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The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Lauriana Sofa by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia, 1978
Located in Uppsala, SE
Lauriana 2-seat sofa designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa in 1978 for Italian luxury manufacturer B&B Italia. Dark chocolate brown removable velvet upholstery with light brown piping. Mou...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Seating

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Metal

Pair of English Armchairs, circa 1950
Located in Culver City, CA
Pair of English armchairs, circa 1950. Handsomely carved frames with lattice backs. Newly upholstered cushion in Maharam wool fabric.
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1950s English Vintage Modern Seating

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Oak

Unique Contemporary Rocking Armchair Relation by Bert Loeschner
Located in Vienna, AT
Eames Appropriation chair 'relation' by Bert Loeschner-Unique Rocking Bench One of a kind Eames appropriation design piece inspired by one the icons of modern design, the armchair...
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2010s Austrian Modern Seating

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Epoxy Resin, Oak, Fiberglass

Pair of Wicker Tub Chairs, France, circa 1950
Located in Culver City, CA
Pair of wicker tub chairs, France, circa 1950. Unique pair of wicker armchairs with newly upholstered cushion in Maharam fabric.
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1950s French Vintage Modern Seating

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Wicker

De Sede Swivel Lounge Chair by Hugo de Ruite
Located in New York, NY
DS-166/01 Lounge chair by De Sede. Technical Details: Upholstery: SEDEX upholstery with wadding cushion. Substructure: Flat base, high-gloss chrome-plated. Glides for hard and s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Seating

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Leather

Pair of Italian Armchairs, Italy, circa 1950
Located in Culver City, CA
Pair of Italian armchairs, Italy, circa 1950. Newly reupholstered in Maharam wool fabric, with carved wooden armrests and base.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Seating

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Wood, Wool

Contemporary Macaroni Steam Bent Walnut Chair by Ordinal Indicator
Located in Germantown, NY
Constructed from solid hardwood, the Macaroni chair playfuly challenges the inviolable qualities wood is known for. The back and armrest is bent from a single piece of wood and cuppe...
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2010s American Modern Seating

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Walnut

Oberon Cream and Brass Steel Sofa II Sectional by Atra
Located in San Francisco, CA
The Oberon sofa, is a contemporary sectional made of an expanse of cream velvet with a yellow velvet base detailing that makes it appear to be floating above the ground. The aesthet...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Seating

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Stainless Steel

Finn Juhl Chieftain Armchair Walnut, Leather Elegance Black
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchair designed by Finn Juhl Manufactured by One collection Finn Juhl (Denmark) The iconic Chieftain chair is one of Finn Juhl’s absolute masterpieces, representing the peak of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Seating

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Leather, Walnut

21st Century Caju Armchair Rotating Oxidized Brass Faux Fur Wool Bouclé Fabric
Located in Cartaxo, PT
Wooden armchair upholstered in white wool bouclé fabric with armrest upholstered in white faux fur. Swivel base and armrest support in oxidized brass with matt finish. Caju armcha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Seating

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Brass

Postmodern Cloud Sofa, 1990s
Located in Tempe, AZ
This sofa is absolutely stunning! It's a custom made Postmodern biomorphic / serpentine cloud sofa from the mid-1990s. The sofa features a single disc base with the back extending do...
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1990s Modern Seating

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Fabric

Midcentury Modular Sofa Mah Jong by Hans Hopfer for Roche Bobois, France, 1995
Located in Berlin, DE
This modular sofa group Mah Jong designed in 1971 by Hans Hopfer for the French Company Roche Bobois was made circa 1995. It is a mixture of components with hand sewn rolled edge, q...
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1990s French Modern Seating

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Fabric, Upholstery

Gotham Stools Customizable Metal, Wood and Resin
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The sleek design of the gotham stool features a Bronze encased in epoxy resin seat, laminated soft black leather back, and an oxidized ambrosia maple base. The resin is extremely smo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Seating

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Bronze, Aluminum, Metal

In stock in Los Angeles, Grey Leather Swivel Chair, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. The Hollow lounge chair, fully padded and upholstered in leather, is distinguished by a meta...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Leather

Suelo Modern Side Chair
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
This Suelo modern side chair is beautifully constructed from solid wood in Ohio, USA. The lounge chair's silhouette is simple, modern, and sleek with extremely comfortable back and s...
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2010s North American Modern Seating

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Hardwood

Shaker Counter Stool Chair by Ambrozia, Walnut, Sandle Vinyl & Brindle Cowhide
Located in Drummondville, Quebec
The shaker modern counter stool chair is handmade to order from our unique Ambrozia black textured steel tubing frame and a premium vinyl upholstered seat & a beautiful cowhide back....
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Seating

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Steel

Gotham Bench - Customizable Wood, Metal and Material
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The timeless design of the Gotham bench features a black leather cushion on an oxidized Ambrosia maple and bronze base. Cushion material can be COM. One available in-stock: L 65...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Seating

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Bronze

Paula Dining Chair
Located in Westport, CT
Dining chair with upholstered seat, back and legs. Shown in grey and blue velvet fabric. Brass sabots, polished or brushed. Can be customized to your specifications or COM.
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2010s Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

In Stock in Los Angeles, No Logo Grey Armchair by Sergio Bicego, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. The No Logo chair exhibits a double soul, both masculine and feminine, to fit into the cozie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Nickel

Hudson Three-Legged Counter Height Wood Stool in Black Cherry
Located in Kingston, NY
New York Heartwoods' black cherry solid wood counter height stool is influenced by Shaker and Mid-Century design, created for comfort and stability, and features three hand-turned le...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Seating

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Wood, Cherry

Red Aluminium Stool with Reel Rush Seating from Anodised Wicker Collection
Located in London, GB
For the exhibition ‘Giles Round: The Director’ at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, Tino Seubert realised a bench and stool from a new furniture series inspired by Donald Judd and B...
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2010s British Modern Seating

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Aluminum

Saturn Chair, Red Coated Steel Frame and Red Wool by Lara Bohinc
Located in London, GB
The distinctive Saturn chair is a return to the split sphere concepts Bohinc originally created for her jewellery collections such as Sun and Moon (2007) and Solaris (2012). This for...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Seating

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Metal, Brass

Milo Baughman Dining Chairs for Pacific Iron
Located in San Francisco, CA
A group of six dining chairs by Milo Baughman for Pacific Iron made in 1950. Two arm and four side chairs with black iron frame and restored using a custom embossed leather from the ...
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1950s American Vintage Modern Seating

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Iron

Donnie Pony Hair / Velvet Hardwood Armchair by Atra
By ATRA
Located in San Francisco, CA
The younger brother of the popular Atra chair. * Handcrafted with traditional joinery techniques. * Frame made of solid wood in walnut, mahogany, beech, or maple * Finishes availa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Seating

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Beech, Cotton, Velvet, Mahogany, Oak, Walnut

Pair of Rud Thygesen and Johnny Sorensen Cane Back Side Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Thygesen and Sorensen side chairs with teak frame and cane seat and back. Wonderful curvature to lower back for lumbar support. Original distressed leather seats.
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1980s Danish Vintage Modern Seating

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Wood, Cane

In stock in Los Angeles, Blue Velvet Pouf, Designed by Marco Zito, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. Used as a central seat or alongside a sofa, this velvet Pouf is characterized by a voluminou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Metal

Marc Newson, "Micarta" Lounge Chair, Linen Phenolic Composite, Studio, 2006
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A "Micarta chair", designed and produced by Marc Newson in 2006, Underside with a metal label signed and impressed 'Wingless/Micarta chair/Marc Newson/ 7 / 10. From an edition of 10 ...
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Early 2000s British Modern Seating

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Resin

GTV Thonet Czech Chair in Black with Plywood Seat by Hermann Czech
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1994, the Hermann Czech chair represents the turning point of modern furniture towards the passion of reminiscence and intimacy: a contemporary design that evokes memorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Modern Seating

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Wood

Eclipse Tufted Yellow Velvet Sofa with Walnut Legs by Atra
Located in San Francisco, CA
The eclipse sofa has tapered walnut legs and a hand tufted upholstery frame. It has a deep-set seating and a curved back that makes it a piece which can hold its own in the centre of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Seating

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Velvet, Oak

Eclipse Tufted Velvet Sofa with Walnut Legs by ATRA
Located in San Francisco, CA
The eclipse sofa has tapered walnut legs and a hand tufted upholstery frame. It has a deep-set seating and a curved back that makes it a piece which can hold its own in the centre of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Seating

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Velvet, Oak

Modern Chair Gropius CS1 in Wool Fabric by Noom
Located in Kyiv, UA
New Noom furniture collection is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus School in Germany. Ideas of functionalism and conciseness, the combination of craft...
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2010s Ukrainian Modern Seating

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Wool, Fabric

SP01 Ling Sofa -Timber Frame, Upholstered Black Lisbon Leather, Made in Italy
Located in Sydney, NSW
Ling is a beautifully detailed and elevated timber framed sofa with a lean architectural feel. Frame made from solid ashwood with a carbon stain, the seat and back cushions are made ...
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2010s Italian Modern Seating

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Steel

In stock in Los Angeles, Pure Black Cedar Bench, by Matteo Thun, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. Bench made from a single block of aromatic cedar. Distinguished by its Minimalist and extrem...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Cedar, Wood

Jacques Henri Varichon "Galaxie" Chair for Steiner, circa 1969
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Jacques-Henri Varichon "Galaxie" chair for Steiner, circa 1969.
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20th Century French Modern Seating

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Metal

Katy Dining Chair
Located in Westport, CT
Dining chair with dark Wenge stained beech legs and fully upholstered seat and back. This chair can be customized in any way including COM.    
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2010s European Modern Seating

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Wood, Fabric

Shaker Modern Chair by Ambrozia, Walnut, Black Steel, Leather and Shearling
Located in Drummondville, Quebec
The shaker chair is handcrafted to order from our unique Ambrozia black textured steel tubing frame with a genuine leather seat and Shearling back. Featuring subtile solid wood inser...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Tromonto Lacquered Conical Side Table from Costantini, Customizable
Located in New York, NY
The Tromonto can function as an accent table or a low stool. Its unadorned geometric shape begs perfection from its high-gloss finish and complements any style interior with a dash o...
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2010s Argentine Modern Seating

Materials

Wood

In stock in Los Angeles, Beige Leather Bench Designed by Marco Zito
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. This Beige leather bench offers a multipurpose support to those sitting. Designed by Marco Z...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Leather

Hendrick Dining Chair, Customizable
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The sleek and modern Hendrick dining chair features clean lines and a luxurious leather upholstered seat and back, adding comfort and sophistication to any room. An oxidized ambrosia...
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2010s American Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Ligne Roset Style Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Located in Chicago, IL
Ligne Roset style lounge chair and ottoman, wrought iron splayed legs with leather details and burlap upholstery. Ottoman size: H 16.5" W 26" D 22.5".
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Early 2000s American Modern Seating

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Wrought Iron

Yuma Kano Rust Harvest Chair 2 Acrylic Art
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Chair designed by Yuma Kano. Green textured transparent materials are acrylic. This acrylic is what rust was transformed. Artist calls it "Rust Harvest." He is making "Rust Harvest"...
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21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Modern Seating

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Steel

Set of Eight M.E.A Dining Chairs, Modern Italian Designer Black Lacquered
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of eight M.E.A Italian designer black lacquered dining chairs. Two head chairs and six side chairs comprise a stunning example of this highly sought after designer’s work. Each h...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Seating

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Fabric, Wood

GTV Thonet Wiener Stuhl Chair with Perforated Plywood Seat by Gebrüder Thonet
Located in New York, NY
"A simplified design to create an elegant, comfortable, popular item”. The structure has an all-embracing simplicity, and is formed from just a few elements in steam bent solid beech...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Modern Seating

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Wood

Armchair, Auguste by Reda Amalou, 2019 - Walnut , Ropes, Leather cushions
Located in Paris, FR
Auguste Armchair, confortable, elegant, cosy. Auguste sets down, impose himself and uses his seduction at his full capacity. The Auguste seat is not an invitation to sit down, it is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Walnut

Langston Dining Chair
Located in Westport, CT
Upholstered in velvet or leather, a Classic design radiates from this chair’s modern lines. The Langston dining chair features solid walnut legs with brass accents. COM available.
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2010s Modern Seating

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Brass

Secreto Armchair, Contemporary Design Inspired by Traditional Winsor Chairs
Located in Milan, Lombardy
Modern and traditional, at the same time. Important table chair; elegant and informal at once. A compact lounge chair for the living room if necessary. Moulded on a clear brief: “cre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Paint, Beech

Pink and Green Emerald Velvet with Brass Sabots Dining Chair Milonga
Located in Madrid, ES
It takes two for tango but just this chair to fill up your dining area of energy and passion. Milonga chair is from Buenos Aires and tiptoe all night on the dance floor. Mix and matc...
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2010s European Modern Seating

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Brass

Ghidini 1961 Leporello Junior Light Durmast Stool in Brass by Paolo Rizzatto
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Stool in brass and light durmast The height-adjustable stool, subject of which you can appreciate the adaptability with a gesture, in different contexts and users, becomes a preciou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Brass

New Contemporary Hand-Felted Wool Bench with 2 Cushions
Located in Mareil-Marly, Yvelines
A contemporary wool bench on the cutting edge of design. Textile designer Ghislaine Garcin has invented a new form of material, integrating knitted wool into wool felt to create her ...
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2010s French Modern Seating

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Metal

White Aluminium Stool with Lapping Cane Seating from Anodised Wicker Collection
Located in London, GB
For the exhibition ‘Giles Round: The Director’ at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, Tino Seubert realised a bench and stool from a new furniture series inspired by Donald Judd and B...
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2010s British Modern Seating

Materials

Aluminum

Myla Bar Chair
Located in Westport, CT
The Myla bar chair features a classic design with bright cotton velvet, contrasting piping and brass accents. Standard fabric options are velvet and leather. COM available. Metal d...
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2010s Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

21st Century Verter Turroni Black Fibreglass Coffee Table Seat Outdoor Furniture
Located in Longiano, IT
Pillola, round varnished coffee table in fibreglass. Available in different colors and finishes, matte or gloss but also upholstered in leatherette. Designer: Verter Turroni Year: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Fiberglass

Mah Jong Sofa by Roche Bobois
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Modular sofa group, designed by Hans Hopfer. Roche Bobois, France, 1971. Beautiful large modular sofa with a mixture of components, hand-sewn rolled edge, quilted seat and back cu...
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1970s French Vintage Modern Seating

Materials

Upholstery

Langston Bar Chair with Walnut Legs and Brass Stretcher
Located in Westport, CT
Upholstered in velvet or leather, a Classic design radiates from this chair’s modern lines. The Langston bar chair features solid walnut legs with brass accents.
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2010s Modern Seating

Materials

Brass

Six Giorgetti Dining Chairs in Cognac Leather
Located in Kansas City, MO
Set of 6 dining chairs by Giorgetti, Italy. Tan leather and beechwood frames. Prices to sell. Armchair dimensions: D 20 inches x W 23.25 inches x H 32 inches x seat height 18.25 ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern Seating

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Leather, Beech

Shaker Backless Counter Stool by Ambrozia, Walnut, Steel, Brown Brindle Cowhide
Located in Drummondville, Quebec
The shaker backless modern counter stool chair is made to order from our unique Ambrozia black textured steel tubing frame and a cowhide upholstered seat. Leather & vinyl is also ava...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Seating

Materials

Steel

Black Stained Ash Daiku Bar Chair by Victoria Magniant
Located in Paris, FR
The Daiku collection is a serie of eco-designed pieces inviting simplicity. The surface is deeply sanded to create fluid shapes and finished with water based stain and a+ matte varni...
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2010s Latvian Modern Seating

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Ash

In Stock in Los Angeles, Black and Brass Outdoor Cactus Chair by Marcantonio
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Type COLLECTIONI in the search bar to view 300 unique products like this one. This black and brass armchair features a brass finish mid century legs. The prickly pear is an iconic p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Seating

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Brass