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Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

POSTMODERN STYLE

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

ORIGINS OF POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Emerges during the 1960s; popularity explodes during the ’80s
  • A reaction to prevailing conventions of modernism by mainly American architects
  • Architect Robert Venturi critiques modern architecture in his Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966)
  • Theorist Charles Jencks, who championed architecture filled with allusions and cultural references, writes The Language of Post-Modern Architecture (1977)
  • Italian design collective the Memphis Group, also known as Memphis Milano, meets for the first time (1980) 
  • Memphis collective debuts more than 50 objects and furnishings at Salone del Milano (1981)
  • Interest in style declines, minimalism gains steam

CHARACTERISTICS OF POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Dizzying graphic patterns and an emphasis on loud, off-the-wall colors
  • Use of plastic and laminates, glass, metal and marble; lacquered and painted wood 
  • Unconventional proportions and abundant ornamentation
  • Playful nods to Art Deco and Pop art

POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

VINTAGE POSTMODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

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

Postmodern design 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. Later, in Milan, a cohort of creators led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendinia onetime mentor to Sottsass and a key figure in the Italian Radical movement — brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass, an industrial designer, philosopher and provocateur, gathered a core group of young designers into a collective in 1980 they called Memphis. Members of the Memphis Group,  which would come to include Martine Bedin, Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata, Michele de Lucchi and Matteo Thun, saw design as a means of communication, and they wanted it to shout. That it did: The first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 in Milan 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. Even though it preceded the Memphis Group’s formal launch, Sottsass’s iconic Ultrafragola mirror — in its conspicuously curved plastic shell with radical pops of pink neon — proves striking in any space and embodies many of the collective’s postmodern ideals. 

After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, the postmodern movement within furniture and interior design quickly took off in America. (Memphis fell out of fashion when the Reagan era gave way to cool 1990’s minimalism.) The architect Robert Venturi had by then 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 vintage postmodern furniture collection includes chairs, coffee tables, sofas, decorative objects, table lamps and more.

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Style: Post-Modern
Vico Magistretti for Cassina 'Fiandra' Modular Sofa in Brown Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vico Magistretti for Cassina, ‘Fiandra’ sectional sofa, leather, plastic, Italy, 1975 This subtle and modest sofa is designed by the Italian designer Vico Magistretti (1920-2006) f...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Leather, Plastic

Mario Bellini for B&B Italia 'Camaleonda' Modular Sofa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, 'Camaleonda' sectional sofa, fabric, metal, Italy, design 1970 This iconic sofa is designed by Italian master Mario Bellini for B&B Italia in 1970. The...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Metal

Rare Carlo Bartoli for Rossi di Albizzate 'Bogo' Sofa in Blue Grey Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carlo Bartoli for Rossi di Albizzate, modular 'Bogo' sofa, leather, Italy, 1976 A postmodern design by Italian master of architecture and design Carlo Bartoli (1931-2020) known for ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Leather

Kwok Hoi Chan for Steiner 'Chromatic' Modular Sofa in Red Purple Colors
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kwok Hoi Chan for Steiner, sectional sofa, model ´chromatic´, fabric, France, 1970 A postmodern design by Kwok Hoi Chan created in 1970 for Steiner. Design in the seventies was all ...
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1970s French Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Characteristic Italian Modular Sofa in Brown and Beige Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Modular sofa, fabric, Italy, 1970s This charming Italian sofa is made in a characteristic patterned upholstery in brown and beige tones with cord like stitching along the backrests...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Mario Bellini Reupholstered 'Camaleonda' Modular Sofa in Light Blue Velvet
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, reupholstered 'Camaleonda' sectional sofa, light blue velvet, metal, Italy, design 1970 This iconic sofa is designed by Italian master Mario Bellini fo...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Metal

Grand Geometric Sectional Sofa in Cognac Brown Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Modular sofa, leather, wood, Europe, 1970s. This well-designed sofa is executed in brown leather with patina that gives the sofa a lively and robust look. This sofa is characterized...
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1970s European Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Leather

Wiener Werkstätte 'Attributed' Sectional Sofa in Pink Orange Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Attributed to Wiener Werkstätte, modular sofa, leather, plastic, Austria, 1970s. This sofa is fully executed in a salmon pink leather that contributes to a unified look. The constru...
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1970s Austrian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Leather, Plastic

Vico Magistretti for Cassina 'Fiandra' Modular Sofa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vico Magistretti for Cassina, ‘Fiandra’ sectional sofa, suede, Italy, 1970s This subtle and modest sofa is designed by the Italian designer Vico Magistretti (1920-2006) for Cassina...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Suede

Italian Sectional Sofa in Red Orange Patterned Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sectional sofa, fabric, beech, Italy, 1970s. This Italian modular sofa is designed in the seventies and contains six elements. Therefore, the sofa becomes very versatile as it all...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric, Beech

Large Postmodern Sectional Sofa in Blue Upholstery and Aluminum
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sectional sofa, cobalt blue fabric upholstery, aluminum, Italy, 1980s Large Postmodern modular sofa, consisting of six regular seating element...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Aluminum

Cini Boeri for Arflex Modular 'Strips' Three Elements Sofa with Ottoman
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cini Boeri for Arflex, three modular 'strips' sofa with ottoman, chrome, fabric upholstery, Italy, 1970s Stunning 'Strips' sofa designed by Italian designer Cini Boeri for Arflex. T...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Chrome

Postmodern Italian Sectional Sofa in Blue and Off-White Dots Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Modular sofa, fabric, brushed metal, Italy, 1970s A postmodern design of Italian origin with an ingenious construction comprised of three seating elements and five/six loose backres...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Metal

Roberto Iera for Felicerossi Large Sectional Sofa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Roberto Iera for Felicerossi, sectional sofa model 'Il Colombaccio', fabric, stainless steel, Italy, 1970s Stunnig modular sofa by Italian designer Roberto Iera for manufacturer Fel...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli 'Sistema 61' Sectional Sofa in Blue
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, 'Sistema 61' modular sofa, fabric, plastic, Italy, 1973 In the realm of 1970s design, the Sistema 61 emerges as a striking testament to the I...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric, Plastic

Rare Bernard Govin for Ligne Roset Sectional Sofa in Purple Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Bernard Govin for Ligne Roset, sectional sofa, fabric, foam, France, 1970s This extremely rare modular sofa is designed by Bernard Govin for Ligne Roset. This organically shaped sof...
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1970s French Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric, Foam

De Pas, D’Urbino & Lomazzi for Zanotta 'Settebello' Sectional Sofa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gionathan de Pas, Donato D’Urbino & Paolo Lomazzi for Zanotta, 'settebello' modular sofa, fabric, polyure...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Vico Magistretti for Cassina 'Fiandra' Modular Sofa in Brown Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vico Magistretti for Cassina, ‘Fiandra’ sectional sofa, leather, plastic, Italy, 1975 This subtle and modest sofa is designed by the Italian ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Leather, Plastic

Organically Shaped Sectional Sofa in Black Leather
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Attributed to Wiener Werkstätte, modular sofa, leather, Austria, 1980s This sofa is fully executed in a black leather that contributes to a unified look. The construction consists o...
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1980s Austrian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Leather

Italian Modular Sofa in Striped Green Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Modular sofa, fabric, wood, Italy, 1980s. This sectional sofa takes your breath away easily due to its large size. With its comfortable elements, this sofa definitely is the perfect...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Italian Sectional Sofa in Soft Red Floral Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Modular sofa, fabric, Italy, 1970s This grandiose characteristic sofa of Italian origin finds itself at the intersection of art and furniture design. The modular sofa contains four ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Large Gaetano Pesce for Cassina 'Cannaregio' Modular Sofa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gaetano Pesce for Cassina, sofa, model ‘Cannaregio’, multicolored upholstery, Italy, 1987 Large ‘Cannaregio’ sofa, designed by Gaetano Pesce for Cassi...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Postmodern 2 Piece Gray Leather Sectional Sofas
Located in Chicago, IL
Postmodern 2 piece gray leather sectional sofas. 2 Piece modular sofa can be used as shown or used in a corner. High quality supple and smooth grey leather.
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Leather

Thonet Large Serpentine Sectional Sofa
Located in Pasadena, TX
A Modern Sectional Sofa by Thonet Four separate sections providing for different serpentine configurations. Ebonized wooden arms and feet. Newly upholstered in a textured cream c...
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1990s Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Vladmir Kagan Cloud Sectional
Located in Chicago, IL
Introducing the Vladimir Kagan 3-Piece Cloud Sectional: A contemporary masterpiece that seamlessly combines style and comfort. This sectional invites u...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Bouclé

Interior Crafts Sectional by Richard Himmel c. 1970s
Located in Chicago, IL
tagged and in excellent, original condition. There is extremely minor wear consistent with age and use and some wear on the chrome base but we cannot overstate how perfect this sofa ...
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1970s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Vintage Postmodern Kagan Style 3 Piece Sectional Sofa Styled After Directional
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Postmodern Kagan Style Three Piece Curved Ribbed Base Sectional Sofa by Directional This three piece sectional sofa is perfect for a lobby, lounge, restaurant or a large li...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

Vintage Postmodern Kagan Style Curved Three Piece Sectional Sofa
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Postmodern Kagan Style Curved Three Piece Sectional Sofa This vintage postmodern Kagan style sectional sofa is in its original fabric. Its three sections allow you to arrang...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

Vintage Postmodern Channel Back Flared Serpentine Sectional Sofa Bernhardt Style
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Postmodern Channel Back Flared Serpentine Sectional Sofa Styled After Bernhardt Original Upholstery This Bernhardt serpentine sofa is in its original purple upholstery and ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

Jan Ekselius, Etcetera Modul Sofa, 1974
By Jan Ekselius, AB Carlsson
Located in Baranzate, IT
Composed of 32 urethane elements, blue fabric cover, chrome-plated metal base. Designer Jan Ekselius, 1974 for J.O.Carlsson AB-a furniture factory owned by his father Karl-Erik Eksel...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Metal

Steve Chase Illuminated Sofa, 1980
Located in Chicago, IL
Steve Chase Illuminated Sofa, 1980. Original fabric in good condition. Sofa has lighting underneath that illuminates. 28" tall x 242" w 45"deep seat height 17 in 180 in from armrest ...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

1970s Cor 'Trio' 8 Piece Modular Sofa by Team Form AG, Newly Reupholstered
Located in Toronto, CA
Scale of epic proportion, but configure this enormous piece as you wish. With 8 unique pieces, the possibilities are endless. (Take the backrest away, and you have a comfortable twin...
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1970s German Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric, Foam

Roche Bobois leather sectional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A three piece leather sectional sofa by Roche Bobois. removable cushions with velco to secure them to the sofa frame. very comfortable.
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Leather

Post Modern 3 Piece Sectional Sofa by Preview
Located in Las Vegas, NV
This 3 piece Preview sectional sofa is great. I love the details, it adds so much interest and design flair. Taking it from a simple sectional to a real designer piece. The sofa i...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Unique modular Fiorenzo Dorigo sofa set, Italy 2000s
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
This modular black sofa called ‘Sitland’, designed by Fiorenzo Dorigo, is a striking blend of function and sleek design. Its four pieces can be arranged to suit any space, making it ...
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Early 2000s Italian Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric

Post Modern 5 Piece Modular Scoop Chair Sofa
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Great 5 piece Post Modern modular sectional sofa. Comprised of 5 identical chair pieces that can be used individually or together. The arrangements are truly endless. Willing to...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Velvet

Six-Piece Sectional by Carsons, 1980s
Located in Philadelphia, PA
- Total dimensions: 31.5"h, 164"w, 36"d, 14" seat height - Six total pieces: Rectangular pieces (3) are 31.5"h, 30.25"w, 36"d; triangular pieces (2) are 31.5"h, 43"w, 36"d; chaise pi...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Cotton, Polyester

Pink Postmodern Sectional Sofa, Style of Milo Baughman for Thayer-Coggin, 1980
Located in Chicago, IL
Pink Postmodern Sectional sofa in the style ofMilo Baughman for Thayer-Coggin 1980. Original upholstery.
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Velvet

8 Piece Modular Snake Sofa in Yellow Pastel Quilted Leather from Laauser
Located in Izegem, VWV
This 1990s pastel yellow/beige modular leather sofa with quilted back and with near endless possibilities to place was created by Laauser and exists of the following elements: - 2 qu...
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Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Leather

Monumental Playpen Modular Sectional by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin
Located in Chicago, IL
c. 1980s. Was previously reupholstered into oatmeal/grey wool. Laminate tops on the back of all pieces. Comes with three pieces, can be reorganized into many different configurations...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Wool, Laminate

Post Modern Bernhardt 4 Piece Sectional, 1980
Located in Chicago, IL
Post Modern Bernhardt 4 Piece Sectional, 1980. Mauve/pink velvet original upholstery in great condition. Has a thin purple/violet pin stripe. Measures Over ...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Velvet

1980s Carson's Designer Sectional Sofa
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage 1980s Carson's designer three-piece sectional sofa, newly upholstered in a soft 100% cotton velvet with a stain repellant finish from Mark Alexander. The arms are beautifully...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Velvet

Sven Larsson, Large Sectional Sofa, Pine, Fabric, Sweden, 1970s
Located in High Point, NC
A large pine and beige fabric sectional sofa designed by Sven Larsson and produced by Sven Larsson Möbelshop, Sweden, 1970s. Seat height 16.5”
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1970s Swedish Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric, Pine

1980s Weiman Curved Channel Back Two Piece Sectional
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
On offer on this occasion is one of the most stunning, sectional you could hope to find. Outstanding design is exhibited throughout. The beautiful sectional is statement piece which ...
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1980s North American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

Giuseppe Munari modular sofa for Poltronova, Italy 1970s
Located in London, GB
Module: H65 W90 D90cm Corner module: H65 W140 D95cm This modular sofa by Guiseppe Munari resembles that of a cloud, both in form and comfort. Designed...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Mohair, Foam

Post Modern Sectional Sofa designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin, 1990
Located in Hamburg, PA
A Post-Modern sectional sofa designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. This fabulous sofa came out of a period home and was custom-made circa 1990. This large sofa has additional ...
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1990s American Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

De Sede black modular 10 seating elements and table living room set
Located in Zevenaar, NL
Beautiful modular sofa by De Sede in a stunning greyish black leather with waterfall back. 10 pieces; 5 seating elements, 5 tables. (+5 tabletops) 1980s high quality from Switserland...
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1980s Swiss Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Leather

Pierre Paulin for Artifort 'Mississippi' Sectional Sofa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pierre Paulin for Artifort, sectional sofa 'Mississippi', Belgium, 1978 French designer Pierre Paulin created the 'Mississippi' modular sofa in 1978. This sofa shows five elements t...
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1970s Belgian Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Fabric, Upholstery

1980s Postmodern Preview Cloud Sectional Sofa
Located in Bensalem, PA
Stunning 3 piece PREVIEW sectional sofa
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

Rare Donghia Jack Larsen Textile Modular Slipper Sectional
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
On offer on this occasion is one of the most stunning modular sectional you could hope to find. This is an ultra-rare opportunity to acquire what is, unequivocally, the best of the b...
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1990s American Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Textile, Upholstery, Wood

1980s Preview Biomorphic Modular Sectional
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
On offer on this occasion is one of the most stunning modular sectional you could hope to find. This is an ultra-rare opportunity to acquire what is, unequivocally, the best of the b...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery, Wood

1980s John Stuart Leather Lizard Python Print Sectional
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
On offer on this occasion is one of the most stunning, distressed leather, lizard or snake print sectional you could hope to find. This is an ultra-rare opportunity to acquire what i...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Sectional Anthracite Gray Leather Sofa DS-18 by De Sede, Switzerland 1980s
Located in Beograd, RS
In this listing you will find a gorgeous Sectional Leather Sofa, model DS-18, designed and manufactured by De Sede Switzerland. Crafted with the utmost attention to detail, this leat...
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1980s Swiss Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Faux Leather, Wood

Preview Sectional Designed by M. Fillmore Harty
By Preview, M. Fillmore Harty
Located in Chicago, IL
Discover a blend of comfort and style with this L-shaped sectional sofa designed by M. Fillmore Harty for Preview Furniture. With its three distinct sections, the sofa accommodates up to five people with ease, making it a versatile choice for various settings. Newly re-upholstered in plush foam, it promises a cushioned seating experience. The sofa shines with its sophisticated eggplant-colored mohair upholstery, adding a touch of elegance to any living space. A unique feature is its geometrically curved...
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1990s American Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Mohair

1980s Attributed to Milo Baughman Slippers Modular Tweed Sectional
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
On offer on this occasion is one of the most stunning modular sectional you could hope to find. This is an ultra-rare opportunity to acquire what is, unequivocally, the best of the b...
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Upholstery

1990s Preview Weiman Curved Serpentine Sectional
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
On offer on this occasion is one of the most stunning three pieces sectional you could hope to find. This is an ultra-rare opportunity to acquire what is, unequivocally, the best of ...
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1990s North American Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Metal

Louis Durot French Post War Artist Cowrie Shell Sofa Settee Sculpture in Polymer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A late 1970's, post modern or pop art sculptural settee sofa by French artist and scientist Louis Durot (b. 1939). - This is one of three works that I am offering through my 1stdibs storefront, HKFA. Search HKFA on 1stdibs, view my storefront and see the other two works by Louis Durot, a curvaceous blue armchair sculptural work of art / furniture and a L'Echasuffesuse red lip sofa settee sculptural work of art / furniture. - Mr. Durot describes his work, "I explore the abstraction of objects, to create art that provokes thought and curiosity." This is an oversized and stylized cowrie shell sofa settee. The settee is constructed of a polymer / polyurethane foam of Mr. Durot's creation. There is a hard 'shell' on the base that the softer polyurethane sits inside. The white surface exhibits some marks and scuffs. There are a couple small openings on the surface. I believe that this is more of a sculptural work of art rather than a functional piece of furniture - however, it really is quite comfortable. The couple very small tears in the covering allow air to escape and when seated on the cowrie shell, one sinks a bit lower than perhaps was intended. Mr. Durot holds several patents on polymers and polyurethanes. Mr. Durot was born in 1939. He and his family narrowly escaped certain death during World War II. Durot, living in hiding for many years, grew up in France. As a child in 1944 he molded toys for himself and the other children in their village from different shades of clay by the river near his home. From this beginning, Mr. Durot has been creating, sculpting and molding ever since. His school age years earned him a reputation of an 'enfant terrible' and in his own words "In my youth, I had to fight for my survival. In the village where I was hiding, we were kept in a barn with the goats and other livestock. I was very young and malnourished. And everything was a matter of strength. We had very little food, and as I was smaller than some of the other children I always got the last scraps. But when you are starving you have to fight to survive. When I grew up and started to go to school, I became unable to suffer discipline or take orders from anybody. And this is why I could never be employed. I have only been employed for six weeks in my life!" In 1960 Durot enrolled in the Facultie de Sciences to study math. It was in 1963 that Durot became interested in engineering and secured a position with Equipel. It was while employed by Equipel that he began to study organic chemistry...
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Late 20th Century French Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

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Foam

Louis Durot French Post War Artist Red Lips L'echauffeuse Sofa Settee Sculpture
Located in Atlanta, GA
A late 1970's, post modern or pop art sculptural settee sofa by French artist and scientist Louis Durot (b. 1939). - This is one of three works that I am offering through my 1stdibs storefront, HKFA. Search HKFA on 1stdibs, view my storefront and see the other two works by Louis Durot, a curvaceous blue armchair sculptural work of art / furniture and an oversized cowrie shell sofa settee sculptural work of art / furniture. - Mr. Durot describes his work, "I explore the abstraction of objects, to create art that provokes thought and curiosity." This is a pair of red hot lips! The Warmer - L'échauffeuse. Oversized, pouty, slightly parted and gorgeously stylized - this pair of lips is ready to blow you a kiss. The sculptural settee is constructed of a polymer / polyurethane foam of Mr. Durot's creation. There is some mottling to the surface and it exhibits some marks and scuffs. I believe that this is more of a sculptural work of art rather than a functional piece of furniture - however, it really is quite comfortable. When seated within the slightly parted lips, you are held by their pouty kiss. Mr. Durot holds several patents on polymers and polyurethanes. Mr. Durot was born in 1939. He and his family narrowly escaped certain death during World War II. Durot, living in hiding for many years, grew up in France. As a child in 1944 he molded toys for himself and the other children in their village from different shades of clay by the river near his home. From this beginning, Mr. Durot has been creating, sculpting and molding ever since. His school age years earned him a reputation of an 'enfant terrible' and in his own words "In my youth, I had to fight for my survival. In the village where I was hiding, we were kept in a barn with the goats and other livestock. I was very young and malnourished. And everything was a matter of strength. We had very little food, and as I was smaller than some of the other children I always got the last scraps. But when you are starving you have to fight to survive. When I grew up and started to go to school, I became unable to suffer discipline or take orders from anybody. And this is why I could never be employed. I have only been employed for six weeks in my life!" In 1960 Durot enrolled in the Facultie de Sciences to study math. It was in 1963 that Durot became interested in engineering and secured a position with Equipel. It was while employed by Equipel that he began to study organic chemistry...
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Late 20th Century French Post-Modern Sectional Sofas

Materials

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Post-modern sectional sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Post-Modern sectional sofas for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage sectional sofas created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with fabric, upholstery and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Post-Modern sectional sofas made in a specific country, there are North America, United States, and Europe pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original sectional sofas, popular names associated with this style include Weiman, Preview, B&B Italia, and Bernhardt. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for sectional sofas differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,395 and tops out at $22,000 while the average work can sell for $8,523.

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