black metal frames and black leather seats. Good condition. In the style of Cattelan Italy 1980s - Italy Dimensions: Height: ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Tito Agnoli x Calligaris Italian Postmodern Leather Dining Chairs, 1980s, Italy
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
A set of six Postmodern sculptural dining chairs designed by Agnoli handmade by Calligaris in Italy, 1980s. They feature a metal construction covered with thick black leather. The ch...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather

90s Chi Wing Lo ‘aro’ Dining Chair for Giorgetti Set/6
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
Chi Wing Lo has been designing for Giorgetti since 1996. His aspiration for timelessness has brought his collections to worldwide attention and many of his work continue to be much s...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Cherry

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Pair of ‘Benetton’ Chairs in Leather and Steel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Benetton Office, chairs, brass, leather, steel, Italy, 1985 This pair of chairs is designed for the office of the clothing brand Benetton by Afra & Tobia ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Post-Modern Round Boldly Dining Chair in Fabric and Stainless Steel by Iz-Type
Located in istanbul, TR
Described as being maximal and minimal, hand-made Boldly chair combines soft cushions with stainless steel details. Hand-made dining chair with luxurious wide cushions enveloped arou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Stainless Steel

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-...
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2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

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...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Ash

Calligraphic Sculpted Brass Chair by Misaya
Located in Geneve, CH
Calligraphic sculpted brass chair by Misaya Dimensions: W 58 x L 54 x H 79 cm Materials: Brass Hand-sculpted brass chair. Misaya emulates Chinese ink paintings through the pr...
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2010s Thai Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Brass

Postmodern Italian Black Rubber Bar Stools, Italy, 1990s
Located in Miami, FL
Postmodern cantilevered barstools rendered in black painted tubular metal frames with a black rubber seat, made in Italy, 1990s.
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal

Mario Bellini Black ‘Il Colonnato’ Table and G. Aulenti ‘Locus Solus’ Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gae Aulenti for Zanotta, set of eight 'Locus Solus' armchairs, chromed tubular steel, leatherette, Italy, 1964 Set of eight 'Locus Solus' armchairs. These armchairs, designed by ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Marble, Steel

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...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Postmodern Black Persian Lamb Boucle Dining Chairs, Set of 6
Located in Chicago, IL
Fully restored postmodern dining chairs. Curl up in the softest and most plush fabric, faux fur Persian lamb! The fabric also cleans very well so don’t worry about spills/messes with...
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20th Century American Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric

Red Heart Cone Chair by Verner Panton for Vitra
Located in San Francisco, CA
An iconic red heart cone chair by Vernor Panton. Designed in 1958, this chair was produced by Vitra in 2000. The fabric is in original condition with some signs of use. One chair...
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Early 2000s European Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum

Set of Four Dining Chairs in Dark Brown Leather and Chrome by Cidue
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cidue, set of four chairs, chrome, leather, Italy 1970s. Cantilevered dining room chairs with chromed flat tubular steel frame. The seating and back are from thick dark brown colo...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

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...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

1/6 Postmodern Minimalist French Chair 'Lune d'Argent' by Pascal Mourgue, 1980s
By Fermob, Pascal Mourgue
Located in Zagreb, HR
Postmodern dining chair 'Lune d'Argent' (Silver Moon) by Pascal Mourgue 6 chairs available The chair was designed in 1985 and produced by Feomob in France The chair features...
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1980s French Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Black & White, Ink Chair by Masaya
Located in Geneve, CH
Black & White, Ink Chair by Masaya Dimensions: W54 x D58 x H63/79 cm Materials: Brass Also Available: Different colors (Gold, Polished Brass. Black, Painted Brass) and materials...
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2010s Thai Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Brass

Twelve Dining Chairs by Grazzi and Bianchi for Enrico Pellizzoni
Located in Dronten, NL
Gorgeous Enrico Pellizzoni Pasqualina chairs designed by Grassi & Bianchi. These chairs are covered in wonderful white all grain leather. The chairs were purchased in 2010 and are me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Hat Trick Chairs by Frank Gehry for Knoll, Buy One, a Pair, or All Three, Signed
Located in Kansas City, MO
Three Hat Trick chairs designed by Frank Gehry and manufactured by Knoll. Each is signed with the branded Frank Gehry and Knoll signature on the underside. Price is for each so pleas...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Maple

Set of 4, Sieni Chairs by Made By Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4, Sieni chairs by Made By Choice with Michael Yarinsky Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 65 cm Materials: Solid Oak, Birch Plywood Also Available: Natural Oak / Painted Black Sie...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Birch, Oak, Plywood

Spectrum Green, Kolho Original Dining Chair, MDJ KUU by Made by Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Spectrum Green, Kolho Original Dining Chair, MDJ KUU by Made By Choice with Matthew Day Jackson Kolho Collection Dimensions: 54 x 54 x 77 cm Materials: Oak ( MDJ KUU Formica lami...
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2010s Finnish Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Birch, Plywood, Laminate

Set of Six Kartell Dining Chairs by Anna Castelli Ferrieri
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A set of six late modernist dining chairs from Italian design house Kartell. The 4855 model is a rarer edition of seating, designed in 1981 by the company’s co-founder and Art Direct...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Plastic

Rare Grey Postmodern "Dr Glob" Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell, Italy, 1990
Located in Miami, FL
Iconic Dr Glob chair. Post Modern design rendered in rare grey molded propylene with a grey powder coated steel frame back and legs. Designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell, 1990.
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Italian Armchairs in Original Patinated Red Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Italian armchairs, marble, metal, leather, wood, Italy, 1970s Striking dining chairs with great material combination and wonderful shapes. The designer of these wonderful chairs was...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Marble, Steel

Spaghetti Chair by Giandomenico Belotti for Fly Line
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic spaghetti chair designed by Giandomenico Belotti for Fly Line. Tubular steel frame with playful pasta-like PVC strips forming seat and back. Set of 4 available, priced per chair.
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Alea Dinning Chair by SEM
Located in Geneve, CH
Alea dinning chair by SEM Dimensions: D53 x W50 x H83 cm Material: Matt lacquered finish beech with leather cushion. 'Alea' is a very particular chair, born from an idea of deco...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Beech

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Bronze

Pr Post Modern Arm Lounge Chairs Retailed by Conrans Habitat NYC
Located in New York, NY
Stylish pair of post modern design chairs, made in Italy, retailed by Conrans Habitat NYC in the 1990's. Very fine, original clean and ready to use condition. Textured rubber upholst...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

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