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Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe 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.

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 American 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
Midcentury Chrome Jules Heumann for Metropolitan Pair Cantilever Lounge Chairs
Located in Chicago, IL
Gorgeous pair midcentury cantilever lounge chairs by Jules Heumann for Metropolitan Furniture, circa 1970. Newly upholstered in a soft blue wool, with high polish chrome base. Meas...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Chrome

Rare Erik Kirgegaard Model 52 Walnut Armchair with Blue Tweed Seat
Located in New York, NY
Stunning walnut Model 52 chair by Erik Kirkegaard for Høng Stolefabrik. Reupholstered seat in blue tweed. Measurements: W: 22 1/2" D: 21" H: 29 1/4" Seat height is 18".
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fabric, Teak, Upholstery

Pair of Børge Mogensen Teak on Steel Frame Side Chairs, Denmark, 1950's
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very sleek side chairs designed by Borge Mogensen, manufactured by soborg mobelfabrik, Denmark, 1950s. Teak on steel frames.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel

Pr. Mid Century Chairs by Richard McCarthy for Selrite Ca. 1950’s
Located in New York, NY
Pair of architectural mid century side chairs by noted designer Richard McCarthy for Selrite Furniture. The chairs has unusual and chic faux reptile upholstery, wrought iron frame, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Mid-Century Rolling Lucite Benches
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Lucite vanity stools featuring a spiral bottom sitting on four rolling wheels in a bronze finish. The top also has a square vinyl pad. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ.).
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Lucite

Rare Tove & Edvard Kindt-Larsen Danish Teak Chair with Yellow Ochre Leather Seat
Located in New York, NY
Rare Tove & Edvard Kindt-Larsen teak side chair with yellow ochre leather seat. Stunning design. Measurements: H: 28.5" W: 23" D: 20" Seat height is 18.5" and armrests are...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Set of 4 Midcentury Ward Bennett Brickel Associates Ash & Leather Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates, elegant leather armchairs. Made from ash wood and stained in a walnut finish, upholstered in leather. Stunning set of chairs, leather...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Ash, Leather

10 Authentic Pierre Jeanneret Armless Dining Chairs, Teak, Cane, France/India
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of ten (10) Pierre Jeanneret hand cane arm less dining chairs. A rare set of authentic arm less dining chairs (not to restrict movement) re-polished and re-caned chairs in India....
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Teak

Unusual Brazilian Modern Jacaranda Wood Chairs
Located in Long Island City, NY
Brazilian-modern jacaranda chairs with leather sling seats complete with buckles, bentwood back frame and trumpet shaped legs. Underseat is made up of a sophisticated buckle with a h...
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20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Solid White Ash Wood Italian Folding Chairs, Set of 4
Located in Germantown, MD
A beautiful set of vintage solid white ash Italian folding chairs. Excellent vintage condition. Light weight. Excellent folding mechanism. W Kiki.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Ash

Italian Modern Vittorio Nobili Walnut Plywood & Brass Medea Chair
Located in Utrecht, NL
'Medea' chair, designed by Italian designer Vittorio Nobili for Tagliabue, Italy 1955. Molded walnut plywood shell with high gloss lacquer finish accented with brass hardware. Four...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass, Steel

Peg Lev Armchair, Michel Arnoult, 1968, Midcentury Brazilian
Located in Clifton, NJ
Michel Arnoult (1922-2005) defended that good design should be accessible to everyone. To this end, he has always invested in industrial and assembly processes that could lower the c...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Cowhide, Leather, Hardwood

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 Side Chairs

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Chrome

Iron Armchair with Jacaranda by Geraldo de Barros, Brazil, 1955, Unilabor
Located in Houston, TX
Geraldo de Barros (1923-1998) Iron single armchair Manufactured by Unilabor Brazil, 1955. Iron frame, fabric upholstered. Measurements: 55 cm x 65 cm x 75 h cm 21.6 in x 2...
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1950s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Iron

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 Side Chairs

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Leather

‘Strip’ Chairs with Armrests in Dark-Brown Ashwood by Gijs Bakker for Castelijn
Located in Voorburg, NL
Very rare set of ‘Strip’ dining chairs with armrests, designed in 1974 by Gijs Bakker for Castelijn in the Netherlands (marked). Only a limited amount of these chairs were made with ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

Studio Metal Chair Sculpture, in Stock
Located in Miami, FL
Studio metal chair, in stock Studio built with geometric design in metal with dark bronze patina Metal woven rush seat Back with concentric circles Tubular legs joined by stretchers ...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Set of Two Medea Chairs by Vittorio Nobili for Fratelli Tagliabue, Italy, 1950s
Located in Hellouw, NL
Set of two Medea chairs by Vittorio Nobili for Fratelli Tagliabue, Italy 1950s. These iconic Italian modern chairs have a great design. Enamelled iron bars are the frame of this chai...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Sculptural Chairs in Braided Natural Fiber
Located in Isle Sur Sorgue, FR
These chairs are perfect decoration pieces. They are all handmade with natural fiber yet strong and solid. They were featured in a French decoration magazine last summer (2020) as an...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Seagrass

Industrial Bar Stools in Aluminum by Joan Casas I Ortinez for Indecasa, Spain
Located in Voorburg, NL
Set of six Industrial Bar Stools designed by Joan Casas I Ortinez for Indecasa, Barcelona Spain. This design has the feel of the Classic American counter stool with the added Europea...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Walnut Barrel Lounge Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid-century walnut barrel lounge chair This chair measures: 29 wide x 27 deep x 29 inches high, with a seat height of 17 and arm height of 25.25 inches All pieces of furniture ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

1965, Verner Panton, Stacking Chair, Herman Miller, First Edition in Green
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Panton plastic early version in beautiful green. Good condition after probably newly sprayed, besides some tiny scratches on the front see pictures #8 and #9. On the backorder therea...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Polyester

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Strap Side Chair for Widdicomb
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A cotton webbed side chair with solid mahogany sculptural frame and cast brass legs by iconic Mid Century designer T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for the Widdicomb Furniture company noted fo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Mahogany

Black Oak and Leather Cruz Dining Chair by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Cruz dining chair is made from a solid American walnut or white oak frame that features a cantilevered shape and lacquered brass stretchers. The seat is upholstered. The Lawson-...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Teak Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of modern armchairs are newly restored and is made out of teak wood with a newly stained rich mahogany color and lacquered finish. The chairs have crafted frames with a cur...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Foam, Wood, Teak, Lacquer, Upholstery, Fabric

1950's Pair of Italian Chairs by Ico and Luisa Parisi for Ariberto Colombo
Located in Paris, FR
A set of two 20th century collectible chairs designed by the iconic duo Ico and Luisa Parisi for Ariberto Colombo in the mid-1950s. This classic design is highlighted by the curved b...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Beech

Egon Eiermann, Folding Chair Model SE 18, for Wilde + Spieth, Designed 1952
Located in London, GB
Egon Eiermann (designer), Germany Wilde+Spieth (manufacturer), Germany SE18 folding chair, designed 1952 Beech frame with laminated beech plywood seat and back. Clear lacquered ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Plywood

Auke Komter Very Rare Armchair for Metz & Co
By Metz & Co., Auke Komter
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Auke Komter for Metz & Co, chair, beech, plywood, walnut, the Netherlands, 1930s This stately chair was designed by Dutch Architect Auke Komter in the early 1930s. The armchair is m...
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1930s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Walnut, Plywood

Guillerme et Chambron, 6 Polished Oak Dining Chairs, France, Mid-20th Century
Located in New York, NY
These elegant set of six limed oak dining chairs by the celebrated French designer Robert Guillerme, was created as part of a line of design he produced for the company Votre Maison....
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Rattan, Oak

Set of Four Danish Mid-Century Modern Oiled Walnut Side Dining Chairs
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Set of 4 solid and steady Danish mid-century modern oiled walnut side chairs in style of Risom.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Roger Sprunger Desk Chair for Dunbar 1967
Located in New York, NY
Desk chair model No. 6738 in dark ash with seat upholstered in white linen by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar, American 1967. Refinished and reupholstered in white linen by Lobel Modern.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Linen, Ash

Brass Handle Desk Chair with Greek Key Design
Located in St. Louis, MO
In the style of Grosfeld House mahogany frame desk chair with brass handle, caned back, Greek key design, splayed fluted legs and black leather seat. Original leather seat, has some ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Brass

Don Albinson Stacking Side Chairs by Knoll Set of 14
Located in Highland, IN
Important industrial designer Don Albinson, a Cranbrook peer of Charles and Ray Eames, Ralph Rapson, Harry Bertoia and Eero Saarinen worked in the Eames office as head designer for 1...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Sculptural Mid-Century Armchair
Located in Weesp, NL
Elegant and stylish midcentury Afromosia (African teak) and leather chair designed by Bob og Dries van den Bergh for Tranekær Mobler, Denmark. This spectacular design is a jewel in ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Leather, Teak

1960s Mid-Century Modern Wicker and Chrome Cantilever Barrel Lounge Chairs
Located in Farmington Hills, MI
We are very pleased to offer an organic, sculptural pair of Italian, barrel chairs, circa the 1960s. This stunning set showcases a cantilever chrome tubular steel base and an exquisi...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Chrome

Midcentury High Back Ladder Green Velvet Italian Chiavari Chairs, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Beautiful pair of chiavarine chairs, with a seat dressed in green velvet. High quality of the "Chiavari" chairs in very good original condition. Perfect sculptural side chairs made ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Velvet, Wood, Beech

Karl Springer Pair of JMF Chairs in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "JMF Chairs" in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American 1970's. These chairs are meticulously crafted. Reference Karl Springer catalog, red binder, section “seating”, ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Goatskin, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Cantilevered Side Chairs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of vintage chrome side chairs features sloped upholstered arms and plush upholstered seats. The stylish modern appeal of this well-crafted pair of arm chairs make this viny...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Chrome

Vintage Modern Italian Lucite Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern style Lucite chair featuring chrome legs and upholstered cushion. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Multiple Galvanitas S20 Stackable Black and Grey Plywood Chairs, Netherlands
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Large stock of the Industrial and stackable Galvanitas S20 plywood chair in Prouve style. The black / charcoal plywood seats are in good condition. The grey frames have slight scratc...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel

Paul McCobb Side Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCobb thin brass frame side chairs (3 available).
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

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 Side Chairs

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Wool, Cherry

Single Tomlinson Sophisticate Neoclassical Fluted Column Desk Chair
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Tomlinson sophisticate classically influenced, fluted column side or desk chair circa 1950s. New foam and upholstery.  
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood, Upholstery

Rare White Paul McCobb Origami Chair on Spider Base
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1960s vintage white molded fiberglass Origami shell chair designed by Paul McCobb on very scarce spider base. A stunning example of this rarely seen combo. The faceted chair has been...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fiberglass

Set of Four Eames / Girard La Fonda Side Chairs by Herman Miller
Located in Highland, IN
This set of four side chairs are the result of the collaboration between Charles and Ray Eames and Alexander Girard when he was designing the interior of La Fonda Del Sol restaurant....
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Fiberglass, Upholstery

Black AP Originals Armchair, by Hein Salomonson and Theo Tempelman, 1960
Located in Schagen, NL
Rare armchair, Model AP22, designed by Hein Salomonson and Theo Tempelman in 1960. The chair was manufactured by AP Originals, originally for the RAI restaurant Amsterdam. The chair ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Small Modern Lounge Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage upholstered lounge chair with sculptural armrests and walnut frame. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with dealer.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Design Classic: Mies Van Der Rohe, Set of Six Brno Chairs for Knoll, 1980s
Located in Renens, CH
Set of of six BRNO Chairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, produced by Gavina for Knoll during the 1980s. These cantilever chairs were originally designed during the 1930s for use in ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel

Mid Century Teak and Cane Occasional Chair
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid Century Teak and Cane Occasional Chair The chair measures: 22.25 wide x 25.5 deep x 30.5 high, with a seat height/chair clearance of 17 inches Ready for new upholstery. Thi...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Cane, Teak

Vintage Wood Arm Chair
Located in Pasadena, CA
This outstanding vintage wood arm chair has been custom painted in the 'Swedish' style to highlight all its special details and the seat is newly upholstered in a beautiful vintage i...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover
Located in Providence, RI
Early DKW-2 (dining height / wire shell / wood base) with leather bikini cover, designed by Ray & Charles Eames, circa 1950. This example produced by Herman Miller, circa 1952-1954. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Steel

Karl Springer Pair of JMF Chairs in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "JMF Chairs" in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. These clean line chairs are beautifully made.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Goatskin, Wood

Mid-Century Arne Hovmand-Olsen Teak and Rush Dining Chairs C.1960-a Pair
Located in San Francisco, CA
About Price is for the pair. Contact us for more shipping options: S16 Home San Francisco. Simple and elegant mid-century teak dining chairs with rush woven seats. Both re-caned i...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Rush, Teak

Flirty Slipper Chair Set Midcentury Modern Furry Glamor Style Billy Haines 1950s
Located in National City, CA
Side slipper chair pair 1950s Attributed to Billy Haines. Unmarked. Set of two freshly upholstered sassy slipper side chairs Fabulous flair and furry comfort to boot. Measures: 3...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood, Fabric

Jens Risom Dining Chairs for Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Knoll Jens Risom chairs. Simple classic and honest design made this side or dining chair so popular that its still in production today. Made from solid maple wood and black cotton ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Cotton, Maple

High Style Midcentury Mahogany Dining Chair with Woven Wicker Seat
Located in Van Nuys, CA
High style midcentury mahogany formal dining chair with woven wicker seat.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

Italian Midcentury Side Chair Attributed to Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian Panna Cotta color chair.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Wood

Chiavari Wooden Armchair from Rocca, 1960s, Italy
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
An ultra-lightweight chair in very good condition. Measures: Width 59 cm Depth 63 cm Height 107.5 cm Seat height 45 cm.   
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wicker, Wood

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