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Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Robert Haussmann for De Sede Swivel Desk Chair in Olive Green Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Robert Haussmann for De Sede, chrome plated, leather, Switzerland, 1960s A design by Robert Haussmann that features a cubic shaped structure. The backrest runs into the armrests ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Emilio Ambas & Giancarlo Piretti Desk Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Emilio Ambas & Giancarlo Piretti, large set of 10 desk chairs, plastic, fabric, metal, Italy, 1976 A set of ten swivel desk chairs that are adjustable in height. The chairs are desi...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Elmar Flototto Model S22 Stacking Chairs with Arms Pagholz Germany 1970
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Large lot of 30 stacking chairs with armrests model S22 designed by Elmar Flototto and manufactured by Pagholz, Germany 1970. These chairs have black v-shaped metal frames and dark b...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Arne Jacobsen Model 3117 Adjustable Desk Work Chairs, 1955, Early Matching Pair
Located in London, GB
Arne Jacobsen (designer) Fritz Hansen (manufacturer), Denmark Pair of Model 3117 desk chairs, designed 1955 Black lacquered veneered plywood, nickel-plated steel, swivel base on...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Plywood

Gastone Rinaldi Armchair Set for RIMA, 1960's
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Beautiful Gastone Rinaldi set of armchairs for RIMA, Italy 1960s. With this armchair the Italian design master shows his honest aestheticism. With its slender metal frame and le...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Robert Haussmann for De Sede Swivel Desk Chair and Ottoman in Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Robert Haussmann for De Sede, swivel desk chair, ottoman, leather, chrome plated, Switzerland, 1960s A design by Robert Haussmann that features a cubic shaped structure. The back...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Classic Leather Office Chair, Chateau Blue
Located in Westwood, NJ
A classic leather office chair in Chateau blue. This stately chair has a smooth leather interior and exterior and is accented with nailhead trim accents. It rests on a 5 prong base. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Fiberglass Ion Chairs by Gideon Kramer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern, side/dining/desk chairs by Gideon Kramer for American Desk Company feature molded fiberglass shells with chrome bases, originally designed for the Seattle...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

1958, Eames, EA 107 for Vitra, Static Non Swivel Black Net Weave
Located in IJMuiden, NL
EA 108 with mesh seat in black. Beautiful condition with just tiny traces of wear on the chrome base. Weight 7.5 kg.               
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome, Metal

1 Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Leather Desk Conference Chair
Located in Pasadena, TX
1 Ward Bennett for Brickel and associates barrel-back leather chair 4-star anodized bronze base swivel conference room chair in a rich brown leather. Chair swivels and is hei...
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1970s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Pair of Dark Brown Plum Leather Break Side Chairs Mario Bellini for Cassina Mint
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of dark brown plum leather break side chairs Mario Bellini for Cassina Mint.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather

Eight Knoll International Brno Chairs by Mies Van Der Rohe
Located in Belmont, MA
Eight Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (German, 1886-1968) for Knoll International Brno Chairs, United States, 1982, polished stainless steel frames, original upholstery, with Knoll Internat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Ea 216 Soft Pad Desk Chair by Charles & Ray Eames for ICF, 1970s
Located in Lasne, BE
Leather armchair with aluminum base and castor. stamped under the seat Herman Miller ICF . Adjustable in height. Wear due to time and age of the chair (see photo) Seat height 54cm.
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1970s Central American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Set of Four Black Castelli Italy Dsc 106 Stacking Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Vienna, AT
Set of four iconic Italian Modern DSC 106 stacking chairs, designed 1965 by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli. This set features black lacquered seats and backs, they are in very nice c...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

French Mid-Century Modern Brown Leather Metal Chair Tonneau by Guariche, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
French Mid-Century Modern brown leather and black metal chair Tonneau by Guariche, 1950s Chair model Tonneau with curved seat and back in brown leather. In the center, between seat ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Charles Pollock Knoll Leather on Chrome 657 Chairs
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pair of chrome frame lounge chairs designed by Charles Pollock. Produced and distributed by Knoll as number 657 chair. Leather slings sit in chrome with black architecturally styled ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome, Steel

20th Century Vintage Orange Ochra Velvet Swivel Armchair, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Swivel armchair from the 1960s, produced in the Silesian furniture factory in Swiebodzin, at the moment they are unique. Very comfortable, perfect as a desk chair. Due to their dimen...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Geoffrey Harcourt for Artifort Swivel Office Chair in Deep Purple Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Geoffrey Harcourt for Artifort, office chair, aluminum, upholstery, The Netherlands, 1970s This office chair was designed by Geoffrey Harcourt manufactured by Artifort in the seve...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Mies Van Der Rohe Tubular Chrome Black Leather Brno Chairs by Knoll 1980
Located in Norwich, GB
Pair of Knoll Brno chairs in black leather and steel chrome plated tubular frames. Circa 1980s. Paper label. Originally designed in 1930 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the Tugend...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Naugahyde Chairs Attrib Jens Risom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, side chairs atrributed to Jens Risom feature walnut frames with caramel brown Naugahyde upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Walnut

20th Century Vintage Grey Velvet Swivel Armchair, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Swivel armchair from the 1970s, produced in the Silesian furniture factory in Swiebodzin - at the moment they are unique. Due to their dimensions, they perfectly blend in even in sma...
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20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Grey Black Metal Brass German Rotating Armchair, Germany 1930
Located in Madrid, ES
Armchair with metal structure lacquered in black. Seat and arms upholstered in cotton fabric and feet finished in brass pads.  
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Brass, Steel

Set of 6 stackable ALUFLEX Chairs by Armin WIRTZH, 1960's
Located in Berlin, Berlin
A beautiful set of six (6) stackable bentwood chairs, designed by Armin Wirth in the 1950s. Light aluminium frame with birch seat and backrest. Stacked together, they look like a won...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Pierre Jeanneret PJ-SI-53-A Box Chair / Authentic Mid-Century Modern Chandigarh
Located in Zürich, CH
This chair is a fantastic piece, finally it's iconic. It is raw in its simplicity, nothing too much but still nothing is missing. It is a chair with a very strong shape. In the big s...
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1960s Indian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Cane, Teak

'Doni' Swivel Dining or Desk Chairs by Giancarlo Pirretti for KI
Located in Denver, CO
A pair of 'Doni' swivel task chairs with body conforming curves by Giancarlo Pirretti for KI. Perfect for extra guest chairs, dining chairs or desk chairs. Backrest and seat are i...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Fritz Hansen Swivel Office Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern desk chair boasts a tag underneath with the date 1980 and designer name, "Fritz Hansen." A lovely Danish design that combines comfort and convenience per...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

1958, Eames, EA 107 for Herman Miller, Static Non Swivel Alu Chair
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Alu chair with the typical elegant legs of the Ea 107. In quite good condition; the upholstery has no damage and has only some fading of the color, but is still very good. The base h...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Preben Fabricius Jorgen Kastholm FK6727 Bird Office Chairs, 1964
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice set of 6 office chairs model FK6727 designed by Prebent Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm and manufactured by Kill International, Germany, 1964. These chairs have a 5 star base...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Large Stock of Stackable Galvanitas S17 Industrial Dining Chairs
Located in Voorburg, NL
Highly wanted and in multiple colors and quantities, with bespoke service available: the Industrial S17 stacking chairs by Galvanitas. These Sculptural chairs are made for optimal co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Steel

Mogens Koch MK16 Folding Chair for Rud Rasmussen, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch & Rud Rasmussen Scandinavian Modern A beautiful beech and canvas folding chairs by Mogens Koch for Rud Rasmussen, Denmark, 1950s. Designed in 1931. Natural l...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Canvas, Beech

Set of Six Midcentury Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Swivel Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning set of six vintage modern "Oxford" chairs boast a convenient swivel base and an unusual backrest. A sleek design that functions as a dining chair, office chair, or a lo...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Set of 6 “Amelie” Dining Chairs by Claudio Bellini for Poltrona Frau
Located in Pasadena, TX
Set of 6 “Amelie” Claudio Bellini chairs for Poltrona Frau. These chairs encompass simple forms and precious materials In a natural yet sophisticated style. Set of six chairs ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Pair of Auxiliary or Desk Armchairs, Attributed De Coene Frères, Belgium, 1940s
Located in Girona, ES
Pair of auxiliary or desk armchairs, solid cherrywood, French polish. New seat and mauve wool upholstery. Attributed to De Coene Frères. Belgium, circa 1940 Measures: Seat hei...
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1940s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wool, Cherry

Post Modern Office Desk Side Dining Chair by Steelcase
Located in New York, NY
Chic architectural, ergonomic design office, side desk, dining chairs by Steelcase. The chairs feature yellow tweed continuous seats and backs, with dark gray plastic shells, on chro...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Desk Conference Chair
Located in Pasadena, TX
Bumper desk chair by Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Task Chair Bronze 4-star swivel conference room chair in a green tweed fabric....
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Set of Seven Vintage Modern Conference or Dining Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This set of seven vintage armchairs offer wide comfortable seats complete with sturdy chrome frames and molded armrests. A sleek design that boasts a chrome rod frame with an ellipse...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Friso Kramer 'Revolt' Chair in Pink Velvet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Newly Upholstered Pink Velvet Friso Kramer 'Revolt' Chair with Black Enameled Metal Frame. Classic Design with Youthful Pop! Frame in Original Condition with Wear Consistent with its...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Industrial Midcentury Architect's Chair
Located in Appeltern, Gelderland
This beautifully aged piece is full of character. The industrial look will fit in your home, office or workshop perfectly. The stool has great patina on metal and wood. The piece tel...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Mid-Century Stacking Chairs with Grey Seats
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Stacking School or Restaurant Chairs with Grey Plastic Seating and Black Enameled Frame. In original condition with wear consistent with age and use. Listed individually.
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Plastic

Charles Pollock Executive Armchairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
wonderful executive armchairs designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll in 1956, black leather upholstery with black arms on a four star stainless steel swivel/tilt control base with cas...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Red Florence Knoll Style Swivel Tilt Desk Chair by Fortress Furniture
Located in Ferndale, MI
I believe this is red ultra suede fabric on rolling chrome base. Very nice condition. Chair swivels and tilts. Manufactured by Fortress furniture of California. There are four availa...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Chairs by Rud Thygesen & Johnny Sorensen for Magnus Olesen, 1970s, Set of 24
Located in Antwerp, BE
A high quality of curved laminated wooden stacking chairs with woven wool upholstery in olive green. Set of 24 stacking chairs available, price a piece. Johnny Sorensen was born ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Wool, Wood

Ward Bennett Mid Century Executive Highback Brass and Leather Office Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Ward Bennett mid century executive highback brass and leather office chair This measure: 28.25 wide x 27.5 deep x 42 inches high, with a seat height of 20 and arm height of 26.5 i...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Brass

Vintage Nicos Zographos Bucket Chair
Located in Pasadena, TX
A vintage bucket chair designed by Nicos Zographos and made by Zographos. High back design in black Zographos leather with five-star stainless steel tilt, swivel bases.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Midcentury Saarinen Executive Chairs for Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Midcentury Saarinen Executive chairs in reddish brown leather. All with adjustable pneumatic height and tilt positions. This iconic design has been a favorite in both the home and co...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Deluxe Desk Chair by General Fireproofing
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A wonderful aluminum desk chair with a unique double parallel four point base upholstered in brown Nagahyde.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Set of 6 French Mid-Century Scandinavian Style Dining Chairs
Located in Miami, FL
Elegant set of six sleekly designed, comfortable and sturdy French mid-century dining chairs in a Scandinavian style. The well crafted wood frames make for a lovely set of dining...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Beech

Milo Baughman Style Mid Century Parsons Chair in Leopard Velvet c. 1970
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Timeless Milo Baughman Parsons style chair freshly reupholstered with forever sexy and stylish leopard velvet. Parsons chairs are unique in that every surface is upholstered - every ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Velvet, Upholstery

Geoffrey Harcourt for Artifort Tilt/Swivel Executive Chairs
Located in Dronten, NL
Geoffrey Harcourt for Artifort tilt/swivel desk chairs in aluminum and leather, The Netherlands, 1970s. These executive chairs where designed by Geoffrey Harcourt and manufactured b...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

Art Deco Vintage French Wooden Armchair, 1930
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
Art Deco vintage French wooden armchair, 1930 Original armchair is in very good condition, we have had it newly reupholstered, lovely Art Deco shape, very comfortable to sit in.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Harry Bertoia Set of Four Knoll Chairs, 1960's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Classic early modernist design Limited production design for only one year Wonderful periwinkle blue molded fiberglass form Architectural enameled steel base Original screws and cond...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Fiberglass

Wim Den Boon Executive Chair in Black Leather and Rosewood
Located in Antwerp, BE
Black leather executive chair, Wim Den Boon, The Netherlands, 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Italian Teak and Cognac Leather Desk Chair, 1950s
Located in Rome, IT
Side chair manufactured in Italy during the 1950s Teak frame and original cognac leather upholstery in very good vintage condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Very Comfortable Office Chair by Charles Pollock for Comforto, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
12 chairs available. Very comfortable and elegant desk chairs from Comforto. Design by Charles Pollock. The classic par excellence. Measures: Seat height 46cm, seat width 58cm,...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Ea 208 Soft Pad Alu Group Office Chairs, Vitra
Located in Renens, CH
The Aluminum group chairs by Charles & Ray Eames are one of the most important designs of the 20th Century. Their original design from the 1950s is still relevant today, giving inter...
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Early 2000s German Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

Wim Den Boon Executive Chairs in Black Leather and Rosewood
Located in Antwerp, BE
Black executive chair, Wim Den Boon, the Netherlands, the 1950s. Vinyl and solid rosewood. Wim Den Boon formed 'Groep &' just after the liberation of The Netherlands in 1945 togeth...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Italian Mid Century Upholstered Office Chair in Original Brown Leather, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid century upholstered office chair in original brown leather, 1970s Office chair with swivel structure with padded seat covered in vintage leather, steel legs and sliding ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Red Chair DSC 106 Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli Aluminum, Italy, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful and rare pair of chairs designed by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli. Seat and back in red fabric. Black enamelled aluminum Stackable chairs Eternal and indestructible chair.
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

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