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Mid-Century Modern Stools

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
Mustard Boucle Mushroom Ottoman
Located in Vallejo, CA
A handmade mushroom shaped ottoman, upholstered in a mustard yellow colored curly boucle fabric. Perfect for using as a footstool or extra occasional seating. A comfortable cushioned...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Fabric

TH Brown Danish Bar Stool in Dark Ash - Australian Iconic Designer Piece
Located in Adelaide, SA
The TH Brown Danish bar stool was designed by Peter Brown and first manufactured from early 1960, and remains an iconic, timeless Australian design masterpiece to this day. The beaut...
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2010s Australian Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Leather, Ash

Basurto 03 Contemporary Wooden Stool with Leather details
Located in Mexico City, MX
A tribute to the architectural style that characterized Mexico City during the mid-20th century. Inspired by its lines, symmetry, volumes and shapes, each piece is a miniature abstra...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Hardwood

Dietiker Rey Counter Stool with Back, Mid-Century Modern, by Bruno Rey, 1971
Located in Stein am Rhein, CH
Referred to as "the most successful piece of Swiss Furniture of all time" by the Swiss Museum of Design in Zurich, the Rey chair is a Swiss design icon since 1971. This is the cou...
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2010s Hungarian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Aluminum

Set of Two Mid Century Mustard Yellow Flowers Stools, Poland, 1970s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Space Age style plastic stools were made in Poland by Krynwald ERG fabric around the 1960s-1970s. The futuristic shape is tapered and aerodynamic, with a tulip foot and an yellow mus...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Plastic, Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Brown Saddle Leather Bar Stools, Ch. Perriand, France, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern brown saddle leather bar stools, Charlotte Perriand, France 1960s. Stunning set of 3 French Mid-Century Modern bar stools designed by Charlotte Perriand for the s...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Chrome

1960s Pair of Beech Straw Stools, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition with minor signs of use. - Measures: height of seat 38 cm.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Straw, Beech

Gio Ponti Style Nesting Stools, Made in Italy 1960's
Located in Rochester, NY
A set of three graduated size nesting stools with the original ebonized wood frameworks and handwoven rush seats in overall beautifully aged structurally solid original condition. St...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wood, Rush

Swedish Designer, Organic Stool, Wood, Sheepskin, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic stool in stained wood, overstuffed seat reupholstered in brand new sheepskin upholstery. Produced in Sweden, 1950s. Other designers of the period include Finn Juhl, Han...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Sheepskin, Wood

Jorge Zalszupin Pair of Del Ray Brazilian Jacaranda Rosewood Stools
Located in Washington, DC
Rare set of Del Ray stools in rich jacaranda rosewood, by Brazilian master Jorge Zalszupin.
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Upholstery, Rosewood

1970s Rattan Round Bar Stools, Pair
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1970s pair of tall round drum style rattan bar stools with original fabric seats. The stools have a round accented foot rest which is 11.5” H. No marks.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Rattan

Charlotte Perriand Midcentury Rush Bar Stools, 1960s, France
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Two varnished solid ash and straw “Bauche” stools by Charlotte Perriand for Sentou 1960s - Model designed in 1933. Original condition with nice patina. Literature: "Charlotte P...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Ash

Guillerme et Chambron Oak Mid-Century Stools
Located in London, GB
An increasingly scarce tabourets / stools by French design legends Guillerme et Chambron. France, c1960s. A flexible stool ideal as a vanity stool, hallway stool or fireplace stoo...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Oak

Swedish Functionalist Style Limewashed Pine Milking Stool
Located in Surbiton, GB
Wonderful chunky limewashed pine Swedish milking stool. Very Ingvar Hildingsson in style.     
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1980s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Pine

Efebino Stool by Stacy Dukes for Artemide, 1966
Located in Lasne, BE
White plastic chair. Stamped under the seat. Measures: Seat height: 24cm Wear due to time and age of the chair.      
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Plastic

Set of 2 Mid Century Bar Stools, Red Vinyl, 1960s
Located in Zagreb, HR
Set of two renovated bar stools The heavy metal stand is powder-coated in black, and round-shaped seats have been reupholstered in red vinyl The stools are from the 1960s, but du...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal

Set of 3 Jean Prouvé Tabouret Solvay Stools in American Walnut
Located in Glendale, CA
Set of 3 Jean Prouvé Tabouret Solvay stools in American walnut. Tabouret Solvay bears the unmistakable signature of Jean Prouvé, reflecting an aesthetic based on structural requireme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

Vintage Flowers and Wood Swivel Bar Stool, Germany, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stool from the turn of the 1960s. Produced in Germany. Beautiful, well crafted flower Italian upholstery. The stool consists of an upholstered part, a seat and brown wood legs. Not r...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Light Beige Boucle Stool, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stool from the turn of the 1960s and 1970s. Beautiful, well crafted light boucle upholstery. The stool consists of an upholstered part, a seat and wooden legs narrowing downwards, ch...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Bouclé, Wood

Italian Mid-Century Red Sky and Metal Chair, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Red sky chair, 1960s. Upholstered stool covered in red sky and black metal structure. In patina, structure with marks and unstitching on. Measurements in c...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Dark Wood Tripod Stool, Europe, ca 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Form and function collide in this stool, a piece of furniture that is often underestimated. Designers define stools as jewels and statements in a space, and taking practicality into ...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wood

Tony Paul 'Attribution' Stool, Woven Wicker, Wood, United States, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stool, design attributed to Tony Paul. Features an interesting mix of rattan and finely carved solid wood. Other designers of Minimalist stools of the period include Charlotte P...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wicker, Rattan, Wood

Rey Barstools by Bruno Rey for Kusch & Co. West Germany, 1970s
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Black lacquered wood with chrome foot rest.
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Chrome

Set of Two Light Beige Stools, Europe, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stools from the turn of the 1960s and 1970s. Beautiful light beige upholstery. The stools consists of an upholstered part, a seat and wooden legs narrowing downwards, characteristic ...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Fabric, Velvet, Wood

Set of Three Mid-Century White Faux-Suede Bar Stools
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Set of three mid-century white faux-suede bar stools 3 large sturdy bar stool on wooden and chrome legs and with upholstery in white spill-proof faux suede.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Suede, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Counter Chair Alma with Soft Cotton Velvet, Walnut and Brass
By DOOQ
Located in Lisbon, PT
In a piece that combines classic and modern aesthetics we can find a certain harmonic gracefulness paired with an intimate voluptuousness that can embrace you and surprisingly break ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Brass

Charlotte Perriand 'in the Style' Stool in Black Stained Wood, 1950s
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Stool in black stained wood in the style of Charlotte Perriand, manufactured in 1950s.
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wood

Swedish Designer, Stool, Wood, Sheepskin, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stool in stained wood, overstuffed seat reupholstered in brand new sheepskin upholstery. Produced in Sweden, 1950s. Other designers of the period include Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner,...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Sheepskin, Wood

MCM Vintage Stool
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Retro MCM vintage stool.
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Yellow-Gray Pattern Velvet Vintage Stool, Edmund Homa, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stool from the turn of the 1960s. The stool consist of an upholstered part, a seat and wooden legs narrowing downwards, characteristic of the 1960s style. Stool was designed by Ed...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Fabric, Velvet, Beech

Pepe Cortés Contemporary Jamaica Stool for BD Barcelona
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Jamaica stool designed by Pepe Cortés. Manufactured by BD Barcelona The Jamaica stool is already a Classic in Spanish design and is one of the best designed stools in all histor...
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

Solid Oak Stool in Style of Charlotte Perriand, France, 1950's
Located in Den Haag, NL
Solid oak stool in style of Charlotte Perriand, France 1950's.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Oak

Möbelkompaniet Ahl & Wallén, Stool, Light Solid Pine, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare stool, produced by Möbelkompaniet Ahl & Wallén. In finely turned solid pine. Unmarked. Other designers of the period include Philip Arctander, Josef Frank, Axel Einar Hjor...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Pine

Pair of Stools by Studio Glustin
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Pair of stools with 4 black lacquered steel and brass feet, and seating upholstered with a Dédar fabric. Creation by Studio Glustin, France.
Category

2010s French Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Brass, Steel

Pair French Modern Neoclassical Gilt Iron Benches, Style of Jean-Michel Frank
Located in New York, NY
Elegant Pair of French Mid-Century Modern neoclassical benches / stools in the style of Jean Michel Frank. The pieces are in a classic curile form in gilt wrought iron with the seats...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Set of Pierre Chapo S01 Stools in Solid Elmwood, 1960s
Located in Echt, NL
Two beautiful vintage S01 stools in very good condition. Designed and manufactured by Pierre Chapo in the 1960s These stools are made of solid elmwood. The design is simplistic an...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wood

Italian Vintage Brass Stool
Located in Austin, TX
Italian tripod solid brass stool in the style of Gio Ponti. It has been newly upholstered in a gray velvet blend.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Brass

Bar Stool, Utility Bar Stool, Walnut and Faux Leather
Located in Mérida, Yucatan
Bench for bar counter or kitchen, created from the inspiration of the Mid Century. We decided to create this piece in order to offer an alternative to current spaces (open kitchens)....
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Faux Leather, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern, Minimalist Wire Bar Stool, Lucy Bar Stool in Black
Located in Ontario, CA
The Lucy bar stool elevates the bar experience. Stunning in a commercial setting or as an accent to a home bar, this Mid-Century Modern inspired wire bar stool is durable and customi...
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2010s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal

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 Stools

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Light Beige Stool, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stool from the turn of the 1960s and 1970s. Beautiful, well crafted beige upholstery. The stool consists of an upholstered part, a seat and wooden legs narrowing downwards, character...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Velvet

Set of Four Seasons Bar Stools by Mies van der Rohe by Gratz
Located in Atlanta, GA
Set of three "Four Seasons" bar stools, originally designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson for the legendary Four Seasons restaurant in NYC. These examples are a slig...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal

Guillerme et Chambron Sculptural Oak Stool, France, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Guillerme et Chambron for Edition Votre Maison solid oak stool with elegant sculptural form, France, 1950s. The stool's composition is playfully graphic with the top composed of slig...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Oak

Lovely Pair of circa 1950s English Oak Bar Stools Nice Timber Patina
Located in GB
We are delighted to this lovely pair of vintage circa 1950s English oak bar stools These are original patina stools, very nice, the wood has a lovely grain to it We have cleane...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Oak

Dino Gavina for Studio Simon, Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup Can Stool, Italy, 1971
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Dino Gavina for Studio Simon, Homage to Andy Warhol: Campbell’s soup can stool, Italy, 1971. Rare stool designed by Dino Gavina as a tribute to Andy Warhol in 1971 and produced b...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal

Erik Jørgensen Stools 'Model EJ 141' in Brown Leather and Chrome Frames, Denmark
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Functional stool / ottoman (Model EJ 141) designed by Anne Mette Jensen & Morten Ernst for Erik Jørgensen, Denmark. Chrome-plated rod steel bases with dark brown leather seats. Good ...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Chrome

De Sede DS-9087 Patchwork Poofs, Switzerland, 1970
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Large lot of square seating poofs model DS-9087 designed and manufactured by De Sede, Switzerland, 1970. Fantastic design by De Sede who wanted to work on a design where they can use...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Leather

Mid-Century Adjustable Metal Factory Swivel Stools, c.1950
By Lyon Metal Manufacturing
Located in San Francisco, CA
About Two original industrial four-legged bent tubular steel swivel stools with a brushed and sanded metal finish sealed with a clear coat lacquer. The seat height is adjustable b...
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal

Charlotte Perriand Mid-Century "Bauche" Rush Stool, 1960s, France
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Varnished solid ash and straw “Bauche” stool by Charlotte Perriand for Sentou 1960s - Model designed in 1933. Original condition with nice patina. Literature: "Charlotte Perria...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Ash

Multiple Eileen Gray Bar Stool No. 1 Black Leather Chrome, circa 1920
Located in Vienna, AT
Eileen Gray bar stool no. 1, designed in 1920s, production by Classicon circa 1985- engraved and numbered. 6 pieces available, priced and sold per price Classical design by Eil...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Chrome, Stainless Steel

1950s Teak Stool, Denmark
Located in Praha, CZ
- Newly upholstered - Wooden parts have been repolished.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Mid-Century Leather Swivel Stools, Set of Two
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of two swivel stools. With walnut legs leather seats these stools would work well in any bar-type seating.
Category

Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Midcentury Pair of Steel and Leather Sling Stools Style of William Katavolos
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful midcentury pair of steel and leather Sling Stools style of William Katavolos. Original saddle leather on a steel frame. Leather is in original vintage condition. Steel is r...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

cFsignature Minimal Upholstered Wrought Iron Ottoman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
cFsignature, Mid-Century Modern style, ottoman features a minimal wrought iron frame with upholstered seat. Ottoman shown is in tangerine cotton linen. Also available in leather. Can...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wrought Iron

Brown Midcentury Round Beech Piano Chair, Original Preserved Condition, 1960s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Small round midcentury piano chair. Material: Beech Source: Czechia (Czechoslovakia) Period: 1960-1969 Measures: Maximal height 60 cm (23.62 in) Minimal height 45 cm (17.72 i...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Beech

French Adjustable Stool
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Interesting French architectural stool. Unique form with an adjustable leather seat. Stool with a high-gloss French polish. Some loss to finish.
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Leather, Wood

Orange Midcentury Beech Stool, 1960s, Original Preserved Condition
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Midcentury orange stool, Original preserved condition. Period: 1960-1969 Material: Beech Source: Czechia (Czechoslovakia).
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Beech

Set 6 Classic Mid Century Modern Stools,,Raymond Loewy Boomerang Tops
Located in Buffalo, NY
Set 6 Classic Mid Century Modern Stools,,Retains original Raymond Loewy Boomerang pattern design naugahyde seats ,,Amazing original condition,360% swivel,, 13" diameter,,
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal, Brass

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