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Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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
Charlotte Perriand Refolo Modular Sofa, Wood and Black Leather by Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Modular system that can be use as a sofa, bench or other options designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1953. Relaunched by Cassina in 2004. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. A modul...
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood, Fabric

Retrofuturism 70s Style Pink Velvet & Polished Brass Base Accent Chair Manhattan
Located in Madrid, ES
Manhattan accent chair speaks about a wild party in lates 70s, a time of hyper-self-expression and experimentation. A symbol of hedonism. Explores the themes of tension between pa...
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass

Deep 1970s Howard Keith Diplomat Sofa
Located in London, London
Diplomat sofa By Howard Keith Very similar to the Durant sofa by Kelly Wearstler Smaller version than usually seen Chrome legs Deep seating Seat height 42cm Upho...
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Late 20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

California Modern Sofa with Coffee Table Set by Martin Borenstein
Located in Los Angeles, CA
California Modern sofa with coffee table set by Martin Borenstein.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" Two-Seat Sofa for Cassina, 1969, Italy
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
An Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" two-seater sofa manufactured by Cassina in Italy and designed in 1969. A unique design that after 50 years is hugely in-demand by interior designers...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Leather Sofa by Gerard Van Den Berg, NL, 1980's
Located in Austin, TX
Exceptionally clean-lined vintage leather sofa of great scale and proportion in cognac leather by Dutch maker, Gerard Van Den Berg. Leather is in great condition with the perfect amo...
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1980s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Mid-Century Modern Off-white Bouclé Malibu Round Sofa Soft Cotton Velvet details
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
Like a warm embrace, Malibu Round Sofa welcomes you to stay within and relax. An elevated homage to the golden age of midcentury design and organic architecture, it radiates through ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé, Velvet

Martin Visser Leather Sofa BZ55 for 't Spectrum
Located in Dronten, NL
Martin Visser sofa BZ55 designed in 1968 for 't Spectrum. This model is pictured in the catalogue raisonné. A very modern design with comfortable down filled cushions. Florence Knol...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Modular Sofa by Jean Prevost 1970
By Jean Prevost
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Rare Modular sofa by Jean Prevost From 1970 - 1975.
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Tulip Group Sofa in Rosewood by K M Wilkins for G-Plan of England
Located in Chattanooga, TN
This incredible sofa was purchased new in Glasgow, Scotland in 1970. We acquired from the original owners who kept it in pristine condition. Designed by K.M. Wilkins for G-Plan of En...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Rosewood

Liberty Armchair High Back, Polished Brass and Pink Jacquard Velvet Cushions
Located in Oporto, PT
Inspiration: The sculptural forms of the 30s inspired the Liberty Collection. The tubular and steel structures that have marked those years are combined with a new inspiration that...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Bamboo Sofa Bed from 1970s
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian bamboo and rattan sofa or daybed. The daybed is in really good vintage conditions with a wonderful patina. Little signs are due to age and use. This day...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bamboo, Rattan

Mario Bellini for Cassina Cab 415 Buffalo Cognac Leather Sofa/Bench Italy, 1980s
Located in Almelo, NL
A beautiful rare out-of-production Mario Bellini Model 415 'Cab' two seat sofa in incredible thick Patinated Buffalo Cognac leather, by Cassina (signed), designed in the 1970s, this ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Alberto Rosselli Mid-Century 'Confidential' Three Seater Sofa for Saporiti
Located in London, GB
A three seater sofa, by Alberto Rosselli for Saporiti. The confidential model. Italy, c1972. Original off white fabric upholstery has been cleaned and retained, it remains...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Adrian Pearsall Walnut Daybed Platform Sofa with Floating Terrazzo End Tables
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Dramatic, beautiful and sinister. At well over 10 feet long, this Adrian Pearsall sofa appears to be soaring like a B-2 bomber with the built-in, floating black terrazzo end tables e...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Groovy Lounge Chairs Boucle Off-White 1980's
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Very beautiful Groovy chairs from the 80's. New upholstery in a off-white boucle. You can place them together as a sofa or separate as lounge chairs. Beautiful design!
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1980s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé

Paul McCobb Mohair Sofa for Widdicomb
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Paul McCobb. Manufacturer: Widdicomb Furniture Corp. Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Walnut, Mohair. Condition: This Paul McCobb symmetric group mohair ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Walnut

Mid-Century Danish Modern Milo Baughman Style Stratford 3-Seat Pit Sofa
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a vintage Mid-Century Modern sofa similar to the style of Milo Baughman, made by Stratford Designs. This is a three-seat sofa with sleek, modern lines. It is in good vinta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Prototype Salvador Dali 'Salivasofa' from 1974 with Certificate of Authenticity
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Amazing and super rare Salvador Dali lips 'Salivasofa' prototype dating from 1974. Five or six such prototypes were slowly developed in stages during the period 1972-4 by Dali in col...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Foam

Bespoke Double Daybed Indoor Reclaimed Hardwood and Solid Brass Frame in Stock
Located in Bangkok, TH
Model: PT76 double daybed (Indoor) Dimensions: 225 x 87 x 57 cm (W x D x H) 88.6 x 33.86 x 15.2 inch. Frame: Reclaimed hardwood Frame finish: Polyurethane wine Structure: Extr...
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2010s Thai Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Brass

1950s Italian Settee in Wool Boucle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A vintage 1950s Italian settee on walnut legs. Completely restored and reupholstered in a wool blend nubby boucle. The legs have been refinished satin black.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool, Bouclé, Walnut

Superb 'Grand Prix' lounge chairs & sofa by Sculptor Maurice Calka, Arflex, 1960
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Fabulous, super rare, and monumental sculptural form 'Grand Prix' lounge set by prestigious French sculptor Maurice Calka (1921-1999) for Arflex, Italy, 1960. The upholstery on ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel, Nickel

Pair of Two Seat Mohair 'California' Sofas, Jacques Charpentier, Paris, 1970
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Superb and exclusive pair of two seat Mohair Velvet 'CALIFORNIA' sofas freshly reupholstered with Italian luxury Mohair Velvet fabric from Dedar Milano with inset stainless steel bas...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Stainless Steel

Edward Wormley 'New York' Sofa in Orange Upholstery
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture / DUX of Sweden, sofa model 5316, fabric, beech, metal, United States, design 1952 This three-seat sofa was designed by Edward Wormley for Dunb...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Bentwood Two Seat Sofa in Original Jute Fabric by Jan Bočan, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This two seat sofa were designed by the award-winning architect Jan Bocan, possibly produced by Thonet or Ton. The sofa is in original good condition and has original 1970s upholster...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Jute, Bentwood

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Gondola Sofa
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for craft associates mid century gondola sofa The sofa measures: 101 wide x 31.5 deep x 25.5 high, with a seat height of 15 and arm height of 19.5 inches All pi...
Category

1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Rare 'Unicorn' Leather and Aluminum Curved Sofa by Vladimir Kagan, c. 1963
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This extremely rare and highly sought-after collectors piece by Vladimir Kagan is his Model #U-522 'Unicorn' curved sofa by Vladimir Kagan Designs Inc. designed and produced circa 19...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Aluminum

Cini Boeri for Knoll Sofa Mod. Brigadier in Leather circa 1970
Located in Milan, IT
Architectural sofa model 'Brigadier' designed by Italian designer Cini Boeri for Knoll in 1976. This postmodern sofa is executed in refined black leather cushions which are hold toge...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Giulia Veronesi for ISA Bergamo Rare Curved Channel Back Sofa in Navy Velvet
Located in New York, NY
Stunning Giulia Veronesi for ISA Bergamo rare and sophisticated channel back curved sofa with gilt brass and die cast aluminum legs, Italy, circa 1954. This exceptional midcentury It...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Børge Mogensen Model 211 Oak Sled Sofa in Oak, 1956, Fredericia, Denmark
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A Børge Mogensen three-seater sofa in oak and teak, designed in 1956, model number 211 for Fredericia Stolefabrik. Pieces in oak and teak with exposed webbing are rare and early prod...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Oak, Fabric, Teak

Original Leather Togo sectionral Sofa by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset, 1970s
Located in amstelveen, NL
Togo sofa, Michel Ducaroy, Ligne Roset, Italy, 1970's. In 1954, Ducaroy began working with Ligne Roset, a family-run business dedicated to the production of traditional French, hi...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

21st Century Velvet and Cowhide Daybed Sofa
Located in Miami, FL
21st century velvet and cowhide daybed sofa with a soft beautiful olive color and a Texan Cowhide with neutral shades of color. Cowhide back rests are moveable and weighted to help f...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Cowhide, Velvet

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Bracket Back Sofa in Mohair
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautifully updated and restored. The iconic bracket back sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This has been reupholstered in a stunning high-quality mohair from "The Sign". This sofa ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair, Mahogany

Organic Modern Off-White Boucle Upholstery Wood Base Naked Modular Sofa Combo 1
Located in Lisbon, PT
Naked sofa reveals sculptural and organic shapes meant to embrace the user and encourage to stay seated in this cozy and comfortable piece. With comfort as the constant starting-poin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Large French Curved "Polar Bear" Jean Royere Style Sofa
Located in London, GB
A very large rotund sofa, an exact copy of Jean Royere's Ours Polaire "Polar Bear" design. First made in 1947 for his mothers Paris appartment. Hand made in the UK using a beechwood ...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé

Beige Reupholstered Danish Midcentury Sofa Model ML140 by Illum Wikkelsø
Located in Berlin, DE
This three-seat sofa was designed by Danish designer Illum Wikkelsø and produced by Mikael Laursen in Denmark. One of the most beautiful sofa designs by Illum Wikkelso with exeptiona...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Jungle Room Faux Leopard Fur Hand Carved Paddle Arm Witco Tiki Thrown Sofa
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Take a walk on the wild side, or maybe just have a seat there with scepter in hand. This Witco Sofa has been recovered in high-quality, cruelty free, faux-fur that very much resemble...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Faux Fur, Cedar

Walnut Case Loveseat by Metropolitan, 1950s
Located in Stamford, CT
A completely restored walnut case love seat by Metropolitan, circa 1960-1969. New castors. Newly upholstered in Italian bouclé. Other designers from this period include Paul McCo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Bouclé, Walnut

Sofa, Anonymous, Denmark, 1950's
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stained beech, lambskin upholstery and leather buttons. Measures: L: 155 cm/ 61" D: 80 cm/ 31 1/2" H: 74 cm/ 29 1/4" SH: 42 cm/ 16 1/2".    
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Lambskin, Leather, Beech

Vladimir Kagan Matinee Sofa for American Leather
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Matinee sofa by Vladimir Kagan for American leather. Original upholstery is in over all very good condition. No rips or tears present (refer to photos). Would work well in a varie...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Two Black Weiman/Preview Chaise Lounge Sofas
Located in Dallas, TX
Elegant Weiman/Preview chaise lounge sofas. Each modern sculpted one arm sofa features a flowing freeform backrest with unique cutaway style design. Professionally re-upholstered in ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Danish Cabinetmaker Banana Sofa, 1940s
Located in ŚWINOUJŚCIE, 32
Banana shaped curved sofa from Mid-Century Modern era. Made in Denmark, 1940s. Upholstered in golden velvet.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Mid-Century French Leather Sofa
Located in High Point, NC
A leather sofa from 1950s France. A dynamic Modernist take on the loveseat: streamlined black leather creates a comfortable seat for two. The curve of the armrests provides structura...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Saratoga Sofa by Massimo & Lella Vignelli for Poltronova, 1960s
Located in Lasne, BE
Leather and wood armchair lacquered in white. Wear due to time and age of the sofa. (see picture) Seat height 33 cm.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Wood

Sofa “Stringa” Chrome Plated, Platined Leather by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1962
Located in Vienna, AT
Sofa “Stringa” Chrome Plated, Platined Leather by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1962. The 'Stringa' sofa designed by Gae Aulenti for Poltranova in 1962 has a tubular chrome frame that holds ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Red Three-Seat Sofa with Walnut Frame by Jens Risom, Expertly Restored
Located in Kansas City, MO
Beautiful freshly restored and reupholstered Jens Risom sofa for Risom Designs. Completely restored and reupholstered. The arm curves down from the back and angles slightly upward fr...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Black Faux Leather Love Seat Sofa by Taylor Chair Co. Style D
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome Mid-Century Modern love seat length sofa in black vinyl faux leather upholstery and walnut base in the style of Wormley for Dunbar or Harvey Probber. It is in wonderful vint...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Faux Leather, Walnut

Edward Wormley Elegant Sofa Day Bed with Walnut Legs, 1953
Located in New York, NY
Elegant sofa daybed model no. 5334 with separated back and arm with walnut legs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1953.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Walnut

Italian Leather Sofa
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Two seating club sofa in thick cognac leather, on four wood feet. Mark with made in Italy label underneath. $190 flat rate front door delivery includes Washington DC metro, Baltimor...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Midcentury Thonet Sofa Three-Seat Solid Walnut Base Black Vinyl Upholstery
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful vintage circa 1950 midcentury Thonet sofa three-seat sofa in the style of Florence Knoll for Thonet USA Manufacturer. Solid walnut frame has original Black Vinyl upholstery...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Vladimir Kagan “Serpentine” Sofa
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Beautiful unique Vladimir Kagan Serpentine shaped sofa. Has been reupholstered in a vintage light hellos fabric. No damages or rips. Sitting on vintage strong legs. Great accent piec...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood

Guillerme et Chambron, Sofa "Denis" Edition Votre Maison, circa 1970
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Guillerme et Chambron, sofa "Denis" edition Votre Maison, circa 1970. Fabric to be changed.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Osvaldo Borsani 'D70' Red Sofa Daybed for Tecno
Located in Rovereta, SM
Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, sofa and daybed model D70, in steel, brass and red fabric, Italy, 1954. This adjustable sofa in red upholstery was presented on the Triennale of Milan in ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Asko Oak and Leather 3 Seater Sofa
By Asko
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Tufted leather 3 seater oak sofa with a great patina by Finnish design company, Asko. The leather is in original condition and has some scratching and wear, consistent with its age a...
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1970s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Oak

Constanze Daybed by Johannes Spalt/Professional Reupholstered
Located in Munich, DE
Rare daybed by Johannes Spalt and made by Wittmann. Foam, belts and fabric professional redone.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Stunning Paul McCobb Style Bowtie Design Sofa Splayed Leg Midcentury
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning Paul Mccobb style bowtie back sofa with splayed legs. Wonderfully designed sofa with gorgeous walnut splayed legs on front and back.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Vintage Mid-Century Serpentine Sofa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary 1970s executive sofa hand-crafted out of solid wood and completed restored by our craftsmen team. This fabulous sofa features a serpentine shape back, seat coil spri...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Franklin Sofa by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Franklin sofa is a variation on our Classic Montebello sofa style. It features two down-wrapped seat and back cushions and two bolster pillows. The Lawson-Fenning Collection i...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

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