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Mid-Century Modern Seating

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s 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 pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture 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, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere 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
Four Adjustable Height Chrome Drafting Stools with White Lacquered Seats
Located in Morristown, NJ
20th c., four mid-century modern adjustable height chrome drafting stools on casters, with white lacquered oak seats. In the style of Marcel Breuer. The stools can be adjusted from c...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

Swedish Midcentury Step Stool of Chromed Steel with Elephant Pattern 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
The Swedish classicer - and ever useful step stool of steel with a classic chrome finnish made by Lindqvist Verkstad AB, Motala in the 1950s. Steady and multifunctional stool with t...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel, Chrome

2 Nino Zoncada Mid-Century Modern Velvet Armchairs, Italy, 1955s
Located in Lucca, IT
Set the Nino Zoncada velvet and metal and brass legs armchairs. Nino Zoncada has worck with Gio Ponti and Gustavo Pulitzer -Finali, have worked since 1940s and all the 50 years on t...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Brass, Metal

Leather Maralunga Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Vintage white/beige leather maralunga sofa designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in 1973. Iconic design sofa with a timeless look. The backrests are adjustable.. Good con...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Set of Four Swivel Bar Stools Attributed to Frederick Weinberg Circa 1950s
Located in Peabody, MA
Set of four swivel bar stools circa 1950s, attributed to Frederick Weinberg. Seat diameter is 15.5", overall diameter at footrest is 21".
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Wrought Iron

1970s Dark Green Leather 2-Seater Sofa, Denmark
Located in Praha, CZ
- good original condition with minor signs of use - height of seat 40 cm.
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Wood

1970s Ergonomic Kneeling Office Bentwood Chair
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1970s ergonomic kneeling office bentwood chair. The chair is made of oak wood and new vinyl seating. The chair is sturdy with no marks.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Naugahyde, Oak

Midcentury Rattan Dining Room Italian Side Chairs with Rattan Sticks Seat, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury rattan dining room side set of six chairs with rattan sticks seats. This set was produced in Italy during 1970s. These chairs are mainly made of bamboo, the str...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Bamboo, Rattan

Set Four Mid Century Wicker Danny Ho Fong Style Swivel Bar Height Stools
Located in Troy, MI
Found in the U.S., this set of four woven wicker swivel bar height stools date from the early 1960s. Stools have a black finished metal base with silver tone metal foot caps, round s...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Office Chair by Ico Parisi for MiM Roma
Located in Weesp, NL
Elevate your office space with this rare, mid century modern desk chair designed by the renowned Ico Parisi for MIM Rome, Italy. This chair is not only stylish but also a work of ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Aluminum

Wiggle Side Chair Designed by Frank Gehry
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Wiggle side chair designed by Frank Gehry 1972 for Jack Brogan, USA 1972-1973. Its design is characterised by curved shapes made of corrugated cardboard.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Paper

Set of Two Mid-century Club Chairs, 1970's
Located in Praha, CZ
Pair of beautiful armchairs from the 1970's. The wooden partss were carefully refurbished. The upholstery has some signs of use (see photo). Upholstery services available upon requ...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Danish 1940's Channel Low Back Lounge or Club Chair Style of Fritz Hansen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Sublime lowback lounge chair in the style of Fritz Hansen made in the early 1940s. The chair is unmarked and we are not aware of the Designer nor maker. Raised on cylindrical legs ma...
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1940s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Wool, Beech

Percival Lafer Style Brutalist Bamboo Loveseat
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Percival Lafer style brutalist bamboo loveseat with cognac leather cushions. In original condition with a handsome patina and wear consistent with its age and use. Other bamboo piece...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Bamboo

1970s Dark Green Leather Armchair, Denmark
Located in Praha, CZ
- good original condition with minor signs of use.
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather

Pair of Caned Barrel Chairs on Casters
Located in Southampton, NJ
Exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern barrel chairs in the manner of Harvey Probber featuring faux-bamboo wooden frames on casters with caned backs and sides. New custom stationary ...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Cotton, Faux Bamboo, Cane, Walnut

Rainer Daumiller Pair of Armchairs with Detailed Backs in Pine
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Rainer Daumiller for Hirtshals Savvaerk, pair of dining chairs, pine, Denmark, 1970s. Beautiful pair of organic and natural armchairs in solid pine. A simplistic design with a large...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Pine

1960s Italian Armchair in Bouclé
Located in Praha, CZ
- newly upholstered in white Boucle fabric - carefully refurbished - height of seat 37 cm.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Wood, Bouclé

Vintage Modular Sofa, 6 Pieces, Italy, 1970s
Located in Athens, GR
Embrace the bulbous, low-slung, super-squishy caramel modular sofa that offers all-out comfort. This 70s modular sofa consists of 6 armchairs in the manner of Carlo Bartoli. Pr...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Cantilever Arm Chairs, a Pair
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern cantilever arm chairs. Each feature a brown tweed fabric with a chrome frame.   
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Faux Bamboo Children Chairs, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Mid-century faux bamboo and rattan kids high chairs. Nicely shaped faux bamboo frames. Good condition 1960s - Belgium Dimensions: Height: 83cm/32.67" Seat height: 53cm/...
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Faux Bamboo, Rattan

Pair of Cubist Lounge Chairs, Italy, 1962
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Pair of cubist lounge chairs, Italy, 1962. Simple in their construction and quality, but an outstanding appearance. They look similar to Molteni’s blue and white Gio Ponti leather...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric

Cab 412 Chairs by Mario Bellini for Cassina, Set of 6
Located in Renens, CH
Set of six Cab 412 dining chairs in red leather by Mario Bellini for Cassina. The Cab chair is built up as a tubular frame over which thick saddle leather is fitted; the leather s...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Metal

1980s 4 Blue Chairs for Sormani, De Pas, D'urbino, Lomazzi, Italy
Located in Arosio, IT
These four sculptural chairs were a design hit of Sormani in the mid-1980s. Designed by renowned Italian designers group De Pas D'urbino Lomazzi, they are light, colored and ready to...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Wood, Fabric

Eero Saarinen Occasional Knoll Chairs, 1965
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Classic and timeless modernist design great for any occasion; work, home, studio, gallery, breakfast nook et cetra new boucle upholstery in sand hue chrome plated steel base with...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Danish Midcentury Directors Safari Chair of Elm Wood, Core Leather, Brass, 1960s
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Danish midcentury directors chair with frame made of dark wood (most likely elm) mounted with high quality brass fittings. The seat, backrest and armrests are made of core leather wi...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Classic Pair of Chocolate Brown Leather Barcelona Style Club Chairs
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Iconic Barcelona style heavy solid chocolately leather and steel club chairs. A fabulous hipster look in their slightly distressed condition. No rips or tears. Heavy leather body sit...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

MCM Stool with Round Colorful Vinyl Seat & Brass Plated Steel Asymmetric Base
Located in Topeka, KS
Wonderful vintage mid-century modern stool with its original colorful round vinyl or faux leather seat and a brass plated steel asymmetric base. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass, Steel

French Brutalist Tripod Stool, a Pair
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
Fantastic wood stool from France in the style of Jean Touret. Made in the 1960s with three legs. No hardware. Good vintage condition.   
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Oak

Set of 8 Mid-Century Modern Tall Back Dining Chairs by Founders
Located in Wilmington, DE
Set of 8 Mid-Century Modern tall back dining chairs by Founders Offered is a set of set of 8 Mid-Century Modern tall back dining chairs by Founders. Includes 6 side chairs and 2 a...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fruitwood

DSR chair, Charles and Ray Eames, Eiffel Tower frame, 1948
Located in Lejre, DK
The DSR chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in white plastic with an Eiffel Tower frame debuted in 1948 for MoMA's "Low-cost furniture design" H:80 W:46 D:41 SH:45
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Early 2000s Danish Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Plastic

Nuvolone Lounge Chair by Rino Maturi for Mimo Padova 1970s
Located in OSS, NB
Nuvolone lounge chair from Italy designed by Rino Maturi and produced by Mimo Padova in the 1970s. Original fabric with traces of use, small stain and repares have been done on th...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Plastic

Set of 6 French Mid Century Cantilever Chairs
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
This no-frills set of six Mid-Century Modern cantilever chairs are a wonderful addition to any dining space for their comfort and functional design. The well loved suede has staining...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Charles & Ray Eames Style Lounge Chair, Ottoman, Boucle
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern Charles & Ray Eames Style Lounge Chair, Ottoman, Boucle Modernist Herman Miller inspired Eames style chair newly upholstered in a fuzzy boucle esque grey curly f...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé

Mid-centrury Chrome Tubular Chair, 1970's
Located in Praha, CZ
Vintage chrome chair, newly upholstered by previous owner. The upholstery shows some sighns of use (see photo). Seat hight is 43 cm. There is another chair available, but it has slig...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

Solid Walnut and Leather Lounge Chairs by Gunlocke ,Jens Risom Style
Located in Buffalo, NY
Matched Pair Classic Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs in solid walnut and leather manufactured by W.H.Gunlock Company. designed in the manner of Jens Risom. superior quality and cons...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Mid Century Folding Sofabed by Drevotvar, 1970´S, Czechoslovakia
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Mid century sofa bed,made in the former Czechoslovakia in the 1970´s. The sofa has a beechwood structure, it´s in good Vintage condition, the fabric showing signs of age and using. ...
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Late 20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Beech

Swedish Midcentury Step Stool of Chromed Steel by Awab 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
The Swedish classicer - and ever useful step stool of steel with a classic chrome finnish made by Awab 1950s. Steady and multifunctional stool with two steps in front and a solid sq...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This extraordinary pair of modern lounge chairs are in great condition and has been completely restored by our expert professional craftsman team in the house, This pair of club chai...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Velvet, Lacquer, Foam, Wood, Paint

Danish Modern Sculptural Lounge Chair by Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Danish Modern sculptural lounge chair by Ib Kofod-Larsen.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Wood, Walnut

Mid-Century Giraffe Patterned Upholstered X-Bench
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century x-bench fully upholstered in brown and beige giraffe patterned fabric with brass furniture tack trim.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Mid-Century Tony Paul Stool, Wicker, Wood, United States, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Stunning large Tony Paul wicker stool, produced in the United States in the 50s. This iconic sturdy stool features a mix of hand-woven rattan while sitting on top of three solid b...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Rattan, Beech, Wicker

Joe Colombo 'Model 300' Dining Chairs in Oak and Leather for Pozzi, Italy 1965
Located in Hellouw, NL
A very pleasant set of six 'model 300' chairs designed by Joe Colombo in 1965 for the Italian manufacturer Pozzi. Colombo was convinced that functionality should come first, and the ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Leather, Oak

Restored Ritts Rattan Rocking Chair with White Cushions
Located in Van Nuys, CA
A rare three-strand pretzel arm rattan rocking chair with white cushions. This chair features a steam bent rattan frame. This rare pretzel rocking chair was made in the late 1940s...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Wicker, Rattan

Gigi Radice per Minotti Mid-century Pair Armchairs Blu Fabric Brass Feet
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Gigi Radice per Minotti Mid-century Pair Armchairs Blu Fabric Brass Feet , Totally restored with blue cotton wool blend fabric
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Brutalist Mid-Century 'Marbella' Bar Stools 'up to 8 Available'
Located in London, GB
A set of up to eight mid-century wooden and iron bar stools. Spain, c1970s. Likely by Confonorm, Spain. Often attributed to Sergio Rodrigues and Carl Malmsten. Good vintag...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Wood

Gio Ponti for Fratelli Reguitti Pair of "Ninfea" Folding Chairs, Italy, 1958s
Located in Naples, IT
Folding chairs Mod. "Ninfea" production Fratelli Reguitti Milano 1958 Design Giò Ponti. The pair is in good condition, rope seat and straw back and despite their appearance they are...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

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Straw, Wood

Ligne Roset by Michel Ducaroy Togo Red 3-Seater Sofa, Set of 2
Located in London, GB
The iconic Togo sofa, originally designed by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset in 1973 has become a design Classic. This two-piece set can be configured into one large sofa or used a...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "121" Dining Chairs for Cassina, 1965, Set of 12
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "121" dining chairs for Cassina, black lacquered, Italy, 1965, set of twelve. The model "121" manufactured Cassina shows Scarpa's typical double trestle struct...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Walnut, Lacquer

Midcentury Swoop Arm Rattan Armchair with Triple Pole Back
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Vintage swoop arm rattan dining room chair pair. the chair features a triple pole back seat back and unique swoop arm design. Cushions made to order included. All cushions are C.O....
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Rattan

Set of 2 Lounge Wingback Chairs attributed to ISA Bergamo
Located in Antwerp, BE
This elegantly shaped lounge set of wing chairs of Italian origin attributed to ISA Bergamo has a pink/white motif upholstery suitable as a comfortable set and eye-catcher in your of...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Bentwood

Pair of Mid-Century Italian Armchairs, 'Upholstery Project'
Located in London, GB
Pair of mid-century Italian armchairs (upholstery project) A pair of armchairs of particularly well formed shape and design. Italy, c1960s. The upholstery is highly worn, ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Wood, Fabric

Vintage Milo Baughman Style Club Chair
Located in Clarksboro, NJ
This listing is for a vintage Milo Baughman style club chair. Featuring original upholstery, removable cushions, straight line frame, and flat bar chrome base.
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

Oak Armchair with Red Upholstery, France, 1950s
Located in Almelo, NL
Oak armchair with red upholstery, France 1950s Midcentury oak armchair manufactured and designed in France 1950s. This armchair has the original upholstery fabric and a lovely ele...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Oak

Finn Juhl Japan Series Three-Seaters Sofa
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Three-seaters sofa designed by Finn Juhl in 1957, relaunched in 2007. Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark. Finn Juhl’s partnership with the furniture manufacturer France &...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Renè Drouet, important set of six chairs in wood and white bouclé
Located in Milano, IT
Important and Magnificent set six chairs designed by the great French interior designer Renè Drouet from the 1930s, specifically from 1938. The set is an important composition of cha...
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1930s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Bouclé, Wood

Pair of Lounge Chairs in the Style of Gio Ponti, Walnut and Boucle Fabric
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Incredible pair of lounge chairs in the style of Gio Ponti. Solid walnut legs and sand colored boucle fabric. Ready for a new home.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Set of 5 Bar Stools in Chrome and Patterned Velvet Upholstery, Italy 1970s
Located in Hellouw, NL
A very groovy set of five bar stools stemming from the 1970s from Italy. With their sturdy chrome-plated legs and special print, they are an absolute eye-catcher for your bar. The sh...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Seating

Materials

Chrome

Herman Miller seating for sale on 1stDibs

Herman Miller seats are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Herman Miller seating collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 691 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Herman Miller's original seating was created in mid-century modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider seating by and. '' Prices for Herman Miller seating can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $230 and tops out at $39,986, while pieces like these can sell for $2,488 on average.

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