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Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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
Organic Modern Coral Pouf Malibu in Blue Cotton Velvet
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
Like a warm embrace, Malibu Lounge armchair welcomes you to stay within and relax. An elevated homage to the golden age of midcentury design and organic architecture, it radiates thr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Silk, Velvet

Warped Checkerboard Velvet Mushroom Ottoman in Muted Olive
Located in Vallejo, CA
A handmade mushroom shaped ottoman, upholstered in a muted olive and a greenish off-white warped checkerboard velvet fabric. Perfect for using as a footstool or extra occasional seat...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

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Fabric

1st Production Early George Nelson Coconut Chair and Ottoman Mid Century Vintage
Located in Boise, ID
Great vintage condition Wear from age and use.
Category

1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Knoll Barcelona Stools by Mies van der Rohe
Located in Atlanta, GA
Iconic Pair of Barcelona stools or ottomans, designed by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll, American, circa 2000s. Retains Knoll tag underneath. They have been cleaned and a leather condit...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Metal

Harry Bertoia for Knoll Ottoman
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Harry Bertoia for Knoll black wire ottoman. Structure is solid, paint is clean with just a couple of small dings in one leg. Please note photo.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Metal

Knoll Barcelona Stool by Mies Van Der Rohde
Located in Atlanta, GA
Iconic Barcelona stool or ottoman, designed by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll, American, circa 1980s. Retains Knoll tag underneath. The original black leather tufted cushion is perfectl...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Warren Platner for Knoll Polished Nickel Stools
Located in Ferndale, MI
Platner collection for Knoll originally designed by Warren Platner in 1962. Finally launched after four years of development in 1966. Undulating nickel plated rods echo the light air...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Steel

Mole Ottoman, Sergio Rodrigues, Rosewood and Leather 50'
Located in Houston, TX
The design originated with a 1957 commission for the photographer Otto Stupakoff, who asked Rodrigues for a "spread-out" sofa for his studio. The design sat in Rodrigues’ company Oca...
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1950s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather, Rosewood

Vintage Round Distressed Leather Hassock
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1980s distressed leather hassock with a star design. The hassock is sturdy. No marks.
Category

Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather

Blush Pink Boucle Mushroom Ottoman
Located in Vallejo, CA
A handmade mushroom shaped stool, upholstered in a light pink colored curly boucle fabric. Perfect for using as a footstool or extra occasional seating. A comfortable cushioned seat ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Fabric

Marsala Leather Armchair & Ottoman, Ligne Roset, France, 1970's
Located in Austin, TX
Patchwork leather and extreme comfort are the defining characteristics of the Marsala edition by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset. Light cognac to camel in color, the leather lounge ch...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather, Acrylic

Percival Lafer Voluptuous Ottoman in Green Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Percival Lafer, ottoman, brazilian hardwood, leather, Brazil, 1970s Bulky and voluptuous pouf made in the 1970s by Percival Lafer. The green leather of the seat is tufted, which con...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Petite Brass Hairpin Ottomans in Oyster Velvet by Montage
Located in Wilton, CT
The perfect addition to any space! Wonderfully proportioned pair of ottomans upholstered in a supple Oyster Velvet of the highest quality; 100% cotton. These work in a multitude of s...
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2010s Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Brass

Pair of Souffle Poufs by Weiman
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Souffle poufs by Weiman. Have chrome trim on base.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Chrome

Springer Era 1970s White Leather Ottoman on Lucite Legs
Located in Ferndale, MI
High style white leather ottoman on Lucite legs. Very well made. Leather shows patina more than age. Wrinkles in the original finish. Lucite also shows checking in the certain light.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather, Acrylic, Lucite

Persimmon Boucle Mushroom Ottoman
Located in Vallejo, CA
A handmade mushroom shaped ottoman, upholstered in a red-orange colored curly boucle fabric. Perfect for using as a footstool or extra occasional seating. A comfortable cushioned sea...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Fabric

Baker Patent Leather and Pony Hide Ottoman by Micheal Taylor
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A ebony toned wood framed ottoman with brass details, upholstered in black patent leather, sides trimmed in black pony hide. A stunning twist on a great design by Baker and Micheal T...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Wood

Large Mid-Century Modern Lucite Waterfall Ottoman Or Foot Stool
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Large Mid-Century Modern Lucite waterfall stool.    
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Lucite, Acrylic

Warped Checkerboard Velvet Mushroom Ottoman in Tan
Located in Vallejo, CA
A handmade mushroom shaped ottoman, upholstered in a white and tan warped checkerboard velvet fabric. Perfect for using as a footstool or extra occasional seating. A comfortable cush...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Fabric

Midcentury Brazilian Ottoman in Brown Leather and Rosewood by Percival Lafer
Located in Karlstad, SE
Ottoman / stool by Percival Lafer, Brazil, 1960s. This ottoman consist of a rosewood frame upon which the cushion rests. The cushions are upholstered in brown leather with rosewood ...
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20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather, Wood, Rosewood

Mid Century Mushroom Armchair and Ottoman by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very comfortable and cosy Artifort Mushroom set, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 60’s. Covered with very soft Italian bouclé fabric. The chair and pouf are completely restor...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Bouclé

Pair of Mid Century X Stretcher Ottomans or Footstools
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Elegant pair of ottomans upholstered in an orange textured fabric. X stretcher base. In fair condition. 3 spots of welting, corners are torn thru. Welting can be replaced. Can be par...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Fabric, Hardwood

Leather Ottoman in Emerald Green, Large — Talabartero Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The leather poufs and pillows in this collection are inspired by the equestrian heritage of Colombia’s coffee growing region. Talabartero translates as ‘master saddler’-and the colle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather

Vintage Walnut Ottoman After Vladimir Kagan
Located in Hingham, MA
A low square ottoman; sculpted solid walnut splayed leg base, square top with two up-curved sides, freshly upholstered in ivory woven cotton/rayon with matching loose square pillow c...
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Walnut

Mid-Century Warren Platner Style Tufted Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This vintage tufted stool is in great condition, has a solid steel frame, and has been newly upholstered in a yellow velvet fabric. The fabulous stool features a new tufted round com...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Steel

Stylish John Widdicomb Rolling Lounge Chair and Ottoman Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stylish John Widdicomb rolling lounge chair and ottoman. This chair is beyond comfortable with a down-filled back cushion and original matching ottoman. Both the chair and ottoman ha...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Metal

Low Mid-Century Rush Stool by Architect Wim Den Boon, 50s Netherlands
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
Low rush stool by Dutch Architect Wim den Boon, 1950s The Netherlands. Solid beech wood legs and rush seat. In good vintage condition and with a nice patina. Typical example of th...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Rush, Beech

'Studio' Sofa by Norr11, Modular Sofa, Ottoman, White
Located in Paris, FR
Studio sofa by Kristian Sofus Hansen & Tommy Hyldahl for Nor11 Ottoman Measures: W 80 CM / D 96 CM / H 42 CM Modular sofa: assemble different modules to create your compositio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Wool

Hexagonal Pouf in Soft White Boucle with Wooden Base, Italy
Located in London, GB
A hexagonal pouf with white boucle seat and a wood base. Great occasional seating but solid to use as a low table as well. A contemporary item, highly decorative and versatile Italy.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Wood, Fabric

Vintage 1980s Life-Size Sheep Sculpture Ottoman or Footstool by Joel Donahoe
By Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne
Located in St. Louis, MO
This life-size sheep sculpture or ottoman, bench or footstool was designed by Joel Donahoe in Truckee, CA, in the 1980s and 90s. Known as the Lambkin benches, these were sold at desi...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Faux Fur, Fiberglass, Foam

Leather Ottoman in Solid Emerald Green, Small, Talabartero Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The leather poufs and pillows in this collection are inspired by the equestrian heritage of Colombia’s coffee growing region. Talabartero translates as ‘master saddler’—and the colle...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather

Brazilian Stool Footrest Ottoman by Jean Gillon
Located in New York, NY
Hard to find item by Brazilian designer Jean Gillon. This example is in fair condition, showing cosmetic wear and one tenon has been cracked and re-glued.
Category

1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Paul László, Ottoman, Rattan, Oak, Metal, Glenn of California, Usa, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rattan, stained oak and metal ottoman designed by Paul László, and produced by Glenn of California, USA, 1950s.
Category

1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Metal

MCM and Vintage Style Black Lacquer Wooden and Velvet Ottoman or Stool
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Black lacquer wooden feet with gilded metal finish and psychedelic velvet ottoman or stool in a Mid-Century Modern style.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Unknown Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Leather Ottoman in Camel, Large, Talabartero Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The leather poufs and pillows in this collection are inspired by the equestrian heritage of Colombia’s coffee growing region. Talabartero translates as ‘master saddler’, and the coll...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather

Mushroom Armchair and Ottoman by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1960s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very comfortable and cosy Artifort Mushroom set, designed by Pierre Paulin in the 60’s. Covered with stunning and high quality wool fabric. The chair and pouf are completely ...
Category

1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Bouclé

Vintage Clover Shaped Upholstered Ottoman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique vintage ottoman features a clover shaped design completed by a warm red upholstery. Please confirm item location with seller (NY/NJ).
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Upholstery

A Set of Three Unusual Libriary Stools
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A set of three libriary or child stools. Super sturdy and well-made of solid birch circa 1950s. Could be foot stools or ottomans, etc...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Wrought Iron Stool with Bronze Details in the Style of Giacometti
By Alberto and Diego Giacometti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wrought iron stool with cast brass head finials and paw feet and medallion. The shape and detailing are exceptional. A fabulous statement in newly upholstered Belgian Velvet. A com...
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Bronze, Wrought Iron

Pair of George Nakashima Ottomans
Located in Providence, RI
Pair of George Nakashima ottomas, circa 1958. These have just been professionally re-upholstered in 100% organic cotton canvas. If you look closely at the photos, you'll see that the...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Canvas, Walnut

Leather Ottoman in Solid Emerald Green, Large, Talabartero Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The leather poufs and pillows in this collection are inspired by the equestrian heritage of Colombia’s coffee growing region. Talabartero translates as ‘master saddler’, and the coll...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather

Vintage Black Leather Ottoman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage foot stool ottoman features black leather top and finished wood frame. Unique cross beams connect each leg adding sturdiness and style. The sleek black top is padded for comf...
Category

1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Four tripod Iron Stools
Located in New York, NY
Set of enameled tripod stools in wrought iron with new upholstered tops. Sold in pairs.
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Iron

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Valeri Checkered Upholstered Footstool Ottoman
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Valeri footstool / ottoman Sleek modern design. Chrome metal base with 4 thin bent metal legs & tubular center. Newly upholstered seat in durable ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Metal

Rare Caltagirone Terracotta Ottoman, Sicily 1970s
Located in London, GB
A rare Caltagirone Terracotta Ottoman hand painted in the traditional Sicilian blue, yellow and ocher tones with blue tassels. Sicily 1970s Excellent vintage condition.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Terracotta

Franco Albini Style Handwoven Rattan / Wicker Ottoman, Pouf, Footstool, Italy
Located in Miami, FL
1960s vintage style of Franco Albini & Franca Helg round handwoven rattan, wicker ottoman, pouf, footstool or side table. Exemplary construction, woven ties are firmly linked. An i...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Wicker, Rattan

Leather Ottoman in Solid Black, Small, Talabartero Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The leather poufs and pillows in this collection are inspired by the equestrian heritage of Colombia’s coffee growing region. Talabartero translates as ‘master saddler’—and the colle...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather

Ekornes Stressless Style Mid-Century Leather Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Located in Countryside, IL
Ekornes Stressless style mid-century leather lounge chair and ottoman. This chair measures: 35 wide x 29 deep x 38 inches high, with a seat height of 14 and arm height of 23 inche...
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of Mid Century Ottomans with Cushion Tops After Dunbar
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Ca. 1960. Square ottoman pair in a dark brown stain with square legs reminiscent of the type of furniture designed by Edward Wormley and produced by Dunbar from roughly the same Era....
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Wood

Daybed by Ammannati & Vitelli for Rossi di Albizzate, Italy, 1956
Located in Milan, IT
Daybed by Ammannati & Vitelli for Rossi di Albizzate, Italy, 1956.
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Metal, Nickel

Pair of Midcentury Italian Stools in Walnut and Velvet, Italy, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing pair of midcentury round walnut wood poufs. These fantastic items in the style of Willy Rizzo were produced in Italy during the 1970s. The mix of elegant, smooth and sleek...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Velvet, Fabric, Wood, Walnut

Gio Ponti Style Nesting Stools, Made in Italy 1960's
Located in Rochester, NY
A set of three graduated size nesting stools with the original ebonized wood frameworks and handwoven rush seats in overall beautifully aged structurally solid original condition. St...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Wood, Rush

Oak and Green Wool Maker’s Ottoman by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Maker's ottoman has a solid walnut or oak frame, with a leather sling and loose cushion. Shown here in Oiled oak and dark green boiled wool. The Lawson-Fenning Collection is de...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Brass

Sectional Ottoman Gray Velvet on Bronze Lucite Legs 1960s Edward Wormley Dunbar
Located in National City, CA
Mid-Century Modern sectional ottoman in gray velvet attributed to Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Conversational pull apart seating waiting room bench. Unmarked. USA circa late 1950s ea...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Bronze

Midcentury Stool Ottoman Style Borsani, Italy, 1950
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Modern Italian stool from the early 1950s. High quality and unusual design made of square iron with details made of wood and a green padded bench. The considerable size looks like a ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Iron

Mid-Century Modern Hollis Jones Lucite and Leather Stools with Metal Footrest
Located in Wichita, KS
These rare mid-century lucite and metal barstools are attributed to Charles Hollis Jones. The white leather is in good shape for its age and the footrests are made of thick metal. Th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Metal

20th Century Pair of Ottomans in the style of Ico Parisi in Wood and Fabric
Located in Turin, Turin
Very beautiful and timeless Pair of Poufs with a gorgeous wooden structure. The wooden structure is so elegant that actually it remembers the style of Ico Parisi, especially in the d...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Big Tulip Chair and Ottoman by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1980s
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very comfortable and original big tulip lounge chair with Ottoman, designed by Pierre Paulin for Artifort in 1965. This 80's pivoting edition has a round metal foot. The set ...
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1980s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs

Materials

Metal

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