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Mid-Century Modern Rocking 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
Nanna Ditzel Egg-Shaped Hanging Cane Chair, Italy 1959
Located in Vienna, AT
Original suspension egg chair by Nanna Ditzel, Italy mid century The egg-shaped hanging chair is made of woven cane. It has a great aura and high comfort qualities. The loose cush...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Steel

Renato Zevi for Selig Mid Century Chrome Elliptical Rocking Chairs, A Pair
Located in Countryside, IL
Renato Zevi for Selig Mid Century Chrome Elliptical Rocking Chairs - A Pair Each chair measures: 27.75 wide x 42 deep x 31 high, with a seat height of 17 inches and arm height of ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Chrome

Italian Rocking Chair Attributed to Gianfranco Frattini, 1960
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Rocking chair, attributed to Gianfranco Frattini, Italy, 1960. Solid wood, red fabric.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Hardwood

Pair of Midcentury Cote d'Azur Rattan and Bamboo Italian Rocking Chairs, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Pair of elegant midcentury French Riviera rattan and bamboo rocking chairs. This fantastic set was designed and manufactured in Italy during the 1960s. The chair has a solid ratta...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Bamboo, Rattan

Fabulous Lucite Rocking Chair by Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous Lucite rocking chair designed by Charles Hollis Jones in the 1970s and made by Hill Manufacturing Corporation. The lounge chair has the original beige cotton upholstery in ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Upholstery, Lucite

20th Century American Walnut Rocking Chair, Center Armchair by Vladimir Kagan
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A single, vintage Mid-Century Modern American rocking chair made of hand carved Walnut, designed by Vladimir Kagan and produced by Vladimir Kagan Designs Inc, in good condition. The ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Bouclé, Upholstery, Walnut

Rear Black Leather Rocking Chair, Ligne Roset, France, 1980
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Rocking chair, Black leather, black lacquered iron base, Ligne Roset, France, 1980.
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather

Italian Rocking Chair by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova
Located in Mexico City, MX
Wonderful "Sgarsul" rocking chair by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova. Lacquered wood in black with orange leather. Gae Aulenti was a prolific Italian architect, whose work spans indus...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Mel Abitz Malabar Rocking Chair
By Mel Abitz, Galloway
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
This is a rare Malabar rocking chair designed by Mel Abitz in 1962 for Galloway's of Tampa. A very modern design, this comfortable low rocking chair has great lines, an attractive wa...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Walnut, Naugahyde

Midcentury Design Rocking Chair / Expo, 1958
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1950s, Czechoslovakia - maker: TON - paper label (see the pictures) - good original condition - also suitable for new upholstery.
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

White Leather Rocking Chair Design by Jori, Belgium 1960s
By JORI
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
White leather rocking chair Design by Jori, Belgium 1960s Steel frame with thick leather upholstery. Very comfortable, also great with a blanket in your baby room to swoon away ...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Steel

Pierre Jeanneret's Upholstered Armchair, Hand-Sculpted Contemporary Reedition
Located in Geneve, CH
Pierre Jeanneret's upholstered armchair - hand-sculpted contemporary reedition. The upholstered easy armchair is a re-edition of the model created for building lobbies in Chandiga...
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2010s Asian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Wood

Rex Rocking Chair Black Oak, Solid frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The frivolous member of Rex Kralj’s foldable furniture series. This chair exudes relaxation and comfort, rocking in rhythmic motion at home as well as in working environments. Niko K...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Oak

Jeremy Broun Studio Rocking Chair, UK 1970s
Located in Berlin, DE
Jeremy Broun 1970s Studio Rocking Chair with Tennis net seat and back. The Chair is made of pine wood and in very good condition.
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1970s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Pine

Mid Century Lounge Rocking Chair with Exoskeleton Legs by Paoli Signed 1968
Located in Framingham, MA
Mid-Century Modern lounge rocking chair by Paoli - 1968. Refinished exoskeleton oak frame. Upholstery is original and should be replaced. Rocks well and is very comfortable. 30” wi...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Original Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass RAR Rocking Chair in Navy Blue
Located in Washington, DC
Original vintage rocking chair by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Base is original and not a replica. Shock mounts are in good shape. The chair was acquired from Herman Miller...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Zinc

American Designer, Rocking Lounge Chair Bamboo Floral Fabric United States 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic rocking lounge chair, in moulded bamboo. Designed and produced in the United States, 1950s. Cushions in a vintage fabric with floral motifs. Other designers of the peri...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Rattan, Fabric, Bamboo

Iconic Midcentury Design Rocking Chair / Expo, 1958
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1950s, Czechoslovakia - Maker: TON - Also suitable for new upholstery - Wooden parts refreshed - Original condition.
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Lawrence Hunter Studio Rocking Chair, USA, circa 1965
By Lawrence Hunter
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare early Lawrence B. Hunter rocking chair in original leather in outstanding patina. Provenance: Page 32, California Design 10, 1968.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Don Shoemaker for Senal S.A. Cocobolo Rosewood 'Swinger' Rocking Chair, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Named the 'Swinger Chair' for its pivoting mechanism that allows you to swing in your seat, this incredible cocobolo rosewood and black leather 'Swinger' rocking armchair by leading ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Danish Mid-Century Pine and Rush Rocking Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Danish mid-century pine and rush rocking chair inspired by Charlotte Perriand, Les Arc series. In good original condition with nice patina and visible wear. Condition is consistent w...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Rush, Pine

1960s Børge Mogensen Rocking Chair for FDB Møbler, Denmark
Located in Praha, CZ
- The seat pillow has been newly upholstered - Good original condition - Height of seat 44 cm.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Wood

Rex Rocking Chair Natural Oak, Solid Frame + Plywood, Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in Ljubljana, SI
The frivolous member of Rex Kralj’s foldable furniture series. This chair exudes relaxation and comfort, rocking in rhythmic motion at home as well as in working environments. Niko K...
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2010s Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Oak

Ilmari Tapiovaara Attr White Lacquered Rocking Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Ilmari Tapiovaara (attr) white lacquered wood rocking chair in impressive overall condition with light wear consistent with age and use. Other rocking chairs also available...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Wood

Bennet Sykes Blackburn Studio Rocking Chair, USA, 1971
By Bennet Sykes
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare Bennet Sykes studio rocking chair in restored condition. An absolute sculptural high end collectors studio piece. Signed!
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Walnut

Mogens Kold All Orginal Rocker
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Wonderful and rare Mogens Kold rocker. All original finish, fabric and straps. Would recommend having new straps put on this great rocker. Its a true piece of art.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Adrian Pearsall Walnut Rocking Chair
Located in Chicago, IL
Adrian Pearsall walnut base rocking chair. Walnut base has been refurbished. Velvet very minimal wear.
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1660s Antique Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Wood

1970's Vintage Bamboo Rocking Chair
Located in London, GB
A stylish and very comfortable vintage bamboo rocking chair with footrest. This was made in England, it dates from around the 1970’s. It is very well made, sturdy and sound with a...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Bamboo

Earl Walnut, Ivory Textured Linen Moresby Rocking Chair
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Solid wood construction with hand-cut joinery and custom upholstered seat and seat back. This Rocker shown in walnut and maharam plume ciabatta ivory textured linen. In stock leat...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Oak, Walnut, Leather

Verner Panton Relaxer 2 Rocking Chair by Rosenthal
Located in Berlin, DE
Verner Panton relaxer 2 rocking chair by Rosenthal "Relaxer II" rocking chair by Danish designer Verner Panton manufactured by Rosenthal Einrichtung in Germany. These have the origi...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Wood, Fabric

Danish Rocker by Holgar Georg Jensen, 1958
Located in Hingham, MA
Danish teak rocking chair designer by Holgar Georg Jensen* part of the Kubis collection for Tønder Møbelværk Denmark, 1958. Original upholstery very clean. Stylish boomerang design....
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Teak

Lawrence Peabody Mid Century Rocking Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Lawrence Peabody mid century rocking chair The rocking chair measures: 28.25 wide x 31 deep x 28.25 high, with a seat height of 17 inches and arm height/chair clearance of 22.75 ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Sculptural Rocking Chair for Craft Associates Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Spectacular Adrian Pearsall walnut rocking chair for Craft Associates. This fabulous sculptural rocker is in great restored condition. The high end woven turquoise upholstery and foa...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Peter Cooper for R.W. Winfield Rocking Chair, circa 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
Well preserved peter cooper for R.W. Winfield rocking chair, circa 1950 Nice rocking chair based on the famous design from 1850s R. W. Winfield first exhibited this chair design a...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Aluminum

Rare Vintage Rocking Chair,Czechoslovakia, 1950s, Reupholstered in French Boucle
Located in Wrocław, Poland
Very rare model of a rocking chair coming most probably from Czechoslovakia from circa 1950s. It features beautifully shaped wooden frame that has been cleaned and refinished with na...
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Beech, Ash

Rare Jordi Vilanova Pair of 'Tartera' Rocking Chairs
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Jordi Vilanova i Bosch,' Tartera' rocking chairs, boxwood, beech, and fabric, Spain, design 1961, manufacture 1960s. These two wonderful rocking chairs are made of two symmetrical s...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Beech, Boxwood

1970s Italian Brass and Black Leather Rocking Chair by Luciano Frigerio
Located in London, London
Rocking chair By Luciano Frigerio Solid brass or bronze New black leather cushions 1970s, Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Brass

1970's Vintage Rattan & Chrome Rocking Chair
Located in London, GB
A fabulous vintage rocking chair with a chromed steel frame and woven rattan seat. This was made in England, it dates from around the 1970’s. It is of superb quality and is extrem...
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Late 20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Rattan

Chaise Lounge by Cesare Leonardi e Franca Stagi in White Fiberglass, Rare
Located in Milano, IT
Dondolo designed by Leonardi and Franca Stagi one evening in 1965. Made of white fiberglass. The curve of the unique line that makes up the chair offers a profile that is both serpe...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fiberglass

Westnofa Mid Century Rosewood and Brown Leather Rocking Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Westnofa mid century rosewood and brown leather rocking chair Rocking chair measures: 27 wide x 30 deep x 36 high, with a 20.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in w...
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Charles & Ray Eames RAR Rocking Chair “Zenith”
Located in Seattle, WA
Known as the RAR rocking chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames, this chair has Zenith checker label and is the first generation produced in Zenith Plastic Factory in Gardena, Califor...
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1950s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Metal

Ynge Ekstrom Rosewood Rocking Chair, 1960s
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Scandinavian Modern Ynge Ekstrom for Swedes solid Rosewood Rocking Chair. Design attributed to Karl-Erik Ekselius. Featuring a sturdy, solid Rosewood framework with wide, comfortabl...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Rosewood

Plywood, Zero-Waste, Body-Fit, Durable, Upstate New York-Made Rocking Chair
Located in Kingston, NY
• Designed and made in Upstate New York • Body-fit comfort and easy motion • 2 Rockers per sheet of 4x8’ plywood (but price is for each one). • 0.02 leftover from each sheet of pl...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Plywood

1960s Rocking Chair by ULUV, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made of beech and mahogany wood - Carefully refurbished - The sheepskin is included - High of seat 41 cm.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Sheepskin, Beech

Gastone Rinaldi Ondalunga Rocking Chair Italy 1971
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
A very rare and original "Ondalunga" rocking chair, designed by Gastone Rinaldi and manufactured by Giuliano Pozzi, Italy 1971. The chair itself  is a true eye catcher and due to it'...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Chrome

Earl Ebonized Oak, Black Leather Moresby Rocking Chair
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Solid wood construction with hand-cut joinery and custom upholstered seat and seat back. This Rocker shown in ebonized oak and black leather. In stock leather choice: black, olive...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather, Oak, Walnut

De Pas D'Urbino Lomazzi lounge chair and stool Italy 1969
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very cool shaped lounge chair designed by Jonathan de Pas, Donato D'urbino and Paolo Lomazzo, made by BBB Bonacina, Italy 1969. This chair has a nice cognac leather upholstery and th...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather

1940s Swedish Rocking Chair by Gustaf Axel Berg
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
A particularly fine 1940s birch bentwood rocking chair by Swedish designer Gustaf Axel Berg. An early importer of Alvar Aalto furniture, Gustaf Berg's own designs were influenced ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Birch

Newly Upholstered Adrian Pearsall Rocking Chaise in Dedar Fabric, USA, 1950s
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare rocking chaise by Adrian Pearsall Rocking with an ergonomic back and new light grey Dedar fabric. While the design is similar to the Pearsall's iconic wave chaise, this model ca...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Post War Slovenian Design Rex Foldable Rocking Chair by Niko Kralj, 1950s
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
This model Rex folding rocking chair was designed by Niko Kralj in Slovenia in 1952, with this particular piece thought to have been produced during the 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Slovenian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Plywood, Sheepskin, Beech

Midcentury Rocking Chair by ULUV, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of beechwood, fabric - Maker: ULUV Krásná jizba - New upholstery - Very good condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Beech

Gilded Metal Rocking Chair by Guido Faleschini, 1970
Located in amstelveen, NL
Rocking chair designed by Guido Faleschini 1970. With curved and gilded metal. Reupholstered in a black boucle by Bisson Bruneel.
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Metal

Vintage Danish Rocking Chair in the Style of Benny Linden
Located in Brooklyn, NY
With an elegant design and spindle back, this vintage Danish rocker in the style of Benny Linden is full of Mid-Century Modern style. Please confirm item location with seller (NY/NJ).
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Teak, Upholstery

Brazilian Rocking Chair by Liceu de Artes e Oficios
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Liceu de Artes e Oficios, rocking chair, darkened wood, leather, Brazil, 1960s.  Beautiful rocking lounge chair in dark walnut with a brown suede upholstery. The frame has the app...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Leather, Imbuia

Mid-Century Modern Sculpted Rocking Chair by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern sculpted rocking chair by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Foam, Wood, Walnut

Mid-Century Rattan Rocking Chairs, 1960's
Located in Praha, CZ
- made in Czechoslovakia - made of rattan - good original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Rattan

Danish Mid Century Modern Sculpted Rocking Chair by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig -A
Located in Charlotte, NC
A mid-century Danish Modern sculpted rocking chair by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig. Walnut frame, rounded slats back, cloth seat support straps, neutral cream colored fabric upholstered...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Midcentury Black Wood Vintage Scandinavian Rocking Chair with Rope Seat, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful midcentury black wood vintage rocking chair with rope seat. This piece was designed in Scandinavia during the 1950s. The black color of the structure is very elegant, es...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

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Beech, Rope, Wood

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