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Brutalist Stools

BRUTALIST STYLE

The design of brutalist furniture encompasses that which is crafted, hewn and worked by hand — an aesthetic rebuke (or, at least, a counterpoint) to furniture that is created using 21st-century materials and technology. Lately, the word “brutalist” has been adopted by the realms of furniture design and the decorative arts to refer to chairs, cabinets, tables and accessory pieces such as mirror frames and lighting that are made of rougher, deeply textured metals and other materials that are the visual and palpable antithesis of the sleek, smooth and suave. 

ORIGINS OF BRUTALIST FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF BRUTALIST FURNITURE DESIGN 

  • Use of industrial materials — tubular steel, concrete, glass, granite
  • Prioritizes functionalism, minimalism and utilization of negative space
  • Spare silhouettes, pronounced geometric shapes
  • Stripped-down, natural look; rugged textures, modular construction
  • Interiors featuring airy visual flow and reliance on neutral palettes

BRUTALIST FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

VINTAGE BRUTALIST FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The term brutalism — which derives from the French word brut, meaning “raw” — was coined by architecture critic Reyner Banham to describe an architectural style that emerged in the 1950s featuring monumental buildings, usually made of unornamented concrete, whose design was meant to project an air of strength and solidity.

Le Corbusier essentially created the brutalist style; its best-known iterations in the United States are the Whitney Museum of American Art, which was designed by Marcel Breuer, and Paul Rudolph's Yale Art and Architecture Building. The severe style might have been the most criticized architectural movement of the 20th century, even if it was an honest attempt to celebrate the beauty of raw material. But while the brutalist government buildings in Washington, D.C., seemingly bask in their un-beauty, brutalist interior design and decor is much more lyrical, at times taking on a whimsical, romantic quality that its exterior counterparts lack.

Paul Evans is Exhibit A for brutalist furniture design. His Sculpture Front cabinets laced with high-relief patinated steel mounts have become collector's items nonpareil, while the chairs, coffee table and dining table in his later Cityscape series and Sculpted Bronze series for Directional Furniture are perhaps the most expressive, attention-grabbing pieces in American modern design. Other exemplary brutalist designers are Silas Seandel, the idiosyncratic New York furniture designer and sculptor whose works in metal — in particular his tables — have a kind of brawny lyricism, and Curtis Jere, a nom-de-trade for the California team of Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels, the bold makers of expressive scorched and sheared copper and brass mirror frames and wall-mounted sculptures.

Brutalist furniture and sculptures remain popular with interior designers and can lend unique, eccentric, human notes to an art and design collection in any home.

Find authentic vintage brutalist chairs, coffee tables, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Brutalist
Solid Burnt Wood, Sculptural Stool/Side Table, Rock, Original Design, Logniture
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Chainsaw carved stool/side table. Carved from a single piece of burnt oak wood and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Such unique handmade ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Oak

Solid Burnt Wood, Side Table, Stool, Wabi Sabi, Chainsaw Carved, Handmade
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Unique chainsaw carved wooden contemporary rustic side table/stool. Carved from a single piece of wood, split in half and connected with brass rods. Protected with the highest qualit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Oak

Solid Burnt Wood, Brutalist Sculptural Stool/Side Table, Unique, Jownik
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Chainsaw carved stool/side table. Carved from a single piece of burnt oak wood and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Such unique handmade ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Oak

2 French Vintage Vine Wood Branch Bar Stools
Located in Bussiere Dunoise, Nouvel Aquitaine
Two unique French vintage Bar Stools from the 1950s , crafted from thick Grapevine Branches. The Base, formed from naturally twisted Vine Roots, ensures each piece is distinctive, ...
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1950s French Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Wood

Solid Burnt Wood, Brutalist Sculptural Stool/Side Table, Unique, Original 1/1
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Chainsaw carved stool/side table. Carved from a single piece of burnt oak wood and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Such unique handmade ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Oak

Original Brutalist Design, Burnt Oak with Steel, Unique Side Table, Logniture
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Unique and decorative side table. It is build in combination of high quality burnt oak & steel, and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Such...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Steel

Solid Burnt Wood, Brutalist Sculptural Stool/Side Table, Unique, Original 1/1
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Chainsaw carved stool/side table. Carved from a single piece of burnt oak wood and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Such unique handmade ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Oak

Solid Burnt Wood, Sculptural Stool/Side Table, Rock, Original Design, Logniture
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Chainsaw carved stool/side table. Carved from a single piece of burnt oak wood and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Such unique handmade ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

Materials

Wood, Oak

Solid Burnt Wood, Side Table, Stool, Wabi Sabi, Chainsaw Carved, Handmade
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Chainsaw carved coffee table in organic shape. Carved from a single piece of burnt wood and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Such unique ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

Materials

Wood

Solid Burnt Wood, Side Table, Stool, Original Contemporary Primative Design
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Unique chainsaw carved wooden contemporary rustic side table. Carved from a single piece of wood and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Suc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Oak

Brutalist Bar Stools in Wood and Steel Detailing
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Brutalist bar stools, wood, steel, Europe, 1970s Exquisite and robust, these bar stools showcases a striking patina that is characteristic of the brutalist design prevalent in the 1...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Steel

Brutalist Bar Stools in Darkened Wood and Steel Detailing
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Brutalist bar stools, stained beech, Europe, 1970s Exquisite and robust, these bar stools showcases a striking patina that is characteristic of the brutalist design prevalent in the...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Steel

21st Century Varco Concrete Stool Designed by Ernesto Messineo for Forma&Cemento
Located in Rome, Lazio
Two identical hollow pieces joined together through a slight contact. The "cut" is brought to the limit of the visible giving the perception of instability. The light that enters ins...
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2010s Italian Brutalist Stools

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Concrete, Cement

Contemporary Handcrafted Stool in Brazilian Hardwood by Leo Strauss
Located in Atibaia, BR
Solid wood, processed in large width and thickness dimensions, and it adds life to this piece of straight and modernist shapes. In its artisan production, traditional woodworking ...
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2010s Brazilian Brutalist Stools

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Hardwood

4 Brutalist Wabi Sabi Dutch Hammerhead Barstools Solid Oak
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Crafted from solid oak in the 1970s, these four barstools are a testament to the enduring quality of vintage furniture. Featuring a distinctive hammerhead back design, these barstools exude a sense of sophistication and charm. The gently curved top rail, reminiscent of a hammerhead shark's distinctive shape, adds a unique touch to their overall aesthetic. Each barstool has been meticulously crafted by skilled artisans, ensuring durability and longevity. The solid oak construction provides exceptional strength, making these barstools both reliable and robust for daily use. The rich, warm tones of the oak wood add a touch of natural beauty to any space, enhancing the overall ambiance of your home, bar, or kitchen. The ergonomic design of the barstools offers optimal comfort, allowing you and your guests to sit back and relax for extended periods. Whether you are creating a cozy corner in your home or setting up a stylish bar area, these vintage oak barstools...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Oak

Pair of Spanish Brutalist Bar Stools "Marbella" Attributed to Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Zagreb, HR
Two vintage “Marbella” bar stools attrributed to the Brazilian architect Sergio Rodrigues, unknown Spanish production of the 1970s. Three sturdy legs support the curved, saddle-like ...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Metal

Solid Wood Sculptural Side Table, Original Contemporary Design, Logniture
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Unique chainsaw carved wooden functional sculpture usable as a multifunctional piece such as a stool, side table, pedestal, night table or many more. Carved from a single piece of wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Walnut

Solid Wood Sculptural Side Table, Original Contemporary Design, Logniture
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Unique chainsaw carved wooden functional sculpture usable as a multifunctional piece such as a stool, side table, pedestal, night table or many more. Carved from a single piece of wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Walnut

Brutalist Sculptural Side Table, Solid Burnt Oak Wood, Unique 1/1, Jownik
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Chainsaw carved side table. Carved from a single piece of burnt oak wood and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Such unique handmade design...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Oak

Wabi-Sabi, Solid Wood Sculptural Side Table, Original Contemporary Design, Leszy
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Unique chainsaw carved wooden functional sculpture usable as a multifunctional piece such as a stool, side table, pedestal, night table or many more. Carved from a single piece of wo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Oak

Brutalist bar stool, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Beautiful hand made mid century oak bar stool with a steel ring foot rest. Nicely finished seat with handy handle cut out. Good original condition. 1960s - Spain Dimensions: Heig...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Oak

Mid century brutalist bar stools, 1960s - set of 3
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Beautiful hand made mid century tripod bar stools with a steel ring footrest and leatherette seats. Good original condition. 1960s - Spain Dimensions: Height: 84cm Width: 50cm Dep...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Oak

Pop-Art Legs with Work Shoes Stool, 1990s USA
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unusual footstool with two legs covered with faded blue denim, green yellow and white gym socks and old black leather work derby shoes as feet. Wooden ovular top with a flame embroid...
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1990s French Brutalist Stools

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Metal

Pop-Art Legs with Sneakers Stool, 1990s USA
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unusual footstool with two legs covered with faded black denim, Taz cartoon socks and old LA Gear sneakers in white as feet. Wooden ovular top with a Route 66 fabric upholstery. Extr...
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1990s French Brutalist Stools

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Metal

Wabi Sabi Handmade Brutalist wooden tripod stool France, circa 1950s.
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
Brutalist wooden tripod stool made in France, circa 1950s. Substantial and chunky seat with sturdy legs. This stool has an impressive hart shaped back with a half moon shaped seat with great character and lines. Darkened patina and grain to the wood. Perfect for books or object and can also hold a drink, small books...
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20th Century European Brutalist Stools

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Wood

Solid Burnt Wood, Side Table, Stool, Original Contemporary Design
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Unique chainsaw carved wooden contemporary rustic side table. Carved from a single piece of wood and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Suc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

Materials

Wood, Oak

Mid century brutalist bar stools, 1960s - set of 3
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Solid wooden brutalist bar stools with a thick round seat and footrest. Cool design, makes us think about Philippe Starck. 1960s - Germany Good original condition Dimensions: Hei...
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1960s German Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Oak

STOOL 003 - White
Located in Ridgewood, NY
Hand-cast stool that can be used for seating, as a side table or as a sculptural object. The surface area is approx. 11 sq. It's suitable for indoor and outdoor use. At the inters...
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2010s American Brutalist Stools

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Concrete

Set of 2 brutalist stools solid oak , 1970s
Located in Delft, NL
solid oak wooden chair
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1970s Dutch Vintage Brutalist Stools

Materials

Oak

Solid Burnt Wood, Sculptural Stool/Side Table, Rock, Original Design, Logniture
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Chainsaw carved stool/side table. Carved from a single piece of burnt oak wood and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Such unique handmade ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

Materials

Wood, Oak

Mid century brutalist bar stools - set of 2, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Beautiful hand made mid century tripod bar stools with a steel ring footrest. Good original condition. 1960s - Spain Dimensions: Height: 83cm Width: 50cm Depth: 46cm Seat height: ...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Oak

Mid century brutalist bar stools, 1960s - set of 4
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Beautiful hand made mid century tripod bar stools with a steel ring footrest. Good original condition. 1960s - Spain Dimensions: Height: 94cm Width: 50cm Depth: 40cm Seat height: ...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Oak

Mid century brutalist bar stools, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Beautiful hand made mid century bar stools with a steel ring footrest and patinated leather seats. Good original condition. 1960s - Spain Dimensions: Height: 70cm Diameter: 37cm ...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Leather, Wood

1960s French Brutalist Tripod Stool
Located in London, GB
1960s French brutalist tripod stool. Superb primitive oak stool with bobbin legs and carved seat retaining original bark base. In very good solid condition with light and attractive...
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1960s French Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Oak

French bobbin turned milking stool
Located in Knokke-Heist, BE
Brutalist French 20th century milking stool
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1960s European Vintage Brutalist Stools

Materials

Wood

Set of 8 vintage brutalist bar stools, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Mid century brutalist bar stools with elegant backrests and leatherette seats. Metal footrests. 1960s - Belgium Dimensions: Width: 30cm Depth: 34cm Height: 95cm Seat height: 77cm ...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Metal

Solid Burnt Wood, Sculptural Stool/Side Table, Rock, Original Design, Logniture
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Chainsaw carved stool/side table. Carved from a single piece of burnt oak wood and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Such unique handmade ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Oak

Brutalist Tripod Bar Stools in Spanish Oak, Spain, 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Spanish oak tripod bar stools designed with the distinctive influence of Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues. These stools feature ergonomic curved T-shaped seats with handles on all...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Brutalist Stools

Materials

Steel

Solid Burnt Wood, Side Table, Stool, Original Contemporary Design
Located in Stara Gradiška, HR
Unique chainsaw carved wooden contemporary rustic side table. Carved from a single piece of wood and protected with the highest quality oils, ensuring durability for generations. Suc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Oak

Brutalist Forged Iron + Cognac Leather Stool, France 1960s
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful brutalist stool with welded forged iron base and a brown leather seat featuring a gorgeous patina created by time. Brutalism is an architectural current, born in the 1950s...
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1960s French Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Iron

Belgian Brutalist Stool/NIghtstand in Solid Ayous Wood
Located in Bonita Springs, FL
These stools/nightstands maintain the Impressive Allure of our Belgian Made Brutalist Style Dining Table. The same charm, pure simplicity and clean edges, leaving room for appreciati...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belgian Brutalist Stools

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Wood

A wooden brutalist stool - France - 1950
Located in SOTTEVILLE-LÈS-ROUEN, FR
A Brutalist Stool, Folk Artwork: Crafted from Hollowed and Stained Wood Log. Can Function as Stool or Pedestal. Stunning Patina.
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1950s French Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Wood

Set of 2 Brutalist Cast Metal Bar Stools Italy, 1980s
Located in Rīga, LV
Set of 2 vintage cast metal bar stools with leatherette upholstery - I have 4 chairs with gray upholstery and 2 with red, the price is for 2 chai...
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20th Century Italian Brutalist Stools

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Metal

Set of 2 Brutalist Cast Metal Red Bar Stools Italy, 1980s
Located in Rīga, LV
Set of 2 vintage cast metal bar stools with leatherette upholstery - I have 4 chairs with gray upholstery and 2 with red, the price is for 2 chai...
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20th Century Italian Brutalist Stools

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Metal

Confonorm Bar Stool Made of Beech
Located in London, GB
Bar stools in the Style of the Marbella stool by Sergio Rodrigues.
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Late 20th Century Spanish Brutalist Stools

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Beech

Brutalist Elm Wood Bar Stools by Olavi Hänninen, Finland 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Olavi Hänninen Brutalist Elm Wood Bar Stools, Finland 1960s These set of 3 bar stools, crafted by Finnish designer Olavi Hänninen in the 1960s, boast unique warm tones due to the...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Brutalist Stools

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Elm

Set of two hand carved brutalist stools, Netherlands 1950s
Located in ECHT, NL
Handmade set of two brutalist stools. Hand carved from solid wood. The seats have serrated edges resembling industrial cogs. They differ slightly in size accentuating the handmade ch...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Brutalist Stools

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Wood

Strong Dutch Stained Wooden Stool with cords circa 1950 Brutalist
Located in Forest, BE
Cute Dutch stool. Very strong and good condition. Perfect as a side table or a normal seating with a table. Could be great as nightstand or next to a bath. Very decorative element. ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Brutalist Stools

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Pine

Brutalist Spanish Mid-Century Sculptural Tripod Stool '50
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Lovely tripod stool with faux leather seat. This one is made around the 1950's. In a very good condition seen it's age.
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1950s Spanish Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Faux Leather, Oak

Primitive French Wooden Carved Tripod Chair, Wabi Sabi Style, Early 20th Century
Located in Odense, DK
Sculptural wooden tripod chair, made in the early 20th century in France. A beautiful brutalist object with a fine patina, well suited for the modern interior. Such as a Scandinavi...
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1910s French Vintage Brutalist Stools

Materials

Wood

A PAIR OF BRUTALIST BAR STOOLS by AUDOUX-MINNET, France, 1950
Located in PARIS, FR
A beautiful and sculptural pair of tripod high stools or bat stools, massive handmade elm structures, sensual lines, circular thick rope seating areas, Moder...
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1950s French Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Elm, Rope

Pair of vintage brutalist bar stools, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Mid century brutalist bar stools with elegant backrests and leatherette seats. Metal footrests. 1960s - Belgium Dimensions: Width: 30cm/11.81" Depth...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Wood

Oak Stool by Heim+Viladrich
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Stool 3 is part of a collection of stools designed by the studio Heim+Viladrich. The collection was crafted from wood fragments sourced from oak trees felled during the construction ...
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2010s French Brutalist Stools

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Wood, Oak

Pair of Industrial Steel & Ply Swedish Stools, Sweden 1950's
Located in New York, NY
Pair of fully adjustable Iron and Plywood stools by Odeberg.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Brutalist Stools

Materials

Cut Steel

Set of 5 bar stools in the style of Charlotte Perriand, Mid-Century, France
Located in VÉZELAY, FR
Set of 5 high bar stools. In the style of Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Faucheux. Brutalist / midcentury modern style, France, circa 1950. Straw seats Beech structure In used conditi...
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Mid-20th Century French Brutalist Stools

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Straw, Wood, Beech

Olavi Hänninen Brutalist Elm Wood Bar Stools, Finland 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Olavi Hänninen Brutalist Elm Wood Bar Stools, Finland 1960s These set of 6 bar stools, crafted by Finnish designer Olavi Hänninen in the 1960s, boast ...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Brutalist Stools

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Elm

Pair of French Stained Wooden Stool with circa 1950 Brutalist
Located in Forest, BE
Cute little French stools. Very strong and good condition. Perfect as footstool or on a side of a sofa or as a side tables. Could be great as nightstands. Very decorative element. S...
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Mid-20th Century French Brutalist Stools

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Pine

Brutalist "Marbella" Bar Stool by Confonorm, 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful Brutalist "Marbella" bar stool by Confonorm, Spain, 1970, three-legged stool in dark stained oak with circular metal footrest, the T-shaped seat features three handles.
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1970s Spanish Vintage Brutalist Stools

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Oak

Brutalist stools for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Brutalist stools 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 stools created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating, tables, decorative objects and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, oak and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Brutalist stools made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Spain pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original stools, popular names associated with this style include Sóha, Olavi Hanninen, Forma & Cemento, and kilzi. 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 stools differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $98 and tops out at $16,000 while the average work can sell for $1,360.

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